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Disaster Recovery Center reopens in Crawford County for an additional 3 days

A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will reopen on Wednesday, Nov. 14 until Friday, Nov. 16 in Crawford County to help renters, homeowners and businesses in Wisconsin affected by the severe storms and flooding of Aug. 17 through Sept. 14.

The DRC will be located at the Gays Mills Community Center, 16381 Highway 131, Gays Mills. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. all three days. 

At the DRC, representatives from FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration, Wisconsin Emergency Management and other state of Wisconsin agencies will be available to explain disaster assistance programs, answer questions about written correspondence and provide literature about repairs and rebuilding to make homes more flood resistant.

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Crawford County murder told in new book


A posse of searchers found Clara Olson’s body near Rising Sun in 1926.

Pictured is the 1926 burial site and some of the posse that searched for her. Also shown is how it looks today: a depression Larry Scheckel outlined with sticks.

By Correne Martin

Ninety-two years ago, a young woman was tragically murdered in Crawford County. She was pregnant with her lover’s child and the couple planned a secret elopement, when, suddenly, she disappeared. 

This story has the makings of a novel. It happened in 1926 near Rising Sun in the northern part of the county. It was worldwide news at the time, especially for rural Wisconsin. It happened before the Lindbergh kidnapping and murder of 1932, and before the criminal villainy of Baby Face Nelson and Bonnie and Clyde in the 1930s.

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Crawford County youth justice social worker presented state honor


Maura Garrity (center) was given the Wisconsin Juvenile Court Intake Association Recognition Award Sept. 19 at a ceremony at the Kalahari Convention Center. She is pictured with Kathy Quamme, juvenile court worker; son Bob Brinckman; daughter Bridget Brinckman; and Nancy Dowling, register in probate at Crawford County Circuit Court.

Maura Garrity, Crawford County youth justice social worker, received the Wisconsin Juvenile Court Intake Association Recognition Award, Sept. 19, at the Kalahari Convention Center. 

The board of directors for the Wisconsin Juvenile Court Intake Association realizes those who work in the challenging and ever-demanding system of juvenile court services often do so with little recognition for the outstanding service they provide to the agencies and communities in which they serve. With this in mind, the board of directors annually recognizes one of many outstanding WJCIA members, and this year’s recipient was Garrity. 

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Nov

‘Fallfire: Eternal’ concludes 15 years of art contest


John Mundt, founder and organizer of Fallfire describes the 15 years of the Prairie du Chien area art contest and the hundreds of creators and artwork that was submitted over the years. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The 15th and final Fallfire art contest concluded with an open house celebrating and opening the exhibit “Fallfire: Eternal,” at the new Prairie du Chien High School performing arts center gallery Saturday, Nov. 10. Thirty-three entrants submitted pieces in four categories: two-dimensional art, photography, written works and other media. Several dozen people attended the exhibit opening, hosted by Fallfire organizer John Mundt.

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Nov

Bridging the Gap?


Lance Wamsley (standing) and Keegan Morley of the Badger-Hawkeye Bridge Coalition give a presentation in the Cassville Elementary School gymnasium Wednesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

There was a good crowd to listen to ideas and also give ideas about a bridge across the Mississippi River between Cassville and Guttenberg.

 

Turnout good at meeting for proposed Cassville-Guttenberg bridge

By Ted Pennekamp

 

People filled a good portion of the bleachers in one half the Cassville Elementary School gymnasium on Wednesday night for an informational meeting about the proposed Cassville-Guttenberg bridge.

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07
Nov

Mingle and Jingle while you shop PdC, Marquette, McGregor Nov. 16-17

The Mingle and Jingle downtown shopping promotion in 2017 was such a huge success for Prairie du Chien that organizers have decided to do it again a second year. Join in the fun-filled weekend with lots of great specials and door prizes. Two lucky winners, who visit all participating businesses, will win $150 in gift cards. 

Organizers are happy to announce that McGregor and Marquette area businesses will also be participating this year and, because there are so many businesses on board, Mingle and Jingle will be a two-day event on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17.

This is how the promotion works: 

1) Look for the Red Santa in the window.

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07
Nov

Evers upsets Walker in governor race

By Correne Martin

Wisconsinites woke up to a new direction of leadership this morning (Wednesday, Nov. 7), as Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Tony Evers ousted Republican incumbent Scott Walker in the what media outlets are saying is the tightest gubernatorial race in 50 years. Though, Walker had yet to concede at press time. Reports said he claims thousands of ballots in the Milwaukee area were damaged and may have skewed the count.

Walker was seeking a third term as governor, but Evers looks to have halted that effort with a margin of victory of 1.15 percent. The race wasn’t officially called until 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, when almost all precincts had been reported, including about 50,000 ballots that came in from the city of Milwaukee. 

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07
Nov

Child sex trafficking identified in every Wisconsin county


Morgan Young, victim services training officer from the Wisconsin Office of Crime Victim Services, was in Prairie du Chien Oct. 30 for a two-hour public presentation about human trafficking, how it looks and what can be done about it. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Horrors of human trafficking crimes not exactly like what you see in the movies

By Correne Martin

People ordinarily interpret human trafficking to be something like the horrors of the action-thriller movie “Taken.” Though it absolutely happens, that’s not what human trafficking looks like in Wisconsin, according to Morgan Young, victim services training officer with the Wisconsin Office of Crime Victim Services. 

The film portrays the kidnapping and sex trafficking of mainly young, privileged white women into an international human slavery ring, from which—in true Hollywood fashion—a rescue constitutes the end of the story.

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07
Nov

Operation Santa starts in Crawford County

The Rotary Club of Prairie du Chien has taken over Operation Santa for Crawford County. Last holiday season, the Prairie du Chien Jaycees assisted over 100 families in need across the county. By adding a sign-up location at the Gays Mills village office this year, the Rotary Club hopes to help even more families to shine light and good will on those in need.

Operation Santa provides families and individuals with various items of winter clothing, food and toys to help make the holidays a little warmer. Depending on donations and funds, the club anticipates providing fresh produce, butter and coupons for more fresh food items. Each child receives toys or chamber dollars, along with warm winter gear. 

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07
Nov

‘Seussical the Musical’ captivating on melodies as well as acting talent


Katie Welch is one of many colorful characters—in flair and acting skills—in Prairie du Chien’s “Seussical the Musical.” She, of course, plays the part of the Cat in the Hat. The public can enjoy one of several whimsical performances of the high school fall musical this weekend in the new performing arts center. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Area music lovers will have a special opportunity to see a high school musical with captivating, diversified melodies when “Seussical the Musical” hits the freshly completed stage of Prairie du Chien High School’s new auditorium this weekend. The entire cast, from the leads to the ensemble, are commended by the musical’s directors for working as hard as they have to learn and perfect the songs, according to Deedee Bradshaw, musical director and first-year choral teacher at PdCHS.

“When you listen to the sound track, it makes the music sound easy, but this is a hard musical,” Bradshaw said. “The students put a lot of work into this.”

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