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Cow causes chain reaction accident

On Monday, Feb. 10, at 5:28 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a three-vehicle accident on Highway 60 approximately three-tenths of a mile east of Brown Hollow Road in Wauzeka Township.

A 2004 Dodge Caravan operated by Cassandra S. Whiteaker, 17, Boscobel, was eastbound on Highway 60 when it struck a cow. Noah J. Nichols, 15, Boscobel, was a passenger in Whiteaker’s vehicle. After the Whiteaker vehicle struck the cow, a 2004 Ford Freestar operated by Kenneth W. Thiede, 55, Muscoda, attempted to stop and was rear-ended by a 1981 Kenworth Semi which was operated by Edward C. Pugh, 67, Reedsburg.     

The Whiteaker vehicle sustained extensive damage. The Thiede vehicle had minor damage and the Pugh vehicle had minor damage. No injuries were claimed in the accident.
Assisting the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department were the Wauzeka First Responders, Boscobel EMS and Wauzeka Fire Department.

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Feb

Crawford County Sheriff’s Department warns of area scams

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department wishes to inform the public of ongoing scams.

Recently, several area residents have been contacted via phone regarding individuals claiming to be “agents” for Publisher’s Clearing House.

The “agent” informs the potential victim(s) they’ve won a large amount of money and a new car. Then, in order to redeem their prize, the victim is informed to go to a local business and purchase a “Green Dot Money Pack Card” in the amount the “agent” specifies. Once the card is purchased, the victim is asked specific questions pertaining to the card, and by obtaining the information from the card the “agent” (scammer) can collect the money on the card from their unknown location.

Wed
12
Feb

Some residents asked to run water to avoid frozen pipes

The Prairie du Chien Water Department is requesting that all residents on South Dousman Street from Blackhawk Avenue south to Taylor Street, and residents on Ohio Street from Washington Street south to Crawford Street run their water at a pencil-sized stream to avoid freezing. The water department will inform residents when this order is no longer in effect.
Please contact Prairie du Chien City Hall at 326-6406 with questions.

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12
Feb

Dress to Impress for Less—Prom Dress Shopping held in Prairie du Chien Feb. 16

The 2014 Post Prom Party in Prairie du Chien is struggling to take place due to lack of funds. The Post Prom Party is a safe and alcohol-free event after prom where high school students can enjoy entertainment and games. In hopes to raise funds, a small committee of women have put forth tremendous efforts and are holding a fundraiser, Dress to Impress for Less—Prom Dress Shopping. It’s a four-hour event at NCS Gunsmithing on Sunday, Feb. 16, from noon to 4 p.m.

NCS had donated its facility for this event, which will offer prom dress shoppers and sellers a fun and convenient outlet to find that perfect gown and accessories or sell last year’s dress at a good price. Girls can bring in prom dresses, shoes, jewelry and hair accessories and get cash for it all. No checks, credit cards or money orders are allowed as a form of payment by those seeking the items.

Wed
12
Feb

Bus driver’s quick thinking saves lives

By Correne Martin

Longtime bus driver Bob Welsh’s quick thinking may have saved the lives of seven students and himself last week when the bus he was driving down a steep Wauzeka side road lost its power and brakes. Bob has 46 years of driving experience, a calm demeanor and a special love for the kids he escorts to and from school every day. Certainly, a combination of those characteristics played into the situation too, but it was his heroic skills that came into play as he avoided a possible tragedy.

Bob was making his way along his typical afternoon route in rural Wauzeka, on Mill Road—a narrow, gravel route known in the area for its steep slope and windy path. The bus was carrying seven kids home. Around 3:45 p.m., Thursday, Bob found himself about halfway down Mill Road when the power went out in the bus.

Wed
12
Feb

Prairie du Chien Memorial Library’s growing needs call for an expansion

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The Board of Trustees for the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library commissioned an assessment of the space needs and current building’s condition in the fall of 2013. The analysis has shown that the library is in need of many interior and exterior updates as well as an expansion doubling its size. A capital campaign to raise funds for such a project is getting underway and seems generally supported by the city council. The council has challenged the fundraising committee to raise half the funds of an expansion, though costs have not been determined yet, as design proposals are needed. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien community members may have heard rumblings on the street about the prospect of expanding the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library. Well, the talk is true. In August of last year, the library’s Board of Trustees commissioned an assessment of space needs as well as the existing facility’s condition. The board learned that its current 50-year-old structure is in good overall condition, is much smaller than one for a population of a similar size city, is in need of more dedicated spaces, and should double in size.

“We have about 5,800 square feet right now and the survey indicates we need 12,000,” Board President Linda Munson said. “We have a lot of good reasons to stay on the current site: it’s close to the schools, City Hall and the downtown; the current building is in good enough shape that it can accommodate an addition; and there’s the water fountain and a lot of history in that location too.”

Wed
12
Feb

Youth wrestlers

Wrestlers donate
Some of the area youth wrestlers who competed and donated are, row 1: Ian Jentz, Brody Keilley, Brendan Jentz, Isaac Hoffman, and Alex Lee. Row 2: Bradyn Saint, Justin Kossman, Ryder Koenig, Chad Achenbach, Jackson DeBruin, and Rhett Koenig. Row 3: Coach Lange, Matt Rogge, Keenan Holley, Reid Koenig, Nick Rogge, Zach Swiggum, Traeton Saint, and Coach Saint. Row 4: Robert Velasco, Tyler Smock, and Stephen Ronnfeldt.

 

Area youth wrestlers donate

On Friday, Jan. 31, the Prairie Wrestling Club hosted their Fourth annual Youth Duals at Hoffman Hall. The entry fee for all wrestlers was a non-perishable food item, which was donated to CouleeCap, our local food pantry.  

Youth wrestlers from Prairie du Chien, Wauzeka, Fennimore, Boscobel, MFL, Lancaster and River Valley participated and were able to donate 177 pounds of goods to this great cause.  

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12
Feb

Habitat restoration projects

 

Habitat restoration project updates

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The following are some brief updates regarding various habitat restoration projects in the Prairie du Chien area in Pool 9 and Pool 10.

 

Wed
12
Feb

Wyalusing Academy

 

Public input sought on Wyalusing Academy

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Clinicare Corporation, the owner of the former Wyalusing Academy property in Prairie du Chien, has scheduled the conference room in City Hall from 5-8 p.m. on Feb. 26 for public input regarding what can be done with the property. 

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Feb

D. Mark Lochner

 

D. Mark Lochner, MD, 67, of Waupaca, loving husband to Catherine (Thomas) Lochner and amazing father to his five children, died peacefully after a courageous four year battle with ALS on Monday, Feb. 10, in his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born on Nov. 15, 1946 in Prairie du Chien, son of Donald and Norma (Saunders) Lochner, the second eldest of twelve children. He graduated from Campion Jesuit High School in 1964. He attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, graduating in 1968. He went on to attend the University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Medicine followed by a three year residency in Family Medicine, also in Madison.

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