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Wed
28
Jun

Vehicle strikes mailbox, local man cited

On the morning of June 18, an officer with the Boscobel Police Department responded to a disturbance in the city of Boscobel. While on scene, the officer noticed a significant amount of damage to the passenger side of a 2003 Taurus SE. The officer questioned the driver of the vehicle, Jared J. White, 19, Prairie du Chien. White told the officer he possibly struck a sign or similar fixed object along Highway 60 between Wauzeka and Boscobel in Crawford County which was not reported to law enforcement. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office was notified and conducted an investigation.

It was determined that the crash occurred on June 17 at approximately 11:30 p.m. White was eastbound on Highway 60 when he struck a mailbox owned by Howard and Karen Roth, just west of Boydtown Hollow Road, in the township of Wauzeka. White stated a semi crossed the centerline, came partially into his lane of traffic and caused him to drive into the shoulder of the roadway.

Wed
28
Jun

PdC police stop van, make meth arrest

On Saturday, June 25, at 12:15 a.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department initiated a traffic stop on a 2005 Dodge Caravan for a non-valid driver operating the vehicle.  

Upon further investigation, officers located items associated with ingesting narcotics and methamphetamine.

Based on the results of the traffic stop, Raymond E. McCullick, 28, Prairie du Chien, was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia and operating a motor vehicle while revoked.

A criminal complaint is pending at the District Attorney’s Office.

Wed
28
Jun

Wauzeka driver dies in head-on collision

A Wauzeka man lost his life in a van versus semi crash near Fennimore early Tuesday morning, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

At about 4:15 a.m., June 27, Lee Steinhorst, 33, was driving a 2003 Dodge Caravan north on Highway 61, two-tenths of a mile south of Greenwood Road, in Fennimore Township. His vehicle crossed the centerline into the southbound lane of traffic, colliding head-on with a semi tractor trailer, driven by David Olson, 61, of Houston, Minn. The vehicles came to rest in the roadway. Steinhorst was pronounced dead at the scene by the Grant County coroner. Olson was not injured, authorities said.

Boscobel and Fennimore Police, Fennimore Fire and EMS and the Wisconsin State Patrol assisted at the scene. The vehicles were removed by Doan’s Auto Body, of Fennimore, and Kieler Service Center, of Kieler. This crash remains under investigation.

Wed
28
Jun

Traffic stop results in man being reunited with family members

On Sunday, June 25, at 11:30 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a driving complaint of a white cargo van crossing the centerline multiple times on Highway 35.

A Crawford County deputy was able to locate the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop near Highway 35 and County Road C. The driver was identified as 78-year-old John W. Manney. On June 24, Manney was reported as a missing and endangered person from Champaign, Ill.

Contact was made with the Champaign Police Department and Manney was reunited with his family.

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Champaign Police Department, Ferryville First Responders, Ocooch Mountain Rescue and Crossing Rivers Health.

Wed
28
Jun

Seneca Ridge and Valley Rally next weekend


Tim and Barb Boland, of Seneca, are serving as the Ridge and Valley Rally royalty for the 2017 hometown event. This year’s festivities will kick-off with a 5K/10K walk-run at 7:30 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. parade, with other fun at the park to follow. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The 24th annual Ridge and Valley Rally will be Saturday, July 8, at the Seneca Community Club town hall. Another year of fun for all ages is planned in Seneca for those who wish to spend their day in the little town. Citizens are invited to come out to this yearly fundraiser and show some pride in their community. All proceeds benefit the Seneca Community Club.

A 5K/10K walk-run will kick-off the day, with registration at 6:30 a.m., and the competition beginning at 7:30  a.m., between the two ball fields on Taylor Ridge Road. Early registration fees apply prior to July 1. To register now, visit http://senecarally.weebly.com/walkrun.html. Or, with questions, contact Myrna Stevenson at (608) 734-3650 or myrnas@centurytel.net.

Mon
26
Jun

‘Decoding the Driftless’ continues filming in area


Rob Nelson, left, and Jonas Stenstrom, right, test their equipment and get some preliminary shots of producer and on air personality George Howe, center, before embarking on a long hike up two bluffs near Bagley in search of an algific talus slope. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

The wildflower northern monkshood is found near algific talus slopes. (Photo by Tim Jacobson)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A natural history documentary about the Driftless Region called “Decoding the Driftless” has gotten its second wind with the coming of the summer season and has been filming in the Prairie du Chien area in recent weeks.

