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Wed
04
Oct

Area boards contribute mightily to their schools’ success

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Wisconsin Association of School Boards has set Oct. 1-7 as Wisconsin School Board Week, a time to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in its community. Area school districts are joining all public school districts across the state to celebrate Wisconsin School Board Week to honor local board members for their commitment to their schools and the students. 

Wed
04
Oct

100 years of memories remain vivid for local centenarian


Juanita Martin turns 100 years old Thursday. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A lifetime spanning 100 years is a milestone most of us can only imagine. But Juanita Martin is living it. She will turn 100 years old on Thursday, Oct. 5.

Juanita received a certificate commemorating her century of life, signed by Gov. Scott Walker. Before deciding exactly where to hang it in her room at Prairie Maison nursing home the other day, she sat down to reflect on the highlights of her life.

Juanita was born into the Vogel family in 1917. She spent her childhood in Mt. Sterling, where her parents Charles and Edith Vogel had a small business. She had two brothers and one sister. They went to Mt. Sterling grade school.

She remembers riding in a mail truck to Lynxville to stay with her grandma at the Vogel Hotel. “I always stayed in room number 4 upstairs. I used to play with the girls who lived [in Lynxville].”

Wed
04
Oct

Prairie man charged with intent to deliver

A 26-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, and one count of attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer.

Christian Weber faces up to 16 years in prison and fines totaling $35,000 if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, while a Prairie du Chien police officer was following a vehicle, the vehicle accelerated, drove through a stop sign, and led the officer on a chase that reached speeds of 60 mph in a 25 mph zone.

The vehicle was stopped and searched. A zip-lock baggie containing several smaller baggies was found, many of which contained meth, according to the complaint.

Weber told the officer that he was having financial troubles so he went back to doing what he knows best, which is selling meth, the complaint said.

Wed
04
Oct

Local man charged with meth possession

A 28-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine.

Raymond McCullick faces up to a $10,000 fine and 3.5 years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Prairie du Chien police officers responded to a disturbance at a residence. A search revealed a digital scale and several plastic baggies, one of which contained marijuana and another that contained meth, according to the complaint.

Wed
04
Oct

Prairie du Chien man is charged with strangulation

A 27-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of strangulation and suffocation and one count of criminal trespass.

Tyson Martin faces up to $20,000 in fines and 6.75 years of imprisonment if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, a Prairie du Chien police officer responded to a residence and could hear screaming and what sounded like a physical altercation coming from inside the residence.

The officer entered the residence through an open door and saw Martin screaming and appearing to be very agitated and highly intoxicated, the complaint said.

There was a woman and another man in the residence. According to the complaint, Martin and the woman were in a previous relationship but the relationship had ended, and the woman now in a relationship with the man who lived at the residence.

Wed
04
Oct

City awards library bid despite a shortfall in the projected budget

 By Correne Martin

It’s not ideal to “chase the inflation tail,” according to Architectural Design Consultants, the firm tasked with assisting in planning the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library addition and renovation project. Despite the cost of the work reaching $3.578 million—which is $600,000 more than initially anticipated—the firm recommends construction move forward. Thus, the common council voted Tuesday night to award the contract to Portzen Construction, of Dubuque, for a base bid of $3,520,000. Plus, there is an add bid value of $58,000, to include an adult reading room addition.

“We feel strongly that delaying the project will be highly detrimental to the overall project, resulting in need for greater funds to cover less building value,” David Cameron, of Architectural Design Consultants, said in a bid summary letter to Linda Munson, library board president.

Wed
04
Oct

Michelle P. “Mick” Munz-Little

Michelle P. “Mick” Munz-Little, 56, of Prairie du Chien, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse.

 

Wed
04
Oct

Joyce Ruth Lawlor

In loving memory of Joyce Lawlor; beloved wife, mother and grandmother. Joyce Ruth Lawlor, 89, passed away peacefully Sept. 3. 

 

She was born Nov. 25, 1927, in Dorchester, Iowa, to Jesse and Ruth Lane of Waukon, Iowa. She married the love of her life, Robert Louis Lawlor, on Dec. 31, 1948.

 

Wed
04
Oct

Andrew John Fortier

 

Andrew John Fortier, 59, passed away at his home on Friday, Sept. 29, after a valiant battle with lung cancer with his wife Robin at his side. 

 

Mon
02
Oct

Woman faces 14 charges, including 6 felonies, in tent crash

A 32-year-old Boscobel woman has been charged in Grant County Circuit Court with 14 criminal charges including six felonies as the result of an automobile accident at a campground in Bagley on Aug. 12.

Stacy M. Smith was arrested on Aug. 12 in the River of Lakes Resort immediately after the crash. She posted bond and was released from jail two days later.

According to the criminal complaint, Grant County deputies were called to the scene at approximately 10:20 p.m. on Aug. 12.

Witnesses told deputies a sport utility vehicle was going at a high rate of speed on a campground road when Smith lost control on a corner and crashed into a tent.

A witness said there were seven people in the tent who were trying to get the vehicle to stop because Smith was attempting to back up when someone was underneath the front tire, the complaint said.

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