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Prairie du Chien man faces meth manufacturing, other drug charges


Prairie du Chien police were sent to this house at 409 E. Webster St., Monday evening for a possible meth lab. Following execution of a search warrant Tuesday, Kyle L. Vanderbilt, 27, of Prairie du Chien was arrested on a probation violation and is charged with manufacturing meth along with other drug crimes pending. (Photo by Correne Martin)

 A Prairie du Chien man is in Crawford County jail today on charges of manufacturing meth along with other drug crimes pending, according to Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram.

On Monday, May 26, at around 5:15 p.m., the police department was sent to 409 E. Webster St. for a possible methamphetamine lab. Upon arrival, officers were shown items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. The suspect had fled on foot prior to officers arriving on scene. The officers secured the residence from the outside and administration was notified of the incident. Additional officers were called to assist with the investigation and search of the suspect.

Members of the department who are trained and certified in meth investigations arrived on scene. After an initial assessment of the items discovered by the reporting party, investigators decided to apply for a search warrant for the residence.

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28
May

Glenn Bridge footing found underneath Marquette Road


The remains of the spread footing of the Glenn Bridge, a 20-foot structure that spanned over a drainage ditch built in 1932, was found by construction workers, underground, within the Marquette Road project recently. In 1967, all but the footings of the abutments were removed with the last Marquette Road reconstruction project. Find more Marquette Road construction photos on the Courier Press Newspaper Facebook page. (Submitted photo)

Two more storm sewer structures were delivered last week for the Marquette Road project. These structures are 12 feet wide by 3 feet high with 12-inch thick walls. Nearly 1,000 feet of this precast box culvert will be placed under Marquette Road to manage storm water. These structures are 4 feet deep and weigh nearly 22,000 pounds each. Two workers are shown lowering the first section of the same box culvert into place. (Submitted photo)

 Early last week, construction crews working on the Marquette Road project in Prairie du Chien discovered something of historic proportions underneath the roadway. They found the spread footing of the Glenn Bridge, a 20-foot structure that spanned over a drainage ditch built in 1932.

According to WisDOT Project Leader Jay Adams, in 1967, all but the footing of the bridge abutments were removed with the last Marquette Road reconstruction project.

Adams said the designers were aware that this structure was present and at least partially removed in 1967. Whether it was completely removed or whether it was going to be in conflict with the current storm sewer construction was unknown.

“It was not in the plan to be removed and was one of those surprises you get from time to time in construction when it was found,” Adams stated.

Wed
28
May

100 years of growing leaders in Wisconsin

By Correne Martin

From 100 years ago, when corn, canning and animal clubs cropped up with the intent of achieving better production, to today’s robotics rallies, events designed to increase youths’ knowledge of such programs, 4-H in Wisconsin remains very much the same. The organization continues its focus on growing tomorrow’s leaders, with a strong background of agriculture and admirable family values. The four personal development areas of the organization include the head, heart, hands and health.

“4-H has always offered youth a positive youth development opportunity to explore hobbies and interests,” said Amy Mitchell, Crawford County 4-H youth development agent, who has been in her position for 12 years. “It helps them develop their life skills so that, when they’re out in the workforce, they’re prepared and ready for that environment.”

Wed
21
May

Southwest Cup

 

PdC golfers 

at Southwest Cup

The Prairie du Chien golf team competed in the Fifth Annual Southwest Cup on Saturday, May 17 at the Lancaster Municipal Golf Course, par 72.

Final Result- SWC 15, SWAL 1

Match Play

Wed
21
May

Prairie du Chien Skate Park construction underway

Skate Park
This lift, donated by Novey Construction of Prairie du Chien, is being used to move units onto sub slabs provided by Pellock Construction. (Photo by Mike Ulrich)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien Skate Park is finally becoming a reality much to the delight of local and area skateboarders.

“I’m very excited and the committee is very excited,” said Skate Park Chairwoman Lorie Floyd, who has spearheaded the project for the past 10 years. “It’s been a lot of hard work and we’re thrilled that it’s finally coming together.” 

Wed
21
May

Seneca names top two graduates from Class of 2014


Valedictorian Elizabeth Garfoot and Salutatorian Cacey Ostrander

Seneca High School graduation is scheduled for Friday, May 30, at 8 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Awards and scholarships for the Class of 2014 will be presented during the graduation ceremony.

Elizabeth Garfoot has been named the valedictorian and Cacey Ostrander the salutatorian for the Seneca High School Class of 2014.

Elizabeth Garfoot is the daughter of Susie (Bird) and Scott Garfoot. She is very active in school and in her community.

Wed
21
May

UnitedHealthcare, Hunger Task Force help put breakfast food on the table


Renee Ladewig-Lathrop (left) and her fellow community relations specialists from the statewide UnitedHealthcare organization distributed milk, bread and eggs to community members in the Prairie du Chien area Monday afternoon, with the help of some local volunteers as well. The semi-load of breakfast foods sat in the parking lot behind CouleeCap for two hours, in hopes of providing assistance for people who are food insecure. Free health screenings and informational handouts were also provided. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin
 
UnitedHealthcare and the Hunger Task Force have partnered to help put food on the table for area families. On Monday afternoon, for just two hours, a semi-load of milk, bread and eggs was stationed in the CouleeCap parking lot in Prairie du Chien, where volunteers distributed the breakfast groceries. No eligibility checks were done, though the hope was to serve people who are food insecure.

For the next couple of days, the organizations will hand out food in Crawford, La Crosse, Trempealeau, Monroe and Vernon Counties. There’s enough in the bags for a family of four to eat breakfast for at least one week.

“One of our missions is to help people live healthier lives. We wanted to do breakfast because it’s the most important meal of the day,” said Renee Ladewig-Lathrop, a community relations specialist with UnitedHealthcare.

Wed
21
May

PdC council takes steps toward development agreement with True Value

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council has taken another step toward a proposed development agreement with Nelson True Value to build a new store along Highway 35/Marquette Road, just north of Walgreens.

During the council’s regular meeting Tuesday night, a resolution transferring surplus funds from TID #6 to TID #4 was approved unanimously, completing the final phase of transferring funds related to the settlement between the city and Thomas Gialamas and Martin Rifken.

Wed
21
May

Crawford County hires animal control officer


Christine Reynolds, newly appointed Animal Control Officer for the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, and Sheriff Dale McCullick look forward to working together to address the county’s needs.

Sheriff Dale McCullick is pleased to announce the addition of an animal control officer to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office staff. Seneca resident Christine Reynolds will assume the role of animal control officer as of May 21. She will handle issues in a paid-on-call capacity.

“Our dispatchers receive many calls in the course of a year that do not necessarily require law enforcement intervention, but do require a response. An animal control officer will pick up the responsibility for these types of calls,” Sheriff McCullick said.

Wed
21
May

Raymond "Junior" William Shulka, Jr.

 

 Raymond “Junior” William Shulka, Jr., 67, of Prairie du Chien, died Sunday, May 18, at Gundersen Health Systems in La Crosse. 

He was born on Jan. 26, 1947 to Raymond Fred and Irene Helen (Horstman) Shulka in Guttenberg, Iowa where he also attended school.

Junior enlisted into the United States Army on Oct. 17, 1964. He was a missile mechanic during his service time. He was honorably discharged in 1967. Junior was married to Barbara Uher on Sept. 5, 1969; to this union two children were born, Laura and Travis. They later divorced.

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