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Man guilty of hitting pedestrian, OWI, fleeing the scene of collision

A 33-year-old Farmersburg, Iowa man was charged Nov. 16 in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of hit and run - great bodily harm, and one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing injury - first offense, with a prohibited alcohol concentration of .15 or more.

Christopher K. Gossman entered a plea of no contest on Nov. 16 and was found guilty on both counts.

A sentencing hearing for Gossman has been scheduled for Jan. 13, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. in Crawford County Circuit Court. Gossman faces up to 16 years in prison and fines totaling $52,000.

According to the criminal complaint, Prairie du Chien police officers responded to the scene of an accident on Oct. 31 at approximately 10:50 p.m. in which a pedestrian was struck by a pickup truck.

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Nov

Surprising wind, snow and ice leave hunters stranded on the river


Seventy-five years after the Nov. 11, 1940 Armistice Day Storm, survivor Jim Bosanny Sr., of Monroe, who was 15 back then, stands by a new sign erected in memory of the historic disaster that claimed many lives. He was out on the Mississippi River duck hunting with his dad when the wind, snow and ice quickly descended on the Ferryville area. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Born and raised in the Ferryville area, Ron Slack raised the idea to the Ferryville Tourism Council to erect a sign recognizing the historical disaster that was the Armistice Day Storm of 1940. Having always heard stories about the storm, he has also collected historical accounts of what happened. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

To honor those who died as well as those who risked their lives to rescue others, a commemorative sign now stands in Ferryville acknowledging the regionally historic, tragic and deadly Armistice Day Storm of Nov. 11, 1940. The permanent sign was unveiled to the public at a ceremony last Tuesday, Nov. 10, at River View Park.

“It’s part of our regional history in the Ferryville and Lansing area, and all up and down the river. When you read about this storm, it’s amazing anybody survived,” said Joanne White, of the Ferryville Tourism Council.  

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Nov

Prairie du Chien common council hears proposed budget

By Correne Martin

An overview of the city of Prairie du Chien’s proposed 2016 budget was given to the common council Tuesday night, prior to the council’s scheduling of a public hearing for Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. in the council chambers. City Administrator Aaron Kramer said exact numbers won’t be known until next week when state tax credits are revealed, but he estimated the overall impact on tax payers in Prairie du Chien to be a $46.18 increase on a $100,000 home. This approximation includes county, school and Southwest Tech portions of the tax bill.

The city’s budget includes a 1.12 increase in the tax levy—$2,300,300 up from $2,274,723—or an $25,577 in additional levy. Key aspects, as recommended by the finance committee, include:

•a wage increase of 30 cents for employees not covered under a contract.

•a garbage fee increase to $12.50 per month for garbage, recycling and clean sweep services.

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18
Nov

SafeRide Program

 

City considering dropping 

its part in SafeRide Program, 

but program expected to continue

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
16
Nov

Proposed Referendum Limits

 

Prairie du Chien School Board takes stand against bill to restrict referenda

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien School Board unanimously passed a resolution on Nov. 9 against proposed legislation that would place restrictions on school district referendum ballot dates and implement a two-year waiting period following a failed referendum. 

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16
Nov

Pete’s Hamburgers gives to library

Pete’s Hamburgers contributed a donation of $500 toward the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library capital campaign to raise $1.5 million, which the city will match, toward expansion of the facility. On Thursday, Nov. 12. Paul Gokey (front, right) presented the donation to library board chair Linda Munson (front, left). Also pictured are Librarian Nancy Ashmore (back, left) and Prairie du Chien City Administrator Aaron Kramer. “I’m grateful to see this library expand,” Gokey said. (Photo by Correne Martin)

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Nov

Crews in final stages of removing former hospital


From Dunn Street looking southeast, the former Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital structure continues to disappear, as about 10,000 square feet of the 95,000-square-foot former facility remains to be torn down, sorted and recycled. Still standing on Nov. 9 was part of the covered ER entrance. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Mounds of dirt and exposed infrastructure now sit in place of the old Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital building, shown here from Taylor Street looking northwest. This was the side of the hospital where the sunroom previously stood.

