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Mon
14
May

Fishing float owner believes the DNR is harassing him


Bill Hubbard owns Hubbard’s Fishing Float in Harper’s Ferry, Iowa. He feels he’s not being respected by the Wisconsin DNR as an authorized activity on the Mississippi. (Photo by Correne Martin)

This smartphone photo was taken by Bill Hubbard to show the proximity of the DNR warden to his customers trying to fish on his commercial float.

By Correne Martin

A Harper’s Ferry, Iowa, small businessman believes he’s being harassed by the Wisconsin DNR and is speaking out after an April 26 encounter that resulted in his arrest for interfering with fishing. 

Bill Hubbard Jr., 53, of Harper’s Ferry, is the owner of Hubbard’s Fishing Float, located at Lock and Dam No. 9, on the Iowa side of the river, yet accessible near Gordon’s Bay boat landing on Wisconsin Highway 35. Hubbard has run the floating dock and café for 16 years, following in his father’s footsteps. For more than 70 years, the float business itself has provided a good place for anglers—both experienced and amateur—to enjoy fishing the Mississippi River.

Fri
11
May

Boscobel woman gets year in jail and 6 years probation for crashing into 7 people in tent

A 32-year-old Boscobel woman had her sentence withheld and was placed on probation for six years at her sentencing hearing on May 8 in Grant County Circuit Court for crashing into a tent and injuring seven people at a campground in Bagley on Aug. 12, 2017. As a condition of probation, Stacy M. Smith must serve one year in jail with work release privileges.

Smith must also pay restitution to the victims in an amount yet to be determined. Judge Craig Day said he believes the restitution amount will be substantial. Smith still owes the court $2,641.10 of $7,416.10 in court assessments.

Wed
09
May

Show of Support for Amundson


This is just part of the standing room only crowd in the courtroom Wednesday afternoon, most of whom where there in a show of support for Bluff View Principal Aaron Amundson. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Prairie du Chien staff, students show support for Amundson in court

By Ted Pennekamp

 

There was a standing room only crowd in the Crawford County Courtroom Wednesday afternoon, the vast majority of whom were teachers, administrators and students from the Prairie du Chien School District who were there in a big show of support for Bluff View Principal Aaron Amundson.

Wed
09
May

High-speed chase ends in crash


A police officer removes items from a van that was involved in a high-speed chase that ended in a crash Tuesday afternoon near the intersection of Highway 60 and Highway 18-35 in the town of Bridgeport. The van said, “Wild Thing Jet Boat.Com 1550 Wisconsin Dells Parkway” on its side. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

On Tuesday, May 8, at 12:54 p.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified by the Grant County Sheriff’s Department of a vehicle pursuit coming into Crawford County. Grant County advised the suspect was driving a white minivan with the Wisconsin Dells Duck logo on the side of the vehicle. Grant County advised that the vehicle was stolen and that they had received numerous complaints reference the vehicle driving erratically. Grant also said that the vehicle was westbound on Highway 60. Grant County ended their pursuit at that time. The Wauzeka-Steuben School was contacted and notified not to have children outside.

Wed
09
May

Girl Scout camp builds brave, outdoorsy, outgoing youth


Allison Mathies (front, second from right) posed for a picture with some of the friends she made during camp in 2017.

Prairie du Chien’s Katelyn Mathies, 8, will attend the Mess Makers session at Camp Ehawee in Mindoro this summer. She’s most excited about sliding in paint on the slip-n-slide and meeting up with the friends she made last year.

Both Mathies girls are avid swimmers. Allison shows that here, while photographed comfortably underwater at camp.

Katelyn was all smiles, but still had a hard time saying goodbye to camp last summer when her parents picked her up.

By Correne Martin

Everyone knows children love to camp. And in 2018, area Girl Scouts will be going on full-blown adventures. 

Girl Scouts of Wisconsin-Badgerland unveiled its summer camp season, featuring double the programming, expanded overnight options and themed day camps. One Prairie du Chien family will send two daughters on a return trip to Camp Ehawee, Badgerland’s primary resident camp for its K-5th grade Girl Scouts in Mindoro, in La Crosse County. The camps begin the week of June 17 and run through Aug. 5 and are held among thick pine trees within a camping area that includes a bunkhouse, cabins, platform tents, campfires, a pool, flush toilets and more. 

Wed
09
May

Passed out man busted for meth possession

On May 8, the Crawford County K-9 Unit was on patrol in Wauzeka Township along Highway 60 when the deputy observed a 1996 Chevrolet S10 parked in the Indian Mound Park Wayside. 

A lone man was observed sitting in the driver’s seat slumped over. The deputy awoke the man, identified as Ryan Leffler, 53, Wauzeka. Leffler was confused on what day it was and where he had come from. A lieutenant arrived on scene and they discovered Leffler had been passed out for approximately 5 hours. Leffler displayed signs of impairment and was found to have a bottle of urine hidden in his crotch area. 

Wed
09
May

Head-on collision in Soldiers Grove

On May 8 at 5:09 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a two-vehicle head-on collision on Highway 61 at Third Street in the village of Soldiers Grove.

Dawson R. Anderson, 19, Gays Mills, was operating 2008 Pontiac Vibe on Third Street, attempting to cross both lanes of Highway 61. Rebekah A. Ghormley, 57, Soldiers Grove, was operating a 2013 Honda Fit Hatchback southbound on Highway 61. As Anderson attempted to cross the highway, she pulled out in front of the Ghormley vehicle. Both vehicles collided in the roadway. Anderson stated she did not see the Ghormley vehicle as she attempted to cross both lanes of Highway 61.

Wed
09
May

Access to Marquette Road businesses hindered a couple days


Grading and base aggregate placement operations were done on Marquette Road late last week/early this week on stage 1 of construction.

By Correne Martin

Access to businesses on the 900 block of Marquette Road—including Hardee’s, Subway, Papa Murphy’s, American Family Insurance, Tropical Tan and Excalibur Laundromat—was hindered on several days this past week by construction on Wells Street, which has been the key thoroughfare for customers trying to patronize them since road work began. 

Wed
09
May

Driftless Brewing Company launches $1.2 million expansion


People enjoy the festive atmosphere at the Driftless Brewing Company in September of 2017 for the Fourth Annual Arts and Brews. (Photo by Cynthia Olmstead)

The Driftless Brewing Company management team stands on the bank of the Kickapoo River. They are Scott Noe, Cynthia Olmstead, Chris Balistreri and Michael Varnes-Epstein. (Photo by Drew Shonka Photography)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

When the Driftless Brewing Company opened for business in a former grocery store in Soldiers Grove in March of 2014, it was with future expansion in mind.

Mon
07
May

4-year-old dies in fall from moving pickup

A 4-year-old has died after falling from a moving pickup truck in Woodman Township the evening of May 4.

According to Grant County Sheriff Nate Dreckman, at about 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jason Wachter, 45, of Woodman, was traveling between farms, going east on County Highway C, approaching the intersection of Highway 133, in his 2003 Ford F450. Kage Wachter, 4, was sitting next to the passenger door, when the door opened and he fell from the truck, the sheriff’s report said.

Kage was struck by the rear tires and became unresponsive. Jason and another passerby began CPR until deputies, EMS, and MedFlight arrived. However, all the lifesaving efforts were unable to revive Kage, Sheriff Dreckman said.

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