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Wed
09
Jul

Van, two motorcycles involved in accident

On Friday, July 4 at 3:48 p.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a motorcycle versus van crash on Highway 27 north of Cipra Lane in Prairie du Chien Township.

Michael Lehner, 56, Burnsville, Minn., was driving a mini van south on Highway 27 when he slowed down for a vehicle parked along the roadway. Richard Lacey, 67, Guttenberg, Iowa, was following driving a 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he rear-ended the Lehner van. Then Nancy Lacey, 63, Guttenberg, driving a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle, rear-ended the crashed motorcycle.

Lehner and his six passengers escaped injury. Richard Lacey sustained a cut to the arm and bruises. His wife Nancy sustained a broken leg along with bruises. Both Lacey’s were taken to Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital.  

Assisting at the scene were the Bridgeport Fire and First Responders, the Prairie du Chien Police Department, Tri-State Ambulance and Bob’s Towing.

Wed
09
Jul

PdC fireworks Saturday, July 19

The annual Prairie du Chien fireworks celebration on beautiful St. Feriole Island has been officially moved back one week, to Saturday, July 19, due to the high Mississippi River waters, according to the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce office.

The fireworks will be shot off after dusk  from the sandy beach on the riverfront. Watch the magnificent display of fireworks over the Mississippi River.

Lions Club members will be on the bridges of Blackhawk Avenue and Washington Street to accept donations to help with fireworks’ costs and assist worthwhile projects the club sponsors. Your contributions are always greatly appreciated.

Also consider spending the weekend in Prairie du Chien as the community will host the War of 1812 as well. On July 19 and 20, the community will honor the 200th anniversary of the only War of 1812 battle fought on Wisconsin soil, in 1814. The land is now the beautiful grounds of the Villa Louis.

Wed
09
Jul

Crossing Rivers Clinic transitions to new site seamlessly


The brand new facility for Crossing Rivers Health Clinic, at 37822 Hwy. 18, in Prairie du Chien, opened for patients on July 1. The clinic, formerly the Prairie du Chien Memorial Health Clinic, relocated from its old location on North Marquette Road to the new hospital site. Staff is looking forward to a grand opening on Thursday, July 31, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. There will be food, refreshments, door prizes, kids’ games and a bouncy house. (Photos by Correne Martin)

One of Dr. Ann Grunwald’s last patients at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Health Clinic, now the Crossing Rivers Health Clinic, on June 27, was Mary Zittergruen, of Monona, Iowa.

One of Dr. Mark Grunwald’s first patients at the new Crossing Rivers Health Clinic location on July 1, was Dan Reger, of Prairie du Chien. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Staff at the Crossing Rivers Health Clinic, formerly Prairie du Chien Memorial Health Clinic, enjoyed a potluck lunch on their last day at the old location on June 27. Pictured are (from left) Office Tech Lynn Palas, Nurse Practitioner Sue McMillan, Dr. Ann Grunwald, Nurse Practitioner Peggy Barton, Medical Assistant Jodi Dressler, Biller/Coder Russ Jones, Medical Assistant Shaina Adam, Dr. Mark Grunwald, Office Manager Lisa Keeney and Receptionist Deb Ryan. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

In addition to a new name, there’s also a new, larger location for the Crossing Rivers Health Clinic, formerly Prairie du Chien Memorial Health Clinic. The recently-built facility at 37822 U.S. Hwy. 18 in Prairie du Chien, on the same site as the new hospital, opened to patients on July 1.

The clinic was Great River Community Medical Clinic before it became PdC Memorial Health Clinic in January. The location at 100 N. Marquette Rd. closed at noon on Friday, June 27. The clinic remained closed to the public on Monday, June 30 and reopened in its current Hwy. 18 space at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 1. The long-awaited transition itself was seamless, as clinic staff and their hospital colleagues organized, packaged and delivered most of the supplies and equipment.

Mon
07
Jul

Stevensons to preside over Seneca Ridge and Valley Rally

The Seneca Community Club has announced the King and Queen of the 21st annual Ridge and Valley Rally: Myrna and Randy Stevenson.

Myrna and Randy were both born and raised in the Seneca area. They have been married 34 years and raised four sons: Nathan (Rachel), of Fairview; Elliot, of St. Paul; Brady, of La Crosse; and Zach, who passed away in 2009. They have one granddaughter and another grandchild on the way.

Myrna has been employed with the Farm Service Agency in Viroqua for two and a half years and with the company for 35 years. Her favorite hobby is quilting. She has gifted quilts to all of her children and granddaughter as well as donated several to the St. Patrick’s Church in Seneca for their annual Bazaar that occurs in September.

