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SMRT Bus Recognition

Scenic Mississippi Regional Transit buses provide three round trips per day from Prairie du Chien to La Crosse and various points in between. (file photo)


SMRT Bus Service receives recognition, continues growth

by Ted Pennekamp


The Scenic Mississippi River Transit (SMRT) Bus Service has recently been recognized by Wisconsin Rural Partners as one of Wisconsin’s Top Rural Development Initiatives in 2017 because ridership continues to increase and a rider survey shows that 100 percent of riders are either satisfied or very satisfied.


Worn and tattered flags can be disposed

On Monday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m., the Crawford County American Legion will again hold its annual flag disposal program. This program is held in conjunction with the legion’s annual meeting.

The William Schoville Post 220 of Soldiers Grove will sponsor the program this year in Soldiers Grove.

Ken McCormick, Crawford County American Legion commander, asks all Crawford County residents who have or are flying American Flags to take a look at them and, if they are worn or tattered, please turn them in so they can be properly retired.

Old, worn flags may be left with any American Legion member or at the Crawford County Veterans Service Office, before Friday, Sept. 22.


Readstown man charged with having meth

A 39-year-old Readstown man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine (repeater).

Jeremy Phinney faces up to a $10,000 fine and 3.5 years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, on Aug. 20, at 1:20 a.m., two Crawford County Sheriff’s deputies approached a man who was near the Lions Shelter at the village park in Soldiers Grove. As they approached, the man immediately got on his cell phone.

As the deputies were speaking to the man, later identified as Phinney, he was sweating and appeared extremely nervous.

The Crawford County Law Enforcement Center confirmed that Phinney was on probation for narcotics convictions.

The deputies then performed a search and found a plastic baggie containing a large “chunk” of meth, the complaint said.


Man accused of intent to deliver meth

A 27-year-old Lone Rock man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine.

Brandon Bird-Duell faces up to a $25,000 fine and 12.5 years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, on Aug. 24, a Crawford County Sheriff’s deputy pulled into the Mobil Station in the village of Ferryville.

The deputy noted a man standing next to his motorcycle. The man (Bird-Duell) eventually admitted to the deputy that he did not have a valid motorcycle endorsement on his driver’s license, nor did he have proper registration for the motorcycle.

Bird-Duell then consented to a search, the complaint said. A small, clear, plastic baggie containing meth was found.


Gays Mills man charged with possession of meth

A 28-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine.

Joshua R. Dull faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a search of Dull’s vehicle following a traffic stop revealed three syringes which contained liquid meth. Also found was a partial package of pseudoephedrine pills.


Two baggies of meth found in Gays Mills woman’s bra

A 28-year-old Gays Mills woman has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine, one count of possession of marijuana and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sarah Olson faces up to $11,500 in fines and four years and one month in prison if convicted of all counts.

According to the criminal complaint, on Aug. 24, while Prairie du Chien police officers were attending to an unrelated traffic stop, Olson came up and began speaking with officers.

A strong odor of marijuana was coming from Olson’s vehicle, the complaint said. A search was conducted of the vehicle and a marijuana smoking device with residue was found, along with a clear plastic baggie containing suspected marijuana.

The officers were then called away from the scene in order to attempt to apprehend a man in a different investigation.


McGregor man charged: possession and delivery of meth

A 27-year-old McGregor, Iowa man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and one count of possession of marijuana.

Thomas D. Wiemerslage faces up to a $26,000 fine and 13 years in prison if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, as part of a narcotics investigation, Wiemerslage  was seen standing in the driveway of a Prairie du Chien residence on Aug. 24.

Wiemerslage was holding a black safe and, as officers approached, he attempted to throw the safe into the garage near where he was standing. The officers looked inside the safe and found numerous (estimated at more than 100) small clear plastic baggies, some of which had a red bulldog design on one side and others which had a Grim Reaper design.


‘Farmer’s Almanac’ predicts winter warmer than normal

online exclusive

By Correne Martin

With the warm weather this past week, it’s hard to utter the dreaded “W” word. But colder temperatures and snowy precipitation are inevitable of “winters” in Wisconsin.

No one seems to be able to predict the weather better than “The Old Farmer’s Almanac,” the 2018 edition released Sept. 12. Since the oldest, continuously published periodical touts itself as “the only weather prognosticator with traditionally 80 percent accuracy,” it’s understandable why so many Midwestern farmers  and seniors put such great stock into the yearly projection.


Chamber honors community contributors

The Chamber’s most prestigious awards went to Mary Antoine and Aaron Kramer. Mary received the President’s Award from Curt Zinkle and Aaron accepted the C.F. La Pointe plaque from CEO Bob Moses.

Among the honorees at the Sept. 14 Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce banquet were the George Family Foundation, with the Philanthropy Award, and Pizza Hut, for 40 years of service. Pictured (from left) are Roy George, Cindy (George) Standorf, Chamber CEO Bob Moses, Penny (George) Remz, Pizza Hut Manager Cindy Spiker and Chamber Board President Curt Zinkle. (Photos by Gary Howe)

Crawford County Title was shown appreciation for the company’s community investment. Pictured with their chamber award are (from left) Sue Groom, Char Bender, Jim Johnson and Hope Woodman.

Joe Cerven displays the plaque he and his parents, Greg and Rhonda, received from the chamber recognizing The Local Oven’s community investment.

The Dousman House in Prairie du Chien was bursting with business and industry conversations and energy Thursday evening, Sept. 14, as the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual meeting and awards presentation. Over 175 chamber members and guests attended.

The night’s crowning moment gave prominence to a small, distinguished group of community investment-minded movers and shakers.


Manhu Residency in Prairie du Chien

The five members of Manhu (front) join the students in a salute to Prairie du Chien’s school spirit Thursday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Several students had a good time learning a dance with members of Manhu.

R.J. Atkinson attempts to play a leaf while Chad Achenbach (55) gets ready for his turn.

Three members of Manhu perform before the student body in the gym at Prairie du Chien High School Thursday afternoon.

Bamboo flutes were among the many instruments played by Manhu.


Prairie students enjoy performance by Manhu

By Ted Pennekamp



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