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Wed
11
May

Find all you need in ‘one stop’ at Johnson’s


At the newly remodeled Johnson’s One Stop in Seneca, third- and fourth-generation members of the Johnson family stand proudly in front of the new hardware counter, made with repurposed galvanized steel from the old feed mill that once stood where the store is today. Pictured (from left) are Brad, Debbie, Brandon, Artie and Jordan. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The scope of products and services at Johnson’s One Stop has evolved continually since it originally opened as a general store in Seneca in 1937. In fact, its most recent remodel, which began a year ago in May, was finished before Johnson’s annual spring sale this April.

Robert and Avis Johnson established Johnson’s One Stop nearly 80 years ago about one block north of where the current building stands today. When livestock feed became a big seller, in the early 1960s, the business moved to its present location, near a feed mill, and constructed a new facility on top of farm land. More emphasis was also put on hardware and farm hardware at that time.

In the late 1970s, the feed portion of the business was sold to allow for expansion of the growing hardware market. Then, in the late 1990s, as building materials sales grew, so did Johnson’s once again. Of course, all the while, groceries have been a strong part of the business as well.

Wed
11
May

Free bike safety education provided at Gundersen Clinic in time for summer


Lylian Kussmaul, River Yager, Shelby Schroeder, Zachary Ross, Taia Dressler and Robert Groom were the lucky winners of free bicycles, donated by Prairie Industries, at the Gundersen Prairie du Chien Clinic bike safety event May 4. About 50 local children attended and everyone went home with a prize. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The Gundersen Prairie du Chien Clinic hosted a Healthy Living Program on bicycle safety Wednesday afternoon, May 4, from which local children took home knowledge about riding their bikes, prizes and, in the case of six participants, brand new bikes.

This year’s program featured Ashley Erickson, a Prairie du Chien police officer, who educated about 50 children ages 4-14 and their parents about using hand signals, wearing properly-fitting helmets, knowing the parts of a bicycle, understanding stop light rules, crosswalk safety, railroad safety and looking both ways before crossing the road, among other information.

Following Erickson’s presentation, the anxious bunch alleviated their energy by putting their knowledge and skills to work on a challenging bicycle course in the Gundersen parking lot. Each child was also correctly fitted with a new helmet.

Kids were also treated to popcorn, cotton candy, animal crackers and drinks.

Wed
11
May

Sex offender compliance check conducted in county

The U.S. Marshals, along with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Sex Offender Registry Program and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, conducted a residence verification operation for registered sex offenders.  

On April 20, deputies checked the addresses of 35 registered sex offenders in Crawford County. One was found to be non-compliant.  The Sex Offender Registry Program Specialist will investigate and make recommendations to the district attorney as necessary.

This initiative is part of the working relationship between the U.S. Marshals Sex Offender Investigations Branch and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Sex Offender Registration Program which monitors all 24,187 Wisconsin Sex Offenders.  

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections maintains a database for the general public at http://offender.doc.state.wi.us/public/.

Mon
09
May

Top two seniors at River Ridge named


Valedictorian Austin Morrow and Salutatorian Bo Kluesner

River Ridge High School has announced that Austin Morrow is the valedictorian and Bo Kluesner is the salutatorian for the Class of 2016.

Austin is the son of Joe and Jody Morrow, of Mt Hope. Austin is an active member of his school and community. He is involved in Future Business Leaders of America, National Honors Society, science club, Spanish club, Friends Helping Friends, choir and student council. He also has participated in Missoula Children’s Theatre for two years and assisted in fundraising for post prom.

Throughout his high school career, Austin has taken two AP courses, including AP history and AP literature.

Aside from his regular classes, the class that has had the most impact on Austin was choir. He believes choir taught him things that he would never be able to learn in an ordinary class: confidence, leadership and creativity. In his free time, Austin likes to draw, take photos and listen to music.

Mon
09
May

Seneca man faces a 5th offense OWI

A 43-year-old Seneca man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fifth or sixth offense), and one count of operating while revoked.

