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Driver loses control, goes over embankment

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, at about 7:35 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified on a one-vehicle crash on County Road E, one-tenth of a mile west of Platten Lane in the township of Seneca.

Mark Withey, 56, of Eastman, was traveling east on County E when he lost control of his Honda Accord due to the slippery road, while negotiating a curve. The vehicle went into the south side shoulder and, while trying to regain control, Withey’s vehicle crossed the center line into the westbound lane before going over the north side embankment and coming to rest in a field.

Withey claimed no injuries from the crash, though the vehicle sustained severe damage.

The Crawford County Highway Department assisted at the scene.

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Feb

Woman charged with operating under the influence-causing injury

A Ferryville woman allegedly caused a two-vehicle crash on Highway 35 Friday and has been charged as a result, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

On Feb. 24, Michael Schwem, 38, of Mt. Sterling was driving a 2014 Buick Verano south on Highway 35 near River Bluff Drive in Ferryville when a 1999 Honda Passport, operated by Jeannie Boardman, 59, of Ferryville, crossed the center line and struck Schwem’s vehicle head-on.

Schwem’s vehicle came to rest in a turn-around on the west side of Highway 35. It sustained front end damage to the driver’s side. Boardman’s vehicle came to rest on River Bluff Drive and had severe front end damage. Schwem, as well as his two passengers, Lisa Cornwell, 38, of Mt. Sterling, and a juvenile, sustained injuries due to the collision and were treated and released on-scene.

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Feb

Lottery player holds $50k ticket purchased in De Soto

One lucky Wisconsin Lottery player is holding a $50,000 winning Powerball ticket from the Saturday, Feb. 18, Powerball drawing.

The winner matched four out of five numbers plus the Powerball. Saturday’s winning Powerball numbers were 3, 7, 9, 31 and 33, with a Powerball of 20. The Power Play number was 3.

The lucky winner purchased his or her ticket at Pronto Market in De Soto.

Winners at all prize levels have 180 days from the drawing to claim their prizes. Winners of more than $599 must claim their prize at the Lottery’s Madison or Milwaukee office or by mail.

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Feb

Fabulous Farm Babe comes to Prairie du Chien for farmers luncheon


Farm broadcaster Pam Jahnke was the guest speaker at the annual Farmer Appreciation Luncheon, hosted by the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by local businesses as thanks to farmers for their economic support of the community. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Wisconsin’s Fabulous Farm Babe herself, Pam Jahnke, was in Prairie du Chien last Wednesday, Feb. 22, for the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce’s 28th annual Farmer Appreciation Luncheon. She was the guest speaker at the luncheon, held at Huckleberry’s Restaurant, which provided an opportunity for businesses to express their thanks for area farmers’ economic contributions.

About 100 business and community representatives attended the event, sponsored by 29 chamber members who are grateful for the farmers’ support of their businesses and the community. The chamber’s agri-business committee has attempted for four years to secure the farm broadcaster as its keynote speaker, but she’s always had other obligations—until this year.

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Feb

Memory of young man’s life lives on in Wauzeka


Built in recent years, this playground adjacent to the Wauzeka fire station was erected in memory of John Peloch. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

It’s been nearly six years since Wauzeka’s John Peloch passed from lymphoblastic lymphoma with acute leukemia at the age of 27. In addition to his family, his friends and the community keep memories of his big-hearted personality alive.

A memorial, American Red Cross blood drive will be held Friday, March 3, from noon to 6 p.m., at Century Hall. It is sponsored by Wauzeka-Steuben Schools and John’s former wife, now Justine (Bedward) Sparrgrove ,and her family.
John’s parents, Paul and Joanne, his siblings and some of his extended family also participate by attending and giving blood at the drive each year.

Food is provided for the donors and community members spend some time talking with John’s family and friends, laughing about their good times together, his mom said.

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Feb

PdC native dies, Madison police request reckless homicide charges


Kirk U’Ren and Jenni Steiner, husband and wife from Cottage Grove, both died as the result of a horrific crash in Madison Feb. 12. Jenni is a Prairie du Chien native and Kirk was from Mineral Point. (Photo from Baker Tilly)

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien native Jenni Steiner, 34, died Saturday, Feb. 25, as a result of severe head and brain injuries sustained in the car crash that also killed her husband, Feb. 12, in Madison. The Madison Police Department has requested reckless homicide charges be filed against Brandon Ballweg, 25, Stoughton, in relation to the fatal crash.

The police department is recommending the Dane County District Attorney’s Office charge Ballweg with two counts of second degree reckless homicide, three counts of second degree recklessly endangering safety and reckless driving causing injury. Another woman from Madison and a couple from Pewaukee were also impacted by the crash.

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Bald Eagle Appreciation Days


Sara Sloan, a raptor educator for Schlitz Audubon Nature Center of Milwaukee, has a great time as she shows off Valkyrie, a 6-year-old female bald eagle, to the enthusiastic crowd during a presentation at Hoffman Hall Saturday morning as part of the Prairie du Chien Bald Eagle Appreciation Days. The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center conducted several raptor presentations. There were numerous other displays and presentations at Hoffman Hall along with various programs Friday night and Saturday at venues including the AmericInn, Country Inn and Suites, and the Prairie du Chien Regional Tourism Center. There were about 85 eagles in the Prairie du Chien area on Saturday, including 65 near Ritter’s Fish Market at the intersection of County N and Highway 27, said Effigy Mounds volunteer Dennis Kirschbaum. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Some youngsters have fun building an eagle nest at Hoffman Hall Saturday as part of the Prairie du Chien Bald Eagle Appreciation Days.
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Prairie Gymnast To State

 

O’Kane earns trip 

to State Gymnastics Meet

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien High School gymnastics team scored 107.35 points at the Baraboo Sectional Thursday night. 

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Feb

Crawford County Board

 

Crawford County 

catching up on tax 

delinquent properties

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
22
Feb

Local emergency room handles thousands of visits each year


Exchanging thoughts about the revolutionary new dashboard touch screen in the Crossing Rivers Health emergency room are (from left) Heidi Kirschbaum, ER clinical services director; Kimberly Hable, Gundersen regional services and telemedicine representative; and Dr. Kevin Whitney, ER medical director. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The accustomed dramas of doctors, nurses and patients on television aren’t exactly like visiting a real emergency room. Prairie du Chien’s only ER is as high-tech and can be just as fast-paced as the likes of those popular medical shows, but the caregiving team doesn’t have nearly as much spare time for personal dramas.

The Crossing Rivers Health emergency room handles about 9,000 visits a year. The medical staff sees virtually every illness—from sniffles and the flu to a heart attack, stroke and trauma—and proficiently treats its patients in a timely manner.

“In addition to our area residents, we see a large number of tourists in the summer, and they’re often pleased with the high level of care and that they can access quick, efficient, good care in a small town,” said Dr. Kevin Whitney, ER medical director.

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