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Wed
09
Sep

Bloomington man dies in fall from ladder

A Bloomington man died Monday from injuries he sustained when he fell from a ladder three days earlier.

Law enforcement officials suspect cattle might have contributed to that fall.

Robert Mathre, 57, died Monday at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, according to a press release from the Grant County Sheriff's Department.

The release states that Mathre fell from a 24-foot ladder Friday while working at the Lonnie Holthaus farm on Pine Road in Mt. Ida Township. Mathre was fixing some fans he previously installed inside a free-stall barn, and “it is believed one of the cattle may have hit the ladder causing Mr. Mathre to fall,” the release states.

He was taken by ambulance to Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster and then airlifted to the hospital in Madison.

Wed
09
Sep

Teen dies after four wheeler strikes fence

An Iowa teenager died when he was thrown from an ATV near Guttenberg over the holiday weekend.

On Sunday, Sept. 6, at 3:04 a.m., the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of an ATV accident near 25094 Great River Road, about five miles north of Guttenberg on private property. Three subjects riding a four wheeler struck a fence, causing all three of the riders to be thrown from the ATV. A passenger, Kurtis Reidy, 16, of Winthrop, Iowa, was transported to the Guttenberg hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The driver, Tyler Schladetzky, 23, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was treated for minor injuries. A juvenile passenger was uninjured.

The Guttenberg Ambulance Service and Guttenberg Fire Department assisted at the scene. The accident remains under investigation by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa DNR.

Wed
09
Sep

Carriage Classic brings dramatic equine driving to Prairie du Chien


Sharon Makurat of Whitewater, won the antique turnout class with a beautiful wicker phaeton vehicle pulled by a Welsh pony, Cynthia of Oxford, Mich.

On Sept. 11-13, many people from throughout the region are sure to attend the Midwest’s most elegant and lavishly appointed equine sport driving event, the Villa Louis Carriage Classic.

This year will mark the 35th anniversary of the Carriage Classic, which is held on the Villa Louis Historic Site on St. Feriole Island, 521 N. Villa Louis Road.

Some of the region’s finest horses and more than 100 new and restored carriages compete in a variety of arena and cross country events.

The Carriage Classic recalls the Villa Louis estate’s heyday as a farm for the breeding of horses for harness racing.

The Villa Louis—with much of the interior restored to its 1890s splendor—never looks better than during the late-summer equine classic.

Wed
09
Sep

Adjustments to Wauzeka-Steuben staff

A new year means new staff members and changes to positions for most school districts. New faces at Wauzeka-Steuben include (from left) Robert Sailer, interim district administrator; Tiffany Dums, interim district principal; Wanda Nettesheim, business teacher; Carrie Wilson-Smith, director of special education; and Chris Kapinus, director of buildings, grounds and transportation. Not pictured are Kim Jones and Tina Dryer, food service; and Kathy Oswald, bus driver. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Wed
09
Sep

New Prairie du Chien teachers

The new teachers in the Prairie du Chien School District include, front row, from left: Josh Rabbitt (social studies), Diane Scolburn (high school agriculture/FFA), Taylor Stanley (4-K teacher), Brenda Anderson (third grade teaching assistant), Jenni Severson (4-K teaching assistant), Becki Radloff (4-K teaching assistant), Jamie Thiry (Reading Interventionist) and Jason Thiry (Dean of Students). Back row: Hillary Day (B.A. Kennedy School Counselor), Courtney Ariss (BAK Special Education), Nina Grodt (high school social studies), Khloe Mlynarczyk (Bluff View math), Kari Oppriecht (kindergarten), Ken Quick (Trade Specialist), Nicole Schaefer (3-K teacher’s assistant), Brittany LaHaie (K-8 Spanish) and Karen Sjoberg (Dean of Students/District Communications). Not pictured are Christine Seeley (second grade), Amanda Love (Bluff View Teaching Assistant), Kellie Kramer (Mighty River secretary, high school), Tracie Kruempel (B.A.

Wed
02
Sep

Seneca, Ferryville to get high-speed Internet

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

What has become known as the Seneca-Ferryville Broadband Expansion Project is now underway and is designed to significantly increase Internet speed for numerous households in those areas of Crawford County. The project also has the potential to attract businesses to the Ferryville and Seneca areas.

Wed
02
Sep

Man spotted in abandoned Satter Building


The privately-owned Satter Building, located on Dunn Street in Prairie du Chien, has sat abandoned for several years. A suspected criminal was spotted inside the building Monday night. Prairie du Chien police officers are currently trying to locate him.

The Prairie du Chien Police Department is trying to locate a suspect who was found in the abandoned O.E. Satter Building in Prairie du Chien Monday night, Aug. 31, but fled on foot from the scene, according to Police Chief Chad Abram.

At 9:40 p.m., Monday, the police department was notified of a male suspect in the Satter Building at 111 W. Dunn St. Police officers contacted Deputy Joe Breeser and K9 Breck to assist with entering the building.

Officers arrived on scene and noticed the suspect inside the building. They gained entry through a broken window and attempted to apprehend and question the suspect. As the officers entered the building, the suspect fled on foot to another portion of the building and eventually out of the building. Officers then pursued the suspect, who was last seen near the Mississippi River, west of the Highway 18 Bypass.

Wed
02
Sep

SMRT Bus adding La Farge route, Dock Holiday relocates boat docks

Council approves TIF assistance for new clinic

By Correne Martin

The Scenic Mississippi Regional Transit (SMRT) Bus system looks to add a La Farge route to its service in the near future. This decision is based upon anticipation of 5,000 additional rides annually and $5,000 in program support each year from La Farge’s Organic Valley, which would be the catalyst for the extra rides.

The Prairie du Chien Common Council approved an amendment to operating assistance for the system during its bi-monthly meeting Tuesday night. The council also approved a services agreement with Organic Valley.

“We’re always looking at expanding the services of the SMRT system and making it more efficient,” City Planner Garth Frable stated, “especially when the state continues to cut back on our aid to systems like this.”

Wed
02
Sep

Senator Baldwin tours river wall in Prairie du Chien


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin visited Prairie du Chien Tuesday afternoon to tour the St. Feriole Island river wall with Prairie du Chien and Crawford County officials and discuss her legislation to boost waterfront revitalization efforts. (Photos by Correne Martin)

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is pictured outside the Mississippi River Interpretive Center on St. Feriole Island with Prairie du Chien and Crawford County officials: (from left) Parks and Rec Director Mike Ulrich, Chamber CEO Bob Moses, County Board Chairman Pete Flesch, Mayor Dave Hemmer, Prairie du Chien Economic Development Corporation Director Bob McDonald and City Administrator Aaron Kramer. Senator Baldwin stopped in the city to discuss her legislation to boost waterfront revitalization efforts.

During her stop in Prairie du Chien Tuesday afternoon, Senator Baldwin also visited the site of the Aug. 30 train derailment near Campion Boat Landing and discussed changes that need to be made to local railroads and regulation of them. (Photo by Aaron Kramer)

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin was in Prairie du Chien Tuesday touring the St. Feriole Island river wall with city and county officials and discussing her legislation to boost waterfront revitalization efforts. The Waterfront Community Revitalization and Resiliency Act would support community efforts to make the most of water resources by attracting water-dependent industries and investments that leverage water sustainably, revitalizing neighborhoods, and enhancing recreation and tourism.

Mon
31
Aug

Bowfishing Tournament hits small snag

 

Complaint filed over area bowfishing tournament

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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