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May

Gays Mills man charged with 4th OWI

A 40-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fourth offense).

Kenneth A. Mickelson faces up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Mickelson admitted to officers during the investigation that he drank about a 12-pack of beer earlier in the day.

Mickelson has previously been convicted of OWI three times.

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01
May

Man gets 6th OWI

A 52-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fifth or sixth offense).

Lawrence W. Nelson Jr. faces up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Nelson was driving 67 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone when a state trooper activated his emergency lights. Nelson continued on and then pulled into a driveway, the complaint said.

Nelson was then placed under arrest for OWI and transported to Crossing Rivers Health where he submitted to a chemical test of his blood.

Nelson has previously been convicted of OWI five times.

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01
May

Different recycling toters distributed in Prairie du Chien


Town and Country and city of Prairie du Chien personnel assembled and distributed new, recycling toters to city residents Thursday last week. The organized duties took place in the Blackhawk Junction parking lot. The new pickup started May 1 and will be every two weeks. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Town and Country and city of Prairie du Chien personnel assembled and distributed new and different recycling toters to city residents Thursday last week.

As part of the new, one-pass automated collection program, which started May 1, recycling materials are now collected once every two weeks.

A wide range of recyclables will continue to be collected, including aluminum containers; corrugated paper and other container board; glass containers; magazines; newspaper; officer paper; rigid plastic containers, including those made of PETE, HDPE, PVC, LDPE, PP, PS and other resins; steel containers; and bi-metal containers. These are to be put into the recycling toters and do not need to be sorted or bundled separately.

The automated process is hoped to improve recycling in the city, as the new bins have lids, are larger than previous containers and allow for pieces to be mixed without sorting.

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01
May

Couple finishes Boston Marathon


Husband and wife runners Patrick and Alli Klein, of Prairie du Chien, participated in the Boston Marathon April 17. He finished as the first Wisconsin male runner and 111th overall. Alli crossed the finish line 324th among females and 3,196th overall. She bested her personal record by two minutes.

Alli Klein, a kindergarten teacher at Prairie du Chien’s B.A. Kennedy, waves to her sister around mile 21 of the Boston Marathon two weeks ago.

Patrick Klein (in blue) comes off the starting line at the Green Bay Marathon, at which he qualified for the Boston Marathon.

By Correne Martin

You may have seen them running around town. In fact, they’ve run long distance nearly all their lives.

Husband and wife duo Patrick and Alli Klein, of Prairie du Chien, both completed the illustrious Boston Marathon on Patriots’ Day, April 17. Patrick finished as the first Wisconsin male, taking 111th overall, while Alli achieved a two-minute personal record, earning 324th among females and 3,196th overall. She was the fourth Wisconsin female. In total, over 32,000 athletes participated.

Patrick and Alli met while running cross country and track and field at UW-Platteville. They come from families of runners—his from Monroe and hers from Dodgeville. They’ve both coached other enthusiasts and literally put in years of their own training for moments like Boston.

“My mom ran it in 2003. It was something that motivated me to get there myself someday,” Alli shared.

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01
May

One of Eastman’s oldest buildings comes down


An excavator knocks down the final walls of the bar that stood at 113 Main St., Eastman. This view is from behind the building. (Photo by Correne Martin)

The front of the building comes down.

Piece by piece, the bar was demolished.

The living quarters came down

Rubble remains.

By Correne Martin

The former KC’s Bar and Grill at 113 Main St., in Eastman, was demolished Tuesday, April 25, by West End Salvage, of Lancaster. After Corey and Kally Hammond closed their business, the building, said to be one of the oldest in Eastman, sat vacant for three years and was in declining shape.

Leanne Colsch, who owns the Main Street Bar across the road, purchased the building through a foreclosure sale nearly a month ago. She intends to rebuild a bar and reception hall on the site, which she and her son, Larry Jr., will own. She said the new facility is going to be the same width as the previous structure but extend to the back of the lot about 72 feet.

Colsch said all the work is being locally-contracted. Tug Sprosty Construction, of Steuben, will be the builder. Swats Concrete, of Eastman; Lomas Electric and D.A. Digger Excavating, both of Wauzeka, are also working on the project.

