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22
Jul

Prairie du Chien defeats Fennimore

 

The Prairie du Chien Hoppers defeated Fennimore 5-2 on Saturday after taking the lead late in the game.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Hoppers tied things up at two.

The game was tied at two with Prairie du Chien batting in the bottom of the fifth when Grant Martin singled on the first pitch of the his at-bat to drive in a run to make the score 3-2 in favor of the Hoppers.

Mon
22
Jul

Hoppers edge Viroqua in 10 innings


Prairie’s Blake Bremmer rounds third and heads for home to score the Hoppers’ first run. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Grant Martin takes a good lead versus Viroqua in their regional opener on a sweltering Friday night.

Blake Bremmer dives back to first base ahead of the tag on a pick-off attempt.

The Hoppers’ Cory Check gets ready to unleash a pitch against Viroqua Friday night.

 

The Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers American Legion baseball team ran off with the lead late in the game in a 2-1 victory over Viroqua on a sweltering Friday night. The game was tied at one with Prairie du Chien batting in the top of the 10th when Drake Coleman doubled on a 3-2 count, scoring what turned out to be the winning run.

The pitching was strong on both sides. Prairie du Chien pitchers struck out six, while Viroqua pitchers sat down 16.

Mon
22
Jul

Prairie du Chien hosts Regional American Legion Tournament

 

The American Legion Varsity Regional Tournament is being held at the St. Feriole Island Ballpark. The tournament began on a hot and humid Friday afternoon and will continue through Monday, July 22.

The first game began at 3 p.m. on Friday. Stoddard defeated Gays Mills 9-0 in the double elimination tournament.

Fennimore won a wild affair against Westby-Coon Valley 14-13 in the second game.

Wed
17
Jul

Prairie du Chien High School to get new scoreboards, bleachers

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Prairie du Chien High School will soon be getting new scoreboards and bleachers for its new fieldhouse that was built as part of the $19.7 million facilities upgrade project completed in November of 2018.

Wed
17
Jul

City partners with DNR to assess site’s environmental conditions


Efforts to redevelop keep moving along nicely from all parties involved, including the owner, Crawford County, as well as the city and even the DNR, which is getting involved as the administrator of a grant to assess the environmental condition of the property and, in turn, remediate any contamination. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Ultimate goal for county and city is to redevelop the property

By Correne Martin

The city of Prairie du Chien is continuing its share of efforts to make the Blackhawk Junction Mall property more developable and therefore more attractive to investors. 

During its Tuesday night meeting, the Prairie du Chien Common Council approved committing $5,000 as a match toward the opportunity to fully assess the site’s environmental conditions and, in turn, remediate any contamination.

Wed
17
Jul

VA extends Agent Orange presumption to ‘Blue Water Navy’ vets

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is preparing to process Agent Orange exposure claims for “Blue Water Navy” Veterans who served offshore of the Republic of Vietnam between Jan. 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975.

These veterans may be eligible for presumption of herbicide exposure through Public Law 116-23, Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, which was signed into law June 25, 2019, and goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020. They may also qualify for a presumption of service connection if they have a disease that is recognized as being associated with herbicide exposure. 

The bipartisan Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act gives VA until Jan. 1, 2020, to begin deciding Blue Water Navy related claims. By waiting until that date, VA is complying with the law that Congress wrote and passed.

Wed
17
Jul

Prairie Chamber seeks help funding fireworks

By Correne Martin

In the year 2020, it will be 35 years that the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce has taken the lead on the community’s yearly fireworks the second Saturday of July. Yet, the chamber has reached a point where it is looking to the greater community for suggestions on how it may help fund the celebration going forward.

“We enjoy the people coming to Prairie du Chien and seeing the children on the island, and we really appreciate the support we had this year and in the past,” Chamber CEO Bob Moses said Tuesday, after meeting with his board of directors. “But with the tariffs from China increasing the costs on what we pay for the fireworks, it’s going to be another $3,000 to $4,000 next year for the same kind of show we had this year.”

Wed
17
Jul

Three accused of drug possession, related offenses

Three area residents are accused of drug possession and related charges following a bust last Wednesday night in Crawford County, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department. 

On July 10, at about 7:50 p.m., a county sheriff’s deputy and the county K-9 unit made contact with a suspicious vehicle parked near the intersection of Boma Ridge Road and Highway 27 in the town of Utica. The driver was identified as Edward Lemay, 33, of De Soto. Deputies observed numerous indicators of narcotics impairment while interacting with Lemay. It was discovered that he had a revoked driver’s license in Wisconsin. 

There were two passengers inside of the vehicle who were identified as Lora Lemay, 53, of De Soto, and Kimberly Sheehan, 49, of Vernon County. 

Wed
17
Jul

OWI-4th offense for PdC man

James Lee Olson, of Prairie du Chien, has been charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI)-4th offense.  If convicted, he faces a maximum of $10,000 fine or six years in prison, or both and a minimum of a $600 fine, 60 days in prison, or both. 

Olson has been convicted three times previously for OWI in 1989, 1997 and 2013

This stems from a June 25 incident, in which Crawford County Sheriffs Department Deputy Cody Mullikin was on routine traffic patrol when he stopped a vehicle in the town of Bridgeport. Upon approaching the vehicle, Mulikin noted the driver’s side window was about halfway down, and the driver, identified as Olson, was holding his driver’s license out of the window. When Mulkin got to the window, he observed an open bottle of beer in the driver’s cup holder.

Wed
17
Jul

De Soto woman charged with THC possession

Alisa Frawley, 23, of De Soto, was charged with possession of THC-2nd offense, a class I felony.

This charge stems from a June 14 incident where Crawford County Sheriffs Department Deputy Tony Berg was on routine traffic patrol when he stopped a vehicle on State Highway 35 in Freeman.

Berg identified the driver as an Alan Haag, and the passenger as Alisa Frawley. Berg took their information to his squad vehicle and ran both through the Crawford County Dispatch. In the meantime, Crawford County Sheriffs Department Deputy and K9 Handler, Joe Breeser, arrived on scene. 

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