Mon
26
Jun

Slick road causes rollover

On Tuesday, June 20, at 10 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle rollover on County Road C, one tenth of a mile west of Ridgetop Drive in the township of Utica.

Jesse A. White, 35, La Farge, was traveling west on County Road C in a Hyundai Tiburon. White lost control of his vehicle while negotiating a curve due to the wet roadway. White said it was raining and his vehicle hydroplaned. The White vehicle went into the north side shoulder and over the embankment which caused the vehicle to overturn before coming to rest.

White claimed no injuries from the crash. The White vehicle sustained severe damage from the crash and had to towed by Sleepy Hollow Towing. White was cited for non-registration of an automobile.

Mon
26
Jun

Vehicle strikes section of antenna tower

On Sunday, June 16, at 5:07 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report that several vehicles had struck pieces of an antenna that were lying on Highway 61 in Scott Township near Wheatville Road.
The actual location was on Highway 61 near Old 61 Road.

A northbound 2000 Chevrolet owned and operated by Lukas Tainter, 18, rural Boscobel, struck a section of a TV antenna tower that had fallen from a pickup load of tower sections driven by Brandon Hernan, 23, Boscobel.

The vehicle had heavy damage and was towed from the scene by Fry’s Towing. The accident remains under investigation.

Mon
26
Jun

Wauzeka grocery store closing after decades in one family


Al and Mary Stuckey are retiring from running Stuckey’s Market in Wauzeka for 26 years. Their last day of business will be Friday, June 30. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Al and Mary Stuckey stand in front of the meat case inside the grocery store they’ve run most of their lives. With no buyers prepared to take over, the community’s mom and pop market will close for the unforeseen future and remain for sale.

By Correne Martin

Al and Mary Stuckey have owned Stuckey’s Market in Wauzeka for 26 years. Friday, June 30, at 6 p.m., they will close the store’s doors one last time.

“It’s going to be sad to lock up,” Mary confessed.

Wauzeka’s mom and pop market has been for sale for years and, though there’s been some interest in buying it, nothing ever panned out. The last couple of years, Al and Mary have become more serious about retirement. Yet, the decision to close was not easily made. The Stuckeys feel concern that their regular local customers will need to find another shopping destination, and they said they’re going to greatly miss visiting with everyone.

“It was time,” Al said of the announcement made just after Memorial Day. “I just gotta recharge my batteries. I’ve slowed down over the years and it’s hard to keep up with technology. It’s always changing.”

Mon
26
Jun

Teen invited to prestigious acting camp


Kerrigan Trautsch, 13, was invited, after portraying Rumpelstiltskin last fall, to attend a Missoula Children’s Theatre performing arts camp. She is the daughter of Adam and Rita Trautsch, of Eastman, and the granddaughter of Ann Wallin, of Mt. Sterling, and Faye Trautsch, of Eastman. She’ll be a freshman at River Ridge this fall. (Photo by Correne Martin)

As a dorky guard in "Robin Hood"

As Spot the Dog in "Sleeping Beauty"

As Rumpelstiltskin

With her family: dad Adam, mom Rita and brother Landon, 11

By Correne Martin

Kerrigan Trautsch is turning 14 next month. Other than her youthful appearance and delightful giggle, you would never know she’s barely a teenager.

Well-spoken, poised and perceptive, Kerrigan is especially wise beyond her years when it comes to acting and writing plays.

The Eastman resident and soon-to-be River Ridge freshman, and daughter of Adam and Rita Trautsch, was invited by the esteemed Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) to attend its North Shore Performing Arts Camp July 30 through Aug. 12, 100 miles north of Missoula, Mont., on Finger Lake. Only 115 youth ages 13-15 are accepted into the camp. Each Missoula director group, which travels to all 50 states and several countries, is given only one or two nominations to present to aspiring and talented students participating in their shows, and Kerrigan is the only one in River Ridge history to receive the honor.

All this prestige began at a young age for Kerrigan.

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