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10
Jun

Man charged with fourth OWI, fleeing an officer

A 65-year-old Waterloo, Iowa, man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fourth offense), operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration (fourth offense) and attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer.  

Donald Dean Hinrichs faces up to 4.5 years in prison and $12,000 in fines if convicted of all counts.

According to the criminal complaint, a Prairie du Chien police officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Hinrichs’ vehicle at 1:45 a.m. on May 23 because the vehicle was operating with its headlights on high and over the centerline.

Hinrichs then led officers on a high speed chase and was eventually caught in Grant County, according to the complaint.

Hinrichs was taken to Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien and had such extreme difficulty walking that a wheelchair was necessary to transport him into the hospital, the complaint said.

Wed
10
Jun

Dozens of elder abuse cases occur in Crawford County each year

By Correne Martin

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is Monday, June 15, a day to recognize that neglect, self neglect, emotional and physical abuse and financial exploitation of those 60 and older does happen—even in the rural communities of Crawford County.

“I think the general public feels that if they don’t see it, it must not be happening,” said Bob Rowe, a social worker, since 1995, with Crawford County Human Services’ adult protective services. “I think, in a rural environment, people tend to think their neighbors are doing well and that people are too kind to mistreat others. I would generally agree with that. But there is a segment of our population that’s not doing well.”

Wed
10
Jun

Free weekly concert series starting


A variety of musical entertainment is showcased each year at the family-friendly, free Concerts on the River series at Lawler Park in Prairie du Chien. (Courier Press file photo)

A free music series, “Concerts on the River,” will be held at Lawler Park, along the riverfront on St. Feriole Island, in Prairie du Chien, beginning June 18 and each Thursday night thereafter through July. From 6:30 to 8 p.m., a free concert will be offered each week for a total of seven concerts showcasing a variety of the area’s top musical talents. The Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department and Jaycees are sponsoring the concert series. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. For more information, call the parks and rec department at (608) 326-7207.

The concerts will take place as follows:

June 18—River City Connections. The area’s top Dixieland jazz band is back to give you a chance to get that “Big Easy” feel with lots of good time music.

June 25—16 Strings and a Stick. This local trio, which includes a fiddle, will get your toes tapping and hands clapping as they play a mix of country, Celtic, bluegrass and Cajun.

Wed
10
Jun

Youth baseball in Bloomington


A Wauzeka runner heads toward home plate as River Ridge catcher Brett Moravits gets in position for the tag. River Ridge went on to win the contest. (Photos by Addison Mumm)

The two seventh and eighth grade teams competed over the weekend in Bloomington. Blake Crubel of River Ridge looks to his catcher for the sign.

Carter Lomas of Wauzeka winds up.

 

 

Wed
10
Jun

Prairie anglers at State Tournament

 

PdC boys sixth in 

State High School 

Fishing Championship

POYNETTE, Wis. — Prairie du Chien High School’s Hunter Sheckler and Dylan Yeomans caught two bass weighing a total of 4.1 pounds to take sixth in the 2015 Wisconsin State High School Fishing Championship on Lake Wisconsin. 

Complete results can be found at HighSchoolFishing.org.

Wed
10
Jun

Shooting team at State


The Prairie du Chien clay target shooting team poses at the State Tournament in Rome, Wis. (Photo submitted)

 

Prairie du Chien shooting team 

does well at State Tournament

The Prairie du Chien High School clay target shooting team finished in 10th place out of 20 teams at the State High School Clay Target Tournament on June 6 in Rome. 

“We shot awesome!” said Coach Kirby Kohler. “Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau placed fourth in our conference, doubling the points we scored during competition weeks. We finished sixth in the conference but we beat GET at the state competition.” 

Wed
10
Jun

New communications equipment

 

Crawford County continues to 

enhance communication towers

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and Dispatch Center has increased its communication capabilities for the benefit of all yet again. 

Wed
10
Jun

Laurie A. Bowar

 

Laurie A. Bowar, 61, of Prairie du Chien and formerly of Freeport passed away unexpectedly Monday, June 8, at her home. 

She was born Nov. 16, 1953 in Freeport the daughter of Wallace and Anne (Brody) Floe. Laurie worked as a waitress for many years and later in retail sales. She worked as an office manager and administrative assistant in the wholesale distribution business. She married Jeffrey Bowar on June 11, 1993. Laurie’s greatest joy was spending time with family especially her grandchildren. 

Wed
10
Jun

Steven Francis Kozelka

 

Steven Francis Kozelka passed away Saturday, June 6, at the age of 37.

Steve, son of Frank Kozelka, was born on July 6, 1977, in Prairie du Chien, where he was raised and received his early education. Following graduation, he worked for Waste Management and then Miller Beer Company as a driver, both in Prairie du Chien. He started working for Peebles and was transferred to Spencer as a manager. Steve worked at Whittenburg Distributing which then became Doll Distributing. In January 2013, he started working for AG Partners.

Mon
08
Jun

Crossing Rivers Health Medical Center open house


The grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new Crossing Rivers Health medical center took place in Prairie du Chien Saturday. Thousands toured the state-of-the-art, two-story facility. Planning for the 137,000-square-foot hospital began in 2011 when the board of directors announced their bold and visionary decision to build a new medical center. In April of 2012, the land was purchased, and the groundbreaking was held on June 10, 2013. Over 375,000 man hours were logged in building the facility and over 500 donors have contributed $1.2 million to the project. The move to the new hospital will officially occur on Thursday, June 11. Until then, all medical care will continue at the Taylor Street location. Pictured, during a tour Saturday, is a group of community members in the CT scan room, where the ceiling features a calming picture of the sky. (Photo by Correne Martin)

One of many components in the new medical center that Crossing Rivers staff is truly proud of includes this pull-out supply center, accessible from inside the room as well as outside the room, which allows nurses to not disturb their patients who might be sleeping. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

Community members touring Crossing Rivers Health on Saturday got a real behind-the-scenes look at many of the rooms they may never experience again. This room is for special care/intensive care and features a lift that can help caregivers move bariatric patients weighing between 300 and 550 pounds. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

Visitors line up for tours in the front corridor of the new medical center. (Photo by Correne Martin)

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