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Wed
29
Oct

Godden Pit dredging is underway

Construction on the dredging of Godden Pit in Prairie du Chien is underway this week.

With the amount of water still located in the pit, the contractor, Rule Construction, will need to pump some of the water out prior to starting excavation in the low areas. The plan is to pump water out of Godden Pit to Taylor Street, just west of the Fremont/Taylor intersection. The water will drain west along the curb and gutter until it reaches the storm inlets at the Ohio/Taylor intersection (and continue heading west in the storm sewer). The pumping will be done at a low rate so the water stays mostly within the curb and gutter and does not cause any drainage issues at the Taylor/Dousman intersection. No pumping will occur while it is raining.

Wed
29
Oct

Longtime U.S. House Rep. Kind challenged by Army veteran Kurtz


Ron Kind and Tony Kurtz

The race for U.S. House of Representatives District 3 is intensifying as Ron Kind, a Democrat incumbent from La Crosse who is seeking a 10th term, is challenged by Tony Kurtz, a Republican Army veteran from Prairie du Chien. The two were recently asked the same set of questions and their responses follow.

 

RON KIND

Why are you running for a 10th term?
I still feel there’s unfinished business, work that needs to be done. I want our children’s future to be as bright as what you and I dreamed of as kids. We need to strengthen and grow the middle class. We need to make sure we can compete globally in areas such as affordable quality health care, education and personal safety. I’m very concerned about the hyper-partisanship we are experiencing. I would like us to find common ground; I know it exists. This “my way or no way” attitude is not the way to approach politics. We need compromise.

Wed
29
Oct

For the last weekend, experience the Halls of Terror for yourself. I did


Deranged zombies, creepy clowns and bloodied bodies help make up the Halls of Terror on St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien. Don’t miss the last weekend Friday, from 7 to 11 p.m., and Saturday, from 7 to 10 p.m. A lights-on haunt experience with fewer ghouls and fewer scares will be offered from 6 to 6:45 Halloween night. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Local youth Kelsey Stickley and Adam Rider accompanied myself (Correne Martin) and Audrey Posten during the Halls of Terror Friday, Oct. 24. Which one of them looks more afraid?

By Correne Martin

I haven’t subjected myself to the fright and gore of a haunted house since my college years when I heedlessly entered an unforgettable haunted barn in Lena, Ill. I’ll never forget falling down a chute in the darkness. They called it “the last ride,” and it certainly felt like it. Prior to that experience, I hadn’t ventured through a haunted house since the heydays of the old Brodtville schoolhouse near Patch Grove. As a middle schooler back then, I regrettably touched some repulsively gooey brains and freaked out in front of a few cackling witches, that’s for sure.

Wed
29
Oct

Election: Assembly District 96


Lee Nerison and Pete Flesch

 

Election 2014: 

Assembly District 96

Pete Flesch

 

Age: 57

Party: Democrat

Mon
27
Oct

Wisconsin River Trail

 

Wisconsin River 

Trail project continues

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
27
Oct

Crawford County investigates theft cases

Last week, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department began investigating two cases of theft for which they are seeking information from the public.

On Friday, Oct. 24, the department initially investigated the theft of a black Mercury 15 Hp four stroke outboard boat motor. The motor was stolen from a storage lot located on County Highway K near the intersection of State Highway 35 in the township of Prairie du Chien. The motor was stolen sometime between Friday, Oct. 10 and Friday, Oct. 24.

On Sunday, Oct. 26, the department was notified of a theft of deer antlers from a residence located on Dittman Hill Road in the village of Wauzeka. The antlers had 11 points and were still attached to the head of the deer along with the tags. The theft occurred on Saturday, Oct. 25, sometime between 5 and 10:30 a.m.

Mon
27
Oct

Gays Mills man charged with substantial battery

A 24-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of substantial battery.

Anthony M. Larson faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Larson punched a 17-year-old boy in the head during an incident on Oct. 11 in a driveway of a residence in the town of Clayton.

The 17-year-old fell and struck his head on the blacktopped driveway, according to the complaint.

The 17-year-old was woken up by others at the scene and was taken to Vernon Memorial Hospital where he received stitches to close a laceration to his face. He told investigators that he was very dizzy, with a very bad headache and had been bleeding from the mouth and head, according to the complaint.

Mon
27
Oct

Trick-or-treat hours are 5 to 8 p.m. in PdC

This year, Halloween is on Friday, Oct. 31. The city of Prairie du Chien is celebrating the holiday with official trick-or-treat hours from 5 to 8 p.m. Sirens will sound in the city at the beginning and end of the fun.

As little ghosts and goblins of the community, and their parents, get ready to enjoy trick-or-treating, Police Chief Chad Abram would like everyone to remember these safety tips:

•Watch for children crossing the street.
•Make sure that your child’s costume has reflective material.
•A parent or adult friend should accompany children.
•Pay attention to all traffic signs and signals.
•Trick or Treat at those houses with porch lights on.
•Stay in neighborhoods that you are familiar with.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, call the Prairie du Chien Police Department at 326-2421.

Mon
27
Oct

Ferryville man’s body is found

The body of Ferryville fisherman Roger S. Goodell, who presumably drowned on Oct. 11, at Lock and Dam No. 9, near Lynxville, was found on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 25, by two boaters about three-quarters of a mile south downstream from the dam, according to Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick.

At about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, the boaters notified the sheriff’s department that they had spotted what might have been a body in the river south of Lock and Dam No. 9. The sheriff’s department responded and recovered the body of 64-year-old Goodell, who had fallen out of a fishing boat on Oct. 11.

Mon
27
Oct

Choosing the right fit of health care provider is vital to your personal care


The primary health care provider team at Crossing Rivers Health Clinic in Prairie du Chien includes real people who take your health and wellness seriously, but they’re also here to make you smile as they deliver your care. The providers are pictured with joyful expressions as they take a team selfie, clockwise from bottom left, are Ann Grunwald, MD; Sara Rybarczyk, MD (internist); Peggy Barton, FNP; Steven Bush, MD, OB/GYN; Mark Grunwald, MD; Owen Vincent, DO; and Sue McMillan, FNP.

By Correne Martin

When individuals and families choose their health care providers, they are looking to find physicians or nurse practitioners who are a good fit as far as comfort level, personality, professional expertise and passions, insurance and so forth. They want high quality, personal, cost-effective care that is the perfect blend of all of these needs and desires. Oftentimes, people rely on referrals from family members or close friends when they choose a provider, or perhaps a family started with one doctor and each generation has stayed with that same doctor. But it’s important to consider educational and practice experience, specific approaches to medicine and specialties of the available professionals as well.

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