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Wed
10
Aug

Car rear ends highway department vehicle

On Monday, Aug. 8, at 8:49 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of an accident in Seneca Township on Highway 171 approximately .7 miles east of Stoney Point Road.   

A 1999 Nissan owned and operated by Haley Dougherty, 28, of La Crosse, was eastbound.

A 2008 Ford F350, pulling an air compressor, owned by the Crawford County Highway Department and operated by county employee Michelle Jones, 48, Mount Sterling, was also eastbound. Jones activated her amber warning lights and stopped to place cautionary traffic warning signs along the highway. Jones saw the approaching Dougherty vehicle and waited in her truck cab for the vehicle to pass. However, the Dougherty vehicle rear ended the county truck and trailer.

The crash’s impact spun the Dougherty vehicle around and it came to rest about 35 feet past the highway department truck, facing west in the westbound lane.

Wed
10
Aug

No surprises locally in Primary Election

By Correne Martin

There were no big surprises in Wisconsin’s Primary Election Tuesday, Aug. 9, and Crawford County tended to follow along with state trends in voting.

On the Democratic side, Congressman Ron Kind slid through to the November ballot with 851 votes from Crawford County electors, though his challenger Myron Buchholz garnered a respectable 169 votes.

In the race for U.S. Senate, incumbent Ron Johnson and former Senator Russ Feingold moved ahead toward a familiar battle in November’s General Election. Unopposed Republican Johnson received 497 votes in Crawford County. The Democrats cast 915 votes for Feingold, while his challenger Scott Harbach recorded 62.

Wed
10
Aug

UW-P requests state funding for two construction projects


Chancellor Dennis Shields

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Prospective University of Wisconsin-Platteville (UW-P) students and their families might be interested to know that the university has made a request as part of the proposed UW System Budget for two major construction projects to improve their engineering and biology programs. 

Wed
10
Aug

River Response Training


A group sets out on an air boat as part of the Upper Mississippi River Response Training Tuesday along the beach on St. Feriole Island. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

An oil containment boom was deployed Tuesday by personnel from several agencies. The boom is designed to capture oil in the event of an oil spill from a train derailment.

Members of various area agencies as well as people from the private sector were on the river in several boats during training Tuesday.

 

BNSF and CP Rail hold River Response Training in Prairie du Chien

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF) and the Canadian Pacific Railroad (CP) sponsored an Upper Mississippi River Response Training exercise on and near the beach on St. Feriole Island on Aug. 8-9. 

Wed
10
Aug

Lola M. (Borgedahl) Nash

 

Lola M. (Borgedahl) Nash, 87, passed away on Thursday, July 28, at the Atrium Post Acute Care Center of Lancaster after a long illness. 

She was born on July 25, 1929 to Sygrid and Dena (Grimsled) Borgedahl on the family farm in rural Ferryville,  (which is currently Sugar Creek Bible Camp). She was baptized and confirmed at Utica Lutheran Church. She attended high school in Gays Mills. She married Samuel Nash in 1947 at Freeman Lutheran Church in Ferryville. They raised five children. The family moved to Prairie du Chien in 1965 and attended St Peter Lutheran Church. 

Tue
09
Aug

Florence V. Hurda

 

Florence V. Hurda, 89, of Wauzeka passed away on Monday, Aug. 8, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien.

She was born on Jan. 14, 1927 at Barnum, Wis. to Ole and Jane (Dilley) Copus. She attended West Fork School. She was married on Sept. 14, 1946 in Wauzeka to John G. Hurda and he preceded her in death on Dec. 17, 1990. Florence was an active member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Wauzeka and was a member of the women’s Bible study there.

Mon
08
Aug

Sara J. Ryan

 

Sara J. Ryan, 73, of Prairie du Chien passed away Sunday, Aug. 7, at Bethany Riverside Care Center in La Crosse, after a brief illness. 

Mon
08
Aug

Woman presumed drowned at the Wyalusing Beach

Official recovery efforts called off, volunteers continue search

Since Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 2:48 a.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Bloomington Fire Department, have conducted recovery efforts for a presumed drowning victim in the Mississippi River at Wyalusing Beach. The victim has been identified as 29-year-old Virginia Ann Aberle, of Chicago, Ill.

After four days of recovery efforts, the difficult decision was made to call the search off, Sheriff Nate Dreckman said.

The sheriff’s office is grateful for the many volunteers who spent countless hours searching for Virginia in the Mississippi. Each day of the recovery, there were 10 to 15 boats and jet skis on the water with over 40 volunteers.

Mon
08
Aug

City’s concentration on flood mitigation continues

By Correne Martin

The city of Prairie du Chien continues its efforts to address flood and flash flood conditions on the east side of the community.

A contract with Gerke Excavating, of Tomah, has been approved to remove silt from Nommenson pond this fall. The pond affects water south of the Godden Pit watershed at the intersection of 22nd Street and Campion Boulevard, according to City Administrator Aaron Kramer. During its regular meeting Tuesday night, the common council voted to move forward with the $18,000 project, with about $8,000 in funds coming from excess money in the 2014-2016 capital projects fund and the remaining $10,000 coming from reallocated funds previously earmarked for the Old Rock School.

Mon
08
Aug

Restorative justice benefits community

Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram (second from left) and Detective Stacy Polodna (left) visited the Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution on April 29 to present to the Restorative Justice Class and receive a donation for the K-9 unit. They spoke to about 45 inmates and several staff about their perspectives on how crime affects the community as a whole, individual crime victims and themselves as police officers. Their message was well received by all who attended. Prior to the officers’ visit, PDCI staff led two fundraisers in which both staff and inmates participated, raising a total of $925.27. The money was donated to the K-9 unit for the purchase and training of the city’s new drug dog. Pictured, handing Abram the check is Brandie Wagner, along with Michelle Gieseke, both social workers at PDCI. (Submitted photo)

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