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When it’s fall you have to take the time to enjoy it.  What better time to collect all the area kids, pile them into hay wagons, and putt-putt through the beautiful fall countryside.

USDA Farm Service to hold meeting on 2014 Farm Bill

USDA - Farm Service Agency to Hold Informational Meetings on 2014 Farm Bill Programs
Prairie du Chien, WI, October 10, 2014: The Crawford, Grant and Richland County USDA-FSA are teaming up to hold informational meetings covering the Price Loss Coverage Program (PLC), Agricultural Risk Coverage Program (ARC) and Dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP).
   The first meeting will be held in Crawford County on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the Gays Mills Community Center located at the north edge of Gays Mills, WI just off Hwy 131. 
   The second meeting will be held in Richland County on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at the UW-Richland Pippen Center located at 1200 US Hwy 14, Richland Center, WI.
The third meeting will be held in Grant County on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at the Grant County Youth and Ag Center, Grant County Fairgrounds located at 916 E. Elm Street, Lancaster, WI.
   There will be two meetings per day, one in the morning from 9:30 am – 11:30 am, and again in the afternoon from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm.  Interested farm landowners, farm operators and dairy producers are encouraged to attend the meeting of their choice.
   Persons will disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in the meeting should call their local USDA-FSA Office, Crawford County, 608-326-7179, Ext. 2; Grant County, 608-723-7697, Ext. 2 or Richland County, 608-647-8874 or Federal Relay Service at 1-877-387-2001 by at least three days prior to the public meetings.

Do you know this man’s whereabouts

We are seeking any information pertaining to the whereabouts of
Dustin A. Boeck, age 30, of South Wayne, WI.  Mr. Boeck was last seen on Friday, October 3, 2014 leaving a residence in the Village of South Wayne at approx. 10:00 P.M.
   Boeck is not a subject of any criminal investigation.  Rather, he is being sought concerning a check of his welfare. 
   If anyone has any information about Mr. Boeck, we ask that they contact my office at (608) 776-4870. 

McGregor Achievement Club looking to Goodwill items

The McGregor Achievement club is hosting the Goodwill semi drop off Oct 13-14-15-16, 4 pm to 6pm.  We need lots of clothing, toys and shoes  ect...

Snowmobile thief caught

Update - On October 5, 2014 the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department investigated the theft of a 1985 Polaris 440 snowmobile at Homesteaders Trailer Court in Prairie du Chien Township.
On October 14, 2014 a deputy conducted an interview with Christopher J Frihart, 33 of Prairie du Chien. Frihart admitted that he took the snowmobile without permission and hauled it to Clayton County Recycling in Monona, IA for money.
   Charges on this case have been referred to the District Attorney’s Office.

On Sunday, October 5, 2014 at approximately 6:46 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department investigated the theft of a 1985 Polaris 440 snowmobile from Homesteaders Trailer Court located in the Township of Prairie du Chien.
   An unknown male subject in his mid-30’s was observed loading the snowmobile onto a trailer connected to an older model van on Wednesday, October 1st at approximately 5:30 p.m.

“What’s New in County 22?”

Clayton County, Iowa - This month in “What’s New in County 22” I would like to explain some recent events that have hit close to home and affected all of us as of late.  Some of you may have watched the riots or peaceful marches in the town of Ferguson, MO the last few weeks when a white police officer shot and killed a black unarmed robbery suspect.  The citizens became furious, violence erupted and local peace officers used military equipment to sustain order to the best of their abilities. 
   The equipment was given to the local peace officers from a military surplus program called the 10-33 program. The program allows local police forces to acquire military hardware to use for police purposes and was passed in the context of a perceived drug crisis around 1990.  This was intended to combat illegal drug activities using material not needed by the Department of Defense.  After reports from the media on the military equipment being used, the 10-33 program was put on hold nationwide.
   Most law enforcement agencies do take part in that program at some time including our sheriff’s office.  At the time the Ferguson, MO event was going on, we had contacted the 10-33 program and had a walk through metal detector being held for us to pick up and use free of charge.  This metal detector is valued at $15,000 and our intention was to implement it at our courthouse.  Courthouse security is defined in the Iowa law and described as a duty of the sheriff, and one that I take seriously. 
   Since I’ve taken office I have implemented courthouse and county office security through part-time manpower and cameras.  This leads me to another recent event during that time span.  The Jackson County Courthouse shooting at the Board of Supervisor’s meeting in Maquoketa, Iowa.  I’m sure most of you have based an opinion on what you heard on the situation from the news media on the 10-33 program out of Ferguson, MO but in my opinion it would have been nice to implement a $15,000 dollar piece of equipment, free of charge to tax payers, to improve security at our local courthouse.  Now since that time the program has been put back into effect but we have to start over the application process for the metal detector in hopes of acquiring one. 
   Another reminder for everyone is that it is that time of year again when I would like to encourage people to slow down and watch out for farmers who will be on the roadways harvesting their crops.  They are out working their jobs trying to make a living like all of us.  There will also be slower vehicles for what appears to be a beautiful leaf season on the way.  Please remain calm to slower drivers and use caution when passing farm equipment on roadways.
   If you have any questions, or comments, feel free to contact me anytime, e-mail me, or stop by to see me.
Thanks and be safe,  Sheriff Mike Tschirgi

A slice of country life

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There are places that speak of well managed, wholesome country life, where it is obvious that there is enterprise, and a balanced life to those who dwell there.

Man flees into apple orchard to elude police

On September 28th at 1:07 AM a Crawford County Deputy and The Crawford County K-9 Unit attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a 2007 Ford Taurus being operated by Mark Mckibbin, age 28 of Gays Mills, WI on Highway 171 near Sunrise Orchard.
   Mckibbin pulled off to the side of the road and fled on foot into the apple orchard and down into a cornfield.  The K-9 Unit tracked Mckibbin for some time until tracking was canceled for safety reasons. Mckibbin’s vehicle was towed from the scene and charges for obstructing an officer will be referred to the District Attorney along with several traffic citations.
   Deputies attempted to locate Mckibbin at his residence hours later. Mckibbin was not located, however Stacy Connor , age 28 of Gays Mills, WI was arrested on several outstanding warrants from 2 counties.



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