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Inaugural voyage includes stop in Prairie du Chien


Captain Joe McKey (left) presented a commemorative plate to Chamber CEO Bob Moses, recognizing Prairie du Chien’s participation in the maiden voyage as a port community. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Community representatives invited aboard and attending an inaugural call celebration on the American Duchess Wednesday were (from left) Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Bob Moses and McGregor citizens Don Hattery, Robert Myers, Corky and Med Bickel, and American Queen Steamboat Company Vice President of Marine Operations Gary Frommelt.

An American Duchess staff member leads a tour of the paddlewheeler’s lower deck, overlooking the port of Prairie du Chien’s Lawler Park.

This artwalk hallway on the American Duchess features high ceilings and dozens of Claude Monet paintings.

By Correne Martin

The exquisite American Duchess docked in Prairie du Chien Wednesday, Sept. 6, for its inaugural port at the oldest community on the Upper Mississippi. Visitors from all over the world experienced the rich history lining the streets of the historical city that many locals tend to take for granted, as community members and passers-by marveled over the grand paddlewheeler from a distance.

The American Duchess river cruise vessel was created from a 1995 hull and completely reconstructed to become one of the most luxurious, all-suite paddlewheelers on the country’s rivers. It’s maiden voyage began in August, with a christening ceremony Aug. 14 on the New Orleans riverfront.

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Clara R. Rogers

 

Clara R. Rogers, 87, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Friday Sept. 8, at the Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, following a short illness. 

 

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Cheri M. Hampton-Copsey

 

Cheri M. Hampton-Copsey, 59, of Prairie du Chien, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Gundersen Health Systems in La Crosse. 

 

She was born on Aug. 24, 1958, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Milton and Cathetrine (Michel) Copsey.  

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Robert Monroe “Skip” Raisbeck

 

Robert Monroe “Skip” Raisbeck, 84, of Bloomington, passed away Friday, Sept. 8, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. 

 

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Sep

New staff at Prairie du Chien, River Ridge, Seneca and Wauzeka-Steuben


The Prairie du Chien School District welcomed a large number of new staff members at the beginning of the school year. Pictured (front row, from left) are Bob Smudde, district administrator; Madison Wagner, kindergarten teacher; Marissa Korson, kindergarten teacher; Sharon Jeardeau, elementary music; Max Grinde, high school history; Brenda Breitsprecher, Bluff View teaching assistant; (middle row) Shannon Bentien, second grade teacher; Jacqueline Tolle, 4K teacher; Andrea Govier, 3K teacher; Joyce Mumm, Bluff View teaching assistant; Montana O'Brien, Bluff View teaching assistant; Ashley Burns, school nurse; (back row) Darci Fleagle, B.A. Kennedy teaching assistant; Eric Fuerstenberg, Bluff View teaching assistant; Samantha Schier, B.A. Kennedy teaching assistant; Donna Black, B.A. Kennedy teaching assistant; Diane Cody, B.A. Kennedy teaching assistant; and Phyllis Waller, Bluff View teaching assistant. (Submitted photos)

Wauzeka-Steuben welcomes a number of new faces this school year. Joining the staff are (front row, from left) Stephanie Cooper, band; Margaret Jewison, agriculture/FFA; Christina Roth, special education; (back row) Gary Heins, elementary/middle school physical education; Mark Thomas, high school science; and Philip Stiemke, choir.

The Seneca Area School District has two new teachers this school year. They are Jenny Bayline, K-12 music instructor, and Jessica Pedretti, elementary instructor.

