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Traffic stop leads to drug bust

On April 17, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit initiated a traffic stop on a 2000 Ford Explorer in the township of Freeman. The deputy identified the occupants as Corinthian Jones, 36, La Crosse, Joseph White, 54, Onalaska, and Tanner Olson, 25, La Crosse. 

The deputy ultimately searched the vehicle and located a bag belonging to Olson. The bag contained several used and unused hypodermic needles, crystal like substances and a plastic bag with crystal chunk substance, which later tested positive for methamphetamine. Olson was determined to be under the influence of methamphetamine. He was placed under arrest for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and felony bail jumping. Olson is on bond through Houston County, Minn., for several charges, including drug related charges. 

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Too many hurdles dash hopes for historic Dredge Thompson


The Dredge William A. Thompson has been moored near the backwaters of the Mississippi near the Prairie du Chien marina since 2012. It was moved April 5, during high water, to its final resting spot behind Blair Dillman’s home on County K. The vessel is pictured here near the Winneshiek Bar. (Photo by Dan Moris)

By Correne Martin

On April 5, the William A. Thompson dredge boat was moved from north of Prairie du Chien to its final resting spot at Blair Dillman’s home along County Highway K. He said the majority of it will be scrapped out this coming winter. Though, the top will be donated to the historical museum in Fountain City, where the dredge sat at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers service base prior to coming to Prairie du Chien on June 13, 2012.

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Hospital lawsuit topic at county board meeting


This view from Vineyard Road shows a large “pond” near the Crossing Rivers Health back parking lot. It is yet to be determined whether or not the 2016 reconstruction of a portion of Vineyard Road is causing the pond. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

An update was given as to the status of the lawsuit filed by Crossing Rivers Health Hospital of Prairie du Chien against Crawford County and the town of Bridgeport during the county board meeting Tuesday morning, April 16.

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Mississippi predicted to go back up to 22.7 feet by Friday


This is one of two pumps on County K north of Prairie du Chien that are pumping water away from a trailer court and into Gremore Lake. The pumps have been pumping for more than two weeks. They pump 30,000 gallons per minute. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

This section of North Main Street is expected to get even more water soon.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Mississippi River is now predicted to bounce back up and have a second crest. According to the National Weather Service, the river was at 18.22 feet at 12:45 p.m. on April 19 at the McGregor guage. It dipped down to about 18 feet on April 20 and is predicted to reach 22.7 feet on Friday, April 26. On April 22, it was at 19.17 feet. 

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Apr

Joyce M. Kleven

Joyce M. Kleven, 88, of Eastman, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2019, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

She was born Sept. 1, 1930, in Ferryville, the daughter of Byron and Mandy (Burkum) Lawrence. 

She married Floyd Kleven on Jan. 25, 1952, in Ferryville. Together they farmed and both enjoyed square dancing. Joyce worked at the Ferryville Bank and belonged to the Eastman Stitch and Chatter Homemakers. She loved watching her grandchildren participate in sports and looked forward to her annual trip with Krystal to see the Milwaukee Brewers. 

Floyd preceded her in death on Sept. 24, 2008. 

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Catherine M. 'Katie' Harris

On Thursday, April 11, 2019, loving daughter, sister, aunt, godmother and friend, Catherine Mary “Katie” Harris, of Prairie du Chien, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 60. 

Katie was born Aug. 19, 1958, and raised in Gays Mills, the daughter of Leonard and Mary Jane Harris. 

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Bradley Scott Mehall

Bradley Scott Mehall, 55, of Wauzeka, passed away on Monday, April 15, 2019, at his residence in Wauzeka. 

He was born on Jan. 15, 1964, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Ronnie and Sharon (Lee) Messling. He married Jeanne Burgus on Aug. 18, 1990, in Prairie du Chien. 

He is survived by his wife Jeanne, of Wauzeka; two sons, Bradley J., of Boscobel, and Austin (Chloe), of Mooresville N.C.; five grandchildren; one brother, Eddie (Joelle) Messling, of Florida; three sisters, Vickie Messling, of Wauzeka, Kathie Messling, of Wauzeka, Krissa (Kevin) Myhre, of Viroqua; and his step-mother Rita Messling, of Viroqua. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Jeffrey Messling. 

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Barbara M. 'Bonnie' Horsfall

Barbara M. “Bonnie” Horsfall, 69, of Middleton, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Madison following an extended illness.

She was born May 31, 1949, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Virgil and Mildred (Kussmaul) Bushnell. Bonnie was a strong woman of faith and she enjoyed her work for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue for 34 years. She loved swimming and working with ceramics.

She is survived by her son Jonathan (Kristin Hoffman) Horsfall of DeForest; her daughters Jennifer (Ryan) McCausland, of Oconomowoc, and Jill (Hans) Spielmann, of Madison; her twin brother, Tom Bushnell, of Middleton, and brother Chuck Bushnell, of Madison; her grandchildren, Jackson, Henry, Carly, Layla and Vera. 

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PdC School Board accepts resignation of Bluff View principal

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

At a special school board meeting Monday evening, the Prairie du Chien Area School District accepted the resignation of Bluff View Intermediate School Principal Aaron Amundson effective May 3. 

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Leonard Michael Check

Leonard Michael Check, 95, of Eastman, joined his heavenly family on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.  

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