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Car hits dumpster, dumpster hits tavern wall, water pipes break: a Sunday in Stoddard



An apparent drunk-driving accident led to damage at a tavern in Stoddard this week. 

The Vernon County sheriff’s department says the Thirsty Turtle bar on Highway 35 received structural damage early Sunday morning, March 20th, when a driver behind the building crashed into a dumpster, pushing the container into the tavern’s back wall. 

The dumpster was destroyed, and the accident caused water pipes to break in the main floor and the basement of the bar.  The Stoddard Fire Department had to be called in to shut off the water, so no electrical fires would start. 

Driver Allison Thompson of Holmen is facing a possible OWI count, along with other charges.


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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