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Wed
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.

Wed
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.

Wed
28
Jun

PdC police stop van, make meth arrest

On Saturday, June 25, at 12:15 a.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department initiated a traffic stop on a 2005 Dodge Caravan for a non-valid driver operating the vehicle.  

Upon further investigation, officers located items associated with ingesting narcotics and methamphetamine.

Based on the results of the traffic stop, Raymond E. McCullick, 28, Prairie du Chien, was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia and operating a motor vehicle while revoked.

A criminal complaint is pending at the District Attorney’s Office.

Wed
28
Jun

Wauzeka driver dies in head-on collision

A Wauzeka man lost his life in a van versus semi crash near Fennimore early Tuesday morning, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

At about 4:15 a.m., June 27, Lee Steinhorst, 33, was driving a 2003 Dodge Caravan north on Highway 61, two-tenths of a mile south of Greenwood Road, in Fennimore Township. His vehicle crossed the centerline into the southbound lane of traffic, colliding head-on with a semi tractor trailer, driven by David Olson, 61, of Houston, Minn. The vehicles came to rest in the roadway. Steinhorst was pronounced dead at the scene by the Grant County coroner. Olson was not injured, authorities said.

Boscobel and Fennimore Police, Fennimore Fire and EMS and the Wisconsin State Patrol assisted at the scene. The vehicles were removed by Doan’s Auto Body, of Fennimore, and Kieler Service Center, of Kieler. This crash remains under investigation.

Wed
28
Jun

Traffic stop results in man being reunited with family members

On Sunday, June 25, at 11:30 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a driving complaint of a white cargo van crossing the centerline multiple times on Highway 35.

A Crawford County deputy was able to locate the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop near Highway 35 and County Road C. The driver was identified as 78-year-old John W. Manney. On June 24, Manney was reported as a missing and endangered person from Champaign, Ill.

Contact was made with the Champaign Police Department and Manney was reunited with his family.

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Champaign Police Department, Ferryville First Responders, Ocooch Mountain Rescue and Crossing Rivers Health.

Wed
28
Jun

Seneca Ridge and Valley Rally next weekend


Tim and Barb Boland, of Seneca, are serving as the Ridge and Valley Rally royalty for the 2017 hometown event. This year’s festivities will kick-off with a 5K/10K walk-run at 7:30 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. parade, with other fun at the park to follow. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The 24th annual Ridge and Valley Rally will be Saturday, July 8, at the Seneca Community Club town hall. Another year of fun for all ages is planned in Seneca for those who wish to spend their day in the little town. Citizens are invited to come out to this yearly fundraiser and show some pride in their community. All proceeds benefit the Seneca Community Club.

A 5K/10K walk-run will kick-off the day, with registration at 6:30 a.m., and the competition beginning at 7:30  a.m., between the two ball fields on Taylor Ridge Road. Early registration fees apply prior to July 1. To register now, visit http://senecarally.weebly.com/walkrun.html. Or, with questions, contact Myrna Stevenson at (608) 734-3650 or myrnas@centurytel.net.

Mon
26
Jun

‘Decoding the Driftless’ continues filming in area


Rob Nelson, left, and Jonas Stenstrom, right, test their equipment and get some preliminary shots of producer and on air personality George Howe, center, before embarking on a long hike up two bluffs near Bagley in search of an algific talus slope. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

The wildflower northern monkshood is found near algific talus slopes. (Photo by Tim Jacobson)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A natural history documentary about the Driftless Region called “Decoding the Driftless” has gotten its second wind with the coming of the summer season and has been filming in the Prairie du Chien area in recent weeks.

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