With warm weather underway, our roads will become busier with motorcycles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Sheriff John Spears urges everyone to be aware and alert for motorcycles, as they can be less visible than other motor vehicles. Keep an eye out for pedestrians, and yield to them in crosswalks. Young children may be on or near roadways on their bikes or other recreational equipment and may not be paying full attention to traffic. Help keep our little ones safe by being extra vigilant and watching for them.

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Public or private? How do I know if I’m trespassing?

Stream access laws for fishing: Per the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, navigability determines whether a waterway is public or private. Navigable streams are public waterways. Because they are public, you may use them for fishing provided public access is available or you have permission from the landowner. As long as you keep your feet wet, you may walk along the bed of the stream and fish in any navigable stream. Remember to purchase your fishing license. View the Wisconsin DNR website for more helpful tips!

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Pursuant to Gov. Tony Evers’ emergency order No. 15, sheriff’s sales are temporary canceled.

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Until further notice, in compliance with CDC limitations and to reduce the spread of coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19), Sheriff Spears is limiting nonessential/nonemergent services, including all meetings scheduled at the sheriff’s office, license plate registrations, jail visitation, etc. To report an incident, or for questions in general, please call the Vernon County Dispatch Center at (608) 637-2123 or email vcso@vernoncounty.org. Civil process/record request inquiries can be forwarded to (608) 638-5710 or vcsorecords@vernoncounty.org. As directed by Sheriff Spears, if you are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus or flu-like symptoms, please identify this to the dispatcher before a deputy makes contact at your residence. Precautions are being taken in this facility to maintain the health and wellness of staff, inmates, and visitors alike. Thank you for your understanding.

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Sheriff John Spears is reminding citizens to practice good health practices and follow the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control.

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To help protect our community, your family and coworkers, please remember to wash your hands frequently for a minimum of 20 seconds, limit the amount of times you touch your face with your hands, cover your mouth when you have a cough, and if you are sick, stay home, or seek medical attention. Clean and sanitize your home, work areas, and frequently contacted areas.

For more information, please contact the Vernon County Health Department or your medical provider, and do your part to keep our community healthy to reduce or limit the impact of Covid-19/Coronavirus. Stay safe and healthy!