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Two women injured in crash


Emergency personnel work to get a woman out of an overturned Jeep Monday afternoon following a two-vehicle crash. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

A Prairie du Chien police officer talks to the driver of one of the vehicles involved in the accident.

On Monday, Aug. 13, at 2:10 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center was notified of a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 35 and East LaPointe Street in Prairie du Chien. 

It was determined that a 2018 Jeep, driven by 75-year-old Carolyn Clements of Decorah, Iowa, attempted to make a left turn onto East LaPointe Street and was struck by a 2000 Buick, driven by 89-year-old Irmagard Hogenson of Prairie du Chien. The Hogenson vehicle was traveling north through the intersection. 

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Aug

Fort Crawford needs help in portrait identification

For storage purposes and safe keeping, Fort Crawford Museum volunteers recently removed the old and worn out frame from its picture of the 1937-1938 PdC Conference Champions. Hidden behind it, they found a chalk drawing, which has no identification other than the artist’s signature and date that are difficult to decipher. 

The Fort Crawford would like the public’s help. Does anyone recognize the people in the above portrait? Is anyone familiar with the artist (whose signature is above)? The museum would like to be able to return this family portrait to its family.

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Aug

Accident occurs at end of Boscobel bridge

On Friday, Aug. 10, at 6:14 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a two-vehicle accident with no blockage and no injuries at the end of the Boscobel Bridge at the intersection of Highway 61 and Highway 60.

Judy Davison, 68, Dubuque, was pulling out from the stop sign at Highwayt 61/60 to make a right turn to head northbound on Highway 61 in a 2018 Subaru.  

Miranda Stelmach, 24, Bettendorf, Iowa, was behind the Davison vehicle in a 2015 Kia, also making a right turn to head north on Highway 61.  

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Aug

One-vehicle rollover results in injuries

On Aug. 11, at 9:07 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a one-vehicle rollover on Plum Creek Road, approximately 1.5 miles east of Mill Road, in the township of Eastman. 

Cody H. Crusan, 17, Lynxville, was operating a 2005 Dodge Durango sport utility vehicle eastbound on Plum Creek Road when he came upon a curve where a section of the roadway surface transitioned from blacktop to gravel. While attempting to negotiate the gravel curve, Crusan overcorrected the steering, which caused the vehicle to slide sideways then into the embankment where the vehicle overturned on its top. Crusan and his passengers, Nicholas F. Poots, 18, Prairie du Chien, and Sierra R. Hering, 16, Lynxville, were able to exit the vehicle and wait for the arrival of emergency services. 

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Aug

One-vehicle rollover results in injuries

On Aug. 11, at 9:07 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a one-vehicle rollover on Plum Creek Road, approximately 1.5 miles east of Mill Road, in the township of Eastman. 

Cody H. Crusan, 17, Lynxville, was operating a 2005 Dodge Durango sport utility vehicle eastbound on Plum Creek Road when he came upon a curve where a section of the roadway surface transitioned from blacktop to gravel. While attempting to negotiate the gravel curve, Crusan overcorrected the steering, which caused the vehicle to slide sideways then into the embankment where the vehicle overturned on its top. Crusan and his passengers, Nicholas F. Poots, 18, Prairie du Chien, and Sierra R. Hering, 16, Lynxville, were able to exit the vehicle and wait for the arrival of emergency services. 

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15
Aug

Vehicle crashes through barricades, ends up in PdC lawn

On Aug. 12, at 12:28 a.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department was notified of a traffic crash in the 1100 block of South Marquette Rd. in Prairie du Chien. Officers responded to the area and found a vehicle in the front lawn of 1118 South Marquette Road with heavy front-end damage. Officers also located a man unconscious in the driver’s seat.

Wed
15
Aug

Letter asking for donations to fire department may be a scam

Jeff Boughton, Fire Chief for the Prairie du Chien Fire Department, would like to advise the residents of Prairie du Chien and surrounding area of a solicitation by mail for volunteering time or donation of money to local fire departments in the Prairie du Chien area.

It was brought to the attention of the fire chief of a letter received by a local resident asking for volunteer time or in lieu of donated time, a monetary donation. The company asking for this support is Volunteer Firefighter Alliance located in Topeka, Kan.

Chief Boughton wants everyone to know and understand that this solicitation is not endorsed or affiliated with the Prairie du Chien Fire Department or the city of Prairie du Chien. If you happen to get a letter like this, it may be a scam.

Wed
15
Aug

High turnout for primary, Buhr wins 96th Assembly

Tuesday’s Partisan Primary election had a voter turnout of 29.3 percent in Crawford County, which is much higher than the normal 15-17 percent voter turnout for a primary, according to County Clerk Janet Geisler.

The most high-profile local race was on the Democratic ticket for the 96th Assembly seat. Paul Buhr defeated Alicia Leinberger for the position, with 1,971 votes (or 55 percent) to her 1,604 votes. Though Buhr won district-wide, Crawford County ended the night in disagreement with that stance. Leinberger took the most county votes with 770, compared to Buhr’s 761.

On the Republican ticket for 96th Assembly, Loren Oldenburg ran unopposed in the primary and received 714 votes Tuesday.

Wed
15
Aug

Hotel proposed on Main Street in Prairie du Chien


Several parcels of property along Main Street in Prairie du Chien, between Blackhawk Avenue and Wisconsin Street, are being developed. Broken concrete that had been there was brushed to the side, the soil leveled and some more soil added. According to city meeting documents and a member of the plan commission, the land is being readied for a hotel. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A new hotel is being proposed for private property in downtown Prairie du Chien, by Sheckler Development LLC, according to city meeting documents. Earth moving equipment has been visible there the past few weeks, digging concrete and refilling with soil.

In addition to several closed session city council discussions with Sheckler Development, plan commission member Tom Nelson confirmed that the commission heard from representatives of the Scott and Jill Sheckler family in open session at its June 18 meeting. They discussed the proposal for block 123 of the union plat, aka three and a half parcels on Main Street between Blackhawk and Wisconsin streets, across from the River District Hotel, formerly AmericInn.

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Aug

Hope lives vibrantly at Unity Adult Day Center


Kenny Bradley was extremely proud of the patterns he created with Legos at Unity Adult Day Center, which became state-licensed and opened June 1 in the back of the former Kozelka’s Menswear building in downtown Prairie du Chien. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Some of Unity Adult Day Center’s participants of all ages and ability levels spent a recent morning doing in-chair exercises by following a YouTube video. Physical activity is a regular part of the day for those clients who utilize the new center, behind Cafe Hope, in Prairie du Chien. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Clients and staff shared a special moment posing in their homemade tie-dye T-shirts beneath the Unity sign. (Submitted photo)

Unity members enjoyed a day trip to the Rendezvous in June. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Unity Adult Day Center is a new, state-licensed center in Prairie du Chien that opened June 1 in the back of the former Kozelka’s Menswear building downtown. The program is offered under the arm of the Opportunity Center, which is supported by the Department of Health Services through Family Care. 

The 4,500-square-foot day care is intended to address a recognized local need for daytime services and activities provided for frail elderly and mainly adults with developmental disabilities, mental illness, physical disabilities and sensory disabilities. The primary objective is to enrich social and health supportive experiences for those who may need assistance with daily living activities, supervision and protection.

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