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Drug arrests made

On Aug. 17, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit observed moving and driver’s license violations on a 2001 Ford F-150 and initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle in Seneca Township. 

The driver was identified as Heidi Smith, 43, Winona, Minn., and the passenger as Steven Doonan, 52, Hudson, (Wis.). During the stop, the deputy observed indicators of drug impairment. K-9 Breck was utilized for an open free air sniff of the vehicle and gave a positive alert to the presence of one or more controlled substances inside. A search of the vehicle yielded numerous plastic baggies with several grams of marijuana in each, a plastic bag with white powdery substance, which tested positive for cocaine, and other drug paraphernalia. 

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22
Aug

Riverfront wall holes expose need for repairs


Pictured is just one portion of the Lawler Park riverfront wall that has large holes in need of repair soon, to save more of the stone structure from deteriorating. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The severity of the gaping holes in Prairie du Chien’s Lawler Park riverfront wall has ignited a sense of urgency for the city council. The many deteriorating areas must be patched to fix the erosion caused by years of waves slapping against the stone wall. 

Having previously allocated $100,000 to patch the current, burgeoning holes made apparent for the second consecutive summer when the river water dropped, the Prairie du Chien Common Council, Tuesday night, approved moving forward with repairing the holes immediately. Bids will be entertained first and then the work will be done as soon as possible.

“It’s not helping to leave them because it erodes faster,” stated alderman and public works committee chair Todd Myers. 

Wed
22
Aug

PdC shop offers re‘MARK’able shooting experiences


Chad Smethurst started NCS Gunsmithing and Sales in Prairie du Chien in 2013, alongside his brother. The business, at 815 E. Campion Blvd., has grown from a hobby into a full-service firearm and archery store and sportsmen’s range. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Pictured above is the band Parmalee, composed of (from left) Matt Thomas, Barry Knox, Josh McSwain and Scott Thomas.

By Correne Martin

Any seasoned hunter can tell you that pre-season preparation can make all the difference in your game. 

For sportsmen and women of all skill levels—from extreme beginners to the most advanced—NCS Gunsmithing and Sales is the ideal small business destination where outdoor enthusiasts can fine tune their capabilities or maybe enjoy a few hours of entertainment at an indoor shooting range. 

The five-year-old Prairie du Chien enterprise has grown from a hobby into a thriving business for Chad Smethurst. He and his brother, Nick, started NCS in September 2013, as an act of pure impulse, when they decided to check into purchasing the former roller rink. 

Wed
22
Aug

Layers of Prairie du Chien History, Part II


Dousman Family

Dousman House

Villa Louis

By Rachel Mergen

 

Dousman Family

In the late 1820’s, Hercules L. Dousman came to Prairie du Chien. He was a clerk for Joseph Rollete, who’s widow, Jane Fisher Rollette, married Hercules in 1844. 

Hercules was a very wealthy businessman, who purchased great amounts of land in the Prairie du Chien area, along with investing in steam boats, lumber, railroads, and stocks and bonds.

Hercules and Jane had one child, Louis Dousman, who married Nina Sturgis. Nina and Louis had five children, Violet, Virginia, Nina, Louis and Judith. 

Dousman House

The Dousman House, originally called the Railway House, was built in 1864, by the Milwaukee and Prairie du Chien Railroad. 

Wed
22
Aug

Parmalee to take Crawford County Fair stage Friday


Pictured above is the band Parmalee, composed of (from left) Matt Thomas, Barry Knox, Josh McSwain and Scott Thomas.

By Rachel Mergen

 

“At the end of the day, we’re in this together,” Matt Thomas, member of the platinum-selling band Parmalee, noted about the benefits of being able to work with his family and friend. His brother Scott, cousin Barry Knox and childhood best friend Josh McSwain make up the rest of the band. The band will be rocking the Crawford County Fair on Friday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m., with Smoking Gun Showdown as their opening act. 

Wed
22
Aug

Layers of Prairie du Chien History, Part I


Michel Brisbois House

Rollette House

Brisbois Store

Francois Vertefeuille House

By Rachel Mergen

 

“There are so many layers of history,” Mary Antoine, with the Pairie du Chien Historical Society, stated. “There used to be so many structures in Prairie du Chien that represented the various layers of history.

But demolition, sadly, has removed many of these historic structures from the present city. Some, though, still stand and are being protected by the historical societies both locally and nationally.

“Each one has a story. Each one relates to individuals. Each one is a tangible remnant of Prairie du Chien,” she added. “Houses aren’t just buildings, they are the containers of stories, because people lived in them. Every person has a story. The people are gone, but where they lived still remains.”  

Brisbois Store/

Astor Fur Warehouse

Mon
20
Aug

Pilots land in Prairie while advocating for flying with diabetes


Thor Dahl (left) and Douglas Cairns stand outside their Dexcom-sponsored plane at one of the 29 stops during their 24-hour, record-breaking flight. Their efforts were to raise awareness for pilots with type 1 diabetes. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Only eight countries currently allow pilots with insulin-treated diabetes to fly. Though the U.S. is one of them, two European pilots are determined to lift that number higher. 

The duo landed a plane in Prairie du Chien July 28, in an effort to break the world record for visiting the most U.S. states in 24 hours, extending the record from 23 to 29 states in hopes of raising awareness for pilots with type 1 diabetes.

Douglas Gairns, 54, a Scotland native, and Thor Dahl, 24, from Norway, both have type 1 diabetes. They each grew up with boyhood dreams of flying but were grounded upon diagnosis.

Mon
20
Aug

Parents sue in son’s 2017 drowning in PdC


Wacouta Aquatic Park in Prairie du Chien has rectified a number of violations at its outdoor pool since the August 2017 drowning of a 4-year-old.

By Correne Martin

The parents of the 4-year-old boy who drowned at the Prairie du Chien public pool last August are suing the city and the school district for his wrongful death. The family, which is represented by Trial Lawyers for Justice, has requested a jury trial and is seeking an unknown amount of damages.

According to documents filed in Crawford County Court recently, Kurt Warrington and Rachael Warrington, parents of the late Kashton, claim their son died because the city and school district were “negligent in their supervision and custody of [Kashton].”

Mon
20
Aug

Catch fair fever at 160th Crawford County Fair


This year’s Crawford County Fair Theme is “Fair Fever – Catch the Fun!” Swing into Gays Mills Aug. 22-26 to celebrate the 160th year of the fair. (Courier Press file photos)

The 160th Crawford County Fair is set for Aug. 22-26 in Gays Mills. This year’s theme is “Fair Fever – Catch the Fun!” Area communities are invited to celebrate all weekend, with a special observance for the 160th anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 12 p.m.

Advance fair ticket sales will be available until Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 4 p.m., at the fair office and Crawford County UW-Extension office. Advance season gate passes will cover all four days.

Aside from the Crawford County 4-H and FFA youth who show and display everything from goats and cattle to plants and farm dioramas, the midway offers carnival rides for all ages, Thursday through Sunday, from 12:30 p.m. to close. Earl’s Rides provides the midway entertainment. Ride tickets and wristbands can be purchased on-site.

Mon
20
Aug

Crawford County regains ownership of Satter Building


Crawford County once again owns the Satter Building property, 111 W. Dunn Street, Prairie du Chien. The property is 2.88 acres.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Satter Building in Prairie du Chien is once again owned by Crawford County, having been foreclosed upon on Aug. 2. 

County Treasurer Deanne Lutz said the county is in the process of foreclosing on several tax delinquent properties and will be sending out eviction notices.

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