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Mon
23
Nov

Zabel shares rural farm life stories in book


Harvey Zabel tells stories about rural Crawford County farm life in his new book, “What Happened on Famechon Ridge.” A book signing is set for Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The farm life of yesteryear is the setting of the first non-fiction book, “What Happened on Famechon Ridge,” written by retired Prairie du Chien dairy farmer Harvey Zabel. A local book signing is planned at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Filled with short stories and poems about his real-life shenanigans on the home farm, which has been in the family for 120 years (first under his dad’s uncle William Schultz), the book tells about various episodes of his lifetime, including a combine showdown, coon hunting, tractor pulls and tractor purchases, hybrid seed corn, swinging on a cottonwood tree limb, weather predictions, maple syrup and sorghum, the sawmill, rope making, mustard plaster, his kids, dogs and cats, snowstorms, and how Famechon Ridge got its name. A few old-time photographs are sprinkled in among the pages.

Mon
23
Nov

Frydenlund retires from teaching Tae Kwon Do


In this 2008 photo, Eric Frydenlund, center, stands with two of his students, Holly Tanner and Jim Smith, when Holly and Jim successfully completed their tests in Madison to earn their first degree black belts.

 

Local instructor retires from teaching Tae Kwon Do

By Ted Pennekamp

 

After 38 great years, Prairie du Chien Tae Kwon Do instructor Eric Frydenlund is retiring from teaching the sport he loves. Eric said, however, he will continue to enjoy participating in Tae Kwon Do, which he learned not only as a sport, but a way of life. 

Wed
18
Nov

Bloomington site of Holiday Tour of Homes, Breakfast with Santa


Charlie and Cathy Martin’s home is located at 631 6th St.

Tom and Andrea Crubel’s home is located at 220 County A.

Dwaine and Dolores Meyer’s home is located at 220 Canal St.

Virginia Bierman and Don Dressler’s home is at 320 Congress St.

St. Mary’s School in Bloomington is hosting its annual Breakfast with Santa and Holiday Tour of Homes on Sunday, Nov. 29. Breakfast is from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the school gym.

The tour of homes runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at each house or at the breakfast.

The Charlie and Cathy Martin home is located at 631 6th Street. This is a very unique home, as it was originally built by Charlie’s uncle as a barn, but over the years was eventually turned into a home, and now is back in the family. Charlie and Cathy purchased this home in 2013. Since moving in, they have added a studio, windows to one of the bedrooms, and planted over 70 trees.

Tom and Andrea Crubel’s home is located at 220 County A. This home was custom built in 1979, and the Crubel’s purchased it in 2001, recently remodeling it in 2013. This tri-level house includes a floor-to-ceiling fireplace and vaulted ceilings in the living room.

Wed
18
Nov

CMN Hospitals holiday card features PdC teen’s artwork


Braden Ball, 16, of Prairie du Chien, holds a copy of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals holiday card that features his artwork. Braden is shown with his mom Sherrie and Rena Cash, CMN Hospitals specialist at Gundersen Health System.

Each year, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals holds a contest in which kids can submit their drawings for selection to be a design for a holiday card.

This year’s contest winner is Braden Ball, a 16 year old from Prairie du Chien.

 Braden, a freshman at Prairie du Chien High School, has experienced several health challenges and has undergone around 20 surgeries due to having an undiagnosed genetic disease. While having this disease, Braden has always found a reason to smile.

In the future, Braden would like to be a physical therapist or invent video games.

Wed
18
Nov

Arrest warrant issued for man suspected of attempted murder

An arrest warrant was secured Nov. 16 in Clayton County District Court for the arrest of 25-year-old Brandon James Thoma on a possible charge of attempt to commit murder, a Class B felony. The possible charge stems from an incident that occurred on the morning of Nov. 10 at an Elkader home.

According to the Elkader Police Department, Thoma drove a car from Pella, Iowa to Elkader where he intended to kill another person. He broke into the home after the victim’s husband left for work and assaulted her by striking and kicking her repeatedly.  The victim was found by her husband when he returned from work. She was taken to Central Community Hospital by ambulance and later transferred to University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City.

Law enforcement officers were able to determine the identity of the suspect, who was eventually located in Madison, Wis. The Clayton County Attorney’s Office is working on securing extradition for Thoma from Wisconsin.

Wed
18
Nov

Man guilty of hitting pedestrian, OWI, fleeing the scene of collision

A 33-year-old Farmersburg, Iowa man was charged Nov. 16 in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of hit and run - great bodily harm, and one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing injury - first offense, with a prohibited alcohol concentration of .15 or more.

Christopher K. Gossman entered a plea of no contest on Nov. 16 and was found guilty on both counts.

A sentencing hearing for Gossman has been scheduled for Jan. 13, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. in Crawford County Circuit Court. Gossman faces up to 16 years in prison and fines totaling $52,000.

According to the criminal complaint, Prairie du Chien police officers responded to the scene of an accident on Oct. 31 at approximately 10:50 p.m. in which a pedestrian was struck by a pickup truck.

Wed
18
Nov

Surprising wind, snow and ice leave hunters stranded on the river


Seventy-five years after the Nov. 11, 1940 Armistice Day Storm, survivor Jim Bosanny Sr., of Monroe, who was 15 back then, stands by a new sign erected in memory of the historic disaster that claimed many lives. He was out on the Mississippi River duck hunting with his dad when the wind, snow and ice quickly descended on the Ferryville area. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Born and raised in the Ferryville area, Ron Slack raised the idea to the Ferryville Tourism Council to erect a sign recognizing the historical disaster that was the Armistice Day Storm of 1940. Having always heard stories about the storm, he has also collected historical accounts of what happened. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

To honor those who died as well as those who risked their lives to rescue others, a commemorative sign now stands in Ferryville acknowledging the regionally historic, tragic and deadly Armistice Day Storm of Nov. 11, 1940. The permanent sign was unveiled to the public at a ceremony last Tuesday, Nov. 10, at River View Park.

“It’s part of our regional history in the Ferryville and Lansing area, and all up and down the river. When you read about this storm, it’s amazing anybody survived,” said Joanne White, of the Ferryville Tourism Council.  

Wed
18
Nov

Prairie du Chien common council hears proposed budget

By Correne Martin

An overview of the city of Prairie du Chien’s proposed 2016 budget was given to the common council Tuesday night, prior to the council’s scheduling of a public hearing for Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. in the council chambers. City Administrator Aaron Kramer said exact numbers won’t be known until next week when state tax credits are revealed, but he estimated the overall impact on tax payers in Prairie du Chien to be a $46.18 increase on a $100,000 home. This approximation includes county, school and Southwest Tech portions of the tax bill.

The city’s budget includes a 1.12 increase in the tax levy—$2,300,300 up from $2,274,723—or an $25,577 in additional levy. Key aspects, as recommended by the finance committee, include:

•a wage increase of 30 cents for employees not covered under a contract.

•a garbage fee increase to $12.50 per month for garbage, recycling and clean sweep services.

Wed
18
Nov

SafeRide Program

 

City considering dropping 

its part in SafeRide Program, 

but program expected to continue

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
16
Nov

Proposed Referendum Limits

 

Prairie du Chien School Board takes stand against bill to restrict referenda

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien School Board unanimously passed a resolution on Nov. 9 against proposed legislation that would place restrictions on school district referendum ballot dates and implement a two-year waiting period following a failed referendum. 

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