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Wed
21
Jun

Stop sign and road sign stolen

On Monday, June 12, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department investigated the theft of a stop sign and road-sign from the intersection of County N and Plum Creek Road in the village of Wauzeka. The intersection stop sign and Plum Creek Road sign were stolen.

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 could be paid.

Wed
21
Jun

Car, skid steer collide

On June 15, at 6:56 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center took a report of a traffic crash involving a car and a skid steer on County Road N, approximately one-half mile west of Langs Drive in the township of Wauzeka.

Devin J. Mullikin, 25, Prairie du Chien, was westbound on County Road N. Dennis R. Krachey, 55, Wauzeka, entered the roadway operating a New Holland skid steer with a pallet fork attachment on the front end. Krachey did not see the Mullikin vehicle approaching and entered the roadway. The Mullikin vehicle struck the pallet fork attachment with the front passenger side of his vehicle.

There was severe damage to Mullikin’s vehicle, minor damage to the pallet fork attachment and no damage to the skid steer. Mullikin was wearing his seat belt. There were no injuries sustained in the crash and no citations were issued.

Wed
21
Jun

Local businessman to embark on Rotary district governorship

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien businessman Joe Ruskey will become the new Rotary District 6250 Governor July 1, guiding and serving as a resource for 62 Rotary Clubs in Wisconsin and Minnesota. He was selected for the position three years ago, trained over the past two years and will officially take on the duties next month until June 30, 2018.

Ruskey anticipates putting on 30,000 miles in the coming year, visiting all 62 clubs in the first six months, and then tending to any club needs and providing further direction in the second six months of his term. He’s enlivened by this opportunity to meet people, network and, above all, make a difference while helping others do the same in their communities.

Mon
19
Jun

PdC provides warm welcome to Rotary Club visitors from India


An exchange of Rotary Club flags between the Prairie du Chien and Indian clubs took place during the exchange visit. Pictured (from left) are Savita and Ravindra Arya, Hemali and Nishith Pathak, Phil Holzer, Chandresh Makhija, Pawan Jain, Hemal Makhija and Rekha Jain. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

A Rotarian Friendship Exchange brought about 10 visitors from India to Prairie du Chien and its Rotary Club District 6250 in late May/early June. Led by Senior Rotarian Chandresh Makhija, and facilitated by Prairie du Chien Rotarian Cheryl Mader, the group sat down to discuss their exchange opportunity as well as share a little about their culture and club.

Hailing from District 3060 in the state of Gujarat, India, the pleasant and eager tourists flew into Chicago on May 27. After some sightseeing, they were picked up and taken to Wisconsin Dells on May 28. There, they experienced the lore of riding the “Ducks” and enjoying the Wisconsin River. From there, they headed to La Crosse, where they toured the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, tasted some Indian cuisine, took a La Crosse Queen boat ride and stood in line for some Pearl Street Ice Cream.

Mon
19
Jun

Hooking for Hope raises $16k for cancer charities


The Hooking for Hope organizing committee presented a portion of its 2017 donation to Steppin’ Out in Pink. Pictured (from left) are SOIP honorary chairperson Heather Willis, Liz Bremmer, Terri Strandlie, Bonnie Fuller, Carol Hobart, SOIP spokesperson Debbie Kroner, Jackie Wachter, Jill Cox and Tammy Otteson. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The amount of money raised by the 14th annual Hooking for Hope fishing tournament June 3 was the most ever. More than $16,000 was collected through the Prairie du Chien fundraiser, hosted by the Sawmill Saloon, for breast cancer charities.

A total of 166 participants went out on the river, experienced beautiful weather and took home some fish, great memories and prizes from the auction and raffle following the tournament.

According to Jackie Wachter, event co-organizer, the number of participants was average, but there was still more funds brought in for several regional breast cancer awareness and patient support programs.

Mon
19
Jun

Mount Hope man arrested for 4th OWI

A 24-year-old Mount Hope man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fourth offense) and one count of operating while revoked.

Timothy Roesch faces up to a total of seven years in prison and $12,500 in fines if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, a Prairie du Chien police officer pulled Roesch over for having a loud and defective exhaust system. Roesch was subsequently arrested for OWI and operating after revocation.

Roesch has previously been convicted of OWI three times.

Mon
19
Jun

UTV stolen, Crime Stoppers seeks tips

On Saturday, May 27, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department investigated the theft of a UTV from a residence located on Tavern Road in the township of Clayton. The theft occurred sometime after May 14. The UTV is described as a black 2011 Bennche Bighorn 700 with a “Commins” logo across the top portion of the windshield.

The Crawford County Crime Stoppers urges anyone having information about this or any other crimes to call 326-8933 or 1-866-779-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 which solves a crime with an arrest, charges being filed and/or recovery of stolen property.

Mon
19
Jun

Music Fights Back Festival battles childhood cancer

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Soon, people will be able to enjoy the Music Fights Back Festival in Prairie du Chien while also fighting childhood cancer. 

Mon
19
Jun

Effigy Mounds enlightens with Junior Ranger Program


Children enjoyed the beautiful landscape as they participated in the Junior Ranger Program at Effigy Mounds, June 17. (Photos by Rachel Mergen)

Michael Douglass spoke with the children about the unique details of the land, including the different types of effigy mounds present at the park.

By Rachel Mergen

 

Effigy Mounds held the Junior Ranger Day Program on June 17. The program’s motto, “Explore, Learn and Protect,” was held in the young junior rangers’ hearts as they enjoyed and learned from the multitude of activities available, including a hike to view the landscape and mounds. 

Available in over 200 national parks, the Junior Ranger Program is a way for children to connect to and be educated about the country’s national parks. Each year, over 2,000 kids participate at Effigy Mounds alone, said Michael Douglass, park ranger. 

The program is designed for children ages 5 to 8, but all ages are welcome to participate.

Mon
19
Jun

Prairie du Chien embraces Rendezvous once again


Primitive dressed children help walk the family dog, using a rope to match the time period instead of a leash. (Photos by Rachel Mergen)

A variety of vendors, excited to offer their products to attendees, were present at Rendezvous.

Pictured in full costume are US Infantry J Co. including, from left to right, Cpl. Seveland, Pvt. Scafidi, Pvt. Huebner, Sgt. Dyar and Cpl. Boyle.

Buffalo products, including jerky, were sold at one of the many vendor booths.

A student repeats back notes as she practices her skills on a traditional instrument.

Two girls helped bring primitive items to those who attended the Rendezvous, June 15 to 18.

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