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Wed
13
Jul

Group wants to keep another rural school from vanishing


Fritz Bradley, Franklin Gilkes, Chuck Stagman and Joe Stagman are the four men leading the Brodtville School Preservation group, which hopes to raise funds toward the restoration of the rural school. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Perhaps the most fascinating piece of history inside the old Brodtville schoolhouse is an enormous, hand-painted, fabric banner that spans over half the one room’s width and all of its height. The banner shows an honor roll of sorts of Patch Grove, Bloomington and Bagley area businesses from yesteryear. The Brodtville School Preservation members would love to know the banner’s origin and artist if area citizens would hold the key to that information. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Last fall, the town of Wyalusing was looking at the future of the old Brodtville schoolhouse on County Highway P. The township considered tearing it down, as taxpayer dollars were being spent to maintain the rarely-used, historical building, with what was thought to be a decrepit foundation.

But a newly-formed organization, Brodtville School Preservation Inc., stepped in and requested the town deed them the 152-year-old building. And that is what happened. The town will continue to maintain the land and adjacent cemetery, but since the $1 transfer of ownership between the two entities, the new organization has taken over restoration of the one-room schoolhouse—a once traditional monument that’s all but vanished in rural America.

Mon
11
Jul

Three county car chase leads to arrest


Vernon County Sheriff John Spears reported no one was injured in the three-county vehicle pursuit. Sheriff Spears and Sgt. Kenneth Frye, deputies from Vernon County, Crawford County and a Lansing officer helped set up for the roadblock that eventually stopped driver Mark Allan Smith, 50, of La Crosse. Both Sgt. Frye and Sheriff Spears were able to control the suspect vehicle to the side of the road, ending the pursuit.

Vernon County Sheriff John Spears emphasized that the suspect will be facing several charges as a result of his poor decisions and putting people’s lives in danger.

One person is in custody following a three-county car chase that ended just south of De Soto Sunday afternoon. The chase resulted in multiple charges against Mark Alan Smith, 50, of La Crosse.

According to the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department, the chase began following a call to a home on State Street in La Crosse. Smith, who was driving a black Ford Expedition, told law enforcement he was suicidal and repeatedly told officers that he wanted to kill himself.

The pursuit of the suspect started in La Crosse and traveled southbound down Highway 35 into Vernon County. Vernon County Sheriff’s Department attempted to set up road spikes, but Smith swerved toward a ditch in an attempt to strike a Vernon County deputy.

Mon
11
Jul

Local author’s books teach children social values through fun animal stories


Author Jeff Lessard, of Woodman, has released three children’s books since February and plans two more this year.

By Correne Martin

Most young children are not awake at 3 a.m., but for Jeff Lessard, that seems to be a prime time for creativity. In fact, he wrote each of his five recently-released children’s books during those wee hours of the morning.

“When I decide to write, I write. It doesn’t matter the time,” said the Woodman author and retired 22-year Prairie du Chien Schools employee.

All composed in 2007, “Magic Dance” was released in February of this year, and “The Little Bug” and “The Circle” were available beginning early June. “The Mouse and the Monkey” and “The Mouse, the Monkey and the Rock” will be up for grabs in August and October, respectively.

Lessard teaches social values through each of these fun animal stories, published internationally by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, of Oklahoma.

Mon
11
Jul

Highway 18-60 Project


This photo was taken above Ward Road facing towards Prairie du Chien. Ward Road was closed to allow for construction of an 8’ x 8’ x 726 linear foot precast box culvert as well as grading of the new westbound US 18 lanes. The box culvert was delivered in 111 separate pieces, each weighing more than 23,000 pounds. (Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin DOT)

 

Stage 1 of Highway 18-60 

Project delayed but overall project 

expected to get back on schedule

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
06
Jul

Ideal Decorating


Ideal Decorating offers a variety of furniture, accessories, rugs and home decor.

