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Law enforcement seeks help finding suspect

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MONONA, IOWA—Several arrest warrants have been issued for Troy Alan Laufenberg, of Monona, Iowa. Laufenberg’s whereabouts however are unknown at this time. If anyone can assist officers in locating Laufenberg, they are asked to please contact DCI Special Agent Mike Krapfl, (563) 599-4239.

When apprehended,  Laufenberg will be charged with child endangerment (class D felony), possession with intent to deliver (class D felony), possession of a controlled substance (serious misdemeanor), and possession of drug paraphernalia (simple misdemeanor).

These charges are a result of the collection and analysis of evidence seized during the execution of a search warrant on July 19, at the home of Troy Laufenberg and Emily Voshell. The pair lived at 103½ E. Center St., Monona, Iowa.

Officers were initially called to the residence on July 15, for a report of an injured child, who is now believed to have suffered injuries consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome.

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Aug

Boat capsizes, six people escape injury

Around 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, a 1977 tri-hull boat, operated by David Masbruch, 66, Belmont, capsized on the Mississippi River.

According to Burt Walters of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Masbruch, who also had five passengers on board, was at an idle speed when a big cruiser came out of the Marquette no-wake zone and opened up speed, causing a wave to wash over and fill the Masbruch boat.

Alarmed at the water in the boat, the occupants stood up, causing the boat to flip.

Walters said all passengers were wearing life jackets. Two passengers got gasoline on them, but were not seriously hurt.

The boat, worth an estimated $650, was totaled.

The operator of the cruiser was not identified.

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05
Aug

Proposed improvements for Hwy. 18 discussed at public meeting Aug. 15

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will hold a public information meeting to discuss the proposed improvements of US Highway 18 from South Town Lane to Highway 60 in the town of Bridgeport. The meeting is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15, in Community Room at the Bridgeport Fire Station, 63176 Vineyard Road. A brief presentation will be made at 5:15 p.m.

Project improvement concepts include reconstructing Highway 18 between South Town Lane and Highway 60. The highway will be widened from the existing 2-3 lane roadway to a 4-lane divided roadway, and improvements made to the Highway 18/Highway 60 intersection. Access points will be reduced by realigning and combining various side roads before connecting to Highway 18. Construction is currently scheduled for 2016. The project will be constructed in stages while remaining open to traffic.

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05
Aug

Eby hopes to make an impact overseas, one photo at a time

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By Correne Martin

Rebecca Eby has made it her life’s mission to make a difference.

As the director of the non-profit Prairie du Chien Downtown Revitalization Inc. (PDRI), she works with volunteers who generate change locally. She serves on the boards for the Crawford County Community Fund and Driftless Wisconsin Grown, and does what she can through those organizations to improve the region’s environment, communities and families. Through her experiences in the military and as a professional photographer for the past seven years, Rebecca has also served her country and tried to share the stories of those causes most important to her.

Mon
05
Aug

A ‘Big & Rich’ country party


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Big Kenny of Big & Rich

John Rich of Big & Rich

Cowboy Troy was a highlight of the Big & RIch set

Mike Eli, lead singer of Eli Young Band

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Big & Rich, composed of the duo Big Kenny (left) and John Rich, closed down Friday night’s party at Country on the River in Bridgeport. They performed their own hits as well as many cover songs that kept the crowd moving under the stars. Pictured, their band was joined on stage by some happy cowgirls as well as two members of the military, whose service to our country was acknowledged with a toast by all watching the show. This year’s Country on the River went much smoother than last year, according to General Manager Scotty Sheckler. (Photo by Correne Martin)

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Aug

Prairie du Chien sports schedule

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Prairie du Chien has published their 2012-13 sports schedule. 

Thu
01
Aug

Tesars celebrate 45 years

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Sharon Bradley and John Tesar were married Aug. 3, 1968 in Glen Haven. Helping them celebrate their 45 years of mar-riage is their son, Tim of Prairie du Chien and daughter and son-in-law Kim and Leon Trappe of Monona. They also have 2 grandpets Bugsee Boobug and Mia Mae Trappe.

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01
Aug

City of PdC considers future of K-9 program

With the resignation of Heather Gokey from the Prairie du Chien Police Department, the city of Prairie du Chien is going to be considering options for the future of its K-9 unit.

According to City Administrator Aaron Kramer, he and Police Chief Chad Abram will soon discuss the options.

“I think we have some opportunities to discuss where the program goes, both within the department and, perhaps, with other law enforcement agencies,” Kramer said. “We are not shutting down our K-9 program permanently, despite rumors to the contrary. But we do have some financial challenges to face and overcome to restore the program, but they are not impossible challenges.”

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01
Aug

Crawford Stewardship Project submits hearing request regarding sand mine

The Crawford Stewardship Project (CSP) submitted an Administrative Law Hearing Request pursuant to 227.42 Wisconsin Statutes on the Pattison Sand Nonmetallic Mining Operations General Permit WI-0046515-5 on Friday, July 26 to DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. The permit covers the stormwater control requirements and habitat issues for the frac sand mine in Bridgeport Township in Crawford County.

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01
Aug

Construction at Washington St. Park underway, starts soon at Campion Landing

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Employees of Linden Construction of Linden, work on the new kayak and canoe rental building in Washington Street Park Tuesday morning. The new building is part of the $175,197 Washington Street Park improvement project.

By Ted Pennekamp

The river has gone down enough so that construction has begun on the Washington Street Park improvement project. The lower river level also means that the Campion Street Boat Landing project will also soon begin.
The primary contractor for both projects is Rule Construction of Dodgeville. The Washington Street Park project will cost $175,197 and the Campion Street Boat Landing project will cost $238,694 for a total of $413,891. City funds will pay for $195,141.55 while funds from other sources will be $218,749.45.

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