Gary and Janie Riba had owned the Chokio Review less than a month when a school-day blizzard stranded a busload of children on a cold country road. Janie was at home with sons Cory, 4, and Todd, 6 months. Gary joined in the rescue effort. Its success gave Janie much good news to report in the January 19, 1967, issue.
Most of the front page was dedicated to three photos of the stranded bus and interviews with the students and Clayton Kolling, the heroic bus driver who walked three times in the storm to find help. The stories, written under deadline, include a great deal of specific information and extensive quotes.
Recently the Chokio Review’s owner, Nick Ripperger, gave permission for this website to publish a transcript of these news stories. You can find the articles on the Links page, titled “Transcripts of the Chokio Review Rescue Coverage.”
Gary and Jane Riba will be sharing their memories in a later blog post.