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Mon
06
Jun

Summer to do: Camps, river activities, fishing, swimming, garden party, parks and more

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department works hard all year to plan programs for the public, especially for families and children. In the spring and summer, activities are numerous.

Each year, Parks and Rec Director Mike Ulrich, his staff and volunteers try to plan new events, camps, leagues and more that will appeal to residents, non-residents and visitors. The many parks, shelters, outdoor pool, Hoffman Hall and other scenic locations in the Prairie du Chien area  serve as home to these lively offerings. Certainly, the standard programs, such as baseball, junior golf, tennis, volleyball, canoe/kayak and fitness classes are always scheduled and have a good amount of participants.

Wed
01
Jun

Crawford County reveals newest dairy princess


The 2016 Dairy Royalty includes (from left) Dairy Princess Attendant Emily Steger, Little Miss Squirt Attendant Grace Callahan, Little Miss Squirt Darci Jelinek and Dairy Princess Brooklynn Nagel.

More than 100 people came out for the Crawford County Dairy Kick-Off Banquet May 29 at the Eastman United Methodist Fellowship Hall, where Brooklynn Nagel, the 2016 Crawford County Dairy Princess, was crowned.

Brooklynn is the daughter of Jon and Becky Nagel, of Eastman. She is in the 10th grade at Wauzeka-Steuben High School, where she is a very active, highly awarded, and a member of the FFA, currently serving as president of her chapter. Brooklynn is involved with many school programs such as Hornet Club. She is also a member of the Eastman Cloverleaf 4-H club, and a member of her church youth group. Currently, she is employed by Achenbach’s Hy-View Farms in Eastman as a farm assistant, feeding calves, milking, cleaning pens and sanitizing equipment. In the summer, Brooklynn works with her fair animals—pigs and sheep—attends mission trips and is a camp counselor. Brooklynn will serve as Crawford County’s 60th Dairy Princess.

Wed
01
Jun

Two-vehicle accident on Highway 18 bridge

On Wednesday, May 25, at 2:45 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of two-vehicle accident in Bridgeport Township on the east span of the Highway 18 Mississippi River Bridge.

A westbound 2012 Chrysler owned and operated by Tammy Hendrix, 48, McGregor, was almost at a stop when it was struck from behind by a westbound 2000 Chevrolet S10 owned by William Zeeh and operated by Andrew Zeeh, 19, McGregor.

There were no injuries. Both vehicles had moderate damage and were driven from the scene. Due to area road construction, traffic was backed up from the west span onto the east span.

Zeeh was issued a citation for inattentive driving.

Wed
01
Jun

Freightliner truck strikes wall and rocks in construction zone

On Wednesday, May 25 at 6:50 a.m., the Crawford Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle accident in Bridgeport Township in the Highway 18 construction zone, one mile west of Ward Road.

A 2007 Freightliner straight truck owned by URSA Logistics of Waukesha, Wis., and operated by Nicholas Ruedinger, 29, Boscobel, was hauling mail westbound on Highway 18.

Ruedinger stated the truck’s steering caused him to lose control.

The truck struck a concrete retaining wall in the construction zone and then veered to the north onto a large pile of rock where it came to rest.

Ruedinger suffered minor cuts but refused medical treatment.

Due to traffic and the construction zone, Highway 18 had to be detoured for approximately 45 minutes while the truck was removed.

The accident remains under investigation.

Assisting at the scene were the Bridgeport Fire and First Responders, Tri-State EMS, and Bob’s Towing.

Wed
01
Jun

Stolen firearms recovered from stream 10 months after burglary


The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department recovered six stolen firearms from a fishing stream in Utica Township. They are now searching for information regarding the July 26, 2015 burglary, in which the firearms and gun safe were stolen. (Sheriff’s department photos)

These five firearms, owned by Bjorn Unseth, of Soldiers Grove, were found in a fishing stream near Utica. A sixth also owned by Unseth was reeled in by a fisherman in that location prior to the search and recovery.

