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Wed
31
Oct

Man charged with 5th OWI after hit and run

On Oct. 26, at 9 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a hit and run traffic crash on State Highway 60, east of Brown Hollow Road, in the township of Wauzeka. 

Wed
31
Oct

Crawford County ensures voting security


On Tuesday, election volunteers Marilyn Nies (left) and Sandy McClusky (right) tested the Prairie du Chien wards 1 and 6 touch screen voting machines by casting various voting scenarios, as dictated by city clerk Tina Fuller. Once they went through all eight scenarios, they matched the machine’s tape with the ballots cast to ensure the machines were correctly recording the votes. This process was done by all city wards and county municipalities. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Prairie du Chien ward 6 election chief Marilyn Nies casts a test ballot as the city conducted its annual public test of the touch screen voting machines Tuesday, Oct. 30.

By Correne Martin

The Crawford County Clerk’s Office regularly makes election security a priority. Though, with the increased concern over the vulnerability of America’s electronic voting systems, Clerk Janet Geisler said doing so is especially critical.

“I wish there was a way I could make voters feel more secure,” she stated. “I know people are concerned about the voting machines, but they are not, in any way, shape or form, connected to the Internet.” Geisler added that she’s participated in a number of recounts over the years, and they’ve “always come out correct.”

Also to ensure security, the state has more heavily emphasized webinars about safety measures this year as well. 

Wed
31
Oct

Crawford County quietly observes 200th birthday


The rectangular section on the left, drawn on the map above, represents land established as Crawford County in 1818.

By Correne Martin

Crawford County was once so substantial in size that it covered the western half of what would become Wisconsin, nearly halfway up the state, according to Prairie du Chien historian Mary Antoine. It encompassed the land we know today as Iowa, Portage, Dane, St. Croix, Sauk, Richland, Chippewa, Vernon, La Crosse and Clark counties.

On Oct. 9, Crawford County quietly observed its 200th birthday. Much is chronicled in local history about its origination, though the public is generally unaware.

Wed
31
Oct

Huser, Katzung run like the wind at State Cross Country


Amber Huser and Meg Katzung are all smiles at the State Cross Country Championship in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday. (Photos submitted)

The Prairie du Chien cross country team showed their support for Meg Katzung and Amber Huser Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids.

Meg Katzung hits her stride at the state cross country championship Saturday.

Amber Huser kept good running form throughout the state cross country meet.

 

At the Division 2 WIAA Cross Country State Championships in Wisconsin Rapids on Oct. 27, we hear the gentle sound of the runner’s feet coming around the bend. Beach Boys fans close their eyes and start to pick up “Good Vibrations.” 

Christopher Cross says we’ve got such a long way to go to make it to the finish line. So watch us as we run like the wind. As the race went on and the finish was getting near, our legs weak, no time to sleep, we ran like the wind to be free one more time. 

Wed
31
Oct

River Ridge fans, school, coaches and team excited for state tournament


Just as they have all season, River Ridge students, staff and fans are sure to be out in force at the state volleyball tournament in Green Bay. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

For the first time ever the River Ridge High School volleyball team will compete in the 46th Annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association State Tournament to be held at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

Tue
30
Oct

Michael J. 'Mick' Cull

Michael J. “Mick” Cull, 81, of Bloomington, passed away Thursday, Oct. 25, at Our House Senior Living Memory Care in Richland Center. 

He was born July 17, 1937, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Kenneth and Marie (Mergen) Cull. Mick graduated from Bloomington High School in 1955. He farmed on the Cull Family Farm in Little Grant Township, where he raised beef and hogs until his retirement. Mick was a devoted member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council #4416 in Bloomington, and he was also a member of the Grant County Cattlemen’s Association.

Mick is survived by his sister, MaryAnn (Phil) Ryan; nieces, Annie M. Cull and Rochelle Cull; and nephews; Michael (Cheryl) Ryan, James (Sheila) Ryan and Tony (Pegi) Cull.

Tue
30
Oct

Jeanne M. Ruehlow

Jeanne M. Ruehlow, 63, of Savannah, Ga., and originally from Prairie du Chien, passed on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Jeanne was born on Nov. 11, 1954, to the late William J. and Ellen “Honey” A. (Kramer) Walker, who raised six girls in Prairie du Chien. Jeanne graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1973 and then from Upper Iowa University.

Jeanne married Donald C. Ruehlow in 1977, and together they had two children, Nicole and Daniel.

Tue
30
Oct

Thomas J. McGrath

Thomas J. McGrath passed away Oct. 23, at Hospice Alliance House in Pleasant Prairie. 

Tom was born Sept. 28, 1934, in Prairie du Chien, to Thomas P. and Ruth Marie (Smrcina) McGrath. After graduating from high school in Prairie du Chien, Tom enlisted and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force, where he was awarded the National Defense Service medal. Tom settled down in California, where he worked as an iron worker until his retirement. Tom was well-known for his physical strength, his strong work ethic and his wonderful sense of humor and story telling. He was an avid fisherman and loved doing jigsaw puzzles and gambling in his later years. 

Mon
29
Oct

Norma R. Smrcina

Norma R. Smrcina, 84, of Waukon, Iowa, died Friday, Oct. 26, at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. 

Mon
29
Oct

Michael Charles Cavanaugh

Michael Charles Cavanaugh, 72, of Dunedin, Fla., died Sunday, May 27. Michael was born on Aug. 22, 1945, to Orrel and Mary (Kluss) Cavanaugh in Miami, Fla. After graduating high school, where he was a star basketball player, Mike attended Amundsen Junior College in Chicago, Ill. 

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