Trempealeau County, WI

Coronavirus: Local update

Winona County COVID infections continued to gradually increase this week, while the rate of new cases in Buffalo and Trempealeau counties was stable to declining. There were 158 new infections in Winona County this week, up from 147 last week. These figures only include PCR tests, not at-home, rapid tests, which are not reported to state health agencies.
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Local Dems host potluck picnic June 4 in Alma

Pepin, Buffalo, and Trempealeau County Democratic Parties invite their members, their Democratic Party of Wisconsin colleagues, and everyone who wants a democracy that supports all people. to a potluck picnic on June 4, 2022, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Buena Vista Park in Alma. Hosts will provide: brats, buns,...

Local COVID update

Winona County COVID cases continued to gradually increase this week, and hospitalizations rose in Winona and Trempealeau counties. There were 147 new infections in Winona County in the past seven days, compared to 135 last week and 75 two weeks ago. Four Winona County residents were hospitalized for COVID this week, including one ICU admission, and there were no new deaths.
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From Our Early Files May 18, 2022

An Independence teenager has been charged with first-degree homicide in the fatal shooting early Saturday morning of his mother’s boyfriend, 31-year-old Gerald Bisek. Ryan Bogdonovich made his initial appearance in Trempealeau County Circuit Court Monday. Independence officer Jim Konkel was called to the Watenphul residence at about 2 a.m. to investigate a report of a shooting. Konkel arrived to find Bisek on the floor bleeding from the chest. Watenphul told the officer that Bisek had been shot, and that the weapon used, a 20-gauge shotgun was in her son’s room. What led up to the fatal shooting, by all accounts, was a domestic disturbance. But some elements of the incident, based on statements by Bogdonovich, Watenphul and one witness are in disagreement. Bogdonovich told investigating officers that Bisek was threatening his mother with a knife. Watenphul indicated that Bisek may have intended to slash furniture, over which the two were arguing, but did not have a knife in his hands when the shot was fired.

G-E-T girls repeat as Coulee Conference champs

The Coulee Conference championship track and field meet last Saturday could very well have been called the Trempealeau County championship — the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau girls easily repeated as conference champions and G-E-T senior Will Thompson took home four individual titles to lead the boys to second place. Arcadia worked its...

Trempealeau county man sentenced to 18 years in prison

MADISON – Timothy M. O’Shea, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Levi A. Robb, 41, of Osseo, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William Conley to 18 years in prison for producing child pornography. This term of imprisonment is to be followed by 20 years of supervised release. Robb pleaded guilty to this charge on January 5, 2022.

Mary L. Hegnauer

Mary Lee Hegnauer (née Hayles) passed away peacefully at her farm, April 28, 2022. Mary was born February 17, 1943, in Alton, IL, a town along the Mississippi River, and lived much of her life not far from that river in Trempealeau County, Wisconsin. She grew up in Rochester, MN, making lifelong friends and graduating from John Marshall High School in 1961, then attending the University of Minnesota where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1965. She taught at a rural school before returning to the Twin Cities to begin her social work career in child protection care for Hennepin County.

Winona COVID cases rise

Local COVID infections and hospitalizations ticked up this week. In Winona County, new infections rose by 80 percent, with 135 cases this week compared to 75 last week. Infections were more steady in Buffalo and Trempealeau counties. Trempealeau County saw 42 new cases this week, compared to 39 last week, while Buffalo County had 33 new cases, up from 19 last week.

Trempealeau County Man Provides Photo Evidence That Convicted Him

A 41-year-old Trempealeau County provided federal prosecutors with the evidence that is sending him to prison. Levi A. Robb took a picture of himself while he sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl two years ago. W-K-B-T / T-V reports Robb was arrested when the victim accused him of assaulting her when she was between five and seven years old. U-S District Court Judge William Conley told Robb his conduct was “reprehensible beyond words” while sentencing him to 18 years in prison. Robb had entered a guilty plea last January.

Trempealeau County Man Sentenced for Child Pornography Possession

MADISON, Wis. (KWNO)-A Trempealeau County man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for possession of child pornography. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Wisconsin announced that 41-year-old Levi A. Robb pled guilty to the charges earlier this year. The sentence stems from a 2020 incident when a 10-year-old girl told her father that Robb assaulted her several years prior.

Coronavirus: Local update

Local COVID cases rose this week, while there were no new hospitalizations or deaths in the area. In Winona County, there were 75 new cases this week, up from 67 last week and 46 two weeks ago. Under the CDC’s metrics, Winona County reached “medium” COVID activity levels for the first time in months. Trempealeau County saw 39 new cases compared to 27 last week, while Buffalo County had 19 new cases, on par with last weeks’ 20. The two Wisconsin counties remain in the CDC’s “low” category.

WAGNER TAILS: Trax and Garbanzo & Babe

-- Two dogs are waiting patiently at the Dunn County Humane Society to find their new families. Babe is three years old and Garbanzo is two. Garbanzo is described as a bit of a goofball. He’s looking for a home without younger children and without cats. He loves car rides, especially when it includes a trip through the drive-thru for a treat. Garbanzo knows a lot of tricks, and he’s looking for a family dedicated to exercising him mentally as well as physically.

Trempealeau County Robotics competes at world event

Trempealeau County Robotics 7021 from Arcadia recently returned from Houston, Texas, where they competed in a world event. TC Robotics currently has high school students from Arcadia, Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau, and Cochrane-Fountain City on its team. They were one of 450 teams from around the world to compete at this event. TC Robotics won the Seven Rivers Robotics Regional in La Crosse, Wis., earlier this month to allow them to move on to the world event.