Our hammock days are numbered


The fall has been so wet that we never got the warm, but slightly crisp, sunny days that let us was walk through dry crunchy leaves.  Perhaps well get a nice Injun summer near the end of the month.  (Photo by Dave Collins, MWNews)

Many agencies searching for missing
boater on Mississippi

MCGREGOR, Iowa – Iowa DNR Conservation Officers are searching for a missing boater believed to have gone missing on Saturday, October 6  in the Mississippi River near Pool 11.
   The Cassville Fire Department responded to a call of a boat spinning in circles in the main channel north of the Cassville Ferry Landing. Firefighters were able to ram the circling boat and pull the safety lanyard to stop the motor. The boat came to rest on the shoreline north of Cassville.
   Later, a call was received that a 56 year old man from Burlington, Wisconsin was believed to be boating by himself and had gone missing. Investigators believe the man likely fell out of the boat and was not wearing a personal flotation device.
   Searches were conducted throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday before being called off without locating the man. This week searches have continued between the Iowa DNR, USFWS and local fire departments as well as the U.S. Coast Guard.
   Christian Aid Ministries of Illinois have converged on the area with specialized water recovery efforts including a command trailer, rescue boats with SONAR equipment and underwater surveillance tools and will be conducting searches.
   These search and response efforts are in conjunction with many agencies including the Iowa DNR, Wisconsin DNR, Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, Wisconsin State Patrol, Guttenberg Fire Department, Guttenberg Police Department, Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Glen Haven Fire Department, and the Cassville Fire Department. 

After the Lancaster Harvest parade

Guys at table

A gathering of emergency personal, firemen and veterans hold a debriefing at Zippy Bar after participating in the Lancaster Fall Parade on Saturday, Oct. 6 2018.  The weather was cold, wet and overcast, and the bar was oh so warm.  See a short 2 minute video of the parade highlights.

Montfort man falls into sink hole

Update - The man has been identified as 36 year old Brandon Post of Montfort
The Grant County Sheriff's Office took a report of a man who fell into a sink hole in the 200 block of Mineral St on Oct. 2, 2018.
Sink hole
The man had fallen into the hole as the ground gave away approximately three feet in front of his garage.
   He was trapped in the hole for approximately 30 minutes as he screamed for help. The hole kept giving away going deep underground. A neighbor heard his cries for help
and put a step ladder into the hole.
   The man was unable to get out with the ladder as the hole was very unstable and approximately 25 feet deep. The neighbor backed his truck up to the hole, put a log chain on the frame of the truck and threw the other end to the man in the hole to stabilize him while he called 911.
   Montfort Fire, Montfort EMS, and a Grant County Sheriff's Deputy responded to the scene. The area around the sink hole was very unstable. The walls of the hole continued to collapse as they worked to free the man. A strap was lowered to the man and a rope attached to it. Together all the first responders on scene were able to pull the man to safety. The man was evaluated by EMS but was not transported. No injuries were reported.  The man has not yet been identified,

Flood Waters, Mold Pose Risks
This Fall for Livestock Feed

MADISON – State agriculture officials are warning livestock producers and feed mills to be alert to the risks of flood water contamination and mold in corn, soybeans and forage crops.
   These risks threaten both human and animal health, they say. Flood waters may contain sewage, bacteria and other pathogens, pesticides, chemical wastes, and other toxins that contaminate field crops and stored feed and may sicken animals that consume them. Mold growth is often a problem, both in and outside of flooded areas, in a wet humid season like much of Wisconsin experienced this year.
   “Mycotoxins produced by some molds may sicken animals that consume moldy feed, and could also sicken people who consume milk or meat from those animals,” says Acting State Veterinarian Dr. Darlene Konkle.
   “We’ve sent our environmental specialists to check feed mills in flooded areas of the state to check whether feed products or ingredients may have come in contact with flood waters,” notes feed program manager Heather Bartley of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. “Producers who store ingredients at elevators or feed mills until they need it for on-farm mixing should be aware of the flood status of those businesses and the possibility of mycotoxins.”
   The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has posted information about harvesting crops for producers in flooded areas on its website. The agency advises testing crops exposed to flood waters for mycotoxins, heavy metals, bacterial pathogens and chemicals, especially organophosphate and chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides. Depending on the test results, it may be possible to recondition the crop for use as animal feed.
   Any feed ingredients or feed showing signs of mold should also be tested for mycotoxins, including aflatoxin, which may be a carcinogen.
   For more information, visit https://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/ResourcesforYou/ucm575263.htm.

Grant Co. Deputy Injured by OWI Driver in Crash

On September 8, 2018 at approximately 2:24am a Grant County Deputy was dispatched to a report of a large amount of hay in the roadway on Hwy 151 northbound near Eagle Point Rd, located in the Township of Jamestown.
   At 2:45 a.m., a Grant County Deputy was able to locate the debris in the roadway, and parking the squad care in the left lane with all of its emergency lights activated while the Deputy removed the debris from the lane of travel.
   At approximately 2:49am, Paige Rice, age 28 from rural Platteville, was traveling northbound on Hwy 151 in her 2002 Honda Accord when she struck the rear of the Grant County squad. Rice then veered into the median where the Deputy has been walking back to his squad car. The Deputy had to dive into the wooded median to avoid getting struck by Rice's vehicle.
   The Grant County Deputy was transported to Southwest Health Center via Dickeyville EMS for minor injuries sustained during the crash. After a brief investigation it was discovered that Rice was under the influence of intoxicants, and was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated Causing Injury. Rice was transported to The Grant County Jail where she is being held on a $500 cash bond. Rice was not injured in the crash.         Rice's vehicle sustained heavy front end damage and the Grant County squad sustained heavy rear end damages.
   Both vehicles were removed from the scene by Donnie's Tire and Towing of Dickeyville. The Grant County Sheriff's Office was assisted in this matter by the Jamestown Fire Department, Jamestown First Responders, Dickeyville EMS, Jo Daviess County Sheriff's Office, the East Dubuque Police Department, and Donnie's Tire and Tow of Dickeyville.



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