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Driver falls asleep, crashes on Highway 35

A driver fell asleep on his way to work last week and crashed his vehicle outside of Bloomington, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

At about 5:50 p.m., the department was notified of a one-vehicle rollover on Highway 35 near Bloomington. Gerald Mayne, 39, of Lancaster, was driving north in his 2007 Suzuki XL7 SUV when, he said, he fell asleep and drove off the right side of the road. His SUV went through a fence and into a pasture, where he drove it a short distance before going back through the fence and striking an embankment, which caused the vehicle to go airborne. The Suzuki then impacted and rolled over before coming to a rest on its roof. 

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03
Jan

Two OK after car lands in Kickapoo

Two occupants of a vehicle that crashed into the Kickapoo River during freezing temperatures over the weekend walked away having little medical attention, according to Crawford County Sheriff’s Department reports.

On Dec. 30, at about 12:25 a.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a one-vehicle traffic crash on West River Road, south of Iris Drive, in the village of Bell Center. The reporting party stated the vehicle was in the Kickapoo River and there were two occupants trapped inside. 

Wed
03
Jan

Vehicle found crashed, abandoned in town of Clayton

A one-vehicle accident remains under investigation after a 2009 Ford four-door was located in rural Clayton Township Saturday, Dec. 30, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

At 6:34 a.m., the sheriff’s department received a report of a the accident on Del La Mater Road, about four-tenths of a mile west of Bown Road. The Ford was located over a steep embankment against trees, though no one was found at the scene. Numerous footprints led to and from the car however. Passing motorists advised that the car had been there prior to 7 p.m. the previous evening. The car is registered to Jennifer R. Wojciechowski, age unknown, of Chicago, Ill.

Authorities continue to investigate the incident.

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03
Jan

Plow blade cuts through windshield in crash with SUV

An SUV and plow truck collided in rural Glen Haven Christmas Eve, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department said. 

At about 9 a.m., the two-vehicle crash was reported to have happened at County V on Highway 133, in North Andover.

Wed
03
Jan

Observation of smashed SUV window results in drug-related arrests

A smashed rear vehicle window tipped off passing police officers who observed a parked SUV in the Country Inn and Suites parking lot Dec. 19, according to a report from the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

At about 10 p.m., the officers noticed two occupants sitting inside the vehicle with the smashed window. They made contact with the occupants and observed the driver, Ryan Melvin, 29, of Readstown, exhibiting extreme signs of drug impairment. Melvin is currently on bond through Crawford County for previous methamphetamine charges. The passenger initially provided false identification to the officers but was identified as Kimberly Brown, 37, of Muscoda.

Wed
03
Jan

Prairie du Chien a five-star school on 2016-17 report card

By Rachel Mergen

 

Every year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) releases report cards for each school and school district in the state, as part of the state accountability system. 

“Report cards are intended to help schools and districts use performance data to target improvement efforts to ensure students are ready for their next educational step, including the next grade level, graduation, college and careers,” the DPI stated.

Wed
03
Jan

Crossing Rivers’ New Year’s Baby: A girl on the 1st


Laci Meng and Job Nieland, of Monona, Iowa, are the parents of the 2018 New Year’s baby at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. Leah Elizabeth was born on Monday, Jan. 1, at 1:01 p.m., weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Leah is the hospital’s first Jan. 1 baby in many years, as the yearly VIP usually doesn’t arrive so quickly after the New Year. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Baby girl Leah Elizabeth snuggles with her mommy, Laci Meng, during their first photo session.

By Correne Martin

The very first baby born in the New Year is a celebrity of sorts—in a small town anyway.

Crossing Rivers Health’s 2018 New Year’s baby is a cherished little darling girl, Leah Elizabeth, born to parents Laci Meng and Job Nieland, of Monona, Iowa, on Monday, Jan. 1, at 1:01 p.m. She arrived weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and measuring 20.5 inches in length.

Grandparents are Sherry and Dean Nieland, of McGregor; Robert Meng, of Bagley; Judy and Glen Sjoerdsma, of Randolph; and great-grandma is Birdie Meng, of Bagley. The baby is the first grandchild for either side of the family.
Though they were quiet while doting over their new daughter’s delicate features—including a warm complexion, a fair head of hair, chunky cheeks and wrinkly feet—both mom and dad agreed she’ll be spoiled.

Wed
03
Jan

Carp Fest


Carp King Bob Witt and Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Director Mike Ulrich proudly stand next to Lucky the Carp on New Year’s Eve following the 17th annual Droppin’ of the Carp at Lucky Park on St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien. Ulrich said a great appreciation goes out to Parks and Recreation staff and volunteers at Hoffman Hall and to the Prairie du Chien Street Department staff. “We also greatly appreciate our sponsors: Prairie du Chien Tourism, Fuller Log and Lumber, Valley Fish and Cheese, Twisted Vision, Dan Gingerich, Design Homes, Leisure Time Sports Bowl and Banquet and the Prairie du Chien Eagles Club,” said Ulrich. Organizers include Carp Master Shawn Redman, Nate Gilberts, Tom Nelson and Mike Ulrich, along with Carp King Bob Witt. To keep this event going, the group will be looking for interested members for 2018. (Photos submitted)

The Early Bird Droppin’ of the Carp Party at Hoffman Hall drew a good crowd of parents, grandparents and children who enjoyed a variety of activities including arts and crafts, carnival games, noisemakers and hats, a pet therapy dog, and meet and greet with the Carp King and Queen. Lucky the Carp Junior was available to be kissed for good luck throughout the coming year. At left, Tristan the Magician wowed his attentive audience.

The crowd gathers ‘round as Lucky the Carp is lowered into place at the stroke of midnight.

Smoked carp samples were enjoyed by many at the Early Bird Droppin’ of the Carp Party Sunday.
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03
Jan

PdC Wrestlers at Bi-State


Freshman Bradyn Saint scores near fall points. Saint would go on to make the podium with a 12th-place finish.

Freshman Matt Rogge puts a leg in as he controls his opponent. Rogge would go 6-2 on the weekend to finish in ninth place.

 

Prairie du Chien 

wrestlers at Bi-State

On Friday, Dec. 29 and Saturday, Dec. 30, the Prairie du Chien grapplers traveled to La Crosse for the 36th Annual Bi-State Classic hosted by Holmen High School at the La Crosse Center. 

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03
Jan

New clubhouse


Construction on the new clubhouse at Prairie du Chien Country Club has been moving right along in recent weeks. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

New Prairie du Chien clubhouse taking shape

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Construction for the new clubhouse at Prairie du Chien Country Club has begun, and the much-anticipated building is taking shape.

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