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Crawford County Highway Commissioner suspended for 2 weeks

Crawford County Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock was suspended without pay for two weeks during a Personnel Committee meeting on Feb. 13.

According to meeting minutes, the suspension will be served upon completion of an appeal process, if applicable.

The county needs to go through a notification process before any of the records can be released as to why Pelock was suspended.

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Farm stress topic at Farmer Appreciation Luncheon


Dr. Larry Tranel, a dairy specialist who has spent three decades with Extension offices in Iowa and Wisconsin, shared tips about dealing with farm stress at the Farmer Appreciation Luncheon Feb. 27, at Huckleberry’s Restaurant. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The reality of farming today is that the future is uncertain. Farmers attending the 30th annual Farmer Appreciation Luncheon, presented by the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce Feb. 27, were reminded of that reality, and heard tips for dealing with farm stress from guest presenter Dr. Larry Tranel, 20-year dairy specialist with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. 

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Mar

Time running out to apply for PdC Citizens Academy


Making a “deadly force decision” during a simulated activity is just one of the interactive opportunities cadets will have in the Citizens Academy. (Submitted photos)

City councilman Todd Myers “arrests” Mayor Dave Hemmer when both were cadets of the Citizens Academy.

By Correne Martin

Take an inside look at the work Prairie du Chien police officers do by signing up for the fifth annual Citizens Academy, a free 10-week, interactive course that presents the gamut of duties local law enforcement manage in their line of work. But time is running out to apply, as the weekly activities begin March 7. Each class meets at the police department, from 6 to 9 p.m., and runs through May 9.

The deadline for Citizens Academy applications is Tuesday, March 5, at 5 p.m. Go online to prairieduchien.info (toggle down under “Departments” and click on “Police Department,” then scroll down to “2019 Citizens Academy Application”) to access and print a form to be turned in at city hall or the Crawford County Law Enforcement Center dispatch location. Paper forms may also be obtained at city hall and dispatch. 

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Mar

Momo Challenge sparks fear, reminder for social media supervision

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien Public Schools sent out a parent tech alert Feb. 28, in response to the recent mania called the Momo Challenge, also known as the “suicide killer game,” that is popping up on social media sites accessible by children of any age.  

The Momo Challenge “is primarily communicated through Facebook’s WhatsApp (free messaging application), but can show up in other social media sites hidden within animated videos on YouTube and more,” according to the alert provided by High School Principal Andy Banasik. According to concerned Facebook posts, the imagery and language from a terrifying doll with long hair and bulging eyes are supposedly being placed into cartoons and toy review videos.

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Mar

Crawford County winter maintenance costs up 47 percent for salt and sand

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

This winter has been quite a bit more costly than last year in terms of snow removal efforts by Crawford County.

Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock said there are 134 miles of county roadways and 190 miles of state highways within the county.

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27
Feb

Traffic stop results in drug bust

On Feb. 21, at 8:15 p.m., a deputy with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop on a 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix for a speeding violation on Pine Street at the intersection of US Highway 61 in the village of Soldiers Grove. 

The driver was identified as Jesse M. Nash, 32, and the passenger was identified as Shauna L. Erickson, 21, both of Soldiers Grove. 

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Feb

Man arrested after driving into snowbank

On Feb. 22, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a vehicle parked, with its driver slumped over the steering wheel, alongside Highway 60 near Old Highway 60 in the township of Bridgeport. 

Moments later, the reporting party stated the suspect vehicle began driving again and they saw the vehicle proceed through the intersection of Highway 18 and Upper Bridgeport Road. The suspect vehicle drove through the intersection, through a road sign and several yards into a large snow bank. The vehicle came to rest buried in the snowbank with heavy front-end damage. 

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Feb

Arrest follows hit and run

On Feb. 22, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a two-vehicle hit and run crash in the village of Ferryville. The Crawford County K-9 unit responded and met with the two victims whose vehicles were both legally parking on Main Street. 

It was determined the suspect vehicle left from a parked position and began operating southbound. The suspect vehicle struck the two vehicles, a 2016 Toyota Corolla and a 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan. The victim vehicles both sustained damage to their driver’s sides. A witness observed a woman, identified as Jean Boardman, 61, Ferryville, leaving the scene, with damage to her vehicle’s passenger side. 

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Feb

Bloomington man gets 15 years for sexual abuse

A 59-year-old Bloomington man, who is guilty of repeated sexual abuse of a girl over a three-year period, was sentenced to 15 years in prison during a hearing in Grant County Circuit Court Friday. James F. Crubel will receive credit for 339 days already served.

Crubel had faced up to 67 years in prison.

Crubel had pleaded no contest to two counts of exposing genitals to a child and one count each of repeated sexual abuse of the same child with at least three violations of first-degree sexual assault; causing a child younger than 13 to view/listen to a sex act; child enticement-sexual contact; and exposing a child to harmful material.

There were approximately 100 people who filled the courtroom for the hearing on Friday.

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Feb

Hornet basketball program has unrivaled twin power


Four sets of twins (including one that has a triplet sister) are on the high school boys basketball team at Wauzeka-Steuben Schools. Pictured (front row, from left) are sophomores Zach and Nate Martin, freshmen Jonah and Isaac Reichmann; (back row) seniors Nate and Nick Benish and sophomores Brad and Ethan Karnopp. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The Wauzeka-Steuben High School boys basketball program has written such an explicit narrative this season that you might wonder if there’s something in the water. 

It has little to do with the successful 21-1 record the Hornets have achieved. It’s not that the varsity conference champions secured its first regional win last night. It’s not even the personal achievements (Carter Lomas’ all-time scoring record) or the diverse talents of the team.

It’s something more of a phenomenon. 

It’s an unexplainable marvel really that there are currently four separate sets of twins on the boys basketball team. 

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