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Wed
09
Jul

Woodworking mastery propels local man’s creations into magazine

Rick Bartels
Rick Bartels’ vase was the piece to help him garner attention in the world of woodworking, gaining him publication in the magazine Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts. While the vase may have gotten him noticed, Bartels maintains that the wooden-geared clock (pictured at his left) is his favorite project to date, as far as outcome. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)
Keegan Hauser
Keegan Hauser, Bartels’ grandson, skillfully moves the wood, using the scroll saw to cut out a bunny puzzle. While it may look like a daunting task, the entire process of preparing, cutting and sanding only took Keegan about 30 minutes to complete.
Finished puzzle
After a half hour, Keegan's bunny is ready for its close up. "I like to give the bunnies to younger kids because the shapes make it easier to put together," explained Bartels.
Creations
As you might imagine, there are always new projects in the world of woodworking. Some of the endeavors Bartels has conquered include various fret work designs, piggy banks, puzzles, vases, bowls, ornaments, clocks and intarsia.

 

By Caitlin Bittner

 

Tue
08
Jul

Joyce Nading

Joyce Nading, 80, of McGregor, Iowa died Thursday, July 3, at her home in McGregor.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of services on Tuesday, July 8, at the First Lutheran Church, McGregor, Iowa

Memorial Services will be at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8, at the First Lutheran Church, McGregor, Iowa. 

Tue
08
Jul

Jim O'Kane

James “Jim” O'Kane, 75, of Rolling Ground, passed away on Wednesday, July 2, at University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, after succumbing to a nine-week hospitalization due to pancreatitis.

Jim was born on Feb. 26, 1939, the son of Leo and Kathryn (Moran) O’Kane in Boscobel. He grew up in Prairie du Chien, where he attended Campion Jesuit High School. He married Sheryl (Sherry) Herdegen on July 12, 1969, in Wauwatosa. 

Tue
08
Jul

Arnold Bland

Arnold “Tony” Dean Bland, 87, of Marquette, Iowa, died Saturday, July 5, at his home in Marquette, Iowa. 

He was born on Aug. 12, 1926, to Freborn and Rosa E. (Billington) Bland in Waterloo, Iowa. Tony attended Lowell Elementary and Waterloo West High School. He entered the Army and served in WWII and the Korean War. 

Mon
07
Jul

Stevensons to preside over Seneca Ridge and Valley Rally

The Seneca Community Club has announced the King and Queen of the 21st annual Ridge and Valley Rally: Myrna and Randy Stevenson.

Myrna and Randy were both born and raised in the Seneca area. They have been married 34 years and raised four sons: Nathan (Rachel), of Fairview; Elliot, of St. Paul; Brady, of La Crosse; and Zach, who passed away in 2009. They have one granddaughter and another grandchild on the way.

Myrna has been employed with the Farm Service Agency in Viroqua for two and a half years and with the company for 35 years. Her favorite hobby is quilting. She has gifted quilts to all of her children and granddaughter as well as donated several to the St. Patrick’s Church in Seneca for their annual Bazaar that occurs in September.

Randy has been employed at BAPI in Gays Mills for over three years as a production technician. He enjoys the outdoors and working in the yard at home.

Mon
07
Jul

Gun fire behind Cassville tavern

CASSVILLE—On June 28, at approximately 2:37 a.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call in reference to gun fire behind the Silver Spigot Saloon in the village of Cassville.
Officers arrived and located items of drug paraphernalia and a shell casing in the beer garden area behind the tavern.

After an investigation involving officers from the Cassville Police Department, Potosi Police Department, Lancaster Police Department and the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, Cory Michael Conn of Cassville and a 17-year-old boy were arrested. A handgun was located and taken by officers. Nobody was injured in the incident.

Mon
07
Jul

Man found dead on road

On July 1 at 5:05 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a call from a passerby on Adams Road in rural Clayton Township that there was an unresponsive man lying on Adams Road next to a parked vehicle. North Crawford Rescue and Sheriff’s deputies responded and found Joshua G. Krambeer, 33, rural Soldiers Grove, deceased lying face down on the roadway. Krambeer’s vehicle was parked on the shoulder of the road near Krambeer’s body. Krambeer was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Joe Morovits.

An autopsy was performed on July 2 at the UW Hospital in Madison. Preliminary autopsy results indicated that Krambeer had a severely blocked main artery in his heart. The evidence at the scene indicated that Krambeer was alone at the time of his death and no foul play is suspected.

Mon
07
Jul

Growing WSOR rail yard not entirely pleasing to local citizens

By Correne Martin

The west end of Prairie du Chien along the Highway 18 Bypass will soon depict a different landscape. By the end of the year, Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Company plans to expand its transloading site, currently used by Pattison Sand Company for loading and unloading sand.

On Tuesday night, July 1, representatives from the rail company presented plans to the Prairie du Chien Common Council to build a seven-track rail engine and car storage yard to the north of the already intended $1.3 million, 5,090-square-foot building on the south portion of the site. WSOR was not exactly met with pleasantries from the council or the community, which was represented by about 40 in attendance. Yet it was made clear during the meeting that the transformation will take place on state-owned property, which is exempt from any city riverfront zoning laws, meaning local government has little to say about the expansion.

Mon
07
Jul

PdC Police Department getting 2 new vehicles, hiring full-time officer

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council approved the purchase of two vehicles, the disposition of three vehicles and the move to hire a full-time police officer at its Tuesday night, July 1, meeting. The action was in response to Police Chief Chad Abram’s requests to amend the police budget.

A total of $3,500 in revenue is expected from the sale of three squad cars. The two new vehicles will likely be a Ford Interceptor SUV and a pickup for police use in setting out barricades, hauling the speed board, etc. Abram said both are anticipated to last 10 years.

Mon
30
Jun

Mill Coulee gets 3 inches in an hour


Pictured is what remains of a driveway on Mill Coulee Road north of Prairie du Chien after Sunday night’s heavy rainfall and wind. According to the reports from a homeowner on Mill Coulee Road, around three inches of rain fell in 45 minutes to an hour Sunday around 10 p.m. The National Weather Service of La Crosse stated that water was backing up on the road around 10:20. Also, streets were flooded in Prairie du Chien and there was a possible mudslide on Highway 60 in Crawford County. Do you have storm photos you would like to share with the Courier? Find Courier Press Newspaper on Facebook and post as you wish. (Photos by Tara Vannatta)

Pavement washed off the roadway

More pavement gone

A berm of concrete and large rock was washed out.

A homeowner's dike washed away

Road washed out

Corn saturated

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