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Wed
21
Feb

More information needed in Bagley burglary

The Grant County Sheriff’s Department is seeking information about a burglary to a Bagley residence, sometime between Feb. 3 and Feb. 17.

Authorities said an unknown individual or individuals entered a residence, located at 115 W. Chicago St., Bagley, without permission. Several items were damaged in the residence, but no property was taken. The residence has been vacant for two years. This incident remains under investigation.

If anyone has information regarding this incident, they are asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (608) 723-2157 or Grant County Crimestoppers at (800) 789-6600.

Wed
21
Feb

Traffic stop leads to meth, marijuana arrests

On Feb. 18, the Crawford County K-9 Unit initiated a traffic stop on a 2004 Toyota Highlander in the village of Ferryville. The deputy identified the driver as Thong Vang, 44, Eau Claire, and his passenger Starlene Grant, 29, Merrillan.  

During the course of the traffic stop, the deputy identified indicators of criminal activity along with discovering that the passenger Grant was currently on active bond through Trempealeau County for delivery of methamphetamine less than 3-10 grams, possession with intent to deliver heroin less than 3 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Wed
21
Feb

Potosi man arrested for 7th OWI

On Feb. 17 at 12:39 a.m., a Grant County Sheriff’s Department deputy stopped a vehicle for operating left of center in the village of Potosi. 

The driver was identified as Nicholas J. Osterhaus, 46, Potosi. During contact with the driver, it was determined he had consumed alcohol and field sobriety tests were conducted. Nicholas was subsequently arrested for operating while intoxicated (seventh offense). Nicholas was also cited for operating after revocation, operating left of center and operating a vehicle without insurance. 

Nicholas was booked into the Grant County Jail for operating while intoxicated (seventh offense) and a probation hold.

Wed
21
Feb

Car goes down embankment, through a fence and hits tree

On Feb. 17 at 6:33 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a one-vehicle traffic crash on Shortcut Road, approximately one-eighth of a mile north of Highway 27 in the township of Seneca. 

Kylie L. Heisz, 17, Gays Mills, was operating a 2006 Ford Taurus northbound on Shortcut Road. Heisz lost control as she was attempting to negotiate a curve. The Heisz vehicle went over the embankment, through a fence and struck a tree with the driver’s side door before coming to rest. 

Heisz was wearing her seatbelt and was not injured. There were no citations issued.

Assisting on scene was Milo’s Towing.

Wed
21
Feb

Ferryville community hosting 10th Eagle Day next weekend


Mike Billington and Maxim, the American bald eagle, of the University of Minnesota Raptor Center, delight the Ferryville Bald Eagle Day audience. (Photo by Sherry Quamme)

The 10th Annual Bald Eagle Watching Day in Ferryville will be Saturday, March 3, at the Village Community Center located on State Highway 35. This program is sponsored by the Ferryville Tourism Council, co-sponsored by Friends of Pool 9 and free to the public.

Wed
21
Feb

Wauzeka-Steuben newcomers eliminate school board president in primary

By Correne Martin

Two newcomers will advance in the Wauzeka-Steuben School Board election, since they received more votes than the incumbent in Tuesday’s primary. 

Mara Hird and Kathleen Schwartz earned 113 votes and 71 votes, respectively, from district residents, edging the board president and three-term board member, Bill Marfilius, from the race, according to unofficial Crawford County results. Now, Hird and Schwartz will challenge one another in April to determine who will fill Marfilius’ seat on the board.

Wed
21
Feb

Prairie du Chien Culver’s to close for a month during remodel


There will be additions to the east and north sides of Culver’s in Prairie du Chien, adding 1,600 square feet to the current restaurant. The total reimaging project will involve a brand new exterior appearance, major interior overhaul, additional seating and parking. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Nearly every aspect of Culver's will see a facelift, including the drive-thru for the restaurant, where the overhang and pillars will be replaced by a simpler awning. Along with increased parking space, the flow of the drive-thru will also improve.

Customers can say goodbye to this outdated interior look, because as soon as the reimaging project is done the first week in May, Culver’s will appear like a completely new restaurant. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Culver’s Restaurant in Prairie du Chien is being completely remodeled. The exterior will have an all-new image, while the interior will be gutted from the menu board through the front of the dining room, and an additional 1,600 square feet will be added. Seating will increase from 98-120 capacity, depending on the season, to 130-200 with the expansion.

Construction began a couple weeks ago. Through most of the rebranding activity, Culver’s will remain open to the public. However, it will close for about a month right after Easter, in April, before reopening, hopefully, by the first week in May.

Wed
21
Feb

County Board Meeting

 

County Board says 

state needs to give local 

control for CAFO regulation

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
21
Feb

Former Public Health Head Nurse charged with two counts regarding the dispensing of prescription drugs

By Ted Pennekamp

The November terminations of two Crawford County Public Health nurses has taken another twist. 

Former Head Nurse Gloria Wall, 69, was charged in Crawford County Circuit Court on Feb. 13, with one count of dispensing a prescription drug without a practitioner’s order, and one count of possession of an illegally obtained prescription. 

Both counts are misdemeanors. Wall faces up to a year in jail and fines totaling $1,000 if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, the investigation into Wall began on Oct. 20, 2017, two days after Wall and nurse Judy Powell were escorted out of the Crawford County Administration Building and placed on paid suspension.

Mon
19
Feb

Chamber of commerce keeps PACE of the community going


The 2018 Prairie du Chien Area Chamber Board includes (from left) Chamber President/CEO Bob Moses, Nate Gilberts, Board President Curt Zinkle, Kiel Fritz, Mary Antoine, Brandon Thies, Sheri Bowar, Vice-President Steve Kleist, Owen Vincent and Jacob Kanis. Missing are Chris Meyer, Tanya Kangas, Rick Powell, Drew Hagar and Tiffany Pettera. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Mission is to promote, advocate, communicate and educate

By Correne Martin

Prior to the world of Google, chambers of commerce were the main “search engines” of their communities. They were the best place people could contact to find out information about businesses, residency and schools, events, activities and more. 

Since then, chambers have had to cultivate their niche in the community to provide more than just a knowledgeable welcome. 

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