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Young woman transported to La Crosse hospital following rollover


Nichelle Skrupky-Nelson, 21, of Viroqua, was injured in a rollover crash on Highway 171 Sunday.

A young woman was transported to a La Crosse hospital as a result of a rollover accident Sunday, July 17, in Crawford County.

Just before 7:45 a.m., Nichelle Skrupky-Nelson, 21, of Viroqua, was driving a 2007 Saturn west on Highway 171, one-tenth of a mile west of Highway 27. She crossed into the eastbound lane of traffic, struck a guardrail, crossed back into the other lane, continue off the right side of the roadway, went up an embankment and rolled twice before the vehicle came to a rest on its top. Skrupky-Nelson was ejected from the vehicle and transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital by Ocooch Mountain Rescue for treatment of the injuries sustained in the accident. She was later transported to Gundersen-Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, though the extent of her injuries is not known.

The Seneca Fire Department and First Responders, Crawford County Highway Department and Scott’s Towing of Ferryville assisted at the scene.

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Grant for safe room in library expansion approved by Prairie du Chien council

By Correne Martin

The proposed renovation and expansion for the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library may also include a safe room in the basement to be used in case of emergency. During its regular bi-monthly meeting Tuesday night, the city council accepted a FEMA grant for $262,336.37 to construct the safe room, which would occupy 1,782 square feet of the 4,960-square-foot basement under the addition.

According to City Administrator Aaron Kramer, the space would also be multi-purpose, allowing for a host of uses when there is no emergency. Kramer said accepting the grant would not obligate the city to take the FEMA dollars and construct the basement. Library Director Nancy Ashmore as well as City Planner Garth Frable both voiced their support of the basement layout, including a safe room.

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Man travels to D.C. on horseback for veteran suicide awareness


Tony Jones, of Fort Pierre, S.D., left his home state June 5 and plans to travel on horseback to the nation’s capital by September, all in the name of veteran suicide awareness. While in Prairie du Chien Tuesday, the cowboy found a most suitable place to stop, the Sawmill Saloon. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A true cowboy, Tony Jones has trained race horses, he’s worked on ranches. He’s lived a fortunate life and he’s decided to pay it forward.

“I’m no great citizen. I just decided to do something,” he claimed, sitting on a bench outside the Sawmill Saloon in Prairie du Chien late Tuesday morning. “I’d like to encourage others to do the same.”

The 54-year-old is riding 1,500 miles on horseback from South Dakota to Washington, D.C. in order to raise awareness about veteran suicide and funds for military veterans through the Semper Fi Fund. His cause is Cowboys Ride for Veterans Awareness.

“Since I left home,” in Fort Pierre, S.D., Jones said, “a thousand veterans have committed suicide. We’re a country protected by heroes and if we’re not willing to take care of them, then we’re without heroes, and we don’t deserve their protection.”

Mon
18
Jul

Let’s go ‘to a garden party’ on St. Feriole Island

By Correne Martin

Ever attended a garden party? Ever been through the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens? Now’s the time to make sure you can mark both of these items off your bucket list.

The Memorial Gardens will host a Chamber Business After Five along the theme “Went to a Garden Party” on Wednesday, July 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend, enjoy the serenity of the gardens, have a little food and drink, listen to music, meet the master volunteer gardeners, meet the Chamber Ambassadors and ultimately learn more about what has made St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens such an attraction in Prairie du Chien.

Music by Dan Moris and friends will be featured on the stage of the new harmony garden, which is currently being built. Taste small samples of beer and wine and some locally-made, light summer snacks.

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18
Jul

2,000 feet of Vineyard Road to be reconstructed starting today

The town of Bridgeport, city of Prairie du Chien and TEAM Engineering is announcing the start of a construction project on Vineyard Road located in the town of Bridgeport, Crawford County. The project is a complete reconstruction of 2,000 feet of Vineyard Road from Seymour Drive to Hillview Drive.

Hillview Drive will remain open at all times and is not impacted by the project.

The project will start today (July 18) and has an anticipated completion date of Sept. 30.

Vineyard Road will be closed to through traffic for the duration of the project starting July 20. The project will be broken into two stages in order to accommodate local traffic and businesses affected by the project and to reduce impact to those individuals as best as possible.

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Party Mardi Gras style in support of library expansion


Support the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library expansion by attending this upcoming family event.

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Memorial Library is hosting a Mardi Gras party on Sunday, July 24, from 1 to 4 p.m., on the street between the library and city hall. This event is planned as an enjoyable promotion to highlight the library expansion fundraising efforts.

