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Fri
28
Oct

Trina M. DuCharme

 

Trina M. DuCharme, 55, of Eastman, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the Gundersen Lutheran Care Center in La Crosse, after an extended illness. 

She was born March 10, 1961, in Prairie du Chien. Trina began working for 3M Company at the age of 19, and had recently retired after 34 years of service spent mostly in human resources. She was active in the Relay for Life and the United Way. She enjoyed playing pool.

Thu
27
Oct

Probable cause found in murder case

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Crawford County Circuit Court Judge Lynn Rider found probable cause Wednesday afternoon to proceed with the case involving a 49-year-old Georgia man charged in the death of his girlfriend in the town of Bridgeport on Oct. 5. 

Wed
26
Oct

A tail-wagging moment: Ground broken for animal shelter


Board members Jami Quick, Bev Pozega, Jill Cipra, Joe Kramer and Randy Paske.

Many of those attending brought their dogs.

The board unveiled the new sign at the location of the future animal shelter, on Cliffwood Drive, behind Country Inn and Suites

City Administrator Aaron Kramer handed RABAS vice-president Bev Pozega a donation from the city of Prairie du Chien for $15,000.

Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter officially broke ground Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 25, on the site of its future shelter on Cliffwood Drive, behind Country Inn and Suites. RABAS board members, volunteers and Top Notch Construction contractors Pete and Paul Langmeier were on site. Pictured (from left) are Paul Langmeier, Joe Kramer, Brandon Christensen, Joan Senn, Donna Heilmann, Randi Kluesner, Randy Paske, Bob Witt, Diane Witt, Mayor Dave Hemmer, City Administrator Aaron Kramer, Jill Cipra, Deb Eades, Tina Osterhaus and Bev Pozega with her golden doodle dog. (Also pictured) Sweetie, Paula Gutzmer’s therapy dog, was among at least a dozen canine companions at the groundbreaking who anxiously await the new shelter for their friends as well. More photos can be found at pdccourier.com or on the Courier Press’ Facebook page. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Wed
26
Oct

Items stolen from Freeman property

During the month of October, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received reports of theft from the property of 55245 County B in the township of Freeman. Several miscellaneous items of value have been stolen such as ammunition, hydraulic jacks, Milwaukee hammer-drill, Stihl pole chainsaw, money, etc.  

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 and/or recovery of stolen property.

Wed
26
Oct

Two charged with meth possession

A 62-year-old Muscoda man and a 52-year-old Steuben man have each been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine as a party to a crime.

Kim Wardell and Kevin C. Crowley each face up to 3.5 years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a Sheriff’s Department deputy stopped a vehicle in the town of Clayton because the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.

A small plastic baggie and a cigarette box containing another plastic baggie were found in the search. Both baggies had a white crystalline substance inside which is consistent with the physical characteristics of meth, the complaint said.

The passenger of the vehicle was Crowley and the driver of the vehicle was Wardell, the complaint said.

Wed
26
Oct

Apartment project terminated

The 22nd Street Apartment project proposed in September by developer Luke Pelton has been terminated by the developer, who has determined the Prairie du Chien project will not be profitable. This news was given to city administration on Oct. 18 and shared with the Redevelopment Authority during its Tuesday, Oct. 25, meeting.

According to City Administrator Aaron Kramer, the property will revert back to the Redevelopment Authority, which previously approved the sale of the land to 22nd Street LLC on Sept. 27.

Wed
26
Oct

Soldiers Grove man charged with meth possession

A 54-year-old Soldiers Grove man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine and one count of possession of marijuana.

David V. Pugh Sr. faces up to $11,000 in fines and four years imprisonment if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, while the Wisconsin DNR and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department were searching Pugh’s residence for evidence of ginseng harvesting violations, they found evidence of controlled substance violations.

An expanded search warrant was obtained and the residence was searched again. According to the complaint, four glass smoking devices with burned residue were found, along with two styrofoam plates, each containing a white powdery residue which turned out to be meth. Marijuana was also found in the search.

Pugh admitted the meth, marijuana, pipes and paraphernalia were his, the complaint said.

Wed
26
Oct

32nd Wisconsin State Senate Candidates

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, area voters will make choices on the national and state election levels. One of those races is the 32nd Wisconsin State Senate District. Candidates are incumbent Jennifer Shilling (D) and challenger Dan Kapanke (R), who formerly held the seat but was recalled and replaced by Shilling in a 2011 recall election. Editor Correne Martin spoke with both of them personally to ask them a number of questions. Their answers are below.
 

Wed
26
Oct

Villa Louis offers free admission for residents of 4 counties Sunday


Prairie du Chien Day at the Villa Louis is Sunday, Oct. 30. For a non-perishable food donation, residents of Crawford, Grant, Clayton and Allamakee Counties can tour the one-time Dousman family estate for free.

By Correne Martin

The Villa Louis and its staff at the Wisconsin historic site wish to thank all of its friends and neighbors during a special day of free admission for Crawford, Grant, Clayton and Allamakee County residents.  
Sunday, Oct. 30 will be Prairie du Chien Day at the Villa Louis, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is also an opportunity for local residents who haven’t visited the site since their “elementary school field trip” to become reaquainted with the notable Victorian mansion so many take for granted. It’s a chance to be reminded of the Dousman family history as well as that of the grand estate. The mansion has recently undergone a top-to-bottom documentary restoration that has returned the Dousman home to the splendor of its 1890s heyday, using British arts and crafts interior designs inspired by famed designer William Morris.

Wed
26
Oct

Antoine Wins


Matt Antoine was pleased with his start times at the USA Skeleton National Team Trials.

 

Antoine victorious at Skeleton National Team Trials

Matt Antoine of Prairie du Chien won day two of USA Skeleton National Team Trials at Mount Van Hoevenberg on Oct. 24. The series will move on to Park City, Utah for the final two races before the team is named on Nov. 3.

“There was a lot of shuffling around for positions in day two and it shows the depth of our program,” said USA Skeleton Head Coach Tuffy Latour. “It’s anyone’s game as we head into the second half of races in Park City, and we’re really excited to see who rises to the top.”

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