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16
Jun

Woman allegedly possesses meth

A 32-year-old Prairie du Chien woman has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine.

Tamara Messler faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Messler was pulled over by a Prairie du Chien police officer for a defective license plate lamp on May 16 at approximately 11 p.m.

During the traffic stop, the officer performed a chemical field test on the contents of one of several baggies that he found in the vehicle and also on a smoking device found in the vehicle. The samples tested positive for the presence of meth, according to the complaint.

Mon
16
Jun

New unclaimed property lists published statewide

The Wisconsin Unclaimed Property Program is publishing the new names received in 2014 in newspapers statewide now through the end of June, according to Wisconsin State Treasurer Kurt Schuller.
Each year, corporations turn over cash, securities and the contents of safe deposit boxes to the state. The unclaimed property unit helps reunite Wisconsinites or former Wisconsin residents and businesses with lost funds.

“We want people to have their money,” Treasurer Schuller said. “We have more unclaimed property valued at more than $400 million in our treasury account. Unclaimed property staff work hard to get these financial assets or items back to rightful owners and heirs.”

Mon
16
Jun

Former Olympic rower hopes to raise $1 million by traveling the Mississippi


John Pritchard has a nice visit with Richmond.

These are what the Victorian skiffs look like that John and his Challenge Crew will be rowing down the Mississippi River.

By Ted Pennekamp

It’s not all that unusual anymore for someone to paddle the length of the Mississippi River from its source in Lake Itasca to New Orleans. A trip planned to begin in August by John Pritchard of England does have its unusual features, however, along with a local connection.

Pritchard is the husband of Julie Williamson Pritchard, who is a cousin of Angie Finney of Wauzeka. Pritchard, a former Olympic and Cambridge Blue rower, will row in a wooden Victorian skiff on his journey down the Mighty Mississippi.

In addition, Pritchard is attempting to raise $1 million for the charity “Right to Play,” and will take people with him along the way. Pritchard will be in one skiff and another experienced rower will be in another skiff. People can join them in their skiffs at numerous points on the journey for two days of rowing which will consist of about 30 miles per day.

Mon
16
Jun

Children can eat free this summer at Bluff View


This poster, which hangs in the cafeteria at Bluff View Intermediate School, provides children a visual example of the basic food groups. Those participating in the free Summer Food Service breakfast and lunch programs are expected to take food from at least three of the different food groups for each meal.

By Correne Martin

Free meals are available to children 18 and under this summer at Bluff View Intermediate School in Prairie du Chien through the Summer Food Service Program, funded by the USDA. There is no sign up or personal information needed to participate, and the meals are provided to all children, regardless of need.

“Don’t sign up, just show up,” said Donna Heilmann, food service director for Prairie du Chien High School.

Since 2009, free lunch has been provided in the district during the summer, when free and reduced-price school meals are unavailable, according to Heilmann. This will be the third year for the free breakfast program.

“Helping parents meet the nutritional needs of their children is the strength of this program,” Heilmann said.

Fri
13
Jun

Construction Cash winner - week 3

Maria McFarland, of Prairie du Chien, was the Courier Press’ Construction Cash winner for week three of the promotion. She registered at Coaches’ Family Restaurant. Molly Wasecheck, of Coaches, presented McFarland with $50 in Construction Cash to be spent at any of the 27 participating businesses. McFarland also received a Coaches’ gift certificate. Be sure to register at one of the local Construction Cash participating businesses, and you could be our next winner.

Wed
11
Jun

Pattison wins mine lawsuit

 

 

Pattison Sand victorious in 

lawsuit against Riverway Board

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
11
Jun

THIS WEEKEND'S RENDEZVOUS SCHEDULE

Prairie Villa Rendezvous 
Thursday-Sunday, June 12-15, 2014

Click here to view highlights of the Rendezvous!

St. Feriole Island
Prairie du Chien, WI
Event is free to spectators - You can come and go as you wish.

Tentative Schedule Below - subject to change.

Rendezvous vendors are to contact the Big River Long Rifle for registration information. 
       Rendezvous registration
Their address is: PO Box 184, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821; or email: brlrendv@gmail.com

Wed
11
Jun

Three escape van before it bursts into flames

On Friday, June 6 at 2:58 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a vehicle fire in Utica Township, on Highway 27 at the intersection with Johnstown Road.

A 2004 Mercury van owned and operated by Michelle Garland-Stern of Postville, Iowa was southbound on Highway 27. The driver said she heard a “pop,” looked back, and saw smoke. She stopped the van. She and her 11 and 12-year-old passengers exited the van before the van was engulfed in flame.

The Seneca Fire Department had difficulty extinguishing the fire due to a full gas tank which kept re-igniting. The fire was burning the highway surface so the fire department members enlisted a farmer and his tractor to roll the van off the highway and into the ditch where the fire was finally extinguished.

Highway 27 was partially blocked for approximately an hour and a half.

Wed
11
Jun

Official cause is ‘undetermined’ in fire at Slumberland Furniture

The official cause of the April 13 fire that destroyed Slumberland Furniture in Prairie du Chien is “undetermined,” according to Fire Chief Harry Remz.

Remz reported Wednesday morning that investigators have been unable to prove any specific cause of the fire, leaving a giant question mark on what may started the Sunday night blaze. The fire left Slumberland in ruins and caused smoke damage to the remaining majority of Blackhawk Junction mall.

This “undetermined” determination comes nearly two months after the incident.

Remz stated that Slumberland Owner Rob Dowd said a demolition company should be on-scene soon to clean up the charred remains of his store.

Wed
11
Jun

Talked to your ‘Block Captain’ lately?

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce has established a team of “Block Captains” to assist in spreading important business, construction and traffic details to other businesses on their blocks throughout the Marquette Road project. They will act as messengers at the bi-monthly meetings at City Hall, where the DOT, contractor and city update business owners on the project. These block captains will also seek information and relay answers back to their blockmates after each meeting. The block captains’ goal is to help keep the line of communication open and find the best solutions to issues as the city’s major thoroughfare is torn up. Pictured (from left) are Dave Bowar, Hardee’s; Brad Berthiaume, Collins and Associates; Brandon Standorf, Radio Shack/Dyer Communications; Sally Berns, Kwik Trip South; Tiffany Stevens, Kwik Trip North; and Bob Moses, Chamber director/CEO. (Photo by Correne Martin)

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