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Prairie du Chien man arrested on two counts of burglary from storage units

A rural Prairie du Chien man was arrested last week on two counts of burglary from storage units in Prairie du Chien Township, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

During the month of February, the sheriff’s department received two separate reports of burglarized storage units located on County K in the township. Entry was forcefully gained into the units by cutting the padlocks. Once entry was gained, several miscellaneous items of value were stolen from within. They included power tools, hand tools, fishing equipment and household items, with an estimated value in the thousands of dollars.

The sheriff’s department continued to actively investigate the burglaries. On Monday, April 4, the sheriff’s department initiated contact with Christopher Caya, 38, a suspect in the burglaries. Caya was ultimately arrested on the two counts of burglary.

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Wauzeka community fundraises for park/garden in sisters’ memory


The family of Trinity and Lena Bartels, and the Wauzeka community, hope to create a memorial park and garden on Main Street where their home once stood. These two sisters were just 15 and 12 when a Jan. 19 house fire claimed their young lives. An April 23 benefit will help build the park in honor of the girls and how they touched the small community.

The video game phenomenon, Halo, announced, in late February, an update that pays tribute to Trinity and Lena Bartels. Because Adam Bartels is a well-known fan and player within the Halo community, developer 343 Industries created an in-game update called the “Spartans Never Walk Alone pack.” The pack contains the True Light emblem, which is named after the first initial of each of Adam and Rebecca’s daughters’ names, and is the first animated emblem presented in Halo 5. All players received this pack as part of a free update. Also, a special feature has been added in Halo 5’s new Arena map, Torque. As players look up and scan the stars above, the names Trinity and Lena will be visible in the night sky. (Facebook photo)

By Correne Martin

Sisters Trinity and Lena Bartels were always together. They were sweet girls with angelic faces, who enjoyed traveling with their parents and were blessed with a zest for life. They were bright, shining spirits within the small community of Wauzeka, where they attended school their entire lives.

But, on Jan. 19, 2016, the unthinkable happened.

A house fire that started late in the night on Jan. 18, and continued into Jan. 19, claimed the girls’ young lives. Just as they always were in life, they were together when they died.

The community of Wauzeka remains devastated over the tragic loss of two of its most innocent. Although, in a way, as tragedy sometimes does, the fire’s aftermath has seemed to bring the community closer. Also, the support, love and prayers have meant so much to the girls’ parents, Adam and Rebecca Bartels.

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Gays Mills man admits taking sexually explicit photos of 12-year-old

By Kevin Murphy, originally for the La Crosse Tribune, reprinted with permission

A Gays Mills man who admitted sending sexually explicit photos of a minor to a Snapchat user he thought was his ex-wife pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to distributing child pornography.

Ricky Olson, 57, also stipulated that he attempted to send an obscene image of himself to a minor he knows, received sexually explicit images of the same minor and possessed child pornography.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Pfluger:

Snapchat is an internet site where users can send each other photos which appear on computer or mobile devices for 10 seconds and then vanish. The site is designed not to store photos, but a user can take a “screen shot” of the displayed image, which Olson did.

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Dale L. Konichek

 

Dale L. Konichek, 68, of Mt. Hope passed away unexpectedly Thursday, April 7, at his home. 

He was born Feb. 1, 1948 in Prairie du Chien the son of Lloyd and Lillian (Novak) Konichek. He served in the US Navy aboard the Carrier Independence. Dale worked at 3M Company and later MPC in Prairie du Chien. He was also trained as a farrier and loved horses. Dale later worked at Bituma Store as a welder. 

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John Francis Walz

 

John Francis Walz, 94, passed away peacefully at home in Columbus, Wis. on Tuesday, April 5.

John was born in Lynxville, March 22, 1922. His parents were Loretta and Frank Walz. He had 2 brothers Thomas and George, and one sister Elizabeth. 

John was married to Caroline Marie Duha on Feb. 22, 1943. They had twelve children. He was divorced and remarried to Binnie J. Summers on Oct. 18, 1980. Binnie had 5 children.

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Steven D. Cox

 

Steven D. Cox, 61, of Prairie du Chien passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday, April 5. 

He was born Aug. 16, 1954 in Baraboo, the son of Orville and Darlene (Burris) Cox. He married Linda Tangney on May 4, 1979 in North Freedom. Steve was retired from the Canadian Pacific Railroad and was currently employed at Kwik Trip in Prairie du Chien. 

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Glenna M. Schwenn

 

On April 7, Glenna M. Schwenn, daughter of Ed and Edith Mehne, passed away of complications from cancer.

Born Jan. 30, 1926 in Almond, Wis., she and her older sister, Kathleen, were raised in farm life. She met Lee W. Schwenn at a dance, and were married Jan. 16, 1947. After their son, William “Skip,” was born on Lee’s birthday Dec. 23, 1948, she elected to devote herself full-time to making and nurturing her family’s home life. She injected her own unique style of enthusiasm and adventure into her marriage and parenthood, shaping ordinary activities into fun events. After Skip moved into adulthood, she learned and performed volunteer nursing assistance duties at a local hospital.

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Mary C. Kapinus

 

Mary C. Kapinus, 70, of Wauzeka died unexpectedly Wednesday, April 6, at the Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. 

She was born June 12, 1945 in Platteville, the daughter of George and Eva (Udelhoven) Pennekamp. She married William Kapinus on Oct. 2, 1965 in Tennyson. Mary worked at Rayovac in Fennimore, for over 29 years until her retirement. She enjoyed Bingo and was a member of the Red Hat Society. Her greatest joy was her family, especially her grandchildren. 

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Highway 18-60 Construction


The clearing of trees and landscaping has been ongoing since mid-March as part of the Highway 18-Highway 60 Project. Depending upon the weather, some paving for the $17 million project could begin soon.

 

Paving should begin soon 

on Highway 18-60 Project

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The $17 million Highway 18-Highway 60 project began a few weeks ago with the clearing of trees and landscaping on both sides of Highway 18 in the town of Bridgeport.

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Apr

County Board Election

 

County Board to have five new supervisors

There will be five new members on the Crawford County Board following the April 5 election. 

In District 8, newcomer Mary Kuhn defeated newcomer Bob Jorgensen 197 votes to 122. Incumbent Phil Mueller did not seek re-election. 

In District 11, newcomer Wayne Jerrett Jr. defeated incumbent Elling Jones 209-141. 

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