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Mon
06
Aug

Both 96th Assembly primary candidates focused on rural life

By Correne Martin

Primary election voters in the 96th Assembly have a choice on the Democratic ticket. They may select between two candidates, Paul Buhr and Alicia Leinberger, in choosing who they wish to face Republican Loren Oldenburg in November. All candidates in the race for this seat are from Viroqua. 

The person elected will replace retiring legislator Lee Nerison (R-Westby). The 96th Assembly District includes Crawford County, Vernon County and part of Monroe County.

 

Mon
06
Aug

Two-car accident at end of Boscobel Bridge

On Tuesday, July 31, at 2:15 p.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a two-car crash on Highway 60 at Highway 61 at the end of the Boscobel Bridge.

LaVerne Wallace, 63, Prairie du Chien, pulled out from a stop sign in his 2013 Chevy Cruze in front of an eastbound 2012 Jeep Patriot driven by Howard Balch, 79, of rural Boscobel.

Balch and his passenger Shirley Balch, 77, sustained bumps and bruises, but did not require medical treatment.

Wallace sustained a left arm cut and did not require medical treatment.

Balch’s vehicle sustained front end damage and was towed. Wallace’s vehicle sustained left side damage and was towed.

Mon
06
Aug

Mount Hope man charged with drug and gun crimes

Dustin Caya, 34, Mount Hope, is charged with possessing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and being a felon in possession of firearms. The indictment alleges that on June 1, he possessed methamphetamine and a loaded .22 caliber rifle. The indictment also alleges that on June 1, he possessed 17 firearms that were loaded, including nine rifles, three shotguns, and five handguns. 

Mon
06
Aug

Dillman Equipment fined $124k in accident that took Wauzeka man’s life


Dillman Equipment, a division of Astec, is located along County K just north of Prairie du Chien.

Dillman Equipment, a division of Astec in Prairie du Chien, has been fined nearly $125,000 in the Nov. 29, 2017, death of a Wauzeka man who died following an accident there his first day on the job. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited the company for multiple safety violations after a six-month investigation.  

According to the OSHA report, Curtis Groom, 26, was on his first day of the job at the asphalt mixing plant, working in an abrasive blasting room with another employee when the accident occurred. Together, they blasted a drum frame using an abrasive material known as coal slag. 

Wed
01
Aug

Hospital claims Vineyard Road project caused problems at its property


Pictured is a portion of the acreage involved with the Crossing Rivers Health claim and petition against the township of Bridgeport, Crawford County and others. The hospital maintains that since the 2016 Vineyard Road reconstruction project, surface waters have been diverted to the about 50 acres of its 105-acre campus, causing flooding, water trespass and damage. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Crawford County denies change in flow of water, Bridgeport township investigates before considering action

By Correne Martin

Crossing Rivers Health has provided a notice of claim and petition for relief to the Bridgeport Township and Crawford County government bodies and to Kramer Consulting Group, of Wauzeka. The hospital contends there was “unreasonable diversion of surface waters causing flooding, water trespass and damages to its property” as a result of “negligent planning, designing, engineering, construction, supervision and inspection” of an expansive Town Road Improvement Project (TRIP) for the reconstruction of Vineyard Road in summer of 2016.

Wed
01
Aug

Accident in town of Seneca causes injuries

On July 28, at 8:14 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a 911 call reporting a one-vehicle traffic crash with injuries on Stoney Point Road near Lovers Lane in the township of Seneca.

Courtney M. Pilger, 19, Onalaska, was operating a 2003 Pontiac Bonneville westbound on Stoney Point Road. While attempting to negotiate a curve, Pilger lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the embankment along the left side of the roadway, causing the vehicle to overturn. The Pilger vehicle came to rest on its top in the eastbound lane of the roadway. Pilger and her passenger, Halley M. Fritz, 20, Tomah, were able to exit the vehicle and call 911. 

Wed
01
Aug

Car strikes utility pole

On July 27, at 7:28 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a one-vehicle traffic crash on Wall Ridge Road at Betty Lane in the township of Eastman. 

Ali D. Woods, 17, Ferryville, was operating a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze eastbound on Wall Ridge Road. While attempting to negotiate a curve at Betty Lane, the Woods’ vehicle went off the right side of the roadway and struck a Scenic Rivers Energy Cooperative utility pole. 

Woods was wearing her seatbelt and was not injured in the crash. The vehicle sustained severe damage to the front passenger side. Woods was cited for failure to maintain control. 

Tue
31
Jul

A Day In The Life - Marine Recruiter, Tristan Wilhelm


Pictured are Marines Recruiter Tristan Wilhelm (right) and Poolee Dallas Fritzinger, student of Boscobel High School, after Dallas passed all examinations at the military entrance processing station. (Submitted photo)

By Rachel Mergen

 

“My job is to find the most qualified mentally and physically applicants,” Marine Corps Recruiter Tristan Wilhelm, of Prairie du Chien, explained, describing his chosen career path. “I am trying to inspire people to work for a better life when they are content with their current circumstances of coasting by.” 

For Wilhelm’s job, he works with schools in the area to set up event times that will enable him to speak with applicants about joining the Marines. He travels all across the area during the school year, from Boscobel to Decorah. 

Wilhelm also attends events, like fairs, to speak with attendees about the prospect of joining. He hopes to “let everyone know that there is a vast amount of careers in the Marines.”

Tue
31
Jul

Dish One salesman found to be legitimate

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

On Saturday, a young man was going door-to-door on the north side of Prairie du Chien in an effort to sell contracts for DishNetwork.

Mon
30
Jul

Circus comes to town Aug. 4, tickets available now


A circus clown from the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus gave a friendly preview of the big top festivities planned for the Aug. 4 at the Prairie du Chien public pool July 25. (Submitted photo)

On Saturday, Aug. 4, at 2 and 4:30 p.m., Culpepper and Merriweather Circus, America’s favorite big top circus, will entertain crowds on St. Feriole Island. 

Culpepper and Merriweather Circus is in its 33rd edition, and has been featured in many publications and television specials, including National Geographic’s Explorer television series, Entertainment Tonight, and Nickelodeon’s On the Road with Circus Kids.

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