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Wed
09
Dec

2 separate accidents reported, 2 men charged

On Saturday, Dec. 5 at 6 a.m., the Crawford Sheriff’s Department was notified of two separate motor vehicle accidents.

A rollover accident was reported in Bridgeport Township on Vineyard Road at Hillview Drive.

It was later determined that the accident had taken place about 1:30 a.m. A 2002 Toyota owned and operated by Nicholas Kurt, 36, of Prairie du Chien, was eastbound on Vineyard Road. He failed to make a left turn onto Hillview Drive and came to rest upside down in the ditch.

There were no reported injuries. The vehicle had unknown damage and was removed by Bob’s Towing.

Assisting at the scene was the Prairie du Chien Fire Department.

Nicholas Kurt was charged with failure to report an accident.

At the same time, a one-vehicle accident was reported in Haney Township on Highway 131 near Juddy Smith Road.

Wed
09
Dec

Felon found in possession of firearm

A 30-year-old Bagley man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of a firearm by a felon and one count of misdemeanor bail jumping.

Dustin R. Hampton, a convicted felon, faces up to $35,000 in fines and 10 years, nine months imprisonment if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, on Nov. 25, a Crawford County sheriff’s deputy responded to Bouska Road in the town of Bridgeport for a vehicle that had run out of gas.

Hampton’s driving privileges were suspended and the deputy offered to drive the vehicle to the Walmart parking lot where it could stay until someone could come drive the vehicle and Hampton home.

Wed
09
Dec

Woman charged with meth possession

A 22-year-old Cedar Rapids, Iowa, woman has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine.

Daryn V. Harford faces up to a $10,000 fine and 3.5 years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a metal container containing meth and other items was seized from a vehicle following a traffic stop on Nov. 4 in the city of Prairie du Chien. The metal container was in a purple Crown Royal bag, which Harford admitted was hers. Harford also told investigators that the metal container contained drugs, the complaint said.

Wed
09
Dec

River Ridge seeks long-range input

By Correne Martin

“Whether you voted for the (April facility) referendum or against it, we want to hear from you.”

That was the notion expressed by River Ridge District Administrator Jeff Athey, who addressed more than 30 district residents attending the public long-range planning session Tuesday morning at Ma’s Bakery in Bloomington.

The gathering was the third of five public meetings scheduled between Dec. 2 and Dec. 10 at various community gathering facilities around the district. No major discussion took place, though attendees were asked to anonymously write down their opinions about certain aspects where possible improvement may be necessary, including academics, facilities, communication, extracurricular activities, and more.

They could also sign up to be part of sub-committees in these areas.

Wed
09
Dec

UW-Platteville hopes to continue its impact by building greater relationships


UW-Platteville Chancellor Dennis Shields paid a visit to the Courier Press and other media and businesses in the Prairie du Chien area recently, to discuss workforce development, the university’s economic impact and its budget outlook.

Courier Press Editor and UW-Platteville alumna Correne Martin interviews Chancellor Shields during his recent tour of Prairie du Chien.

By Correne Martin

With 8,000 undergraduate students—60 to 70 percent of whom will stay in Wisconsin as post-collegiates, particularly in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields—the University of Wisconsin-Platteville serves an essential role in cultivating the state’s future workforce.

Among the university’s current undergrads, 60 hail from Crawford County, 501 from Grant County and eight from Clayton County. The number of present alumni in those counties include 373 in Crawford, 3,359 in Grant and 45 in Clayton. Representing Prairie du Chien alone, 33 individuals are enrolled in classes at this time and almost 200 people are alumni of UW-Platteville.

Wed
09
Dec

Family Resource Center provides immeasurable support


Amanda Nagel, parent educator at the Crossing Rivers Health Family Resource Center, proudly showcases one of the car seats as well as the wide variety of developmental and educational toys that parents, grandparents and other patrons can check out there. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Helping families be the best they can be for little or no cost, the Crossing Rivers Health-Family Resource Center is one of Prairie du Chien’s best kept secrets. Family Resource Center services are available to everyone, regardless of income, status or location.

The Family Resource Center opened 25 years ago in downtown Prairie du Chien with a grant from the Children’s Trust Fund. It has since operated as a service of Crossing Rivers Health. For some time, its office was in the basement of Crossing Rivers Health Daycare Center (formerly Wee Care) and, in 2001, it moved to its current home at 800 East Taylor Street. In July of 2011, the Children’s Trust Fund grant system was restructured and the grant was unable to be maintained. At that time, Crossing Rivers Health began fully supporting the Family Resource Center, allowing the services to continue and the community needs to be met.

Mon
07
Dec

Ritter's Fish Market


Jeff and Sue Ritter stand behind a display in their new Ritter’s Fish Market store.

 

Ritter’s Fish Market opens new store

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Ritter’s Fish Market, at the corner of County N and Highway 27 between Prairie du Chien and Eastman, has recently opened its new store. 

Mon
07
Dec

Pattison Sand sued by grain company

Contamination from a fire last year inside the Pattison Sand Company mine in Clayton, Iowa cost a neighboring company more than $500,000, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court for Northern Iowa.

The lawsuit was brought by Consolidated Grain and Barge Company and claims that smoke and soot from the July 10, 2014 fire spread from the mine onto its property and tainted grain, salt, fertilizer and other products.

Following the fire, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration ordered the mine and Consolidated Grain’s property to be evacuated due to concerns about air quality, the lawsuit said.

The Louisiana-based shipping company also hired experts to assess damage and make sure the company’s facilities were safe for employees and the storing of products. The company also paid extra charges due to disrupted shipments, the lawsuit claims.

Mon
07
Dec

Iowa man arrested for fifth OWI

On Wednesday, Nov. 25 at approximately 10:15 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department noticed a vehicle operating on the wrong side of the road on South Dousman Street near East Crawford Street.  
A traffic stop was initiated and the driver stopped the vehicle. However, the driver then fled on foot. The driver was apprehended a short distance later on foot.

The driver, Ben A. Jones, 32, of New Albin, Iowa, was arrested for suspicion of operating while under the influence (fifth offense), possession of THC and possession of drug paraphernalia.  

Jones was placed at the Crawford County Jail and charges are being pursued through the District Attorney’s Office.

Mon
07
Dec

Student medflighted after incident at Prairie du Chien High School

By Correne Martin

A 16-year-old boy was medflighted to Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse after he reportedly jumped from the Prairie du Chien High School roof Wednesday morning, Dec. 2, according to the PdC Police Department.

“We were called to assist EMS at the high school,” Police Chief Chad Abram said. “He was treated at the scene by Tri-State Ambulance and later sent by MedLink Air to La Crosse.”

Abram wasn’t aware of the boy’s condition on Thursday.

The chief noted that when officers arrived on scene, they did not speak to the boy, as the primary emergency was medical attention at that point.

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