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Elf on the Shelf: Tradition or torment


Our Elf on the Shelf, Vixen, has had quite an entertaining sense of humor this year.

By Correne Martin

Vixen is his name. He’s the Elf on the Shelf in our household. My kids, ages 6 and 3, are infatuated. It’s a contest, every morning, to see who can spy him around the house first. 

Vixen brings the magic of the season, some good lessons, laughs and love to our family. Some nights, he’s more work than others, but I can honestly say, his presence has been wonderful for us. 

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Marquette man, Bagley woman charged with meth possession

A 39-year-old Marquette man and a 32-year-old Bagley woman have each been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with possession of methamphetamine.

Jeremiah Young faces up to a $10,000 fine and 3.5 years in prison if convicted.

Vanessa Young has also been charged with obstructing an officer. She faces up to $20,000 in fines and four years, three months imprisonment if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, a Prairie du Chien police officer stopped a vehicle driven by Jeremiah Young on the Highway 18 bypass for equipment violations and speeding.

The Crawford County K9 Unit arrived and made a positive alert to the presence of controlled substances within the vehicle.

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Local man accused of physical abuse of child

A 42-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of the physical abuse of a child - recklessly causing bodily harm by conduct which creates a high probability of great bodily harm.

Claudiu Burja faces up to a $10,000 fine and six years of imprisonment if convicted. 

According to the criminal complaint, Burja is accused of grabbing an 8-year-old boy around the neck and squeezing for approximately one to one and a half minutes.

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Man charged with meth possession and strangulation

A 20-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine, one count of strangulation and suffocation, domestic abuse, one count of disorderly conduct and one count of misdemeanor battery.

Myca Reitzloff faces up to 10.5 years in prison and $31,000 in fines if convicted of all counts.

According to the criminal complaint, Crawford County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a residence in Gays Mills for a physical altercation.

The victim stated that her and her ex-boyfriend, Reitzloff, had been getting into physical altercations for the past week or week and a half. She said Reitzloff had choked her, bitten her, hit her, pushed her and other actions which caused pain.

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Gays Mills man charged with 4th OWI

A 52-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fourth offense) and operating a motor vehicle while revoked.

Daniel Campbell faces up to $12,500 in fines and seven years of imprisonment if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a call about a vehicle driving all over the roadway.

Deputies responded to Campbell’s residence shortly after the call. Campbell stepped outside to speak to the deputies and had slurred speech and was swaying drastically, according to the complaint. Campbell allowed the deputies into his home. The deputies performed field sobriety tests and placed Campbell under arrest.

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Man charged with stealing truck, marijuana possession

A 48-year-old Viroqua man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, one count of operating with a restricted controlled substance in the blood (second offense), one count of possession of marijuana (second offense), and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Brent Felde faces up to 10 years and 30 days of imprisonment and $21,600 in fines if convicted of all counts.

According to the criminal complaint, a Crawford County man and his father pursued a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado owned by the son.

The vehicle stopped and the son and father made contact with the driver, later identified as Felde, who had stolen the vehicle, the complaint said. 

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Grant County seeks suspect

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Thomas Kussmaul, 29, of rural Platteville, following a series of vehicle thefts and traffic complaints. Officials say he has connections to Crawford County and Prairie du Chien, among other area communities.

On Dec. 14, at about 12:30 a.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report of a stolen 2003 Chevy Silverado from Southwest Road, south of Platteville. Approximately a half hour later, the vehicle was called in for a traffic complaint in the city of Platteville by several different individuals. The vehicle was squealing tires, running stop signs, and traveling in excessive speeds. Officers attempted to locate the vehicle but were unable to do so. 

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The Christmas pickle is a peculiar tradition


The Local Oven in Prairie du Chien sells the Christmas pickle in two varieties. The blown-glass emerald ornament is from Old World Glass. Roman company produces a lighter-colored porcelain pickle in a small jar. (Photos by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Have you ever wondered what that peculiar story is behind the Christmas pickle? Were you aware that there is such a thing as a Christmas pickle?

Well, it’s real, and it’s a version of a small, pickled, garden cucumber, usually made of glass or porcelain, and fashioned as a quite charming ornament, actually.

You can even buy them locally at small businesses like The Local Oven, in Prairie du Chien. The Paper Moon, in McGregor, had them too, but as of Dec. 14, they were sold out. 

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Wauzeka-Steuben boys beat De Soto


Wauzeka-Steuben's Gavin Ralph soars for a dunk versus visiting De Soto Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Hornets' Carter Lomas scores on a jumper in the lane.

Jake Reichmann of Wauzeka-Steuben defends against Brock Venner of De Soto.

Nick Benish makes a move down the lane against the Pirates.

 

Wauzeka-Steuben beat visiting De Soto 71-50 in a Ridge and Valley boys basketball game Friday night. 

The Hornets improved to 5-1 overall and 4-0 atop the conference.

The Pirates dropped to 5-1 on the season and 3-1 in the Ridge and Valley.

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Crawford County Teen Court still going strong

 

Program gives youth a second chance

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Teen Court began in November of 2011 and is still going strong.

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