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Behind the badge: PdC police, citizens who wear badges


The display of thank yous helps to brighten the days of the officers on the Prairie du Chien Police force. “I can only tell people ‘good job’ so many times. It’s an added bonus when the community says it too. Our officers are leaders and they have to be,” said Police Chief Chad Abram. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)

 

Editors note: This is the first part of a small series highlighting the work of Prairie du Chien’s police officers following the deaths of fellow officers across the country.

By Caitlin Bittner

In recent weeks, there have been copious amounts of support pouring into the Prairie du Chien Police Department. “We’ve gotten a lot of cards, Facebook messages, baked goods, Dilly bars, cookies, bananas, flowers,” said Sgt. Kyle Teynor.

While the sweet treats and kind gestures have been devoured and appreciated, the department stressed they didn’t expect this.

“It’s nice to have that reassurance. But, we didn’t think the community didn’t support us,” Teynor said.

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Mother, son arrested in drug bust

A mother and son were both arrested last week in connection with illegal narcotics activity at their residence within a Prairie du Chien motel, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

In early June, Crawford County investigators were notified of the potential drug activity. Further investigation led them to believe that Patrick Tesar, 18, and his mother, Renee Hubanks, 50, were dealing marijuana, methamphetamine, psilocybin mushrooms, and possibly prescription medication out of the motel room in which they resided at the Prairie Motel. Next, investigators applied for and were granted a search warrant for the residence, Sheriff Dale McCullick said.

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Great River Relay For Life is Saturday evening at PdCHS


Peoples State Bank and MPC gave $1,500 corporate sponsorships to the Great River Relay For Life last week. Both have been 16-year financial contributors of the local fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Also, Prairie du Chien Mayor Dave Hemmer signed a proclamation declaring July 30, 2016, as Relay For Life Day in the city. He is pictured (center) with Shelly Rider, one of the relay’s coordinators. The Relay For Life is scheduled for Saturday, July 30, at the Prairie du Chien High School track, from 4 to 11 p.m. Pictured (left), Peoples State Bank President Mark Forsythe hands the donation to Mary Ann Heisz, one of the relay’s coordinators. (Right) Tom Hampton and Janet Mezera, members of the Relay For Life event leadership team and MPC employees, are shown receiving the donation from Plant Manager Lisa Esser.

It’s time again for the Great River Relay For Life, held at the Prairie du Chien High School, from 4 to 11 p.m., Saturday, July 30, in an effort to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. This year’s theme is “One World, One Hope.” Luminaria sales are still available at People’s State Bank and A Cut Above in Prairie du Chien through Wednesday.

On Saturday, set up for teams and registration begins at 3 p.m. The survivor reception and silent auction will begin at 4 p.m. The opening/survivor ceremony is at 5 p.m. Mary Ann Heisz, a survivor and co-coordinator of the Relay For Life, said she would like to see a great number of survivors come out this year to walk on the track for the survivors lap. A dessert auction starts at 6 p.m. Then, the caregiver ceremony takes place at 7 p.m. The silent auction and luminaria sales will end by 8 p.m. Capping off the evening, the Spirit of Hope/Luminaria program is a beautiful, emotional and unforgettable moment ending the relay.

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Blues fest to fill St. Feriole Island with attitude this weekend


The Mark May Band, accompanied by The Soul Satyr Horns, will bring a unique brand of blues with attitude to the Prairie Dog Blues Festival’s main stage this Saturday, July 30, at 4:30 p.m.

By Correne Martin

After 19 years, the Prairie Dog Blues Festival has become quite the outdoor party for music lovers of all ages. It brings thousands of people to Prairie du Chien the last weekend of July every summer—many who have fallen in love with the casual, regionally-acclaimed event and can’t wait to return each year. The musical talent that fires up the St. Feriole Island bash hails from all over the world, specializing in an assortment of blues and roots music like Chicago blues to West Coast jump, hard-driving Mississippi hill country blues, New Orleans horns, Texas boogie, zydeco, gospel, blues rock, etc.

The 2016 lineup has received rave reviews on the Prairie Dog Blues Fest Facebook page from new as well as dedicated festival-goers. Local hotels and campsites are booked, the grounds are getting set-up, performers are touring toward PdC and the weekend is almost here.

This year’s main stage line-up is as follows:

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Dorothy E. Meng

 

Dorothy E. Meng, 87, of Bagley passed away Friday, July 22, at the Prairie Maison Care Center in Prairie du Chien. 

