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Villa Louis head Caya-Slusser takes new position in history


Villa Louis Director Susan Caya-Slusser, who is pictured in December 2015, greeting Governor Scott Walker on the mansion’s front walkway, will leave her post at the Villa for a newly-created position, the director of southwest regional sites. (Photo by Correne Martin)

The Wisconsin Historical Society has appointed Susan Caya-Slusser to the newly-created position of director of southwest regional sites. This position will provide vision, leadership and general management to the Villa Louis in Prairie du Chien, Stonefield in Cassville, First Capitol in Belmont and Pendarvis in Mineral Point. The job will be based at Pendarvis.

“Susan prevailed in a search, which attracted top candidates from across the country,” according to Brian Thompson, administrator of the society’s museums and historic sites division. “Her strengths in building strong public programs and deepening community ties make her the perfect person to champion these four magnificent sites.”

Mon
30
Jan

67th Ice Fisheree


The Prairie du Chien Ice Fisheree is always well attended, and the 67th annual event should be no exception.

 

67th Annual Prairie du Chien 

Ice Fisheree is February 4 and 5

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The 67th Annual Prairie du Chien Ice Fisheree will be held on Feb. 4-5. The event is headquartered at the Lakeview Marina Bar, three miles north of Prairie du Chien on County Road K.

Mon
30
Jan

Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon raises over $40k

For the third year in a row, over $40,000 has been raised for heart disease and cancer research through the Heart and Cancer Telethon. For the 42nd year, the telethon has become a true community celebration. Though its organized by the Prairie du Chien Eagles Club, it’s the community that makes it an entertaining and heartfelt production. For more photos and information, visit eaglestelethon.org.

Mon
30
Jan

Pet Expo is Feb. 11

Pet enthusiasts are invited to attend the fifth annual Pet Expo at Nelson True Value on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Co-sponsored by Nelson True Value, Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter, Tender Care Animal Hospital and Howe Printing, this event benefits the local effort to build an animal shelter.

The Pet Expo will include a bake sale featuring home-made treats—just in time for Valentine’s Day—and a food stand.

An entire slate of pet-related activities will be featured. At 9:30 a.m., watch a dog obedience demonstration by local residents and their dogs that have been in training for several months.

A best pet trick contest will take place at 10 a.m. The first 10 pets registered will compete for prizes donated by True Value and Prairie Cinema. To register for the contest, call Bev Pozega at 326-2914. Come to the expo to vote for your favorite trick.

Mon
30
Jan

Snow a factor in accident

On Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7:10 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle crash on Highway 131 in the village of Gays Mills just south of the Crawford County Fair Grounds.

When a deputy arrived on scene, there was no vehicle at the scene but the deputy noticed where the vehicle lost control, crossed the center line, went over the north side embankment and through a fence. The vehicle was able to drive through a field to get back onto the roadway.

While the deputy was investigating the crash, the driver of the vehicle, Logan J. Lomen, 20, Wauzeka, called the Sheriff’s Department to report the crash. Lomen informed deputies that he was traveling north on Highway 131 in his GMC Envoy when he lost control of the vehicle due to the snow covered roadways.

Mon
30
Jan

Car goes over embankment, strikes tree

On Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 9:15 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle crash on Vineyard Road near Hoffland Lane in the township of Bridgeport.

Michael A. Mezera, 53, Prairie du Chien, was traveling west on Vineyard Road in his Nissan Murano when he lost control of the vehicle due to the snow-covered roadway while negotiating a curve. The Mezera vehicle went into the north side shoulder, continued over the embankment, and struck a tree before coming to rest in the ditch.

Mezera claimed no injuries from the crash. The Mezera vehicle sustained severe damage and was towed from the scene by Bob’s Towing.

Mon
30
Jan

Man cited after crash involving two vehicles

On Sunday, Jan 29, at 2:11 p.m., the Crawford Sheriff’s Department was notified of a two-vehicle accident in Bridgeport Township on Highway 18 near Utopia Lane.

A 2008 Nissan pickup owned and operated by Michael Tromp, 51, Muskego, made a lane change and struck a 2014 Ford owned and operated by Paul Valentine, 80, Lancaster.

Valentine and his passenger refused treatment.

The Valentine vehicle was a total loss.

Tromp was cited for unsafe lane change.

Mon
30
Jan

Crash results in OWI arrest

On Saturday, Jan. 28, at 1:37 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle crash in the village of Mount Sterling. The crash occurred in the front yard of 402 N. Main St.

A 17-year-old boy from Wauzeka was operating a 1999 Ford Ranger northbound on North Main Street when he left the right side of the roadway.  The boy’s vehicle drove over the curb and struck a tree head-on in the front yard of 402 N. Main St. A citizen called the Sheriff’s Department after the crash indicating that the driver was trying to flee from the scene. A Crawford County deputy arrived on scene and made contact with the driver who stated he was heading home and that he was not sure of how he crashed. The driver said he thought he was in the village of Eastman.

Mon
30
Jan

Vehicle hits snowbank

On Sunday, Jan. 29, at 6:22 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle crash on Highway 27 approximately one mile north of Limery Road in the township of Prairie du Chien.

It was found that the vehicle crashed into a snow bank. Two other vehicles got stuck while reporting the crash to the Sheriff’s Department. All three vehicles were removed from the scene. The driver of a 2003 Buick Century was located at his residence.

David E. Elvert, 61, Wauzeka, was northbound on Highway 27 when he lost control. Elverts’ vehicle began to slide in the roadway and left the west side of the roadway and struck a snow embankment. Elvert left the scene and went to his residence. Elvert’s speed mixed with road conditions appeared to be a factor in the crash. Elvert was cited for too fast for conditions.    

Mon
30
Jan

Conversion of former Wyalusing Academy starts soon


The remnants of two recently demolished storage sheds and their former contents sit south of the former Wyalusing Academy building, soon to become Lawler School Lofts apartment complex. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Activity at the former Wyalusing Academy property in Prairie du Chien may have caught the attention of anyone taking notice recently. Two storage sheds on the south end of the main structures were disassembled and discarded. Commonwealth Corporation is preparing to start construction inside the historic facility as soon as spring arrives.

The future apartment complex, Lawler School Lofts, is expected to be open within one year of the construction beginning, according to Kevin McDonell, vice president of development, Commonwealth Development Corporation of America.

River to Valley Initiatives, the current owner, removed the old sheds, which will be replaced with a couple new garages for parking, McDonell said.

“Our construction team is doing its preliminary due diligence on the inside of the facility. We’re hoping as soon as things dry up, construction can start,” McDonell stated.

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