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Fri
24
Jan

Methamphetamine found in vehicle

On Jan. 14, at 8:40 p.m., a deputy from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department conducted a traffic stop on a 1998 Buick Century on Sunbeam Boulevard in the village of Soldiers Grove. 

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Kaitlyn Fitzgerald, 32, of Platteville, and the front passenger as Jamie Boyland, 37, of Platteville. It was discovered that the license plates on the vehicle were suspended. There was no insurance on the vehicle and both Fitzgerald and Boyland did not have valid driver’s licenses. 

Fri
24
Jan

Woman charged in the shooting of her boyfriend

A 51-year-old Boscobel woman has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of second degree reckless injury in the shooting of her boyfriend in the village of Wauzeka.

Cheryl Lippitt faces up to a $25,000 fine and 12.5 years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, on Dec. 24, 2019, Lippitt called the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department stating she shot Harold Schuh Jr. in a residence in Wauzeka.

Schuh told a deputy that he was shot in the right elbow and stomach. The deputy put some paper towel on the wound and placed pressure on it until the EMS arrived.

Fri
24
Jan

Pickup and trailer jackknife

On Jan. 18, at 6:12 p.m., Crawford County dispatch received a report of a pickup and livestock trailer that had jackknifed on Highway 27 and Limery Road in Prairie du Chien Township.

Lowell L. Kapinus, 56, Prairie du Chien, was operating a 2012 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup, pulling an empty 1985 Featherlite livestock trailer northbound on Highway 27. The truck and trailer slid completely across the southbound lane of traffic, then off the roadway where they jackknifed. Strong winds and the ice-covered roadway were both contributing factors to the crash.  

Fri
24
Jan

Lost motorist jailed for several possible violations

On Jan. 17, at 9:45 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a suspicious vehicle possibly in the ditch near the intersection of Vet Lane and Highway 60 in the town of Bridgeport. 

The caller stated that all of the vehicle’s exterior and interior lights were on, and there was loud music coming from the vehicle. 

Fri
24
Jan

River Ridge to host referendum info meeting

In order to inform the entire River Ridge School District community about the  upcoming Feb. 18 referendum, the district will be holding an informational meeting and open house on Jan. 29 at 6 p.m.

All community members are encouraged to attend and ask questions. There will be a short presentation, a question and answer session, and a tour of the outdoor educational facility. Also, everyone should feel welcome to visit each wing of the school.

See the district’s website for more details: http://www.rrsd.k12.wi.us/district/referendum-facility.cfm.

Fri
24
Jan

Wauzeka-Steuben School District sets spring referendum

By Correne Martin

 

The Wauzeka-Steuben School District has approved a referendum to be part of the spring 2020 general election in the district. Voters will have opportunities to become informed about the three-year, non-recurring operational referendum in the months leading up to choosing yes or no on the ballot.

At the Jan. 13 regular school board meeting, the board formalized two resolutions allowing the referendum and including state-approved verbiage for the referendum, as it will appear for constituent consideration on April 7.

Fri
24
Jan

Walking path desired on Prairie Maison/Bluff Haven site


The Growing Connections Walking Path is anticipated to be located on the southwest side of the Prairie Maison/Bluff Haven complex. It will feature trees, shrubs, flowers, decorative rock and bricks, benches, lighting, bridges and flowing water. (Drawing by Outdoor Creations)

By Correne Martin

 

A serene, lush and safe walking path will be enjoyed by residents and tenants of the Prairie Maison nursing home and Bluff Haven assisted living facility if the Community Health Services Foundation realizes its goal of raising approximately $69,000.

The proposed, 6-foot-wide, 752-foot-long, continuous walking path is an effort of the Growing Connections Campaign. This is driven by the non-profit foundation in celebration of the campus’ 10 year anniversary at its current location, with a goal of completion set for summer of 2020. 

Fri
24
Jan

Eagles Telethon could surpass $1 million total at 45th annual event


It’s certainly likely the metaphorical dollar will be raised during this year’s Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon Saturday, Jan. 25. But there is a good chance, based on previous years’ totals, that the fundraiser could surpass $1 million overall at the 45th annual event. (Telethon file photos)

In honor of caricaturist John Mundt, who passed away in December but was a longtime part of the Eagles Telethon, there will be an easel and two empty chairs set up in the back of the room this year.

Call in during the telethon to have the name of a family member or friend who needs hope of any kind for any reason.

By Correne Martin

 

Each year, for the past 45 years, the goal has been for the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon to raise just one dollar. The annual fundraiser has eclipsed that metaphorical amount hundreds of thousands of times over.

For the 2020 telethon this Saturday, Jan. 25, organizers are, in fact, eyeing the $1 million mark.

Wed
22
Jan

Highway 35 rehabilitation projects planned


The above graphic depicts the north and south rehabilitation projects planned for Highway 35 along with the possible detour routes. (Wisconsin DOT graphic)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation Southwest Region held a public meeting in De Soto Tuesday night to discuss proposed improvements to Highway 35 in Crawford and Vernon counties.

Wed
22
Jan

70th Fisheree could be pike paradise, bass bonanza


It might take a really nice fish to claim the biggest largemouth bass or northern pike prize at this year’s Prairie du Chien Ice Fisheree because the hard water anglers have been hauling in some big ones in the weeks leading up to the big event. Local angler John Balk holds a 20-inch largemouth he caught on a recent day fishing with tip-ups. He also caught a 34-inch, 15-year-old (est.) northern pike that day. Balk and numerous others have caught bass and northerns about this size, which have been the norm on Gremore Lake as of late. Assorted panfish and some nice walleyes have also added to the excitement. No fish were harmed in the taking of this photo. They were released. (Photo by guide Gary Howe)

John Balk holds the 34-inch northern pike he caught on Gremore Lake recently.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce will welcome area ice fishing enthusiasts to Prairie du Chien for the 70th Annual Ice Fisheree on Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and Feb. 2, with headquarters at the Crooked Oar Bar and Marina. Fishing is open to bodies of water in the Prairie du Chien area, with concentration on Gremore Lake. The fishing begins on Saturday at 7 a.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m.

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