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Three county car chase leads to arrest


Vernon County Sheriff John Spears reported no one was injured in the three-county vehicle pursuit. Sheriff Spears and Sgt. Kenneth Frye, deputies from Vernon County, Crawford County and a Lansing officer helped set up for the roadblock that eventually stopped driver Mark Allan Smith, 50, of La Crosse. Both Sgt. Frye and Sheriff Spears were able to control the suspect vehicle to the side of the road, ending the pursuit.

Vernon County Sheriff John Spears emphasized that the suspect will be facing several charges as a result of his poor decisions and putting people’s lives in danger.

One person is in custody following a three-county car chase that ended just south of De Soto Sunday afternoon. The chase resulted in multiple charges against Mark Alan Smith, 50, of La Crosse.

According to the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department, the chase began following a call to a home on State Street in La Crosse. Smith, who was driving a black Ford Expedition, told law enforcement he was suicidal and repeatedly told officers that he wanted to kill himself.

The pursuit of the suspect started in La Crosse and traveled southbound down Highway 35 into Vernon County. Vernon County Sheriff’s Department attempted to set up road spikes, but Smith swerved toward a ditch in an attempt to strike a Vernon County deputy.

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Attorney General Schimel visits PdC, holds listening session with local leaders

By Caitlin Bittner

On Thursday, July 7, the Wisconsin Attorney General, Brad Schimel, held a listening session with local leaders from Crawford County, as well as legislative representives. 

Both Sen. Jennifer Shilling and Rep. Lee Nerison  were present to hear problems facing Crawford County.

Prior to the listening session, Attorney General Schimel was fairly confident that the meeting would take an early focus on the drug problem in Wisconsin. “This is the eighth county we’ve done, and 80 percent of the time, the focus of these sessions has been on drugs.”

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Local author’s books teach children social values through fun animal stories


Author Jeff Lessard, of Woodman, has released three children’s books since February and plans two more this year.

By Correne Martin

Most young children are not awake at 3 a.m., but for Jeff Lessard, that seems to be a prime time for creativity. In fact, he wrote each of his five recently-released children’s books during those wee hours of the morning.

“When I decide to write, I write. It doesn’t matter the time,” said the Woodman author and retired 22-year Prairie du Chien Schools employee.

All composed in 2007, “Magic Dance” was released in February of this year, and “The Little Bug” and “The Circle” were available beginning early June. “The Mouse and the Monkey” and “The Mouse, the Monkey and the Rock” will be up for grabs in August and October, respectively.

Lessard teaches social values through each of these fun animal stories, published internationally by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, of Oklahoma.

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11
Jul

Junior American Legion


The Prairie du Chien Junior American Legion baseball team split a doubleheader versus visiting La Crescent Thursday. Prairie won the opener 6-5 but lost the nightcap 7-4. Above, Frank Cipra takes a good lead off of third in the first game.

Prairie shortstop Gavin Gillitzer fields a ground ball and fires to first base for the out.

Cory Check gets a jump off of first base in the opener of a twinbill Thursday afternoon.
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Highway 18-60 Project


This photo was taken above Ward Road facing towards Prairie du Chien. Ward Road was closed to allow for construction of an 8’ x 8’ x 726 linear foot precast box culvert as well as grading of the new westbound US 18 lanes. The box culvert was delivered in 111 separate pieces, each weighing more than 23,000 pounds. (Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin DOT)

 

Stage 1 of Highway 18-60 

Project delayed but overall project 

expected to get back on schedule

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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Delrosa C. (Crowley) Bruns,

 

Delrosa C. (Crowley) Bruns, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 8, in La Crosse. 

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Roger Lee Bernhard

 

Roger Lee Bernhard died after a long illness, in Rawlins Wyo., were he had traveled to attend the wedding of his youngest granddaughter. 

Roger married Janet (Kluesner) on Oct. 27, 1989 in McGregor Iowa, and they made their home on the farm east of Monona.

Roger was a veteran of the U. S. Army and served in Korea from 1957 thru 1959. After serving his country, he returned to Iowa. Roger worked at Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids for a while before returning to his real love of farming. He also worked at Norplex in Postville, Iowa for a period of time. 

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Frieda Charlene Harris

 

Frieda Charlene Harris, 79, of Prairie du Chien, died Sunday, July 3, at Gundersen Health Systems, La Crosse. 

Frieda Charlene Armbrust was born to Charles and Uenice (Maah) Armbrust on Sept. 27, 1936. She attended high school in Galena, Ill. Frieda was united in marriage with Monroe Lewis Harris on Jan. 18, 1953 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Dubuque, Iowa, they later divorced.

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06
Jul

Man charged with marijuana possession

A 24-year-old White Lake, Wis. man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of marijuana (second and subsequent offense).

Joseph D. Ferrel faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, following a traffic stop in the city of Prairie du Chien, a search was conducted of Ferrel’s vehicle. Three zip-lock baggies, each containing a quantity of green plant material, were found as well as a smoking device.

Ferrel admitted to smoking marijuana earlier that morning, the complaint said. The green plant material tested positive for the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana, according to the complaint.

Ferrel has previously been convicted of possession of THC on Nov. 11, 2015.

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‘Riverfront Rock’ concert to celebrate local garage bands

On Sunday, July 10, the Prairie du Chien Historical Society is presenting “Riverfront Rock,” a concert celebrating the rich history of local garage bands from all eras. Headlined by the funk rock band Levitating Train Committee (LTC) which has strong area roots, the concert will start at 1 p.m. and will feature rock music of the 1960s through today. The public is invited.

Hosted by the Dousman House, located on St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien, the event is a fundraiser for the Fort Crawford Museum. In addition to LTC’s performance, there will be memorabilia and memories from local legends of live music. Also, anyone who was ever a member of an area band is encouraged to think of this as a reunion opportunity, and may bring their own memorabilia to display for the afternoon.

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