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Thu
30
Jan

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK Prairie Catholic Middle School essays

Mother Teresa said, “Do ordinary things with extraordinary love.” I love attending Prairie Catholic School because...

 

7th and 8th grades

 

By Scout Hall

Thu
30
Jan

Bomb threat not substantiated at River Ridge; district works to ensure student safety

By Correne Martin

 

A bomb threat was found written on a middle school boys' bathroom wall at River Ridge Schools Wednesday, Jan. 29, as Superintendent Clay Koenig confirmed. The Grant County Sheriff's Department quickly responded, and after a careful search of the building, authorities found no bomb or alarming foreign objects. According to Koenig, protocol was followed every step of the way and student safety was top priority. 

 

"Every move we made obviously had the kids' safety first and foremost in our minds," Koenig stated Thursday morning.

 

Wed
29
Jan

‘Decoding the Driftless’ reconnects residents with their home region


George Howe, one of the producers of “Decoding the Driftless,” a documentary about the Driftless Area in which we live, presented the film to an audience of about 40 at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library last week. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

 

The average person living in the Driftless Area is disconnected with the kind of landscape gem in which he resides. 

“Decoding the Driftless”—the 2018 feature-length documentary film starring the region in southwest Wisconsin, southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa and extreme northwest Illinois—was made to spread awareness to those living in and others who’ve never heard of the world-class resources and ancient geological story of the Driftless Area.

Wed
29
Jan

New Crawford County DA to begin Feb. 3

 

By Ted Pennekamp

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has appointed Lukas Steiner to serve as Crawford County District Attorney.

This appointment fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Tim Baxter on Jan. 3, 2020. Steiner will serve for the remainder of the unexpired term that ends in January 2021. Steiner will begin as Crawford County District Attorney on Monday, Feb. 3.

Wed
29
Jan

County approves funds for well testing

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

During its Wednesday, Jan. 22 meeting, the Crawford County Finance Committee approved of  $8,000 for the Land Conservation Department to conduct well testing in the county this spring and fall.

Wed
29
Jan

Extremely high winter river flow ‘a real concern’

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is monitoring high water conditions affecting parts of the Upper Mississippi River in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa as a result of historic flows this winter. 

Wed
29
Jan

Snow Dog hits the local ice fishing scene


Local ice fisherman Richard La Rocque sits on his creation, the Snow Dog.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A Prairie du Chien man has built a contraption that is sure to draw the attention, and possible admiration, of fellow ice fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts.

Mon
27
Jan

Adam John Beardmore

Adam John Beardmore, 5, of Fennimore, went to the loving arms of the Lord, on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. 

Adam was born on Jan. 14, 2014, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Cory Beardmore and Dana Konichek. 

Adam is survived by his parents, Cory and Dana; two brothers, Skyler Heginger and Carson Beardmore; maternal grandpa, John Konichek; paternal grandparents, Terry and Marilee Beardmore; paternal great-grandparents, Curt and Rita Beardmore; aunts and uncles, Kim (Aaron) Maag, John Konichek Jr., Brenda (Walt) Ready, Crystal Brown, Ross Brown, Avery Beardmore; many cousins, other relatives and friends.

Fri
24
Jan

Methamphetamine found in vehicle

On Jan. 14, at 8:40 p.m., a deputy from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department conducted a traffic stop on a 1998 Buick Century on Sunbeam Boulevard in the village of Soldiers Grove. 

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Kaitlyn Fitzgerald, 32, of Platteville, and the front passenger as Jamie Boyland, 37, of Platteville. It was discovered that the license plates on the vehicle were suspended. There was no insurance on the vehicle and both Fitzgerald and Boyland did not have valid driver’s licenses. 

Fri
24
Jan

Woman charged in the shooting of her boyfriend

A 51-year-old Boscobel woman has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of second degree reckless injury in the shooting of her boyfriend in the village of Wauzeka.

Cheryl Lippitt faces up to a $25,000 fine and 12.5 years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, on Dec. 24, 2019, Lippitt called the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department stating she shot Harold Schuh Jr. in a residence in Wauzeka.

Schuh told a deputy that he was shot in the right elbow and stomach. The deputy put some paper towel on the wound and placed pressure on it until the EMS arrived.

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