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Outdoors vital to first grade Arbor Day experience

The Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department invited Prairie du Chien School District first graders (public and private) to the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens Friday for its annual Arbor Day program. Guest speakers included Tom Nelson, who talked about the history of trees on the island; Mike Ulrich, who spoke about the history of how the park setting came to be there; and Mark Pedretti, who discussed the trees, fruits and wildlife around us. Pictured, garden curator Tom Nelson let Zach Quick and all his fellow first graders give their class’ arborvitae tree some “love” before planting it near the intersection of Fourth and Rolette Streets. Former teacher Mark Pedretti let the kids hold and feel some of the branches, nuts, berries and other items found out among nature, including a deer shed.

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Vehicle goes down embankment

On Thursday, April 26, at 11:49 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle accident on Highway 35 in Freeman Township about five tenths of mile north of Old Highway 35. 

Joanna E. Wiese, 36, La Crosse, was traveling southbound on Highway 35 in a 2015 Toyota Camery. The Wiese vehicle was making a right turn onto a pull-off area to turn around and misjudged the turn.  

The Wiese vehicle went off the left side of the pull-off, down an embankment, struck a few trees and came to rest.  

Wiese and her passenger, 59-year-old Teresa E. Schroeder, La Crosse, sustained bumps and bruises but refused medical transport at the scene.  

 

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Two men escape injury after rollover

On Wednesday, April 25 at 10:57 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle rollover accident on Old Gays Road with no injuries.

Wyatt R. Myers, 19, Gays Mills, was negotiating a sharp curve eastbound on Old Gays Road in a 2002 Ford van. Myers lost control of the vehicle on the sharp curve and began to slide. The Myers’ vehicle slid off the left side of the roadway, rolled and came to rest on its top.

Myers and his passenger, Randall P. Strametz, 26, also of Gays Mills, both claimed no injuries from the accident. 

Myers was issued a citation for failure to have the vehicle under control.

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Veterans’ names, service info needed for Wauzeka memorial

The Wauzeka Area Veterans Memorial Committee is seeking veteran information on individuals who have served and are continuing to serve in the Untied States Armed Forces, who have lived or are living in the city and township of Wauzeka and the surrounding area. The veteran information obtained will be reviewed, verified and finally inscribed/listed onto one of the six name tablets erected as part of the new Wauzeka Area Veterans Memorial. 

“We cannot get veteran information from the [Department of Veterans Affairs] unless they’re deceased,” said Joanne Chunat-Peloch, member of the Wauzeka Area Veterans Memorial Committee (WAVMC).

The following veteran information is needed for each individual submission: Full name, time frame in service, during wartime and/or peace time.

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PdC Police efforts began federal investigation into meth distribution network


This shows some of the meth taken during the July 19-20 operations that began in Prairie du Chien and continued to La Crosse. (Submitted photo)

A La Crosse man was recently convicted and sentenced in Crawford County Circuit Court for his part in delivering methamphetamine within the city of Prairie du Chien on July 19, 2017, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department. These efforts began what became a federal investigation into a large network of meth distribution that was removed from the streets.

On July 19, 2017, at around 8:30 p.m.—the same day authorities were overwhelmed with responding to severe storm damage—a delivery of meth investigation culminated with the arrest of Jason G. Goth, 45, for delivery of meth, according to authorities. As a result of the investigation, police department personnel requested assistance from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation and the La Crosse Police Department. 

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96th Assembly District candidates announce hopes for Nerison’s seat


Paul Buhr, Alicia Leinberger, Ahna Key, Loren Oldenburg

Both Democratic and Republican parties will consider nominees in the Aug. 14 partisan primary election for the 96th Assembly District. Both parties will choose their nominations to the ballot, via which the successor to Rep. Lee Nerison will be chosen and the incumbent’s vacancy filled. 

Currently, there are three Democrats and two Republicans who have registered with the Wisconsin Elections Commission for the office:

•Paul Buhr, a Viroqua area dairy farmer and herd genetics marketer;

•Alicia Leinberger, second-time candidate, Viroqua small business owner and renewable energy entrepreneur;

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Spend a cool summer afternoon exploring Fort Crawford


An April 13-14 Boy Scout encampment brought 185 Boy Scouts to the Fort Crawford Museum, where they listened to interpreters and enjoyed a planetarium. They also braved the cold April weather and camped at La Riviere Park. (Submitted photos)

Pictured is the Board of the Prairie du Chien Historical Society, which owns and operates the Fort Crawford Museum, and owns and is restoring the St. Germain dit Gauthier-Coorough House on St. Feriole Island. From left: President Mary Elise Antoine, Joe Atkins, Terry Seeley, Treasurer Lori Bekkum, Carolyn Sand, Cindy Standoff, John Mundt, Secretary Janet Finn, Bob Ziel and William Howe. Not pictured is Vice-President Chad Fradette.

This 1842 oil painting of the second Fort Crawford in Prairie du Chien was purchased from a private owner in California, since restored and will now be on exhibit at the Fort Crawford Museum’s this summer. The image depicts a guest visiting Gen. Chas McDougall, the post surgeon, and his orderly on a hunting trip.

By Correne Martin

Summer is the time people start making plans for family vacations. Before looking out of town for cool destinations, consider some time at the often forgotten Fort Crawford Museum in Prairie du Chien. The historical site opens for the season May 1. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

For the cost of less than a movie, spend an entire afternoon and explore all the extraordinary things that have occurred in Prairie du Chien in recent history as well as a few centuries ago. 

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Wauzeka Lions Club treasurer charged with theft

A 42-year-old Wauzeka woman was charged on April 23 in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of theft in a business setting of between $2,500 and $5,000.

Billie Mezera faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, if convicted. 

According to the criminal complaint, Mezera was the treasurer of the Wauzeka Lions Club from July of 2016 to March of 2017. The president of the Lions Club was contacted by local businesses stating that the club had not paid its bills and owed them money. The president then contacted the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and told investigators that those bills should have already been paid and that the club should have had more than enough funds to pay the bills.

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Volunteers recognized for enriching communities


The 2018 class of Crawford County Leaders includes (front row, from left) Tammy Otteson and Liz Bremmer, above and beyond; Diane Yager, educational leadership; Pam Ritchie, representing Café Hope, business development; (back row) Ron Wagner and Cindy Kohles, above and beyond; Julie Rosauer and Butch and Norma Smith, representing Big River Long Rifles, tourism; Pat Connors, educational leadership; Bev Pozega and Staci Roth, representing Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Bev Pozega, Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter, was brought to tears in speaking about 10 years of hard work toward bringing the shelter to the region.

Like their fellow honorees, Tammy Otteson and Liz Bremmer felt they shared their awards with the family and friends who’ve helped raise funds for the past two and a half decades.

By Correne Martin

Crawford County Leadership Awards were given to six individuals and three organizations last Thursday evening, April 19, at a ceremony sponsored by the Crawford County Community Fund (CCCF), a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin.

The mission of the CCCF is to create stronger communities by matching generosity with economic needs. Each year, the entity affords three endeavors: a grant cycle, the Crawford County Markets Care program and the leadership awards. It also supports community functions, like the Mississippi Valley Conservancy’s upcoming Bat Fest, the North Crawford play, Ferryville’s farmer’s market and much more. These are all thanks to a fund that’s reached almost $135,000 since inception in 2011.

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