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Wed
11
May

Sex offender compliance check conducted in county

The U.S. Marshals, along with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Sex Offender Registry Program and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, conducted a residence verification operation for registered sex offenders.  

On April 20, deputies checked the addresses of 35 registered sex offenders in Crawford County. One was found to be non-compliant.  The Sex Offender Registry Program Specialist will investigate and make recommendations to the district attorney as necessary.

This initiative is part of the working relationship between the U.S. Marshals Sex Offender Investigations Branch and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Sex Offender Registration Program which monitors all 24,187 Wisconsin Sex Offenders.  

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections maintains a database for the general public at http://offender.doc.state.wi.us/public/.

Mon
09
May

Top two seniors at River Ridge named


Valedictorian Austin Morrow and Salutatorian Bo Kluesner

River Ridge High School has announced that Austin Morrow is the valedictorian and Bo Kluesner is the salutatorian for the Class of 2016.

Austin is the son of Joe and Jody Morrow, of Mt Hope. Austin is an active member of his school and community. He is involved in Future Business Leaders of America, National Honors Society, science club, Spanish club, Friends Helping Friends, choir and student council. He also has participated in Missoula Children’s Theatre for two years and assisted in fundraising for post prom.

Throughout his high school career, Austin has taken two AP courses, including AP history and AP literature.

Aside from his regular classes, the class that has had the most impact on Austin was choir. He believes choir taught him things that he would never be able to learn in an ordinary class: confidence, leadership and creativity. In his free time, Austin likes to draw, take photos and listen to music.

Mon
09
May

Seneca man faces a 5th offense OWI

A 43-year-old Seneca man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fifth or sixth offense), and one count of operating while revoked.

Scott P. McDaniel faces up to seven years in prison and $12,500 in fines if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, McDaniel was stopped by a Crawford County Sheriff’s Department deputy on Highway 171 in Gays Mills on April 7 at about 2:50 a.m. because he was driving with at least half of the vehicle across the center line.

McDaniel told the deputy he had a lot to drink, according to the complaint. He was subsequently arrested and taken to Crossing Rivers Health for a blood draw.

McDaniel has previously been convicted of OWI four times, once in the state of Iowa and three times in Wisconsin, according to the complaint.

Mon
09
May

Man charged with 4th OWI in 5 years

A 44-year-old Boscobel man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fourth offense in five years), and one count of operating while revoked.

Jeffrey John Faulkner faces up to seven years in prison and $12,500 in fines if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, Faulkner parked his vehicle approximately 4.5 feet from the curb on a road in the town of Seneca.

Faulkner admitted to the deputy that he had consumed 12 or 13 Miller Lite beers. Following field tests, Faulkner was placed under arrest for OWI and transported to Crossing Rivers Health for a blood test. He was later transported to the Crawford County Jail.

Faulkner has previously been convicted of OWI three times.

Mon
09
May

Hartig Drug contributes $5,000 toward library


Hartig Drug Owner and CEO Dick Hartig, and his wife Brenda, recently contributed $5,000 toward the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library capital campaign. (Submitted photo)

The Prairie du Chien Memorial Library capital campaign has grown again, thanks to a $5,000 donation from Hartig Drug.

“Hartig Drug has been a key member of the Prairie du Chien business community for many years,” Library Board President Linda Munson said. “Their generous donation exemplifies their corporation mission statement to be ‘active in community.’ We appreciate their contribution, along with the contributions of all of our corporate and individual contributors.”

Mon
09
May

Crawford County Community Fund presents 2016 Leadership Awards


Crawford County Community Fund Leadership Awards for 2016 were presented to (front row, from left) Russell Gilbert (Educational Leadership), Robert McDonald (Business Development), Jadyn Sander (Outstanding Youth Leadership), Craig and Julie Bell and Tyler Bell (Above and Beyond); (middle row) Jane Keeley (Kickapoo Cultural Exchange/Above and Beyond), Josh Engel (Driftless Organics/Business Development), Joe Irvin and Suzy Tegge (Come for Supper/Community Leadership and Service), Ruth Fleming, Terre Van Haren, and Mary Wilson (Gays Mills Orchard Ridge Association/Tourism); (back row) Lamar Janes (Kickapoo Cultural Exchange/Above and Beyond), Mike Lind (Driftless Organics/Business Development), Marlene Meyer, Bill Meyer, Andy Meyer, Julie Meyer, and Gary Wilson (Gays Mills Orchard Ridge Association/Tourism).

Century Hall in Wauzeka was the site for the presentation of the sixth annual Crawford County Leadership Awards, hosted by the Crawford County Community Fund (CCCF). Southwest Tech President Dr. Jason Wood was the keynote speaker. Camille Smith served as emcee, Sharon Murphy provided an update on activities of the CCCF and Bob Van Hoesen presented the awards. Music was provided by a flute ensemble from North Crawford School and Star Valley Flowers contributed the floral decorations.

Thu
05
May

Car Chase


Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and Prairie du Chien Police Department officers apprehend one of three subjects who eluded local law enforcement. (Photo by Correne Martin)

 

Three caught following chase

On Tuesday, May 3 at 4:18 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of an erratic driver on Highway 35. A Sheriff’s Department deputy saw the vehicle and attempted to stop the vehicle. In an attempt to elude the deputy, the vehicle drove down an embankment through the yard of an unoccupied home along Highway 35 approximately a half mile north of Limery Road. The vehicle stopped behind the home and the three occupants fled on foot. 

Wed
04
May

Sprosty to Retire


Crawford County Treasurer Martin Sprosty poses with State Senator Paul Offner of La Crosse (left) and United States Senator from Wisconsin William Proxmire in the 1970s.

 

The last year for longtime Crawford County Treasurer

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The year 2016 will be the final one for longtime Crawford County Treasurer Martin Sprosty who will be stepping down after 44 years. Come January, the county will have a new treasurer because Sprosty will not be seeking re-election. 

Wed
04
May

North Main Street, between Frederick and Washington, designated emergency truck route

By Correne Martin

An official city truck route map was approved by the Prairie du Chien Common Council Tuesday night. Despite citizen concerns that the Highway 18 Bypass may be extended onto North Main Street, that is not the case.

According to City Administrator Aaron Kramer, North Main Street, between Frederick and Washington Streets has been newly assigned as a temporary specially-designated truck route. In defining that term, he said that section of city street may allow legal operation of truck traffic only when the city’s department of public works and police chief determine that such usage is required due to natural or man-made disasters, construction or other unforeseen circumstances. He added that this would only be if truck usage on any other designated truck route was deemed dangerous or restricted.

Wed
04
May

Seneca senior class announces 2016 val and sal


Seneca valedictorian Kilian Boland and salutatorian Nicole Manders

Kilian Boland, son of David and Ann Boland, and Nicole Manders, daughter of Paul and Loretta Manders, have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the Seneca High School graduating Class of 2016.

Kilian is a member of the National Honor Society and has been recognized for his academic achievements by being on the honor roll. During his high school career, he has participated in a variety of extracurricular activities including FFA, forensics, yearbook, and youth leadership. In addition to succeeding academically, Kilian has been involved in athletics, including basketball for four years, baseball for three years, and football for one year. Kilian plans to attend UW-La Crosse in the fall.

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