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Antoine takes bronze

Antoine gets bronze
Prairie du Chien’s Matt Antoine pumps his fist following his medal-winning run Saturday.
Antoine, bronze
Some of the many fans of Matt Antoine cheer while watching one of Matt’s runs during an Olympic celebration in support of Matt held by Jim’s Bar of Prairie du Chien Friday and Saturday. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Antoine brings home bronze medal

On Saturday morning, with many of his hometown fans watching and cheering him on, Prairie du Chien’s Matt Antoine won the bronze medal in the men’s skeleton at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Matt laid down two flawless runs at the Sanki Sliding Center on Saturday to secure the bronze. Antoine was in fourth after Friday’s first two heats, but moved 0.32 seconds ahead of Tomass Dukurs in the final run to claim a podium position.

Mon
17
Feb

City says: ‘Run a stream of water to avoid frozen pipes’

running water

Over the weekend, the city of Prairie du Chien Water Department began recommending residents run a small, pencil-sized stream of water in their homes to prevent frozen laterals (pipes) to their homes. This recommendation remains in effect until further notice and is voluntary. Deep frost poses a potential risk to the city’s utility mains and more importantly, laterals that bring water to homes. Water flowing helps keep water temperatures warmer and limits the risk of potential freezing.

Cold water faucets should be used because running hot water is not as effective and also wastes energy. Customers should watch for discolored water or rusty water as well, as this is an early indication of pipes freezing. If you see discolored water, run your cold water hard until the water clears.

Mon
17
Feb

Faith In Action closes after 8 years

faith in action
Faith In Action, the organization that has helped keep older adults in their homes longer, will close as of March 15 due to diminishing funds. Faith In Action has served people in Crawford County and the surrounding area for the past eight years. Pictured (from left) next to the Faith In Action sign are some of the current board members: Terri Lins, Pat Balk, Cathy Lund (director of Faith In Action), Jean Oppermann and Fr. Christian Maxfield. Board members not pictured include Scott Kennedy, John Chaffee and Sara Ryan.

By Correne Martin

Faith In Action, a non-profit organization that has improved the quality of life for older adults in the area for eight years, will close as of March 15. Funds have been waning in the last few years due to rising financial pressure, the loss of grant availability and declining sources. The organization has always been committed to charging no fees for its services and its Board of Directors has decided not to change that in order to stay in business.

Letters from the Board of Directors announcing the organization’s closure were sent late last week to those receiving care as well as the 62 volunteer care givers who have helped meet people’s custodial care needs for the past eight years.

Thu
13
Feb

Thomas Foley

Thomas Patrick Foley, 28, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at his home in Rochester from complications due to DuChenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Tom was born Aug. 5, 1985, in Rochester, Minn., to Steve and Cheryl (McManamy) Foley. 

Tom enjoyed spending time with his family and seeing his nieces and nephews. He would watch Twins baseball and pro-wrestling with his brother, Kent. He was a 2004 graduate of Century High School. 

Thu
13
Feb

Geneva Burckhart

Geneva C. Burckart, 82, of Houston, Minn., and formerly of Monona, Iowa, died on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center.

She was born on Sept. 26, 1931, in Green Island, Iowa, to Eugene and Edith (McMahon) Ottaway. Geneva married Frederick Burckart on May 25, 1948, in Elkader, Iowa.

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13
Feb

Dorothy Cooley

 Dorothy I. Cooley, age 92, of Lancaster, died on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home in Lancaster.  She was born on July 3, 1921, the daughter of Henry and Wealthy (Retallick) Robinson. The oldest of ten children, she spent her life in Grant County.  After leaving grade school at age thirteen, Dorothy worked as a household helper and babysitter for various families.  On May 16, 1939, she was united in marriage to Stanley Cooley at the Methodist Parsonage in Lancaster.  Two children were born to this union:  Stephen and Evelyn.  Together, they spent their life farming until selling the farm and moving to Lancaster.  Dorothy was a member of the Lancaster Art Club.

Wed
12
Feb

Man cited in accident

On Friday, Feb. 7, at approximately 12:06 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle accident on County E near Oak Grove Ridge Road in the township of Seneca.

When deputies arrived on scene, the operator of a 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan had already left the scene of the accident. The driver had a third party contact law enforcement about the accident. The driver was found to be Sean P. Boland, 39, Gays Mills. Jennifer A. Boland, 40, Gays Mills, was also a passenger in the vehicle during the accident.

Boland was eastbound on County E when he lost control of the vehicle. After cresting a hill the vehicle began to fishtail, going into both lanes of traffic. The vehicle then left the north side of the roadway and went airborne over a culvert for approximately 15 feet before striking a tree and stopping. The vehicle sustained severe damage and no injuries were claimed in the accident.

Wed
12
Feb

Three vehicles crash

On Feb. 8, at 12:43 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a three-vehicle crash in the village of Wauzeka on E. Main St.

Kevin J. Mullikin of rural Wauzeka was attempting a left turn from a private parking lot onto E. Main St. when he collided with a 1995 Toyota Camry driven by Cody J. Robinson of Boscobel.

After the collision, the Robinson vehicle crossed the centerline and collided with a legally parked 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan owned by Thomas P. Breuer of rural Bloomington, causing minor damage to the van.

The 2001 Pontiac Sunfire operated by Mullikin sustained severe damage from the crash and was towed from the scene by private party. The Robinson vehicle sustained moderate damage and was driven from the scene by the owner.

Robinson claimed possible back injuries as a result of the crash.

Wed
12
Feb

Gays Mills man charged with resisting, obstructing

On Feb. 2, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a call from a woman who was concerned about the wellbeing of her children. Her mother was currently watching the children at her residence in the village of Gays Mills. The woman stated that her ex-husband was at the residence intoxicated.

After speaking with the women, Crawford County deputies made phone contact with the man, who was identified as Ronald E. Sanders, 36, Gays Mills. Deputies attempted to have Sanders voluntarily turn himself in for probation violations. Sanders refused the deputies requests. Deputies were able to locate Sanders several hours later at 16568 Highway 131, Gays Mills. Deputies attempted to take Sanders into custody for the probation violations. At this time Sanders began to resist and fight with the deputies. Deputies were able to secure Sanders and arrested him for the probation violations.

Wed
12
Feb

Truck hits guard rail in Utica

On Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle accident in Utica Township.

A 2003 Ford one-ton dually pickup owned and operated by Mitchel Baker, 22, Gays Mills was westbound on Highway 171 approximately six-tenths of a mile east of Old Gays Road. The steering in the pickup failed, the front tires turned abruptly to the right causing the truck to strike the guard rail several times. Because of the loss of steering, the westbound lane of the highway was partially blocked until a wrecker could remove the vehicle.

There were no injuries. The truck received moderate damage.

Assisting at the scene were the Crawford County Highway Department and Digger Don’s Towing.

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