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Man arrested after foot pursuit

On June 20, a man identified as Patrick Berger, 29, of La Crosse, went to the Crawford County Jail and attempted to post bond for an inmate housed at the jail. 

Crawford County deputies observed Berger drive to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, where he exhibited signs of narcotics impairment while talking with jail personnel. Deputies made contact with Berger while the Crawford County K-9 unit deployed K-9 Breck around the exterior of the vehicle Berger drove to the sheriff’s office. K-9 Breck indicated the presence of narcotics. 

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Vehicle hits mobile home in Prairie du Chien

A car versus mobile home accident resulted in no injuries Tuesday evening.

On June 18, at 6:29 p.m. the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a vehicle that crashed into a mobile home along County Road K at 32401 Lakeview Cir., in the township of Prairie du Chien. 

Dawn T. Albrecht, 54, of Prairie du Chien, was operating a 1997 Ford Explorer SUV northbound on County Road K. While northbound, Albrecht completely crossed the southbound lane of traffic, then ran off the road and struck the end of a mobile home. The mobile home is owned by Jason S. Miller, 41, of Cedar Falls, Iowa. The home was unoccupied at the time of the accident. Albrecht was transported by Tri-State Regional EMS to Crossing Rivers Health for medical evaluation. The mobile home and vehicle both sustained severe damage.

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Villa Louis Road overhaul set for 2022

Archaeological work done this summer in conjunction with Fourth Street, boat landing projects

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council is planning for the complete reconstruction of Villa Louis Road on St. Feriole Island, from Blackhawk Avenue north 3,800 feet to the harbor. 

The majority of the roadwork was scheduled to happen in two years, in 2021. However, the common council and state have both approved postponing it to 2022, in an effort to “better absorb costs,” City Planner Garth Frable said, and because a couple of the city’s TIF districts will be retiring by then, allowing extra income. 

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Loretta A. 'Letty' Oehler

Loretta A. “Letty” Oehler, 83, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

She was born July 21, 1935, in Hunter Township, Jackson County, Minn., the daughter of Albert and Mary (Gombos) Vancura. 

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Mathias D. 'Matt' Schauf

Mathias D. “Matt” Schauf, 87, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. 

He was born March 3, 1932, in Sparta, the son of Leo and Mildred (Bowler) Schauf. 

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-55 during the Korean Conflict. Matt was united in marriage with Irene Johnson and together they raised five children. 

He is survived by his wife Irene of Prairie du Chien; his children Steve (Patti), Sandi (Dick) Wachter both of Prairie du Chien, Denise (Carl) Shedivy of La Crosse, WI, Patty Schauf-Yager and Pam (Brad) Kiesau both of Prairie du Chien; his sister Alice Farley of Milwaukee, WI; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. 

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Paul O. White

Paul O. White, 88, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2019, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor.

He was born April 22, 1931, in Prairie du Chien, the son of James and Mae (Kramer) White. 

Paul served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.  He married Helen Ingram on April 12, 1958, in Chicago, Ill. Paul owned and operated White Insurance Agency in Prairie du Chien for over 55 years.  He was an active member of the Eagles Club Aerie 1502 in Prairie du Chien.  

Sadly, Helen preceded him in death on May 24, 2019. 

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Delores J. Falls

Delores J. Falls, 84, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at the Prairie Maison Care Center in Prairie du Chien. 

She was born Aug. 18, 1934, in Rushford, Minn., the daughter of Oscar and Bernice (Lukkason) Evenson. 

She married Gerald “Jerry” Falls on Aug 18, 1957. Sadly Jerry preceded her in death on May 23, 2019. Delores worked for the law office of Peterson, Antoine and Peterson and later for St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Prairie du Chien. She loved country music and entering contests. She once won an all expense paid trip to Belize. She was a longtime member of the Eagles Club Aerie 1502. 

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James Horkheimer

James Horkheimer, 76, of Prairie du Chien, died Monday, June 10, 2019, at the Bland Bekkedal Center for Hospice Care, Viroqua. 

James Allen was born on June 25, 1942 to Donald and Alva (May) Horkheimer in Prairie du Chien. 

He graduated from Prairie du Chien High School. James worked construction for several companies in California and Milwaukee. He enjoyed playing pool and boxing.

James is survived by his two children, Laura (David) Peck of Maple Grove, Minnesota and Vincent (Sophie) Horkheimer of Oakley, Calif.; five grandchildren, Noel Peck, Alexander Peck, Olivia Peck, Madeline Peck and Victoria Horkheimer; and three sisters, Gloria Horkheimer of West Salem, Rita Horkheimer of Prairie du Chien, and Bonnie (Ronald) La Pointe of Prairie du Chien. 

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Ruth L. Brus

Ruth L. Brus, 91, of McGregor, Iowa, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 15, 2019, surrounded by her family. 

She was born July 28, 1927, in Dubuque, the daughter of Rudolph and Grace (Thielen) Wagner. Ruth married Don Brus on April 26, 1947 at Nativity Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa. Ruth was locally known for her beautiful paintings, her deep faith, generous spirit and witty personality. Ruth and Don owned The Snowbird Shop in McGregor and did custom framing until their mid 70s. Ruth painted well into her 80s and donated many paintings to the St. John's bazaar. Ruth was very proud of the banners and altar frontals that she and Don created that are still in use today.

Don preceded her in death on Sept 12, 2012.

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Leases drafted for Blackhawk Junction tenants as development talks continue

County board learns $64M spent in local tourism in 2018

By Correne Martin

Four public property leases will be extended to the current tenants at Blackhawk Junction Mall in Prairie du Chien for consideration, according to Crawford County Board corporation counsel Mark Peterson. The attorney updated the supervisors at their regular meeting Tuesday morning, June 18, about the foreclosure site. 

“After talking with the public property department, I drafted four property leases, month-to-month, with a 90-day notice required for eviction. Rent is based on $.55 per square foot. They were sent out last Thursday and Friday,” Peterson informed the board. 

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