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10
Sep

2 rescued from SUV in water

On Thursday, Sept. 6 at 1:07 p.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of an SUV in the flood waters off of Highway 61 at Trout Creek Road, Soldiers Grove.

Donald Paulsen, 73, Blue River, was driving a 2006 Buick SUV south on Highway 61. His vehicle’s left rear suspension broke which caused the vehicle to go into the right ditch and become submerged in the flood waters.

Paulsen and his passenger, Gordon Butler, 80, Boscobel, were not injured. They were rescued from the water by passerby Army National Guard members. Paulsen’s vehicle sustained suspension and water damage and was towed.

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10
Sep

Local man charged with possession of meth with intent to distribute

On Aug. 25, at around 4 a.m., a Prairie du Chien officer, along with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit, were patrolling the area of South Dousman Street and Iowa Street. The officers observed two male subjects walking through residential yards. Due to recent vehicle entry thefts and suspicious activity calls in the neighborhood, the officers contacted the two males.

During the contact, a man identified as Johnathon Haid, 22, of Prairie du Chien, removed a plastic bag from his pants and dropped the bag to the ground, according to the police department.

Mon
10
Sep

2 arrested in meth bust

On Aug. 26, at 2:40 a.m., The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit was patrolling the village of Gays Mills. The deputy observed a 1995 Chevrolet Blazer leaving a residence on Main Street. The deputy discovered the registered owner of the vehicle had a revoked driver’s license. A traffic stop was initiated on the blazer as it pulled into a driveway of a residence, in an attempt to avoid the deputy.

The driver was identified as James R. Kilroy, 44, Gays Mills, and his passenger, who gave a false name to the deputy. While speaking with the driver, the deputy observed Kilroy to be exhibiting signs of drug impairment and had him exit the vehicle. 

Mon
10
Sep

Carriage Classic: Stunning Splendor


This stunning pair of Morgans, one stallion and one gelding, was led around the reverse psychology arena at the Villa Louis Carriage Classic Friday morning by Theresa Gorecki, of Kohler. Decked out in pale yellow and black splendor, Gorecki matched her carriage. She and her aptly-dressed passenger and horses perfectly depicted the beauty and elegance of the annual Prairie du Chien event. See more photos, page 12. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Sally Armstrong, of Johnson City, Texas, drove a Mediterranean miniature donkey, Max, in his first-ever pleasure show, at Prairie du Chien's Carriage Classic.

Toni Kerkove, of New Hampton, Iowa, participated in the reverse psychology obstacles at the Carriage Classic with her adorable pony and carriage.

Erik Jenson, of Franktown, Colo., commands his four-horse team around the timed obstacles event at the Carriage Classic

Linda Schutte, of Arena (Wis.), was a competitor in the cross country pace obstacles.

This entrant's vibrantly coral attire was eye-catching and added to the allure of her horse and the competition in which they were participating along the majestic Mississippi River in Prairie du Chien.

One of the 135 entrants in the annual event is shown maneuvering the cross country pace obstacles Friday. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Katie Whaley, of Paris, Ky., drives Tommy and Teddy around the arena, with her passenger watching their next course of action.

Dave Henson, of Harriesburg, N.E., brought this black beauty to the Carriage Classic.
Mon
10
Sep

City of Prairie du Chien assessed property value rises 21.75 percent

By Correne Martin

Accurate Appraisal recently released the results of a property tax assessment performed across the city of Prairie du Chien. The overall community change, for both the residential and commercial sectors, since the last valuation shows an increase of 21.75 percent to assessed value.

City residential property assessment totals jumped from $170,594,500 to $211,528,400—up 23.99 percent. Commercial assessment totals went from $103,360,200 to $122,000,000—an increase of 18.03 percent. In total, assessed value grew from $273,954,700 to $333,528,400, which equals the 21.75 increase. 

Mon
10
Sep

37th Annual Seneca Classic


Seneca's Liv Swanson smashes a winner between two Cassville players at the Seneca Classic Saturday morning. Seneca, Boscobel, Cassville, Shullsburg, Benton, Brookwood, De Soto and Ithaca participated. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Seneca's Erin Sime blocks the ball back to Cassville for a point Saturday in Seneca.

Savanna Wallin (8) goes up for the block attempt versus Cassville.
Mon
10
Sep

PdC public schools to receive $92,733 toward safety upgrades

The Prairie du Chien Area School District is receiving $92,733 to use toward school safety modifications. According to an Aug. 16 announcement from the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) School Safety Grant program, Prairie is one of 60 recipients sharing $2,559,666 from the final allocation awarded during the DOJ’s first round funding through the program. 

“A very large portion of the grant is going to be for interior locking door locks for classrooms,” stated Bob Smudde Prairie du Chien Public Schools district administrator. “Other things include buzz-in security systems at each building, upgraded video recording systems at all three buildings, increased cameras at each site, and installation of panic buttons in each of the school offices.”

Mon
10
Sep

PdC Fire donates equipment overseas


Prairie du Chien Fire Chief Jeff Boughton stands with volunteers Bradford and Joanne Martin, from the Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners of the Americas, and beside some of the turnout gear the fire department donated to the organization.

Nineteen air packs, along with 11 air pack masks and 38 air bottles were donated to the fire departments in Nicaragua from the Prairie du Chien Fire Department. Even though Americans have to replace such gear every 10-15 years, overseas rescue crews aren’t held to the same standards as the U.S. This is a good alternative to simply throwing these supplies away. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The Prairie du Chien Fire Department recently donated outdated and expired firefighting equipment to fire departments in Nicaragua, through the Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners of the Americas. 

Fire Chief Jeff Boughton explained that fire departments in the United States are required to follow national standards in regard to personal protective equipment. These standards require that all structural turnout gear be replaced every 10 years, and SCBA (air pack) bottles that are composite (carbon) be replaced every 15 years. 

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10
Sep

Hundreds attend open house at PdC’s Lawler School Lofts


This is just one small group out of the hundreds who toured three apartments during an open house at Lawler School Lofts Saturday afternoon in Prairie du Chien.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Hundreds of people toured three nearly completed apartments during an open house Saturday afternoon at Lawler School Lofts, 601 S. Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien. 

Thu
06
Sep

Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers to near flood stage; Turkey River flooding in Iowa

 

Both the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers near Prairie du Chien are predicted to be near flood stage by Sept. 11 or Sept. 12. 

Due to recent heavy rains in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota, the Mississippi River has been rising. According to the National Weather Service, the river was at 11.84 feet at 11 a.m. on Sept. 5 at the McGregor gauge. It is predicted to crest at 14.2 feet on Sept. 12. Flood stage is 16 feet at McGregor.

The Wisconsin River was at 5.23 feet at 11 a.m. on Sept. 5 at Muscoda. It is expected to reach 8.7 feet by Sept. 11. Flood stage is 9 feet.

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