As the final portions of Prairie du Chien’s former hospital building are removed, Crossing Rivers Health looks back with fondness at the legacy of service the building provided, and looks forward to new opportunities the property will offer to area communities.

An update on the project was provided Friday by hospital administration:

•10,000 square feet of the 95,000-square-foot former Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital facility remains to be torn down, sorted and recycled.

•The extensive asbestos abatement project is complete. This abatement undertaking by Robinson Brothers utilized more than 30 workers for four weeks.

•According to Fred Runde, of Clayton County Recycling, more than 1,000 tons of metal were recovered through the sorting and recycling efforts.

•After the concrete is removed, the site will be seeded to await future possibilities.

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Nov

Seneca unveils veterans memorial


A veteran is reflected in the polished black granite of the entry stone to the new veterans memorial in Seneca, dedicated Wednesday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day 2015.

Veterans and their families searched intently for the names of their loved ones among the granite tablets listing all service men and women from the Seneca area who served, dating back to the Civil War.

Groundbreaking for the Seneca Area Veterans Memorial began 14 months ago. Since that time, over $120,000 was raised to erect the memorial, which was designed by 2014 Seneca graduate Cacey Ostrander. The project itself was spearheaded by Seneca resident and businessman, the late Jerry Johnson.

Trudy Johnson unveils a small stone and plaque at the base of the memorial’s flagpoles that Krause Monument donated in memory of her husband, Jerry, whose idea started the groundwork for a veterans memorial in Seneca.

Members of the McCormick-Rose American Legion Post 308, of Gays Mills, saluted the American Flag as it was raised for the dedication ceremony of the Seneca Area Veterans Memorial on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

By Correne Martin

Seneca area citizens and natives gathered with grateful hearts Wednesday, Nov. 11, for those who worked so hard to dream, plan and create a beautiful veterans memorial in the community, a reminder of the people who placed freedom for others over and above their own safety. In the words of Pastor Lynn Schreck, “It’s now a permanent reminder of our memories and our gratitude for those who’ve served.”

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16
Nov

A joyful noise benefits a good cause


Jen Kapinus, the local Salvation Army coordinator, is happy to be able to assist Crawford County families and transients throughout the year, but she always looks forward to spreading Christmas magic to families in need each year as well. The public can help the organization by putting spare change in the iconic red kettles or by sponsoring a family’s presents this Christmas. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The local Salvation Army raised a record amount of funds in 2014 thanks to community participation in its holiday Red Kettle campaign. The $18,234 in donations received right here in Crawford County benefitted 98 individuals and families in homeless and emergency situations, with needs such as rental assistance and emergency lodging, groceries, meals, clothes, school supplies, gas to get to work and appointments, medical supplies and prescriptions, domestic abuse refuge, utility bills and some vehicle repairs. The yearly campaign is the Salvation Army’s only means of fundraising.

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Nov

Area kids treat our troops


Tessa, Logan and Kye Higgins, of rural Wauzeka, decided to donate their Halloween candy as Treats for Troops. Thanks to a little help from their parents and Suppz Gym’s Mary Sheckler, and her kids, 150 pounds of assorted candy was sent to surprise a number of troops.

By Correne Martin

Over 150 pounds of Halloween candy was sent to members of the military from the area, thanks to some local kids who gave up their goodies for a Treats for Troops effort.

It all began on Oct. 31 when Michael and Lara Czajkowski Higgins’ three kids were trick-or-treating and learned that another youngster was trick-or-treating for troops. When they got home that evening, Logan, Tessa and Kye discussed with their parents how they could do the same and help brighten a service member’s day. The three threw all of their candy into a bucket—all 10 pounds of it—and decided to pay it forward. Though, as kids can be kids, they kept 12 pieces each. The next day, they put up signs at their school about the plans to collect more treats, and Michael and Lara also placed Treats for Troops boxes at their workplaces, Peoples State Bank and Czajkowski Higgins and Rider.

“In one week, we had 85 pounds,” Michael said.

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