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Wed
29
Aug

Wauzeka Fire and Rescue wins grain bin rescue tube


Firemen from a number of other Crawford County fire departments joined the Wauzeka Fire and Rescue Department for a grain bin rescue training Aug. 18. They are pictured with the grain bin rescue tube Wauzeka Fire won from Nationwide Insurance and the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS).

Tyler Aspenson, a member of the Seneca Fire Department, volunteered to be “sunk” in a half bin full of corn up to his belly button. He said he couldn’t move his legs at all while trapped in the grain, before his fellow volunteers rescued him with assistance from the grain bin rescue tube. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Wauzeka Fire’s Assistant Chief Nick Zeeh uses a diamond-blade saw to cut through galvanized steel, a material from which many grain bins are constructed. Standing behind him are trainer Dan Neenan, and some of the area firemen who participated.

Two of the men partaking in the Aug. 18 training work to advance the rescue tube down into the corn.

Area firemen practiced rescuing someone from a grain bin. They are shown connecting the six panels as straight as possible around the “victim.” Once they place them all together, two of the rescuers will step on the exterior panel steps, opposite one another, and use their body weight to force the tube down two to three inches at a time. As the tube is advanced, grain can be scooped from within. More grain can be removed as it continues sliding down, and eventually, the victim can get free.

By Correne Martin

Twenty-nine fire departments in 19 states were each recently awarded a grain bin rescue tube and four hours of training, valued at roughly $5,000, as part of the fifth annual Nominate Your Fire Department Contest. The Wauzeka Fire and Rescue Department was one of the applicants selected and is the first agency in Crawford County to receive this life-saving piece of equipment. The contest is sponsored by Nationwide Insurance and the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS).

As a result, Wauzeka is collaborating with neighboring departments—including six others in Crawford County, and Boscobel in Grant County—to pursue supplemental hardware and gear that will ensure the area is prepared to respond to any grain bin entrapment scenario safely and efficiently.

Tue
28
Aug

Crawford County preparing for huge Kickapoo River Flood


Volunteers sandbag and construct a wall around Jo’s Kountry Bar in Steuben Tuesday morning in anticipation of a near record setting flood of the Kickapoo River. The river is expected to set records at all other communities in Vernon and Crawford counties. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

This shows the flooding at Readstown the morning of Aug. 28. The river is expected to crest at a record 20.5 feet at Readstown later on Aug. 28. The current record is 19.6 feet set on June 9, 2008. (Photo courtesy of Dennis Pelock)

This is another view of the flooding that was happening in Readstown Tuesday morning. (Photo courtesy of Dennis Pelock)

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks washed out south of Stoddard along Highway 35 on Aug. 28. (Photo courtesy of Dennis Pelock)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Numerous adults, children, and personnel from area fire departments have been busy sandbagging in Steuben and Gays Mills in preparation for a possible record-setting flood of the Kickapoo River by Aug. 29 and 30. 

Tue
28
Aug

Mary Ruth (McDonald) Peterson

Mary Ruth (McDonald) Peterson passed away peacefully on Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Waunakee Manor. 

Mary Ruth was born on Jan. 21, 1924, the second of three children to George and Bridget Anna McDonald, of Soldiers Grove. She grew up surrounded by a large, extended Irish family with devout Catholicism at its center. After attending Soldiers Grove High School, Mary Ruth earned her degree from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Madison. She was a diligent and caring RN, practicing in hospitals in St. Louis, Denver, Racine and Prairie du Chien. On June 17, 1947, Mary Ruth married her high school sweetheart, James Ole Peterson, at St. Philips Catholic Church in Rolling Ground. They enjoyed 67 years together, raising their eight children while celebrating a shared love of faith and family. 

Mon
27
Aug

Greta A. Otteson

Greta A. Otteson, 87, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Saturday, Aug. 25, at Prairie Maison, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She died peacefully, surrounded by her family. 

Greta Arlene, the daughter of Lloyd and Dorothy (DuCharme) Anderson, was born Aug. 7, 1931, in Prairie du Chien. She attended St. John’s Parochial School and graduated from St. Mary’s in 1949. Greta was united in marriage with Kenneth Otteson on Sept. 2, 1950, at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. Kenneth preceded her in death on July 9, 2015. Greta was a homemaker for her family and she managed the Gundersen Clinic in Prairie du Chien for 32 years.

