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Wed
12
Nov

Wachter survived Korean War grenade explosion


Louie Wachter, 84, of Millville, was one of seven Wachter brothers from the Mount Hope area who served in the military. He is the second youngest of the seven and served in the Korean War for 21 months, beginning Sept. 5, 1951. He is shown with the book, “Korea Reborn: A Grateful Nation Honors War Veterans for 60 Years of Growth,” which was distributed free to Korean War veterans last year by the Departments of Military Affairs and Veterans Affairs. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Pictured is Louie Wachter more than 60 years ago in his Army uniform.

By Correne Martin

Louie Wachter vividly remembers the night he was wounded on Heartbreak Ridge Hill in the Korean War.

He was 22 years old and it was the first week of November 1952. He and a couple Army comrades were sitting in the trenches in the North Korean hills, with their steel helmets off, eating rations. A few feet in front of them, sandbags sat three or four rows deep, and there was a cliff behind them. The first sign of the enemy arrived when a mortar round hit their trenches. All of the men put on their helmets.

Wed
12
Nov

Railroad crossing work may hold up finalization of Marquette Road project

DOT portion done, road will still open Nov. 17

The Prairie du Chien Common Council learned Tuesday night that the railroad crossings at Blackhawk Avenue and Washington Street, as well as the spur that runs across Marquette, have not been completely repaired by Burlington Northern Santa Fe, in correlation with the Marquette Road project. Even though the Department of Transportation’s portion of the project appears as though it will be finished around Nov. 16, city administration has heard the crossings may not be done until December. Due to the delay, the DOT and city staff are exploring options that would open them up prior to the permanent repairs being completed.

If a solution is determined, more information will be reported in next week’s issues of the Courier Press and on the Courier Press’ Facebook page.

Mon
10
Nov

Prairie du Chien man guilty of child sexual assaults

A 32-year-old Prairie du Chien man was found guilty in Grant County Circuit Court Wednesday, Nov. 5 of four counts of repeated sexual assault of a child, three counts of sexual exploitation of a child, two counts of child pornography and one count of first degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 13. The abuse alleged in the criminal complaint goes back as far as 2008.

Aaron L. Bouzek was found guilty per a plea agreement approved by Grant County Circuit Court Judge Craig R. Day. The agreement included dropping 23 other felony counts against Bouzek, who also won’t face federal charges. Bouzek faces a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison and a maximum of 147 years.

Day ordered a pre-sentence investigation and a sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 18 in Grant County Circuit Court.

Bouzek remains in custody in the Grant County Jail.

Mon
10
Nov

Catholic Charities now coordinating former Faith in Action services

Catholic Charities is excited to let the public know that its organization will be assuming the coordinating role of the former Faith in Action program, now known as Hands of Hope. They are looking forward to coordinating and providing services by offering a helping hand, a compassionate ear, and a helpful connection to community residents.  They are happy to be able to offer an avenue for these services to continue.

Mon
10
Nov

Alternate side parking in effect Nov. 15, avoid a ticket this winter

Don’t let the snow lead to a ticket or a tow. Alternate side parking is in effect in the city of Prairie du Chien from Saturday, Nov. 15 through March 31. And with winter on its way, drivers need to be aware of snow emergencies within the city as well.

If you would like to avoid a ticket or a tow this winter, follow these guidelines:

1) Park on the even house numbered side of the street on even numbered days from 12 to 7 a.m.

2) Park on the odd house numbered side of the street on odd numbered days from 12 to 7 a.m.

Some streets in the city are regulated for alternate side parking from 2:30 to 6 a.m. (including the downtown). For specific rules and regulations, visit prairieduchien.info, click on Municipal Code, and then find Chapter 7.05.

According to the Prairie du Chien Police Department, the most common issue in Prairie du Chien involves people parking in a no parking zone.

Mon
10
Nov

Design unveiled for Seneca Area Veterans Memorial


Krause Monument recently released this depiction of how the Seneca Area Veterans Memorial will look once complete. No anticipated timeline for the project has been reported.

