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Wed
25
Apr

Volunteers recognized for enriching communities


The 2018 class of Crawford County Leaders includes (front row, from left) Tammy Otteson and Liz Bremmer, above and beyond; Diane Yager, educational leadership; Pam Ritchie, representing Café Hope, business development; (back row) Ron Wagner and Cindy Kohles, above and beyond; Julie Rosauer and Butch and Norma Smith, representing Big River Long Rifles, tourism; Pat Connors, educational leadership; Bev Pozega and Staci Roth, representing Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Bev Pozega, Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter, was brought to tears in speaking about 10 years of hard work toward bringing the shelter to the region.

Like their fellow honorees, Tammy Otteson and Liz Bremmer felt they shared their awards with the family and friends who’ve helped raise funds for the past two and a half decades.

By Correne Martin

Crawford County Leadership Awards were given to six individuals and three organizations last Thursday evening, April 19, at a ceremony sponsored by the Crawford County Community Fund (CCCF), a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin.

The mission of the CCCF is to create stronger communities by matching generosity with economic needs. Each year, the entity affords three endeavors: a grant cycle, the Crawford County Markets Care program and the leadership awards. It also supports community functions, like the Mississippi Valley Conservancy’s upcoming Bat Fest, the North Crawford play, Ferryville’s farmer’s market and much more. These are all thanks to a fund that’s reached almost $135,000 since inception in 2011.

Wed
25
Apr

Money lesson teaches kids to ‘savealot’


Sir Savealot, the People’s State Bank mascot, and Kari Kronberg, debit card manager, shared a lesson about saving and earning money with Mrs. Oppreicht’s kindergarten class at B.A. Kennedy Friday, April 20. Kronberg showed the students different dollar bills and questioned them on what they could buy with them. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Learning to save and earn money are essential life skills that aren’t regular school curriculum pillars. But Mrs. Oppreicht’s kindergarten class at B.A. Kennedy Elementary School had the chance to read about those topics, listen to a local banking professional and meet Sir Savealot last week. 

On Friday, April 20, Kari Kronberg, debit card manager at People’s State Bank in downtown Prairie du Chien, introduced the bank’s mascot to her daughter and 13 of her classmates in Mrs. Oppreicht’s room. They hugged and high-fived Sir Savealot and relished in the opportunity to take their class picture with him.

Wed
25
Apr

Eastman teen injured when his vehicle rolls

On Monday, April 23, at 5:45 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle traffic crash on Highway 27 near Gran Grae Road in the township of Prairie du Chien.  

Ronald J. Atkinson, 17, Eastman, was operating a 2003 Saturn L200 southbound on Highway 27. Atkinson was attempting to negotiate a corner and lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle crossed the centerline and went to the left shoulder of the roadway while sliding sideways. The vehicle struck two construction barrels and then rolled multiple times down an embankment. The vehicle came to rest on its top in a field. Speed was a contributing factor in the crash. 

Wed
25
Apr

Local man charged with sexual assault

A 21-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age. 

Jeremy Dempsey faces up to 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine, if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, the 15-year-old girl told investigators that she and Dempsey had sex once.

Wed
25
Apr

ButterBurger’s new home slated to open first week of May


The Cathman family only wanted to reveal to the public a sneak peek of their Culver’s franchise’s remodeled entryway, order line and food window. The rest is up to imagination until it opens, hopefully, the first week in May. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The north-facing side of Culver’s in Prairie du Chien is still receiving brick and siding this week. Curb and gutter is nearly complete, and blacktop is expected to be laid next week.

By Correne Martin

When grilled about when Culver’s Restaurant will reopen in Prairie du Chien, owners Jason, Jen and Justin Cathman said they’re still shooting for the first week of May. 

The last few weeks of unanticipated April snowstorms set back construction slightly. But the crew is now pressing its schedule toward perfection. 

Driveway access from La Pointe Street has been moved further down the roadway, away from Marquette Road. The intent with that change was for safety reasons and to help with the flow of the restaurant’s drive-through, according to Jason.

Tue
24
Apr

Robert O. Hinkel

Robert O. Hinkel, 89, of Marquette, passed away Sunday, April 22, at his home.

 

He was born Jan. 27, 1929, in Wadena, the son of Oscar and Mae (Voshell) Hinkel. He married Wanita Bruehahn on Sept. 20, 1948, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in McGregor. She later preceded him in death on Feb. 10, 2000. 

Tue
24
Apr

Harold J. “Sonny” Ray

 

Harold J. “Sonny” Ray, 90, of Prairie du Chien, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 22, at Crossing Rivers Health Care Center. 

 

Tue
24
Apr

William “Bill” LaBonne

 

William “Bill” LaBonne, 82, of Canton, Minn., died unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 18, in Canton.

 

Mon
23
Apr

Weather a factor in several accidents

On April 18, the Prairie du Chien Police Department responded to multiple weather-related traffic crashes.

At 12:48 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of South l0th Street and East Parrish Street. A westbound vehicle being operated by Chad Peterson, 36, Prairie du Chien, collided with a southbound vehicle being operated by Tina Becwar, 50, Boscobel. The Becwar vehicle was able to driven from the scene and the Peterson vehicle was removed by Nagel’s Towing Service. No injuries were reported as a result of this crash.

Mon
23
Apr

Dairy Princess and Little Miss Squirt contests happening in Crawford County

Applications are being accepted for the 2018 Crawford County Dairy Princess. High school age students who are residents of Crawford County and interested in promoting the dairy industry are invited to compete for the title of Crawford County Dairy Princess. Each candidate will give a 3-5 minute speech about a current dairy industry topic, and answer interview questions from the judges. Each contestant will be judged on her ability and willingness to promote the dairy industry in Crawford County and surrounding areas.

Candidates should be knowledgeable about the dairy industry, enjoy meeting new people and be able to participate in dairy events such as the Crawford County Dairy Breakfast, parades, fairs, educational activities and community promotions throughout the year.

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