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Wed
27
Aug

Local man charged with substantial battery

A 24-year-old Prairie du Chien man was charged on Aug. 20 in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of substantial battery.

Joshua A. Moeck faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a witness saw Moeck on Aug. 9, at approximately 2 a.m., hit a man on the back patio of Bob’s Bar for no apparent reason. The man fell to the ground apparently unconscious. The witness later told investigating officers that he saw Moeck strike the man several more times in the head while the man was on the ground. The witness said Moeck then ran from the area, according to the complaint.

The victim later told officers he was outside the bar when he was blind-sided by someone and does not remember much after being hit, the complaint said.

The victim sustained lacerations to the head and a broken nose. He was taken to Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital.

Wed
27
Aug

Stubbe’s purpose has been ‘Jest For Kids’ for 25 years


Rhonda Stubbe and her day care students from last school year are pictured on Zebra Day. “Z is for zebra. Run, run, run. Having lots of fun in the sun, sun, sun.” Pictured with Rhonda are (from left) Brianna, Bella, Deven, Kadyn, Parker, Madie and Zach.

Rhonda Stubbe started the Jest For Kids licensed day care center 25 years ago in her Prairie du Chien home.

By Correne Martin

Someday, the children Rhonda Stubbe has cared for at Jest For Kids Family Child Care Center may come back as adults and express their gratitude for giving them a good start in life.

“For a minimal part of the day, I get to be the parent they can’t have while mom and dad are working,” Stubbe said. “That’s my purpose. I’ve always loved children and I’ve enjoyed my job providing care for hundreds of children over the years.”

Rhonda, with support from her husband, Matt, started Jest For Kids 25 years ago. She remembers the day remarkably well.

“Jim and Cheryl Trentin were my first day care parents. I remember her handing me a $10 and a $5 and, I said, ‘What is this for? You mean I get paid to do this?’” she recalled.

She had been working as a computer operator for Peoples State Bank and was frustrated going to work knowing her two young daughters weren’t happy at their day care.

Wed
27
Aug

Boat landing improved

Parking lots are better
The parking lots on both sides of the tube at the Ambro Slough Landing have been improved through a shared project between the Wisconsin DNR and the Gremore Lake District. Another photo of the project is on page B2.

 

DNR, Gremore Lake Disrict team 

up to improve Ambro Slough Landing

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
25
Aug

Bull Bash held this weekend


The Children’s Ranch Bull Bash is Saturday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. All ages are welcome to check out this high-energy, edge-of-your-seat style event. It’s the only area event offering bull riding, mutton bustin’ and barrel racing all in one night. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

For the third year, thrill seekers will have the opportunity to watch bull riding, mutton bustin’ and barrel racing all in one night at the Children’s Ranch Bull Bash, Saturday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m.

Each year, about 300 spectators experience the bash from the bleachers as about 30 cowboys (adults and juniors), 15 barrel racers and 15 mutton busters demonstrated their riveting skills. All ages are invited to come out and enjoy the event again this year. The Children’s Ranch is located at 61011 Sebastian Lane (off of Vineyard Road), Prairie du Chien.

“Concessions will be available, so make sure you come hungry,” said Gracie White, president of the Children’s Ranch. “All the proceeds go to Children's Ranch's kids programs and other community events.” No carry-ins are allowed.

Tickets for children and adults are sold in advance at BP south or at the gate for an increased admission.

Mon
25
Aug

Stay tuned as radio station embarks on new era


This is what remained of the studio at the former radio station building on St. Feriole Island before it was torn down the week of June 27.

The new Q94/WPRE building at 132 N. Prairie St. is equipped with four studios, two on-air and two production/multi purpose rooms.

Current Q94 staff includes (from left) Kelly Renner, Greg Bender, Dan Moris, Dave Storkson, Laurie Wild, Gabe Buch and Todd Crotty.

By Correne Martin

WQPC and WPRE radio have officially broadcast in their new studios for three months. The staff moved its offices on May 8 and its studios on May 27, without missing a beat on the air. Now it’s time for a grand opening/open house at their new location, at 132 N. Prairie St., Prairie du Chien, and the relaunch of WPRE on 104.3 FM.

The public is welcome to celebrate with the radio station and local dignitaries at the grand opening on Thursday, Aug. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m.

“We’re just happy to be downtown,” said Dan Moris, station manager/news director. “On the island, we were out there enough where we felt disconnected sometimes. We already feel so much more integrated with the town.”

Mon
25
Aug

Energy saving projects

 

PdC School District 

hires CESA 10 to look into energy saving projects

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
25
Aug

Local man charged with possession of methamphetamine

A 35-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine and one count of possession of waste from methamphetamine manufacturing.

Christopher L. Marshall faces up to a total of 9.5 years in prison and fines of $20,000 if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, Marshall admitted to investigating officers that he had previously made methamphetamine in a Gatorade bottle that was in a backpack in the back of the truck he was driving. Numerous items of drug paraphernalia and items consistent with a “one-pot” method for making meth were discovered in the back of the truck, including syringes, needles, used coffee filters, and the Gatorade bottle with plastic tubing, according to the criminal complaint.

Mon
25
Aug

Traffic stop leads to marijuana charge

On Aug. 12, at approximately 4:30 p.m., a Crawford County Sheriff’s deputy initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for operating left of center on Highway 60 near Clear Creek Road in the township of Marietta.
Through the course the traffic stop, it was discovered that the operator of the vehicle, Nickolas Ashman, 33, Prairie du Chien, was in possession of marijuana.

A closer look at Ashman’s record indicated multiple arrests for possession of marijuana in the state of Wisconsin. Based on this information, Ashman was arrested and charged with felony possession of marijuana.
Also present at the scene were the Boscobel Police Department and a Grant County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit.

This incident remains under investigation.

Mon
25
Aug

Resolution officially approved for a $13 million River Ridge referendum

By Correne Martin

The River Ridge School Board met on Wednesday night, Aug. 20, and approved a resolution calling for a $13 million referendum this fall, which would cover the costs associated with moving all staff and students to one facility in Patch Grove and relinquishing the Bloomington facility.

The vote was 5-1 Wednesday, with board member Randy Martin opposed. Board member Dave Breuer, who has voted against the referendum resolution in the past, was absent from the meeting.
Approval of River Ridge’s referendum in the Nov. 4 election would authorize the issuance of general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $13 million.

“Now, as we move forward, we have to educate the public,” stated Lee Pritzl, River Ridge superintendent. “We will have public forums as we move toward November.

“It’s important for people to remember that if we don’t need the whole $13 million, we don’t have to spend it.”

Mon
25
Aug

Fundraising tour to Minnesota supports two PdC non-profits

By Correne Martin

If you’ve been longing to go on a good excursion not too far from home, an opportunity is approaching that will allow you to support the Prairie du Chien Historical Society at the same time. The 2014 Fall Tour to Minnesota, leaving from Prairie du Chien, is Oct. 22-24. This is the 12th fundraising trip to benefit the historical society, as well as the Prairie du Chien Lions Club.

A maximum of 56 passengers may travel on the Warco Bus making the tour. Everyone will stay two nights at the Country Inn and Suites in Shakopee. Included in the price of the tour are two breakfasts, one dinner and all admissions. Deposits are due before Sept. 3, with the final payment expected on Oct. 3. For more information, call Maury Oehler at 326-6036 or email mole6e23@mchsi.com.

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