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Tue
23
May

Donna E. Schurz

 

Donna E. Schurz, 80, of Sparta, died Monday, May 22, at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse. 

 

She was born in Wauzeka, Sept. 10, 1936, to the late Archie and Agnes (Konichek) Schurz. Donna grew up in the Wauzeka area and graduated from Wauzeka High School in 1954. She was the senior class president and valedictorian. She graduated from Madison Business College in 1956. 

Tue
23
May

James R. Miller

 

James R. Miller, 63, of Boscobel, and formerly of Prairie du Chien, passed away on his 63rd birthday, May 17, after an extended illness. 

 

He was born May 17, 1954 in Platteville, the son of Roman and Mary (Severson) Miller. Jimmy worked at the Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien for many years and enjoyed music and watching wrestling. 

Tue
23
May

Frank L. Lenz

 

Frank L. Lenz, 83, of Prairie du Chien, passed away on Monday, May 15, at his residence in Prairie du Chien. 

 

Tue
23
May

Dennis M. Bunts

 

Dennis M. Bunts, 34, of Woodman, passed away on Thursday, May 18. 

 

He was born on Sept. 12, 1982, in Prairie du Chien. Dennis is the son of Dennis and Linda (Baures) Bunts ​Sr. He married Trisha Smith on July 21, 2012, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boscobel. 

Mon
22
May

Highway 18-60 Project Nearing Completion


This view is Highway 18 in the area of Ward Road and Old Highway 18. (Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin DOT)

 

Highway 18-60 construction should be almost complete by Friday

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Highway 18-60 Project in the town of Bridgeport is wrapping up and most of it is expected to be done by Memorial Day weekend. Construction on the project began with cutting down trees and landscaping in mid-March of 2016.

Mon
22
May

Storm leaves major tree damage on north end of Prairie du Chien last week


Angie Henderson talks to her insurance Agent, Dean Achenbach, the morning after Wednesday evening’s storm knocked a large pine tree over on top of her hair salon, Backstage Pass in Prairie du Chien. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Angie Henderson was in the middle of styling a client’s hair at her salon, Backstage Pass, in Prairie du Chien, when she heard what sounded like a tree branch fall on the roof of the building. A moment later, she and her fellow stylist Katie Goodrich peeked outside to find that an entire pine tree had toppled over onto the salon at 140 N. Wacouta Ave.

A second consecutive day of stormy weather passed through the region Wednesday evening, May 17, as sheets of rain fell, the wind whipped and damage was left in the wake. The majority of the damage included downed trees; St. Feriole Island and the north side of Prairie du Chien suffered a large amount of such destruction. Some trees and large branches fell on houses and cars, roofing was ripped off a number of structures, a couple machine sheds were whisked away north of Prairie du Chien near Limery Road and east of Monona, and a few snapped power lines were also reported.

Mon
22
May

Steven L. Valley

 

Steven L. Valley, 68, of Prairie du Chien, Wis., passed away Friday, May 19, at his home surrounded by his family following a brief illness. 

 

Sun
21
May

Two arrested after living at Kickapoo Indian Caverns


These are the beds Rydz and Wantroba were sleeping on in the Trading Post building on the Kickapoo Indian Caverns site. (Photos courtesy of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department)

Shelves inside the Trading Post building were found to hold numerous food items.

By Ted Pennekamp

 

On Wednesday, May 10, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a suspicious vehicle parked on the property of the former Kickapoo Indian Caverns in the town of Wauzeka. 

Wed
17
May

City awaits acceptance from potential admin

By Correne Martin

The position of Prairie du Chien city administrator has been offered to Art Osten, contingent upon successful agreement of employment terms and drug test. As of Tuesday night’s regular council meeting, Osten had not yet accepted the position, according to interim administrator Tina Fuller.

The common council met Friday and Saturday for closed session interviews and, late Saturday morning, recommended Osten for the job. According to his LinkedIn profile, Osten has 16 years’ previous experience in municipal administration in Illinois at Indian Head Park, Mount Prospect, Oak Brook, Shorewood and Fox River Grove.

No word has been provided regarding when Osten may accept the offer and, if he does so, when he would begin work in Prairie du Chien.

Fuller has served in the interim since the March 3 departure of six-year administrator Aaron Kramer.

Wed
17
May

Accident results in injuries, arrests

On May 14, at 12:34 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a one-vehicle traffic crash with injuries on Sunny Ridge Road in the township of Haney.

Matthew Jensik, 23, Madison, was operating a 2008 Ford pickup truck on Sunny Ridge Road. Jensik’s vehicle crested a hill and a sharp curve at a high rate of speed. While attempting to negotiate the sharp curve, the vehicle slid sideways, went over an embankment and rolled onto its top. The passengers in the vehicle were identified as Garrett Dunstan, 22, Houghton, Mich., and Brock Riutta, 24, Madison. Dunstan was completely ejected from the vehicle but refused medical treatment. Riutta was partially ejected and was transported by Ocooch Mountain Rescue to Boscobel Health Care for his injuries. The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time.

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