In early February, town of Ripon Police Capt. Howard Stibb and local resident Dean Luker — both avid snowmobilers — helped a driver stuck in a snowstorm.
“Shortly after midnight, I had gotten a call of a vehicle stranded in the storm on Douglas Street near Locust Road. I had made an effort to get out there by car, but found both Douglas Street and Locust Road was impassable. I found this out firsthand by getting stuck on Locust Road near Highway E. After waiting about 45 minutes to get out of the ditch myself, and not having a highway plow available to help, I decided to try to get to this car by snowmobile. I was able to make contact with the lady by phone and assured her help was on the way. Being a member of the Silver Creek Sno-Odders Snowmobile Club, I called Dean Luker, who lives nearby and is also a member of our snowmobile club. I asked him to come and assist me in locating this vehicle. We were able to locate the vehicle and gave the driver a ride back to her employment at Spartech. We were asked to attempt to retrieve another motorist on Highway KK but had to decline because of the whiteout conditions.” Read the full article in the Feb. 24 Ripon Commonwealth Press.