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04
Mar

Crawford County winter maintenance costs up 47 percent for salt and sand

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

This winter has been quite a bit more costly than last year in terms of snow removal efforts by Crawford County.

Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock said there are 134 miles of county roadways and 190 miles of state highways within the county.

Wed
27
Feb

Traffic stop results in drug bust

On Feb. 21, at 8:15 p.m., a deputy with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop on a 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix for a speeding violation on Pine Street at the intersection of US Highway 61 in the village of Soldiers Grove. 

The driver was identified as Jesse M. Nash, 32, and the passenger was identified as Shauna L. Erickson, 21, both of Soldiers Grove. 

Wed
27
Feb

Man arrested after driving into snowbank

On Feb. 22, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a vehicle parked, with its driver slumped over the steering wheel, alongside Highway 60 near Old Highway 60 in the township of Bridgeport. 

Moments later, the reporting party stated the suspect vehicle began driving again and they saw the vehicle proceed through the intersection of Highway 18 and Upper Bridgeport Road. The suspect vehicle drove through the intersection, through a road sign and several yards into a large snow bank. The vehicle came to rest buried in the snowbank with heavy front-end damage. 

Wed
27
Feb

Arrest follows hit and run

On Feb. 22, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a two-vehicle hit and run crash in the village of Ferryville. The Crawford County K-9 unit responded and met with the two victims whose vehicles were both legally parking on Main Street. 

It was determined the suspect vehicle left from a parked position and began operating southbound. The suspect vehicle struck the two vehicles, a 2016 Toyota Corolla and a 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan. The victim vehicles both sustained damage to their driver’s sides. A witness observed a woman, identified as Jean Boardman, 61, Ferryville, leaving the scene, with damage to her vehicle’s passenger side. 

Wed
27
Feb

Bloomington man gets 15 years for sexual abuse

A 59-year-old Bloomington man, who is guilty of repeated sexual abuse of a girl over a three-year period, was sentenced to 15 years in prison during a hearing in Grant County Circuit Court Friday. James F. Crubel will receive credit for 339 days already served.

Crubel had faced up to 67 years in prison.

Crubel had pleaded no contest to two counts of exposing genitals to a child and one count each of repeated sexual abuse of the same child with at least three violations of first-degree sexual assault; causing a child younger than 13 to view/listen to a sex act; child enticement-sexual contact; and exposing a child to harmful material.

There were approximately 100 people who filled the courtroom for the hearing on Friday.

Wed
27
Feb

Hornet basketball program has unrivaled twin power


Four sets of twins (including one that has a triplet sister) are on the high school boys basketball team at Wauzeka-Steuben Schools. Pictured (front row, from left) are sophomores Zach and Nate Martin, freshmen Jonah and Isaac Reichmann; (back row) seniors Nate and Nick Benish and sophomores Brad and Ethan Karnopp. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The Wauzeka-Steuben High School boys basketball program has written such an explicit narrative this season that you might wonder if there’s something in the water. 

It has little to do with the successful 21-1 record the Hornets have achieved. It’s not that the varsity conference champions secured its first regional win last night. It’s not even the personal achievements (Carter Lomas’ all-time scoring record) or the diverse talents of the team.

It’s something more of a phenomenon. 

It’s an unexplainable marvel really that there are currently four separate sets of twins on the boys basketball team. 

Wed
27
Feb

UWP strategic in attracting students


UW-Platteville Chancellor Dennis Shields delivered his State of the University Address Feb. 19. Locally relatable topics included the university’s intentional high school marketing efforts and its incorporation of a Driftless Area theme within its 2019-2020 science hall renovation. (UWP photo)

By Correne Martin

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is facing an immense challenge. Chancellor Dennis Shields said during his State of the University Address, Feb. 19, the number of high school students nationwide, especially in the upper Midwest, has declined. This means the university must take a multi-pronged approach in order to attract and retain students for the future.

“We want to continue to offer a world-class education that’s affordable and accessible to our students,” said Shields, concluding his address.

Wed
27
Feb

River Ridge exploring financial options, timeline for track, football field project

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

At its regular meeting Monday evening, the River Ridge School Board discussed possible ways to finance the proposed track and athletic fields project for Patch Grove.

Mon
25
Feb

Underwater repairs to Lock 9 should be done in early March


Divers at Lock and Dam 9 prepare to spend the day in frigid water while concrete will be pumped through a tube under the guidewalls and into the cribbing. The divers wear “hot water” suits which have hot water pumped through continually to keep the divers warm. (Photos courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

The Lock and Dam 9 guidewall is under repairs as concrete will fill in voided areas where rip rap rock once was. Work will continue until early March when the navigation season opens on the Mississippi River.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Repairs to the lock extensions at Lock and Dam 9 near Lynxville has been underway since December and is part of a two-year maintenance project by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Mon
25
Feb

Pickup truck rear-ends skid loader

On Feb. 20, at 8:22 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a two-vehicle traffic crash on US Highway 18, approximately one-quarter of a mile east of Vineyard Road in the township of Bridgeport.

Nicholas D. Steiger, 25, Woodman, was operating a New Holland L180 skid loader westbound in the left lane of US Highway 18 at a speed of approximately 15 miles per hour. The skid loader was equipped with front and rear lighting, including an orange strobe light mounted on top of the cab. There was not a slow moving vehicle emblem mounted on the back.

Trisha A. Stanek, 31, Prairie du Chien, was operating a 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup westbound in the left lane of US Highway 18. Stanek struck the rear end of the skid loader.

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