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Former slaughterhouse manager pleads guilty in Agriprocessors case

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA—The former manager of an Iowa slaughterhouse has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to harbor undocumented workers for profit.

Former Agriprocessors, Inc., poultry manager Hosam Amara entered the guilty plea Friday at the federal courthouse in Cedar Rapids. The plea was required under an agreement released Thursday in which prosecutors dropped several other counts.

The 48 year old faces a maximum 10 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Linda Reade hasn’t scheduled the sentencing hearing yet.

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09
Sep

Brothers face charges of attempted homicide

ARENA—Two brothers from Spring Green are charged with stabbing and beating several people at a Halloween party near Arena.

Brandon Behrens, 21, and Shane Behrens, 20, have been charged in Iowa County Court after an investigation by the Attorney General’s office. They were scheduled to answer charges Wednesday, Aug. 28.
Charges include attempted homicide with a dangerous weapon, reckless injury with a dangerous weapon, substantial battery and strangulation.

The criminal complaint said the brothers attended a Halloween party hosted by Jodi Schmidt and Terry McKeown. During the party they fought with several people and were asked several times to leave.

The complaint stated that Brandon Behrens tried to choke Terry McKeown and slashed him in the side with a knife. McKeown was later taken to Madison hospital by med-flight for treatment.

Brandon Behrens is also charged with punching Kimberly Marks in the face causing a fractured jaw.

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Aggressive Japanese hop plant invading Southwestern Wisconsin

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Japanese hop can completely take over an area.

 

Aggressive Japanese hop plant invading Southwestern Wisconsin

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Tue
09
Jul

Emma Big Bear 144th birthday celebration

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Judith Engle showed off her art pieces and told stories featuring the Winnebago and Emma Big Bear. (Photos by Dan Howard)
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At Emma Big Bear’s 144th birthday celebration on July 5, Spencer Lonetree presented history of the Winnebago Nation, as well as family stories about Emma.
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Re-enactor Chloe Lorenz portrays Emma Big Bear as she used to sit on her porch at her Marquette home.
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09
Jul

Fake bar codes result in discounted hardware for man

LANCASTER—An area man has pleaded guilty to creating fake bar codes to dupe retail stores in southwest Wisconsin and eastern Iowa into charging him discount prices for hardware equipment.
Jeremy Fishnick of Lancaster, pleaded guilty July 1 to wire fraud in federal court in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

He admitted that he used a computer and printer to create Universal Product Codes that corresponded with less expensive models of products such as welders and generators.

He entered stores, put the phony codes on top of real codes for more expensive models, and purchased them for the lower price. He paid $149.99 for one welder that had a retail price of $889.99.

The scheme caused losses of $30,000 to retailers in Prairie du Chien as well as Dubuque, Maquoketa, Anamosa, Cedar Rapids, Coralville, and Monticello in Iowa.

Tue
09
Jul

Blake’s Prairie Jr. Fair runs July 18-21

The 146th annual Blake’s Prairie Jr. Fair will kick off on Thursday, July 18 with the Texaco Country Music Showdown. The fair will provide a stage for some fine local vocalists to show off their singing talents and compete for a spot in the Showdown finals later this summer. Gates will open at 6 p.m. and the Texaco Showdown is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. There is no admission for Thursday’s show. This event is being sponsored by Peoples State Bank.

Earlier on Friday evening, the sheep and swine exhibitors will kick off the livestock judging at 6 p.m. at the sheep barn. The Hard Hits Promotions Demolition Derby is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. in front of the grandstand area. Friday closes with wrist wrestling immediately after the car demolition derby. Weigh-ins will be held just prior to the competition.

Tue
09
Jul

Having a ball in Eastman for the Fourth

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From the ring toss, dunk tank and bounce house to the ball games, bean bag tournament and beer tent, the Eastman Fourth of July Celebration had plenty of activities to draw a huge crowd of all ages, despite the last-minute cancelation of the parade. As always, generations of families enjoyed the beautiful day, thanks to the early morning pancake breakfast, the fireworks at dusk and everything else in between. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Tue
09
Jul

The show will go on at Ridge and Valley Rally

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Harold and Barbara Schroeder, of Seneca, will preside as king and queen over the Ridge and Valley Rally this weekend.

Seneca will host its annual Ridge and Valley Rally Saturday, July 13. Though the morning parade has been canceled due to the closure of Highway 35 from flood damage and the detour route traveling along Highway 27, the remainder of the events will go on as planned.

The day will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a 5K/10K Walk-Run. Registration is at 7 a.m. Little League games will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event-goers can enjoy a smoked pork chop dinner from noon to 2 p.m. and a pie auction at 1 p.m. An antique tractor pull will also keep visitors busy, beginning at 1 p.m. Euchre and bean bag tournaments will start at 4 p.m. A volleyball tournament, horseshoe tournament and kids games are also planned Saturday.

The night will end with DJ Slam providing music from 7 p.m. to midnight. All day, there will be a food and beer stand on the grounds.  

The dinner and other events will take place at the Town Hall, located off Taylor Ridge Road, east of Highway 27.

Tue
09
Jul

History comes alive with July 13-14 Battle of Prairie du Chien reenactment

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British forces are shown in a previous battle of the War of 1812 reenactment, which will take place this weekend on the Villa Louis grounds in Prairie du Chien. (Courier Press file photo)

By Audrey Posten

On July 13 and 14, the elegant grounds of the Victorian Villa Louis will transform into a battlefield with the reenactment of the 1814 Battle of Prairie du Chien.

The conflict dates back to June 1814, when United States troops arrived in Prairie du Chien to establish Fort Shelby, which they hoped would not only hinder British influence in the Old Northwest Territory, but also prevent British-Indian forces from attacking American settlements.

Once word of the American occupation reached the British authorities in command of the region, troops—under the command of Lt. Col. William McKay—were dispatched to Prairie du Chien. An army of roughly 600 men—largely consisting of voyageurs and other men in the fur trade, as well as bands of Wisconsin Native Americans arrived in the area on July 17, 1814, laying siege to the fort for two and a half days.

Tue
09
Jul

Rock on the River starts Thursday

By Correne Martin

The inaugural year of Rock on the River promises to bring an eclectic mix of classic rock, alternative, and heavy metal together on one stage in Prairie du Chien this weekend, July 11-13. Fans will have no shortage of a good time rockin’ out to the aggressive tunes of today’s hardest rock bands while also singing along with some old favorites.

The weekend kicks off Thursday evening with Loverboy at 5:30 p.m., followed by Creedence Clearwater Revisited (CCR) at 7:30 p.m., and Joan Jett and Blackhearts at 9:30 p.m. Generations of music lovers will unite in singing the familiar lyrics from the classic Eighties songs by these artists.

On Friday, Wisconsin’s reggae, rock and ska band, TUGG, will start the music at 2:30 p.m. The hard rock bands 10 Years and Flyleaf will take the stage at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30, respectively. At 8:30 p.m., the punk rock band Bad Religion will go on, and at 10:30 p.m., Sublime with Rome will finish off the night.

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