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09
Nov

Traffic stop results in meth bust

On Nov. 4, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit was parked along Highway 18 in Bridgeport Township when he saw a 1994 Chevrolet K1500 pickup traveling north. The deputy initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle for equipment violations in the city of Prairie du Chien and identified the driver as Trenton Hafke, 20, Prairie du Chien, and Hafke’s passengers, Daryn Harford, 22, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Robert Bodish, 23, Guttenberg, Iowa, and a juvenile.

K-9 Breck was utilized and indicated to the presence of one or more odors of controlled substances on the exterior of the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted due to the indication from Breck. As a result of the search, Harford was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia. Harford was booked into the Crawford County Jail.

Assisting on the traffic stop was the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

Mon
09
Nov

Accident causes truck to overturn, spill corn

On Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 10:42 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle roll over crash at the intersection of Stoney Point Road and State Highway 171 in Seneca Township.  

Larry L. Ross Jr., 47, of Gays Mills, was driving a 1979 International grain truck owned by Jason A. Bankes, 31, of Gays Mills. Ross was traveling east on Highway 171 and was slowing to make a right turn onto Stoney Point Road. Ross stated that his brakes failed during the turn, causing the load of corn to shift. Ross lost control of the vehicle, striking the north side ditch of Stoney Point Road, causing the vehicle to overturn on the roadway. The vehicle was transporting approximately 350 bushels of corn. A corn vac was called to remove the spilled corn from the roadway and the ditch.  

Mon
09
Nov

$5.3 Million Kickapoo River Project

 

$5.3 million invested 

in Kickapoo River project

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Thu
05
Nov

Three charged in Beating

 

Trio charged in vicious beating of 

restaurant owner

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Three Illinois men were each charged Nov. 2 in Crawford County Circuit Court in regard to the beating of the owner of a Prairie du Chien area Japanese restaurant. 

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.”

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