The fun scheduled for the afternoon includes music by local favorites Don and Shirley Harwood and Mike McCoy, as well as River City Ruckus. Also, food will be served, bean bag games will take place, John Mundt will do caricature drawings and the Prairie du Chien High School Hawkettes are expected to dance on the street. A tent will be set up in the city parking lot. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Sponsors of the Mardi Gras party, in part, are Kwik Trip and True Value.

Mon
18
Jul

New tourism coordinator ready to bring people to city of Prairie du Chien


Anna Troester started as the new tourism coordinator for Prairie du Chien on June 20. She replaced longtime coordinator Patti Wacker. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Anna Troester is a new face among the tourism team in Prairie du Chien. As the new tourism coordinator, she’s enthusiastic about working with the public as well as promoting and marketing the community in an effort to bring people to Prairie du Chien.

Born and raised in northeast Iowa on a dairy farm, Troester currently lives in rural Garnavillo along the Great River Road. She is a 2007 graduate of Central Community School, of Elkader, and a 2011 graduate of UW-Platteville.

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Bloomington Fire Department celebrates 100 years of bravery


This was the first fire truck purchased by the Bloomington Fire Department. The 1930 model was bought for $1,500 “new” in 1935.

The Bloomington Fire Department building was constructed in 2002-2003.

Commemorative ceramic plates have been created by Fire Department member Tim Senn of Taft’s Mill Pottery. The plates will be auctioned off as part of the 100th Anniversary celebration.

By Ted Pennekamp

The Bloomington Fire Department is celebrating “100 Years of Bravery” this year having officially been formed as a department in 1916.

In fact, everyone is invited to join the Bloomington Fire Department for a day of fun activities for the whole family on Saturday, July 23 in celebration of the department’s 100th Anniversary.

There will be a 5K run-walk at 8:30 a.m. at the Bloomington Village Park. Registration begins at 7:30. All participants will receive a free Bloomington Fire Department T-shirt.

The Fire Truck Parade will begin at 11 a.m. and will travel through Main Street in Bloomington.

In addition, there will be a Fire Truck Display and more at the Blake’s Prairie Fairground on Mill Street. Along with the trucks on display, there will be a drone demonstration, historians talking about the fire department, bounce houses for kids, face painting, concessions, and live music from 1 to 4 p.m.

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PdC to host state American Legion baseball tournament


The Prairie du Chien Varsity American Legion Baseball Team is, front row: Chad Mara, Andrew Waller, Brogan Potter, Casey Hogenson, Dylan Yeomans, Hunter Sheckler and Drake Coleman. Back row: Coach Kris Graewin, Brian McNett, Gavin Gillitzer, Brady Fernette, Zach Nesius, Chas Sagedahl, Cory Check, Jon Dyer, Gavin Gillitzer, Coach Joey Renner and Coach Dan Shickert. (Photo submitted)

By Ted Pennekamp

The Class ‘A’ State American Legion Baseball Tournament will be hosted by Prairie du Chien from July 27 through July 31 at St. Feriole Island Ballpark. It is the second time Prairie du Chien has been the host.

The locations of the 2016 Class AAA, Class AA and Class A State Tournaments were selected by the regional directors at their annual midwinter meeting in Wisconsin Dells on Jan. 17.
Directors also announced that the Class A and AA champions will participate in the Division 2 National Regionals.

This year, the nationals are at Lesueur and Henderson, Minn., and will include 12 teams from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Illinois, Michigan and Nevada. The teams will be split into three pools for the first two days of the nationals.

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18
Jul

Prairie du Chien police test skills in simulation training


Prairie du Chien Police Officer Jeremy Cliff reacts to a domestic disturbance scenario in which a woman pulls a gun on a man. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Officer Kyle Mezera of the Crawford County Sheriff's Department tries to calm down a man he suspected was trying to steal a bicycle, before the man "attacked" the officer with his bolt cutters.

A school shooting scenario ended with two shooters firing back at the officers involved in the training.

By Correne Martin

In an effort to reinforce Prairie du Chien police officers’ training on marksmanship skills, judgmental training objectives, concealed carry, less lethal and general weapons familiarization skills, the police department and BNSF Railway Police offered a one-day, virtual training simulation exercise, Tuesday at city hall.

A single screen was set up and showed videos of various scenarios officers may encounter while on duty, from a school shooting and a domestic abuse situation to interaction with a mentally-disturbed individual carrying a knife as well as someone attempting to commit a theft. About 15 officers—including one from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department—went through the simulation individually and faced about six videos apiece.

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