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Wed
14
Nov

Men struggle over gun, bullet goes through man’s thumb

On Nov. 4, at 1:15 a.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a man with a gunshot wound at 306 S. Rebecca St. in the village of Gays Mills.

Deputies responded to the residence and identified the victim as Thomas A. Pettit Jr., 37, Gays Mills. It was determined that Pettit sustained a gunshot wound to the thumb of his left hand. A second individual involved was Jody E. Pitz, 42, Gays Mills. 

Deputies conducted interviews with both parties and determined Pitz recently moved out of Pettit’s residence and into 306 S. Rebecca St. After consuming alcoholic beverages throughout the day, Pettit entered the residence with a Warthog .45 caliber pistol in a holster attached to his right side and awakened Pitz. 

Wed
14
Nov

Town of Bridgeport starts incorporation process once again


Bridgeport wants to avoid further property loss to annexation by adjacent communities.

By Correne Martin

For the second time since 2015, Bridgeport Township has  filed, with Crawford County Court, a petition to incorporate as a village. A hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 3 p.m., of the county courthouse’s second floor courtroom. 

John Karnopp, town chair and representative of 111 petitioners, explained the township’s principal reason for the proposed incorporation is to protect its borders from further loss of annexed property to the city of Prairie du Chien. 

Wed
14
Nov

13 Quilts of Valor presented on Veterans Day


Local veterans covered in their Quilts of Valor, presented on Veterans Day Sunday, included: (front row, from left) Edward Strand, C.R. Baker, Paul Ginkel, Paul Manders; (back row) Butch Pedretti, John Howe, Gayle Hillman, Wendi Baker, Joe Prew, Olin Anderson, Rick Brown, Buzz Esser and Steve DuCharme. (Photo by Sue Lynch)

Quilters and members of The Pickett Fence Patriotic Piecers honored 13 local veterans Sunday, Nov. 11, by awarding them Quilts of Valor and a “thank you” for their service. The ceremony at The Pickett Fence in Prairie du Chien was one of several hosted by the Northeast Iowa Quilters Guild in recent weeks.

The NEIQG follows the Quilts of Valor Foundation mission, which is “to cover all combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.”

Surrounded by about 40 family members and friends, the 13 local veterans received their quilts on a very fitting Veterans Day. Recipients included Steve DuCharme, John Howe, Paul Manders, C.R. Baker, Wendi Baker, Buzz Esser, Paul Ginkel, Edward Strand, Joe Prew, Butch Pedretti, Olin Anderson, Rick Brown and Gayle Hillman. 

Wed
14
Nov

Hoffman Hall work to be done

By Correne Martin

The council also authorized repair work to be done on the Hoffman Hall north wall and acceptance of a bid from Darold Berger Masonry, of Waukon, Iowa, in the amount of $16,600. The work  would be completed yet under 2017-2018 capital funds, according to Parks and Recreation Director Mike Ulrich. Berger Masonry provided work at the new library and, according to City Planner Garth Frable, the company’s workmanship was excellent and recommended, especially since it is able to do the job still this year.

Sun Environmental Group, of Waukesha, reviewed the issue at Hoffman Hall, finding that the 4-inch face brick veneer wall is out of plumb to a degree that has resulted in a minor safety concern. 

Wed
14
Nov

Scoreboards, bleachers and theater director position topics at school board meeting

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

At the Prairie du Chien School Board meeting Monday night, the board approved of having High School Principal Andy Banasik pursue funding options for the purchase of scoreboards and bleachers for the new, big gymnasium that was part of the $19.7 million facilities upgrade project.

Wed
14
Nov

Satter Building sold at auction

 

County gets $285,750 for 

31 tax delinquent properties

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
14
Nov

County tax levy goes down

 

Equalized property valuation 

is up, so tax rate goes down

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
12
Nov

Disaster Recovery Center reopens in Crawford County for an additional 3 days

A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will reopen on Wednesday, Nov. 14 until Friday, Nov. 16 in Crawford County to help renters, homeowners and businesses in Wisconsin affected by the severe storms and flooding of Aug. 17 through Sept. 14.

The DRC will be located at the Gays Mills Community Center, 16381 Highway 131, Gays Mills. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. all three days. 

At the DRC, representatives from FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration, Wisconsin Emergency Management and other state of Wisconsin agencies will be available to explain disaster assistance programs, answer questions about written correspondence and provide literature about repairs and rebuilding to make homes more flood resistant.

Mon
12
Nov

Crawford County murder told in new book


A posse of searchers found Clara Olson’s body near Rising Sun in 1926.

Pictured is the 1926 burial site and some of the posse that searched for her. Also shown is how it looks today: a depression Larry Scheckel outlined with sticks.

By Correne Martin

Ninety-two years ago, a young woman was tragically murdered in Crawford County. She was pregnant with her lover’s child and the couple planned a secret elopement, when, suddenly, she disappeared. 

This story has the makings of a novel. It happened in 1926 near Rising Sun in the northern part of the county. It was worldwide news at the time, especially for rural Wisconsin. It happened before the Lindbergh kidnapping and murder of 1932, and before the criminal villainy of Baby Face Nelson and Bonnie and Clyde in the 1930s.

Mon
12
Nov

Crawford County youth justice social worker presented state honor


Maura Garrity (center) was given the Wisconsin Juvenile Court Intake Association Recognition Award Sept. 19 at a ceremony at the Kalahari Convention Center. She is pictured with Kathy Quamme, juvenile court worker; son Bob Brinckman; daughter Bridget Brinckman; and Nancy Dowling, register in probate at Crawford County Circuit Court.

Maura Garrity, Crawford County youth justice social worker, received the Wisconsin Juvenile Court Intake Association Recognition Award, Sept. 19, at the Kalahari Convention Center. 

The board of directors for the Wisconsin Juvenile Court Intake Association realizes those who work in the challenging and ever-demanding system of juvenile court services often do so with little recognition for the outstanding service they provide to the agencies and communities in which they serve. With this in mind, the board of directors annually recognizes one of many outstanding WJCIA members, and this year’s recipient was Garrity. 

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