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Police chief in Viroqua on suspension for alleged misconduct on the job

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Allegation of bad behavior by an area police chief has led to his temporary suspension. 

The police commission in Viroqua has voted to suspend Chief Rick Niedfeldt for 10 days, after investigating a series of complaints about his conduct on the job.  Niedfeldt was hired three years ago. 

An outside investigator was enlisted by the city of Viroqua to look into the complaints that the chief made false statements, and that he failed to make a report after an officer said other people were harassing him. 

Charges were made public last week, and the Viroqua police commission met Wednesday to order the chief’s suspension. 

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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