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Mon
23
Jan

Local man guilty of homicide by drunken driving

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A former Prairie du Chien man was found guilty Friday in Crawford County Circuit Court of homicide by the intoxicated use of a motor vehicle and homicide by the use of a vehicle with a prohibited alcohol concentration.

Mon
23
Jan

Eileen A. Jerde

 

Eileen A. Jerde, 87, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Prairie Maison Care Center following a brief illness.

 

Fri
20
Jan

Russel D. Riggs

Russel D. Riggs, 54, of Steuben, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse.

 

He was born on Aug. 16, 1962, in Boscobel. The son of Ronald and Sharon (Jones) Riggs. He married Jill Blacconiere on Sept. 6, 2001, in Crawford County.

Fri
20
Jan

Nancee D. Koch

 

Nancee D. Koch, 69, of Prairie du Chien passed away Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Gundersen Health Systems in La Crosse, following a brief illness.

 

Wed
18
Jan

Local man charged with fifth OWI

A 57-year-old Prairie du Chien man was charged on Jan. 12 in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fifth offense).

Charles W. Humbert faces up to a $25,000 fine and 10 years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a person called the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department to report that a man driving a Jeep Cherokee pulled into the parking lot of a convenience store in Prairie du Chien and struck a traffic barrier in front of the building. The caller said the man stumbled into the store, the complaint said.

The caller then informed dispatch that the man had gotten back into his vehicle and was driving south in an alley. A deputy then began following the vehicle. The license plate lamps were not working on the vehicle, and the vehicle swerved back and forth, according to the complaint.

The vehicle came to a stop behind the man’s residence in Prairie du Chien.

Wed
18
Jan

Plows stick it out while (most) others stay home


This semi crash mid-afternoon Monday depicts just how hazardous area roads were Monday and Tuesday, when freezing rain and ice coated all paths of travel. Schools canceled, businesses closed, authorities advised no travel unless necessary, as even county snowplows and wreckers had trouble navigating the roads. Untreated secondary roads across the region were especially impassable. For the full story on this accident, this week’s ice storm, and photos, see pages 2-4. (Photo by Bob’s Towing)

(Photo by Crawford County Highway Department)

No vehicles—including this Iowa DOT snow plow—were immune to the icy roads Jan. 16. Trooper Jon Stickney, with the Iowa State Patrol, took this photo Monday morning, after the plow slid off Highway 18/52, between Marquexatte and Monona. The plow had to be towed back onto the road by Bob's Towing, of Prairie du Chien. No one was injured in the incident.

A familiar sight for anyone who attempted to drive Monday or Tuesday was iced-over windows on their vehicle. (Photo by Dawn Sipla)

Everywhere you looked, it was ice earlier this week. Though the freezing rain made for extremely treacherous roads and sidewalks, it was quite a beautiful picture for those who were able to stay home and admire the softer side of mother nature. (Photo by Dawn Sipla)

By Correne Martin

A storm of freezing rain and ice-glazed roadways immobilized and endangered residents across the tri-states Monday and Tuesday. Schools and businesses closed, dozens of cars slid off roads, people fell while trying to walk and emergency vehicles had trouble navigating. In Clayton and Grant Counties, snow plows slid off and rolled over, respectively. A milk truck was also reported off the road in Clayton County and, near Winona, Minn., fire trucks were said to be stuck on a hill, according to the National Weather Service of La Crosse. No serious injuries were reported.

Crawford County plow drivers spent 16 to 17 hours in their trucks Monday and more than 12 hours Tuesday, when, at least they didn’t have to work through their lunches. According to Crawford County Patrol Superintendent Todd Myers, all hands were on deck over the course of the two days. Even the county’s custodian was in a plow, treating the roads.

Wed
18
Jan

City of PdC administrator resigns post

By Correne Martin

After six years as city administrator in Prairie du Chien, Aaron Kramer will resign from his post on March 3. Following closed session of the Prairie du Chien Common Council Tuesday night, the council accepted his resignation and released him from his current contract, which was scheduled to expire on Dec. 31, 2021. The council also appointed new City Clerk-Treasurer Tina Fuller as acting city administrator, with her position effective upon Kramer’s official resignation and concluding upon the hiring of a new city administrator. Fuller just recently started the clerk-treasurer job Dec. 5 and fully took over for retiring clerk Barb Elvert on Jan. 9.

Kramer became Prairie du Chien’s city administrator on Jan. 24, 2010, replacing Jim Gitz, who resigned the previous summer. He came to Prairie du Chien after more than six years as mayor of Ripon.

Wed
18
Jan

PdC Wrestling


Prairie du Chien’s Blake Garcia looks for near fall points against his Manitowoc opponent. Garcia would get the win. (Photos by Heather Koenig)

Prairie du Chien’s Stephen Ronnfeldt applies heavy pressure while winging his Baraboo opponent. Ronnfeldt would win by fall.

The Blackhawks’ Magnus Golterman looks to go for a collar tie against his Baraboo opponent Saturday.

 

Prairie du Chien matmen 

are third at Stevens Point

On Saturday, Jan. 14, the Prairie du Chien Blackhawks traveled to Stevens Point for the SPASH Duals. There were 10 teams in the tournament, split into five-team pools to wrestle each other. 

Wed
18
Jan

Eight-Man Football

 

Ridge and Valley Conference 

considering eight-man football

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The eight schools of the Ridge and Valley Conference will be considering whether or not to have 8-man football in the near future. The subject is expected to be on the agendas of upcoming school board meetings throughout the conference. 

Wed
18
Jan

Railroad Projects

 

Railroad projects 

continue in PdC Sub

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A Continuous Welded Rail (CWR) project conducted by the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad (WSOR) on the Prairie du Chien Sub on St. Feriole Island is about to begin, according to a Wisconsin River Rail Transit Commission report. 

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