 

Ideal Decorating store opens in Prairie du Chien

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A new furniture and home decorating store is now open in Prairie du Chien. Ideal Decorating, housed in the south half of the former Kozelka’s Men’s Wear building, opened on Monday, June 27. 

Wed
06
Jul

Bagley Parade


A girl peeks through patriotic glasses and wears colorful head gear while riding in a boat float in the Bagley Independence Day Parade Sunday morning. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Two girls patriotically peddle along as representatives of Clarkview Farms Sunday morning in Bagley.

The water man, as always, was quite popular during the Bagley Parade.

The driver for Southwest Collision Center gets ready to toss a handful of candy.

Great guitar pickin’ is always a hit at the Bagley Independence Day Parade.
Wed
29
Jun

To reduce the meth problem: Attack it from all angles

Editor’s note: This article is the third in a short series regarding methamphetamine and the serious problem of meth abuse in Crawford County.

By Correne Martin

As the Courier Press focuses on bringing attention to the severity of the prevalence of methamphetamine use in Crawford County, the newspaper continues to publish frequent reports of arrests and charges of abusers. Coincidentally, the June 27 issue included the second story in this series, right alongside an article about five Prairie du Chien residents busted with meth, as well as heroin and psilocybin mushrooms.

This latest instance of a search warrant leading to arrests is an example of Crawford County law enforcement’s continued battle against the problem. The county judicial system will now decide how to handle this case as it considers other meth cases, which have become all too familiar.

Wed
29
Jun

$12k reeled in for breast cancer programs

Hooking for Hope is an annual breast cancer awareness fundraiser associated with the Sawmill Saloon in Prairie du Chien. A raffle, live auction and music follow a fun and competitive fishing tournament. All money raised is given locally to support those battling breast cancer. This year, on June 4—the 13th year of the event—178 women participated in the tournament and $12,000 was raised. Of that amount, $7,500 will be donated to Gundersen Health’s Steppin’ Out in Pink, $2,500 to Gundersen Health’s Paula’s Purse program and $2,000 to the Crossing Rivers Health mammography department. Through the generosity of the Tavern League of Wisconsin, Hooking for Hope has also applied to receive matching funds for this event.

Wed
29
Jun

Moving Wall to travel from Prairie du Chien to National

A moving tribute to Vietnam veterans is moving from Prairie du Chien to National, Iowa.

Beginning June 30, “The Moving Wall,” a one-half size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., will be displayed at the Clayton County Fairgrounds. The memorial can be visited 24 hours a day, beginning June 30 at 1 p.m. through July 5 at 8 a.m. However, exhibits will be open only from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Almost 253 feet long, the Wall displays the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who were killed in Vietnam, as well as those still unaccounted for.

There will also be a presentation by the American Rogues, the official band of the National Navy Seal Museum, living replicas of the Three Soldiers and Vietnam Women’s Memorial and a complimentary booklet that informs people about the war and about the nine Clayton County men that were killed there.

Wed
29
Jun

3M program matches volunteerism

The 3M Volunteer Match Program recently donated $1,500 to the Prairie du Chien Fire Department on behalf of six 3M employees and retirees who contributed volunteer service as local firemen in 2015. The 3M Foundation matches 3M employees’ minimum 20 hours and retirees’ minimum 25 hours of service with a $250 grant to eligible nonprofits or schools. Employees Jim McCluskey, Brad Braun, Tim Deluhery, Phil Becwar and Jose Miranda, as well as retired employee Wayne Koecke, achieved those levels of volunteering. “We have a very good relationship between 3M and the fire department,” Deputy Fire Chief Deluhery said. “This program helps the department fill the gaps and obtain items it might not otherwise get.” This year’s grant will be used for training on skills such as extrication, confined space, and more. Pictured (from left) are Fire Chief Harry Remz, 3M Plant Manager Steven Kleist, Tim Deluhery and Human Resources Manager Shelly Gruber. (Submitted photo)

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