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Excavator and trailer tip over in Soldiers Grove


The Soldiers Grove Fire Department, Digger Don’s Excavating, the Crawford County Highway Department and LaFarge Towing worked together to clear the scene from the excavator that tipped over and trailer involved in the crash.

On July 6, at 11:39 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff Dept. received a report of an accident in Soldiers Grove near the intersection of USH 61 & Pine St.

A south bound 1999 Mack dump truck owned and operated by Joseph Zitzner, 53, of Viroqua, was pulling a trailer loaded with an excavator.

As Zitzner made a left-hand turn onto Pine Street, the loaded trailer began leaning and then tipped over. The street was closed for four hours till crews were able to remove the excavator and trailer. Zitzner was not injured.

Assisting at the scene were the Soldiers Grove Fire Department, Digger Don’s Excavating, the Crawford County Highway Department and LaFarge Towing.

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Anonymous donor, local businesses give $20k and in-kind supplies to animal shelter


MPC employees pictured with the animal shelter supplies they donated recently to RABAS include (front row, from left) Mike Gilman, Drake Downing, Curtis Groom, Lisa Esser, Roy Wallin, Suzie Tichenor, Lauren Nicholson; (back row) Craig Nagel, Chase Dallmann, Justin Mezera, John Gleason and Matt Brown. (Submitted photo)

Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter (RABAS) was recently the recipient of generous donations from an anonymous contributor as well as two local businesses.

A $20,000 donation was made by a benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous. This donation will greatly help the organization with final preparations, said Bev Pozega, RABAS vice-president.

The Prairie du Chien Tractor Supply Store donated three large boxes filled with dog items, including collars, harnesses, leashes and tie-outs, plus a number of miscellaneous supplies. According to store manager, Gene Gerndt, the value of the donated items was about $1,000.

Prairie du Chien MPC employees also sponsored a RABAS collection drive. MPC employees collected three large boxes of items to be used at the animal shelter. Supplies included copy paper, towels, dog beds, garbage bags, cleaning products and dog toys. In addition to the donated materials, they raised $250 for Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter.

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Two arrested in meth bust

In the early morning hours of July 2, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit was patrolling on Highway 171 and observed a suspicious vehicle parked at the West Ridge Orchard. The deputy made contact with Kimberly Sheehan, 47, Viroqua. Sheehan stated she had just left the residence of Julie Knoble, 32, Gays Mills. Both Sheehan and Knoble are on active bond for possession of methamphetamine in Crawford County and it was discovered that both were violating their bond conditions. Sheehan was placed under arrest for felony bail jumping.

A deputy then went to the residence of Julie Knoble who was found to be in possession of two separate baggies of crystal methamphetamine, several methamphetamine smoking devices, a digital scale and several plastic baggies. Sheehan’s purse was also at the residence and several methamphetamine smoking devices, a digital scale, several plastic baggies with white crystal substance and marijuana were located in the purse.

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A Look Back: 150th Blake’s Prairie Fair is here


Elephants occupied the grandstand area from Sept. 9 to 11, 1908, as many attendees watched close by.

The exhibits are always a prominent part of the fair, bringing in participants from local youth groups. Anyone can walk through these items features in the exhibit hall. Pictured are two women viewing some of the items years ago.

By Rachel Mergen

 

“It is your fair. Make it a great success this year,” John M. Kipper and Oscar Knapp, president and secretary, respectively, of the 1920 Blake’s Prairie Fair, stated when publishing their line up almost a century ago. Since then, much has changed with how the Bloomington fair operates. Yet, when the fair celebrates its 150th year July 13 to 16, it will still be the people’s fair, a time to celebrate and enjoy the community.

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War of 1812 battle rages in Prairie du Chien


A member of the United States forces fires at the British during the War of 1812 Reenactment on the Villa Louis grounds in Prairie du Chien Sunday afternoon. The battle, fought on the same grounds, from July 17 to July 20, 1814, was the only War of 1812 battle fought on what would later become Wisconsin soil. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The British forces fire their three-pound cannon at Fort Shelby Sunday afternoon.
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Norma Jean Herreid

 

Norma Jean Herreid, 86, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Tuesday, July 4, at Crossing Rivers Health, Prairie du Chien. 

 

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Robert Louis Lawlor

 

In loving memory of Robert Lawlor, beloved husband, father and grandfather.

 

Robert Louis Lawlor, 90, passed away peacefully on May 5, in Naples, Fla.

 

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Herman Lee Cathman

 

Herman Lee Cathman, 88, of Lancaster, formerly of Bagley, passed away Friday, June 30, at Atrium Post Acute Care.

 

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Mercedes A. Lang

 

Mercedes A. Lang, 93, of Wauzeka, passed away Wednesday, July 5, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

 

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Julia Lansing

 

Julia Lansing, 80, of Mt. Hope, passed away Friday, June 30, at the Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, following a brief illness. 

 

According to Julia’s wishes there will be no formal funeral services.  A private family interment will be in the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Cemetery in Ossian, Iowa.

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