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26
Jan

Train strikes car, no injuries


This 1999 Honda Civic, driven by Kathryn Banasik, 65, La Crosse, was only minimally damaged after being clipped by a moving Burlington Northern Santa Fe train Wednesday evening, Jan. 21, in Prairie du Chien.

By Correne Martin

A La Crosse driver and her passenger safely escaped her vehicle before it was struck by a train in Prairie du Chien Wednesday evening, Jan. 21, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

At 5:37 p.m., Officer Tony Berg responded to the East Blackhawk Avenue intersection with the railroad tracks to find a 1999 Honda Civic that had been struck by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train. The driver, Kathryn Banasik, 65, and her male passenger had exited the vehicle prior to the collision.

According to the Prairie du Chien Police Department, Banasik was driving eastbound on Blackhawk Avenue when she realized she was operating her car without headlights. She attempted to pull to the side of the roadway to turn on the lights but mistakenly drove off the road’s surface onto the tracks. A northbound BNSF train then hit the vehicle, causing minimal damage to the driver’s side front end.

Mon
26
Jan

Villa Louis Pond Restoration


A restoration project has begun for the Villa Louis duck ponds. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Villa Louis Historic Site pond 

restoration project in fund-raising, planning stage

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
26
Jan

Eagles Telethon achieves 40 years, looks to exceed $750,000 this year


It wouldn’t be the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon without the locally-famous Ding-a-Lings. These lovely ladies have been performing on the telethon stage since the very first year of the event in 1976. (Photo by Randy Paske)

By Correne Martin

The Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon will reach a major milestone on Saturday, Jan. 31. Not only will this be the 40th year of the community celebration in support of heart and cancer research, but it will also be the year in which donations exceed $750,000. That’s three-quarters of a million dollars!

The 2015 talent show, live auction and eight-hour spectacle will begin at 5 p.m. at Bluff View Intermediate School in Prairie du Chien and last until 1 a.m. Up to 15 raffles and live auction items will include a 2014-15 mens’ Wisconsin Badger basketball, signed by all the players and coaches; a 2014-15 Packer football signed by the team; a Robin Yount signed print; a Corey Hart signed print accompanied by two Brewers club seat tickets.

Mon
26
Jan

Travis W. Baughman

 

Travis W. Baughman, 45, passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer. 

He was born Feb. 23, 1969 in San Jose, Calif., the son of Conrad and Marian (Ivancovich) Baughman. Travis currently worked as a contractor with his father for Baughman Construction. He was a talented artist and enjoyed painting, tile work and making household items including furniture. 

Fri
23
Jan

David Alan Waterman

 

David Alan Waterman, 65 of Cedar Falls, Iowa and formerly of Denver and McGregor, Iowa, died on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the Bickford Cottage Assisted Living.

Fri
23
Jan

Michael (Mickey) Aschom

 

A former Lansing resident, Michael (Mickey) Aschom, 71, passed away Thursday, Jan. 22 at a nursing home in Rushford, Minn., following a long illness.

He is survived by his wife, Marion; one brother, Norb of Prairie du Chien; and three sisters, Kathy Christopherson of La Crosse, Susan Ekern of Rushford and Julie Buel of Florida; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are Saturday, Jan. 24, at 12 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Rushford.

Thu
22
Jan

Margaret Ann Schmidt (nee Walker)

 

In loving memory of Margaret Ann Schmidt (nee Walker) who went to be with our Lord on Jan. 21. 

Thu
22
Jan

Evelyn Marie Manning

 

Evelyn Marie Manning, 90, of Wexford, Iowa passed away peacefully at Thornton Manor on Jan. 21, surrounded by her loving family. 

Evelyn was born June 29, 1924 to Leo and Marie (Ferring) Troendle on a farm in rural Lycurgus, Iowa. She was the oldest of four children.

Wed
21
Jan

Eastman man charged with fifth OWI

A 45-year-old Eastman man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fifth offense).

Corey Lee Hammond faces up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Hammond was driving in Prairie du Chien when he attempted to make a turn, missed the street and ended up in snowbank in a nearby yard. Hammond then backed up and proceeded down the street, the complaint said.

A Prairie du Chien Police Officer then stopped Hammond and subsequently placed him under arrest.

Hammond has previously been convicted of an OWI four times.

Wed
21
Jan

Where do your taxes go in the city of Prairie du Chien?


TOTAL TAXES ON A $100,000 HOME

By Correne Martin

Full payment or at least the first installment of property taxes in Prairie du Chien are due to the city by Saturday, Jan. 31. (Second installments must be paid to the county treasurer by July 31.) Prairie du Chien tax bills are around $2,890 per $100,000 of property value, which equals a decrease of about $5.39 over the previous year.

A breakdown of the 2014 tax bill, generated by City Administrator Aaron Kramer, can help property owners understand exactly where their money is going.

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