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02
Oct

Longtime priest returns to PdC for a week, reflects on his local impact


Rhonda Stubbe takes Fr. John “Jack” Wambach for a spin during the chicken dance at his 80th birthday party celebration at St. Gabriel’s school cafeteria. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

By Correne Martin

The beloved Father John “Jack” Wambach spent a week in Prairie du Chien recently, where he once served as priest of St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church for 22 years, from 1977 to 1981 and again from 1989 to 2008. He also taught at Campion Jesuit High School for three years­.

During his recent stay, Sept. 21-28, he celebrated his 80th birthday with family and parishioners and enjoyed his other days meeting and visiting with old acquaintances.

Wambach, whose birthday was Sept. 21, was received by a full church on Sept. 22 when he concelebrated Mass with Father James Weighner.

Wed
02
Oct

Car damaged in accident

On Monday, Sept. 30, at 8 a.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a one-vehicle crash on Citron West Road in the village of Steuben.

Olivia Dudenbostel, 17, rural Steuben, was driving a 1998 Honda Accord east on Citron West Road when she failed to negotiate a curve.  Her vehicle went into the right ditch and became hung up on a steel pole.
Dudenbostel was wearing her seat belt and escaped injury.

Her vehicle sustained heavy damage and was towed from the scene by Terry’s Tire and Tow.

Dudenbostel was cited for failure to keep a vehicle under control.

Wed
02
Oct

Illinois man charged with forgery

A 46-year-old Elgin, Illinois man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of forgery.

Andre Jackson faces up to a $10,000 fine and six years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Andre Jackson cashed a fraudulent check in the amount of $486.73 at Piggly Wiggly of Prairie du Chien.

Wed
02
Oct

Man arrested for alleged battery, resisting

A 54-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of substantial battery and one count of resisting an officer.

Emmett A. Heisz Jr. faces up to $20,000 in fines and four years and three months in prison if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, Heisz punched a woman outside of a bar in Gays Mills because he thought that the woman had been flirting with another man in the bar. The woman fell back on the pavement and lost consciousness, the complaint said. There was a large gash on the woman’s head.

A witness told the officers that Heisz kneeled on the woman and punched her several times in the face and head.

The woman was transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital where she was treated for her injuries. Thewoman’s eyes were black, blue and swollen. Her cheek was bruised and there was a cut above her right eye that required several stitches to close.

Wed
02
Oct

Waukon man charged with substantial battery

A 37-year-old Waukon man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with substantial battery.

Flint J. Hillman faces up to a $10,000 fine and 3.5 years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a man and Hillman argued about Hillman dating the man’s daughter. The argument took place at a residence on Cypress Lane in the town of Prairie du Chien.

Following the argument, the man got in the vehicle he came in so that he could leave. Hillman then came up to the vehicle and hit the windshield with a large construction level, causing the windshield to shatter, according to the complaint. Hillman then hit the man on the right side of the head with the level, causing a gash between the right eye and ear, the complaint said.

According to the complaint, the man received 10 stitches to close the wound.

Wed
02
Oct

Bundles of shingles stolen from parking lot

On Saturday, Sept. 28, the Prairie du Chien Police Department responded to a theft at Fort Mulligan’s parking lot.  

It was reported by Sheckler Construction that someone had stolen 12-15 bundles of shingles from the lot. The shingles were brand name “Landmark” and the color was “Heatherblend.”

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
02
Oct

Resort Area Sales Tax proposal dies in legislature

By Correne Martin

The Premier Resort Area Sales Tax proposal in the city of Prairie du Chien has been pulled at the legislative level. This takes the option off the table for the city to add 0.5 percent in sales tax to tourism-related purchases in the city in order to fund necessary street and other infrastructure projects.

Wed
02
Oct

Urban Forestry Program in Prairie du Chien continues to grow

By Ted Pennekamp

Prairie du Chien’s Urban Forestry Program has been continuing nicely over the past two years. Park and Recreation Director Mike Ulrich said that a $42,000 grant that the city obtained in 2011 has been put to good use and the forestry plans continue to develop.

Ulrich noted that the city has made a plan for the city’s trees and for dealing with potential problems such as Emerald Ash Borer. A La Riviere Farm Park assessment is also underway.

Recently, 30 trees were planted in Washington Street Park as part of the park’s improvement project. The Key Club and the Kiwanis Club collaborated with the city on the tree planting.

As part of the city’s Urban Forestry program, a part-time forester, Jerry Reed, was hired, and Reed has helped the city with right-of-way issues around the city’s parks and in “cleaning up” the parks as far as determining trees and limbs that should be taken down.

Wed
02
Oct

Prairie du Chien and Bridgeport disagree on road project funding

By Correne Martin

A disagreement erupted between the city of Prairie du Chien and the town of Bridgeport during Tuesday night’s PdC Common Council meeting.

The town of Bridgeport is asking the city of Prairie du Chien to contribute $179,333 toward reconstruction of Vineyard Coulee Road in 2014. Bridgeport would be responsible for $374,727. But the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital has approved giving $100,000 to the project, since improvements would significantly impact the hospital’s new location.

Represented by Crawford County Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock and Bridgeport Town Chairman John Karnopp Tuesday night, the town informed the council that it intends to use the hospital’s entire contribution to offset its costs (bringing their portion to $274,727) and not share it with the city.

Wed
02
Oct

Collect Green Bay Packers cards and you could win a meal from Culver’s

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Local Culver’s franchise owner Jason Cathman (left) and Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram show off the 10,000 Green Bay Packers trading cards police officers will be handing out for good deeds and safe actions in the coming months. Those collecting all 20 in a set can redeem the set at the PdC Culver’s for one free Value Basket and a Flavor of the Day per person. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Police Department and the Prairie du Chien Culver’s franchise have partnered up to offer the 2013 Green Bay Packers Crime Card program. Area community members have the opportunity to collect a set of 20 Packers trading cards and then show them for a free value basket and dish of the day’s custard at the local Culver’s (one time per person). But the catch is that the cards will be handed out to kids and adults by PdC police officers for displays of safety, good behavior, sportsmanship, community spirit, etc. If someone goes above and beyond and the police department learns of their deserving deed, an entire set of 20 cards may be awarded.

The police department has 500 sets, or 10,000 cards, to hand out and the program will run through February of 2014, when Culver’s will stop accepting the cards.

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