Castle Rock Inn destroyed by fire

Castle Rock Fire

Grant County, WI – December 16, 2014 – The Castle Rock Inn on Highway G south of Muscoda was destroyed by fire today.  The fire call went out around noon, and the fire raged for over two hours due to high winds, and the remoteness of the location, which made it challenging, as water had to be hauled long distances.
   According to one fire chief on site, no one was injured.  The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.
   Fire departments from the surrounding area all answered the call for mutual assistance. The restaurant and bar were a long standing favorite of area people, and had a reputation for good food.  See video  (Tip: If you are having trouble with the video starting and stopping, click on the HD icon in the lower right corner to toggle it to SD for uninterrupted playback   Either way, you may watch in full screen).

The rolling landscape, a landlubber delight

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Our land at times seems like waves frozen in place when they were caught rolling, folding, and pitching.  Like a sailor mesmerized by the ever changing seascape, I'm enchanted, as I drive through the countryside, by the ever changing landscape in this driftless area.

Nice weather for PdC Holiday Parade


Prairie du Chien, WI held it's annual Holiday Parade December 5, 2014.  It is always a homey, friendly affair which is fun to watch.  See video  (Tip: If you are having trouble with the video starting and stopping, click on the HD icon in the lower right corner to toggle it to SD for uninterrupted playback   Either way, you may watch in full screen). 

Two crashes, two fatalities over weekend,
both from Edgewood, IA


Clayton County, Iowa - December 4, 2014 - Sadly, two young people lost their lives in separate accidents on November 30, and December 1st.  Both people lost control, crashed, and were ejected becasue they were not wearing seatbelts, see other story below.
   In this accident report from the Iowa State Patrol, Shari Harbaugh, 24 years old from Edgewood, was traveling west on Garber Road when her vehicle dropped off onto the right shoulder. As it came back onto the road the driver lost control.
   Her vehicle continued across the roadway, entered the south ditch where it struck an embankment and ejected the driver. The vehicle then rolled and came to rest in adjacent field. Time of accident is based on nearby resident hearing a loud noise. Awaiting toxicology reports from the State Medical Examiners Office.

Man dies after being ejected from car

On the 1st of December, 2014, at approximately 10:00 AM, Deputies from the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office investigated a fatal one-car accident near Strawberry Point.                Matthew Ryan Belk, 21, of Edgewood, was traveling west on 390th Street near Strawberry Point. His vehicle lost control on the gravel road, struck an embankment in a ditch and rolled, landing in the field.
   Mr. Belk was not wearing his seatbelt and was ejected from the car. He was pronounced dead on the scene. The Sheriff’s Office was contacted approximately 10:00 AM by a passerby who noticed the vehicle in the ditch and found Mr. Belk on the side of the road. The investigation into the causes of the accident is still ongoing.


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