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Prairie du Chien man guilty of child sexual assaults

A 32-year-old Prairie du Chien man was found guilty in Grant County Circuit Court Wednesday, Nov. 5 of four counts of repeated sexual assault of a child, three counts of sexual exploitation of a child, two counts of child pornography and one count of first degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 13. The abuse alleged in the criminal complaint goes back as far as 2008.

Aaron L. Bouzek was found guilty per a plea agreement approved by Grant County Circuit Court Judge Craig R. Day. The agreement included dropping 23 other felony counts against Bouzek, who also won’t face federal charges. Bouzek faces a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison and a maximum of 147 years.

Day ordered a pre-sentence investigation and a sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 18 in Grant County Circuit Court.

Bouzek remains in custody in the Grant County Jail.

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10
Nov

Man falls off bluff during pursuit

 CASSVILLE—A 22-year-old Cuba City man apparently trying to break into a house ended up falling 20 feet off a rock ledge Sunday night, Nov. 2.

Daniel Udelhoven, was taken by Cassville EMS to Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster and then by MedFlight helicopter to UW-Hospital in Madison.

Grant County authorities received a call about two people trying to break into a house shortly after 10 p.m. Troy Mitchell, 51, Cassville, was detained by authorities after a foot chase, and Udelhoven was tracked by Grant County K9 Diego to the top of a hill north of Bluff Street.

Lancaster police found Udelhoven on a rock ledge, where he landed after falling about 20 feet, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

Udelhoven had a probation and parole warrant for his arrest according to the sheriff’s office. Additional charge of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest are being referred to the Grant County District Attorney’s office.

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10
Nov

Catholic Charities now coordinating former Faith in Action services

Catholic Charities is excited to let the public know that its organization will be assuming the coordinating role of the former Faith in Action program, now known as Hands of Hope. They are looking forward to coordinating and providing services by offering a helping hand, a compassionate ear, and a helpful connection to community residents.  They are happy to be able to offer an avenue for these services to continue.

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10
Nov

Alternate side parking in effect Nov. 15, avoid a ticket this winter

Don’t let the snow lead to a ticket or a tow. Alternate side parking is in effect in the city of Prairie du Chien from Saturday, Nov. 15 through March 31. And with winter on its way, drivers need to be aware of snow emergencies within the city as well.

If you would like to avoid a ticket or a tow this winter, follow these guidelines:

1) Park on the even house numbered side of the street on even numbered days from 12 to 7 a.m.

2) Park on the odd house numbered side of the street on odd numbered days from 12 to 7 a.m.

Some streets in the city are regulated for alternate side parking from 2:30 to 6 a.m. (including the downtown). For specific rules and regulations, visit prairieduchien.info, click on Municipal Code, and then find Chapter 7.05.

According to the Prairie du Chien Police Department, the most common issue in Prairie du Chien involves people parking in a no parking zone.

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10
Nov

Design unveiled for Seneca Area Veterans Memorial


Krause Monument recently released this depiction of how the Seneca Area Veterans Memorial will look once complete. No anticipated timeline for the project has been reported.

The Seneca Area Veterans Memorial Committee recently erected a sign at the site, in the heart of Seneca, to give people an idea an idea how the memorial will look and a running tally of funds raised toward the goal of $150,000. As of this week, about $40,000 has already been raised. (Submitted photos)

By Correne Martin

A little more than two months after the ceremonious groundbreaking for the Seneca Area Veterans Memorial, which took place Aug. 14, the organizing committee has erected a sign revealing the design at the future memorial site, across from Greener’s Corner in Seneca. The hope is that the sign, visible in the heart of Seneca, will give community members and passers-by an idea of how the memorial will look, a running tally of funds raised toward the goal of $150,000, and how people can become a part of the project.

All County Signs (the Showen family) donated the sign for the site.

Working with Krause Monument Company, of Viroqua, to design the veterans memorial, the Seneca Area Veterans Committee consists of Chairman Bob Ostrander, Tom Olson, Larry Kelley, Cliff Tollefson, John Swanson, Carol Crusan and the late Jerry Johnson (honorary chairman 1944-2014). Johnson is the one who spearheaded the memorial project.

