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Beautiful day for Oktoberfest on St. Feriole Island

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Prairie du Chien, WI - Saturday October 21, 2017 arrived a perfect fall day for the annual Oktoberfest celebration. People dusted off their polka dancing skills in the main tent.  The crowd, eating brats and beer, joined in at the top of their lungs with old favorites such as, Roll out the barrel, I’m telling you baby, I’m through with you, and A Happy Wanderer, to name just a few songs. The foot stomping rhythm, and songs will be rolling around in people’s minds for days to come.

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Short sample video of Mollie B & The Busta Band (video by Sandy Collins, MWNews)

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Bluegolds of Seneca, Wauzeka & Steuben win
$10,000 equipment grant

Crawford County, WI - October 20, 2017 - The Bluegolds of Seneca Wauzeka Steuben Cooperative Middle School recently received the surprise of a lifetime when they learned they were chosen as a winner of Riddell’s Smarter Football program. 
   The recipients of a $10,000 equipment grant, the team was notified with a congratulatory message from Riddell brand ambassador Peyton Manning. The program received more than 700 applications this year and is awarding 10 winning programs across the country spanning youth to high school that have demonstrated a commitment to a smarter, safer game.
   A unique cooperative program in rural Wisconsin, the Bluegolds were the first team of its kind in the area – allowing both boys and girls to play the game of football. The coaches’ mission is to instill lifelong healthy habits and positive character values such as commitment and respect while always practicing safe stretching, strengthening and playing techniques.

Motorcycle Vs. cow crash injuries Soldiers Grove man

On October 19, 2017, at approximately 7:10pm the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a motorcycle versus cow crash on State Highway 131 near Del La Mater Road in the Village of Gays Mills.
   Keith L. Davenport, age 57, of Soldiers Grove was operating a 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound on State Highway 131. There were several Black Angus cattle in the roadway. Davenport struck a medium sized Black Angus calf with his motorcycle.
   Davenport was transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital for medical treatment. The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time. The motorcycle sustained severe damage was removed from the scene by Sleepy Hollow Towing.
   The owner of the cattle, Richard M. Dudgeon, age 69, of Eastman will be issued a municipal citation for animals at large.  
   Assisting on scene was Ocooch Mountain Rescue, Gays Mills First Responders, Gays Mills Fire Department, Village of Gays Mills and Sleepy Hollow Towing.

Resources for suicide prevention is a good place for resources when trying to help someone or help yourself  in a situation that you/they may feel sad and hopeless, but don’t know where to turn for confidential advise. 
   New to the website this past month is the HOPELINE  741741. “HOPELINE, by the Center for Suicide Awareness, is a text-in (versus voice call-in) FREE service for help and hope. HOPELINE is the Emotional Support Text Line in the State of Wisconsin and provides service throughout the entire state.” 
   This means they are not currently dealing with calls that are about Hurricane Matthew in Florida.  This is a phone service for Wisconsinites and manned by Wisconsinites. They understand our culture, resources available or lack of resources and what it means to belong to a small town.
   HOPELINE’s (741741) purpose is to offer emotional support and resources before situations rise to crisis level. This is what makes it an alternative option versus the Iowa County Hotline, which is for a crisis situation. 
   The HOPELINE is a preventative resources so your life doesn’t need to get to such an extreme you are in crisis.  This is a text line versus a phone line, but residences of all ages are encouraged to use it.  Text that have been received show struggles with breakups, job loss, bullying, LGBTQ issues, parental issues, school, friends, relationship issues or any struggle a person is experiencing. 
   The HOPELINE (741741) is also an excellent number to have programed into your phone to have in case you need it.  It can also be found on under the “Suicide Prevention” tab.  Please take care of yourself or encourage a loved one that might need that little extra nudge to take care of them self.
Susan Springer Judd





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