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Wed
07
Sep

Brothers’ memorial playground in need of funds for rebuild


Austin and Justin Nolan died in a tragic ATV accident near their home in rural Prairie du Chien in August 2005.

The playground is pictured in its previous location, before it was taken down in April 2015 to make way for necessary additions to Prairie Catholic Schools

A beautiful picture of the playground equipment, with St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in the background.

By Correne Martin

A memorial playground honoring two brothers, who died in an ATV accident in 2005, has befittingly brought joy to hundreds of kids for the better part of a decade. So, when the Austin and Justin Nolan Memorial Playground was taken down from the Prairie Catholic School grounds in April 2015, to make way for a new gymnasium, it was difficult for parents Carrie and John Nolan to see happen. Thankfully, the deconstruction was not permanent.

The Nolans were assured by the school and parish administration that the play equipment would be rebuilt elsewhere on the grounds. The way Carrie understood it, at the time, was that it would be erected once again by means of a community build—just as it happened over the course of two days in July 2006. However, a month and a half ago, Carrie learned otherwise.

Wed
07
Sep

Few comments about COTR move are split in opinion

By Correne Martin

The public was given its time to share comments with the Prairie du Chien Common Council, regarding support or opposition to the relocation of Country on the River, from Bridgeport to St. Feriole Island. However, those representing the public and vocalizing their opinions, at the council meeting Tuesday night, included only a small percentage of community stakeholders.

Two spoke in person and five more provided emails and letters, which were read into the record at the meeting. A half-dozen others attended the meeting but did not comment. The council only listened to the viewpoints, as it will make a decision on the matter at its Sept. 20 meeting.

Wed
07
Sep

People in crash injured, lie about man with a gun

On Sunday, Aug. 28 at 6:21 a.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s Office took a report from Crawford County dispatch of a number of individuals receiving care at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien.  

It was initially reported that three subjects received a ride from a bar in Platteville, as the driver lost his keys to his vehicle. The men said the unknown driver took a person to Prairie du Chien, dropped that person off and then started taking them back to Avoca. During the trip to Avoca, the driver showed the trio a gun and told them to get out of the vehicle. They said they all jumped from the vehicle as it was moving.  

Wed
07
Sep

Man charged with his seventh OWI

A 58-year-old Soldiers Grove man was charged Sept. 1 in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (seventh offense).

Thomas E. Finley faces up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Finley was pulled over by a Crawford County Sheriff’s Deputy in the village of Soldiers Grove at 11:40 p.m. on Aug. 22, on suspicion of OWI.

Finley was arrested and taken to Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien. Finley had six prior convictions for OWI and therefore his blood alcohol content was restricted to .02 in order to legally drive.

Finley refused to submit to a chemical test of his blood, so a search warrant was obtained and Finley’s blood was drawn. Samples were labeled, sealed and sent to the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene in Madison.

Wed
07
Sep

Crawford County drug abuse roundtable discussion announced

The fourth event in a series of roundtable discussions regarding opioid and illegal drug abuse has been announced by Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) for Friday, Sept. 9, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., at the county administration building in Prairie du Chien. These events have brought together community members who share ideas for combatting the growing epidemic of illegal drug abuse.

Area health officials, law enforcement, local elected officials and members of addiction recovery organizations will be in attendance to discuss community challenges and solutions to the increasing rates of methamphetamine, heroin and opioid addiction in western Wisconsin. This events is open to the public. No RSVP is required.

Previous roundtable discussions were held in La Crosse, Viroqua and Tomah. For more information, individuals can contact Sen. Shilling’s district office at (608) 782-2785 or Sen.Shilling@legis.wi.gov.

Wed
07
Sep

Experience nation’s largest carriage driving competition at the Villa Louis


Mallory Gorman, of Oregon (Wis.), prepared to navigate the your route/my route obstacles in the pairs pony division during the 2015 Carriage Classic at the Villa Louis in Prairie du Chien. (Courier Press file photo)

Held annually, the Villa Louis Carriage Classic highlights competitive carriage driving in arena and obstacle classes. Experience this elegant event, which is the largest carriage driving competition in the nation, on Sept. 9-11.

