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Familiar flood scene leaves bar owners in despair again


Bob Atkinson shows the utility pole flood mark where the Aug. 28-30 Kickapoo River crested at a historic 19.84 feet in Steuben. (Photos by Correne Martin)

A hose pumped out the remaining muddy waters from Lou’s R&R bar and restaurant in Steuben Sept. 4, several days after a record flood once again filled Bob and Lou Atkinson’s bar with around 4 feet of river water.

Lou’s R&R dries out and gets cleaned up after another devastating flood hits the bar, which Bob and Lou Atkinson have owned in Steuben for over 31 years.

Thrown out to the curb were some of Lou’s damaged appliances and structural materials.

By Correne Martin

The day after Labor Day, intensely arduous amounts of work continued in the village of Steuben to clean up the ruins the record flooding Aug. 28-30 left behind. 

It was a scene all too familiar to Steuben’s tiny population of residents, vacationers and those who grew up there who returned to help during yet another time of devastation.

Rugs hung out to dry in the refreshing sun. Barn fans stood in doorways. Damaged plywood and insulation wept at the curb. Worn sandbags sat piled together with debris unclogged from the bridge. Muddy foliage hung on community playground equipment. Four-wheelers and loaders navigated their way around dumpsters growing with wreckage. Shovels and wheelbarrows were aplenty.

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Sep

Driftless Area Art Festival moved to Gays Mills fairgrounds


Master guitarist Bruce Hecksel and singer-songwriter Julie Patchouli blend music from their two musical projects, Patchouli and Terra Guitarra. They’ll perform at the Driftless Area Art Festival at the fairgrounds in Gays Mills. (Submitted photo)

Can floods cancel one of mid-America’s favorite art festivals? Not in the Driftless Area! And not when beauty and friendship can do much to help in weathering storms like those that have hit communities across the Driftless region.

So, 81 of the finest visual artists from across the region will gather in a new, temporary location Sept. 15 and 16, for the 14th annual Driftless Area Art Festival. Instead of Beauford T. Anderson Park in Soldiers Grove, the festival will take place less than 10 miles away, on the grounds of the Crawford County Fair, just outside Gays Mills.

They’ll be joined by 10 local culinary artists and four musical groups—some familiar names from previous years and some new to the festival. 

Wed
12
Sep

Iowa woman arrested for 9th OWI

On Sunday, Sept. 9, at 7:06 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a traffic complaint on County Road K near Limery Road in the township of Prairie du Chien. The caller reported that a black car had pulled off the road multiple times and was driving north and south on County K continuously. The caller said that the driver may be intoxicated. It was reported that the vehicle was varying speed and pulled off the road in multiple areas and then back on the roadway again. 

Wed
12
Sep

Trial in October for Bloomington man accused of sexual assault

The Bloomington man accused of inappropriate contact with a youth who visited his business is moving toward a trial.

James Crubel, 59, was in Grant County Circuit Court for a status conference on the seven felony counts against him. The case was given a final status hearing Oct. 3, with an expected two-day trial set for Oct. 22.

Crubel has been charged with two counts of repeated sexual assault of the same child—contact equal to first degree sexual assault more than three times. The charges have maximum sentences of up to 60 years, and the first charge calls for a minimum of 25 years for a bifurcated sentence. 

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12
Sep

Apple Fest to go on as planned

The village of Gays Mills has announced that its Apple Festival celebration will be held as scheduled, despite recent flooding in the area.

Village President Harry Heisz said the 60th Annual Apple Festival will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-30. 

“We’re confident that the streets and other grounds will be free of flood waters and cleaned up before the end of the month,” he said. “We’ve had tremendous help from many volunteers, organizations, village staff and other government agencies, and feel we’re in good shape for the festival.” 

Apple Fest consists of many food stands, an arts and crafts show, a huge flea market, carnival rides, music, a run-walk, tournaments and the Apple Fest parade on Sunday.