Mon
27
Aug

Blanche L. Moyle

Blanche L. Moyle, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 5:53 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. 

Blanche was born on June 23, 1931, the daughter of Joseph and Agnes (Check) Ceplecha. She was born and raised in the beautiful rolling hills of Prairie du Chien. She laid eyes on Elwin Moyle, and knew he was the one. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Elwin, on June 28, 1950, in Prairie du Chien, and they were gratefully blessed with two loving children, Laurie and Tim. 

Mon
27
Aug

Prairie du Chien School District issues statement about Amundson

Prairie du Chien District Administrator Robert Smudde made a statement on behalf of the district regarding Bluff View Principal Aaron Amundson and Thursday’s not guilty verdict.

“The Prairie du Chien Area School District would like to thank the community for the support during the jury trial of Mr. Aaron Amundson,” the statement said. “With his acquittal, Mr. Amundson’s employment status will not change. Mr. Amundson will continue with the duties as the principal at Bluff View Intermediate School for the 2018-19 school year.

“We hope to now move into the new school year and keep the focus on our students and their needs.”

Mon
27
Aug

Layers of Prairie du Chien History, Part III


Benjamin Fay House

St. Germain dit Gauthier House

Strange Powers House

Ravoux House

By Rachel Mergen

Benjamin Fay House

The Benjamin Fay House, located at 203 South Wacouta Avenue, was the home to Benjamin and Wilhelmina Fay, with its construction beginning in August of 1880. According to the Prairie du Chien Historical Society’s records, “As the construction of the house progressed, the editor of The Union periodically visited the property and updated his readers on the advances towards completion. By the end of August 1881, the newspaper related, ‘Mr. B. F. Fay’s magnificent mansion is nearing completion.’”

Mon
27
Aug

Charges requested in alleged Prairie du Chien assault

A Boscobel man was lodged in Crawford County Jail after an alleged assault in Prairie du Chien Aug. 21, according to authorities.

At about 6:30 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department was called to 806 E. Lockwood Ct. for a report of suspicious activity.

Upon arrival, the police officers met an adult male outside of the residence whose face was covered in blood. Upon investigation, officers learned the victim was inside his residence sitting on his couch when an adult male came into the house without permission and physically assaulted the victim. The suspect was armed with a loaded handgun and pointed it at the victim. The suspect then proceeded to hit the victim on the head and face with the handgun. The suspect then fired two shots into the wall of the residence before fleeing in a vehicle.

Mon
27
Aug

Fun & games, kids & animals at the 160th annual Crawford County Fair


The Scrambler at Earl’s Rides was a hair-raising, yet enjoyable experience at 160th Crawford County Fair Friday afternoon in Gays Mills. The fair also featured numerous free activities for the whole family, great food, animal exploring exhibits, youth and adult exhibits and animal shows, several competitions, full entertainment stage and grandstand events including Nashville country music group Parmalee, a meat animal auction, a grilled cheese contest, tractor and truck pulls, a 5K run-walk, a demolition derby, a rodeo, a talent show and much more. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Anna Allen of Freeman Township practices the obstacle course with her llama from Fiber Ridge Farm.

Kiley Manning of Wauzeka talks to her cow during the Junior Showmanship competition. Kiley is the daughter of Donnie and Angie Manning.

A pair of friends were all smiles while riding the Tilt-A-Whirl Friday afternoon.
Fri
24
Aug

Prairie du Chien School District issues statement about Amundson

Prairie du Chien District Administrator Robert Smudde made a statement on behalf of the district regarding Bluff View Principal Aaron Amundson and Thursday’s not guilty verdict.

“The Prairie du Chien Area School District would like to thank the community for the support during the jury trial of Mr. Aaron Amundson,” the statement said. “With his acquittal, Mr. Amundson’s employment status will not change. Mr. Amundson will continue with the duties as the principal at Bluff View Intermediate School for the 2018-19 school year.

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