The Seneca Area Veterans Memorial Committee recently erected a sign at the site, in the heart of Seneca, to give people an idea an idea how the memorial will look and a running tally of funds raised toward the goal of $150,000. As of this week, about $40,000 has already been raised. (Submitted photos)

By Correne Martin

A little more than two months after the ceremonious groundbreaking for the Seneca Area Veterans Memorial, which took place Aug. 14, the organizing committee has erected a sign revealing the design at the future memorial site, across from Greener’s Corner in Seneca. The hope is that the sign, visible in the heart of Seneca, will give community members and passers-by an idea of how the memorial will look, a running tally of funds raised toward the goal of $150,000, and how people can become a part of the project.

All County Signs (the Showen family) donated the sign for the site.

Working with Krause Monument Company, of Viroqua, to design the veterans memorial, the Seneca Area Veterans Committee consists of Chairman Bob Ostrander, Tom Olson, Larry Kelley, Cliff Tollefson, John Swanson, Carol Crusan and the late Jerry Johnson (honorary chairman 1944-2014). Johnson is the one who spearheaded the memorial project.

Thu
06
Nov

Veterans Day programs held at area schools

There will be various Veterans Day programs in Crawford County and the surrounding area on Nov. 11.

There will be a program at Bluff View Intermediate School beginning at 8:30 a.m. The speaker at this program will be veteran Tom Farrell.  

Prairie du Chien High School will have a program beginning at 10 a.m. Tom Farrell will also speak at this program.

The Prairie du Chien Honor Guard will fire a 21-gun salute as part of the ceremony at the Prairie du Chien Veterans Memorial at 11 a.m.

The Crawford County American Legion Veterans Day program is at 7 p.m. at Seneca High School.

Seneca Public Schools will have a Veterans Day program in the gymnasium at 9:05 a.m. Coffee and cookies will be served for the public afterward.

Wauzeka-Steuben Public Schools will have a Veterans Day program at 10 a.m.

Wed
05
Nov

Lawsuit filed in 2013 vehicle versus bicyclist incident

By Correne Martin

A Prairie du Chien teenager and her parents filed a lawsuit on Oct. 28 against the city of Prairie du Chien and local resident Denise Barrett, alleging negligence in a pedestrian versus vehicle accident that occurred on July 18, 2013, at the intersection of Marquette Road and East Wells Street in Prairie du Chien. According to circuit court documents from La Crosse County, where the case was filed, Hailey Seitz and her parents, Roger and Sara Seitz, allege the city was negligent in regard to its maintenance of the crosswalk at the intersection and Barrett was negligent in waiving Hailey across the road without ensuring it was safe for her to cross.

The driver who hit Hailey Seitz, Rose Stram, is not named in the lawsuit.

Wed
05
Nov

Blackhawk Avenue roundabout is slated to open on Wednesday


Landscaping, signs and pavement markings were completed this week for the Blackhawk Avenue roundabout, the third and final roundabout of the Marquette Road project. Some construction on the north end of the project remains, but the completion for the entire project is anticipated by Nov. 16. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The third and final roundabout of the Marquette Road project, at the intersection of Blackhawk Avenue, is scheduled to open Wednesday, Nov. 5, as landscaping, signs and pavement markings were completed early this week. The Highway 27 detour will also end Wednesday, according to Wisconsin Department of Transportation Project Leader Jay Adams.

However, the railroad company has yet to repair its crossings at Washington and Blackhawk, leaving those crossings closed until further notice.

“People traveling on Highway 27 will be able to turn south on Marquette and continue on like they used to,” Adams said, noting that customers of the businesses near the Blackhawk intersection will now be able to access them regularly, though some sidewalk, curb and additional concrete pavement work will remain. “But drivers won’t be able to cross the railroad tracks on Blackhawk or head north yet.”

Wed
05
Nov

$13 million referendum denied by River Ridge voters

By Correne Martin

River Ridge School District’s $13 million referendum to combine all students and staff under one facility in Patch Grove failed to pass in Tuesday’s election.

The unofficial vote totals were 995 against the referendum to 556 in favor, according to Adminstrative Secretary Sue Gotto Wednesday morning. This means 64 percent of the voters cast a “no” vote, while 36 percent cast a “yes” vote. The district’s canvassing board will validate the votes on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 4:15 p.m. at the River Ridge Middle/High School.

An article regarding the school board’s plans following the failed referendum, and any possible action regarding state orders pertaining to building code violations, will be published in an upcoming issue of the Courier Press.

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