Wed
12
Sep

Two drivers sustain injuries in accident

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7:38 a.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a two-car crash on Highway 60, near Riverview Lane in Wauzeka Township.

Jennifer Schramm, 38, rural Muscoda, was driving a 2005 Ford Mustang west when she slowed in traffic for a farm tractor. She was rear-ended by a 2017 Chevy Malibu driven by Timothy Bray, 46, rural Gays Mills. Bray had taken his eyes off the road for a second then saw Schramm slowing, but was unable avoid the collision.

Schramm sustained possible whiplash and was taken to a hospital.

Bray sustained a bump to the head and a bruise to his left wrist but refused medical transport. Both vehicles sustained disabling damage and were towed from the scene. Bray was cited for inattentive driving.

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10
Sep

2 rescued from SUV in water

On Thursday, Sept. 6 at 1:07 p.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of an SUV in the flood waters off of Highway 61 at Trout Creek Road, Soldiers Grove.

Donald Paulsen, 73, Blue River, was driving a 2006 Buick SUV south on Highway 61. His vehicle’s left rear suspension broke which caused the vehicle to go into the right ditch and become submerged in the flood waters.

Paulsen and his passenger, Gordon Butler, 80, Boscobel, were not injured. They were rescued from the water by passerby Army National Guard members. Paulsen’s vehicle sustained suspension and water damage and was towed.

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10
Sep

Local man charged with possession of meth with intent to distribute

On Aug. 25, at around 4 a.m., a Prairie du Chien officer, along with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit, were patrolling the area of South Dousman Street and Iowa Street. The officers observed two male subjects walking through residential yards. Due to recent vehicle entry thefts and suspicious activity calls in the neighborhood, the officers contacted the two males.

During the contact, a man identified as Johnathon Haid, 22, of Prairie du Chien, removed a plastic bag from his pants and dropped the bag to the ground, according to the police department.

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10
Sep

2 arrested in meth bust

On Aug. 26, at 2:40 a.m., The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit was patrolling the village of Gays Mills. The deputy observed a 1995 Chevrolet Blazer leaving a residence on Main Street. The deputy discovered the registered owner of the vehicle had a revoked driver’s license. A traffic stop was initiated on the blazer as it pulled into a driveway of a residence, in an attempt to avoid the deputy.

The driver was identified as James R. Kilroy, 44, Gays Mills, and his passenger, who gave a false name to the deputy. While speaking with the driver, the deputy observed Kilroy to be exhibiting signs of drug impairment and had him exit the vehicle. 

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10
Sep

Carriage Classic: Stunning Splendor


This stunning pair of Morgans, one stallion and one gelding, was led around the reverse psychology arena at the Villa Louis Carriage Classic Friday morning by Theresa Gorecki, of Kohler. Decked out in pale yellow and black splendor, Gorecki matched her carriage. She and her aptly-dressed passenger and horses perfectly depicted the beauty and elegance of the annual Prairie du Chien event. See more photos, page 12. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Sally Armstrong, of Johnson City, Texas, drove a Mediterranean miniature donkey, Max, in his first-ever pleasure show, at Prairie du Chien's Carriage Classic.

Toni Kerkove, of New Hampton, Iowa, participated in the reverse psychology obstacles at the Carriage Classic with her adorable pony and carriage.

Erik Jenson, of Franktown, Colo., commands his four-horse team around the timed obstacles event at the Carriage Classic

Linda Schutte, of Arena (Wis.), was a competitor in the cross country pace obstacles.

This entrant's vibrantly coral attire was eye-catching and added to the allure of her horse and the competition in which they were participating along the majestic Mississippi River in Prairie du Chien.

One of the 135 entrants in the annual event is shown maneuvering the cross country pace obstacles Friday. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Katie Whaley, of Paris, Ky., drives Tommy and Teddy around the arena, with her passenger watching their next course of action.

Dave Henson, of Harriesburg, N.E., brought this black beauty to the Carriage Classic.

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