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Sep

Attackers of UWP student still on the loose

PLATTEVILLE—UW-Platteville police are looking for five white men suspected in a student assault that occurred late Saturday, Sept. 7.

A female UWP student was jogging on the walking path north of Bridgeway Commons around 11:15 p.m. when she saw five men wearing dark hoodies standing at the bridge. The five men ran after her, pushed her down to the ground, and began pulling at her clothing, according to UWP officials.

The student’s gray sweatshirt and T-shirt were torn off before one of the men in the group told the others to stop and started pulling the other men off her, UWP officials said. The student was uninjured other than hitting the back of her head.

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16
Sep

Computer scam hits area

The Prairie du Chien Police Department has been notified of new scam in the area. Chief Chad Abram said subjects are calling people at their residence and stating their Microsoft software is out of date and they need to access your computer to fix it.

 
Once the scammer is allowed access to the computer, he/she will gather personal information as well as upload numerous viruses. The scammers will then call back and want the customer to pay for the service.

Abram said if you encounter this type of call, contact the authorities and, as always, do not give any information to the caller.

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16
Sep

Info sought about theft

On Monday, Sept. 9, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department investigated the theft of barn boards on Cottontail Lane in the township of Wauzeka. Approximately 50 15-foot boards were stolen from the property. The boards were described as some being painted red and others faded.

This incident occurred sometime between the evening of Saturday, Sept. 7 and the evening of Monday, Sept. 9.

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.

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Sep

Woman dies after car drifts, hits embankment

A deadly accident occurred Saturday, Sept. 7, at about 3:30 p.m. in the town of Kickapoo, east of Readstown.

Sharon K. Grim, 70, of rural Viola, was driving a mid-size sport utility vehicle northwest on Highway 14, traveling down the “Sugar Grove Hill,” when her vehicle traveled off the right side of the highway on a curve to the left, just southeast of Moore Road.

The vehicle traveled several hundred feet in the ditch line, parallel to the highway. Upon impact with an embankment, the vehicle became airborne, overturned and Grim was ejected. The vehicle came to rest upright, pinning Grim between the lower portion of the vehicle and the embankment. It did not appear that Grim was wearing a  seat belt.

The Viola and Readstown Fire Department extricated Grim from the wreckage and she was flown by Med Link Air to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, where she later succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead.

Mon
16
Sep

Driftless Area artists express their passions at weekend festival

Art fest puzzleman
William Waite, Prairie du Chien, was one of the most distinctive creators at the Driftless Area Art Festival in Soldiers Grove last weekend. He displayed, explained and sold his Wood “Brain-Teaser” Puzzles to the thousands of fest-goers who enjoyed a beautiful weekend surrounded by art in the park. (Photos by Correne Martin)
Art fest one-of-a-kind
The animated Larry Durfey, Holmen, described to those visiting his booth Saturday how he keeps busy in retirement with his unique form of photography, which involves a technique in which a chemical reaction produces one-of-a-kind pictures.
Art fest Finnegan
Oil painter Joan Finnegan, Lanesboro, Minn., talks about her craft with a few Driftless Area Art Festival guests Saturday.
Art fest kids
These kids got found their artistic style and Halloween spirit all at the same time with some pumpkin decorating.
Art fest natureframes
Michelle Workowski, whose booth adjoined her husband Ken’s, prepared some merchandise for sale in their space of natural wood home furnishings.
Art fest seller
Jamie Heiden, Holmen, who was named the People’s Choice Award Winner in 2010, 2011 and 2012, completes a sale with a customer. Heiden’s work is non-traditional photography, in which she combines layers of the same photograph to create a deeper-looking, more artistic finished product.

By Correne Martin

Thousands of people stepped into the whimsical village-like gallery of originality at the Driftless Area Art Festival last weekend at the Beauford T. Anderson Park in Soldiers Grove. Visitors were treated to two days of visual, culinary and performing arts, and the fall-like temperatures certainly added to the enjoyment for those taking advantage of the cultural opportunity. Artists chatted with people of all ages who attended with their friends and family. Many children and dogs took in the offerings as well.

