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Wed
24
Aug

Downpours deluge the area once again


Plum Creek, a tributary of the Kickapoo River, in Eastman Township, overflowed its banks early Wednesday morning, Aug. 24. That area of Crawford County received about 4 inches of water overnight, while Steuben reportedly received 5.62 inches, causing significant flash flooding, damage and washed debris, road closings, etc. Flooding and scattered showers were expected to continue throughout the day Wednesday. (Photo by Correne Martin)

County S was among many Crawford County roadways covered with water Wednesday morning, Aug. 24. (Photo by Dennis Pelock)

By Correne Martin and Ted Pennekamp

Heavy rainfall over southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa caused significant flash flooding Tuesday evening, Aug. 23, into Wednesday morning, Aug. 24.

The greatest amount of rain fell in the Decorah, Iowa, area, where between 6.71 to 8.46 inches were reported to the National Weather Service at La Crosse. In northeast Iowa, some communities were even evacuated, shelters were set up and the Salvation Army was working to assist those displaced by the flooding.

“Widespread and life-threatening flooding is occurring, and in some places near-historical river and creek flooding, after overnight rains in northeast Iowa,” said the NWS in a statement on its website. “Mudslides and water over roads are also reported in Richland and Crawford Counties in Wisconsin.

“Water rescues have been occurring when people have driven into flooded water.”

Wed
24
Aug

Jack F. Foster

 

 Jack F. Foster, 79, of Bloomington formerly of Lancaster, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at Grant Regional Health Center, Lancaster. 

Wed
24
Aug

Farmland Preservation

 

Crawford County updating Farmland Preservation Plan

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Crawford County Conservationist Dave Troester said that the county, working in conjunction with the Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission, is in the process of updating the county’s Farmland Preservation Plan as are several other area counties.

Wed
24
Aug

County Forester

 

County forester 

helping landowners

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wisconsin DNR Forester for Crawford County Kobby Antwi has been stationed in Prairie du Chien since September of 2015 at 1502 E. Lessard St. Kobby has previously worked as a forester in multiple Wisconsin counties, most recently in Monroe County.

Mon
22
Aug

National Park Service celebrates 100 years, Effigy Mounds to host event

In observance of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service, Effigy Mounds Chief Ranger Bob Palmer will explore the curious and circuitous route that led to the establishment of Effigy Mounds National Monument.

Beginning with Iowa Congressman John F. Lacey’s introduction of the Antiquities Act of 1906 to Harry S. Truman’s proclamation establishing Effigy Mounds as a National Monument on Oct. 25, 1949, many twists and turns define the path that helped shape the monument that exists today. The evolution of Effigy Mounds continues with valuable contributions made by many other Iowans such as Lakota American Indian rights activists Maria Pearson.

Mon
22
Aug

Water causes car to hit retaining wall

On Thursday, Aug. 18, at approximately 7:40 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle traffic crash on Highway 60 at Pleasant Mound Road in the township of Marietta.  

Dustin A. Faulkner, 24, Boscobel, was operating a 1989 Mercedes Benz westbound on Highway 60 when he lost control. Faulkner’s vehicle began to slide in the roadway and into the ditch on the north side of the road. The vehicle then crashed into the concrete retaining wall, spun 180 degrees and came to a stop. Faulkner was attempting to negotiate a curve when the water on the roadway caused him to lose control.  

Faulkner was uninjured in the crash. The vehicle sustained moderate damage. Assisting on scene was Terry’s Tire and Tow of Boscobel.

Mon
22
Aug

Man charged with stealing gun

A 23-year-old Boscobel man was charged Aug. 12 in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of theft of moveable property.

Shane Edward Steines faces up to a $10,000 fine and six years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Steines admitted to police that he took a handgun from an unlocked truck parked in an alley near 613 S. Michigan St. in Prairie du Chien. Steines said he went through the truck and found the gun, which was loaded, in the center console. Steines told officers that he then went to Dubuque where he sold the gun for $300.

Police determined that the gun was sold to a pawn shop in Dubuque.

Mon
22
Aug

Drowning victim’s body found

The body of Virginia Aberle, who went missing from Wyalusing Beach more than three weeks ago was found downstream Saturday, Aug. 20, by a fisherman, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

Since Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 2:48 a.m., the family of Aberle, 29, of Chicago, Ill., and an assembly volunteers have been searching for her body, as she was presumed drowned following an early morning swim near the Wyalusing public boat launch.

Mon
22
Aug

Badger Camp embraces the disabled for 50 years


Camp Director Katelyn Carr, or as she’s affectionately known by the campers, “Kaykay” shared a squeeze with Danny Haskamp, of Fennimore. He has been attending Badger Camp for about 20 summers and proudly met his girlfriend, Nancy Nelson, there.

Wisconsin Badger Camp staff help one of the handicapped adult campers get comfortable in a tube so he can utilize the outdoor pool. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Disney World aside, Wisconsin Badger Camp might be the happiest place on earth.

Delightful smiles and sincere hugs are as abundant as the natural surroundings at the rural Prairie du Chien outdoor retreat. They’re proof that individuals with disabilities, and their families, have embraced Badger Camp for the past 50 summers and will continue to appreciate it for the future.

In 1966, a group of parents, teachers and concerned citizens founded Southwest Badger Camp on the belief that there should be a place where developmentally-disabled people could enjoy camping and outdoor activities. That first summer, a total of 48 campers from six counties attended.

Mon
22
Aug

PdC Football Wins


Prairie du Chien’s Dylan Yeomans gets into the open field on the opening kickoff which he returned 54 yards to the Aquinas 34-yard line. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Jacob Mallat follows the blocking of Dominic Wright (22) and Eric Nolan (56).

Dylan Yeomans races along the sideline after hauling in what would be a 52-yard pass.

Ethan Swiggum finds a big opening.

Dylan Yeomans looks for running room behind the blocking of Ethan Swiggum (5) and Dominic Wright (22).

A trio of Prairie du Chien defenders close in on the Aquinas ballcarrier.

Dominic Wright takes the hand-off from quarterback Jacob Mallat against visiting La Crosse Aquinas Friday night.

 

Blackhawks beat Blugolds 33-27 in overtime

By Zach Mara

 

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks opened up the 2016 Football Season on Friday night at home against the La Crosse Aquinas Blugolds. The game, dominated by offense, went back and forth all game long and the Blackhawks (1-0) won the game 33-27 in overtime.

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