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Two vehicle crash results in fatality

On May 4, 2019 at approximately 10:03 a.m. Betty Ritter, age 66 of Lancaster, was driving south on STH 61 just approaching Stage Road. A red car was in front of her slowing to turn south on Stage Road. Ritter slowed behind the red car.
   Ritter saw in her rear view mirror a white truck behind her and a motorcycle behind the white truck. Ritter stated that as the red car turned south she moved to the left to pass the red car, in a passing zone.
   James Giesen, age 26 of Cassville, WI, who was operating his 2015 Yamaha motorcycle, passed the white truck and struck Ritter in the back left hand side. Giesen was thrown from the motorcycle. Ritter was wearing her seat belt and was not injured in the crash. Giesen was unknown to have any eye protection on but stated he does not wear a helmet. Giesen was thrown from the motorcycle and was transported to Grant Regional Health Center by the Lancaster Rescue Squad, later Medflighted to another hospital.
   Assisting at the scene was the Lancaster Fire Dept. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene. This crash remains under investigation.
   Update: On May 6, 2019 the Grant County Sheriff's Office was notified that James Giesen passed away at UW Hospital due to complications from his injuries. This is the 3rd fatal crash in Grant County in 2019, with a total of 4 people killed.

Approach to Lansing bridge, WIS 82, reopens

The WIS 82 crossing between DeSoto, Wisconsin, and Lansing, Iowa, is open to one lane of traffic. Motorists are advised to reduce speeds and follow traffic controls along the highway between the WIS 35 intersection and the Mississippi River in Crawford County.
   The highway was closed April 25 after cracking was discovered on the highway surface. Multiple tests were performed to determine the integrity of the highway and the embankment. All test results indicate the roadway is safe for travel.
   Traffic will be routed along the westbound lane using temporary signals. The eastbound lane will remain closed for surface repairs and monitoring.

Sheriff calls for SLOW-NO wake zone on
Mississippi River near Co. K & Ambro Rd.

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office is requesting a SLOW-NO wake for the Mississippi River in the areas around residents on County Road K and Ambro Rd. The flood waters have made high speed travel dangerous to boaters and residents. Thank you for your cooperation. This SLOW-NO wake will be in effect until the Mississippi River returns to 16 foot.

Local men caught in drug arrest

On April 24, 2019 at approximately
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Above: Kenneth Marketto
Left: John Werges

9:10 p.m. the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a black 2000 Chevy Silverado on Hwy 18 near the intersection of Giard Rd.  
   Suspicion of drug activity was detected during the stop and the Prairie du Chien Police Department K-9 Unit was called to assist.  As a result, a search warrant was obtained for the vehicle and a subsequent search located approximately 43.7 grams of methamphetamine. 
   The driver, 46 year old Michael John Werges of Marquette, IA and 52 year old Kenneth Elwood Marketto of Prairie du Chien, WI were charged and arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine) with Intent to Deliver, a class B felony.  The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Prairie du Chien Police Department and Monona Police Department.    

Lansing bridge approach closed until April 30

Crawford County, WI - April 26, 2019 - State Hwy 82 from Wisconsin into Lansing Iowa will remain closed until at least Tuesday, April 30, 2019 due road hazards caused by high water. Plan alternate routes of travel. We will have an update next week.

Mississippi River to crest today

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McGregor, Iowa - April 25, 2019 - The Mississippi River flooding has inundated the Port of McGregor Riverfront Park.  The Beer & Bratz Garden can be seen in the background of the above photo.  The river is expected to crest tomorrow, Friday April 26th, at Mc Gregor. (Photo by Dave Collins, MWNews).
Update At  3:45 AM Friday the stage was 21.7 feet.  Flood stage is 16.0 feet. Moderate flooding is occurring and Moderate flooding is forecast.
   Forecast...The river will continue rising to near 21.8 feet by this morning then begin falling.  Impact...At 21.5 feet...Railroad tracks near the casino in Marquette are closed.

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