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Wed
12
Jun

Adults: Bring your lawn chair and learn about gardening this summer

June 19 class at Lucky Park due to muddy gardens

By Correne Martin

Adults can kick back and learn from the Crawford County Master Gardeners this summer with Lawn Chair Learning, a free monthly series available to the public in Prairie du Chien. The programs are held on Wednesdays, and started May 15, with about 14 people and three Master Gardeners participating. They will run through Sept. 18. 

Wed
12
Jun

Police seek hit and run details

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about a truck and its driver that was involved in a hit and run south of Patch Grove Monday evening.

On June 10 at about 5:50 p.m., a report was made of a hit and run crash on Highway 35 at the south end of Patch Grove. Frinde Tolle, 75, of Patch Grove, was turning left into her driveway in her blue 2002 Buick LeSabre. A white pickup truck struck the rear-end of Tolle’s car, pushing it across the lane of travel into the grass on the east side of the roadway. 

The vehicle, described as a white truck, possibly a Chevrolet, left the scene at a high rate of speed, according to the report. The truck had white pipes in the cargo area sticking out past the tailgate. The truck should have significant damage to the front driver’s side. 

Wed
12
Jun

Burglaries reported along Ambro and at Winneshiek

Over this past weekend, June 8-9, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received multiple reports of burglaries to cabins located on Ambro Road and to the Winneshiek Bar located on County K in Prairie du Chien Township. Entry was forcefully gained into the cabins and bar. Once entry was gained, property was damaged and miscellaneous items stolen. These belongings included firearms, alcohol, etc. 

The Crawford County Crime Stoppers urges anyone having information about this or any other crimes to call 326-8933 or (866) 779-PAYS. Anyone calling either of these numbers with a Crime Stoppers tip will remain anonymous and a reward of up to $1,000 will be paid for a tip that solves a crime with an arrest, charges being filed and/or recovery of stolen property.

Wed
12
Jun

Customers noticeably down due to flood


This scene at Rolette and Second Streets depicts the unsightly brown muck left in the aftermath of nearly three months of standing river water on Prairie du Chien’s usually picturesque St. Feriole Island. Some areas were spared, but there’s unfortunately a lot of cleanup and regrowth needed. (Photo by Correne Martin)

A common scene near the river in Prairie du Chien is sticks, weeds, mud and debris clinging to the landscape. This is a fence along Washington Street.

Editor’s note: This is the fourth story in a series about Prairie du Chien’s St. Feriole Island experiencing sustained flooding for 87 consecutive days, and how that has affected the community.

By Correne Martin

It’s been a far from ideal spring for Prairie du Chien area businesses who rely on river traffic, resort visitors and tourists in pursuit of leisure and attractions. 

The Mississippi River crested twice in McGregor in April, at 21.34 feet on April 5 and 21.75 feet on April 26—among the highest ever recorded at the location. Water above flood stage for three months has hampered the usual influx of people that arrives locally in March and April.

Mon
10
Jun

Free family activities from the olden days highlight Fridays at the Fort all summer

All kids and families are sure to enjoy free programs at the Fort Crawford Museum this summer. Every Friday, at 1:30 p.m., beginning June 14, the museum will host a fun presentation and activity that will take participants back to days of long ago. (Note, there will not be a program the week of Fourth of July.)

Each presenter will be in costume for a short talk and while leading the day's hands-on activity. The hope is that every child will go home with something.

The Fridays at the Fort schedule is as follows:

June 14—Living on the Frontier 

Mon
10
Jun

Fundraiser for area veterans deemed a success


Steven Pape holds a steel American Flag made at River Town Ironworks. The sale of the flags have been added to the ongoing fundraising for veterans.

By Ted Pennekamp

A benefit for veterans held in Prairie du Chien raised $1,000 in its first year, said Vietnam veterans advocate Steven Pape.

The benefit was held at Leisure Time Sports Bowl and Banquet on May 18 (National Armed Services Day) and raised funds for the Wisconsin Veterans Foundation and was sponsored by River Town Ironworks of Prairie du Chien, Leisure Time and the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA).

The benefit helps veterans of all eras and their extended families with various issues. 

Mon
10
Jun

Plane makes emergency landing on Mississippi


After being towed in, the plane was placed on the former National Decorative Metals property. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

A man and his dog escaped injury after an emergency aircraft landing on the river in Prairie du Chien last week. 

On Thursday, June 6, around 2:40 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department was notified of an amphibious aircraft that made an emergency landing on the Mississippi River due to engine troubles. The police department responded to the area of the Villa Louis Boat Landing and found a plane on the water approximately 400 yards from the shore. 

The Prairie du Chien Fire Department deployed its search and rescue boat and firemen were able to assist with pulling the plane to the shore line. No injuries were caused as a result of the incident. 

The plane was operated by Richard Schuch, of Gays Mills, and he was accompanied by his dog.

Mon
10
Jun

Industries in PdC fight prolonged flood


Charlie Jones, 10, of Prairie du Chien (foreground), and a few of his buddies enjoyed a nice, sunny day Thursday afternoon, fishing for largemouth bass on St. Feriole Island. Charlie said the group waded to various locations on the island to fish. Here, they are standing on the road and casting lures for bass into the native prairie. “There are bass all over in there,” said Charlie, who noted he had caught about a 3-pounder earlier. Charlie was tossing a frog at this spot. Many of the roadways on the island remained under water yet week, especially stifling trucks wanting to deliver to Gavilon Grain. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Editor’s note: This is the third story in a series about Prairie du Chien’s St. Feriole Island experiencing sustained flooding for two and a half months, and how that has affected the community.

By Correne Martin

Gavilon Grain has not loaded a single barge yet this shipping season. 

Nelson Hardwoods could not get into the woods to haul out trees for harvesting. 

Valley Fish and Cheese has spent three hours per commercial fishing catch, rather than the typical hour, because of the added riverway obstacles and debris snagging the nets.

Wed
05
Jun

Driver leads low-speed chase

On June 2, at about 7:50 p.m., a Grant County deputy initiated a traffic stop on Texas Road in rural Bloomington for a vehicle with a driver operating while revoked. 

Gerald Mumm, 64, of Glen Haven was operating his 2004 Chevrolet Tracker. Mumm’s driving status is revoked. 

According to a news release from the sheriff’s department, Mumm refused to pull over for the deputy, leading him on a low-speed chase for approximately five miles. Mumm drove to his home on Cottonwood Road and parked in his front yard. He refused to exit the vehicle. After back up arrived Mumm was again ordered to exit the vehicle and he refused, according to the report. Mumm was removed from the vehicle and arrested. 

Wed
05
Jun

Curt Check takes bucking bulls to Saudi Arabia for Camel Fest


Curt Check is pictured in the arena with some of the bucking bulls he flew over to Saudi Arabia for the Camel Festival.

These spacious crates were packed with three bulls each and loaded onto a cargo jet in Chicago bound for Saudi Arabia.

The first bull riding performance the American and Brazilian cowboys put on was for the president of the Saudi Arabia Camel Club.

King had never seen a rodeo before

By Correne Martin

Saudi Arabian King Abdul Aziz wanted to see a rodeo as part of his prestigious third Camel Festival in February and March. He had never witnessed one before. 

So his people reached out to some cowboys in the Midwest to make it happen.

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