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Well Testing Kits Being Used

 

Well testing kits 

provided by county 

have been popular

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
31
Jul

Roger Dale Witter

 

Roger Dale Witter, 72, of McGregor, Iowa died Friday, July 21, at his home. 

 

Roger was born May 17, 1945, to Herman and Mae (Voegeding) Witter in McGregor. He graduated from Mar-Mac High School and attended trade school for heavy equipment operating for one year in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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Robert Lee Barr

 

Robert Lee Barr, 80, of Bloomington, passed away Tuesday, July 25, at Meriter Hospital in Madison. 

 

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Kenneth Joseph Lawson

 

Kenneth Joseph Lawson, 66, of Prairie du Chien, died Wednesday, July 26, at Atrium Post Acute Care in Lancaster. 

 

Kenneth was born to Sydney Joseph and Tresa Frances (Berta) Lawson on Dec. 31, 1950, in Beloit, Kan. He graduated from Beloit High School.

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31
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Bedell A. (Poole) Mezera

 

Bedell A. (Poole) Mezera, 93, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 26, at Atrium Post Acute Care in Lancaster. 

 

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26
Jul

Storm Damage Estimates


Crawford County sustained $353,476 in public infrastructure damage in the July 19-20 storm, according to preliminary damage estimates. That number is expected to rise. (Photo by Gary Howe)

Crawford County Emergency Management has declared 50 houses affected by the storm in the county, including two that sustained minor damage and two that suffered major damage. (Photo by Correne Martin)

 

Crawford County assessing storm, flood damages

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A state of emergency was declared for Crawford County on Friday, July 21, by Crawford County Board Chairman Tom Cornford and the village presidents of Soldiers Grove, Gays Mills and Steuben in the wake of the severe thunderstorm of July 19, followed by the flooding of the Kickapoo River. 

Wed
26
Jul

Wauzeka-Steuben FCCLA helps area and creates lasting friendships


Josie McCarthy, Sadie Hooker and Lindsey Lund created a safari themed project that explained to FCCLA judges what happens in the Wauzeka-Steuben’s chapter. (Submitted photo)

By Rachel Mergen

 

“FCCLA is like FFA, but for home economics,” Sadie Hooker explained about the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America organization. Sadie was a member and president of Wauzeka-Steuben’s FCCLA chapter prior to her graduation this past May. The organization is based around community service and some competition. 

Wed
26
Jul

Motorcycles collide

On Sunday, July 23, at 4:14 p.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a two-motorcycle crash on State Highway 35 near the Liquor Box Bar.

Thomas Licht, 51, Prairie du Chien, was driving a 2001 Harley Davidson north on Highway 35 when a 2006 Harley Davidson driven by Roger Herman, 68, Mason City, Iowa, made a left turn in front of Licht. The two motorcycles collided causing both Licht and Herman to sustained cuts and bruises. Both were transported to Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien.

Both motorcycles sustained disabling damage and were towed.

Herman was cited for failure to yield while making a left turn.

Assisting at the scene were the Tri-State Ambulance, Mar-Mac Ambulance, Eastman First Responders, Eastman Fire Department and Milo’s Towing.

Wed
26
Jul

Down tree causes crash involving Warco bus

On July 22, at about 1:25 a.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a one-vehicle crash on Highway 35 near Cemetery Road in Beetown Township. Gary Lindahl, 53, of Platteville, was operating a 2001 VanHool Motor Coach, owned by Warco Transportation.

Lindahl was westbound on Highway 35 when he negotiated a corner and came across a downed tree partially blocking the westbound lane of traffic. Lindahl veered left in an attempt to avoid the tree, but the front of the motor coach and windshield still struck several branches of the tree.     

Lindahl was able to maintain control of the motor coach and bring it to a stop on the shoulder of the road. Lindahl was the driver and lone occupant of the motor coach. He received minor injuries from broken glass of the windshield and was transported to Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster via EMS.

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26
Jul

De Soto man arrested for 11th OWI

On July 24, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit was patrolling Highway 35 in Freeman Township. The deputy observed a 1989 Chevrolet 2500 operating southbound on Highway 35 and turn west onto Highway 82. The truck crossed the center lane and the driver’s door came completely open. The vehicle almost struck a guard rail and a vehicle head-on. The truck continued into Iowa. The deputy was unable to get across the heavy flow of traffic at the time.

A short while later, the deputy observed the truck operating from Highway 82 onto Highway 35. A traffic stop was initiated and the driver of the truck was identified as James W. McMillen, 63, De Soto. In speaking with McMillen, the deputy could detect an odor of alcohol. A search of the vehicle located an open container of intoxicants and a bottle of vodka.

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