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Aug

Vehicle flips and strikes residence

On Aug. 22 at 8:35 p.m., The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a vehicle that crashed into a residence in at 606 Church Street in the village of Soldiers Grove. A 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Richard J. Puryear, 25, Rockford, was operating northbound on Church Street when Puryear lost control of the vehicle causing it to flip and come to rest against a residence. The residence sustained damage due to the crash. Puryear and his passenger Thomas T. Ashley, 22, Alken, S.C., were transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital.

Puryear was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ashley was charged with possession of marijuana.

Assisting the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department were the North Crawford Rescue, Soldiers Grove Fire Department, Digger Don’s Towing and Vernon Memorial Hospital.

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28
Aug

Accident in Soldiers Grove leads to charges for drugs, hit and run

On Aug. 23 at approximately 2:20 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report from the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department of a two-vehicle crash at Church Street and Cedar Street in the village of Soldiers Grove.  
An off duty Vernon County deputy observed two vehicles collide with one another and observed both vehicles leave the scene of the crash. The deputy followed a 2005 Ford 500 vehicle into Readstown and observed two male occupants park and walk into an apartment building. A search warrant was conducted at the residence in Vernon County. The two men involved in the crash were located inside the residence and were identified as Alexander J. Campbell, 22, Soldiers Grove, who was the driver, and his passenger Jonlazaire C. Burch, 32, Madison.  

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28
Aug

Rep. Kind helps break ground for new Great River Road Interpretive Center in Genoa

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Rep. Ron Kind recently participated in the groundbreaking of the Great River Road Interpretive Center at the Genoa National Fish Hatchery. (Submitted photo)

Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) participated in the groundbreaking of the Great River Road Interpretive Center at the Genoa National Fish Hatchery recently, where he spoke about the economic, cultural and environmental importance of the Upper Mississippi River Region.

“It was an honor to be a part of the groundbreaking for the new Great River Road Interpretive Center, and to be joined by many great leaders who are dedicated to protecting and honoring the Mississippi River as both a precious natural resource and an economic engine,” Rep. Kind said. “Residents and visitors alike will benefit from the wealth of historical, cultural and ecological information that will be housed in what will be a great new facility here in Genoa.”

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28
Aug

Wisconsin Badger Camp to host Midwest Wild Harvest Festival

By Caitlin Bittner

Calling all people who love the outdoors, the Midwest Wild Harvest Festival is once again coming to the Prairie du Chien area. On Sept. 13-15, foragers from all over the United States will be flocking to Wisconsin Badger Camp outside of Prairie du Chien.

“It’s an event for education and recreation surrounding wild edible plants,” said event coordinator, Melissa Price.

The festival, while only celebrating its second year in our area, is in its fifth year overall. “It was started by Sam Thayer in Eau Claire,” said Price, who noted that the move helped the event find a more central location with good plant variety.

With some participants at this year’s event coming from as far away as Georgia and Pennsylvania, one might wonder, what is drawing the crowd?

Wed
28
Aug

Alliant Energy bringing energy-efficient technology to Prairie du Chien streetlights, 15 LED streetlights installed along East Wells Street

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Alliant Energy has installed 15 LED streetlight units along East Wells Street in Prairie du Chien. The lights are supposed to be whiter, more defined, and directed more on the street, allowing the human eye to see details and colors better. Pictured, an old light gets taken down. (Photos by Correne MartIn)
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Alliant Energy is shown installing a new light near Bluff View School.
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One of the new LED lights is shown here.

 By Correne Martin

Alliant Energy replaced 15 streetlights in Prairie du Chien  this week with light-emitting diode (LED) units as part of a pilot project to test the performance of LED technology. Once installed, the LED streetlights are expected to last
longer and increase the lighting quality compared to the units now in use.

“We have chosen Prairie du Chien as one of 20 Wisconsin communities where we will install and test LED streetlights,” said Troy Pittz, Alliant Energy key account manager. “We will monitor their energy usage, as well as the quality of light they emit, to see how they work under everyday traffic and weather conditions.”

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28
Aug

Be quiet no more: It’s time to celebrate a special anniversary for PdC library

By Caitlin Bittner

Get out your biggest can of hair spray and some bright colors to help the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library celebrate its 50th anniversary at its current location.

Before it was the library, the space served as the Artisan Well Park, which for many years was a gathering place for townsfolk and visitors alike. In 1963, the city gave the land to the public library, and with the generous donation of $75,000 from Joseph and Emma Wachute, the new library was built.

Since its opening, the library has continued to serve the Prairie du Chien and surrounding community well. “Everything still works; we get lots of compliments on our library,” said Nancy Ashmore, Director of the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library, who noted that about 49,000 visitors utilize the building yearly.

Wed
28
Aug

Trot on down to the annual Villa Louis Carriage Classic

The grace, elegance and power of fine, immaculately groomed horses with beautifully restored carriages in tow, all set against the backdrop of a grand Victorian country estate, make the annual Villa Louis Carriage Classic in Prairie du Chien a rare feast for the eyes. The event unfolds Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8.

Spectators will be treated to an eye-popping spectacle in a display reminiscent of stylish 19th-century equine competitions. Nattily attired drivers will be perched atop beautifully appointed carriages, traversing the spacious riverside grounds behind spectacular horses. The event also recalls a brief period in the Villa Louis’ own history, in the 1880s when the estate served as a breeding farm for Standardbred trotting horses used in harness racing.

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28
Aug

Self-producing a healthy plate: Gardeners share a love of growing their own food

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Eli Kramer, of rural Eastman, is proud of his spicy yet simple tomato juice recipe, which yielded him over 400 jars this season. He drinks a pint of his homemade juice every morning and is a strong believer in growing his own food, knowing exactly how it’s made. (Photos by Correne Martin)
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Gavin Steiber (fourth from left), his mom, Shodi Moris (second from left), and younger brother, Draven (third from left), freshly picked a few carrots and explained the benefits of their homegrown produce and sustainable lifestyle for the Christian Homeschoolers of Crawford County Aug. 23.
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13-year-old Gavin Steiber

By Correne Martin

Two different people. Two different stories. One common thread: Producing, consuming and selling home grown, homemade and organic food is an exceptionally wholesome way of life.

Eli Kramer lives in rural Eastman. He’s a man in his 70s with a hesitant smile and personality that hint at a life filled with hard work, self-sufficiency and conservation. He and his late wife, “Dolly,” used their very own hands to build a quirky little cabin of local timber and roadside rocks, high on the ridge overlooking the Mississippi River. Dolly passed away from cancer in 2010, and Eli misses her every day. But her legacy lives on, especially during gardening season.

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28
Aug

Patrick Louis "Pat" Fernette

 

 Patrick Louis “Pat” Fernette, 83, of Janesville, died Friday, Aug. 16, at Rock Haven Nursing Home in Janesville. 

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28
Aug

Patrick Louis "Pat" Fernette

 

 Patrick Louis “Pat” Fernette, 83, of Janesville, died Friday, Aug. 16, at Rock Haven Nursing Home in Janesville. 

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