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Apr

Wauzeka community fundraises for park/garden in sisters’ memory


The family of Trinity and Lena Bartels, and the Wauzeka community, hope to create a memorial park and garden on Main Street where their home once stood. These two sisters were just 15 and 12 when a Jan. 19 house fire claimed their young lives. An April 23 benefit will help build the park in honor of the girls and how they touched the small community.

The video game phenomenon, Halo, announced, in late February, an update that pays tribute to Trinity and Lena Bartels. Because Adam Bartels is a well-known fan and player within the Halo community, developer 343 Industries created an in-game update called the “Spartans Never Walk Alone pack.” The pack contains the True Light emblem, which is named after the first initial of each of Adam and Rebecca’s daughters’ names, and is the first animated emblem presented in Halo 5. All players received this pack as part of a free update. Also, a special feature has been added in Halo 5’s new Arena map, Torque. As players look up and scan the stars above, the names Trinity and Lena will be visible in the night sky. (Facebook photo)

By Correne Martin

Sisters Trinity and Lena Bartels were always together. They were sweet girls with angelic faces, who enjoyed traveling with their parents and were blessed with a zest for life. They were bright, shining spirits within the small community of Wauzeka, where they attended school their entire lives.

But, on Jan. 19, 2016, the unthinkable happened.

A house fire that started late in the night on Jan. 18, and continued into Jan. 19, claimed the girls’ young lives. Just as they always were in life, they were together when they died.

The community of Wauzeka remains devastated over the tragic loss of two of its most innocent. Although, in a way, as tragedy sometimes does, the fire’s aftermath has seemed to bring the community closer. Also, the support, love and prayers have meant so much to the girls’ parents, Adam and Rebecca Bartels.

Mon
11
Apr

Gays Mills man admits taking sexually explicit photos of 12-year-old

By Kevin Murphy, originally for the La Crosse Tribune, reprinted with permission

A Gays Mills man who admitted sending sexually explicit photos of a minor to a Snapchat user he thought was his ex-wife pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to distributing child pornography.

Ricky Olson, 57, also stipulated that he attempted to send an obscene image of himself to a minor he knows, received sexually explicit images of the same minor and possessed child pornography.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Pfluger:

Snapchat is an internet site where users can send each other photos which appear on computer or mobile devices for 10 seconds and then vanish. The site is designed not to store photos, but a user can take a “screen shot” of the displayed image, which Olson did.

Wed
06
Apr

Highway 18-60 Construction


The clearing of trees and landscaping has been ongoing since mid-March as part of the Highway 18-Highway 60 Project. Depending upon the weather, some paving for the $17 million project could begin soon.

 

Paving should begin soon 

on Highway 18-60 Project

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The $17 million Highway 18-Highway 60 project began a few weeks ago with the clearing of trees and landscaping on both sides of Highway 18 in the town of Bridgeport.

Wed
06
Apr

County Board Election

 

County Board to have five new supervisors

There will be five new members on the Crawford County Board following the April 5 election. 

In District 8, newcomer Mary Kuhn defeated newcomer Bob Jorgensen 197 votes to 122. Incumbent Phil Mueller did not seek re-election. 

In District 11, newcomer Wayne Jerrett Jr. defeated incumbent Elling Jones 209-141. 

Wed
06
Apr

$18.9 million referendum passes

 

$18.9 million referendum passes 

for Prairie du Chien School District

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien School District will be getting several upgrades to all three schools as a result of the April 5 election. 

Wed
06
Apr

Election compels 60.6 percent of PdC voters


Election worker Ted Finn (left) assists Mike Cowie on the voting machine at Prairie du Chien City Hall Tuesday. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Derrick Kelly presented his driver’s license as a form of voter ID to poll workers Michael Douglass and Friday Wiles to verify prior to allowing him to cast his vote at Prairie du Chien City Hall. Kelly recently moved to Prairie du Chien.

By Correne Martin

Tuesday’s primary election was considered monumental for Wisconsin, not only because of the divisive political climate on the national level, but also from the perspective of major party nominations on both sides of the aisle.

