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25
Aug

Energy saving projects

 

PdC School District 

hires CESA 10 to look into energy saving projects

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
25
Aug

Local man charged with possession of methamphetamine

A 35-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine and one count of possession of waste from methamphetamine manufacturing.

Christopher L. Marshall faces up to a total of 9.5 years in prison and fines of $20,000 if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, Marshall admitted to investigating officers that he had previously made methamphetamine in a Gatorade bottle that was in a backpack in the back of the truck he was driving. Numerous items of drug paraphernalia and items consistent with a “one-pot” method for making meth were discovered in the back of the truck, including syringes, needles, used coffee filters, and the Gatorade bottle with plastic tubing, according to the criminal complaint.

Mon
25
Aug

Traffic stop leads to marijuana charge

On Aug. 12, at approximately 4:30 p.m., a Crawford County Sheriff’s deputy initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for operating left of center on Highway 60 near Clear Creek Road in the township of Marietta.
Through the course the traffic stop, it was discovered that the operator of the vehicle, Nickolas Ashman, 33, Prairie du Chien, was in possession of marijuana.

A closer look at Ashman’s record indicated multiple arrests for possession of marijuana in the state of Wisconsin. Based on this information, Ashman was arrested and charged with felony possession of marijuana.
Also present at the scene were the Boscobel Police Department and a Grant County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit.

This incident remains under investigation.

Mon
25
Aug

Resolution officially approved for a $13 million River Ridge referendum

By Correne Martin

The River Ridge School Board met on Wednesday night, Aug. 20, and approved a resolution calling for a $13 million referendum this fall, which would cover the costs associated with moving all staff and students to one facility in Patch Grove and relinquishing the Bloomington facility.

The vote was 5-1 Wednesday, with board member Randy Martin opposed. Board member Dave Breuer, who has voted against the referendum resolution in the past, was absent from the meeting.
Approval of River Ridge’s referendum in the Nov. 4 election would authorize the issuance of general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $13 million.

“Now, as we move forward, we have to educate the public,” stated Lee Pritzl, River Ridge superintendent. “We will have public forums as we move toward November.

“It’s important for people to remember that if we don’t need the whole $13 million, we don’t have to spend it.”

Mon
25
Aug

Fundraising tour to Minnesota supports two PdC non-profits

By Correne Martin

If you’ve been longing to go on a good excursion not too far from home, an opportunity is approaching that will allow you to support the Prairie du Chien Historical Society at the same time. The 2014 Fall Tour to Minnesota, leaving from Prairie du Chien, is Oct. 22-24. This is the 12th fundraising trip to benefit the historical society, as well as the Prairie du Chien Lions Club.

A maximum of 56 passengers may travel on the Warco Bus making the tour. Everyone will stay two nights at the Country Inn and Suites in Shakopee. Included in the price of the tour are two breakfasts, one dinner and all admissions. Deposits are due before Sept. 3, with the final payment expected on Oct. 3. For more information, call Maury Oehler at 326-6036 or email mole6e23@mchsi.com.

Wed
20
Aug

Missing teen returns home

By Correne Martin
 
A 16-year-old local girl who went missing Monday evening returned home early Tuesday morning, according to Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick.

“She is OK and safe,” McCullick confirmed by phone late Tuesday morning. He declined to comment on the girl’s condition upon her return or the cause of her disappearance.

Emily Fishler, who lives in Bridgeport Township, was originally reported missing to the sheriff’s department between 9 and 9:30 p.m. Monday night. The family reported that she had gone out for a run around 4 p.m. and didn’t arrive at her destination. The family also reported that they had seen a suspicious vehicle near their farm earlier in the day. A search immediately ensued and an Amber Alert and CodeRed alert were sent out. Within a couple hours, McCullick said, pictures and a description of the girl were put together and distributed to regional media and businesses as well.

Wed
20
Aug

Veterans memorial spearheaded in Seneca by the late Jerry Johnson


Family members of Jerry Johnson, who passed away Aug. 8, gathered for the groundbreaking of the Seneca Veterans Memorial in his honor. Jerry not only owned and operated Johnson’s One Stop Shopping center in Seneca for many years, he also spearheaded the veterans memorial project. The groundbreaking took place on Thursday, Aug. 14, one day after Jerry’s funeral. Pictured (front row, from left) are Debbie Johnson, Artie Johnson, Trudy Johnson, Brad Johnson, Gretchen Johnson, Julie (Johnson) Wollman; (back row) Jordan, Tommy, and Brandon Johnson. (Photo by Correne Martin)

During a moment of silence in honor of their dear friend, the late Jerry Johnson, who was the driving force behind the startup of Seneca’s veterans memorial project, the memorial committee is pictured with a couple representatives from Krause Monument, who will build the memorial. From left: Ann Winger and Kathy Showen, from Krause; and committee members John Swanson, Bob Ostrander, Cliff Tollefson, Larry Kelley and Tom Olson. (Photo by Correne Martin)

 By Correne Martin
 
The beautiful weather and friendly company were perfectly suited for the day on which a memorable groundbreaking for the Seneca Veterans Memorial took place, Thursday, Aug. 14, across from Greener’s Corner in Seneca. The ceremony came just one day after the funeral of lifelong Seneca resident and businessman Jerry Johnson, the man who spearheaded the memorial project.

Wed
20
Aug

Couleecap report

 

Couleecap continues 

to serve Crawford County well

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Couleecap Executive Director Grace Jones gave a presentation to the Crawford County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning regarding the Couleecap Annual Report and how Couleecap benefits Crawford County residents. 

Wed
20
Aug

Library expansion

 

City asks county for help 

with library expansion project

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Board of Supervisors heard a presentation Tuesday morning by Prairie du Chien City Administrator Aaron Kramer and Librarian Nancy Ashmore asking the county to donate funds to the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library expansion project.

Mon
18
Aug

Driftless Homewrights

Home builders
Members of the Driftless Homewright crew work on the upstairs of a cabin in Grant County.

 

Area energy efficient home builders unique in the Midwest

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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