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Thu
05
Nov

Sheriff's Department Ride-along


Crawford County Sheriff’s Deputy Shawn Lenzendorf uses his in-car computer to look up the driving record of a man he stopped for speeding.

 

Training, innovative equipment help deputies keep Crawford County safe

By Ted Pennekamp

 

On a recent fall day, the patrol of southern Crawford County by Sheriff’s Department Deputy Shawn Lenzendorf is “routine,” but as Lenzendorf says, “You never know what you’re gonna run into on any given day. You might be doing traffic patrol, or you might be chasing cattle all day.” 

Wed
04
Nov

Lions host Op Santa in the River Ridge area

River Ridge High School will once again be a collection point for Operation Santa Claus in the River Ridge area. Operation Santa Claus is sponsored by the West Grant Lions Club to help those families in need have a Merry Christmas. The club serves the Bagley, Bloomington, Glen Haven, Mt. Hope and Patch Grove areas.

If you have any food items (especially canned goods), please bring them to the River Ridge High School office. The Lions Club cannot distribute home canned foods or home baked items. Please do not donate any clothing other than new stocking caps, gloves and mittens. The Lions Club cannot distribute used clothing.

Monetary donations may be dropped off at the school or mailed to the West Grant Lions Club, P.O. Box 77, Patch Grove, WI 53817. The deadline for making donations is Friday, Dec. 4.

Wed
04
Nov

Staff sergeant of the 229th to speak on Veterans Day

The Crawford County Veterans Day program will be Wednesday, Nov. 11, in Soldiers Grove starting at 7 p.m.

The special guest speaker will be Karen Knock, a 1996 graduate of Seneca High School who is a staff sergeant with the Wisconsin Army National Guard 229th Engineering Company. She has been deployed overseas twice, once to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. She is also the new Richland County Veteran Service officer.

This event will be hosted by the William Schoville American Legion Post 220 and Auxiliary Unit at the Soldiers Grove American Legion Clubhouse on Highway 61. The public is invited and refreshments will be served.

Wed
04
Nov

Operation Santa provides toys, necessities and food for families in need

The holidays are just around the corner. The Prairie du Chien Jaycees elves are once again busy making preparations for their annual Operation Santa program. Last season, the Jaycees assisted over 150 Crawford County families in need.

Operation Santa provides families with toys (or Chamber bucks) for each child and a toothbrush, blanket, hat, mittens, scarf and either a coat or some new clothing. Each family also receives fresh apples and oranges, butter and free coupons for bread, milk and a ham. These items are free to families in need and help make the holidays a little brighter for them.

Operation Santa is only possible because of the generous donations the Jaycees receive from the community. This year, all non-perishable food collected will go directly to the food pantry for the families to pick up there during their monthly distribution.

Wed
04
Nov

Semi hauling hogs crashes on Hwy. 133, some pigs killed

On Nov. 2 at 9:55 a.m., Richard Kipp, 52, Fort Atkinson, Iowa, was westbound on Highway 133 four-tenths of a mile east of County K in Woodman Township operating a 2004 Freightliner tractor trailer loaded with 150 hogs all weighing approximately 270 pounds.

While negotiating a sharp curve the tractor trailer struck the guardrail and the trailer detached from the tractor. The trailer went through the guardrail and overturned on a steep embankment above the Wisconsin River.

Several of the pigs were ejected from the trailer and some were trapped inside. The Sheriff’s Office contacted Fennimore Livestock to corral the loose pigs as well as free the trapped pigs. Several pigs died from the crash.

Wed
04
Nov

PdC Main Street restrengthens focus on downtown businesses

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien Downtown Revitalization Inc. dissolved in January of 2014. By October last year, a new entity, PdC Main Street, was conceived with a focus on re-establishing the efforts of economic recovery, historic preservation and promotion of downtown businesses. Since then, PdC Main Street has predominantly organized itself and worked to improve public esteem surrounding such a local main street program.

“We’ve spent the past year creating the organization, electing a board and officers, appointing committee chairs, finding volunteers and working on publicity,” PdC Main Street Chair Chris Mara stated. “All of that has taken time and effort. We’ve also spent the year trying to foster some good will and improve our worth in the eyes of the public. PDRI failed for a number of reasons we’ve come to understand, but we’ve tried to move forward.”

Wed
04
Nov

City agrees to discuss Bridgeport border agreement, new Eagles Club possible

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council has decided to accept an invitation from the Bridgeport Town Board for city representatives to meet and discuss a border agreement and related matters. After closed session during Tuesday night’s council meeting, the vote was 7-0 in agreement to meeting with the board. But the council wishes to hold the meeting in open session at a time and place to be agreed upon, versus the closed session the town board requested. The council also directed Mayor Dave Hemmer to appoint council members, city staff and/or residents to represent the city of Prairie du Chien at the meeting. A date has yet to be set for that discussion between the two governmental bodies.

Mon
02
Nov

Open house scheduled for Bluff Haven Assisted Living expansion project

An open house is being held at Bluff Haven Assisted Living, 720 S. Fremont St., in Prairie du Chien on Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 3 to 7 p.m. The community is invited to celebrate this $1.6 million expansion project, which will include tours of this state-of the-art 14-bed addition.

There will be an apple pie and pumpkin pie bar social with ice cream. There will also be prize drawings for homemade pies made by the Bistro.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 5 p.m.

According to Alesha Erdenberger, vice president of operations, the project will expand needed resident capacity of the assisted living community and will help serve the needs of this community. The community has been requesting this type of expanded healthcare services, and we are excited to provide this new space.

Mon
02
Nov

Pedestrian struck in downtown Prairie du Chien

Halloween night A Prairie du Chien man was seriously injured when he was struck by a vehicle in downtown Prairie du Chien Halloween night, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

At about 10:40 p.m., the police department was notified that a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle at the intersection of East Blackhawk Avenue and Michigan Street. Officers responded to the location and found a man on the roadway who was being attended to by a citizen.

According to witnesses, a dark-colored Ford truck was traveling east on East Blackhawk Avenue and failed to yield to the victim in the crosswalk. The suspect vehicle struck the pedestrian and left the scene, heading east on Blackhawk Avenue. The suspect’s vehicle was last seen by witnesses traveling south on Marquette Road. Further witness statements led officers to request assistance in locating the suspect’s vehicle in Clayton County, Iowa.

Mon
02
Nov

Substantial personal donation given for new library


Sue Tiller, of Tiller’s Furniture in Prairie du Chien, donated $50,000 last week to the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library fundraising campaign. She is shown seated in one of two chairs she and her siblings donated to the library in 1999 in honor of the 50th anniversary of her parents, Franklin and Patricia Tiller. Also pictured are Library Director Nancy Ashmore (back, left) and Library Board President Linda Munson. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Prairie du Chien’s Memorial Library Capital Campaign received a generous personal donation of $50,000 from Major Sue Tiller.

Earlier this year, the city announced a $1.5 million Capital Campaign to match a $1.5 million contribution to the project by the common council. The project, estimated at $3 million, is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2017.

“I remember walking, so many times, straight down Minnesota Street to the library, and then coming home with all my many borrowed treasures,” said Tiller, a local business leader, proud 20-year Army veteran and past president of the Friends of the Library. “I was introduced to so much growing up from the library but, most of all, I remember how safe and warm I felt just being there, reading there, among all the books. So, I can’t think of a better place to give support to than our little library, because it’s time to make it even bigger and better.”

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