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23
Jun

Driver arrested for OWI, 5th offense

On Wednesday, June 18, at approximately 1:30 p.m., while conducting foot patrol in the Seneca Township Deputies of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department observed a vehicle turn northbound on Main Street from Shortcut Road. The vehicle was operating without its headlights or taillights on. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle on the side of the road. The vehicle drove within feet of the deputies and continued northbound on Main Street. Deputies observed the vehicle park in a nearby backyard.

Deputies approached the vehicle and found it to be unoccupied. Inside of the vehicle was an open case of beer. Deputies found the driver outside of the residence and made contact with him.

The driver was found to be Chadwick C. Kansier, 38, of Seneca. Kansier exhibited signs of intoxication and was subsequently arrested for operating while under the influence fifth offense.

Mon
23
Jun

Viola man charged with sixth OMVI

On June 18, at approximately 10:30 p.m. the Crawford County Sheriff's Department received a report from the Vernon County Sheriff's Department of a stolen vehicle possibly traveling towards the Boscobel area.

At 10:44 p.m. a Crawford County Deputy observed the stolen vehicle traveling southbound on US Highway 61 in Rolling Ground. The deputy began following the vehicle until backup officers were able to assist with conducting a traffic stop. The stolen vehicle turned onto Spencer Hill Road then into a driveway where the deputy initiated a traffic stop.

The driver, identified as Brian K. Yahn, 43, of Viola, exited the vehicle and tried entering the residence. Yahn was uncooperative with the deputy's requests. Yahn began to resist arrest and attempted to leave the area on foot.

After a foot pursuit, the deputy deployed his Taser to subdue Yahn. When backup officers arrived, Yahn was taken into custody.

Mon
23
Jun

Rollover blocks Highway 27

On Friday, June 20, at 5:58 a.m. the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one vehicle roll over in Prairie du Chien township, on Highway 27, approximately one mile east of the city of Prairie du Chien.

A 1994 GMC pickup pulling a trailer, which was owned and operated by Anthony Rodriguez, of Viroqua, was south bound on Highway 27 when the Rodriguez vehicle left the south side of the highway and both the truck and trailer overturned.

Rodriguez claimed no injuries in the accident. The truck and trailer were heavily loaded with household items, which were mostly destroyed.

The highway was partially blocked for approximately three and half hours while the truck and trailer was removed and the scene was cleaned up.

Rodriguez was cited for operating without valid registration and operating without insurance.

Mon
23
Jun

Marquette Rd. water and sewer work


Working three separate crews sometimes finds everybody working in the same area. Pictured are four excavators all working in a one-block stretch of Marquette Road.

Crews from H. James will continue to work on water and sewer utilities in the area of Iowa and Wisconsin Streets this week as well as storm sewer from Dunn Street up to Blackhawk Avenue. Another two weeks of similar work will be seen, at which point, grading of the new road will begin, making way for placement of base course and new concrete pavement.
With the heavy rains sustained last week, the Mississippi River is once again above flood stage and water is over a portion of North Main Street. A temporary adjustment to the detour route is sending traffic from Main Street east on Washington Street, north on Beaumont Road and west on Frederick Street back to Main Street. This adjustment will only last as long as is necessary to avoid flooding on Main Street. Please pay attention to traffic control signs and watch for pedestrians and other roadway users.

Provided by WisDOT Project Leader Jay Adams

Mon
23
Jun

‘I’ve been working near the railroad’

The contractor has been working near the railroad lately and will continue to work in close proximity to the BNSF tracks at six different locations on the Marquette Road project. When work brings the contractor underneath or within 25 feet of the tracks, a railroad representative must be present to alert workers of incoming trains and also to serve as direct communication to trains in case any construction should adversely impact the rails. The fees associated with the BNSF representative are shared between the DOT and the contractor.

Mon
23
Jun

Detour changes as river rises

The detour route for Prairie du Chien’s Marquette Road construction project shifted on Saturday to North Beaumont Road due to rising water levels on the Mississippi River. The river rose over North Main Street during the weekend. The Prairie du Chien Public Works Department placed “No Parking” signs on Washington Street and Beaumont Road Friday in preparation for the change.

The parking restrictions and traffic flow are as follows:

•Washington Street from Main to Beaumont, both sides are restricted.

•North Beaumont Road from Washington Street to Frederick Street are restricted on the west side.

•North Beaumont from Washington to mid-block to the north is restricted on the east side.

•North Main from Washington Street to mid-block to the south is restricted on the west side.

•A temporary stop sign is located on North Beaumont Road at the intersection of McLeod Street, stopping both northbound and southbound traffic.

Thu
19
Jun

Construction Cash winner - Week 4

JoAnne Broder, of Prairie du Chien, was the Courier Press’ Construction Cash winner for week four of the promotion. She registered at Excalibur Laundry. Jay White, of Excalibur, presented Broder with $50 in Construction Cash to be spent at any of the 27 participating businesses. Be sure to register at one of the local Construction Cash participating businesses, and you could be our next winner.

Wed
18
Jun

New unpaid parking ticket software could impact driving privileges

New parking software upgrades that track delinquent parking ticket payments will soon impact driving privileges of those who don’t pay in the city of Prairie du Chien. This comes after the city council approved an ordinance Tuesday night that imposes penalties for not paying the parking tickets.

City Administrator Aaron Kramer outlined the state-issued penalties for non-payment. Under the ordinance, the forfeiture will be doubled if paid within 15 to 28 days after the date of the violation or tripled if paid within 29 to 45 days after the date of violation. If the forfeiture is not paid within 45 days, the registration of the vehicle involved in the violation could be suspended until the penalty is paid in full along with a $25 fee for the processing of the paperwork.

Wed
18
Jun

Tennis courts at Hoffman Hall net anonymous donation toward upgrade


An anonymous donation of nearly $40,000 will help to improve the tennis courts on the green space west of Hoffman Hall later this summer. Key project components are a drainage system, new poles and nets, and a color sealant for the top layer—all of which will improve the sustainability and look of the facility.

By Correne Martin

An anonymous donor has stepped forward with nearly $40,000 to improve the outdoor tennis courts at Hoffman Hall in Prairie du Chien, providing for a more appealing facility on which people can play the lifetime sport. The overhaul of the courts is expected to be done by mid-August.

“This is a wonderful donation by somebody who cares about the tennis community, not only now but in the future,” Prairie du Chien Park and Recreation Director Mike Ulrich stated.

Wed
18
Jun

Learn more about locally-grown foods at Crawford County Farm Crawl Sunday

 It is time for the first Crawford County Farm Crawl and Fundraiser hosted by Driftless Wisconsin Grown Sunday, June 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. Featuring six locations to visit and tour at your own pace, this is a great opportunity to meet local producers and see how and where food is grown in the Driftless region of southwest Wisconsin.

The Crawford County Farm Crawl is a free event open to the public. You can choose where to go and how long to spend at each stop.

Gatherings on the Ridge event barn, east of Eastman on Highway 27, will host a farmers market during the Farm Crawl where participants can visit with owners of Coulee View Family Farms, Mystery Bridge Farms and Driftless Edibles. Taste their fares and purchase their products.

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