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Wed
13
Nov

Drowning case appeal dismissed

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals has essentially agreed with the Crawford County court system in the determination of a wrongful death lawsuit driven by the parents of the 4-year-old boy who drowned in the Prairie du Chien outdoor pool in 2017. 

The state court recently upheld county judge Craig Day’s ruling to dismiss the lawsuit. 

Kurt Warrington Jr. and Rachael Warrington filed the case after their son Kashton died several days after being found unresponsive during a swimming lesson Aug. 2, 2017, at the Wacouta Aquatic Park. The Warringtons alleged the boy’s death occurred because city and Prairie du Chien School District personnel “were negligent in their supervision and custody” of him. 

Wed
13
Nov

Prairie du Chien School District’s motion in civil suit denied

A motion for a summary judgement in a lawsuit brought against the Prairie du Chien School District by the family of a Prairie du Chien boy has been dismissed. 

Dennis and Talmadge Knight are suing the district and its employees for negligence, claiming that a principal caused a chemical burn on Talmadge’s hand while he was in middle school.

Earlier this year, the school district filed a motion for a summary judgement, but La Crosse County Circuit Court Judge Todd Bjerke has denied the motion. 

A jury acquitted Aaron Amundson during a trial in August of 2018 in Crawford County Circuit Court.

The lawsuit demands $50,000 in compensation for damages sustained by Talmadge.

Wed
13
Nov

Car rear ends hay wagon

On Monday. Nov. 11, at 3:25 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a two-vehicle accident on Highway 61 just north of Spencer Hill Road in Scott Township with road blockage.

Kathy A. Alexander, 39, Soldiers Grove, was traveling north on Highway 61 in a 2014 Dodge. Edward J. Salzgeber, 56, Boscobel, was also traveling north on Highway 61 in a skid-steer pulling a hay wagon.

The Alexander vehicle rear-ended the Salzgeber hay wagon. 

Alexander and Salzgeber sustained bumps and bruises but refused any medical transport at the scene. 

Assisting at the scene were Scott Township First Responders, Boscobel Fire and EMS, Wisconsin State Patrol and Fry’s Towing and Repair of Boscobel.

Wed
13
Nov

K-9 Unit helps with meth bust


K-9 Breck sits behind evidence seized during a meth bust on Nov. 10. (Photo submitted)

On Nov. 10, at 12:50 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit saw a 2002 Jeep operating on Church Street in the village of Soldiers Grove. The Jeep was swerving within its lane and traveling at a slow rate of speed. The operator of the Jeep, upon seeing the deputy, drove onto Bugle Street, left the vehicle parked in the roadway and attempted to hide near a residence. The deputy contacted the driver, identified as Travis Johnson, 31, Gays Mills, who had his pants undone due to attempting to conceal contraband. Johnson exhibited indicators of drug impairment and is on active parole through the state of Wisconsin for delivery of methamphetamine. 

Wed
13
Nov

Dems, GOP jointly sponsor speaker on foreign government influence

By Correne Martin

The Republican and Democratic parties of Crawford County are coming together to sponsor a speaker on the techniques and actors foreign governments employ to influence democratic institutions. Dave Schroeder, strategist and senior cyber subject matter expert at UW-Madison, will talk and lead a free and public discussion on this topic at the Prairie du Chien High School Little Theater on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m.

“Two major political parties jointly sponsoring something is almost unheard of. It’s something that’s missing in politics, but this issue is one that should concern everyone,” said Democratic Party Chair Dale Klemme. “We encourage all to come to this non-partisan event.”

Tue
12
Nov

Quilts of Valor given in PdC


Jan Ashby

Nathan Baker

Martin Bunts

Tom Farrell

Mark Fortner

Joel Gerlach

Bob Goodman

Terry Kendall

Tom Olson

Larry Solomon

Lynn Wagar

By Correne Martin

A Quilt of Valor is a handmade covering of red, white and blue fabric layers and padding stitched together with kindness and gratitude. It is presented to a veteran or military service member touched by war, free of charge, as a token of thanks from the community in hopes of providing comfort, peace and healing. Some are presented in public ceremonies, while others have been given in private. To request one for yourself or a loved one, one must simply ask.

Across southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa, especially in the past five years, quilting groups have enjoyed selecting the perfect patriotic patterns and piecing them together for quilt creations that each have a one-of-a-kind design. Just as every veteran has a unique story of their own experiences, the Quilts of Valor awarded are also distinctive and meaningful. 

Mon
11
Nov

John R. Walker

John R. Walker, 70, of Eastman, passed away at Divine Rehab and Nursing in Fennimore, on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. 

John was born on Oct. 3, 1949, to Charles and Anna (Mara) Walker. 

He was always ready with a smile and a joke. John loved playing pool and watching videos to improve his game and loved watching the live cattle auctions online. He was an avid watcher of the RFD channel, always watching tractor auctions, farming shows, and the trains rambling through the countryside. John developed a wonderful relationship with his hospice team from Crossing Rivers Health; they all were so wonderful, and he appreciated all the help they provided. He also developed great relationships with his team at Divine Rehab and Nursing Fennimore. Thank you all for his wonderful care.

Mon
11
Nov

County schedules online auction for tax delinquent properties

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Crawford County Treasurer Deanne Lutz said the county will be selling property via an online auction starting on Nov. 15 and ending Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. All properties will be sold on the internet through the Kramer Auction Service website at KramerSales.com.

Mon
11
Nov

Black Hawk ends River Ridge’s season


River Ridge's Connor Mumm (12) runs through an arm tackle attempt by Black Hawk-Warren Friday night. (Photos by A.J. Gates, Grant County Herald Independent)

The Timberwolves' Will Esser fights for extra yardage.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

River Ridge’s football season came to an end Friday night as host Black Hawk-Warren defeated the Timberwolves 49-7 in a WIAA Division 7 Level 3 playoff game Friday night. 

Black Hawk scored 8 points in the first quarter and 14 in the second to take a 22-0 lead at halftime.

Mon
11
Nov

9-year-old soldiers on through 145 Veterans Day letters


Dylan Martin, son of Abby Martin, of Marquette, wrote, addressed and mailed 145 personal letters to veterans this year in time for Veterans Day.

V - Veterans deserve thanks for their service, and 9-year-old Dylan Martin, of Marquette, wants to ensure all service men and women know that others appreciate their important deeds. Even kids in third grade, like him.

E - Even though his “hand cramped, a lot,” Dylan hand wrote, addressed and mailed a total of 145 letters last week to veterans around the country and overseas in honor of Veterans Day this year. The son of Abby Martin, Dylan started this kind gesture a few years ago. 

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