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Wed
24
Aug

County Forester

 

County forester 

helping landowners

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wisconsin DNR Forester for Crawford County Kobby Antwi has been stationed in Prairie du Chien since September of 2015 at 1502 E. Lessard St. Kobby has previously worked as a forester in multiple Wisconsin counties, most recently in Monroe County.

Mon
22
Aug

National Park Service celebrates 100 years, Effigy Mounds to host event

In observance of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service, Effigy Mounds Chief Ranger Bob Palmer will explore the curious and circuitous route that led to the establishment of Effigy Mounds National Monument.

Beginning with Iowa Congressman John F. Lacey’s introduction of the Antiquities Act of 1906 to Harry S. Truman’s proclamation establishing Effigy Mounds as a National Monument on Oct. 25, 1949, many twists and turns define the path that helped shape the monument that exists today. The evolution of Effigy Mounds continues with valuable contributions made by many other Iowans such as Lakota American Indian rights activists Maria Pearson.

Mon
22
Aug

Water causes car to hit retaining wall

On Thursday, Aug. 18, at approximately 7:40 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle traffic crash on Highway 60 at Pleasant Mound Road in the township of Marietta.  

Dustin A. Faulkner, 24, Boscobel, was operating a 1989 Mercedes Benz westbound on Highway 60 when he lost control. Faulkner’s vehicle began to slide in the roadway and into the ditch on the north side of the road. The vehicle then crashed into the concrete retaining wall, spun 180 degrees and came to a stop. Faulkner was attempting to negotiate a curve when the water on the roadway caused him to lose control.  

Faulkner was uninjured in the crash. The vehicle sustained moderate damage. Assisting on scene was Terry’s Tire and Tow of Boscobel.

Mon
22
Aug

Man charged with stealing gun

A 23-year-old Boscobel man was charged Aug. 12 in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of theft of moveable property.

Shane Edward Steines faces up to a $10,000 fine and six years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Steines admitted to police that he took a handgun from an unlocked truck parked in an alley near 613 S. Michigan St. in Prairie du Chien. Steines said he went through the truck and found the gun, which was loaded, in the center console. Steines told officers that he then went to Dubuque where he sold the gun for $300.

Police determined that the gun was sold to a pawn shop in Dubuque.

Mon
22
Aug

Drowning victim’s body found

The body of Virginia Aberle, who went missing from Wyalusing Beach more than three weeks ago was found downstream Saturday, Aug. 20, by a fisherman, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

Since Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 2:48 a.m., the family of Aberle, 29, of Chicago, Ill., and an assembly volunteers have been searching for her body, as she was presumed drowned following an early morning swim near the Wyalusing public boat launch.

Mon
22
Aug

Badger Camp embraces the disabled for 50 years


Camp Director Katelyn Carr, or as she’s affectionately known by the campers, “Kaykay” shared a squeeze with Danny Haskamp, of Fennimore. He has been attending Badger Camp for about 20 summers and proudly met his girlfriend, Nancy Nelson, there.

Wisconsin Badger Camp staff help one of the handicapped adult campers get comfortable in a tube so he can utilize the outdoor pool. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Disney World aside, Wisconsin Badger Camp might be the happiest place on earth.

Delightful smiles and sincere hugs are as abundant as the natural surroundings at the rural Prairie du Chien outdoor retreat. They’re proof that individuals with disabilities, and their families, have embraced Badger Camp for the past 50 summers and will continue to appreciate it for the future.

In 1966, a group of parents, teachers and concerned citizens founded Southwest Badger Camp on the belief that there should be a place where developmentally-disabled people could enjoy camping and outdoor activities. That first summer, a total of 48 campers from six counties attended.

Wed
17
Aug

Decision to move Country on the River tabled

By Correne Martin

After five years on former agriculture land in Bridgeport, Country on the River is looking to relocate back to the beautiful park that is St. Feriole Island, which first hosted the music festival in 2010 and 2011. But, approval from the city of Prairie du Chien is needed before that can happen. Innumerable questions were asked of the festival owners during Tuesday night’s regular council meeting, before the common council chose to delay action on the request until its Sept. 20 meeting. Prior to that, a public comment opportunity will be held at the Sept. 6 council meeting. In the meantime, an ad hoc committee, appointed by the mayor, will negotiate terms for a possible agreement, with plans to report a proposal on Sept. 20.

Wed
17
Aug

Retired local veterinarian remembers his ‘hay’days


Dr. Robert Borne, a retired Crawford County veterinarian, fondly shared his herd health program logs as well as pictures and articles about his days on local farms. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Farmers in southwest Wisconsin tend to be a breed all their own. They’re the hard-working, easygoing kind who enjoy their animals, the countryside and a casual conversation of hogwash.

Retired large animal veterinarian Dr. Robert Borne, more fondly known by his former clients as “Doc,” knows farming families in the region all too well.

He grew up in Prairie du Chien and, like his two older brothers, was known locally for his sporting talents, even playing basketball at UW-Platteville.

“To me, life’s gotta be a challenge. Whether I was playing sports or not, I liked to lead people. I always wanted to be at the top of my class,” Borne said.

Wed
17
Aug

One block of Perry Street now one-way for school traffic

Marquette Road phase 2 pushed back again to 2018, still no word on Regal Marina

By Correne Martin

One block of Perry Street, between Beaumont Road and Prairie Street, will become one-way, from east to west, this week. The Prairie du Chien Common Council approved the change Tuesday night, upon a request from Holy Family Parish.

For the construction project at Prairie Catholic School, a new entrance was built along Perry Street where parents will drop off and pick up their children.

“We feel one-way traffic would make everything a little bit safer for the kids,” Father James Weighner told the council.

When asked if he’d spoken with the three homeowners on Perry Street about the reason for the parish’s request, Weighner said he’d been able to contact two of the three and believed their comments were positive.

Wed
17
Aug

Veterans program honors Civil War soldier in Bridgeport


(From left) Pastor Andy Doll, local historian Mary Antoine, the Civil War U.S. Army private’s great-great-granddaughter Dorothy Huotari and emcee/American Legionnaire Gary Gundlach attended a small program held in honor of Pvt. Garrett Butler at the Bridgeport Cemetery. (Submitted photo)

A small program was held Thursday, Aug. 11, for Civil War U.S. Army Pvt. Garrett Butler, who is buried in the Bridgeport Cemetery. The Crawford County Veterans Service Office coordinated the historically honorable event, which was attended by Butler’s great-great-granddaughter Dorothy Huotari, of Sun City, Ariz., among others.

Gary Gundlach emceed the program and Pastor Andy Doll delivered the invocation. Remarks were made by Huotari, Doll gave a closing prayer and military honors accorded by the Prairie du Chien Honor Guard completed the ceremony.

Prairie du Chien historian Mary Antoine shared the story of Butler’s life:

Garrett Butler was born in 1826 (exact date unknown) in Massachusetts. He came to Wisconsin and settled in Oakfield, where he was a farmer. He married widow Hannah Madison and, together, they had three daughters.

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