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Two arrested in meth bust

In the early morning hours of July 2, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit was patrolling on Highway 171 and observed a suspicious vehicle parked at the West Ridge Orchard. The deputy made contact with Kimberly Sheehan, 47, Viroqua. Sheehan stated she had just left the residence of Julie Knoble, 32, Gays Mills. Both Sheehan and Knoble are on active bond for possession of methamphetamine in Crawford County and it was discovered that both were violating their bond conditions. Sheehan was placed under arrest for felony bail jumping.

A deputy then went to the residence of Julie Knoble who was found to be in possession of two separate baggies of crystal methamphetamine, several methamphetamine smoking devices, a digital scale and several plastic baggies. Sheehan’s purse was also at the residence and several methamphetamine smoking devices, a digital scale, several plastic baggies with white crystal substance and marijuana were located in the purse.

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10
Jul

A Look Back: 150th Blake’s Prairie Fair is here


Elephants occupied the grandstand area from Sept. 9 to 11, 1908, as many attendees watched close by.

The exhibits are always a prominent part of the fair, bringing in participants from local youth groups. Anyone can walk through these items features in the exhibit hall. Pictured are two women viewing some of the items years ago.

By Rachel Mergen

 

“It is your fair. Make it a great success this year,” John M. Kipper and Oscar Knapp, president and secretary, respectively, of the 1920 Blake’s Prairie Fair, stated when publishing their line up almost a century ago. Since then, much has changed with how the Bloomington fair operates. Yet, when the fair celebrates its 150th year July 13 to 16, it will still be the people’s fair, a time to celebrate and enjoy the community.

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10
Jul

War of 1812 battle rages in Prairie du Chien


A member of the United States forces fires at the British during the War of 1812 Reenactment on the Villa Louis grounds in Prairie du Chien Sunday afternoon. The battle, fought on the same grounds, from July 17 to July 20, 1814, was the only War of 1812 battle fought on what would later become Wisconsin soil. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The British forces fire their three-pound cannon at Fort Shelby Sunday afternoon.
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05
Jul

Boat stolen from private landing

On Saturday, June 24, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department investigated the theft of a boat from a private boat landing located on Tavern Road in the township of Clayton. The theft occurred sometime after May 29. The boat is described as an all green 14-foot aluminum flat-bottom.

The Crawford County Crime Stoppers urges anyone having information about this or any other crimes to call 326-8933 or (866) 779-PAYS.

Anyone calling either of these numbers with a Crime Stoppers tip will remain anonymous and a reward of up to $1,000 will be paid for a tip which solves a crime with an arrest, charges being filed and/or recovery of stolen property.

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05
Jul

Regals have through August

By Correne Martin

A Crawford County Circuit Court judge released an order last week, modifying the May 22 arbitration decision that said Regal Marine Group had until June 21 to remove its property from the marina premises in Prairie du Chien, and giving the family more time to relocate its belongings.

The Regals now have until Aug. 21—90 days after the arbitration order—to remove personal property, and until Aug. 31 to take down the buildings on the land. Any property deemed abandoned after those dates would become property of the city of Prairie du Chien, according to judge Craig Day.

The Regal family did not contest the arbitration panel’s decision to terminate the lease between themselves and the city; however, all along, they’ve vocalized that the original 30-day timeline to vacate the premises was unreasonable.

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05
Jul

Prairie du Chien Health Care Forum


Dale Klemme was the moderator for a health forum on May 25 in Gays Mills. Forty-five to 50 people came to participate. Discussion panelists were Dr. Mark Grunwald (retired Prairie du Chien physician), Larry Lester (partner in WIPFLI Accounting Firm) and Dr. Laurel Mark (physician and member of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Policy). The Prairie du Chien Health Forum will feature Dr. Michael Garrity, Dr. Laurel Mark and Dr. Nike Mourikes (also from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine).

 

July 13 health care forum in Prairie du Chien to consider if there is a better way

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Is there a better way? That will be the focus of a health care forum to be held in Prairie du Chien at 7 p.m. in the Crawford County Administration Building, 225 N. Beaumont Road.

Wed
28
Jun

Great River Paddlers enjoy the beauty of nature


Pictured are (from left) Great River Paddlers members Sally Marshall, Sue Tiller, Jeri Kluesner, Keith Rauch, Cheryll McCune and Gayle Patraw at a boat landing in Wauzeka. (Submitted photo)

By Rachel Mergen

 

“Where are the kayaks?” That’s the question Sally Marshall had when she moved to the area years ago. 

Now, Marshall helps bring to the community the Great River Paddlers club, an organization set up, according to her, “to encourage paddle sport as recreational sport in the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers.” 

The kayak owners, all 50 members, enjoy leisure paddling through June to August. There is no competitiveness, just “enjoying the beauty of the river,” said Marshall. It’s an opportunity to take part in one of the few silent sports that also allows for a tremendous upper body workout. 

Wed
28
Jun

Stoeffler inspires with law degree, bright future

By Rachel Mergen

 

Intense, driven and introverted are three powerful words that can easily describe Anna Stoeffler, Prairie du Chien graduate and soon-to-be judicial clerk for Honorable Bruce B. Zager, member of the Iowa Supreme Court. 

Anna, daughter of Ken and Mary Stoeffler, is the oldest of four children and a native of Prairie du Chien and McGregor. She attended Prairie Catholic and graduated from Prairie du Chien High School.

With interests in politics, current events and Wisconsin sports, along with having been involved in a variety of activities, she was on the path to great achievements from the start. 

Wed
28
Jun

Roofer charged with theft by contractor

A 26-year-old man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of theft by contractor.

Nicklaus Kenyon faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a Prairie du Chien man entered into an agreement to have a roof replaced by Kenyon who was doing business as Honey Do Handyman Services.

The bid was for $6,500. The terms of the agreement called for payment up front of $4,500, which the man paid to Kenyon. No work was ever done and the up-front money was never returned, according to the complaint.

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28
Jun

Vehicle strikes mailbox, local man cited

On the morning of June 18, an officer with the Boscobel Police Department responded to a disturbance in the city of Boscobel. While on scene, the officer noticed a significant amount of damage to the passenger side of a 2003 Taurus SE. The officer questioned the driver of the vehicle, Jared J. White, 19, Prairie du Chien. White told the officer he possibly struck a sign or similar fixed object along Highway 60 between Wauzeka and Boscobel in Crawford County which was not reported to law enforcement. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office was notified and conducted an investigation.

It was determined that the crash occurred on June 17 at approximately 11:30 p.m. White was eastbound on Highway 60 when he struck a mailbox owned by Howard and Karen Roth, just west of Boydtown Hollow Road, in the township of Wauzeka. White stated a semi crossed the centerline, came partially into his lane of traffic and caused him to drive into the shoulder of the roadway.

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