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Wed
28
Feb

Area man charged with meth possession, obstructing an officer

A 36-year-old McGregor, Iowa, man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine, one count of obstructing an officer and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jesse M. Colsch faces up to $20,500 in fines and four years and four months of imprisonment if convicted of all counts.

According to the criminal complaint, a Prairie du Chien police officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by Colsch. When officers asked Colsch to get out of the vehicle so they could deploy the K-9 unit for a search, Colsch refused, rolled up the windows and locked the doors, the complaint said.

Other officers arrived with an unlock tool, and when they began working on the door, Colsch exited, according to the complaint.

Wed
28
Feb

Man charged with sixth OWI with a controlled substance

A 39-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating with a restricted controlled substance in his blood (sixth offense), one count of possession of marijuana, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, one count of operating a motor vehicle while revoked and one count of failure to install an ignition interlock device. 

Robert M. Dolezal Jr. faces up to five years and one month of confinement and $13,600 in fines if convicted of all counts.

According to the criminal complaint, Dolezal’s vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation in the town of Clayton. Dolezal admitted to the deputy that he had been drinking, the complaint said. There were several cans of beer on the inside of the vehicle and in the front seat. Dolezal also admitted to having smoked marijuana about two hours prior to the stop, the complaint said.

Wed
28
Feb

Man charged with seventh OWI

A 62-year-old Viroqua man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating while intoxicated (seventh offense) and one count of operating a motor vehicle while revoked.

Brian A. Bolstad faces up to 25 years in prison and $52,500 in fines if convicted of both counts and all penalty enhancers are imposed.

According to the criminal complaint, the vehicle Bolstad was driving was stopped by a Wisconsin State Trooper for going over the centerline in the village of Gays Mills.

The trooper noted a strong odor of intoxicants coming from the vehicle and that Bolstad’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy, according to the complaint. 

Wed
28
Feb

Creative quilt and candy shop ‘sewing’ strong after 20 years


The Pickett Fence Owner Lou Davis, along with her family, employees and customers, is celebrating 20 years in business, the past 12 of which have been in downtown Prairie du Chien. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Lou Davis hand picks a customer’s delight from the chocolate candy case. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

After 20 years in the sewing, quilting and crafting business, The Pickett Fence is still “sewing” strong in the heart of downtown Prairie du Chien.

The Pickett Fence has changed its product line completely from the days of offering mostly crafts, giftwares and florals in Commerce Court Mall in 1998, to becoming a Creative Sewing Center, selling Janome sewing machines, running a candy shop and teaching an average of 120 new quilters each year in its historic building on the corner of Blackhawk and Beaumont. 

“It’s really been a blessing to be in this location. We really love it here and I hope we can keep going,” smiled Lou Davis, owner. “We’ve always looked for ways to provide for new customers and expand our business.”

Wed
28
Feb

June start planned for North Michigan Street construction

By Correne Martin

There’s going to be plenty of road construction happening in Prairie du Chien this summer. While the Marquette Road reconstruction will be the most visible to motorists, North Michigan Street is set to undergo a major overhaul as well, beginning in June. 

The Prairie du Chien Common Council accepted the low bid, at its Tuesday night meeting, from H. James & Sons, of Fennimore, awarding the company the Michigan Street reconstruction contract, at the price of $1,340,401.25. 

Wed
28
Feb

Wauzeka-Steuben School opens discussion on potential referendum


Interim District Administrator Gary Albrecht addressed about 50 members of the Wauzeka-Steuben School District community Monday night regarding building repair needs, facility and education plans, and a possible referendum come November. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Kevin Hickman, of J.P. Cullen, said he’s worked with 44 K-12 school districts in southern Wisconsin, seven of which are in the midst of referendums right now.

By Correne Martin

The Wauzeka-Steuben School District is considering a referendum, possibly as soon as November, to achieve facility repairs and some prospective renovation in spite of a declining general fund and stagnant enrollment.

At the first of potentially many community meetings Monday night, residents and stakeholders learned about issues affecting the 1950s building (Hornets’ Nest gym was built in 1991). 

Wed
28
Feb

Crawford County Tourism


Visitors to Crawford County can have a blast at the myriad of numerous attractions, events and outdoor activities throughout the county each year. Above is the War of 1812 battle fought in Prairie du Chien each July. (Courier Press file photo)

 

Tourism has huge economic impact on Crawford County

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
26
Feb

School Facilities Upgrade


The floor of the new high school gymnasium is expected to be completed soon. There are 20 basketball hoops in the new facility. The district is looking at options for adding bleachers. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

This is the view from the stage of the new high school auditorium, which will be 45 feet high because of all of the catwalks and rigging needed for performances. There will also be an orchestra pit in front of the stage.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Near the beginning of January, all of the roofs had been constructed on the buildings being built as part of Prairie du Chien’s school facilities upgrade project. This has allowed work to continue efficiently on the inside of the buildings, some of which are starting to round into form.

Mon
26
Feb

Japanese culture brought to PdC Schools, community


Ondekoza, a Japanese drumming band, spent last week in Prairie du Chien schools, as part of a Arts Midwest World Fest partnership the school district has. This brings artists and entertainers to the district for a weeklong residency followed by a public performance. Pictured, a fearless Alexis Scherer tries her hand at the beat during a presentation at Bluff View Friday. Ondekoza played for a large community crowd on Saturday evening in the high school’s Little Theatre. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Pictured at Bluff View Friday, the middle school students stared in amazement at the athletic musicians.

Members of the five-person band Ondekoza utilized different styles and sizes of drum sticks to beat the taiko drums in their performances.

Seizan Matsuda played several Japanese bamboo woodwind instruments for the crowds who had the pleasure of viewing him and his bandmates in Ondekoza last week.

The Japanese drumming band, Ondekoza, which roughly translates to “drumming demons” offered 13 tremendously educational and entertaining workshops during their weeklong artist residency, hosted by Prairie du Chien Area School District, which contracted the residency and arranged the program schedule. Ondekoza performed for over 1,927 community members. The school districts of Prairie du Chien and Seneca along with Unity Adult Day Care and 3M had the opportunity to participate in workshops, listen, learn and experience the sounds of Japan and the spirit of “Wa(harmony)” through the use of traditional Japanese taiko drums. 

Mon
26
Feb

Live birds educate, excite Eagle Days crowd


During the annual Bald Eagle Appreciation Days at Hoffman Hall Saturday, youngsters were often called to the front to help with demonstrations. Here, these four helped make an eagle’s nest.

Handler Ken, from the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Bayside, showed off Valkyrie, an American bald eagle, to a thrilled crowd Saturday. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The adorable Dory, the 7-year-old owl, was greeted by a sea of “awwws” during the Bald Eagle Appreciation Days live bird presentation at Hoffman Hall in Prairie du Chien Saturday.

Trace Martin (center) and Will Redman (right) peek into a container holding a small turtle, as some of their other little friends look at turtle shells as well as a live frog, salamander and snake brought to Eagle Days by the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, of Marquette, Iowa.

Skywalker, the red-tailed hawk, spreads his wings, while secured to handler Cindy's arm. This was quite the sight for those sitting underneath the beautiful bird of prey at the Eagle Days presentation.

Peregrine falcons, like Cutright, pictured here, are the fastest animal on the planet today and likely the fastest ever to live on earth. They can fly at speeds as high as 200 mph.

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