A number of firearms stolen from a Soldiers Grove residence  last July were recovered in a Utica Township fishing stream May 12, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department. Yet authorities continue seeking more information about those responsible for the burglary.

The sheriff’s department initially investigated the residential burglary at the Bjorn Unseth home, 106 Railway Ave., Soldiers Grove, on Sunday, July 26, 2015. A gun safe containing six firearms and other miscellaneous items of value had been stolen.

On Dec. 7, 2015, a local man walking on Orchard View Lane found a gun safe in the woods just off the road. The gun safe matched the description of the one taken from the Unseth home. A large hole had been cut in the back of the safe and all the contents had been removed, authorities said.

Wed
01
Jun

Area man’s illness serves as motivation for One Hour Challenge


Lew Borgman was diagnosed in January of 2015 with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), a bone marrow failure disorder. A former marathon runner, Lew battled through his weakened state to walk nearly one mile during his One Hour Challenge.

Friends, family and acquaintances of Lew and Mannick Borgman participated in the One Hour Challenge at the Borgman property in rural Eastman May 21. The goal for participants was to accomplish whatever amount of exercise they could in an hour. The challenge was planned and faced head-on by Lew, who has a bone marrow failure disorder, in order to raise awareness for the importance of blood donation. (Submitted photo)

This poster hung at the challenge event reflects Lew’s sense of humor and speaks for itself.

By Correne Martin

Lewis Borgman, an ironman triathlete from Eastman, was diagnosed in March 2015 with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), a bone marrow failure disorder. Just over one year later, despite undergoing both blood tests and blood transfusions at least once a week, and feeling very weak, Lew pushed himself through a personally-organized One Hour Challenge at his rural property on Oak Grove Ridge Road. About 50 people, including his doctor, clinic and hospital staff, joined him and witnessed his inspiring drive to walk three laps on the three-tenths-of-a-mile course.

Myelodysplastic syndromes are a group of diverse bone marrow disorders in which the bone marrow does not produce enough healthy blood cells, according to mds-foundation.org. Low blood cell counts are a hallmark feature of MDS and are responsible for some of the symptoms that patients experience—infection, anemia, spontaneous bleeding or easy bruising.

Wed
01
Jun

ATV-UTV Routes


Royce Walters, a member of the Crawford County Ridge Runners, drives an ATV from Prairie Motor Sports, one of several sponsors of the club and the ATV-UTV route in Crawford County.

 

New ATV-UTV route system up and running, 

Crawford County Ridge Runners seeks new members, sponsors

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Ridge Runners ATV-UTV Club is up and running and continues to seek new members and sponsors. 

Wed
01
Jun

Area Athletes on to State Track Meet

 

Area track athletes going to State Meet in La Crosse

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Three athletes from area schools have qualified for the State Track Meet to be held at UW-La Crosse on June 3-4.

Wed
01
Jun

Memorial Day


Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Tony Kurtz gets emotional during his speech about those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country and for freedom. Standing behind Kurtz at the Fort Crawford Cemetery are Hunter Domeier of Troop 520 who recited the “Gettysburg Address” and Bree Doll of Cadet Troop 1081 who read “In Flanders Field.” (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Prairie du Chien Honor Guard marches along South Beaumont Road during the Memorial Day Parade in Prairie du Chien.

The Prairie du Chien High School Marching Band performs while marching toward the Fort Crawford Cemetery Monday morning.

Members of the Prairie du Chien Boy Scouts salute the American Flag during the ceremony at the Fort Crawford Cemetery on Memorial Day.

Members of the Prairie du Chien Girl Scouts put flowers on the headstones in the Fort Crawford Cemetery during the Memorial Day Observance in Prairie du Chien Monday morning.
Wed
25
May

Invasive Species


This is an example of Japanese hops.

 

Didymo, Japanese hops discussed in first of series about invasive species

By Ted Pennekamp

 

June is invasive species awareness month, so now is a good time to begin a series of articles about the many invasives found in Crawford County and what citizens can do to help get rid of or prevent them. 

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