“This stylish event recalls the brief heyday of the Dousman family’s famed trotting horse operation, the Artesian Stock Farm, a Standardbred training facility,” said Susan Caya-Slusser, Villa Louis site director. ”The Carriage Classic celebrates the pinnacle of the stock farm and allows guests to experience this great tradition.”

More than 100 drivers will hitch finely-trained horse of many breeds to new and restored carriages in several different events. Events will take place in a fenced arena as well as on the lawns and grounds surrounding the Villa Louis estate.

Wed
31
Aug

Animal shelter may move to business park following property trade with city

A property trade that is likely to move Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter’s prospective building site to Prairie du Chien’s North Gateway Business Park was unanimously approved by the common council following closed session of a specially scheduled meeting Tuesday night.

According to terms of the trade agreement, the city would take possession of the animal shelter’s land located southwest of the intersection of 22nd Street and Campion Boulevard, while RABAS would take ownership of the land mainly south of the intersection of Cliffwood Drive and Vena Court. Also, the city would make a $15,000 contribution toward the construction of the new animal shelter.

Wed
31
Aug

Wounded veteran to be honored with escort parade


Emotions will be revved up high for all those participating across southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa on Sept. 10. (Photo by Jeff Harper)

Army Cpl. Adam Eilers, of Garnavillo, sustained injuries in a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan in February 2011. He will be the honoree of the Silly String Ride escort parade on Sept. 10.

Jo Nell Coates, Silly String Ride administrator, is pictured with Adam Eilers during a pre-ride celebration recently.

Jo Nell Coates, founder, will escort local wounded soldier Adam Eilers and other ride participants with great pride. (Photo by Jeff Harper)

By Correne Martin

“Freedom is not free.” That’s why, if there was ever a time to join forces with our fellow Americans in support of those who make sacrifices for our country, Saturday, Sept. 10, would be the day.

A 150-mile escort parade in honor of Adam Eilers, a  29-year-old wounded Army veteran from Garnavillo, will traverse southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa. Eilers will ride in a red truck behind 100 to 150 motorcycles and other vehicles, starting in Hazel Green and making stops in Guttenberg, Iowa, Prairie du Chien and Glen Haven before ending up in Hazel Green for a big celebration.

“We would love it if the public would come on out and line the streets with American flags, red, white and blue signs and other gestures of support,” encouraged the ride’s administrator, Jo Nell Coates, who will lead the ride on her motorcycle, donning an American flag.

Wed
31
Aug

New judge working toward treatment court

By Ted Pennekamp

 

New Crawford County Circuit Court Judge Lynn Rider officially began her duties on Aug. 1 and is working on starting some new practices regarding offenders who are involved with alcohol or drugs.

“It’s been very good so far,” said Rider, 56, about her first few weeks as judge. “I’ve gotten lots of support from other judges and courthouse staff to help me get started.”

Mon
29
Aug

Crawford County Fair


Owen Oppreicht, 10, of Eastman enjoys burying his friend Jonah Klema, 10, of rural Wauzeka, in corn Thursday at the Crawford County Fair. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Jonah Klema of rural Wauzeka smiles after being covered up to his ears in corn Thursday.

Kole and Keira Breininger of Richland Center pet a friendly goat Thursday.

Sawyer and Landry Stluka of Soldiers Grove become characters riding a merry-go-round Thursday at the Crawford County Fair. The fair offered numerous activities, exhibits and rides from Aug. 24-28 in Gays Mills.

Maya Buffington, 9, of Eastman holds a Mini Rex rabbit.

Braelyn Olson, 7, of Viroqua, and Sylvia Erickson, 7, of Liberty Pole, pet Augusta the llama.

Jacob Payne, 10, and Ben Payne, 9, of Seneca, inspect Jacob’s exhibit in Mechanical Projects. Jacob got first place.

 

Always a fun time at the Crawford County Fair

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