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Oil Sheen Near Guttenberg on Mississippi
Under Investigation

GUTTENBERG, IA – July 29, 2015 - The Iowa DNR and two federal agencies are investigating the source of a sheen reported Tuesday afternoon on the Mississippi River near Guttenberg.
DNR specialists and a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist spent three hours on the river Tuesday afternoon tracking the sheen up the main channel of the Mississippi. The U.S. Coast Guard is also looking for the pollution source.
   Although unable to find the source, DNR staff saw traces of the sheen at least a half mile upstream, collecting samples to confirm it was a petroleum product. Residents in the area say they’d seen the purple-blue sheen early Tuesday morning.
   “Spills like this are hard to trace, because the river has some remote areas between Guttenberg and Prairie du Chien, Wis.,” said Joe Sanfilippo, supervisor of the Manchester DNR office.  “We don’t yet know if this occurred due to an accident or deliberate dumping. Either way, it could have happened in the main channel or come into the river from the shore or a tributary,” he added.
   Anyone who sees signs of a spill or a fish kill should quickly call the DNR’s 24-hour environmental emergency number at 515-725-8694. “The sooner we are notified, the better the chance of finding the source of the pollution and protecting water quality,” said Sanfilippo.
   The DNR has notified downstream drinking water supplies in Davenport, Burlington and Keokuk as a precaution. DNR has also informed Wisconsin and Illinois agencies. DNR, the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will continue to investigate to find the responsible party.

Hit & Run accident could have been so much worse

Vernon County, WI - 7/22/15 - Brandon Leske of La Crosse was traveling southbound on State Highway 35 in the Town of Bergen.  Leske signaled to turn left onto Mohawk Valley Road when the vehicle behind Leske struck the rear of Leske’s vehicle. 
   Lepske spun out of control, entered the lane of oncoming traffic, spun around, and stalled.  The striking vehicle continued driving southbound.  Leske was able to drive to a friend’s house where he called law enforcement.  The striking vehicle was described as a red Dodge pickup truck.

At long last Frankville IA receives a public well

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Frankville, Iowa – July 23, 2015 – It's been a long time coming, but the unincorporated town of Frankville will have a new public well soon.  Most homes have a well, but most have tested poorly due to high nutrients  and other concerns, according to Teresa Berg who is on the board of the Frankville Rural Water District.
   They have been applying through the County and state DNR for over twenty years to get funding for a community well, and they finally received approval.  The well is being drilled now, and water pipes will be laid to approximately 52 homes.  It will be completed, at the earliest, by the end of 2015, or by the latest, June of 2016.
   The water will now be tested, and controlled to meet all state health standards.

Man eludes police, ditches car & waits in bar

On Tuesday, July 21 2015 at  approximately 9:27 p.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was  notified of a high speed pursuit that was in the State of Iowa and was  headed towards Crawford County, City of Prairie du Chien Wisconsin.

   Dispatch notified both county deputies and city patrol officers of the incident. Prairie du Chien Patrol Officers positioned squads on the  bridge approach and deployed ’Stop Sticks’, a tire deflation device,  prior to the supect vehicle passing their location. Officers then  pursued the vehicle another 7 blocks until the car was disabled near  Marquette Road in the City of Prairie du Chien.

   The suspect then  proceeded on foot from the patrol officers and headed East in the City  of Prairie du Chien. Officers established a perimeter and a K9 track was initiated.

   A short time later Officers learned that the  suspect was inside Leisure Time Sports Bar and Grill in the City of  Prairie du Chien. Officers went to that location and the suspect was  taken into custody without incident.

   The suspect Kevin A.  Krapfl, 25 of Quasqueton Iowa, was transported and lodged at the  Crawford County Jail. Initial charges that are being pursued through  the District Attorney’s Office are Knowingly Flee Officer,  Obstructing/Resisting Arrest, and Reckless Driving. Additional charges  will be sought in the State of Iowa.

   Assisting on the incident  was the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Clayton County Iowa Sheriff’s  Office, Iowa State Patrol, Mar Mac Iowa Police, Monona Iowa Police and  Bob’s Towing. 

A ride on the Cassville Ferry

Cassville, WI – Taking the Cassville ferry is not just an expedient way to cross the Mississippi River, it is an adventure, a mini sea voyage, and vacation rolled into one.  Granted, it's a water bridge from the middle of nowhere to the middle of nowhere, but that's part of the mystique. 
   The ferry doesn't just cross the river directly, but rather cruises along the river for about 18 minutes to arrive between either landing, (that's where the voyage part comes in).  Explore the back-roads, and eat at new, small restaurants, (that's the adventure part).  Talk to new people on the cruise, and relax while scenery slips by, (that's the vacation part).
   Walk-on or bring your truck, car, motorcycle, bus, boat, camper or tractor.  Midwest News was so impressed with the experience, we had to share.
   A special thanks to Captain Kim Kottke, Deckhand Harold Pellock, and Historian Dick Schnering.

Central House in Boscobel burglarized

Boscobel, WI - On Thursday July 16, 2015, Boscobel Police were notified of a burglary that had occurred at the Central House.  It was reported that between the hours of Midnight and 3:00 a.m. on July 16, 2015, someone had entered the Central House through a rear window.
   After gaining entry, two laptop computers and a Budweiser clock were taken.  If you have any informaton please contact the Boscobel Police Department at 375-4122.


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