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Bob Bergum, who won NAIA All-American football honors as a defensive tackle at Platteville State University was drafted last week in the 10th round by the Detroit Lions. He is the son of Eugene and Thelma Bergum, Route 1 in Rio and a graduate of Columbus High School.

Dickason School was broken into and Chief of Police Al Walters reported that 12 half-pint cartons of milk were stolen.


In a special meeting, the Columbus City Council considered re-building the Fireman’s Park Pool and an alternative plan to join with the school board in construction of a new indoor pool at the high school. Repairs to the 22-year-old pool would cost $33,000. The present pool was built in 1956 at as cost of $75,000. One suggestion was to build a dome enclosing the outdoor pool. This was rejected by the council because of an estimated cost of $650,000—$675,000.

Fall River defeated Princeton 64-58 in overtime to break its 43-game losing streak in boys’ basketball.


A Columbus resident joined more than 1,755 other snowmobilers as they toured to raise money to fight multiple sclerosis. Lyle Elske, 602 Dix Street, joined snowmobilers in Hurley, Wisconsin as they toured over 250 miles of trails in the MS 500-plus. Elske raised more than $1,300 in pledges.

First place winners in the Knights of Columbus Council #1609 Basketball Free Throw Contest included Andy Salzwedel, Scott Gerber, Eric Dunning, Ben McCormick, Juan Guerrero, Trisha Breitlow, and Kim Statz.


Columbus Police officers Scott Rychnovsky and Roger Witthuhn stopped a car with a defective taillight on Highway 151. The officers felt a “big rush of wind” only to see an airplane with no lights or engine running silently land behind them. The pilot used the flashing lights of the squad cars to safely land his plane on the Highway 151 bypass, after running out of fuel.

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