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Nov

Veterans Day programs held at area schools

There will be various Veterans Day programs in Crawford County and the surrounding area on Nov. 11.

There will be a program at Bluff View Intermediate School beginning at 8:30 a.m. The speaker at this program will be veteran Tom Farrell.  

Prairie du Chien High School will have a program beginning at 10 a.m. Tom Farrell will also speak at this program.

The Prairie du Chien Honor Guard will fire a 21-gun salute as part of the ceremony at the Prairie du Chien Veterans Memorial at 11 a.m.

The Crawford County American Legion Veterans Day program is at 7 p.m. at Seneca High School.

Seneca Public Schools will have a Veterans Day program in the gymnasium at 9:05 a.m. Coffee and cookies will be served for the public afterward.

Wauzeka-Steuben Public Schools will have a Veterans Day program at 10 a.m.

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05
Nov

Lawsuit filed in 2013 vehicle versus bicyclist incident

By Correne Martin

A Prairie du Chien teenager and her parents filed a lawsuit on Oct. 28 against the city of Prairie du Chien and local resident Denise Barrett, alleging negligence in a pedestrian versus vehicle accident that occurred on July 18, 2013, at the intersection of Marquette Road and East Wells Street in Prairie du Chien. According to circuit court documents from La Crosse County, where the case was filed, Hailey Seitz and her parents, Roger and Sara Seitz, allege the city was negligent in regard to its maintenance of the crosswalk at the intersection and Barrett was negligent in waiving Hailey across the road without ensuring it was safe for her to cross.

The driver who hit Hailey Seitz, Rose Stram, is not named in the lawsuit.

Wed
05
Nov

Blackhawk Avenue roundabout is slated to open on Wednesday


Landscaping, signs and pavement markings were completed this week for the Blackhawk Avenue roundabout, the third and final roundabout of the Marquette Road project. Some construction on the north end of the project remains, but the completion for the entire project is anticipated by Nov. 16. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The third and final roundabout of the Marquette Road project, at the intersection of Blackhawk Avenue, is scheduled to open Wednesday, Nov. 5, as landscaping, signs and pavement markings were completed early this week. The Highway 27 detour will also end Wednesday, according to Wisconsin Department of Transportation Project Leader Jay Adams.

However, the railroad company has yet to repair its crossings at Washington and Blackhawk, leaving those crossings closed until further notice.

“People traveling on Highway 27 will be able to turn south on Marquette and continue on like they used to,” Adams said, noting that customers of the businesses near the Blackhawk intersection will now be able to access them regularly, though some sidewalk, curb and additional concrete pavement work will remain. “But drivers won’t be able to cross the railroad tracks on Blackhawk or head north yet.”

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05
Nov

$13 million referendum denied by River Ridge voters

By Correne Martin

River Ridge School District’s $13 million referendum to combine all students and staff under one facility in Patch Grove failed to pass in Tuesday’s election.

The unofficial vote totals were 995 against the referendum to 556 in favor, according to Adminstrative Secretary Sue Gotto Wednesday morning. This means 64 percent of the voters cast a “no” vote, while 36 percent cast a “yes” vote. The district’s canvassing board will validate the votes on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 4:15 p.m. at the River Ridge Middle/High School.

An article regarding the school board’s plans following the failed referendum, and any possible action regarding state orders pertaining to building code violations, will be published in an upcoming issue of the Courier Press.

Wed
05
Nov

Crawford County chooses Democrats for majority of races

By Correne Martin

Wisconsin voters leaned Republican in the races pertaining to southwest Wisconsin for this election, yet Crawford County voters chose Democrats in five of the six races reported at the top of today’s front page.

With all eyes on the battle for governor, incumbent Republican Scott Walker won his third election (including the 2012 recall) and will take on a second term leading the state. He received 52 percent of the vote in the state, while his challenger, Democrat Mary Burke ,earned 47 percent. Crawford County demonstrated a different opinion of the governor’s race, giving 3,221 votes to Burke, or 52 percent, and 2,972 to Walker.

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