Eighty-four visual artists hailed from all over the region, including communities like Wauzeka, Prairie du Chien, Bloomington, Viroqua, Blue Mounds, Trempealeau, Fairchild, Holmen, Arkansaw, Verona, Dodgeville, Bangor, Mineral Point and Hillpoint in Wisconsin; as well as Wabasha, Spring Grove, Winona and Lanesboro in Minnesota; and Decorah, Guttenberg and McGregor in Iowa.

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Sep

Public info meetings Sept. 19 about Resort Area Sales Tax proposal

By Correne Martin

The city of Prairie du Chien is proposing implementing a Premier Resort Area Sales Tax of 0.5 percent on tourism-related businesses. The public will have the opportunity to ask questions and express concerns about the proposed additional tax at two meetings on Thursday, Sept. 19. Co-hosted by the city and the Chamber of Commerce, the meetings will be held at noon and 6:30 p.m. at City Hall and are scheduled to last about 90 minutes.

“A bill has been drafted for the state legislature to consider, since we need approval through state law before any local action can be taken,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said. “It is our hope that this meeting will allow for residents and merchants to ask questions, clear up any confusion, and help us decide on what future steps we should be taking in regard to the proposed tax.”

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Sep

Lawler Park gets three new pieces of playground equipment

Lawler Playground
Children will soon be able to enjoy three new pieces of playground equipment at Lawler Park.

By Ted Pennekamp

The city of Prairie du Chien has recently installed three new pieces of playground equipment in Lawler Park and the equipment will be ready for use as soon as wood chips are laid down for safety.

“This is another upgrade for Lawler Park,” said Parks and Recreation Directory Mike Ulrich, who noted that all of the city’s parks have been upgraded within the last few years. Ulrich said that the new equipment consists of a hex climber/traverse, an arch tire swing and a single post swing. Ulrich also noted that a 40-year-old swing that was in declining shape has been removed.

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16
Sep

Harvest Dinner celebrates local foods and farmers this weekend

By Correne Martin

An opportunity to celebrate and bring awareness to local foods and farmers is coming up Saturday, Sept. 21 as Driftless Wisconsin Grown (DWG) hosts its Harvest Dinner. The event is scheduled to be held at Gatherings on the Ridge, a new event facility, owned by Jeanne Aspenson, located in a barn about a mile and a half north of Eastman at 25941 Hwy. 27.

The Harvest Dinner is the perfect occasion for area residents to get to know their local farmers, sample some of the farmers’ specialties and sit down to a dinner of all-local cuisine. It will also be a fun night of music, drinks and social interaction.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. A cash bar will feature local wine, beer and cider. Guests will have time to meet and talk with local farmers, many of whom have provided stands and familiar foods at Crawford County farmers markets in recent years.

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16
Sep

Ruby Marshall

 

Ruby E. (Revenig) Marshall, 87, of Bloomington, passed away at home on Sunday, Sept. 15, surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. 

Ruby was born on June 8, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Elmer and Marcella (Mueller) Revenig. On September 4, 1948, she was united in marriage to Donald Marshall. Ruby was a devoted housewife and mother. She was employed at Cudahay Cheese Factory in Bloomington, cutting and wrapping cheese from 1966 until 1973. Ruby loved mowing her lawn, gardening of all kinds, occasional gambling, yearly trips, and playing Yahtzee. Ruby was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington.

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11
Sep

PdC, Seneca play in Aquinas volleyball tournament

Prairie volleyball
Prairie du Chien’s Courtney Pattison settles under a passed ball to set up her outside hitter during Saturday’s tournament at Aquinas. (Photo by Nate Beier)

This past Saturday, the Prairie du Chien volleyball team placed third overall in the La Crosse Aquinas Tournament with a 3-2 record. 

Prairie du Chien lost to Holmen by scores of 25-19, 17-25 and 10-15.

The Lady Blackhawks then defeated Greenwood 25-20 and 25-19. 

The team also defeated Seneca 25-19 and 25-20. 

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