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Mon
20
Oct

Prairie du Chien man recounts his journey running for office

By Correne Martin

It’s not very often that a local man runs for a high-profile political office such as United States Congressman. But this year, Prairie du Chien has one of its own in the race for the 3rd District.
Tony Kurtz officially threw his hat into the ring in April, won the three-way GOP primary in August, and is now part of a full-fledged challenge to unseat 18-year veteran Ron Kind in November’s general election.

“I’ve driven over 35,000 miles since January, 7,000 in the last four weeks,” Kurtz said in an interview Oct. 3. “I’ve participated in 55 parades and 16 of the 18 dairy breakfasts. I’ve done county fairs, lots of picnics, veterans affairs, co-op customer appreciation events, town board meetings, civic club meetings, football games. I’ve been to nearly every college campus in our district, except Viterbo, at least five times. The big thing is getting exposure.”

Thu
16
Oct

Halls of Terror opens in Prairie du Chien this weekend

This year, an all new layout and special effects will add to the horrifying shaking skeletons, werewolves, bloody butchers, freaky clowns, electric chair antics, fake explosions, scary Santa, and creepy cemetery on display  at Scream Xtreme’s Halls of Terror on St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien. Enter if you dare, but the 2014 haunt is not for the faint of heart or the timid.

This year’s dates are Oct. 17-18, 24-25 and 31 as well as Nov. 1. Hours are from 7 to 10 p.m. each night. There is an admission fee to attend.

This year’s Lights on Kid Friendly Haunt is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 25, from 2 to 5 p.m. Bring a canned good for a discount off the already reduced admission.

Thanks to the covered and lighted waiting area, the event goes on rain or shine.

In recent years, over 1,000 people have become accustomed to being frightened at the Halls of Terror, which is held at the Cedar Building on St. Feriole Island.

Wed
15
Oct

Wauzeka man charged with marijuana possession

A 28-year-old Wauzeka man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of marijuana (second and subsequent offense), and one count of operating a motor vehicle while revoked.

Brian Lee Geisler faces up to $12,500 in fines and 4.5 years imprisonment if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, a Crawford County Sheriff’s deputy initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle Geisler was driving in the village of Wauzeka. After talking with Geisler, the deputy retrieved a ziplock baggie of marijuana and a smoking device from Geisler’s vehicle, the complaint said.

Geisler’s driving record from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation showed his operating privileges had been revoked.

Wed
15
Oct

High speed chase leads to charges

A 17-year-old Gays Mills boy has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer.

Colton A. Frazier faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Frazier was involved in a high-speed chase in Grant and Crawford counties when the vehicle he was driving crashed in Crawford County.

Frazier told a Crawford County Sheriff’s deputy he had fled because he was afraid that if he was stopped, he would lose his driver’s license, the complaint said. Frazier admitted that his vehicle had reached speeds of 120 miles per hour while being pursued in Crawford County, according to the complaint.

Wed
15
Oct

Boscobel man charged with hit and run (great bodily harm)

A 22-year-old Boscobel man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of hit and run causing great bodily harm.

Alex M. Groom faces up to 15 years in prison and a $50,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, law enforcement personnel responded to a two-vehicle accident on County E in the town of Marietta at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 22, 2013.

Groom was the driver of one of the vehicles involved in the accident, according to witnesses at the scene, the complaint said. Groom left the area before law enforcement arrived, according to the complaint.

The driver of the other vehicle was taken to Boscobel Area Health Care by ambulance and then Med-Flighted to University Hospital in Madison.

Wed
15
Oct

Wauzeka-Steuben volleyball


La Farge swept host Wauzeka-Steuben three games to none in Ridge and Valley volleyball Tuesday night by scores of 25-15, 25-12 and 25-20. Above, Samantha Groom battles at the net for the Lady Hornets. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Samantha Groom drills the ball to an open spot on the La Farge side in the first game Tuesday night.

Bethany McCullick pounds the ball back to La Farge Tuesday night in Ridge and Valley volleyball action.

The Lady Hornets' Bethany McCullick duels with Shade Thompson of La Farge.

Kelsey Kapinus taps one over Makenzie Vesbach of La Farge Tuesday night.
Wed
15
Oct

Fisherman’s body not yet recovered

The search continues for a Crawford County man who presumably drowned after he fell overboard a fishing boat and never resurfaced on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 11, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

Roger S. Goodell, of Ferryville, was fishing with a friend near Lock and Dam No. 9, near Lynxville, around 12:40 p.m. Saturday, when their boat floated into a restricted area near the dam. Goodell attempted to push the boat away from the wall while the friend started the boat motor. Goodell then fell into the water and disappeared.

According to Sheriff Dale McCullick, emergency personnel, including a dive team and Med Link Air, have been searching daily for Goodell’s body or at least evidence that would lead authorities to the recovery of the body. On Tuesday, an individual searched the river with an underwater camera. McCullick said the camera located a couple of areas of interest, but upon the diver’s search, nothing more was found.

Wed
15
Oct

Eastman and Wauzeka postmasters retire


Galen Freymiller served as the postmaster of the Wauzeka Post Office for 18 years and gave the USPS over 34 years as a whole. He retired on Sept. 30.

By Correne Martin

Just as the old Bob Dylan song goes: The times, they are a-changin’. The United States Postal Service has seen its fair share of changes through the years with regard to automation, variety of mailings, technology, office hours and personnel. Recently, the post offices in Eastman and Wauzeka have experienced yet another change, with the retirement of their postmasters, Marcia Clark and Galen Freymiller, respectively. Both completed their three-decade careers with the postal service on Sept. 30.

“The postal service has been a great place to work. I enjoyed mail distribution and interacting with the people,” said Clark, a McGregor resident who was postmaster in Eastman for 23 years. “The many changes through the years have made it challenging. But the people of Eastman welcomed me into their community and my co-workers made my job easier.”

Tue
14
Oct

Carl C. "Mike" Wachter

 

 Carl C. “Mike” Wachter, 97, Prairie du Chien passed away peacefully Sunday, Oct. 12, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

Mon
13
Oct

River Ridge beats Highland


Desmond Crapp breaks free and races to a 55-yard touchdown in the third quarter. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Brock Kazda stiff arms a Highland defender on the way to a good gain on an end around.

River Ridge opened up some running room Saturday afternoon gaining 291 yards on the ground.

River Ridge’s Kirk Martin sprints down the sideline for a TD Saturday afternoon against host Highland.

 

Timberwolves 

fly past Cardinals

River Ridge spoiled Highland’s Homecoming by beating the Cardinals 35-13 on a nice fall Saturday afternoon for high school football. 

Highland got on the board first with a fumble recovery and made the kick to take a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter. 

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