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ATV with two passengers falls through ice near Stoddard



Two men safely escaped the water after falling through the ice near the Stoddard boat landing around 6:00 p.m. Thursday.

James Rhodes, 62, of Black River Falls was driving an ATV on the ice, according to the Vernon County Sheriff’s office. He and his passenger, George Riedel of Black River Falls, were headed back to the boat landing after fishing when the ATV fell through the ice.

Both men were able to get out of the water on their own and were examined at the scene by emergency personnel.

Sheriff John spears reminds people to closely monitor ice with the warmer weather.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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