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Home burglarized in rural Richland Center

The Richland County Sheriffs Department 911 communications center received a call at 4:18pm
on Wednesday 1/28/15 regarding a residential burglary and theft from the Bedward residence, 11925 Co. Hwy W in Richwood Township.
   The reporting party stated an unknown person or persons had entered the residence during the daytime hours that day and removed several items including various firearms, an RCA Pro 10 Tablet, a laptop computer, some jewelry and approximately 40 various silver coins. 
There are no known suspects on this case.  The investigation continues.
   Anyone with information please call the Richland County Sheriff’s Department at 608-647-2106.

Police investigating hit and run crash

The Prairie du Chien Police Department is investigating a hit and run crash that occurred on the 300 Block of East Blackhawk Avenue during the early morning hours of January 25, 2015. We are currently looking for a Chevrolet Malibu, possibly white in color, model year 2008-2012 and it would have front driver side damage.
   There are 110 registered to residents of Crawford County and we are beginning to go down the list with attempts to see each one of them.  If you have information you can call the police department at 608-326-2421 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-779-7297 and remain anonymous.

Farm Center presents lecture on “Stress & Farming”

Kathy Schmitt, Director, Wisconsin Farm Center Division of Agricultural Development.  
   She will be presenting a power point on "Stress and Farming" from 6:00pm-7:00pm on Feb. 5th, at the Health & Human Services Center Building 303 W. Chapel St. Dodgeville, WI 53533

Residence burglarized in Crawford County

On Thursday, January 15, 2015 the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department investigated a burglary at a residence located on CTH C near Austin Rd. in the Township of Freeman.
   Entry was gained forcefully into the residence and shed on the property. Several items were stolen; some of which included; a new Toro Power Clear 418 ZR snow-blower and two new Rivers Edge treestands that were still in the original boxes. 
   In another incident, on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department investigated the theft of property from several storage units located on Stuckey Rd. in the Township of Bridgeport.   

Water Summary Update 2014

DES MOINES, IWOA—A rollercoaster of dry weather, then wet with flooding, followed by a return to dryness for northwest counties by the end of 2014 resulted with a statewide average rainfall of 4.3 inches above normal for the year.
   Temperatures were up and down as well. February, July and November 2014 ranked among the top ten coldest for those months in the historical record, while December was the only month of the year significantly above normal in average temperature.
   Shallow groundwater improved to normal conditions statewide by the end of June. Yet northwest Iowa was left in abnormally dry conditions the end December, hoping for rainfall in the coming spring to recharge alluvial aquifers to prevent drought conditions from worsening.
   For a thorough review of Iowa’s water resource trends, go to
   The report is prepared by the technical staff from the Iowa DNR, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, IIHR—Hydroscience and Engineering and the U.S. Geological Survey, in collaboration with The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department.

Eastman Locker Plant burglarized

On Tuesday, January 13, 2015 the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department investigated a burglary at the Eastman Locker Plant located on Main St. in the Village of Eastman. The business was entered sometime during the night hours of Monday, January 12 and / or the early morning hours of Tuesday, January 13. An undisclosed amount of a cash and a package of beef sticks was stolen from the business.

Rep. Kind comments on Making First Two
Years of Community College Free

La Crosse, WI – January 9, 2015 - U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) released the following statement in reaction to the Obama Administration’s proposal to make the first two years of community college free for students under certain conditions. According to estimates, the proposal could benefit 9 million students annually and save them an average of $3,800 in tuition if all 50 states participate:
   “The President’s plan to make two years of community college free for those willing to work for it is a good step toward making college more affordable for working families. Coupled with the student loan debt crisis that continues to worsen, tuition costs for higher education are a terrible economic strain on middle-class families.
   “We have four community colleges in my congressional district that do a great job preparing the next generation of workers for the good paying jobs of the future, working closely with the private sector to make sure our students have the skills that local businesses are looking for.
   “I’m looking forward to seeing the details of this proposal and how it could benefit our community colleges, students and their families. And we can easily find offsets for this plan by further reining in health care costs, cutting unnecessary defense projects the Pentagon doesn’t even want, or eliminating the wasteful subsidies in our farm policy.”



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