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Driver cited for failure to report accident

On Saturday, Nov. 26, at 5:59 a.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a one-vehicle crash on Highway 133 near Holly Road in Bloomington Township. It was reported that no one was around the crash scene.

Deputies arrived to find that a 2014 GMC Sierra appeared to have been northbound on Highway 133 and struck the end of a guardrail on the east side of the highway. It appeared that the truck then crossed the center line, left the road on the west side, struck a barbed wire fence and traveled down an embankment before coming to a stop in a creek bottom. The truck received moderate damage and was towed from the scene.

A registration check on the truck showed the owner to be Beau Ploessl, 26, of Cassville. Deputies were unable to locate anybody at the scene of the crash and efforts to make contact with Ploessl that day were unsuccessful.

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Medical issues lead to crash

An area driver’s health issues affected his abilities behind the wheel Thanksgiving morning, leading to a crash near Lawless Road in rural Prairie du Chien.

On Thursday, Nov. 24, at about 6:30 a.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received reports of an out-of-control motorist traveling on Highway 18 in the Mount Hope area.

It was later determined that Christopher Foley, 36, of Lancaster, was the motorist driving a 2007 Pontiac G5.

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Pickup truck rolls several times, lands in creek bed

On Saturday, Nov. 19, at 7:45 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle rollover crash on County Road E just west of Schmidt Road in the township of Seneca.

Jorden R. Gardner, 19, Gays Mills, was traveling east on County Road E in a 2003 Ford F250 pickup. Gardner lost control of his vehicle while negotiating a curve. Gardner went into the westbound lane, crossed back into the eastbound lane, went into the south side shoulder, and struck the embankment which caused the vehicle to overturn several times and come to rest on the passenger side in a creek bed/drainage ditch.

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Villa Louis opens up Knowlton House for holiday parade

Join the Friends of the Villa Louis and Villa Louis staff as they celebrate the tradition of Prairie du Chien’s holiday parade at the historic Knowlton House at 109 W. Blackhawk Ave., Friday, Dec. 2, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Stop by the Knowlton House before and after the holiday parade and sip on some delicious cider and hot chocolate. There will also be a selection of gifts on hand from the Villa Louis Museum Gift Shop.

After the parade, be sure to bring your camera and snap a photo of the kiddos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

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Annual holiday parade is Friday evening downtown

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce annual holiday parade will be held Friday, Dec. 2, at 5:30 p.m. Any business or organization wishing to participate in the parade is asked to begin lining-up at 5 p.m. on St. Feriole Island.

There is no fee to participate. Spectators can kick off the holiday season by lining the downtown and enjoying the spectacular lighted floats and holiday music.

Join Friends of the Villa Louis and Villa Louis staff as they celebrate the tradition of Prairie du Chien’s holiday parade at the historic Knowlton House, at 109 W. Blackhawk Ave. Stop by before and after the parade and sip on delicious hot apple cider and hot chocolate. There will also be a selection of gifts on hand from the Villa Louis museum gift shop. After the parade, be sure to bring your camera and snap a photo of the kiddos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

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Kapanke officially requests recount in the 32nd district

After reviewing the results of the certified canvass, 32nd Senate District Republican candidate Dan Kapanke has announced his official request to perform a recount districtwide. Kapanke challenged Democrat Jennifer Shilling for her seat in the Nov. 8 election. After the initial results were canvassed, vote totals revealed that Shilling finished just 56 votes ahead of Kapanke in the race.

His request is “due to the fact that the results were extremely close. A recount will ensure each and every vote that was cast is recorded correctly and fairly,” a campaign spokesman said in a statement Nov. 22.

According to Crawford County Clerk Janet Geisler, the Crawford County Board of Canvassers will meet at the county administration building, to conduct the recount for the 32nd Senate District, on Monday, Nov. 28, Tuesday, Nov. 29, and Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 9 a.m. each day. The recount is expected to take three to six days across the district.

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Local teen ready to graduate from Wisconsin challenge academy


Kyle is shown repelling in a physical fitness drill at the Wisconsin National Guard Challenge Academy, a 22-week program for high school students at risk of not graduating high school. (Submitted photo)

Prairie du Chien youth Kyle Wilkinson, 18, son of Beth Fitzl and John Hying, is pictured at Fort McCoy, where he’s attended the Wisconsin National Guard Challenge Academy and will graduate in December. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Kyle Wilkinson was falling behind in high school and didn’t have enough credits, heading into his senior year, to graduate on time. He also had a history of difficulty coping with the stress and interpersonal challenges presented in the high school setting. So, when the Wisconsin National Guard Challenge Academy was introduced, he decided it was the right fit for him.

Kyle, 18, the son of Beth Fitzl and John Hying, is a student at Prairie du Chien High School. But this semester, he is enrolled in the challenge academy, which began July 21, in Fort McCoy and ends with graduation on Dec. 17.

Kyle and his family learned of the alternative education program when Prairie du Chien teacher Heather DeBruin and Dean of Students Karen Sjoberg suggested the opportunity.

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New Birth Center


Heather Kramer and Alison Peralta stand in front of Trillium Midwifery Services.

Trillium Midwifery Services has a large and comfortable birthing bed.

Trillium Midwifery Services Birth Center offers water births as well.

 

Birth center offers women a comfortable, safe alternative

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Many people in their 80s or older can probably recall when it wasn’t at all uncommon, especially in rural areas, to have births in homes rather than hospitals. 

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Mary Catheryn Judas

 

Mary Catheryn Judas, 95, of Prairie du Chien, and formerly of Waterloo, Iowa, died on Nov. 25, at Prairie Maison Nursing Home.

 

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Nancy (Boyles) Kaisner Bruce Ball

Nancy (Boyles) Kaisner Bruce Ball passed away on Tuesday evening, Nov. 22, at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Hospital, Tyler, Texas, after a brief illness. 

 

Nancy Earl Boyles was born on Aug. 10, 1935, in Amarillo, Texas, to Earl E. (Epp) Boyles and Frances Jane (Rutledge) Boyles. Nancy attended Amarillo schools, graduating from Amarillo High School in 1954.

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