Grand Opening of Kwik Trip in Boscobel

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Boscobel, WI - August 26, 2014 - Today was the Grand Opening for Kwik Trip in Boscobel.  Located at the intersection of Hwy. 61 and Hwy. 133 it is a prime spot for a first class store.  The store is huge with the best selection of food items this reporter has ever seen in a Kwik Trip
   The 5 million dollar store gives a shot in the arm to Boscobel’s Development efforts.  Come take a peek inside.
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Boil Order Lifted at Pikes Peak State Park

Update - Boil Order Lifted at Pikes Peak State Park
McGregor – August 27, 2014 at 1:27 p.m. - The boil advisory for Pikes Peak State Park issued on Aug. 22 has been lifted after water samples tested clean for bacteria on Wednesday.
   The boil advisory was issued after the campground distribution system was hooked on to a new well. The system was shock chlorinated for 24 hours, then flushed for two days to remove the chlorine. 

McGregor, Iowa – August 22, 2014 at 3:53 p.m. - A boil advisory has been issued for Pikes Peak State Park in Clayton County.  Water is shut off at water hydrants and the modern shower and restroom facilities. Flushing toilets will be available at the overlook. Pit latrines are also available.
   Campers should think of this as a primitive campground this weekend. The DNR is contacting campers with reservations to let them know of the boil advisory. RV campers should fill up their water tanks before arriving at the park.
   The boil advisory will remain in effect until two sets of bacteria samples are determined to be clean. Until then, the DNR advises park guests to boil water used for drinking or cooking, or to use bottled water.
   Bring the water to a boil and boil it for one minute. Let it cool before drinking, making ice, brushing teeth and preparing food.
   Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms. Bacteria in drinking water may pose greater health risks for infants, young children, some of the elderly and people with compromised immune systems.
   Find more information at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline, 800-427-4791.

Man badly injured in motorcycle spill

On Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 3:50 p.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a motorcycle crash on State Highway 171, 2/10ths mile east of Gays Mills, WI.
   Donald Galle, age 58 of Dubuque Iowa, was driving a 2010 Harley Davidson Motorcycle west on Orchard Hill, negotiating a curve, he lost control of the cycle, slid across the roadway crashing into the guardrail.  Galle was ejected from the cycle.
   He was taken to the Vernon Memorial Hospital and later transfered to Gundersen Health in La Crosse.  He sustained a broken neck bone, a punctured lung, and 5 broken ribs.
   Galle’s motorcycle sustained heavy damage and was towed from the scene.

Dubuque man drowns off island in Mississippi River

On August 8, 2014 at 4:38 PM the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a possible drowning on the Mississippi River. 
   Jerry S. Thill, 53, of Dubuque, IA had been camping on an island on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River across from Finley’s Landing Park with four other men from Dubuque.  Thill had gone into the river to check why the fishing was so bad.  The other four men all said that Thill was in water up to his chest and appeared to be fine. 
   Thill suddenly appeared distressed, trying to swim, but was not able to.  23 year old Steven C. Kruckenberg, 27 of Dubuque, swam to him to try to help Thill but, was not able to keep a strong hold on him and Thill went under water and did not resurface.  George Jackson, 27, called 9-1-1 immediately after helping the others get out of the water. 
   The Iowa Department of Natural Resources had a boat with two DNR Wardens on the river in the area and they were on scene shortly after the initial 9-1-1 call was received.  Several area fire departments responded to the area to assist with the search and eventual recovery.  The Iowa DNR boat was able use their side scan sonar to locate an object that appeared to be a body.   About an hour later, Thill was recovered from the river.  He was pronounced dead by the Grant County Coroner’s Office once he was brought to shore in Potosi. 
   The Grant County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office, the Sherrill, IA Fire Department, the Potosi Fire Department, Potosi EMS, and the Cassville Fire Department.

Spraying helicopter crashes near Potosi, WI

On 8-13-14 at approximately 11:26am, the Sheriff’s Office received a call of a helicopter crash in Harrison Township.  
   It was later determined that Dale Eilo 54 of Pleasant Prairie, WI was spraying bean fields.  Eilo was flying a Robinson R44 helicopter and went to turn the helicopter to go along power lines owned by Dairyland Power.  The rotors clipped the power lines and causing the helicopter to descend.  Eilo was able to land on the skids, but the helicopter rolled over. 
   Eilo was properly restrained and was wearing a helmet. He was treated for minor injuries at the scene and the helicopter was totaled.  Assisting at the scene was Potosi Police Department, Potosi Fire and EMS, as well as Dairyland Power.  The crash will be investigated further by the FAA.

Meth arrest in Montfort, WI

Montfort, WI - At approximately 1:00 PM on Tuesday August 5th the Grant County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a suspicious vehicle parked on East Main Street near the Lil Tykes Daycare in the Village of Montfort.
   The occupants were reported as acting strange. A fourth occupant of the vehicle that had left on foot was seen trying to hide an object near a military tank by the Montfort VFW.
   A deputy made contact with the male subject who was identified as Cade Kirkpatrick, 24 of Montfort. The suspicious vehicle in question had also arrived at that location. During the contact items were identified as those used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. K9 A-Rod was deployed on the vehicle and the subsequent search found additional manufacturing products.
   The items in Kirkpatrick’s possession along with those found in the vehicle resulted in the arrest of Kirkpatrick and Danielle Abbott, 30 of Linden, for possession of materials for the manufacture of methamphetamine. The other two occupants were released at the scene. Both Kirkpatrick and Abbot are being held at the Grant County Jail.

Bouzek’s pre-hearing on child abuse charges


Lancaster, WI - August 5, 2014 - Aaron Bouzek appeared in Grant County Court for his preliminary hearing on various charges of alleged child abuse and child pornography.  His case was bound over for trial on December 18, 2014.  See highlights of hearing. (Click on the HD icon in the lower right corner to toggle it to SD for uninterrupted playback if you are having trouble with starting and stopping.  Either way, you may watch in full screen).


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