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Crash leads to OWI arrest

On Sunday, July 2, at 2:42 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle crash on County C near White Road in the township of Freeman.  

Taylor J. Richardson, 24, Boscobel, was operating a 2011 Ford F-350 eastbound on County C when he swerved to miss a deer. Richardson crossed the center line, entered the left ditch and went over an embankment. Richardson’s truck then struck a water drain culvert.

Richardson and his passenger, Ian M.T. Riley, 26, Boscobel, claimed no injuries in the crash. During the investigation, it was determined that Richardson was under the influence of alcohol. Richardson was arrested for first offense OWI.

Richardson was cited for OWI (first offense), prohibited alcohol concentration (first offense) and non-registration of auto.

The vehicle sustained severe damage. Assisting at the scene was Milo’s Towing.

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Excavator and trailer tip over in Soldiers Grove


The Soldiers Grove Fire Department, Digger Don’s Excavating, the Crawford County Highway Department and LaFarge Towing worked together to clear the scene from the excavator that tipped over and trailer involved in the crash.

On July 6, at 11:39 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff Dept. received a report of an accident in Soldiers Grove near the intersection of USH 61 & Pine St.

A south bound 1999 Mack dump truck owned and operated by Joseph Zitzner, 53, of Viroqua, was pulling a trailer loaded with an excavator.

As Zitzner made a left-hand turn onto Pine Street, the loaded trailer began leaning and then tipped over. The street was closed for four hours till crews were able to remove the excavator and trailer. Zitzner was not injured.

Assisting at the scene were the Soldiers Grove Fire Department, Digger Don’s Excavating, the Crawford County Highway Department and LaFarge Towing.

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Anonymous donor, local businesses give $20k and in-kind supplies to animal shelter


MPC employees pictured with the animal shelter supplies they donated recently to RABAS include (front row, from left) Mike Gilman, Drake Downing, Curtis Groom, Lisa Esser, Roy Wallin, Suzie Tichenor, Lauren Nicholson; (back row) Craig Nagel, Chase Dallmann, Justin Mezera, John Gleason and Matt Brown. (Submitted photo)

Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter (RABAS) was recently the recipient of generous donations from an anonymous contributor as well as two local businesses.

A $20,000 donation was made by a benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous. This donation will greatly help the organization with final preparations, said Bev Pozega, RABAS vice-president.

The Prairie du Chien Tractor Supply Store donated three large boxes filled with dog items, including collars, harnesses, leashes and tie-outs, plus a number of miscellaneous supplies. According to store manager, Gene Gerndt, the value of the donated items was about $1,000.

Prairie du Chien MPC employees also sponsored a RABAS collection drive. MPC employees collected three large boxes of items to be used at the animal shelter. Supplies included copy paper, towels, dog beds, garbage bags, cleaning products and dog toys. In addition to the donated materials, they raised $250 for Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter.

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Two arrested in meth bust

In the early morning hours of July 2, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit was patrolling on Highway 171 and observed a suspicious vehicle parked at the West Ridge Orchard. The deputy made contact with Kimberly Sheehan, 47, Viroqua. Sheehan stated she had just left the residence of Julie Knoble, 32, Gays Mills. Both Sheehan and Knoble are on active bond for possession of methamphetamine in Crawford County and it was discovered that both were violating their bond conditions. Sheehan was placed under arrest for felony bail jumping.

A deputy then went to the residence of Julie Knoble who was found to be in possession of two separate baggies of crystal methamphetamine, several methamphetamine smoking devices, a digital scale and several plastic baggies. Sheehan’s purse was also at the residence and several methamphetamine smoking devices, a digital scale, several plastic baggies with white crystal substance and marijuana were located in the purse.

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A Look Back: 150th Blake’s Prairie Fair is here


Elephants occupied the grandstand area from Sept. 9 to 11, 1908, as many attendees watched close by.

The exhibits are always a prominent part of the fair, bringing in participants from local youth groups. Anyone can walk through these items features in the exhibit hall. Pictured are two women viewing some of the items years ago.

By Rachel Mergen

 

“It is your fair. Make it a great success this year,” John M. Kipper and Oscar Knapp, president and secretary, respectively, of the 1920 Blake’s Prairie Fair, stated when publishing their line up almost a century ago. Since then, much has changed with how the Bloomington fair operates. Yet, when the fair celebrates its 150th year July 13 to 16, it will still be the people’s fair, a time to celebrate and enjoy the community.

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War of 1812 battle rages in Prairie du Chien


A member of the United States forces fires at the British during the War of 1812 Reenactment on the Villa Louis grounds in Prairie du Chien Sunday afternoon. The battle, fought on the same grounds, from July 17 to July 20, 1814, was the only War of 1812 battle fought on what would later become Wisconsin soil. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The British forces fire their three-pound cannon at Fort Shelby Sunday afternoon.
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Boat stolen from private landing

On Saturday, June 24, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department investigated the theft of a boat from a private boat landing located on Tavern Road in the township of Clayton. The theft occurred sometime after May 29. The boat is described as an all green 14-foot aluminum flat-bottom.

The Crawford County Crime Stoppers urges anyone having information about this or any other crimes to call 326-8933 or (866) 779-PAYS.

Anyone calling either of these numbers with a Crime Stoppers tip will remain anonymous and a reward of up to $1,000 will be paid for a tip which solves a crime with an arrest, charges being filed and/or recovery of stolen property.

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Regals have through August

By Correne Martin

A Crawford County Circuit Court judge released an order last week, modifying the May 22 arbitration decision that said Regal Marine Group had until June 21 to remove its property from the marina premises in Prairie du Chien, and giving the family more time to relocate its belongings.

The Regals now have until Aug. 21—90 days after the arbitration order—to remove personal property, and until Aug. 31 to take down the buildings on the land. Any property deemed abandoned after those dates would become property of the city of Prairie du Chien, according to judge Craig Day.

The Regal family did not contest the arbitration panel’s decision to terminate the lease between themselves and the city; however, all along, they’ve vocalized that the original 30-day timeline to vacate the premises was unreasonable.

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Prairie du Chien Health Care Forum


Dale Klemme was the moderator for a health forum on May 25 in Gays Mills. Forty-five to 50 people came to participate. Discussion panelists were Dr. Mark Grunwald (retired Prairie du Chien physician), Larry Lester (partner in WIPFLI Accounting Firm) and Dr. Laurel Mark (physician and member of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Policy). The Prairie du Chien Health Forum will feature Dr. Michael Garrity, Dr. Laurel Mark and Dr. Nike Mourikes (also from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine).

 

July 13 health care forum in Prairie du Chien to consider if there is a better way

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Is there a better way? That will be the focus of a health care forum to be held in Prairie du Chien at 7 p.m. in the Crawford County Administration Building, 225 N. Beaumont Road.

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Great River Paddlers enjoy the beauty of nature


Pictured are (from left) Great River Paddlers members Sally Marshall, Sue Tiller, Jeri Kluesner, Keith Rauch, Cheryll McCune and Gayle Patraw at a boat landing in Wauzeka. (Submitted photo)

By Rachel Mergen

 

“Where are the kayaks?” That’s the question Sally Marshall had when she moved to the area years ago. 

Now, Marshall helps bring to the community the Great River Paddlers club, an organization set up, according to her, “to encourage paddle sport as recreational sport in the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers.” 

The kayak owners, all 50 members, enjoy leisure paddling through June to August. There is no competitiveness, just “enjoying the beauty of the river,” said Marshall. It’s an opportunity to take part in one of the few silent sports that also allows for a tremendous upper body workout. 

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