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31
Aug

Wounded veteran to be honored with escort parade


Emotions will be revved up high for all those participating across southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa on Sept. 10. (Photo by Jeff Harper)

Army Cpl. Adam Eilers, of Garnavillo, sustained injuries in a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan in February 2011. He will be the honoree of the Silly String Ride escort parade on Sept. 10.

Jo Nell Coates, Silly String Ride administrator, is pictured with Adam Eilers during a pre-ride celebration recently.

Jo Nell Coates, founder, will escort local wounded soldier Adam Eilers and other ride participants with great pride. (Photo by Jeff Harper)

By Correne Martin

“Freedom is not free.” That’s why, if there was ever a time to join forces with our fellow Americans in support of those who make sacrifices for our country, Saturday, Sept. 10, would be the day.

A 150-mile escort parade in honor of Adam Eilers, a  29-year-old wounded Army veteran from Garnavillo, will traverse southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa. Eilers will ride in a red truck behind 100 to 150 motorcycles and other vehicles, starting in Hazel Green and making stops in Guttenberg, Iowa, Prairie du Chien and Glen Haven before ending up in Hazel Green for a big celebration.

“We would love it if the public would come on out and line the streets with American flags, red, white and blue signs and other gestures of support,” encouraged the ride’s administrator, Jo Nell Coates, who will lead the ride on her motorcycle, donning an American flag.

Wed
31
Aug

New judge working toward treatment court

By Ted Pennekamp

 

New Crawford County Circuit Court Judge Lynn Rider officially began her duties on Aug. 1 and is working on starting some new practices regarding offenders who are involved with alcohol or drugs.

“It’s been very good so far,” said Rider, 56, about her first few weeks as judge. “I’ve gotten lots of support from other judges and courthouse staff to help me get started.”

Mon
29
Aug

Crawford County Fair


Owen Oppreicht, 10, of Eastman enjoys burying his friend Jonah Klema, 10, of rural Wauzeka, in corn Thursday at the Crawford County Fair. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Jonah Klema of rural Wauzeka smiles after being covered up to his ears in corn Thursday.

Kole and Keira Breininger of Richland Center pet a friendly goat Thursday.

Sawyer and Landry Stluka of Soldiers Grove become characters riding a merry-go-round Thursday at the Crawford County Fair. The fair offered numerous activities, exhibits and rides from Aug. 24-28 in Gays Mills.

Maya Buffington, 9, of Eastman holds a Mini Rex rabbit.

Braelyn Olson, 7, of Viroqua, and Sylvia Erickson, 7, of Liberty Pole, pet Augusta the llama.

Jacob Payne, 10, and Ben Payne, 9, of Seneca, inspect Jacob’s exhibit in Mechanical Projects. Jacob got first place.

 

Always a fun time at the Crawford County Fair

Mon
29
Aug

New Phone System

 

New county 

telephone system 

to improve safety

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
29
Aug

ATV driver injured in River of Lakes crash

One man was injured early last week in an ATV rollover at the River of Lakes resort in Bagley, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

At about 5:20 p.m., Aug. 21, Jeffery Hedley, 55, of Bagley was driving his ATV on Willow Lane when he overturned it and crashed. He was transported to Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien by West Grant EMS for treatment of his injuries.

Further investigation found indicators that Hedley had been intoxicated at the time of the crash, which remains under investigation.

Assisting at the scene was Bagley First Responders.

Mon
29
Aug

Lt. Gov. Kleefisch tours Crossing Rivers

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch (center, facing camera) toured Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 24. She is pictured speaking with (from left) Tim Clark, medical imaging director; Julia Nelson, chief quality officer; Alisa Johnson (back to camera), radiologist; and CEO Bill Sexton, among others, about mammography technology and how Crossing Rivers is a leader in that area of health care service. Kleefisch is a colon cancer survivor, celebrating her fifth year of being cancer free. She is touring hospitals across the state, meeting with hospital officials to talk about health care, tour medical facilities and meet with patients. She also visited Southwest Health in Platteville Wednesday. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Mon
29
Aug

What makes Prairie du Chien unique?

Residents, businesses, stakeholders asked to take short survey

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien started a community branding project in June to help develop and craft a consistent grouping of creative taglines, messages and graphics for the city. Together, PdC Main Street, the city, the chamber and the tourism council are gathering input from businesses, residents and other stakeholders who are passionate about the area.

To do so, these organizations would appreciate public input on what makes Prairie du Chien unique. People are asked to take a short online survey, hosted on Survey Monkey, at the following URL: www.surveymonkey.com/r/CV5QCHX. Responses will be kept confidential. The deadline to complete a survey is Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Wed
24
Aug

Open house at Brodtville Schoolhouse on Sunday

The old Brodtville Schoolhouse will host a public open house on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Area community members from today and yesterday are encouraged to bring pictures or memorabilia to share.

Donations are also accepted at this time toward the preservation of the one-room schoolhouse.

Community Development Alternatives, of Prairie du Chien, is the fiscal agent for the Brodtville School Preservation.

Interested individuals may contact CDA at 326-7333 or Chuck Stagman at (608) 778-9490.

Wed
24
Aug

Fishing gear stolen from boat

On Monday, Aug. 22, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department initially received a report of theft from a boat parked in the vicinity of Lot #15 at Kramer’s Court located in the township of Bridgeport.

The theft occurred sometime during the night hours of Sunday, Aug. 21, or the early morning hours of Monday, Aug. 22. The following items were stolen; five fishing rod and reel combos, a stainless steel prop, an Aquaview underwater camera, and a boat seat. The fishing rod and reel combos were described as red in color Rebo Rocket bait-caster reels attached to dark in color St. Croix rods.  

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.

Wed
24
Aug

Man charged with meth possession

A Prairie du Chien man was charged Aug. 22 in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine, one count of possession of marijuana, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Benjamin J. McCarville faces up to a total of $11,500 in fines and four years and 30 days imprisonment if convicted of all counts.

According to the criminal complaint, a Prairie du Chien police officer stopped a vehicle on Aug. 4 on Marquette Road. When speaking with McCarville, who had been driving the vehicle, the officer noticed the odor of marijuana, the complaint said.

A search revealed a socket from a socket set which McCarville told the officer had burned marijuana in it. Also found in the search were a plastic baggie containing marijuana, and a wallet with a small plastic baggie containing meth, according to the complaint.

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