Randy has been employed at BAPI in Gays Mills for over three years as a production technician. He enjoys the outdoors and working in the yard at home.

Mon
07
Jul

Gun fire behind Cassville tavern

CASSVILLE—On June 28, at approximately 2:37 a.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call in reference to gun fire behind the Silver Spigot Saloon in the village of Cassville.
Officers arrived and located items of drug paraphernalia and a shell casing in the beer garden area behind the tavern.

After an investigation involving officers from the Cassville Police Department, Potosi Police Department, Lancaster Police Department and the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, Cory Michael Conn of Cassville and a 17-year-old boy were arrested. A handgun was located and taken by officers. Nobody was injured in the incident.

Mon
07
Jul

Man found dead on road

On July 1 at 5:05 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a call from a passerby on Adams Road in rural Clayton Township that there was an unresponsive man lying on Adams Road next to a parked vehicle. North Crawford Rescue and Sheriff’s deputies responded and found Joshua G. Krambeer, 33, rural Soldiers Grove, deceased lying face down on the roadway. Krambeer’s vehicle was parked on the shoulder of the road near Krambeer’s body. Krambeer was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Joe Morovits.

An autopsy was performed on July 2 at the UW Hospital in Madison. Preliminary autopsy results indicated that Krambeer had a severely blocked main artery in his heart. The evidence at the scene indicated that Krambeer was alone at the time of his death and no foul play is suspected.

Mon
07
Jul

Growing WSOR rail yard not entirely pleasing to local citizens

By Correne Martin

The west end of Prairie du Chien along the Highway 18 Bypass will soon depict a different landscape. By the end of the year, Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Company plans to expand its transloading site, currently used by Pattison Sand Company for loading and unloading sand.

On Tuesday night, July 1, representatives from the rail company presented plans to the Prairie du Chien Common Council to build a seven-track rail engine and car storage yard to the north of the already intended $1.3 million, 5,090-square-foot building on the south portion of the site. WSOR was not exactly met with pleasantries from the council or the community, which was represented by about 40 in attendance. Yet it was made clear during the meeting that the transformation will take place on state-owned property, which is exempt from any city riverfront zoning laws, meaning local government has little to say about the expansion.

Mon
07
Jul

PdC Police Department getting 2 new vehicles, hiring full-time officer

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council approved the purchase of two vehicles, the disposition of three vehicles and the move to hire a full-time police officer at its Tuesday night, July 1, meeting. The action was in response to Police Chief Chad Abram’s requests to amend the police budget.

A total of $3,500 in revenue is expected from the sale of three squad cars. The two new vehicles will likely be a Ford Interceptor SUV and a pickup for police use in setting out barricades, hauling the speed board, etc. Abram said both are anticipated to last 10 years.

Mon
30
Jun

Mill Coulee gets 3 inches in an hour


Pictured is what remains of a driveway on Mill Coulee Road north of Prairie du Chien after Sunday night’s heavy rainfall and wind. According to the reports from a homeowner on Mill Coulee Road, around three inches of rain fell in 45 minutes to an hour Sunday around 10 p.m. The National Weather Service of La Crosse stated that water was backing up on the road around 10:20. Also, streets were flooded in Prairie du Chien and there was a possible mudslide on Highway 60 in Crawford County. Do you have storm photos you would like to share with the Courier? Find Courier Press Newspaper on Facebook and post as you wish. (Photos by Tara Vannatta)

Pavement washed off the roadway

More pavement gone

A berm of concrete and large rock was washed out.

A homeowner's dike washed away

Road washed out

Corn saturated
Mon
30
Jun

Crawford County 4-H youth prepare for dairy judging competition


Sarah Kearns is shown at dairy judging practice on Achenbach’s Hy-View Farms in rural Eastman.

By Katy Zart

Crawford County 4-H members are testing their dairy judging skills today (Monday) at the district contest. The contest is part of Area Animal Science Day held in Gays Mills at the Crawford County Fairgrounds. Fourteen counties are expected to attend the event and many will compete in the dairy judging contest. Dairy showmanship, livestock judging, horse judging, and dairy poster judging contests are also part of Area Animal Science Day, along with other activities and workshops.

Becky Kramer is the dairy judging coach for Crawford County 4-H. Kramer said there hasn’t been dairy judging in Crawford County for eight years but it has been a tradition for the area so she is happy to start it up again.
“Kids used to try out to make the dairy judging team. Now we allow anyone who is interested to participate,” Kramer said.

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