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Aug

Prairie man charged with meth possession

A 40-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine.  Christopher Fernette faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, during a narcotics investigation, Prairie du Chien police made contact with Fernette and he consented to police entering his residence. The officers observed several syringe needle caps in his bedroom, the complaint said. The officers also saw other items consistent with drug paraphernalia. During a search of Fernette’s bedroom, the officers seized a clear plastic container with meth inside.

Wed
30
Aug

Man gets 4th OWI charge

A 53-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fourth offense). Larry Paul Blaha faces up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a Wisconsin state trooper stopped the Blaha vehicle because he was not wearing a seat belt and the vehicle had a cracked windshield. During the traffic stop, Blaha was arrested for OWI.

Wed
30
Aug

Local woman accused of cocaine possession

An 18-year-old Prairie du Chien woman has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of cocaine, one count of possession of marijuana and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Goldie L. Farmer faces up to $6,500 in fines and one year and seven months in jail, if convicted of all three counts. According to the criminal complaint, during a traffic stop, Prairie du Chien police discovered a baggie of marijuana and a baggie of cocaine in the vehicle Farmer was driving.

Wed
30
Aug

Woman charged with stealing car

A 31-year-old Onalaska woman has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent.

Heather Wangen faces up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Prairie du Chien police received a call about a vehicle being stolen from the McDonald’s parking lot. A woman was sitting in McDonald’s when she saw Wangen get into her vehicle, start it up and drive away. The vehicle had been unlocked and the keys were in the cup holder.

A short time later, the vehicle was stopped by police on South Marquette Road. Wangen admitted to police that she had used methamphetamine earlier in the day and didn’t feel good. She said she looked around for a car with keys in it so she could drive herself to the hospital.

Wed
30
Aug

McGregor, Wauzeka celebrating Labor Day with plenty of activities

By Audrey Posten and Correne Martin

McGregor will host its annual Labor Day parade Saturday, Sept. 2.

The McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce board members have selected this year’s theme: McGregor Strong.

Saturday’s parade will begin at 11 a.m., traveling down Main Street toward the river. Line up will begin at 10 a.m., at the middle school. Individuals, organizations and businesses are still welcome to participate. Contact the chamber for more information.

While you’re waiting for the parade to begin, stop by Triangle Park. The McGregor Ecumenical Church Council will be selling coffee and sweet rolls from 9 a.m. to noon. All proceeds will go toward tornado relief efforts.
After the parade, stick around downtown McGregor for a jazz music performance in Triangle Park.

Wed
30
Aug

Economic development corporations begin merger

The Crawford County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) and the Prairie du Chien Economic Development Corporation (PdCEDC) boards of directors have voted to begin merging into a single organization serving the entire county and surrounding area. The vote authorizes the creation of a joint committee that will develop recommendations, which will be formally voted upon by the boards later this year. The announcement was made jointly by Pete Flesch, president of the CCEDC; and Dan Kanis, president of the PdCEDC.

The focus of the proposed organization will not only be to attract new manufacturers, but also to retain and expand existing businesses.

“A lot of people think economic development is bringing new manufacturers to the area,” Flesch said. “That’s part of it. The most important part of what we do is business retention and expansion. Most jobs are added through existing businesses. Our job is to be facilitators, to be problem solvers.”

Wed
30
Aug

Experience the annual Carriage Classic at Villa Louis

On Sept. 8-10, the annual Villa Louis Carriage Classic will be held at the Villa Louis mansion, in Prairie du Chien, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. This stylish event, in its 37th year, will once again highlight competitive carriage driving in arena and obstacle classes and is considered one of the Midwest’s most elegant and lavishly-appointed equine sport driving competitions.

“We are excited to welcome competitors from across the United States for this year’s event,” said Susan Caya-Slusser, site director of the Southwest Historic Sites. “This classic event provides a glimpse into what it was like at Villa Louis during the pinnacle of the Dousman era stock farm.”

Wed
30
Aug

Area resident testifies for importance of family farms in the country’s capital

By Rachel Mergen

On July 25, Brenda Kluesner, loan officer and crop insurance banker at Royal Bank in Cassville, was given an opportunity she never expected someone from southwest Wisconsin would receive. Brenda testified at the “Commodities, Crop Insurance and Credit Hearing.” Before the Senate agriculture committee, her purpose was to represent the thoughts and lives of those living in rural communities who require stable politics, so that they can live the best possible lives on their family farms.

“I have a passion for agriculture,” Brenda stated while looking back on what started her love for farming. She has an extensive amount of knowledge about FFA and crop insurance, along with a long history in farming, including owning and operating her own family farm.

Mon
28
Aug

Speakers praise city and partnerships during Lawler School Lofts’ groundbreaking


Kevin McDonell, vice president for development with the Commonwealth Companies, digs in at the groundbreaking ceremony Thursday on the grounds of the former St. Mary’s Academy/Wyalusing Academy. The main building will become a 40-unit apartment building called Lawler School Lofts. Also enjoying the ground-breaking are River to Valley Initiatives (RVI) President Julia Henley, RVI Vice President J.D. Milburn, Chief Operating Officer of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority Brian Schimming, Prairie du Chien Mayor Dave Hemmer, Judy Wall of RVI, Kevin McDonell, Dell McCoy of Chase Bank, Commonwealth Companies President Louie Lange III, and former Director of Wyalusing Academy Mary Beth Specht. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Several attended a ground-breaking ceremony Thursday afternoon at the former St. Mary’s Academy/Wyalusing Academy which will soon become a 40-unit apartment building called Lawler School Lofts in Prairie du Chien. 

Several people spoke about the $8.7 million project prior to using a gold shovel to dig up a piece of ground on the front lawn. Snacks and lemonade were then served.

Mon
28
Aug

Catholic community uneasy about anonymous letters


The letter, in its entirety, appears here.

By Rachel Mergen

 

“Dear Catholic Friend: How are you? I’m writing today concerning Roman Catholicism. I have studied the Holy Bible for over 34 years now. I feel compelled to share my findings here with you in this letter.” This was the opening of a letter  placed on churchgoers cars in the St. Gabriel’s Church parking lot in Prairie du Chien Aug. 20.

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