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Mysterious jail once found in Bloomington


Bloomington’s former jail can still be found on South Bowery Street. The village owns the building and uses it for storage. (Photo by Rachel Mergen)

By Rachel Mergen

 

Bloomington’s old jail is a lost memory for the village. The building, which still stands on South Bowery Street, once helped detain those who found themselves being a bit too reckless.

The jail is a mysterious part of history, not specifically mentioned often in newspaper records. Jim Warczak, Bloomington historian, mentioned the possibility that jails were not a widely-accepted topic. With the subject looked down upon, mentions of the confinement area can, for the most part, only be found in village ordinances and treasury reports.

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Autism is Real event to raise money for local children Sept. 16

By Rachel Mergen

 

“Our biggest mission is to get the community to know more about autism and to help kids build a future for themselves,” Katie Butters declared about citizens working on the upcoming Autism is Real event, a fundraiser for area children who face autism.

The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 16, at Leisure Time in Prairie du Chien from 11 a.m. to midnight. Included in the day will be a bowling tournament, raffle, silent auction, 50/50, a performance by local band Smoking Gun Showdown and meat and gun raffles. Also available will be food and a bouncy house.

Prairie du Chien Police Officer Casey Cox and new K-9 officer Rico will be present for a meet-and-greet. 

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Aug

Two injured in Bloomington collision

On Aug. 6, at about 8:57 a.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a two vehicle crash on Texas Road at Holly Road, Bloomington Township. 

The investigating deputy learned that Tammy Junk, 44, of Cassville, was driving a 2008 Kia going north on Texas Road approaching Holly Road. At the same time, Arvis Martin, 87, of rural Bagley, was driving a 2014 Chevrolet going south on Texas Road at Holly Road.

Martin was making a left turn on to Holly Road to go east. The intersection there is at the crest of a hill on Texas Road. Junk’s vehicle and Martin’s vehicle hit, in a head-on manner. 

Both parties were transported to local hospitals for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash. Both vehicles were towed from the crash scene. The crash remains under investigation at this time.

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Motorcyclist injured

On Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 12:15 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a single motorcycle crash on County Road N east of Slaght Lane in the township of Eastman.

Christopher L. Marshall, 38, Prairie du Chien, was operating a 1999 Yamaha motorcycle. Marshall came up over a hill, attempted to slow down for a curve in the roadway, lost control of the motorcycle, crossed the center line, and rolled several times before striking a traffic sign and post and coming to a rest on the north side of County N in a hay field.

Marshall suffered injuries from the crash and was transported to Crossing Rivers Health for treatment and later taken to a La Crosse hospital for further medical evaluation. Marshall’s motorcycle sustained severe damage and had to be towed from the scene. 

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Aug

Grilled cheese and show animals, that’s a county fair


The youth is an important part of the fair. They take part by creating exhibits, showing animals and enjoying the attractions and carnival rides.

By Rachel Mergen

 

With events like the Grilled Cheese Contest and the Kentucky HeadHunter, this year’s Crawford County Fair, which will be held Wednesday, Aug. 23 to Sunday, Aug. 27, in Gays Mills, won’t be an event to miss.

The community will begin the annual celebration by coming together Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 8 p.m. for a tribute to Elizabeth (Dennis) Brownlee. 

Brownlee, who passed away in Boscobel earlier this year in a motor vehicle accident, was a rabbit judge leader, a member of the curly horse rescue and coordinator of Crawford County Fair Ambassador. She was also the Fairest of the Fair in 2008. She was the wife of Wess Brownless and mother of two sons, Hesston Gerald and Kaleb James.

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Aug

Highway 27 project includes reconstruction through Mondell Hill into Prairie du Chien

City seeks realtor advice in revising Woodridge Acres subdivision covenants

 

By Correne Martin

In 2018, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation plans to mill existing pavement and overlay it with new asphalt on State Highway 27 between Cipra Road in rural Prairie du Chien and Water Street in the village of Eastman. Then, in 2021, another project, from St. Lo Drive in Prairie du Chien, up the Mondell Hill, to north of Cipra Lane, will be conducted.

The city of Prairie du Chien was been presented with the opportunity to “piggyback” onto this project to make improvements to East Blackhawk Avenue, from Ohio Street to St. Lo Drive.

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Aug

Lynxville’s iconic three wise men refurbished this summer


Putting the finishing touches on refastening Lynxville’s three wise men to the top of the bluff are (from left) Bryan Hagensick, Austin Hagensick, Parker Hagensick and Stan Hagensick. Other volunteers present for the community project (but not pictured) were Donny Hagensick, Jim Gobeli and Cory Kale. (Photo by Jim Gobeli)

Amid refurbishing the three wise men are (from left) Village President Stan Hagensick, Cory Kale, Bryan Hagensick, Austin Hagensick and Parker Hagensick. (Photo by Jim Gobeli)

By Correne Martin

A scenic drive north up Highway 35 to La Crosse would be incomplete without seeing the iconic three wise men figures on the bluff above Lynxville. Locally, they’re known to be located above “Caya’s Corner” and lit from Thanksgiving Eve until New Year’s Day. They’ve been a charming tradition for the small river community since the late 1950s/early 1960s.

According to Lynxville history, the community project, which also features four sheep, was erected (in the mid-1950s, or in 1960, depending on the resource) after many years of planning started by a group of residents, including Hank Cooper and Thurley (Caya) Turnipseed.

“Everybody feels they’re just a symbol of our community,” said Village President Stan Hagensick. However, he was unsure about more details of the initial reasoning, design choices or efforts.

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Aug

FEMA Comes to Crawford County

 

FEMA comes to Crawford County

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) met with Grant County officials on Aug. 15 and with Crawford County officials on Aug. 16 regarding the severe thunderstorm of July 19 and the subsequent flooding of area rivers. 

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Aug

Prairie du Chien School Board

 

Construction 

moving fast 

as start of school year approaches

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
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Aug

Crawford County Board

 

Grant approved 

for $4.17 million 

County N project

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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