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Wed
11
Apr

Seneca grad to appear on ‘Forged in Fire’


Pat Biggin (right), a Seneca High School alumnus, works with his friend’s dad, Mike, on making a few knives for his 60th birthday. They used a lemon tree branch for the handles, since it was a tree his deceased son had planted in their back yard in elementary school. The tree had died but they saved the branch to be used in something special. Biggin was chosen to appear on the History Channel show, “Forged in Fire: Knife or Death,” airing on Tuesdays, beginning April 17, at 9 p.m.

This piece shows a test blade that Biggin just finished in an effort to replicate an original.

This is Pat Biggins’ take on a bird and trout knife. The handle was dyed and soaked in linseed oils. (Submitted photos)

By Correne Martin

A Seneca High School graduate will appear in the History Channel TV series, “Forged in Fire: Knife or Death,” on Tuesdays, beginning April 17, at 9 p.m. The series focuses on extreme cutting performance of hand-created knife blades. Contestants will face challenges with their blades and attempt to “pass” them. 

Pat Biggin, a 2006 Seneca graduate and knifemaker since 2005, was selected for the show by application. He saw an advertisement on a Facebook knifemaker group page and sent out a letter of interest in September 2017. He was  phone interviewed, Skype interviewed and then cast on the show. 

Wed
11
Apr

PdC Country Club


This is a view from the loft of the new clubhouse showing the ceiling and the bar area below. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

It is not yet known what the loft will be used for. The loft is a relatively late addition.

The new banquet and dining room is nearing completion.

 

Inside of new Country Club clubhouse moving along

Completion projected for May 4

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The new clubhouse at Prairie du Chien Country Club is continuing to proceed well and is projected for completion by May 4, said Karen Moravits, the food and beverage manager.

Tue
10
Apr

Service truck rear ends grain truck on Hwy. 18 Bypass


A semi hauling grain was stalled along the Highway 18 Bypass Wednesday afternoon when a service truck came along and rear ended it, causing fuel leakage, a couple fires and a mess from the grain. No one was injured but both vehicles were heavily damaged and towed. (Submitted photo)

On April 4, at about 4:50 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department was dispatched to a two-vehicle traffic crash on the Highway 18 Bypass near the intersection of East LaPointe Street in Prairie du Chien.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Randy Thornton, 60, of Marquette, Iowa, was traveling west on 18 in a 2018 Peterbilt utility truck when he collided with a 1990 International semi-tractor trailer that was disabled on the highway.

Tue
10
Apr

Tires slashed, campers entered

Over the past few weeks, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department has been notified and investigating several complaints of criminal damage to property in the village of Gays Mills. The complaints have consisted of slashed tires to vehicles parked at residences and forced entry or attempted entry to several campers at Kickapoo Stump Dodger Campground.

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.

Tue
10
Apr

Traffic stop results in drug bust

On April 2, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit initiated a traffic stop on a 2013 Buick Verano in the township of Freeman for numerous moving violations.  The deputy made contact with the driver, identified as Danica Kratz, 31, Clinton, Iowa. During the course of the contact, the deputy identified several indicators of drug use. K-9 Breck was utilized for an open free air sniff of the vehicle and alerted to the presence of one or more controlled substances within the vehicle. 

Tue
10
Apr

Man arrested for meth possession

On April 5, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of Bryant Swiggum, 29, La Crosse, being at a residence in the village of Gays Mills threatening to damage property. Deputies responded and located Swiggum operating a 2002 Honda Accord on Main Street. Swiggum pulled over and parked and attempted to enter a downtown business. Contact was made with Swiggum who exhibited signs of drug use. 

The Crawford County K-9 Unit was requested and responded to conduct an evaluation on Swiggum. The deputy determined that Swiggum was under the influence of one or more controlled substances and was placed under arrest. Swiggum resisted the deputies and struck an investigator in the face with an elbow before being detained. 

Tue
10
Apr

McGregor man threatens officers after high-speed chase

On April 1, at 6:17 a.m., a 1998 Ford Ranger pickup truck squealed its tires while entering the parking lot of the BP South gas station in the city of Prairie du Chien. The driver of the vehicle put gas into his pickup truck then entered BP South. The driver asked the clerk for a free pack of cigarettes. When the clerk refused to give him a free pack of cigarettes, the man said some profanities to the clerk and exited without paying for his gas. The driver squealed the tires on the pickup truck while exiting the parking lot and drove northbound on Marquette Road.

Tue
10
Apr

Congressman Kind hears myriad of local concerns


The highlight of Ava Roth’s day April 4 was getting to experience a listening session with Congressman Ron Kind at the Crawford County Administration Building. After an appointment in town, she attended the session with her dad, A.V. Roth, of rural Wauzeka. She acted very quietly and respectfully throughout the event, listening to all of the questions and answers, particularly her dad’s inquiry about international trade. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

International trade, Medicaid services, FEMA funding, health care supplement regulations, the gun debate and President Trump’s military parade intentions were the topics broached at a listening session hosted by Congressman Ron Kind last Wednesday, April 4, at the Crawford County Administration Building. About a dozen people were in attendance. 

Wauzeka pork producer A.V. Roth, who attended with his young daughter, thanked Kind for his leadership on international trade and asked the Congressman his thoughts.

Mon
09
Apr

Kickapoo River Watershed Project


This map shows the area of the Kickapoo River Watershed Project. (Map courtesy of NRCS)

 

Early sign-up urged for Kickapoo River Watershed Project

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
09
Apr

Bluff View principal on paid leave pending investigation

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Bluff View Principal Aaron Amundson is on non-disciplinary paid leave pending the conclusion of an investigation of a personnel matter, said Prairie du Chien District Administrator Robert Smudde regarding an incident at the school that occurred on March 21.

“Given the confidentiality of personnel matters in the district, it is inappropriate for me to comment further at this time,” said Smudde Monday morning.

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