Scott P. McDaniel faces up to seven years in prison and $12,500 in fines if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, McDaniel was stopped by a Crawford County Sheriff’s Department deputy on Highway 171 in Gays Mills on April 7 at about 2:50 a.m. because he was driving with at least half of the vehicle across the center line.

McDaniel told the deputy he had a lot to drink, according to the complaint. He was subsequently arrested and taken to Crossing Rivers Health for a blood draw.

McDaniel has previously been convicted of OWI four times, once in the state of Iowa and three times in Wisconsin, according to the complaint.

Mon
09
May

Man charged with 4th OWI in 5 years

A 44-year-old Boscobel man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fourth offense in five years), and one count of operating while revoked.

Jeffrey John Faulkner faces up to seven years in prison and $12,500 in fines if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, Faulkner parked his vehicle approximately 4.5 feet from the curb on a road in the town of Seneca.

Faulkner admitted to the deputy that he had consumed 12 or 13 Miller Lite beers. Following field tests, Faulkner was placed under arrest for OWI and transported to Crossing Rivers Health for a blood test. He was later transported to the Crawford County Jail.

Faulkner has previously been convicted of OWI three times.

Mon
09
May

Hartig Drug contributes $5,000 toward library


Hartig Drug Owner and CEO Dick Hartig, and his wife Brenda, recently contributed $5,000 toward the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library capital campaign. (Submitted photo)

The Prairie du Chien Memorial Library capital campaign has grown again, thanks to a $5,000 donation from Hartig Drug.

“Hartig Drug has been a key member of the Prairie du Chien business community for many years,” Library Board President Linda Munson said. “Their generous donation exemplifies their corporation mission statement to be ‘active in community.’ We appreciate their contribution, along with the contributions of all of our corporate and individual contributors.”

Mon
09
May

Crawford County Community Fund presents 2016 Leadership Awards


Crawford County Community Fund Leadership Awards for 2016 were presented to (front row, from left) Russell Gilbert (Educational Leadership), Robert McDonald (Business Development), Jadyn Sander (Outstanding Youth Leadership), Craig and Julie Bell and Tyler Bell (Above and Beyond); (middle row) Jane Keeley (Kickapoo Cultural Exchange/Above and Beyond), Josh Engel (Driftless Organics/Business Development), Joe Irvin and Suzy Tegge (Come for Supper/Community Leadership and Service), Ruth Fleming, Terre Van Haren, and Mary Wilson (Gays Mills Orchard Ridge Association/Tourism); (back row) Lamar Janes (Kickapoo Cultural Exchange/Above and Beyond), Mike Lind (Driftless Organics/Business Development), Marlene Meyer, Bill Meyer, Andy Meyer, Julie Meyer, and Gary Wilson (Gays Mills Orchard Ridge Association/Tourism).

Century Hall in Wauzeka was the site for the presentation of the sixth annual Crawford County Leadership Awards, hosted by the Crawford County Community Fund (CCCF). Southwest Tech President Dr. Jason Wood was the keynote speaker. Camille Smith served as emcee, Sharon Murphy provided an update on activities of the CCCF and Bob Van Hoesen presented the awards. Music was provided by a flute ensemble from North Crawford School and Star Valley Flowers contributed the floral decorations.

Thu
05
May

Car Chase


Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and Prairie du Chien Police Department officers apprehend one of three subjects who eluded local law enforcement. (Photo by Correne Martin)

 

Three caught following chase

On Tuesday, May 3 at 4:18 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of an erratic driver on Highway 35. A Sheriff’s Department deputy saw the vehicle and attempted to stop the vehicle. In an attempt to elude the deputy, the vehicle drove down an embankment through the yard of an unoccupied home along Highway 35 approximately a half mile north of Limery Road. The vehicle stopped behind the home and the three occupants fled on foot. 

Wed
04
May

Sprosty to Retire


Crawford County Treasurer Martin Sprosty poses with State Senator Paul Offner of La Crosse (left) and United States Senator from Wisconsin William Proxmire in the 1970s.

 

The last year for longtime Crawford County Treasurer

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The year 2016 will be the final one for longtime Crawford County Treasurer Martin Sprosty who will be stepping down after 44 years. Come January, the county will have a new treasurer because Sprosty will not be seeking re-election. 

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