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Wed
23
Oct

Jet-ski and trailer stolen

On Tuesday, Oct. 8, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department investigated the theft of a jet-ski and jet-ski trailer from Lakeview Court located on County K in the township of Prairie du Chien.

The above property was stolen sometime between mid-September and Oct. 8. The jet-ski was described as a dark green over white colored 1997 Bombardier displaying IA registration number IA3273AL. The jet-ski was covered with a grey tarp. The jet-ski trailer was described as a white colored Yacht Club having a two-inch ball hitch.

The Crawford County Crime Stoppers urges anyone having information about this or any other crimes to call 326-8933 or 1-866-779-PAYS. Anyone calling either of these numbers with a Crime Stoppers tip will remain anonymous and a reward of up to $1,000 will be paid for a tip which solves a crime with an arrest, charges being filed or recovery of stolen property.

Wed
23
Oct

Van stolen, runaways apprehended

On Oct. 16, at 2:40 a.m., Crawford County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Phil Baumgartner was patrolling Highway 60 in the area of the Horse Shoe Tavern when he noticed a vehicle pull in behind the tavern and shut off its lights. Deputy Baumgartner turned around to check on the vehicle and met a 2006 Chrysler van leaving the parking lot. Deputy Baumgartner stopped the van in front of the Horse Shoe Tavern on Highway 60.  

Wed
23
Oct

George Family Foundation gives $135,000 to new hospital


The George Family Foundation is managed by the five George siblings, pictured, from left: Penny, Cindy, Roy C., Deidre and Eleanor.

The George Family Foundation recently announced its support for the construction of the new center for health in Prairie du Chien. The George Family, including Roy C (Vicki), Cindy (Bob Standorf), Deidre (Randy Stark), Penny (Harry Remz), and Eleanor (Oliver Lybeck), gifted a generous contribution of $135,000 to the project.

Wed
23
Oct

Gays Mills man dies after crash

On Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2:10 p.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 61 at the intersection of County W in Mount Zion.

Gene “Jake” Lomas, 86,  rural Gays Mills, was driving a 2003 Buick Century. He was stopped at the Highway W stop sign, then pulled out from the stop sign into the path of a southbound 1995 Toyota Avalon driven by Drew Furlano, 21, Woodstock, Ill.

Wed
23
Oct

Violent sex offender caught, ankle device found cut off

On Monday, Oct. 21, at approximately 8 p.m., Willard D. Tyler, 46, a registered violent sex offender, was apprehended by a Crawford County deputy near Dutch Ridge Road and Biederman Hollow. Tyler is now in custody at the Crawford County Jail.

Wed
23
Oct

Rosemary Waltz

 

Rosemary A Waltz, 84, of Boscobel passed away on Sunday Oct. 20, at Boscobel Area Hospital.

She was born April 29, 1929 in Hickory Grove Township, the daughter of Carl and Teresa (Schuhart) Kretschman. She married Joseph Waltz on May 1, 1951 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fennimore. 

Wed
23
Oct

Donald Knapp

 

Donald L. Knapp, 91, of Dubuque, Iowa (formerly of Marquette, Iowa), died Saturday, Oct. 19, at his home in Dubuque, Iowa. 

Donald Leroy Knapp, the son of Archie and Violet (Kohl) Knapp, was born Jan. 21, 1922 in McGregor, Iowa. Donald served as a Sergeant in the United States Army during World War II. He was stationed in Hawaii and the Philippines and worked as a heavy equipment mechanic. Donald was united in marriage with Lois Tindell on June 25, 1946 at the Community Presbyterian Church in Postville, Iowa. He worked as a mechanic at John Deere and H & W Motor Express in Dubuque until he retired in 1987. He and Lois also owned and operated trailer parks in Dubuque, McGregor and Prairie du Chien. 

Wed
23
Oct

LeRoy Trautsch

 

LeRoy L. Trautsch, 64, of Prairie du Chien passed away Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn. 

He was born March 2, 1949 in Prairie du Chien the son of Lyle and Rose (Mezera) Trautsch. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He married Deanna Pulda on Oct. 3, 1987 at St. Wenceslaus Church in Eastman. LeRoy worked at 3M Company in Prairie du Chien for over 30 years. He enjoyed softball, golfing and playing cards. 

Tue
22
Oct

Washington Street Park Grand Opening


Sponsor representatives and Common Council members did a ceremonial "first cast." Sponsors of the park project included 3M, Cabela's Iowa Bass Federation, Wisconsin DNR, ACA/LL Bean, Dutton Federation, PdC Tourism and the PdC Foundation

the marina

walking up the pier

Part of the crowd that gathered

City Administrator Aaron Kramer

The local Boys Scouts may help to staff the kayak/canoe rental next year. Front row: Justice Olmstead, Sam Oates, Robert Groom. Middle Row: Sean Ross, Aaron Stout, Kevin Stout, Adam Anderson, Bryce Priebe. Back Row: Kim Oates, Brian Priebe, Seth Oates, Mike Mara, Marc Steiber, Brenda Anderson

Sponsor representatives and Common Council members did a ceremonial "first cast." Sponsors of the park project included 3M, Cabela's Iowa Bass Federation, Wisconsin DNR, ACA/LL Bean, Dutton Federation, PdC Tourism and the PdC Foundation

The new shelter

The Washington Street Park Grand Opening was held last Wednesday, Oct. 16 and dozens of community members and sponsors came out to officially celebrate the upgrade to this “new” park and check out the new handicapped accessible pier, canoe/kayak launch, outdoor recreation center, trail and more. The Prairie du Chien Fire Department aerial fire truck was utilized to capture the event and the park’s layout from above. More photos from the Grand Opening available on Facebook and at pdccourier.com. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Tue
22
Oct

Jackson Street ditch area improved to alleviate future flooding problems


The Jackson Street Ditch is pictured before and after a recent month-long cleanup project executed by the Prairie du Chien Public Works Department, with assistance from the Crawford County Highway Department and donations from Pattison Sand and Prairie Sand and Gravel.

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien endured significant flood damage in late June and some of the worst water erosion, street flooding and muddy aftermath occurred on the east side of the city, thanks to debris blockage and runoff from property along Highway 27. After a month-long cleanup in the area of the Jackson Street ditch, public works employees completed the undertaking Oct. 10.

Improvements included widening and deepening the ditch, making the berms higher, removing 20-30 trees of various sizes that had the tendency to fall in the ditch, placing riprap and hydroseeding.

“In some areas, the ditch is 12 to 15 feet wider and two to three feet deeper,” Co-Public Works Manager Terry Meyer said. “The changes we made will help to contain a 100-year flood.”

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