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Thu
05
May

Car Chase


Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and Prairie du Chien Police Department officers apprehend one of three subjects who eluded local law enforcement. (Photo by Correne Martin)

 

Three caught following chase

On Tuesday, May 3 at 4:18 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of an erratic driver on Highway 35. A Sheriff’s Department deputy saw the vehicle and attempted to stop the vehicle. In an attempt to elude the deputy, the vehicle drove down an embankment through the yard of an unoccupied home along Highway 35 approximately a half mile north of Limery Road. The vehicle stopped behind the home and the three occupants fled on foot. 

Wed
04
May

Sprosty to Retire


Crawford County Treasurer Martin Sprosty poses with State Senator Paul Offner of La Crosse (left) and United States Senator from Wisconsin William Proxmire in the 1970s.

 

The last year for longtime Crawford County Treasurer

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The year 2016 will be the final one for longtime Crawford County Treasurer Martin Sprosty who will be stepping down after 44 years. Come January, the county will have a new treasurer because Sprosty will not be seeking re-election. 

Wed
04
May

North Main Street, between Frederick and Washington, designated emergency truck route

By Correne Martin

An official city truck route map was approved by the Prairie du Chien Common Council Tuesday night. Despite citizen concerns that the Highway 18 Bypass may be extended onto North Main Street, that is not the case.

According to City Administrator Aaron Kramer, North Main Street, between Frederick and Washington Streets has been newly assigned as a temporary specially-designated truck route. In defining that term, he said that section of city street may allow legal operation of truck traffic only when the city’s department of public works and police chief determine that such usage is required due to natural or man-made disasters, construction or other unforeseen circumstances. He added that this would only be if truck usage on any other designated truck route was deemed dangerous or restricted.

Wed
04
May

Seneca senior class announces 2016 val and sal


Seneca valedictorian Kilian Boland and salutatorian Nicole Manders

Kilian Boland, son of David and Ann Boland, and Nicole Manders, daughter of Paul and Loretta Manders, have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the Seneca High School graduating Class of 2016.

Kilian is a member of the National Honor Society and has been recognized for his academic achievements by being on the honor roll. During his high school career, he has participated in a variety of extracurricular activities including FFA, forensics, yearbook, and youth leadership. In addition to succeeding academically, Kilian has been involved in athletics, including basketball for four years, baseball for three years, and football for one year. Kilian plans to attend UW-La Crosse in the fall.

Mon
02
May

Dancing with the Cancer Kickin' Hawkettes


Max Erickson, a Prairie du Chien police officer, and his partner Katie Zahara, had the sold-out crowd hooting and hollering as they accomplished countless slick tricks during their dance to the 1960s party rock classic “Mony Mony.” Erickson and Zahara finished second in the rankings by just four-tenths of a point, with a score of 29.0. They were praised for clearly spending a significant amount of time practicing their routine. Judge Cindy Hertrampf even labeled them, “Spunky, sparkly and stupendous!” Taking first place in judges points was the duo of Dan Moris, of Q94 Radio, and Paige Severson, who entertained with a lively swing dance to “Zoot Suit Riot.”

Jan Waller, of Peoples State Bank, danced with Morgan Kiesau to Elvis Presley’s “Stop, Look and Listen.” Judges felt Waller had great hip action and that the duo was well-synchronized in their performance. Waller earned a score of 27.2 from the judges and was in the top three among People’s Choice selections.

Community volunteer Bob Witt paired up with Bree Holler for a dance to “Soul Man,” by the Blues Brothers. The judges were impressed by Witt’s flexibility, charisma and unique moves. According to Shelly Rider, one of the organizers of Dancing with the Cancer Kickin’ Hawkettes, the money raised at the event could help the American Cancer Society offer more than 150 days of housing at a Hope Lodge for cancer patients and their families. Also, more than 700 people could receive rides for their treatment or patient navigator services for their treatment, and the dollars raised could fully fund an additional researcher. “This is truly amazing to think about the impact to so many lives from what was accomplished,” she said.

The second annual Dancing with the Cancer Kickin’ Hawkettes Wednesday, April 27, at the Dousman House, featured 10 local celebrities paired with members of the Prairie du Chien High School Hawkettes dance team. A total of $12,250 was raised at this event for the Great River Relay for Life. Dr. Michael Rogge, of Prairie du Chien’s Mayo Clinic, and his partner Katie Licht, dressed the part and got into true character while shaking it to 1990s hip hop tune “Ice Ice Baby,” by Vanilla Ice. The two scored 27.9 out of 30 to place fourth in the judges’ eyes but were the winners of the People’s Choice trophies for receiving the most votes from the crowd as well as the voting public before the event. Each vote cost $1. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Mon
02
May

What's Up Dock?


An eight-slip dock has been connected to St. Feriole Island. The outside of the dock (the eight slips) is private, but the inside is for public use. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

New dock on St. Feriole Island

Two more potential docks seeking approval

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The city of Prairie du Chien is in the process of upgrading its dock situation in order to offer better access for boaters, anglers, canoeists and kayakers to enjoy the Mississippi River as well as local businesses. 

Mon
02
May

County S Closed


This accident in late 2014 caused damage to a bridge on County S in Crawford County.

 

Stretch of County S closed

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
02
May

Arbor Day Celebration at Memorial Gardens


The first graders all seemed to know the right answers to tree-related trivia questions asked by guest speaker Mark Pedretti during the annual Arbor Day Celebration Friday.

Volunteer Mark Pedretti explains to the youth about how the rings inside a tree can tell how old that tree is and also how wet or dry the summers were during its life cycle.

Arbor Day is celebrated by the Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department every year with a special program from PdC public and private school first graders at the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens. Each program culminates with the planting of a tree in honor of the first grade class for the year. Volunteer Tom Nelson is pictured showing the kids their tree Friday morning. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Mon
02
May

Local man arrested after meth found in his vehicle

On April 25, at approximately 5:40 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit initiated a traffic stop on a 1994 Ford Ranger being operated by Eric Schultz, 34, of Prairie du Chien, in Bridgeport Township. The deputy made contact with Shultz, and in plain view observed what appeared to be drug paraphernalia.

K-9 Breck was utilized for a sniff of the vehicle and alerted to the presence of one or more controlled substances he is trained to detect. A search of the vehicle was conducted and deputies located several individually packaged bags of crystal methamphetamine totaling ½ of an ounce, along with a digital scale, several baggies used for packaging controlled substances, schedule II narcotics, marijuana, marijuana paraphernalia and cash within the vehicle.

Mon
02
May

Teen injured in a rollover crash Friday

An area teenager was injured and his vehicle severely damaged in a one-vehicle rollover Friday morning, April 29, in the village of Steuben, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

On Friday, at 7:39 a.m., the sheriff’s department was notified of a crash with injuries on Stockyard Road, about four-tenths of a mile south of Drake Road in Steuben.

Garrett Groom, 16, of Steuben, was traveling south on Stockyard Road when he lost control of his 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup while negotiating a curve. The truck went off the west side shoulder, causing Groom to lose control of his vehicle. He attempted to regain control, overcorrected, crossed both lanes of the road, and went over the east side embankment, causing the vehicle to overturn.

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