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24
Apr

A chapter of history in the books

The former KC’s Bar and Grill at 113 Main St., in Eastman, is coming down early this week. Members of the Leanne Colsch family said they expect to raze the property this week. Colsch, who owns Main Street Bar and Grill, across the street, purchased the property—previously owned by Kally and Corey Hammond—and intends to build a dance/reception hall in its place. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Mon
24
Apr

Traffic stop leads to drug and theft arrest

On April 19, Prairie du Chien police officers saw in the city of Prairie du Chien a 1999 Mercury Sable being operated by Alicia Jones, 35, Bagley, and her passenger Christopher Kivi, 41, Bagley. The officers lost sight of the vehicle and later located it in the parking lot of Piggly Wiggly located in the township of Bridgeport.

The officers saw the vehicle drive around to the side of the business and park. The occupants attempted to walk away from the vehicle as the officers approached. The officers made contact for an equipment violation and requested the assistance of the Crawford County K-9 Unit. K-9 Breck was utilized for an open free air sniff of the vehicle and subsequently alerted to the presence of one or more controlled substances he is trained to detect.

Mon
24
Apr

Seizure leads to meth bust

On April 20, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from a Julia Lloyd, 33, Stoddard. Lloyd reported that her passenger, Rashidat Momoh, 26, Little Canada, Minn., was having a seizure in her vehicle. Lloyd stated she had pulled into the parking lot at the Pronto Gas Station in De Soto. The De Soto First Responders, Tri-State Ambulance, and Vernon and Crawford County deputies responded to the scene.

Information obtained during an interview with Lloyd led deputies to request the Crawford County K-9 unit. Once on scene, K-9 Breck conducted an open free air sniff of the vehicle and alerted to the presence of one or more controlled substance within the vehicle.

Mon
24
Apr

Art show to raise funds for mission trip by selling locally-handmade pieces


An wide array of local artists’ handmade pieces will be for sale on silent auction at the upcoming art show fundraiser for the Eastman United Methodist Church Youth Group mission trip. The show is Sunday, April 30, from 3 to 5 p.m. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Nine members of the Eastman United Methodist Church Youth Group are taking a mission trip to southern Missouri this summer. To raise money for the annual, industrious and enlightening occasion, an art show fundraiser is planned for Sunday, April 30, from 3 to 5 p.m., at Gatherings on the Ridge in rural Eastman.

Artists’ donated work will be on display and for sale via silent auction for minimum bids of $30 apiece. Some of the local talents creating the pieces for sale include Sharon Dearborn, Gayle Patraw, Lisa Rogers, Lisa Miller, Cody Sime, Hans Glick, Nancy Dowling, Nate Bremmer, Tracy Morovits-Feye, Krystal Forde and others­—about 20 artists in total. The array of art will feature framed and canvas paintings, a quilt, small furniture, photography, greeting cards, batik pieces and kids’ art.

Mon
24
Apr

River on the Rise


Water laps at picnic tables in the park area of the Campion Street Boat Landing Friday morning. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

River on the rise

No changes to long-term water 

level plans, says Corps of Engineers

By Ted Pennekamp

The Mississippi River continues to rise. On Monday, April 24, at 11 a.m., the river stage at McGregor was 13.81 feet. According to the National Weather Service Office in La Crosse, it is expected to reach 14.8 feet on April 28. Flood stage is 16 feet.

Mon
24
Apr

Prairie du Chien Skate Park


Work has begun on the final phase of the Prairie du Chien Skate Park.

 

Final phase of skate park underway

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Construction of the final phase of the Prairie du Chien Skate Park is underway. The skate park is located at 1004 S. 15th St. near the Wacouta Aquatic Park and Fort Fun.

Thu
20
Apr

Groundbreaking for School Upgrade Project


Taking their turn with the gold shovels are Duane Rogers (school board), Nick Gilberts (school board), Cassie Hubanks (school board), Devan Toberman (school board), Christine Panka (school board president), Drew Johnson (district administrator), Lynn O’Kane (school board), Kyle Schauf (HSR Associates), Jason Yahnke (Olympic Builders) and Bill Yahnke (Olympic Builders).

Bluff View Intermediate School students display the banner that the school received for being honored as a “School of Recognition” for the past five years. In the front row, holding the flag, are Breanna Smithson, Greenlee Krahn, Laklyn Jackson and Emily Luedtke. Back row, Kylie Downing, Kelly Wagner, Deacon Chesebro, Blake Thiry, Alaina Lenz and Grace Pedretti.

Excavation began Thursday on the west side of the high school for the new auditorium.

 

Groundbreaking ceremony honors community, staff and 

students for helping to achieve facilities upgrade project

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
19
Apr

Drugs reportedly in driver’s system at time of fatal crash


Brandon Ballweg is pictured at his initial Dane County Court appearance. (Credit John Hart, Wisconsin State Journal)

By Correne Martin

A Wisconsin state toxicology lab report indicated the presence of THC and cocaine in Brandon Ballweg’s system the evening he crashed his vehicle in Madison, resulting in the deaths of Kirk U’Ren and Jenni Steiner, according to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court. Wisconsin State Patrol speed estimates also determined Ballweg’s speed range at the time of the crash was between 87 and 92 mph.

Wed
19
Apr

Southwest Tech and Workforce Connections open facility as one


The April 11 ribbon cutting and open house at 1304 S. Marquette Rd., made the new facility official for Southwest Tech and Workforce Connections. The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and the Prairie du Chien School District congratulated both entities. Pictured (from left) are Paul Ginkel, Kiel Fritz, Christine Panka, Bob Standorf, Tom Nelson, Tyler Diktanas, Char Bender, Mike McCoy, Kevin Mulrooney, Frankie Mezera, Peg Baxter, Roy George, Teresa Pierce, Drew Johnson, Jason Wood, Julie Pluemer and Bob Moses. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Southwest Tech and Workforce Connections have both held offices in Prairie du Chien for a number of years. On April 11, they made their presence more prominent in the community by holding a ribbon cutting and open house at a new facility at 1304 S. Marquette Rd. Together, the two will continue to connect people, training and employment, while advancing self-sufficiency for area citizens.

The reason for the more visible location is because both entities had outgrown their former spaces near one another in the Crawford County Administration Building.

“About a year ago, we made the decision to leave. Because of the awesome partnership we have, we asked the technical college to go with us,” stated Teresa Pierce, Workforce Connections executive director. “We provide services in nine counties. The college provides the training part of it and we provide the employment part.”

Wed
19
Apr

Construction underway at Prairie du Chien High School


Excavation and the installation of footings has begun on the east side of Prairie du Chien High School. The gymnasium and greenhouse addition will be 31,170 square feet. (Photos by Luke Lucas)

A rooftop view of the construction shows busy crews moving earth. (Photo by Luke Lucas)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Construction has begun on the $18.9 million facilities upgrade project that will involve Prairie du Chien High School, Bluff View Intermediate School and B. A. Kennedy Elementary School.

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