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Mon
06
May

Howe ownership comes to a close as Courier Press gets sold


Morris Newspaper Corporation of Wisconsin has purchased the Mississippi Valley Printers Inc. newspaper group of Crawford County and Clayton County (Iowa), including flagship publication, the Courier Press. The acquisition was finalized Tuesday, April 30, with MNC taking over operations on Wednesday, May 1. Pictured are MNC of Wisconsin Publisher John Ingebritsen and Courier Press General Manager Gary Howe. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Courier Press has changed ownership after four generations and 108 years under the Howe family name. 

Morris Newspaper Corporation of Wisconsin purchased the Courier, The Trader shopper, as well as their three sister publications in northeast Iowa: North Iowa Times in McGregor, The Guttenberg Press in Guttenberg, and Clayton County Register in Elkader. 

Mon
06
May

Blackhawk Motors sold to Fillback

Blackhawk Motors in Prairie du Chien was sold to Mark Fillback of Fillback Motors, effective April 30. Current owners Kelly Bachelder and Randy Imoehl, of KAR Auto Group, have run the dealership for the last four years. 

In a news release last week, Bachelder and Imoehl shared their appreciation for the support of Prairie du Chien and its surrounding communities and people during their time. They also attributed their success to the employees who gave of their time, dedication and hard work for Blackhawk Motors.

Mon
06
May

Soldiers Grove man arrested in meth bust

On April 30, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 Unit made a traffic stop on a 2000 Pontiac Montana Van at 301 Karl Ave., Soldiers Grove. The van was being operated Matthew Lecher, 46, who also resides at the above address. 

The deputy observed items of methamphetamine paraphernalia in and around the van, along with observing Lecher to be displaying several indicators of drug impairment. After a brief conversation, Lecher ran toward his residence and was pursued by the deputy. The deputy caught Lecher as he was opening his front door. Lecher began to resist the deputy and throw items into the residence and pull away from the deputy. The deputy escorted Lecher back outside and to the ground before getting him detained. 

Mon
06
May

City, residents and businesses getting ready for more flood clean-up efforts in Prairie du Chien


St. Feriole Island is still mostly covered with water, but it is hoped that the river will have receded enough by mid-May that clean-up efforts can begin. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The St. Feriole Island Ballpark parking lot was full. The three ball diamonds, the concession stand and the press box are high and dry, however, because the ballpark was constructed so as to be higher than a 100-year flood.

The River is expected to get down to 16 feet by May 10. Minor flood stage is 16 feet.

This alligator looks quite content, having found a nice resting spot on the roof of a quiet cottage on North Main Street near the intersection with Frederick Street.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Mississippi River crested at 21.75 feet on Friday, April 26 and has been steadily receding since. At 6:45 a.m. on Monday it was at 18.32, and it is expected to be down close to 16 feet by May 10.

Wed
01
May

Now I know what it feels like to experience dementia


Wearing specialized gear like monocular glasses, sound-emitting headphones and knitting gloves, participants of Dementia Live can experience some of the challenges dementia sufferers do.

By Correne Martin

For just seven minutes, I struggled. 

I couldn’t flip the newspaper pages or punch the tiny keys on the phone. I had to adapt when I couldn’t remove silverware from the drawer or pick up a pen from the table. My dexterity was weakened and I could hardly open the pet food container to feed my dog.

I saw people around me smiling and nodding, sometimes shrugging their shoulders and laughing. But I could barely hear what they said. 

My distant vision was poor and my peripheral vision was non-existent. To see and hear someone behind me, I had to turn my entire body around and face her—and even then, my senses were limited. 

Wed
01
May

Woodman Veterans Memorial effort gets going

Construction of the Woodman Area Veterans Memorial began recently in Woodman. The memorial will honor all of the area men and women who served and are serving in the U.S. military. This unique memorial also points out the unique diversities as “One Nation, Under God,” the country strives to preserve freedom and equality throughout the globe.

The statue was inspired by the only Civil War veteran from the Woodman area laid to rest in the Woodman Cemetery: Chauncy Bangs. On the four sides of the statue base, four different stories about military history will be told.

The front side tablet thanks all of the Woodman area service men and women for their service and recognizes Chauncy Bangs as the inspiration for the statue. 

Wed
01
May

PdC names lieutenant, new officer sworn in


Casey Cox (left), K-9 officer with the Prairie du Chien Police Department, was sworn in as the new lieutenant April 25. (Submitted photos)

Dwight Kussmaul is a new full-time police officer in Prairie du Chien. His wife, Sam, participated in his pinning ceremony April 11.

Dwight Kussmaul was sworn in on April 11 as a new full-time officer with the Prairie du Chien Police Department. He will be in field training for 12 weeks. He lives in Prairie du Chien and is married with two daughters.

Casey Cox was sworn in as lieutenant of the department on April 25. He steps into the position formerly held by Terry Sprosty, who retired earlier this year. 

Cox is from Prairie du Chien, attended SWTC Academy, Madison Area Technical College for his associate degree and Upper Iowa University for his bachelor’s degree.

Wed
01
May

Hooray for hemp

 

Licenses increase in state 

as well as in Crawford County

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
29
Apr

Second crest 21.75 feet, the fourth highest ever


These are just two of the houses whose back yards are in the vicinity of North Prairie Street.

Several homes in Prairie du Chien were affected by the flood, including this one as viewed from the Highway 18 Bypass. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Most of the trailer homes at Big River Campground had to be moved to higher ground.

This is part of South First Street near the intersection with West Brunson Friday.

This back and side yard, along with various structures, were inundated near North Prairie Street.

This is a view of North Prairie Street in Prairie du Chien Thursday.

Water covered a good portion of West Pine Street.

The lower level of the Winneshiek Bar building was surrounded but the bar was open for business this past weekend.

This view from Pike’s Peak State Park in Iowa shows how high the water was on the trees and, in the distance, the railroad bridge over the Wisconsin River.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Mississippi River crested at 21.75 feet on Friday, not major flood stage, but the fourth highest ever recorded at the McGregor gauge, surpassing the crest of 21.58 in 1969. The river has only gone above major flood stage of 22 feet twice (1965 and 2001).

Mon
29
Apr

Two local men arrested regarding meth activity

On Wednesday, April 24, at about 9:10 p.m., the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a black 2000 Chevy Silverado on Highway 18 near the intersection of Giard Road. Suspicion of drug activity was detected during the stop and the Prairie du Chien Police Department K-9 Unit was called to assist. 

As a result, a search warrant was obtained for the vehicle and a subsequent search located approximately 43.7 grams of methamphetamine. The driver, 46-year-old Michael John Werges, of Marquette, Iowa, and 52-year-old Kenneth Elwood Marketto, of Prairie du Chien, were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to deliver, a class B felony. 

The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Prairie du Chien Police Department and Monona Police Department.   

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