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Mon
17
Jun

Woman charged with distracted driving

On Saturday, June 8, at 12:35 p.m., Alice Westgard, 58, of Monroe, was driving her 2010 Jeep Liberty and pulling a 2019 Jayco Camper, east on Hwy. 18 in the Village of Monfort. Westgard was turning south onto Hwy. 80 when Elizabeth Brokkmann, 25, of Patch Grove, was looking at her GPS on her cell phone and did not see Westgard slowing to make a right turn. Brokkmann struck the rear end of the camper and caused moderate damage to Brokkmann’s 2007 Chevy Equinox and the camper. 

Brokkmann was cited for Inattentive Driving. All parties involved were evaluated by Monfort EMS at the scene.

Mon
17
Jun

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day highlighted at People’s State Bank


Pictured are some of the representatives of the Crawford County Adult Protective Services Interdisciplinary Team (I-Team). Each pinwheel represents a case of elder abuse or an adult-at-risk of abuse that was investigated in 2018 by Crawford County Health and Human Services. (Photo by Peyton Meisner)

By Peyton Meisner

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is recognized each year on June 15. To highlight the day and issue, members of the Crawford County Adult Protective Services I-Team took a photo at Peoples State Bank with a banner to raise awareness of the issue. 

The purpose of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is to promote awareness of the issue and to encourage citizens to report suspected incidents of elder abuse.  Abuse can include physical, sexual and emotional acts, financial exploitation, neglect, and self-neglect.  

Elder fraud takes place an estimated 5 million times a year in the U.S., with losses possibly up to $27.4 billion, according to a report by the tech website, Comparitech.

Mon
17
Jun

Music Fights Back Festival to be held this Friday and Saturday

By Peyton Meisner

The 5th annual Music Fights Back Music Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22 at St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien.

The Festival helps raise money to purchase Amazon Tablets for children with cancer so they can listen to their favorite musicians. The festival also sponsors the Prairie du Chien youth baseball and football teams. The Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution’s project crew is assisting with setup and cleanup. 

This year’s festival will be headlined by Hinder, Powerman 5000, Smile Empty Soul and SAUL. The music will start at 3:45 on Friday and 2:00 on Saturday.

Jeremy Cuff, President and Founder of Music Fights Back, as well as, a former cancer survivor is very excited for the upcoming festival. “The festival has been continuing to get bigger and bigger each year and I can’t wait to see how this year’s concert turns out,” he said.

Wed
12
Jun

New book published about Fort Crawford sites and stories

By Correne Martin

A book titled “Fort Crawford at Prairie du Chien: 1816-1856” was released in early May. The 75-page, title describes the first and second fort sites as well as the stories that evolved throughout this chronicled period in the city’s past. A collection of historic photographs and paintings also help move the narrative along.

“The little introduction talks about why Prairie du Chien was so important that they had to have forts here,” said author Mary Elise Antoine, referring to the native people gathering on the local prairie to harvest the riches of the rivers and participate in a chain of trade that reached south to the empires of other indigenous nations. 

Wed
12
Jun

Adults: Bring your lawn chair and learn about gardening this summer

June 19 class at Lucky Park due to muddy gardens

By Correne Martin

Adults can kick back and learn from the Crawford County Master Gardeners this summer with Lawn Chair Learning, a free monthly series available to the public in Prairie du Chien. The programs are held on Wednesdays, and started May 15, with about 14 people and three Master Gardeners participating. They will run through Sept. 18. 

Wed
12
Jun

Police seek hit and run details

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about a truck and its driver that was involved in a hit and run south of Patch Grove Monday evening.

On June 10 at about 5:50 p.m., a report was made of a hit and run crash on Highway 35 at the south end of Patch Grove. Frinde Tolle, 75, of Patch Grove, was turning left into her driveway in her blue 2002 Buick LeSabre. A white pickup truck struck the rear-end of Tolle’s car, pushing it across the lane of travel into the grass on the east side of the roadway. 

The vehicle, described as a white truck, possibly a Chevrolet, left the scene at a high rate of speed, according to the report. The truck had white pipes in the cargo area sticking out past the tailgate. The truck should have significant damage to the front driver’s side. 

Wed
12
Jun

Burglaries reported along Ambro and at Winneshiek

Over this past weekend, June 8-9, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received multiple reports of burglaries to cabins located on Ambro Road and to the Winneshiek Bar located on County K in Prairie du Chien Township. Entry was forcefully gained into the cabins and bar. Once entry was gained, property was damaged and miscellaneous items stolen. These belongings included firearms, alcohol, etc. 

The Crawford County Crime Stoppers urges anyone having information about this or any other crimes to call 326-8933 or (866) 779-PAYS. Anyone calling either of these numbers with a Crime Stoppers tip will remain anonymous and a reward of up to $1,000 will be paid for a tip that solves a crime with an arrest, charges being filed and/or recovery of stolen property.

Wed
12
Jun

Customers noticeably down due to flood


This scene at Rolette and Second Streets depicts the unsightly brown muck left in the aftermath of nearly three months of standing river water on Prairie du Chien’s usually picturesque St. Feriole Island. Some areas were spared, but there’s unfortunately a lot of cleanup and regrowth needed. (Photo by Correne Martin)

A common scene near the river in Prairie du Chien is sticks, weeds, mud and debris clinging to the landscape. This is a fence along Washington Street.

Editor’s note: This is the fourth story in a series about Prairie du Chien’s St. Feriole Island experiencing sustained flooding for 87 consecutive days, and how that has affected the community.

By Correne Martin

It’s been a far from ideal spring for Prairie du Chien area businesses who rely on river traffic, resort visitors and tourists in pursuit of leisure and attractions. 

The Mississippi River crested twice in McGregor in April, at 21.34 feet on April 5 and 21.75 feet on April 26—among the highest ever recorded at the location. Water above flood stage for three months has hampered the usual influx of people that arrives locally in March and April.

Mon
10
Jun

Free family activities from the olden days highlight Fridays at the Fort all summer

All kids and families are sure to enjoy free programs at the Fort Crawford Museum this summer. Every Friday, at 1:30 p.m., beginning June 14, the museum will host a fun presentation and activity that will take participants back to days of long ago. (Note, there will not be a program the week of Fourth of July.)

Each presenter will be in costume for a short talk and while leading the day's hands-on activity. The hope is that every child will go home with something.

The Fridays at the Fort schedule is as follows:

June 14—Living on the Frontier 

Mon
10
Jun

Fundraiser for area veterans deemed a success


Steven Pape holds a steel American Flag made at River Town Ironworks. The sale of the flags have been added to the ongoing fundraising for veterans.

By Ted Pennekamp

A benefit for veterans held in Prairie du Chien raised $1,000 in its first year, said Vietnam veterans advocate Steven Pape.

The benefit was held at Leisure Time Sports Bowl and Banquet on May 18 (National Armed Services Day) and raised funds for the Wisconsin Veterans Foundation and was sponsored by River Town Ironworks of Prairie du Chien, Leisure Time and the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA).

The benefit helps veterans of all eras and their extended families with various issues. 

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