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Red Kettle season is upon us, Salvation Army donations help local people in need


Jen Kapinus, chairwoman of the Crawford County Salvation Army, stands next to one of the Red Kettles shoppers will see in front of Walmart or Piggly Wiggly this holiday season. All of the funds donated through the kettles stay in the county to support people in homeless, displaced, abusive or poor situations. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Crawford County Salvation Army had its best year in a decade in 2012, collecting $12,000 in donations to help out homeless families, displaced workers, citizens in abusive situations, transients passing through and others in need locally. What’s most astounding about that amount is that pretty much every single dollar was contributed around the Christmas season.

“We really don’t get donations throughout the rest of the year. It’s almost all raised around Christmas time, mainly through our Red Kettles,” said Jen Kapinus chairwoman of the Crawford County Salvation Army. “The important thing to remember about the Salvation Army is that it’s 100 percent funded from local donations and the money stays in the county to help people in our small communities.”

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Municipal court a good addition for city of Prairie du Chien


Daniel Key was appointed the first judge of the Prairie du Chien Municipal Court in early 2013. The easygoing and experienced attorney/judge is pictured inside his PdC office, The Key Law Firm, with his beloved cat, Butters.

By Correne Martin

Four and a half months have passed since the inaugural session of the Prairie du Chien Municipal Court. Since its inception, the court has focused solely on traffic and other municipal ordinance violations within the city, lightening the load for and leaving the more serious cases to the Crawford County Circuit Court. As one of 250 municipal courts in Wisconsin, it has also brought the city more revenue, which helps to better equip and train the local police force.

For those who have appeared in municipal court, they have experienced a less formal setting than a circuit court, though the court preserves basic judicial formalities so all parties recognize they are appearing in a court of law.

“It’s a conversation more than something formal,” Municipal Court Clerk Cassie Rickleff said.

The majority of the people appearing in municipal court are unrepresented and may be appearing in court for the first time, so the Honorable Judge Daniel Key strives to answer reasonable questions regarding the cases and court procedures.

“I try to be impartial and allow both sides an opportunity to tell their side of the story. The goal is for people to leave court feeling they have had their opportunity to be heard, even if they don’t agree with the decision,” stated Key, who was appointed to his position and will run for re-election to a four-year term in April. “I also let the people know this is not the end of the world. They’re not going to jail. Municipal Court is a process about fines and forfeitures and correcting unlawful situations.”

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Hit-and-run driver destroys mailbox

On Monday, Nov. 18, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department investigated a hit and run accident on Del La Mater Road in the village of Gays Mills.

Sometime between 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 and 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17, a mailbox located at 48651 Del La Mater Road was struck by a vehicle and destroyed. The suspect vehicle had been traveling eastbound at the time of the accident.

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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Teens arrested in burglary case involving Kickapoo Exchange

 On Oct. 7, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of burglary at the Kickapoo Exchange Food Coop, located at 209 Main St. in the village of Gays Mills.  

The burglary happened sometime on Oct. 6. Stolen from the Kickapoo Food Coop was a large amount of change that was in a locked coin box and alcohol.  

Further investigation revealed that the individuals involved in the burglary also broke into the Old Towne Store and damaged property at the Village Greenhouse in Gays Mills.

The Gays Mills Village Officer and Crawford County deputies were able to identify the alleged offenders as Seth A. Baker, 17, Gays Mills, and a 16-year-old boy from rural Haney Township.  
Charges of burglary, criminal damage to property, possession of burglary tools, entry into a locked coin box, and illegal entry into a locked building were referred to the Crawford County District Attorney’s Office.

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Hunter shoots his hand

A Mukwonago man shot his hand while deer hunting on private property in Beetown Township Saturday morning, Nov. 23, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

At about 6:30 a.m., Gregory Knott, 32, was hunting on property owned by James Knapp, on Highway 35, in rural Beetown. He was seated in an elevated ladder stand and loading a .45 semi-automatic handgun when the gun discharged, striking him in the palm of his left hand. Knott was taken by private vehicle to Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster and later transferred by private vehicle to UW-Madison Hospital.

No arrests or charges were made, according to the sheriff’s department.

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Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve Service hosted by UMC

By Correne Martin

The Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve Service in Prairie du Chien will be hosted this year by the United Methodist Church (625 S. Dousman St., across from the hospital) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27. People of all faiths, all ages and all communities are welcome to come together on this evening for a service based on the Bible scriptures and the concept of giving thanks.

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Bloomington’s Tour of Homes includes historic to brand new houses, Make it a day trip by attending Breakfast with Santa


Rick and Carol Udelhofen home, 720 4th St.

Ryan and Jeni Neis home, 540 Pleasant St.

Bill and Sharon Kluesner home, 726 3rd St.

Roger and Sharon Lestina, 210 Prospect St.

A Tour of Homes is being held in Bloomington Sunday, Dec. 1, in conjunction with St. Mary’s Breakfast with Santa. There are four homes on the tour, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The breakfast is held at St. Mary’s School in Bloomington from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. At the breakfast, there is also a craft show, raffle and cookie sale.

Tickets for the Tour of Homes will be available for purchase at each home, and also at the Breakfast with Santa event.

A description of each home is as follows:

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Neva Lessard

 

Neva I. Lessard, 70, of Prairie du Chien passed away Saturday, Nov. 23, at her home surrounded by her children and grandchildren. 

She was born Oct. 12, 1943 in Bagley, the daughter of Frank and Bessie (Bedward) Baures. She married Richard Lessard on Nov. 8, 1958 in Prairie du Chien. He preceded her in death on March 18, 2006. She worked as a caregiver for Homeward Bound in Prairie du Chien for 17 years. 

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Edward Meng

 

Edward H. Meng, 102, of Bagley passed away Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

He was born Feb. 7, 1911 in Wyalusing Township the son of John and Ida (Wolf) Meng. He married Birdie Clark on Feb. 24, 1940 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Dubuque, Iowa. He farmed most of his life in the Bagley area. Ed was an active member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Bagley. 

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Wilbur Stuckey

 

Wilbur G. Stuckey, 90, passed away surrounded by his family Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital, one day before his 91st birthday. 

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