At Prairie du Chien City Hall, around mid-day Tuesday, poll workers noted that voters had been steadily coming through the door, with lines forming at times, though they weren’t surprised by the seemingly higher than normal turnout. Out of 2,788 voters in the city of Prairie du Chien, 1,690 cast their ballots, resulting in an overall voter turnout of 60.6 percent, unofficially, according to poll reports.

Three random voters were chosen for short interviews after voting at city hall, including two middle-aged men—one white and one black—who’ve voted their whole lives, as well as one young, white female voting in her first election.

Wed
06
Apr

Hemmer retains mayor seat in Prairie du Chien

Prairie du Chien Mayor Dave Hemmer will keep his post after receiving 1,036 votes in the spring election. Challenger John Chaffee collected 517 votes, while there was only one write-in vote cast.

Hemmer was the top vote-getter in all six wards within the city: Ward 1—195-79, Ward 2—187-104, Ward 3—137-76, Ward 4—143-92, Ward 5—180-104, Ward 6—194-62.

For all of the Prairie du Chien Common Council seats up for election, none were contested. Ron Leys, Mike “Stubby” Jones, Karen Solomon and Todd Myers were all re-elected. Incumbents and declared write-ins Todd Crotty and Jean Titlbach both were winners as well.

Wed
06
Apr

Schier re-elected, Cathman and Moravits voted in for River Ridge School Board

By Correne Martin

In the River Ridge School Board election, one incumbent was re-elected, while two other newcomers were chosen over the second incumbent in the race. Vying for re-election to her seat, Kerri Schier was the recipient of the second largest number of votes in the district with 927. The highest vote-getter, Jason Cathman, received 989 votes and will be new to the board following this election. Also new to the board will be Cory Moravits, as 823 voters cast their vote for him.

Not making the cut, incumbent Randall Martin netted 570 votes total, ending his time on the board. Also, Nick Kovacs, who, prior to Tuesday, openly encouraged voters to select the three eventual winners, received 167 votes.

Wed
06
Apr

Haydn Street railroad crossing ordered to close, will be by May 2


The Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Railroads handed down an order last week to close the Haydn Street crossing no later than June 30, 2016. The city is expected to install and maintain barricades, signs and markers on each approach to the crossing. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Wisconsin Commissioner of Railroads issued a new written order Friday, April 1, for the closure of the Haydn Street railroad crossing in Prairie du Chien to occur no later than the deadline of June 30, 2016. Then, on Tuesday night, April 5, it was determined by the Prairie du Chien Public Works Committee to follow through with official closure of the Haydn Street crossing, but to do so by May 2.

The city of Prairie du Chien is required to install and maintain barricades, signs and markers on each approach to the Haydn Street crossing, according to the order, which follows through with the Jan. 10, 2014 final decision by the commissioner to grant the June 21, 2012 BNSF Railway Company’s petition to close the public crossing.

Wed
06
Apr

Women retreat to Hoffman Hall for quilting weekend


Helen Croft (right), of Fennimore, displays one of her quilt blocks composed of scraps from her fabric stash as well as her late mother’s stash. She had many varieties of these in pinks, purples, blues and teals she intended to use in creating throw-sized quilts. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Fifty-four women from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois came to Prairie du Chien Friday and Saturday for the sixth annual Quilt the Days Away retreat at Hoffman Hall. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

An estimated 85 percent of the 54 women who attended this year’s Quilt the Days Away retreat, April 1-2, in Prairie du Chien were repeat participants. The camaraderie among the quilters and the pampering they receive are characteristics that keep them coming back to Hoffman Hall for two days of serious quilting, learning and socializing.

Once again this year, for the sixth retreat, women drove from all over Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois to Prairie du Chien, in hopes of focusing on their quilting projects—some they haven’t touched since the last retreat—and enjoying being away from their busy daily lives. Some commuted from a short distance, while others booked hotel rooms locally, only enhancing the getaway value of their experience.

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