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Tue
11
Aug

Man faces drug, disorderly conduct charges

A 30-year-old Eastman man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with several counts including the manufacture of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor bail jumping (two counts), disorderly conduct (domestic abuse), and resisting an officer.

Pierre Diante Gardner faces up to six years and three months imprisonment and fines totalling $41,500 if convicted of all counts.

Tue
11
Aug

Man arrested after nearly hitting pole

On Aug. 8, at 2:50 a.m., a deputy with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was patrolling the village of Soldiers Grove when he observed a 2001 Ford Explorer drive off Highway 61, nearly striking a light pole at the intersection of Highway 61 and New Well Road. The vehicle continued driving across New Well Road, went up a steep embankment, through a yard, and then drove back onto Highway 61 traveling southbound.

The deputy initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and identified the driver as Anthony E. Visgar, 38, Soldiers Grove. The deputy observed signs of alcohol impairment and asked Visgar to perform standardized field sobriety tests. Based on the results of the standardized field sobriety tests, Visgar was placed under arrest for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence.

Tue
11
Aug

Mission trip success for Holy Family J Walkers


Members from the Holy Family Parish were Morgan Wittrig, Carter Wittrig, Mariah Schwager, Wesley Schwager, Jack Stoeffler, Andrew Horner, Sam Peterson and chaperone Mary Stoeffler. Joining the group from St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Eastman was Jaci Bedtka. (Photo submitted)

By Caitlin Bittner

From Tuesday, July 7 to Wednesday, July 15, the Holy Family Parish in Prairie du Chien was able to once again send youth group, the J Walkers, on a mission trip to Birmingham, Ala.

“We were able to go with the help of the George Family Foundation,” said group leader Mary Stoeffler. The foundation gave the travelers from Prairie du Chien $1,500 toward their trip, enabling the area participants to go for $175 each.

The J Walkers consist of high school students from the area of the Catholic faith. It is led by Stoeffler and Kurt Kravchuk. “We’re more of a service oriented group. It is our goal to teach kids to help and to give to others,” explained Stoeffler.

Tue
11
Aug

John L. Wachter

 

John L. Wachter, 96, of Monona, Iowa died Saturday, Aug. 8, at his home. 

John Lyndon, son of John and Ethel (Wetzel) Wachter, was born June 25, 1919 in Prairie du Chien. He was baptized in the Zion Evangelical Faith on Sept. 15, 1919 by Rev. Lyndon C. Viel. His boyhood and youth were spent on the Wachter farm north of the city of Prairie du Chien, He graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1937. In 1942 he received his B.S. degree in agriculture and education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He taught vocational agriculture at Shullsburg and Hillsboro, and for thirty years at Monona, Iowa, for a total of forty years, retiring in 1981. 

Mon
10
Aug

Hail damage


Robert Baines of Paintless Dent Repair “massages” a dent out of the roof of a vehicle at Phil’s Auto Body of Prairie du Chien recently. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Area businesses very busy in wake of June hail storms

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Area auto body shops, roofers and insurance companies continue to be very busy in the wake of two hail storms in June in Crawford County. 

Mon
10
Aug

Mississippi swimmer in Prairie du Chien


Chris Ring is swimming the length of the Mississippi River in support of Gold Star Families. (Photo courtesy of legaciesalive.com)

 

Swimmer raising awareness 

for veteran’s families stops in Prairie du Chien

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Navy veteran Chris Ring was escorted by the Prairie du Chien Fire Department fire and rescue boat from Lock and Dam 9 to the beach on St. Feriole Island on Saturday as part of Ring’s swim down the length of the Mississippi River. 

Mon
10
Aug

Francis Gene Ottaway

 

Francis Gene Ottaway, 75, of McGregor, Iowa died Thursday, Aug. 6, at Crossing River Health in Prairie du Chien. 

He was born on July 19, 1940 in Sabula, Iowa the son of Eugene Harold and Edith Geneva (McMahon) Ottaway. 

Fri
07
Aug

Sharon Roberts Ziggie

 

Sharon Roberts Ziggie of England, passed away July 30, after battling cancer.

Sharon is survived by her children, Chelsea, Conna, Devlin, Kiaron, Isla, Stewart and Keely; her mum Judy (Steve) Petsche, McGregor; her sisters Sarah, Alaina, Kerry and Angla and their families; aunt Pam and uncle Geoff Harper of Cambridge, England; uncle Keith and aunt Joan of Yorshire, England; aunt Donna and her family in Thetford, England; many friends; and her father Peter Farrow of Thetford. 

Fri
07
Aug

Lack of EMTs and first responders in rural areas creates concern in communities


Squads are looking for volunteers every day. Ride-along programs give people the opportunity to see exactly what goes on when an EMT goes out.

By Addison Mumm

When you call 911, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) or first responders are one of the first groups to help you in a time of great need. What would happen if these brave souls weren’t available?

 

“If you’re not part of the solution, you might be the problem,” expressed West Grant EMT Denny Cathman. “About six years ago, we started seeing our numbers drop, and it has continued ever since.”

 

Denny has been with the West Grant rescue squad approximately 12 years; he drove for five years first, then became an EMT. He was a firefighter for 35 years prior to dedicating most of his time to the EMS.

 

Wed
05
Aug

Vehicle and shed fire extinguished

The Ferryville Fire Department, along with the Gays Mills and De Soto fire departments, were called to a vehicle fire on Eagle Ridge Road near the intersection of Quarry Road and Badger Ridge Road Tuesday at approximately 3:50 p.m.

The vehicle exploded and a nearby shed caught on fire. The fire was extinguished a little after 4 p.m. There was minimal damage to the shed.

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