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Man found dead on road

On July 1 at 5:05 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a call from a passerby on Adams Road in rural Clayton Township that there was an unresponsive man lying on Adams Road next to a parked vehicle. North Crawford Rescue and Sheriff’s deputies responded and found Joshua G. Krambeer, 33, rural Soldiers Grove, deceased lying face down on the roadway. Krambeer’s vehicle was parked on the shoulder of the road near Krambeer’s body. Krambeer was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Joe Morovits.

An autopsy was performed on July 2 at the UW Hospital in Madison. Preliminary autopsy results indicated that Krambeer had a severely blocked main artery in his heart. The evidence at the scene indicated that Krambeer was alone at the time of his death and no foul play is suspected.

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Growing WSOR rail yard not entirely pleasing to local citizens

By Correne Martin

The west end of Prairie du Chien along the Highway 18 Bypass will soon depict a different landscape. By the end of the year, Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Company plans to expand its transloading site, currently used by Pattison Sand Company for loading and unloading sand.

On Tuesday night, July 1, representatives from the rail company presented plans to the Prairie du Chien Common Council to build a seven-track rail engine and car storage yard to the north of the already intended $1.3 million, 5,090-square-foot building on the south portion of the site. WSOR was not exactly met with pleasantries from the council or the community, which was represented by about 40 in attendance. Yet it was made clear during the meeting that the transformation will take place on state-owned property, which is exempt from any city riverfront zoning laws, meaning local government has little to say about the expansion.

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PdC Police Department getting 2 new vehicles, hiring full-time officer

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council approved the purchase of two vehicles, the disposition of three vehicles and the move to hire a full-time police officer at its Tuesday night, July 1, meeting. The action was in response to Police Chief Chad Abram’s requests to amend the police budget.

A total of $3,500 in revenue is expected from the sale of three squad cars. The two new vehicles will likely be a Ford Interceptor SUV and a pickup for police use in setting out barricades, hauling the speed board, etc. Abram said both are anticipated to last 10 years.

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Mill Coulee gets 3 inches in an hour


Pictured is what remains of a driveway on Mill Coulee Road north of Prairie du Chien after Sunday night’s heavy rainfall and wind. According to the reports from a homeowner on Mill Coulee Road, around three inches of rain fell in 45 minutes to an hour Sunday around 10 p.m. The National Weather Service of La Crosse stated that water was backing up on the road around 10:20. Also, streets were flooded in Prairie du Chien and there was a possible mudslide on Highway 60 in Crawford County. Do you have storm photos you would like to share with the Courier? Find Courier Press Newspaper on Facebook and post as you wish. (Photos by Tara Vannatta)

Pavement washed off the roadway

More pavement gone

A berm of concrete and large rock was washed out.

A homeowner's dike washed away

Road washed out

Corn saturated
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Crawford County 4-H youth prepare for dairy judging competition


Sarah Kearns is shown at dairy judging practice on Achenbach’s Hy-View Farms in rural Eastman.

By Katy Zart

Crawford County 4-H members are testing their dairy judging skills today (Monday) at the district contest. The contest is part of Area Animal Science Day held in Gays Mills at the Crawford County Fairgrounds. Fourteen counties are expected to attend the event and many will compete in the dairy judging contest. Dairy showmanship, livestock judging, horse judging, and dairy poster judging contests are also part of Area Animal Science Day, along with other activities and workshops.

Becky Kramer is the dairy judging coach for Crawford County 4-H. Kramer said there hasn’t been dairy judging in Crawford County for eight years but it has been a tradition for the area so she is happy to start it up again.
“Kids used to try out to make the dairy judging team. Now we allow anyone who is interested to participate,” Kramer said.

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Elkader man charged with four counts of felony bail jumping

On Thursday, June 19, Prairie du Chien Police Officer Jeff Henry received a complaint that Chad Dahling, 44, of Elkader, threatened an individual. Allegedly, Dahling told the individual that he would shoot the individual the next time the two saw each other.

According to the police report, after other considerably reliable citizens gave statements supporting claims that Dahling had broken the terms of his bail, an attempt to locate was put out for him.

Law enforcement officials from the Clayton County Sheriff’s Department went to Dahling’s residence, and upon arrival, as is detailed in the official report, Deputy Jed Jones and other officers observed Dahling through a window, sleeping on a couch. Eventually, the officers made entry into the residence and placed Dahling in custody.

While removing Dahling from the couch, a loaded rifle with the safety off, was found under Dahling’s couch cushions, according to the report.

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Pickup strikes road sign, utility pole and stop light

On Friday, June 27, at approximately 2:09 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle crash on East La Pointe Street at State Highway 18 in the township of Bridgeport. The caller stated that a vehicle struck a light pole and knocked it over into the roadway. The light pole was blocking the south turning lane.

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World’s longest annual charity bike ride cruises through Prairie du Chien


Bird Skemp, of Huckleberry’s Restaurant (left) poses for a memorable picture with three of the inspirational cyclists/University of Texas students riding the Texas 4000 challenge from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska in the fight against cancer. The trio of riders were among a group of 27 to pass through Wyalusing and Prairie du Chien along their route. Pictured with Skemp are Becca Hoffman, Neha Ali and Alex Patlan. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Texas 4000 cyclists Neha Ali, Becca Hoffman and Alex Patlan tried fried cheese curds for the very first time at Huckleberry’s Thursday night. You can’t come to Wisconsin and not have a cheese curd, right? The consensus seemed to be that they were “so good.”

Some of the cyclists of the Texas 4000 who camped at Wyalusing State Park are pictured, during their morning ride dedication, overlooking the scenic confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers.

By Correne Martin

Just like cancer patients have days where they may struggle to keep going, so do the bicyclists on the Texas 4,000 summer charity ride from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska, who passed through Prairie du Chien last week.
“That’s been our analogy for the trip, said Neha Ali, one of the riders. “Whenever we have a rough day and we feel like we can’t go any more, we think about people who are fighting cancer and how they have to be positive to make it past the difficult times.”

Twenty-seven riders made their way through Prairie du Chien Friday as part of the longest annual charity bike ride in the world. A total of 79 cyclists—all University of Texas  (UT) students—have committed to the 4,000-mile journey in this 11th year, on three separate routes: Sierra, Rockies and Ozarks.

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Plenty to get fired up about this Fourth of July

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Rail storage yard proposed at sand loading site in PdC


Illustrated here, Wisconsin Southern Railroad proposed this drawing of a $1 million facility, yet to be constructed at the unloading site utilized by Pattison Sand Company on the Highway 18 Bypass in Prairie du Chien. Now, WSOR is also proposing the addition of a seven-track rail engine and car storage yard to the north of the building on the property.

By Correne Martin
 
On Tuesday, July 1, at 7 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Common Council will hear a proposal from Wisconsin Southern Railroad (WSOR) regarding an expansion to its unloading site where Pattison Sand Company conducts work along the Highway 18 Bypass in the city. The proposal is an informational presentation only and does not require council approval for WSOR to move forward, as all track and building improvements will be done on the state-owned railroad right-of-way.

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