She was born Nov. 29, 1928 in Soldiers Grove, the daughter of Otto and Della (DeWitt) Helgerson. She married Irvin Meng on Sept. 22, 1944 in Prairie du Chien. He preceded her in death on Dec. 23, 2003. Dorothy worked at National Decorated metals in Prairie du Chien and later for Rapid Die in Cassville. 

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Ralph Junior Corlett

 

Ralph Junior Corlett, 88, of McGregor, Iowa died Wednesday, July 20, at Crossing Rivers Health, Prairie du Chien. 

Ralph was born June 19, 1928 to Ralph Leigh and Ruby Mae (Entwisle) Corlett in McGregor. He attended Sny Magill Country School and graduated from McGregor High School in 1946. 

Ralph was united in marriage with Olga Mae Eggen on Oct. 1, 1949 at the First Lutheran Church, McGregor. To this union ten children were born.

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Young woman transported to La Crosse hospital following rollover


Nichelle Skrupky-Nelson, 21, of Viroqua, was injured in a rollover crash on Highway 171 Sunday.

A young woman was transported to a La Crosse hospital as a result of a rollover accident Sunday, July 17, in Crawford County.

Just before 7:45 a.m., Nichelle Skrupky-Nelson, 21, of Viroqua, was driving a 2007 Saturn west on Highway 171, one-tenth of a mile west of Highway 27. She crossed into the eastbound lane of traffic, struck a guardrail, crossed back into the other lane, continue off the right side of the roadway, went up an embankment and rolled twice before the vehicle came to a rest on its top. Skrupky-Nelson was ejected from the vehicle and transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital by Ocooch Mountain Rescue for treatment of the injuries sustained in the accident. She was later transported to Gundersen-Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, though the extent of her injuries is not known.

The Seneca Fire Department and First Responders, Crawford County Highway Department and Scott’s Towing of Ferryville assisted at the scene.

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Grant for safe room in library expansion approved by Prairie du Chien council

By Correne Martin

The proposed renovation and expansion for the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library may also include a safe room in the basement to be used in case of emergency. During its regular bi-monthly meeting Tuesday night, the city council accepted a FEMA grant for $262,336.37 to construct the safe room, which would occupy 1,782 square feet of the 4,960-square-foot basement under the addition.

According to City Administrator Aaron Kramer, the space would also be multi-purpose, allowing for a host of uses when there is no emergency. Kramer said accepting the grant would not obligate the city to take the FEMA dollars and construct the basement. Library Director Nancy Ashmore as well as City Planner Garth Frable both voiced their support of the basement layout, including a safe room.

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Man travels to D.C. on horseback for veteran suicide awareness


Tony Jones, of Fort Pierre, S.D., left his home state June 5 and plans to travel on horseback to the nation’s capital by September, all in the name of veteran suicide awareness. While in Prairie du Chien Tuesday, the cowboy found a most suitable place to stop, the Sawmill Saloon. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A true cowboy, Tony Jones has trained race horses, he’s worked on ranches. He’s lived a fortunate life and he’s decided to pay it forward.

“I’m no great citizen. I just decided to do something,” he claimed, sitting on a bench outside the Sawmill Saloon in Prairie du Chien late Tuesday morning. “I’d like to encourage others to do the same.”

The 54-year-old is riding 1,500 miles on horseback from South Dakota to Washington, D.C. in order to raise awareness about veteran suicide and funds for military veterans through the Semper Fi Fund. His cause is Cowboys Ride for Veterans Awareness.

“Since I left home,” in Fort Pierre, S.D., Jones said, “a thousand veterans have committed suicide. We’re a country protected by heroes and if we’re not willing to take care of them, then we’re without heroes, and we don’t deserve their protection.”

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Viola L. Luetke

 

Viola L. Luetke, 89, of Prairie du Chien passed away Sunday, July 17, at the Vernon Memorial Hospital, in Viroqua.

She was born Oct. 5, 1926 in Santa Anna, Texas. The daughter of Richard and Cora (Younts) Earnhardt, she married Robert E. Luedtke on Aug. 18,1942. She worked for 32 years at, and retired from, Beall’s Department Store. Viola loved people. Her kind, warm heart was felt by anyone who met her. She was a true southern sweetheart, and was loved so much by her family and friends.

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