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Blackhawk Motors nets nearly $6K for K9

Blackhawk Motors in Prairie du Chien hosted a Ford Drive 4 UR Community event recently for the Prairie du Chien K9 unit fundraising efforts. For every valid test drive taken in a Ford vehicle, Ford donated $20 up to $6,000. Blackhawk Motors Owner Randy Imoehl (center) presented a donation check for $5,960 to Police Chief Chad Abram (left) and K9 handler Casey Cox. (Submitted photo)

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MG&E Foundation donates $2,500 toward library campaign

The city of Prairie du Chien’s Memorial Library Capital Campaign recently received a $2,500 donation from the Madison Gas and Electric Foundation. This donation is in addition to a previous $10,000 donation from the foundation.

“The Madison Gas and Electric Foundation has a tradition of contributing to causes which benefit the communities they serve,” said City Administrator Aaron Kramer. “We are extremely excited with this second contribution to the campaign.”

The Capital Campaign is also currently accepting participants in the 100 Families program. Donors will be asked to contribute $1,000 over a five-year period, to be paid in monthly ($16.67), quarterly ($50), or annual ($200) tax-deductible payments. The 100 Families initiative has the potential to raise over $100,000 toward the entire campaign. In addition, each family will have their names listed in the children, teen, or adult reading areas.

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Motorcyclist escapes injury

A motorcycle rider escaped serious injury in a crash last week in Glen Haven Township.

According to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, on Sunday, July 3, at about 4:45 p.m., Robert Liverant, 57, of Racine, was traveling south on County VV on his 1995 Honda motorcycle when he failed to negotiate a corner and left the roadway. He was located by Wyalusing State Park Ranger Chad Breuer, who called in the accident.

Liverant was transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries, according to authorities. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

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Third offense OWI the result of boat landing crash

A two-vehicle crash in the Glen Haven boat landing resulted in an arrest for third offense operating while intoxicated as well as other charges for a Potosi man July 5.

Just after 4:30 p.m. that Tuesday, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department took a report about the crash. The investigation determined that Jeremy Kedley, 37, ran into a boat that was being trailered in the parking lot. Kedley was arrested for OWI third offense, according to authorities. There were no injuries. Kedley was transported to the Grant County Jail.

Kedley was also issued citations for no insurance and open intoxicants in a motor vehicle, according to the sheriff’s department.

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Police say suspect spit in officer’s mouth

The Prairie du Chien Police Department said officers responded Saturday, July 2, to a report of a hit-and-run crash on the 700 block of North Main Street. Officers got detailed information about the suspect vehicle, including the license plate number, the direction of travel and a description of the driver.

Officers working traffic safety in the area spotted the vehicle at the intersection of South Main Street and West Wisconsin Street. According to the report, the driver was also committing several traffic violations that endangered other drivers. Officers tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver continued west on the Highway 18 bridge toward Iowa, nearly hitting several other vehicles on the road. He also nearly struck the bridge, police said.

The driver eventually pulled into the Sturgeon Slough wayside and stopped, according to the report.

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Man dies after falling into Mississippi

An Iowa man has died after being pulled from the Mississippi River just south of Clayton.

Charles Petersen, 60, of Dysart, Iowa, was a passenger on a boat operated by his wife, Deborah Petersen, 54, when he fell into the river from the rear of the boat at about 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 11.

Charles Petersen was not wearing a life jacket when he fell in and two other passengers in the boat threw him a life jacket before entering the water themselves to try to assist him. They were able to get him back to the boat, but were unable to get back on board the vessel.

A rescue boat from the Garnavillo Fire Department responded to the scene and emergency personnel were able to get Charles Petersen loaded on their boat and back to shore where he was assisted by Garnavillo paramedics. He was transported by ambulance to Guttenberg Municipal Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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Name of man who allegedly led three-county car chase released


Mark Alan Smith, 50, of La Crosse, led law enforcement officers on a three-county chase before he was finally roadblocked by policemen south of De Soto. (Vernon County Sheriff’s Department photos)

The name of the man arrested following a three-county car chase Sunday has been released by area law enforcement.

According to Vernon County Sheriff John Spears, Mark Alan Smith, 50, of La Crosse, was booked into the La Crosse County Jail but will also face additional charges in Vernon and Crawford Counties.

The chase began following a call to a home on State Street in La Crosse. Smith, the driver and lone occupant of a black Ford Expedition, told law enforcement he was suicidal and repeatedly told officers “I want to kill myself.”

The pursuit, mainly on State Highway 35, entered Vernon County and eventually Crawford County, before it ended with Smith’s arrest just south of De Soto. Pursuing officers from all three counties, reported speeds of 70 to 80 mph. Allamakee County, Iowa, was also notified of the pursuit, in case Smith had attempted to enter Iowa.

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Local business support, YouTube videos help teens start aquaponic farming


Friends and co-workers Hunter Boone (left), a junior at MFL MarMac, and Andrew Horner, a junior at Prairie du Chien, started a small aquaponic system, with a simple YouTube education and some assistance from their employer, Kemble’s Greenhouse. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Two local high schoolers have put their YouTube education to the test on a hand-built aquaponic farming system.

Both employees at Kemble’s Greenhouse in Prairie du Chien, Andrew Horner and Hunter Boone, both juniors at PdC and MFL MarMac, respectively, constructed a small arrangement of vegetable and herb plants in a symbiotic environment with 15 tiny bluegills. They started in mid-June and their project is maturing nicely.

Wendy Wachter, Kemble’s owner and the boys’ mentor, allowed them space for their aquaponic structure behind her greenhouse and encouraged them to follow their interests. Of course, she has the resources to help them along their way too. Jim Frey Fish Hatchery, of West Union, Iowa, also worked with the pair to provide their bluegills.

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Local pillar businesses eagerly await Crazy Days tradition


Last year's Crazy Days lived up to its name, bringing hundreds to the downtown area. (Courier Press file photo)

By Caitlin Bittner

It’s July and summer retail sales are almost at their peak, which means, Prairie du Chien’s annual Crazy Days event isn’t far away.

The sales, which are set to kick off on Wednesday, July 20, have been a staple of the downtown for many years. Lou Davis, owner of the Pickett Fence, reminisced about the scale of the event. “I vividly remember the barricades on Blackhawk Avenue,” said Davis.

“Crazy Days was a big thing. They even had food vendors. It was so festive,” added Davis. “It’s still all about going to hunt for the best bargain. It’s a great promotion. People can get high quality things for low prices.”

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Group wants to keep another rural school from vanishing


Fritz Bradley, Franklin Gilkes, Chuck Stagman and Joe Stagman are the four men leading the Brodtville School Preservation group, which hopes to raise funds toward the restoration of the rural school. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Perhaps the most fascinating piece of history inside the old Brodtville schoolhouse is an enormous, hand-painted, fabric banner that spans over half the one room’s width and all of its height. The banner shows an honor roll of sorts of Patch Grove, Bloomington and Bagley area businesses from yesteryear. The Brodtville School Preservation members would love to know the banner’s origin and artist if area citizens would hold the key to that information. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Last fall, the town of Wyalusing was looking at the future of the old Brodtville schoolhouse on County Highway P. The township considered tearing it down, as taxpayer dollars were being spent to maintain the rarely-used, historical building, with what was thought to be a decrepit foundation.

But a newly-formed organization, Brodtville School Preservation Inc., stepped in and requested the town deed them the 152-year-old building. And that is what happened. The town will continue to maintain the land and adjacent cemetery, but since the $1 transfer of ownership between the two entities, the new organization has taken over restoration of the one-room schoolhouse—a once traditional monument that’s all but vanished in rural America.

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