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Drowning victim identified as Rushford man

Kaitlyn Riley

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The Fillmore County Sheriff’s office said the body of the man located in the Root River Wednesday is 58-year-old William Michel of Rushford, Minn.

Michel went missing after fishing on an inflatable raft Tuesday. The Minnesota DNR located his body Wednesday around 1:30 a short distance downstream from where the empty raft was found.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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