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Wed
17
Aug

Decision to move Country on the River tabled

By Correne Martin

After five years on former agriculture land in Bridgeport, Country on the River is looking to relocate back to the beautiful park that is St. Feriole Island, which first hosted the music festival in 2010 and 2011. But, approval from the city of Prairie du Chien is needed before that can happen. Innumerable questions were asked of the festival owners during Tuesday night’s regular council meeting, before the common council chose to delay action on the request until its Sept. 20 meeting. Prior to that, a public comment opportunity will be held at the Sept. 6 council meeting. In the meantime, an ad hoc committee, appointed by the mayor, will negotiate terms for a possible agreement, with plans to report a proposal on Sept. 20.

Wed
17
Aug

Retired local veterinarian remembers his ‘hay’days


Dr. Robert Borne, a retired Crawford County veterinarian, fondly shared his herd health program logs as well as pictures and articles about his days on local farms. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Farmers in southwest Wisconsin tend to be a breed all their own. They’re the hard-working, easygoing kind who enjoy their animals, the countryside and a casual conversation of hogwash.

Retired large animal veterinarian Dr. Robert Borne, more fondly known by his former clients as “Doc,” knows farming families in the region all too well.

He grew up in Prairie du Chien and, like his two older brothers, was known locally for his sporting talents, even playing basketball at UW-Platteville.

“To me, life’s gotta be a challenge. Whether I was playing sports or not, I liked to lead people. I always wanted to be at the top of my class,” Borne said.

Wed
17
Aug

One block of Perry Street now one-way for school traffic

Marquette Road phase 2 pushed back again to 2018, still no word on Regal Marina

By Correne Martin

One block of Perry Street, between Beaumont Road and Prairie Street, will become one-way, from east to west, this week. The Prairie du Chien Common Council approved the change Tuesday night, upon a request from Holy Family Parish.

For the construction project at Prairie Catholic School, a new entrance was built along Perry Street where parents will drop off and pick up their children.

“We feel one-way traffic would make everything a little bit safer for the kids,” Father James Weighner told the council.

When asked if he’d spoken with the three homeowners on Perry Street about the reason for the parish’s request, Weighner said he’d been able to contact two of the three and believed their comments were positive.

Wed
17
Aug

Veterans program honors Civil War soldier in Bridgeport


(From left) Pastor Andy Doll, local historian Mary Antoine, the Civil War U.S. Army private’s great-great-granddaughter Dorothy Huotari and emcee/American Legionnaire Gary Gundlach attended a small program held in honor of Pvt. Garrett Butler at the Bridgeport Cemetery. (Submitted photo)

A small program was held Thursday, Aug. 11, for Civil War U.S. Army Pvt. Garrett Butler, who is buried in the Bridgeport Cemetery. The Crawford County Veterans Service Office coordinated the historically honorable event, which was attended by Butler’s great-great-granddaughter Dorothy Huotari, of Sun City, Ariz., among others.

Gary Gundlach emceed the program and Pastor Andy Doll delivered the invocation. Remarks were made by Huotari, Doll gave a closing prayer and military honors accorded by the Prairie du Chien Honor Guard completed the ceremony.

Prairie du Chien historian Mary Antoine shared the story of Butler’s life:

Garrett Butler was born in 1826 (exact date unknown) in Massachusetts. He came to Wisconsin and settled in Oakfield, where he was a farmer. He married widow Hannah Madison and, together, they had three daughters.

Wed
17
Aug

Crawford County Board


The Crawford County Board posed for a photo on the steps of the Administrative Building prior to the County Board’s regular meeting Tuesday morning. In the front row are: Mary Jane Faas, County Board Chairman Tom Cornford, County Clerk Janet Geisler, Mary Kuhn and Geri Kozelka. Middle row: Duane Rogers, Larry Kelley, Henry “Buzz” Esser, Greg Russell, Gari Lorenz and Wayne Jerrett. Back row: Derek Flansburgh, David Olson, Brad Steiner, Donald Stirling and Gerry Krachey. Kersten “Rocky” Rocksvold and Wade Dull were not present.

 

County Board may borrow up to $800,000 for capital improvements

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Board voted unanimously at its regular meeting Tuesday morning to give itself the authority to borrow up to $800,000 for various capital improvement projects. 

Mon
15
Aug

Free ‘Take a Deep Breath’ program to cover symptoms, therapies, proper management

By Correne Martin

A free educational program offering an overview of asthma symptoms, evaluations, therapy options and proper management will be offered to the public on Monday, Sept. 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Crossing Rivers Health George Family Education Center in Prairie du Chien.

Crossing Rivers’ Allergy, Asthma, Immunology Specialist Dr. John Moore will present information and demonstrations, alongside Respiratory Therapist/Certified Asthma Educator Sheila Schuety. Partners of Crossing Rivers Health is hosting the program.

What exactly is asthma and what does a person with the condition experience?

Mon
15
Aug

One arrested in theft cases, investigation continues

A local man was taken into custody in connection with multiple thefts from vehicles around the city of Prairie du Chien since the week of July 25, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

Investigations into the thefts were ongoing for weeks and, as a result of interviews with victims, witnesses and suspects, officers arrested Brandon Konicheck, 22, of Prairie du Chien, on Friday, Aug. 12. Police Chief Chad Abram said Konichek was taken to the Crawford County Jail, where he will face theft charges.

These cases remain open and under investigation. It is believed that further suspects may be involved. If the public has nay information regarding the thefts, contact the Prairie du Chien Police Department at 326-2421.

Mon
15
Aug

Two Soldiers Grove women jailed following drug busts

On Aug. 11, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department applied for and was granted two separate narcotic related search warrants in the county.

At 12:40 a.m., members of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department along with members of the Prairie du Chien Police Department executed a search warrant at Debra Wetzel’s residence at the Golden Acres Apartment Complex in Soldiers Grove. Wetzel, 59, has been a person of interest in several narcotic related investigations for many months.  

Items found during the search of her residence were numerous items of drug paraphernalia including syringes, smoking devices and straws. A digital scale, liquid methamphetamine, powdered heroine and opiates and marijuana were also found and seized.

Mon
15
Aug

Man dies in Mt. Zion accident

On Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 12:58 p.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 61 at Wheatville Road in Scott Township, Mount Zion.

Carl Maly, 86, Muscoda, died on Aug. 11 from injuries sustained in the accident.

According to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, Maly was driving a 2006 Ford Freestar van south on Highway 61. He attempted to turn left into a driveway. When doing so, he turned into the path of a northbound 2002 Jeep Wrangler driven by Wendy Burkholder, 46, rural Gays Mills.

Burkholder and Maly both sustained injuries and were taken by ambulance to a Boscobel hospital.

Burkholder was treated for non-life threatening injuries.  Maly was flown by Med-Link Air to a Madison hospital for a possible head injury.

Both vehicles sustained heavy damage and were towed from the scene.

Mon
15
Aug

Sheriff’s department warns about online scam

Over the past couple of months, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department has investigated an online scam. As a result of this investigation, thousands of dollars worth of merchandise has been recovered and seized. Seized items included tablets, smart phones, jewelry, watches, MP3 players, shoes, clothes, etc.

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