River Ridge is pleased to have added eight new staff members to the district this year. Pictured (from left) are Jim Wunnicke, head maintenance; Shea Esser, agriculture; Erin Kluesner, library aide; Amy Mezera, special education director; Jackie Kalinowski, health aide; MacKenzie Nemitz, administrative assistant; Kirsten Reichmann, high school science; and Cindy Williams, elementary special education.
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Salvation Army gives to PdC K-9 unit


The Crawford County Salvation Army board recently chose to donate $500 to the Prairie du Chien Police Department’s K-9 unit, which is comprised of Officer Casey Cox (back, left) and his K-9 partner Rico. Also pictured are Jen Kapinus, the local Salvation Army coordinator, and Police Chief Chad Abram. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Emergency services are always the number one priority of the Salvation Army, according to Crawford County Salvation Army Coordinator Jen Kapinus. In addition, when there’s special funds available, the organization’s board of directors has the opportunity to select local charities they feel are part of their mission to meet human needs.

Recently, the Salvation Army donated $500 to the new Prairie du Chien Police Department’s K-9 unit, which is comprised of Officer Casey Cox and his partner Rico.

The Salvation Army also gave $1,000 to the Couleecap Food Pantry.

“We depend on our community relationships to give to people throughout the county,” Kapinus said. “[The K-9] donation is important because 1) we have such a drug problem in this county and a lot of my clients are drug users, 2) the relationship we have with the police department, city and county have been very good to us.”

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06
Sep

Fate of Dock Holiday docks on Prairie du Chien riverfront unknown


The Dock Holiday-owned docks are available to private owners for usage on the Lawler Park riverfront in Prairie du Chien. A recent severe storm brought on discussions between the majority owners of the LLC and the city council. The docks are for sale, and the city gets first crack at purchasing them.

By Correne Martin

The fate of the boat docks at the Lawler Park riverfront in Prairie du Chien is up in the air.

Dock Holiday, LLC, sent a letter Aug. 18 to the city administrator stating that, since the late-July 2017 storms totaled the docks, the majority of its owners do not wish to reinvest the needed capital into the docks at their current location due to expense, strong currents and wave action at that location. Another reason given in the letter is because the city would not allow electrical or water hookup “as originally agreed upon,” which Dock Holiday feels is essential for boat safety and convenience.

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Two injured in motorcycle accident

On Monday, Sept. 4, at 4:07 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a motorcycle accident with injuries on Highway 171 about four tenths of a mile east of Highway 131 in the village of Gays Mills.

Jeremy R. Shannon, 41, Fayette, Iowa, was traveling westbound on Highway 171 on a 2008 Suzuki VZR 1800 motorcycle. The Shannon cycle was negotiating a sharp curve downhill when the cycle tipped on its side, slid across the eastbound lane of traffic, struck a guardrail and came to rest.

Shannon and his passenger, 41-year-old Jodi J. Druecker, Sumner, Iowa, were both transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital to be treated for injuries sustained in the accident.  

The accident remains under investigation.

Assisting at the scene were  Ocooch Mountain Rescue, the Gays Mills First Responders and the Gays Mills Fire Department.

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Sep

Pickup truck goes off the roadway

On Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 5:33 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle accident in Seneca Township on County F east of Oppriecht Lane.

A westbound 2012 Dodge pickup truck owned and operated by 23-year-old Teagan Cornell of Steuben went off the south side of the road and came to rest against a tree.

There were no injuries.

The road was partially blocked for approximately one hour while the truck was removed.

Cornell was ticketed of inattentive driving.

The vehicle appears to be a total loss.

Assisting were the Seneca Fire and First Responders, Tri-State EMS and Milo’s Towing.

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Sep

Wauzeka teen in motorcycle accident

On Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 1:28 p.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a motorcycle crash on Highway 60, three miles west of Wauzeka.

Nicholas Lund, 17, Wauzeka, was driving a 2002 Honda motorcycle east on Highway 60 and negotiating a curve. He lost control and went off the roadway and into the right ditch and was ejected.

He was taken by rescue squad to Crossing Rivers Health where he was treated for road rash and then released. He was wearing his helmet.

Assisting at the scene were the Wauzeka First Responders, the Wauzeka Fire Department and the Boscobel Rescue Squad.

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