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Wed
07
Sep

Man charged with his seventh OWI

A 58-year-old Soldiers Grove man was charged Sept. 1 in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (seventh offense).

Thomas E. Finley faces up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Finley was pulled over by a Crawford County Sheriff’s Deputy in the village of Soldiers Grove at 11:40 p.m. on Aug. 22, on suspicion of OWI.

Finley was arrested and taken to Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien. Finley had six prior convictions for OWI and therefore his blood alcohol content was restricted to .02 in order to legally drive.

Finley refused to submit to a chemical test of his blood, so a search warrant was obtained and Finley’s blood was drawn. Samples were labeled, sealed and sent to the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene in Madison.

Wed
07
Sep

Crawford County drug abuse roundtable discussion announced

The fourth event in a series of roundtable discussions regarding opioid and illegal drug abuse has been announced by Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) for Friday, Sept. 9, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., at the county administration building in Prairie du Chien. These events have brought together community members who share ideas for combatting the growing epidemic of illegal drug abuse.

Area health officials, law enforcement, local elected officials and members of addiction recovery organizations will be in attendance to discuss community challenges and solutions to the increasing rates of methamphetamine, heroin and opioid addiction in western Wisconsin. This events is open to the public. No RSVP is required.

Previous roundtable discussions were held in La Crosse, Viroqua and Tomah. For more information, individuals can contact Sen. Shilling’s district office at (608) 782-2785 or Sen.Shilling@legis.wi.gov.

Wed
07
Sep

Experience nation’s largest carriage driving competition at the Villa Louis


Mallory Gorman, of Oregon (Wis.), prepared to navigate the your route/my route obstacles in the pairs pony division during the 2015 Carriage Classic at the Villa Louis in Prairie du Chien. (Courier Press file photo)

Held annually, the Villa Louis Carriage Classic highlights competitive carriage driving in arena and obstacle classes. Experience this elegant event, which is the largest carriage driving competition in the nation, on Sept. 9-11.

“This stylish event recalls the brief heyday of the Dousman family’s famed trotting horse operation, the Artesian Stock Farm, a Standardbred training facility,” said Susan Caya-Slusser, Villa Louis site director. ”The Carriage Classic celebrates the pinnacle of the stock farm and allows guests to experience this great tradition.”

More than 100 drivers will hitch finely-trained horse of many breeds to new and restored carriages in several different events. Events will take place in a fenced arena as well as on the lawns and grounds surrounding the Villa Louis estate.

Tue
06
Sep

Gilbert E. “Gib” Weber

 

Gilbert E. “Gib” Weber, 86, of Glen Haven passed away Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in LaCrosse, after an extended illness. Gib was surrounded by his wife and family at the time of his passing. 

He was born Feb. 24, 1930 in Bloomington, the son of Anton and Frances (Wegmann) Weber. He married Phyllis Wright on June 12, 1950 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington. Together he and his wife farmed near Beetown. Gib served on the Beetown Town Board and as a chairman for many years. Gib enjoyed family gatherings, playing cards and deer hunting. 

Tue
06
Sep

Paul Philip Jackley

 

Paul Philip Jackley, 89, of Bagley passed away on Sunday, Sept. 4, at his home following an extended illness. 

Tue
06
Sep

Beba B. Cecka

 

Beba B. Cecka, 93, of Prairie du Chien passed away Sunday, Sept. 4, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Appleton.

She was born May 31, 1923 in Richland Center, the daughter of William and Leona (Hillesheim) Durnford. She married William “Tony” Cecka on May 13, 1944. He preceded her in death on May 31, 1997. Beba worked as a beautician in Madison and later assisted her husband in operating the family business, Tony’s Grill in Prairie du Chien, for many years. She was an active member of St. John’s Church in Prairie du Chien. 

Tue
06
Sep

Mary Janell Becwar

 

Mary Janell Becwar, 94, of Prairie du Chien passed away Sunday, Sept. 4, at the Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien. 

She was born April 17, 1922 in Prairie du Chien the daughter of George and Josephine (Mezera) Wachuta. She married Albert Becwar on Nov. 21, 1945 at St. Gabriel’s church in Prairie du Chien. He preceded her in death on March 18, 2005. Janell worked in the kitchen at the Memorial Hospital in Prairie du Chien for 17 years. She belonged to the Irish Ridge Homemakers Club and was an active member of St. Gabriel’s Parish. Janell loved everybody and was considered a special “grandma” to many. She enjoyed playing games and cards especially with her monthly card club. 

Wed
31
Aug

Animal shelter may move to business park following property trade with city

A property trade that is likely to move Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter’s prospective building site to Prairie du Chien’s North Gateway Business Park was unanimously approved by the common council following closed session of a specially scheduled meeting Tuesday night.

According to terms of the trade agreement, the city would take possession of the animal shelter’s land located southwest of the intersection of 22nd Street and Campion Boulevard, while RABAS would take ownership of the land mainly south of the intersection of Cliffwood Drive and Vena Court. Also, the city would make a $15,000 contribution toward the construction of the new animal shelter.

Wed
31
Aug

Wounded veteran to be honored with escort parade


Emotions will be revved up high for all those participating across southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa on Sept. 10. (Photo by Jeff Harper)

Army Cpl. Adam Eilers, of Garnavillo, sustained injuries in a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan in February 2011. He will be the honoree of the Silly String Ride escort parade on Sept. 10.

Jo Nell Coates, Silly String Ride administrator, is pictured with Adam Eilers during a pre-ride celebration recently.

Jo Nell Coates, founder, will escort local wounded soldier Adam Eilers and other ride participants with great pride. (Photo by Jeff Harper)

By Correne Martin

“Freedom is not free.” That’s why, if there was ever a time to join forces with our fellow Americans in support of those who make sacrifices for our country, Saturday, Sept. 10, would be the day.

A 150-mile escort parade in honor of Adam Eilers, a  29-year-old wounded Army veteran from Garnavillo, will traverse southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa. Eilers will ride in a red truck behind 100 to 150 motorcycles and other vehicles, starting in Hazel Green and making stops in Guttenberg, Iowa, Prairie du Chien and Glen Haven before ending up in Hazel Green for a big celebration.

“We would love it if the public would come on out and line the streets with American flags, red, white and blue signs and other gestures of support,” encouraged the ride’s administrator, Jo Nell Coates, who will lead the ride on her motorcycle, donning an American flag.

Wed
31
Aug

Prairie Soccer


Prairie’s Nathaniel Oehler (17) moves the ball upfield against visiting Richland Center Tuesday evening. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Jon Dyer (6) jostles with a pair of Hornets Tuesday evening on the Bluff View pitch.

Prairie’s Chas Sagedahl battles against two Richland Center players.

The Blackhawks’ Evan Teynor heads the ball forward against the Hornets Tuesday.

The Blackhawks’ Jack Stoeffler (10) fights for control of the ball.

 

Blackhawks 

kick Hornets’ nest

The Prairie du Chien boys soccer team opened their home season Tuesday evening hosting the Richland Center Hornets.  

The Blackhawks played a well balanced game of procession and control. Prairie started out quickly. Only 3:54 into the game, Chas Sagedahl delivered a through ball to Jon Dyer who put it in for the first goal.  

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