One day, Dale Prisinger was gazing out his window at the peaceful view of the Whetstone River Valley, when he spotted some unidentified floating objects in the water. He decided to go down to the river to investigate the area near the bridge. He discovered some discarded chairs, a lawn mower, and a sofa under the water.
Dale, and his wife, Linda, were so disgusted someone had dumped their castoffs in the Whetstone River, Linda posted the incident online. Their neighbor removed the chairs and lawnmower, but the couch was out of reach and stayed in the river. Dale also contacted the local Game, Fish and Parks office, and that agency contacted Grant County to resurrect it. They were also unsuccessful, as the booms on their equipment weren’t long enough. It seemed as though the sofa would remain dead in the water.
A few weeks ago, Dale was driving his four-wheeler to help his neighbors recapture a stray cow. Dale said he saw a pickup parked on the bridge and a couple of young guys. One of the teens was bow fishing. He stopped to chat with them and joked they should snag the sofa and pull it to shore.
The next night, the Prisingers heard a knock on their door. Nathan Hansen, Ethan Bohn, and Zach Aker, all seniors at Milbank High School, stood outside. They told Dale they had fished the unwelcome sofa out of the creek.
The three young men had entered the cold water, dragged the water-saturated couch up the bank, and loaded it into the back of their pickup. The Prisingers were even more impressed when they examined the furniture and learned the muddy sofa was a hide-a-bed. (Guess you can’t hide a bed or a sofa in the river when there are Bulldogs around!)
The guys finished the job by properly disposing of the sofa. “They went above and beyond. They could have driven past and not worried about it,” said Dale. “They didn’t have to do it, but they did it anyway,” said Linda. Kudos to these three Bulldogs for taking responsibility, saving the river, and giving a whole new meaning to couch surfing!
Pictured with their prize catch Nathan Hansen, Ethan Bohn, and Zach Aker