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La Crosse Police receive frosty response from a welfare check

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The La Crosse Police Department reported it was recently dispatched to the Bluffside Bar regarding a welfare check.

A well-intentioned passerby called police to report what looked like a small child bundled up in the fenced-in area of the deck. The caller indicated the child had been there for several minutes with nobody around.

Officer Graham Eddy found the “child” had an off-colored nose and was wearing buttons made of coal. What looked like a child from behind was actually a snowman figurine standing on the patio looking inside the bar.

Officer Eddy did report the snowman’s welfare was okay and did not need medical attention, but he is requested to check on the snowman again in the spring.

La Crosse Police said they always appreciate the community’s concern and compassion and encourage people to contact them if something seems suspicious.

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.