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Tue
18
Sep

Man injured in semi versus car accident

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 4:04 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a semi versus car accident in Marietta Township on Highway 60 approximately 1/2 mile east of Highway 61. 

A westbound 2016 Nissan owned by Jane Yahn of rural Boscobel, and operated by Brian K. Yahn, 46, rural Boscobel, was stopped in traffic, waiting for oncoming traffic so he could complete a left turn into a wayside. 

A westbound 2012 Kenworth semi owned and operated by Michael L. Oberbroeckling, 63, Garnavillo, pulling an empty 2008 tanker owned by Tim Neubauer Trucking of Sparta, rear-ended the Yahn vehicle. 

The impact shoved the Yahn vehicle approximately 270 feet until it came to rest against a tree. 

Tue
18
Sep

Semi snags power line

On Thursday, Sept. 14, at 2:20 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle traffic crash on East Third Street at Talbot Street in the village of Wauzeka.

A 2014 International semi operated by Luke C. Kilmer, 21, Stoddard, struck a low hanging line from an overhead power pole. Kilmer and his passenger, Jeremy J. Hershey, 40, La Crosse, were eastbound on East Third Street when the trailer on the semi got hooked on a low hanging phone cable. The cable hooked onto the trailer as they were driving which caused the light pole to fall on top of the semi. Live power lines were then lying near the top of the semi and trailer. The semi was leaving from a delivery at the Wauzeka-Steuben School. 

Tue
18
Sep

Man hurt when his motorcycle hits deer

On Sept. 13, at 6:22 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a motorcycle versus deer crash with injuries on County Highway C at Chellevold Road in the township of Freeman. 

Mark C. Tallman, 54, La Crosse, was operating a 2000 Honda Goldwing motorcycle westbound on County Highway C at Chellevold Road when a deer entered the roadway. Tallman struck the deer with his motorcycle and was ejected into the eastbound lane of traffic. Tallman was wearing a helmet. Tallman sustained serious injuries and was transported to Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse. 

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

Mon
17
Sep

Prairie du Chien chamber presents annual awards


Carl Colsch (right) and Chris Herbst represented Mississippi Meats as the Business of the Year. (Photos by Gary Howe)

The Chamber honored Shihata’s Orchard and Check’s Antiques with Golden Anniversary Awards for 50 years in business. Pictured (from left) are Dave and Linda Shihata, Mark and Ronna DuCharme, Ruth Check-Gates and Renee Martin.

Representing the Jaycees, which earned the Outstanding Service Award, were Tarah Marx, Brianna Mullikin and Tori Varo.

Lori Bekkum received the Chamber President's Award.

A number of deserving businesses, individuals and civic organizations were honored at the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation Sept. 13, at the Prairie du Chien Country Club.

Mississippi Meats was named Business of the Year, at the Prairie du Chien Country Club. Carl Colsch and Chris Herbst opened the specialty meat and grocery store at Blackhawk Junction in January 2017. They felt the community was the perfect, friendly, small town and tourist destination in which to do so. Both had experience in running a meat distribution company and also working in grocery stores for years. The store has only grown and continues to deliver great products coupled with top-notch customer service. It has become a staple in Prairie du Chien’s business community. 

Mon
17
Sep

Prairie du Chien parks and rec activities roll into fall


Water aerobics is one of the most popular programs available at Hoffman Hall in the fall and winter. Arlene Fernberg teaches the class, which has three different sessions available each week. (Submitted photo)

This year's parks and rec activity guide for the fall and winter.

By Correne Martin

There should be no complaints about not finding anything to do in Prairie du Chien this fall and winter. The city parks and recreation department has put together a lineup of activities for the whole family, for all interests. Check out the 2018-2019 activity guide, sponsored by Peoples State Bank and available at various community locations, for complete details. 

Mon
17
Sep

Competitive state-wide grant awarded to Prairie du Chien District

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien School District is one of 20 schools that received the maximum amount of $75,000 from a highly competitive state-wide grant from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). 

The Prairie du Chien Healthy Children and Families Project 2018-19 will deliver sustainable mental health services for students and families of the Prairie du Chien School District.

“The grant is just awesome. It’s so exciting. I can’t wait,” said Prairie du Chien School Counselor Adrienne Udelhoven, who helped apply for the non-matching grant.

Key Elements

Key elements of the Prairie du Chien Healthy Children and Families Project include:

Wed
12
Sep

Bluff View to have assistant principal, District also receives many donations

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

At its regular meeting Monday night, the Prairie du Chien Board of Education accepted numerous donations to the district from various businesses and organizations.

Wed
12
Sep

Familiar flood scene leaves bar owners in despair again


Bob Atkinson shows the utility pole flood mark where the Aug. 28-30 Kickapoo River crested at a historic 19.84 feet in Steuben. (Photos by Correne Martin)

A hose pumped out the remaining muddy waters from Lou’s R&R bar and restaurant in Steuben Sept. 4, several days after a record flood once again filled Bob and Lou Atkinson’s bar with around 4 feet of river water.

Lou’s R&R dries out and gets cleaned up after another devastating flood hits the bar, which Bob and Lou Atkinson have owned in Steuben for over 31 years.

Thrown out to the curb were some of Lou’s damaged appliances and structural materials.

By Correne Martin

The day after Labor Day, intensely arduous amounts of work continued in the village of Steuben to clean up the ruins the record flooding Aug. 28-30 left behind. 

It was a scene all too familiar to Steuben’s tiny population of residents, vacationers and those who grew up there who returned to help during yet another time of devastation.

Rugs hung out to dry in the refreshing sun. Barn fans stood in doorways. Damaged plywood and insulation wept at the curb. Worn sandbags sat piled together with debris unclogged from the bridge. Muddy foliage hung on community playground equipment. Four-wheelers and loaders navigated their way around dumpsters growing with wreckage. Shovels and wheelbarrows were aplenty.

Wed
12
Sep

Driftless Area Art Festival moved to Gays Mills fairgrounds


Master guitarist Bruce Hecksel and singer-songwriter Julie Patchouli blend music from their two musical projects, Patchouli and Terra Guitarra. They’ll perform at the Driftless Area Art Festival at the fairgrounds in Gays Mills. (Submitted photo)

Can floods cancel one of mid-America’s favorite art festivals? Not in the Driftless Area! And not when beauty and friendship can do much to help in weathering storms like those that have hit communities across the Driftless region.

So, 81 of the finest visual artists from across the region will gather in a new, temporary location Sept. 15 and 16, for the 14th annual Driftless Area Art Festival. Instead of Beauford T. Anderson Park in Soldiers Grove, the festival will take place less than 10 miles away, on the grounds of the Crawford County Fair, just outside Gays Mills.

They’ll be joined by 10 local culinary artists and four musical groups—some familiar names from previous years and some new to the festival. 

Wed
12
Sep

Iowa woman arrested for 9th OWI

On Sunday, Sept. 9, at 7:06 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a traffic complaint on County Road K near Limery Road in the township of Prairie du Chien. The caller reported that a black car had pulled off the road multiple times and was driving north and south on County K continuously. The caller said that the driver may be intoxicated. It was reported that the vehicle was varying speed and pulled off the road in multiple areas and then back on the roadway again. 

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