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Julia Lansing soon to be honored by Mt. Hope community


Julia Lansing (left) is pictured with her longtime friend and helper Maxine Bauer inside the Lansing Store in Mt. Hope.

By Rachel Mergen

 

A committee of Mt. Hope residents have united to work toward creating a memorial for one of the town’s most revered residents, Julia Lansing, who passed away on June 30.

Dick Lambert, Peg Moore, Marlys Schmitz and Janet Nichols came together to recognize the impact that Julia had on their community throughout her 80 years of life.

Julia was the daughter of George and Deloris Lansing, who, along with Julia’s sister Orlean, moved to Mt. Hope from Ossian, Iowa, to open a general store. Julia was born in the upper level of the store at Centre and Main Street.

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City releases statement on pool investigation

 The city of Prairie du Chien released an update Friday afternoon regarding the Aug. 2 matter at the Wacouta Aquatic Park, where a 4-year-old boy was pulled from the swimming pool unconscious and later died in a hospital.

“The city is taking this matter very seriously and is currently conducting an extensive investigation to identify all facts associated with the drowning,” City Administrator Art Osten said in the press release. “Upon completion of the investigation, the city will take any and all necessary action to attempt to prevent such an incident from occurring again in the future.”

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Kindness Rocks spread messages of inspiration and community warmth


Elouise was among the local children last week who was delighted to find a Prairie du Chien Kindness Rock. She found hers outside Zinkle’s Piggly Wiggly and has been overjoyed to spread the happiness by creating other rocks with her family to hide in Prairie du Chien. (Facebook photos)

Krystal Forde utilized her artistic skills and creative mind to cover these rocks with kindness.

Kris Wagner, of Prairie du Chien, decorated these stones, using kite string and spray paint to create the tie-dyed effect.

Area youth have been the most active in painting rocks for the movement.

This yellow, SpongeBob SquarePants rock was hidden off the beaten path.

A Kindness Rock awaits its curious hunter along the riverfront.

By Correne Martin

If you haven’t noticed the cleverly-decorated rocks hidden sporadically around Prairie du Chien, then you’ve at least seen the Facebook pictures of excited kids posing with painted stones they’ve found.

Prairie du Chien Kindness Rocks started at the beginning of August. The free, family-friendly activity is meant to inspire people to get out and be active together and hopefully bridge the gap between the wealthy and the homeless in the community through altruistic messages.

“We live in a community that has a high percentage of poverty. Simply put, there are many who cannot afford activities,” expressed Cassie Hubanks, who, along with Krystal Forde, started Prairie du Chien Kindness Rocks. “I imagine kindness rocks opening more doors to connect people from all walks of life.”

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Library expansion to begin as soon as well is capped

By Correne Martin

The beloved fountain in front of the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library may soon disappear. But patrons will be happy to know the library’s renovation project includes plans for a representative fountain among landscaping at the new entrance.

Capping the artesian well beneath the fountain essentially begins the construction process, involving the library’s new addition and revamp of its current interior space. A groundbreaking is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 11.

The city has contracted CTW Corporation Water Wells and Pumps, of Baraboo, to abandon the well, because it was found that the “water is flowing somewhere we don’t know,” according to Friends of the Library President Linda Munson.

“We’re fairly confident it must be going to the river, and that there must be some channel built years ago that it’s following,” she explained.

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Aug

Mysterious jail once found in Bloomington


Bloomington’s former jail can still be found on South Bowery Street. The village owns the building and uses it for storage. (Photo by Rachel Mergen)

By Rachel Mergen

 

Bloomington’s old jail is a lost memory for the village. The building, which still stands on South Bowery Street, once helped detain those who found themselves being a bit too reckless.

The jail is a mysterious part of history, not specifically mentioned often in newspaper records. Jim Warczak, Bloomington historian, mentioned the possibility that jails were not a widely-accepted topic. With the subject looked down upon, mentions of the confinement area can, for the most part, only be found in village ordinances and treasury reports.

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Autism is Real event to raise money for local children Sept. 16

By Rachel Mergen

 

“Our biggest mission is to get the community to know more about autism and to help kids build a future for themselves,” Katie Butters declared about citizens working on the upcoming Autism is Real event, a fundraiser for area children who face autism.

The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 16, at Leisure Time in Prairie du Chien from 11 a.m. to midnight. Included in the day will be a bowling tournament, raffle, silent auction, 50/50, a performance by local band Smoking Gun Showdown and meat and gun raffles. Also available will be food and a bouncy house.

Prairie du Chien Police Officer Casey Cox and new K-9 officer Rico will be present for a meet-and-greet. 

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Two injured in Bloomington collision

On Aug. 6, at about 8:57 a.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a two vehicle crash on Texas Road at Holly Road, Bloomington Township. 

The investigating deputy learned that Tammy Junk, 44, of Cassville, was driving a 2008 Kia going north on Texas Road approaching Holly Road. At the same time, Arvis Martin, 87, of rural Bagley, was driving a 2014 Chevrolet going south on Texas Road at Holly Road.

Martin was making a left turn on to Holly Road to go east. The intersection there is at the crest of a hill on Texas Road. Junk’s vehicle and Martin’s vehicle hit, in a head-on manner. 

Both parties were transported to local hospitals for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash. Both vehicles were towed from the crash scene. The crash remains under investigation at this time.

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Motorcyclist injured

On Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 12:15 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a single motorcycle crash on County Road N east of Slaght Lane in the township of Eastman.

Christopher L. Marshall, 38, Prairie du Chien, was operating a 1999 Yamaha motorcycle. Marshall came up over a hill, attempted to slow down for a curve in the roadway, lost control of the motorcycle, crossed the center line, and rolled several times before striking a traffic sign and post and coming to a rest on the north side of County N in a hay field.

Marshall suffered injuries from the crash and was transported to Crossing Rivers Health for treatment and later taken to a La Crosse hospital for further medical evaluation. Marshall’s motorcycle sustained severe damage and had to be towed from the scene. 

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Grilled cheese and show animals, that’s a county fair


The youth is an important part of the fair. They take part by creating exhibits, showing animals and enjoying the attractions and carnival rides.

By Rachel Mergen

 

With events like the Grilled Cheese Contest and the Kentucky HeadHunter, this year’s Crawford County Fair, which will be held Wednesday, Aug. 23 to Sunday, Aug. 27, in Gays Mills, won’t be an event to miss.

The community will begin the annual celebration by coming together Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 8 p.m. for a tribute to Elizabeth (Dennis) Brownlee. 

Brownlee, who passed away in Boscobel earlier this year in a motor vehicle accident, was a rabbit judge leader, a member of the curly horse rescue and coordinator of Crawford County Fair Ambassador. She was also the Fairest of the Fair in 2008. She was the wife of Wess Brownless and mother of two sons, Hesston Gerald and Kaleb James.

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Highway 27 project includes reconstruction through Mondell Hill into Prairie du Chien

City seeks realtor advice in revising Woodridge Acres subdivision covenants

 

By Correne Martin

In 2018, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation plans to mill existing pavement and overlay it with new asphalt on State Highway 27 between Cipra Road in rural Prairie du Chien and Water Street in the village of Eastman. Then, in 2021, another project, from St. Lo Drive in Prairie du Chien, up the Mondell Hill, to north of Cipra Lane, will be conducted.

The city of Prairie du Chien was been presented with the opportunity to “piggyback” onto this project to make improvements to East Blackhawk Avenue, from Ohio Street to St. Lo Drive.

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