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Elliott sets school record

Taylor Elliott
Taylor Elliott

 

Elliott sets 

Prairie du Chien 

wrestling wins record

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Prairie du Chien senior Taylor Elliott continues to have an excellent season while also adding to his career total as Prairie du Chien High School’s all-time winningest wrestler. 

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10
Feb

Winter Olympics

Opening Ceremonies
The U.S. delegation marches into Fisht Olympic Stadium on Friday during the Opening Ceremonies. (Photo by Nick DeJulio)

 

‘We are having an extraordinary time in Sochi’

By Nick DeJulio

 

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Feb

Mary Antoine at Olympics

Olympic Park
Mary Antoine stands in front of the Olympic Park. (Photo contributed by Mary Antoine and Nick DeJulio)

 

Olympic Opening Ceremony was spectacular

By Mary Antoine 

 

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10
Feb

Freightliner truck, pickup sideswipe

On Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 9:09 a.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a two-vehicle crash in the village of Eastman on Main Street at Shanghai Ridge Road.

Terry Weishoff, 44, Lake Mills, was driving a 2014 Freightliner straight truck south on Main Street when he veered left to go around a southbound 1991 GMC pickup driven by Robert Stuckey, 64, Eastman. Weishoff thought Stuckey was turning right when he passed. In fact Stuckey was going to turn left.  Weishoff’s vehicle sideswiped Stuckey’s vehicle.

Weishoff and Stuckey claimed no injuries.

Weishoff’s vehicle sustained minor right side damage.  Stuckey’s vehicle sustained moderate left side damage.

Both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene.

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10
Feb

Sen. Baldwin’s staff holding local office hours

Staff from U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s office will be providing office hours in Crawford County on Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 1 to 2 p.m., at the Crawford County Administrative Building, Room 215, Prairie du Chien. Constituents will have the chance to meet with staff and request assistance with a federal agency or discuss other federal issues. No appointments are necessary. The public is encouraged to stop by during these office hours.

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10
Feb

Agriprocessors’ ex-manager gets 41-month prison term

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA—A former manager at an Iowa slaughterhouse will spend 30 more months in prison for harboring and financially exploiting immigrant workers who were in the U.S. illegally, a federal judge ruled recently.

U.S. District Judge Linda Reade gave former Agriprocessors Inc. manager Hosam Amara a 41-month prison term, the most recommended under advisory sentencing guidelines. But she said that Amara would get credit for 11 months he has already spent in custody since his arrest in Israel and extradition to the U.S., and she rejected a prosecution request for a longer sentence.

Amara is the latest figure to be sentenced to prison after a May 2008 immigration raid at the Agriprocessors Inc. plant in which 389 workers were arrested. The plant in Postville had become the nation’s largest kosher slaughterhouse, and the majority of its 1,000 workers had come to the U.S. illegally from Guatemala, Mexico and elsewhere.

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10
Feb

Arlington fire claims 5 lives

ARLINGTON, IOWA—On Friday, Jan. 24, the Arlington Fire Department received a call at 3:35 a.m. of a house fire at 5094 F. Ave., approximately four miles southwest of Arlington, Iowa. When crews arrived on the scene, the house was fully engulfed in flames, and it took crews at least two to three hours to realize the extent of the tragedy,  that there were five people who perished in the fire.

Arlington Fire Chief Paul Seedorff said, “I just knew with the way the structure looked when we got here, there wasn’t going to be any way we’d be able to get inside and do anything about it.”
Brutal wind chills forced crews from Arlington, Stanley, and Aurora to fight the fire in shifts.

The address was recently listed in public records as the residence of James Dean McCain, 30.

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10
Feb

New Extension agent is ready to team up and maximize community potential

will cronin
Crawford County UW-Extension Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development (CNRED) Educator Will Cronin is happy to partner up with public entities and programs in order to provide services, resources and expertise in the best interest of the community. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

There’s a new agent in the Crawford County Extension Office who is ready to help local communities become more successful, sustainable and competitive places where people want to live, work, play and do business. Will Cronin joined the office on Jan. 2 as the Community, Natural Resources and Economic Development (CNRED) educator. He is available to work in partnership with people in local government, civic organizations, volunteers, business owners, industry officials and others who have a need for support and resources.

“I love to meet people and I want them to know I’m here to help,” Cronin said. “What makes positions like mine so powerful is that we have an extraordinary amount of resources, colleagues around the state and specialists who are uniquely suited to provide support to communities. We are kind of like the nerve center, the connective tissue in a community.

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10
Feb

Hard frost bangs up water, sewer pipes; Prairie du Chien responds to about 40 frozen pipe issues in city, more expected

city responds
The Prairie du Chien Water Department is shown responding to a home on Wisconsin Street where water pipes froze on Thursday morning last week. A total of 32 water services in the city have frozen since mid-January due to this year’s abnormally deep frost. The city has also advised 106 customers to run their water 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until further notice. Property owners who feel they should start trickling their water must contact City Hall or the city’s water department and sign a card so that the city is aware of the situation. The city can adjust people’s accounts and give them credit for the excess water, but the signed card is required for this to happen. (Photo by Correne Martin)
welder
In most cases of frozen pipes, the city uses a welder and two T-rods on either side of the homeowner's driveway to send an electrical current through the pipes underground and unthaw the ice inside the pipes so water service can be restored to the home.

By Correne Martin

This winter is quickly going down in the record books as one of the coldest in history. According to National Weather Service data, our region hasn’t seen temperatures this frigid since the late-1970s and early-‘80s. As of Feb. 10, this winter had averaged 11.3oF (in La Crosse) and we had seen 36 days of sub-zero temperatures.

As the terribly cold days continue, the depth of the frost has driven deeper and deeper into the ground every day, to levels a minimum of four to five feet deep—an occurrence that isn’t typical for the area. Ordinarily, according to Prairie du Chien Public Works officials, frost is about two- to three-feet deep during winters in our region. But, in this record-breaking year, the phenomenon is causing an extraordinary number of issues with frozen water pipes and sanitary sewer lines in communities all over the area.

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06
Feb

Florence Evelyn Ross

 

Florence Evelyn Ross, 62, of Freeport, Ill., died Feb. 3, after a series of illnesses. 

Evelyn Ross is the daughter of Robert Horsfall and Florence Crachey and the loving mother of Darren and Anita Ross. Evelyn worked in finance and accounting until her retirement. She loved her family, the outdoors and playing with her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughter Anita; son Darren and canine companions Romeo and Buddy. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, living in Illinois and New York. 

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