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Apr

Family copes with loss of home, possessions in fire


Gerard and Barbara Sprosty sit outside of Country Inn & Suites with their dog Raiden. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

The inside of the Sprosty’s home sustained heavy smoke and water damage. The vinyl siding and the outside of the back portion of the house was also damaged greatly. (Photo by Donna Reed)

One of the two surviving cats received oxygen immediately following the house fire. (Photo by Donna Reed)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Gerard and Barbara Sprosty lost their house, nearly all of their possessions and two cats when their house caught fire the morning of April 17. Fortunately, nobody was hurt and the family has each other. 

“It was the worst day of our lives, very traumatic,” said Barbara. “But, thank God we have each other. That’s the main thing.”

Wed
26
Apr

Friends of the Library discuss a few construction expectations


Friends of the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library Mary Novey (left), president, and Terri Connell, talk about the undesirable necessity of the artesian well being capped.

A popular and distinguishing feature of the library is its artesian well, which must now be capped because of leaking issues. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)

By Caitlin Bittner

“It’s important to see this library sustained,” said Karen Badzinski, treasurer of Friends of the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library at their spring social Meet and Greet Tuesday night, April 25.

At the meeting, members recalled cherished memories of libraries, noting they saw them as places to go for growth, learning and exploration.

With the current library looking toward its future expansion, Friends of the Library President Mary Novey spoke about the recent success of the library’s book sale, which raised $700 in funds. She added that the library was grateful for all of the book donations and support they received for the sale, and is hopeful for that generosity to continue. “We’ll be having another one for Crazy Days,” noted Novey.

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26
Apr

Second annual Journey Through Time May 13 in PdC


Area musician Denny Garcia got toes-a-tappin’ and put smiles on faces at the Journey Through Time, a Wisconsin Historical Downtown Open House event. (Courier Press file photos)

A sharply-attired Chuck Dyer greeted guests and gave tours of the former Fort Crawford Hotel in downtown Prairie du Chien Saturday. The land for the hotel was purchased in 1864 and the hotel was built sometime between 1864 and 1870.

A group enjoyed riding along Blackhawk Avenue in a horse-drawn carriage. The horse-drawn rides will again be sponsored by Peoples State Bank for Journey Through Time.

More than a dozen historical venues in Prairie du Chien—many not usually open to the public—will open their doors on May 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., for free or reduced-fee entry as part of Journey Through Time, a Wisconsin Historical Downtown Open House event. The first event of its kind was held last year, in association with other Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) communities, and, due to its popularity, is being repeated with new sites and activities.

“We’re really excited about this opportunity to showcase the rich history of our area and not only promote these attractions to local residents, but also attract visitors to our area and local businesses,” said Marlene Dyer, past-president of PdC Main Street and main liaison with WEDC on this event. “In working with various venues, we will be recreating historical events and activities along with showcasing the structures.”

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Apr

Wauzeka’s Angels Fitness Center now open


Trinity and Lena, daughters of Adam and Rebecca Bartels, passed away Jan. 19, 2016, in a house fire in Wauzeka. Funds from their family benefit that followed have been put toward a school and community fitness center in their memory.

Adam and Rebecca Bartels (center) cut the ribbon April 13, officially opening the new fitness center in honor of their beautiful daughters. The room inside Wauzeka-Steuben School is open to students, faculty and staff during the school day and the community after hours. (Submitted photos)

Wauzeka's Angels Fitness Center at Wauzeka-Steuben School is open to anyone in the community for a minimal membership fee to cover expenses of running it after hours.

By Correne Martin

They were two sisters who loved to dance.

Trinity and Lena Bartels were unforgettably graceful, young ladies—one shy and the other friends with everyone—who touched a lot of lives, even if they never knew it.

Their polite personalities and beaming smiles were infectious. They had caring hearts and never judged others. They loved to travel and take cruises, experience different countries and cultures, and swim, run and twirl to music. They enjoyed eating ice cream, engaging in academics and extracurriclars, dressing up and attending school events.

“They complemented each other,” their mother, Rebecca Bartels said. “Trinity was always a very shy girl with a big heart. She just went to school and came home. She kept to herself and had a couple close friends. We always told her, ‘That’s all you need.’

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Apr

A chapter of history in the books

The former KC’s Bar and Grill at 113 Main St., in Eastman, is coming down early this week. Members of the Leanne Colsch family said they expect to raze the property this week. Colsch, who owns Main Street Bar and Grill, across the street, purchased the property—previously owned by Kally and Corey Hammond—and intends to build a dance/reception hall in its place. (Photo by Correne Martin)

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