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Wed
31
May

State Track Meet Qualifiers


Wauzeka-Steuben’s Allison Oswald (right) clears a hurdle in the 300-meter hurdles in a meet earlier this season at Viroqua. (Photo courtesy of Wauzeka-Steuben High School)

River Ridge’s Faith Schier runs in the 3200 relay in a meet earlier this season in Boscobel. (Courier Press file photo)

The River Ridge 3200-meter relay team finished second at the Bangor Sectional to qualify for the State Track and Field Meet. The team is Faith Schier, Rachael Herrick, Taylor Langmeier and Skylar White. (Photo courtesy of the River Ridge Facebook page)

The River Ridge 1600-meter relay team took fourth at the Bangor Sectional to qualify for the State Track and Field Meet in La Crosse. The team is Karli Jandro, Faith Schier, Rachael Herrick and Skylar White. (Photo courtesy of the River Ridge Facebook page)

 

Area track 

and field athletes 

headed to state

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Several area high school track and field athletes have qualified for the State Track and Field Meet to be held at UW ­– La Crosse on June 2 and June 3.

Wed
31
May

Fatality occurs when high water washes out bridge


A portion of Highway 82 at the Lansing bridge eroded and washed away early Tuesday morning. A vehicle driven by James Walleser, 59, of Lansing, Iowa, drove into the undermined area and became submerged in the Mississippi River. Walleser was pronounced dead upon being pulled from the river. (Crawford County Sheriff’s Department photo)

By Correne Martin

An area man died Tuesday morning, May 30, when his vehicle fell into a washed out portion of roadway at the Lansing bridge and became submerged in the river, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed.

Emergency officials from Crawford and Allamakee counties were called to Highway 82, a half-mile west of Highway 35, in Freeman Township, just after 4:20 a.m. Tuesday, for a reported traffic accident. Authorities found that James Walleser, 59, of Lansing, Iowa, had been operating a 2000 Jeep east on Highway 82, when his vehicle crossed a bridge span and drove onto a part of the roadway that had washed out. The vehicle fell into the Mississippi River and was completely submerged.

Authorities said a witness, who was a quarter-mile behind Walleser when the incident happened, contacted Crawford County. Walleser was said to be going to work at the time of the accident.

Wed
31
May

Dairy royalty to begin journey pouring their hearts into the industry


Crawford County’s 2017 dairy royalty, crowned May 21 at the dairy kickoff banquet, are (from left) Rita Sime, Lil Miss Squirt Attendant; Sarah Kearns, Dairy Princess; and Grace Callahan, Lil Miss Squirt. (Photo by Donna Hartley)

Strong support for the dairy industry brought out a “full house” for the Crawford County Dairy Kick-Off Banquet Sunday night, May 21, at the Eastman United Methodist Fellowship Hall, where Sarah Kearns was crowned the 2017 Crawford County Dairy Princess.

Sarah, the 17-year-old daughter of Tom and Beth Kearns, will serve as Crawford County’s 61st Dairy Princess. She grew up on her family’s 150-cow dairy farm near Seneca. She is homeschooled and will graduate this spring.

Sarah is involved in 4-H dairy judging, the dairy and livestock quiz bowl team and is a club officer. She is also active in the junior Holstein and Crawford County state fair dairy team. Sarah’s duties on the farm include calf barn manager, registering calves, keeping cow records and milking. Her favorite activities are showing Holsteins and driving tractor.

Wed
31
May

Farmers markets ready to satisfy cravings

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Lioubov Nagel sells jams and soup, along with many other homemade products at the Prairie Street Market. The market is open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lucky Park in downtown Prairie du Chien. (Photos by Rachel Mergen)
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Barb and Jim Fox own and operate the West Side Farmer’s Market, open every Saturday and Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the intersection of Wisconsin Street and Highway 18 West in Prairie du Chien.

By Rachel Mergen

Farmers markets are a great way to calm the craving for locally-grown, organic produce in small communities. Prairie du Chien is the home of two, both ready to satisfy an appetite for anything from tomatoes to chicken soup.

One of these markets is West Side Farmer’s Market, which has been present in the community for the past 14 years. The history of this market runs much farther back though. Approximately 40 years ago, the father of Jim Fox, the current owner of West Side Farmer’s Market, opened a market in McGregor, Iowa. He ran his market until his passing, which was when Fox’s mother attempted to take over. Age limited her ability to do so though, and soon enough, Fox took control and moved the market to Prairie du Chien.

Tue
30
May

Julia A. Setterlun

 

Julia A. Setterlun, 91, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Thursday, May 25, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor, Iowa. 

 

She was born Sept, 1, 1925. in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of John and Lulubelle (Petis) Slyfield. Early in life, Julia worked as a nurse for the Boscobel Hospital. 

Tue
30
May

Lucille Mary (Sperfslage) Berns

 

Lucille Mary (Sperfslage) Berns, 84, of Prairie du Chien, passed away in her home Sunday, May 28, after a brief illness. 

 

Tue
30
May

Harold Leroy Miles, Jr.

 

Harold Leroy Miles, Jr., 50, of Lindale, Ga., passed away Tuesday, May 23.

 

He was born in Boscobel, on April 6, 1967, son of the former Mary Steines and the late Ben Redington. He, with his wife, co-owned and operated Miles Fabrication, Inc. in Cedartown, Ga. He was of the Christian faith.

Tue
30
May

Marjorie Esther Ruth Walter

 

Marjorie Esther Ruth Walter, 79, of Luana, Iowa, died Wednesday, May 24, at Great River Care Center, McGregor, Iowa. 

 

Thu
25
May

James Arthur Wallin

 

James Arthur Wallin, 82, of Mountain Home, Ark., passed away on May 16.

 

He was born Aug. 30, 1934,  in Seneca, the son of Charles and Marion Horal Wallin. James was a 1952 graduate of Seneca High School. He married Mary O’Brien on Sept. 28, 1990, in Urbana, Ill., and worked as an industrial engineer for Caradco. 

Wed
24
May

River Ridge bus, dump truck collide


Rescue crews from about 10 different departments worked on the scene of a school bus versus dump truck crash in Patch Grove Township Tuesday afternoon, caring for the eight children, bus driver and truck driver involved in the accident that stunned the River Ridge School District community. (Photo by Correne Martin)

River Ridge Principal Clay Koenig (left) and Superintendent Jeff Athey (center) speak with officials and walk the crash site moments after one of the district’s school buses was involved in a collision Tuesday afternoon. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The dump truck involved was owned by Lepke Trucking. It ended up on the roadside. The driver appeared uninjured at the scene.

Some rays of sunshine peeked through darkened skies as rescue personnel assess the scene on County P.

The dump truck came to rest on the north side of County P.

Emergency crews brought injured students up out of the field to ambulances.

Teacher Joe Schulte reflects upon the accident situation from a distance.

By Correne Martin

A River Ridge school bus carrying children was struck by a dump truck Tuesday afternoon, May 23, not far from the district’s Patch Grove facilities. The Grant County Sheriff’s Department reported eight children and the driver were injured in the collision, which happened around 3:55 p.m., at the intersection of County Highway P and Morgan Road/Borah Ridge Road in Patch Grove Township.

The sheriff’s department said a Warco school bus entered County P from Morgan Road, as a westbound dump truck, owned by Lepke Trucking, crested a hill and couldn’t stop before crashing into the front of the bus near the exit doors. Upon impact, the dump truck exited the roadway on the north shoulder and came to a rest. The school bus spun around and went backward off the road, through the ditch and a barbed wire fence, before coming to a rest in the pasture.

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