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Shirley R. Wegmuller

 

Shirley R. Wegmuller, 76, of Bloomington, passed away on Monday, July 10, at Mercy Medical Center, in Dubuque, Iowa. 

 

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Leo J. Schlitter

 

Leo J. Schlitter passed away June 30, at Gunderson-Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, at the age of 83. 

 

Leo was born May 26, 1934, in rural Monona, Iowa, to Lester Schlitter and DELillia Bollman. He was baptized at Ion Methodist Church. 

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Conversion of former Wyalusing Academy into Lawler School Lofts to begin in August


An aerial view of the former St. Mary’s Academy/Wyalusing Academy shows the entire 14-acre property. The main building is being renovated into 40 apartments, the Lawler School Lofts. (Photo by Jack Knowles)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The former Wyalusing Academy building has recently been officially purchased by Lawler School Lofts, LLC, a part of The Commonwealth Companies, which is a real estate development firm headquartered in Fond du Lac, Wis.

The 80,000-square-foot main building on the property, 601 S. Beaumont Road, will be developed into a 40-unit apartment building named Lawler School Lofts.

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Man taken into custody for allegedly endangering safety

A local man was taken into custody for disorderly conduct and endangering safety by intoxicated use of a dangerous weapon after an incident that occurred early Sunday morning, July 9, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

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Man cited following accident

On Sunday, June 25, at 6 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle traffic crash on Highway 60 near North Timber Street in the village of Wauzeka.

Logan M. Cauffman, 19, Viroqua, was operating a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix eastbound on Highway 60 when he fell asleep. Cauffman’s vehicle left the right shoulder of the roadway. Cauffman struck a large mailbox and post. The vehicle then continued onto Highway 60. A deputy later located the vehicle and matched it to debris that was left at the scene.

Cauffman was uninjured in the crash. The vehicle sustained moderate damage. Cauffman was cited for hit and run property adjacent to the highway.

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Crash leads to OWI arrest

On Sunday, July 2, at 2:42 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle crash on County C near White Road in the township of Freeman.  

Taylor J. Richardson, 24, Boscobel, was operating a 2011 Ford F-350 eastbound on County C when he swerved to miss a deer. Richardson crossed the center line, entered the left ditch and went over an embankment. Richardson’s truck then struck a water drain culvert.

Richardson and his passenger, Ian M.T. Riley, 26, Boscobel, claimed no injuries in the crash. During the investigation, it was determined that Richardson was under the influence of alcohol. Richardson was arrested for first offense OWI.

Richardson was cited for OWI (first offense), prohibited alcohol concentration (first offense) and non-registration of auto.

The vehicle sustained severe damage. Assisting at the scene was Milo’s Towing.

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10
Jul

Excavator and trailer tip over in Soldiers Grove


The Soldiers Grove Fire Department, Digger Don’s Excavating, the Crawford County Highway Department and LaFarge Towing worked together to clear the scene from the excavator that tipped over and trailer involved in the crash.

On July 6, at 11:39 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff Dept. received a report of an accident in Soldiers Grove near the intersection of USH 61 & Pine St.

A south bound 1999 Mack dump truck owned and operated by Joseph Zitzner, 53, of Viroqua, was pulling a trailer loaded with an excavator.

As Zitzner made a left-hand turn onto Pine Street, the loaded trailer began leaning and then tipped over. The street was closed for four hours till crews were able to remove the excavator and trailer. Zitzner was not injured.

Assisting at the scene were the Soldiers Grove Fire Department, Digger Don’s Excavating, the Crawford County Highway Department and LaFarge Towing.

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10
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Anonymous donor, local businesses give $20k and in-kind supplies to animal shelter


MPC employees pictured with the animal shelter supplies they donated recently to RABAS include (front row, from left) Mike Gilman, Drake Downing, Curtis Groom, Lisa Esser, Roy Wallin, Suzie Tichenor, Lauren Nicholson; (back row) Craig Nagel, Chase Dallmann, Justin Mezera, John Gleason and Matt Brown. (Submitted photo)

Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter (RABAS) was recently the recipient of generous donations from an anonymous contributor as well as two local businesses.

A $20,000 donation was made by a benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous. This donation will greatly help the organization with final preparations, said Bev Pozega, RABAS vice-president.

The Prairie du Chien Tractor Supply Store donated three large boxes filled with dog items, including collars, harnesses, leashes and tie-outs, plus a number of miscellaneous supplies. According to store manager, Gene Gerndt, the value of the donated items was about $1,000.

Prairie du Chien MPC employees also sponsored a RABAS collection drive. MPC employees collected three large boxes of items to be used at the animal shelter. Supplies included copy paper, towels, dog beds, garbage bags, cleaning products and dog toys. In addition to the donated materials, they raised $250 for Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter.

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Two arrested in meth bust

In the early morning hours of July 2, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit was patrolling on Highway 171 and observed a suspicious vehicle parked at the West Ridge Orchard. The deputy made contact with Kimberly Sheehan, 47, Viroqua. Sheehan stated she had just left the residence of Julie Knoble, 32, Gays Mills. Both Sheehan and Knoble are on active bond for possession of methamphetamine in Crawford County and it was discovered that both were violating their bond conditions. Sheehan was placed under arrest for felony bail jumping.

A deputy then went to the residence of Julie Knoble who was found to be in possession of two separate baggies of crystal methamphetamine, several methamphetamine smoking devices, a digital scale and several plastic baggies. Sheehan’s purse was also at the residence and several methamphetamine smoking devices, a digital scale, several plastic baggies with white crystal substance and marijuana were located in the purse.

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A Look Back: 150th Blake’s Prairie Fair is here


Elephants occupied the grandstand area from Sept. 9 to 11, 1908, as many attendees watched close by.

The exhibits are always a prominent part of the fair, bringing in participants from local youth groups. Anyone can walk through these items features in the exhibit hall. Pictured are two women viewing some of the items years ago.

By Rachel Mergen

 

“It is your fair. Make it a great success this year,” John M. Kipper and Oscar Knapp, president and secretary, respectively, of the 1920 Blake’s Prairie Fair, stated when publishing their line up almost a century ago. Since then, much has changed with how the Bloomington fair operates. Yet, when the fair celebrates its 150th year July 13 to 16, it will still be the people’s fair, a time to celebrate and enjoy the community.

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