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Man sentenced for fraud involving federal crop loan

A former Bloomington man was sentenced Thursday, Jan. 5, by U.S. District Judge James Peterson to three years probation and ordered to pay $85,424.51 in restitution for fraudulent conversion and sale of crops owned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (USDA FSA).

Kelly Wachter, 34, pleaded guilty to the above charges on Oct. 3, 2016, according to John Vaudreuil, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin.

Wachter admitted, during his plea, that in May 2014, he obtained a $210,000 loan from the USDA FSA for the purpose of planting corn and soybean crops on farmland he rented in Bloomington. The crops were considered collateral for the loan, and the proceeds from the sale of the crops were to be used first to pay the FSA loan.

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Woman charged with possession of meth, resisting an officer

A 30-year-old Prairie du Chien woman has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine and one count of resisting an officer.

If convicted of both counts, Chelsay C. Wille faces up to four years and four months imprisonment and $20,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, following a traffic stop, a Prairie du Chien police officer noticed the odor of marijuana coming from inside of Wille’s vehicle. The officer conducted a field sobriety test and then arrested Wille, who began to resist and struggle, the complaint said.

A digital scale and meth residue were found in Wille’s jacket pocket. A baggie of meth was later found under the back seat of the squad car where Wille had been sitting while being transported to the jail, the complaint said.

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No accidents result from broken rail on BNSF tracks


Last week, a Prairie du Chien police officer discovered a broken rail on the BNSF tracks running through Prairie du Chien. The section of rail was replaced within seven hours.

By Correne Martin

A broken rail was discovered late Tuesday night, Jan. 3, on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe train tracks that run through the heart of Prairie du Chien.

According to the Prairie du Chien Police Department, at about 11:45 p.m., an officer observed a train pass through the city and, after passing, all railroad crossing arms remained down. Based on his previous training and experience, the officer investigated the tracks for broken rails and found a break near the Blackhawk Avenue crossing.

“Because [the officer] has 30 years experience, he recognized that there was a problem, drove down the tracks until he found a break in the rail and called dispatch, who contacted BNSF, which was already aware of [the issue],” Sgt. Kyle Teynor stated.

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09
Jan

Crawford County Fair royalty crowned


The 2017 Crawford County Fair court includes (clockwise from back, middle) Keegan Eberling, fair ambassador; Brooklynn Nagel, senior future fair ambassador; Brooke Mitchell, junior future fair ambassador first attendant; Michaela Cauffman, junior future fair ambassador second attendant; and Mya Riniker, junior future fair ambassador. (Photos by Northwoods Photography-Mikaela Baker)

There for Keegan Eberling’s crowning moment were her fellow 2016 County Fair court members (front) Alex Crary, junior future fair ambassador; and Elizabeth Garfoot, fair ambassador. Keegan was senior future fair ambassador last year.

The 2017 fair court includes (front row, from left) Michaela Cauffman, Brooke Mitchell, past junior ambassador Alexandria Crary; (back row) past ambassador Elizabeth Garfoot, Mya Riniker, Keegan Eberling and Brooklynn Nagel.

Pictured (front row) Alexandria Crary, 2016 Jr. Future Fair Ambassador; Michaela Cauffman; Brooke Mitchell; (back row) Elizabeth Brownlee, Crawford County Fair Ambassador Program adviser; Amanda Griswold, Crawford County Fair coordinator; Elizabeth Garfoot, 2016 Crawford County Fair Ambassador; Mya Riniker; Brooklynn Nagel; Keegan Eberling and David Olson, Crawford County Fair board member

By Correne Martin

The newest Crawford County Fair royalty was presented at a special occasion Saturday, Dec. 31, at Nelson True Value in Prairie du Chien. Fair ambassador is 18-year-old Keegan Eberling, of Prairie du Chien. She was crowned leader of this year’s fair court by 2016 Fair Ambassador Elizabeth Garfoot and 2016 Junior Fair Ambassador Alex Crary.

Rounding out the 2017 court, Brooklynn Nagel is senior future fair ambassador. Mya Riniker is junior future fair ambassador. Brooke Mitchell is first attendant junior future fair ambassador and Michaela Cauffman is second attendant junior future fair ambassador.

Keegan knew before the New Year’s Eve ceremony that she would likely take the reins of promoting the Crawford County Fair for 2017 and she was tremendously thrilled about the opportunity.

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09
Jan

PdC Boys Basketball


Prairie du Chien’s Chas Sagedahl goes up for a jump shot against visiting Dodgeville Friday night. (Photos by Rose Ziel)

The Blackhawks’ Nathan Banasik gets a good look at the basket.

Evan Teynor defends against Dodgeville in Prairie du Chien Friday night.

 

Hawks 

hold off Dodgers

Prairie du Chien got hot from the 3-point line late in the first half to surge to a 41-26 halftime lead, but Dodgeville came storming back to take the second half 39-26 as the Blackhawks held on for a 67-65 win in SWC boys basketball Friday night in Prairie du Chien. 

Prairie improved to 3-0 in conference action while Dodgeville fell to 2-2. 

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Jan

Couple welcomes fourth child the first week of the new year


Douglas and Elizabeth Shaw welcomed baby Malachi Gilbert Shaw as the New Year’s baby at Crossing Rivers Health on Jan. 3, at 9:21 p.m. He weighed 10 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

The Shaws and their new baby received a basket full of goodies and gift certificates, sponsored by numerous local businesses.

By Correne Martin

A darling baby boy weighing 10 pounds, 13 ounces, and measuring 21 inches, was the 2017 New Year’s baby at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien.

Born on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 9:21 p.m., Malachi Gilbert Shaw is the fourth child for Douglas and Elizabeth Shaw, of Mt. Sterling. He is the grandson of Jon and Stacy Petersheim, Rising Sun; Tina and Ken Kirschbaum, Lancaster; and Kurt and Denita Shaw, Arizona.

The joyful couple shared a few moments with their sweet new arrival early Wednesday afternoon, before siblings Kolten, 4, Kylee, 2, and Micah, 1, came to greet their little brother. Malachi was delivered naturally one week before his due date, under the care of Crossing Rivers’ Family Nurse Practitioner/Midwife Terri Payne.

“We almost didn’t make it to the hospital,” Elizabeth said, noting that her newborn came quickly. “We weren’t expecting him just yet.”

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Budget cuts stave off Wauzeka-Steuben referendum for at least one year

By Ted Pennekamp

 

There will be no referendum to exceed the revenue cap limit for the Wauzeka-Steuben School District for next school year. At the Dec. 29 special meeting, the school board decided to make numerous budget cuts which will amount to a total of about $650,000.

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Clarence Eugene Heisz

 

 

Clarence Eugene Heisz, 76, of Eastman, died on Dec. 31, at his home.

Clarence Eugene was born on Jan. 1, 1940, in Eastman, Wisconsin to Michael and Hulda (Messling) Heisz. He graduated from Seneca High School in 1958 and continued his education at the University of Wisconsin-Plattville, where he graduated with a Bachelors in Education. Clarence was a lifelong farmer working with his parents until their passing. He was also a truck driver for Bassett Trucking. Clarence enjoyed wood carving and he was a patient, honest man who was liked by all who knew him. 

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Ronald L. “Ron” Du Charme

 

Ronald L. “Ron” Du Charme, 82, U.S. Army veteran, a resident of Naperville, Ill., since 1995, formerly of Westchester, Ill., passed away on Thursday, Jan, 5, at his home. 

 

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Joseph R. Stoeffler

 

Joseph R. Stoeffler, 61, passed away on Friday, Jan. 6, at UW Hospitals, Madison.

 

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