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Mon
16
Oct

Runde Acquitted

 

Dubuque man found 

not guilty of attempted homicide

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
16
Oct

Numbers continue to show need for annual Clean Sweep


This photo from the 2015 Clean Sweep shows just how many TVs and monitors piled up for disposal. The cause of such a large spike in collection of TVs, from 23,822 pounds in 2014 to 49,253 pounds in 2015, is undetermined. Another big year of 41,293 pounds of TVs happened in 2016. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Crawford County collected 41,293 pounds of televisions alone at its 2016 Clean Sweep collection. The year before that, 49,253 were accrued, according to the Crawford County Land Conservation Department (LCD).

Even at $5 per TV disposed, collection of these and other electronics to be scrapped and recycled has become a need for county consumers. That’s why the chemical clean sweep, electronics recycling and household prescription drug collection has become such a desired event for over a decade in Crawford County.

For 2017, the Clean Sweep will be Friday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Crawford County Highway Shop, one mile south of Seneca. This offering is essentially free to county residents who can provide proof of residency.

What’s accepted?
Chemicals acceptable include:

Mon
16
Oct

‘Two ways out’ the focus of fire safety, prevention this year


Fireman Ben Pintz walks his way through a group of B.A. Kennedy students, always a very popular part of the program.

Kindergartener Westen Wall holds up a number in the ‘911 chant.’

Ms. O’Brien’s 3K students listen intently to a few of the puppets who helped the fire department share its message.

Interim Fire Chief Tim Deluhery Sr. speaks to the young crowd.

By Correne Martin

Fire prevention and safety are important topics for young children to learn and understand. Doing their part to ensure local youth are aware, the Prairie du Chien Fire Department visits Prairie du Chien public and private elementary students every Fire Prevention Week to present a light-hearted yet straightforward program. The hope is that the opportunity can help remind children and their families about smoke alarm battery changing, not playing with matches or lighters, dialing 911, home escape planning and practicing, and other critical, potentially life-saving matters.

The theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8-14, is “Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out.” According to the National Fire Prevention Association, nearly half of all Americans have not developed a home fire escape plan. Of those that have, one-quarter have never practiced it.

Mon
16
Oct

National polka star coming to PdC


Mollie B, at the Frankenmuth Summer Music Fest 2016, will be showcasing her vocal talents, dancing and performing on the button accordion, trumpet, banjo, bass horn and drums while in Prairie du Chien for Oktoberfest.

Mollie is pictured in 1984 (with brother Chad playing drums in the background) singing with the Jim Busta Band.

By Correne Martin

The musical entertainment at this year’s Oktoberfest is bigger and better than ever. The lineup is so top-notch that plans for Saturday’s festival at the Memorial Gardens include a music tent, where national polka star Mollie B will be the headliner. She will join her father’s ensemble, the Jim Busta Band, and they will trade the stage with the 20-member La Crosse Oktoberfest Singers throughout the day.

Mollie Busta is the host of RFD-TV’s “Mollie B Polka Party,” in which she sings, dances and plays  a variety of different instruments. The “Mollie B Polka Party” currently airs in over 55 million homes on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.and Saturdays at 9 p.m.

Thu
12
Oct

Two-vehicle crash on Hwy. 61

On Friday, Oct. 6, at 1:10 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a two-vehicle accident on Highway 61 with no injuries and no blockage in Scott Township.

Jean G. Troxel, 49, Soldiers Grove, was traveling southbound on Highway 61 in a 2004 Buick. The Troxel vehicle was traveling behind a 2013 Subaru being operated by Brenda A. Foust, 52, East Dubuque, Ill. The Foust vehicle was slowing down for a vehicle making a left turn onto Long Ago Lane. The Troxel vehicle was unable to avoid the Foust vehicle rear-ending it.  

Both drivers claimed no injuries at the scene and both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene.

Wed
11
Oct

Crawford County to get FEMA funding


Steuben received major flooding following the July 19 storm. A county road in Steuben was just one item of public infrastructure that was severely damaged in the county. President Trump on Tuesday gave his major disaster declaration for Crawford and 10 other counties.

 

County to get FEMA storm damage funding

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Crawford County will receive $353,476 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding to help cover the costs of damage to public infrastructure as a result of the severe storm of July 19.

Wed
11
Oct

School Construction Costs

 

PdC school facilities upgrade could rise to $19.5 million

School board fighting to keep cost below that level, however

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
11
Oct

Attempted murder trial begins in Crawford County

The trial began Tuesday morning in Crawford County Circuit Court for a Dubuque man charged with attempted first degree intentional homicide in the severe beating of another Dubuque man at the Rock on the River music festival in the town of Bridgeport in July of 2013.

Anthony W. Runde, 36, is also charged with aggravated battery. Runde faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted of both counts.

The trial continued at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning, Oct. 11.

Joshua W. Milligan, 32, sustained severe brain injury as a result of the alleged altercation on July 13, 2013.

According to the criminal complaint, the assault happened near the campground portable toilets on the Rock on the River grounds.

A lieutenant with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was informed that Joshua Milligan was discovered on the festival grounds lying sprawled out on the ground and unconscious, the complaint said.

Wed
11
Oct

Soldiers Grove nursing home faces sale rather than closure


Sannes Skogdalen Heim nursing home in Soldiers Grove is owned by Community Health Services, which also runs the Prairie Maison nursing home in Prairie du Chien.

By Charley Preusser, Crawford County Independent

North Shore Healthcare is in the process of acquiring the Sannes Skogdalen-Heim Nursing Home in Soldiers Grove, according to David Mills, a managing partner of that Milwaukee-based company.

North Shore Healthcare currently owns 44 long-term care nursing homes in Wisconsin. They essentially more than doubled the number of facilities under their control, when a deal to acquire 28 facilities from the failing Fortis Management went into effect at midnight Sunday, Oct. 1.

With that acquisition, North Shore Healthcare now has more than 3,000 employees, Mills noted. By November 1, the company plans to have closed on the Sannes Skogdalen acquisition.

Wed
11
Oct

Traditional German fun Oct. 21 at Oktoberfest


Dan Winkleski is the official Festmaster of Oktoberfest this year. He will welcome fun-seekers at the 2017 event, which has been growing in Prairie du Chien since its inception several years ago. The festivities kick off Saturday, Oct. 21, at 10 a.m., with a parade downtown, and then continue at the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens until 5 p.m. (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

Over 3,000 merrymakers are expected to be in Prairie du Chien for Oktoberfest this year. The free and family-friendly day of celebration continues to expand and is once again poised to offer more than “three cheers” for everyone.

Oktoberfest 2017 will take place Saturday, Oct. 21, at the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The festivities will kick off with a parade at 10 a.m., beginning at People’s State Bank downtown and following a route to the Oktoberfest grounds. To join the parade entries, participants can line up near the bank at 9 a.m.
This year’s Festmaster is Dan Winkleski, dedicated Oktoberfest volunteer and musician. He will appear in the parade alongside some of the day’s famed musical guests and the most festive local businesses and organizations, children and pets. To still enter, contact Suzette Cunningham at (608) 412-1130.

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