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09
Sep

Enthusiastic crowd enjoys K9 unit fundraiser


There was plenty of fun, food, family and friends at the K9 unit fundraising event outside of Jim’s Bar in Prairie du Chien Thursday evening. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

An event to raise funds for a new K-9 unit for the Prairie du Chien Police Department drew an enthusiastic crowd Thursday evening outside of Jim’s Bar of Prairie du Chien.

Mon
09
Sep

Stark’s Sport Shop to host 75th anniversary event


Randy, Deidre, Alex and Ron Stark are the third and fourth generations who run Stark’s Sport Shop today. Deidre is holding an old cream can, which was used to transport cream from the creamery to the sweet shop owned by Frank Stark in the late '30s/early '40s. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Frank Stark (left) and an unidentified man stand inside of the former Stark’s Sport Shop at 106 W. Blackhawk Ave. They are dressed in period attire to celebrate Villa Louis Days. Stark’s was at 106 W. Blackhawk Ave. from 1944 to 1955.

In 1954, Richard Stark, service manager of Stark’s Sport Shop, examines the new 5.5 horsepower outboard that won the National Noise Abatement Council’s Certificate of Merit for quiet operation. The photo was taken at the Waukegan, Ill. Johnson Motors factory, where Dick was specially trained in outboard mechanics.

This is the view from inside the store in 1957 at its current location.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

On Sept. 14, Stark’s Sport Shop of Prairie du Chien will be hosting its 75th Anniversary Celebration from noon until 4 p.m. with several fun activities for the whole family.

Thu
05
Sep

Pedestrian struck while walking along train tracks

A pedestrian walking along the railroad tracks in Prairie du Chien was struck by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train Wednesday evening, Sept. 4, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

At about 5:50 p.m., the police department was notified of the accident, which happened near the Parrish Street railroad crossing.

The victim, a 23-year-old Prairie du Chien resident, told officers he was walking along the tracks with headphones in and did not hear the train approaching him. As the train passed, the pedestrian’s right arm was struck, causing damage to his arm.

Wed
04
Sep

W-S announces new interim superintendent

The Wauzeka-Steuben School Board has announced its selection of an interim superintendent, David Alexander, who will assume duties from current interim, Gary Albrecht. Alexander's contract will be approved at the Sept. 16 board meeting. 

Alexander holds a Bachelor of Science in communications from UW-La Crosse, and a Master of Science in educational leadership from Cardinal Stritch University. Prior to his retirement in June of 2019, Alexander worked 24 years in the Yorkville (Wisconsin) School District, including 18 as superintendent. 

Alexander will work approximately 15 days during a transition period from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, and then assume all duties beginning Jan. 1, 2020.

Wed
04
Sep

New staff members start new school year


The Prairie du Chien Area School District has welcomed several new staff members for the 2019-20 school year. Pictured (front row, from left) are Elbert Hale (alternative education teaching assistant), Amy Pham (K-4 general music, 6-8 choral music), Thomas Cavanaugh (sixth grade math), Chelsea Crossin (Bluff View teaching assistant) and Devyn Marazes (high school administrative assistant); (back row) Brek Schneider (alternate education teacher), Brooke Moret (9-12 math), Lindsey Ariss (5-12 Spanish) and Jessica Pedretti (fourth grade). (Submitted photo)

River Ridge is pleased to welcome the following new employees to the district (from left) Janell Meier (special education assistant), Brad Lange (middle school/high school social studies), Olivia Skemp (third grade), Bill Hannah (elementary principal), Jessica Hosey (high school science), Mick White (finance assistant), Billie Jo Hyer (special education assistant), Tricia Petrowitz (special education), Megan Copsey (EC/4K) and Chris Mayne (custodian).

The Seneca Area School District welcomes six new staff members for the academic year. Pictured (from left) are Michaela Chambers (interventionist), Madalyn Welsh (fifth grade teacher), Nissa Johnsrud-Klema (kitchen support staff) and Phillip Davies (music teacher). Not pictured are Richard Krikchoff (bus driver) and Louis Prew (bus driver). (Photo by Peyton Meisner)
Wed
04
Sep

Man attempts to elude deputy, arrested on marijuana violations

On Aug. 28, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit came across a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu operating at a high rate of speed southbound on Highway 35 in the township of Eastman. As the deputy attempted to turn around to initiate a traffic stop, the Malibu attempted to elude the deputy. The Malibu turned down a steep driveway onto private property along the Mississippi River. The deputy was able to locate the vehicle and pursued the vehicle for several hundred yards along the river on a dirt road before the Malibu came to the end of the road and came to a stop.

The deputy detained the driver, identified as Alexander Berg, 27, West Union, Iowa, and his passenger, Benjamin Campbell, 34, West Union, Iowa. During the contact, Berg displayed indicators of alcohol and drug impairment. Berg was also discovered to be on parole through the State of Iowa. 

Wed
04
Sep

Man attempts to elude deputy, arrested on marijuana violations

On Aug. 28, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit came across a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu operating at a high rate of speed southbound on Highway 35 in the township of Eastman. As the deputy attempted to turn around to initiate a traffic stop, the Malibu attempted to elude the deputy. The Malibu turned down a steep driveway onto private property along the Mississippi River. The deputy was able to locate the vehicle and pursued the vehicle for several hundred yards along the river on a dirt road before the Malibu came to the end of the road and came to a stop.

The deputy detained the driver, identified as Alexander Berg, 27, West Union, Iowa, and his passenger, Benjamin Campbell, 34, West Union, Iowa. During the contact, Berg displayed indicators of alcohol and drug impairment. Berg was also discovered to be on parole through the State of Iowa. 

Wed
04
Sep

Vehicle goes into ditch

On Sept. 1, at 6:47 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a one-vehicle traffic crash on Highway 61, south of Fry Lane, in the township of Scott. 

Fallon C. Sweeney, 22, Shoreview, Minn., was operating a 1998 Toyota Camry southbound on Highway 61 when her vehicle went into the gravel along the southbound lane. Sweeney attempted to bring her vehicle back onto the roadway but over-corrected, causing the vehicle to become sideways while in motion in the southbound lane. The Sweeney vehicle went off the west side of the roadway and into the ditch. 

Sweeney was able to safely exit the vehicle without injuries. She was wearing her seatbelt. The vehicle sustained moderate damage. Sweeney was cited for inattentive driving. 

Wed
04
Sep

New Casey’s General Store opened for business in PdC


A new Casey’s General Store opened its doors for business Aug. 22. It is located at 525 S. Marquette Rd., Prairie du Chien. (Photo by Peyton Meisner)

By Peyton Meisner

A new Casey’s General Store was opened in Prairie du Chien Aug. 22.

“There was a lot of success at the Casey’s location north of town and we wanted to tap open the market for everyone in town,” said Manager Riley Dibble.

The store currently employs 17 part-time and full-time workers.

“Everyone seems to be excited to have a store in town. We’ve seen a lot of happy faces come through our doors,” Dibble said.

The store is open from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m., seven days a week and is located at 525 S. Marquette Rd., Prairie du Chien. 

Wed
04
Sep

Know the laws when sharing roadway with school buses

By Peyton Meisner

With the school year beginning, it is important to review the traffic laws regarding school buses. 

According to the Prairie du Chien Police Department, Section 346.48 of the Wisconsin State Legislature states: 

“The operator of a vehicle which approaches from the front or rear of any school bus that has stopped on a street or highway, when the bus is equipped and when it is displaying flashing red warning lights, shall stop the vehicle not less than 20 feet from the bus and shall remain stopped until the bus resumes motion or the operator extinguishes the flashing red warning lights. 

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