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Wed
29
Oct

For the last weekend, experience the Halls of Terror for yourself. I did


Deranged zombies, creepy clowns and bloodied bodies help make up the Halls of Terror on St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien. Don’t miss the last weekend Friday, from 7 to 11 p.m., and Saturday, from 7 to 10 p.m. A lights-on haunt experience with fewer ghouls and fewer scares will be offered from 6 to 6:45 Halloween night. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Local youth Kelsey Stickley and Adam Rider accompanied myself (Correne Martin) and Audrey Posten during the Halls of Terror Friday, Oct. 24. Which one of them looks more afraid?

By Correne Martin

I haven’t subjected myself to the fright and gore of a haunted house since my college years when I heedlessly entered an unforgettable haunted barn in Lena, Ill. I’ll never forget falling down a chute in the darkness. They called it “the last ride,” and it certainly felt like it. Prior to that experience, I hadn’t ventured through a haunted house since the heydays of the old Brodtville schoolhouse near Patch Grove. As a middle schooler back then, I regrettably touched some repulsively gooey brains and freaked out in front of a few cackling witches, that’s for sure.

Wed
29
Oct

Election: Assembly District 96


Lee Nerison and Pete Flesch

 

Election 2014: 

Assembly District 96

Pete Flesch

 

Age: 57

Party: Democrat

Mon
27
Oct

Wisconsin River Trail

 

Wisconsin River 

Trail project continues

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
27
Oct

Crawford County investigates theft cases

Last week, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department began investigating two cases of theft for which they are seeking information from the public.

On Friday, Oct. 24, the department initially investigated the theft of a black Mercury 15 Hp four stroke outboard boat motor. The motor was stolen from a storage lot located on County Highway K near the intersection of State Highway 35 in the township of Prairie du Chien. The motor was stolen sometime between Friday, Oct. 10 and Friday, Oct. 24.

On Sunday, Oct. 26, the department was notified of a theft of deer antlers from a residence located on Dittman Hill Road in the village of Wauzeka. The antlers had 11 points and were still attached to the head of the deer along with the tags. The theft occurred on Saturday, Oct. 25, sometime between 5 and 10:30 a.m.

Mon
27
Oct

Gays Mills man charged with substantial battery

A 24-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of substantial battery.

Anthony M. Larson faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Larson punched a 17-year-old boy in the head during an incident on Oct. 11 in a driveway of a residence in the town of Clayton.

The 17-year-old fell and struck his head on the blacktopped driveway, according to the complaint.

The 17-year-old was woken up by others at the scene and was taken to Vernon Memorial Hospital where he received stitches to close a laceration to his face. He told investigators that he was very dizzy, with a very bad headache and had been bleeding from the mouth and head, according to the complaint.

Mon
27
Oct

Trick-or-treat hours are 5 to 8 p.m. in PdC

This year, Halloween is on Friday, Oct. 31. The city of Prairie du Chien is celebrating the holiday with official trick-or-treat hours from 5 to 8 p.m. Sirens will sound in the city at the beginning and end of the fun.

As little ghosts and goblins of the community, and their parents, get ready to enjoy trick-or-treating, Police Chief Chad Abram would like everyone to remember these safety tips:

•Watch for children crossing the street.
•Make sure that your child’s costume has reflective material.
•A parent or adult friend should accompany children.
•Pay attention to all traffic signs and signals.
•Trick or Treat at those houses with porch lights on.
•Stay in neighborhoods that you are familiar with.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, call the Prairie du Chien Police Department at 326-2421.

Mon
27
Oct

Ferryville man’s body is found

The body of Ferryville fisherman Roger S. Goodell, who presumably drowned on Oct. 11, at Lock and Dam No. 9, near Lynxville, was found on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 25, by two boaters about three-quarters of a mile south downstream from the dam, according to Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick.

At about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, the boaters notified the sheriff’s department that they had spotted what might have been a body in the river south of Lock and Dam No. 9. The sheriff’s department responded and recovered the body of 64-year-old Goodell, who had fallen out of a fishing boat on Oct. 11.

Mon
27
Oct

Choosing the right fit of health care provider is vital to your personal care


The primary health care provider team at Crossing Rivers Health Clinic in Prairie du Chien includes real people who take your health and wellness seriously, but they’re also here to make you smile as they deliver your care. The providers are pictured with joyful expressions as they take a team selfie, clockwise from bottom left, are Ann Grunwald, MD; Sara Rybarczyk, MD (internist); Peggy Barton, FNP; Steven Bush, MD, OB/GYN; Mark Grunwald, MD; Owen Vincent, DO; and Sue McMillan, FNP.

By Correne Martin

When individuals and families choose their health care providers, they are looking to find physicians or nurse practitioners who are a good fit as far as comfort level, personality, professional expertise and passions, insurance and so forth. They want high quality, personal, cost-effective care that is the perfect blend of all of these needs and desires. Oftentimes, people rely on referrals from family members or close friends when they choose a provider, or perhaps a family started with one doctor and each generation has stayed with that same doctor. But it’s important to consider educational and practice experience, specific approaches to medicine and specialties of the available professionals as well.

Wed
22
Oct

Plan to clean up Blackhawk Junction set to start Oct. 30


Six months later, the ruins from the April Slumberland fire remain a "tremendous and unwanted eyesore to the entire city," stated City Administrator Aaron Kramer during a Prairie du Chien Common Council meeting Tuesday night. Thomas Gialamas, the owner of Blackhawk Junction mall where Slumberland Furniture once stood, was invited to the council meeting to discuss the situation and plans for cleanup. He did not make the meeting however.

By Correne Martin

Once again, the city of Prairie du Chien is being told the fire ruins at Blackhawk Junction are going to be cleaned up soon. Though documents provided to the city on Oct. 17 said cleanup work would commence on Monday, Oct. 20, that schedule was pushed back 10 days, to Oct. 30, because a DNR permit is required. According to the most current timeline, abatement is expected by Nov. 15, with all of the work getting done before Christmas, at a cost of $396,000.

“Everything from Sears to the west is supposed to be removed,” Mayor Dave Hemmer said at Tuesday night’s common council meeting.

Wed
22
Oct

Council narrowly votes to hand over former PDRI funds to PdC Main Street

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council narrowly voted, 5-4, Tuesday night, to allow the city to hand over $4,523 of former PDRI (Prairie du Chien Downtown Revitalization Inc.) funds to the new PdC Main Street organization, which is attempting to continue a downtown-focused entity that is associated with the Wisconsin Main Street Program. The funds have been sitting in a segregated city account and were to be disbursed by the council in a manner beneficial to the downtown by Dec. 31 if “the reorganization of PDRI” did not occur by that deadline.

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