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Bobcat north of Prairie du Chien


This bobcat was photographed recently by a trail camera at 9:15 a.m. on a property along County N north of Prairie du Chien. The temperature was 48 degrees. The bobcat has been photographed several times on the property. A bobcat is a medium-sized feline, approximately twice the size of a domestic house cat. It can be easily identified by its short, “bobbed” tail (up to 12 inches), prominent face ruff and slightly tufted ears. Its coat of short, dense fur can vary from a yellowish to reddish brown with distinct or faint black spots along its flanks and white underparts that are also spotted with black. In summer, the fur tends to be shorter and more reddish in color, becoming longer and much paler in the winter, although there can be much variation in color among individuals. Adult bobcats weigh 15–35 pounds and measure 28–47 inches in length. Size varies depending on sex, as male bobcats are approximately 33% larger than their female counterparts. (Photo submitted)
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Nov

Momentum building for multi-use Great River Road trail

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The proposed multi-use trail along the Great River Road (Highway 35) in Crawford and Vernon counties is making progress.

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05
Nov

‘Seussical’ opens in new PdC auditorium


It’s all because of JoJo’s “thinks” that The Cat in the Hat comes to life in “Seussical the Musical.” The Cat creates a “Seussian” world and characters around himself and JoJo (Alaina Lenz pictured with cast), then tells a story about someone as imaginative as JoJo: Horton the Elephant. The main story of the musical centers around that of “Horton Hears a Who,” which even includes JoJo as the child of the Mayor of Who-ville. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Horton the Elephant, portrayed by Dylan Skime, discovers a speck of dust, places it on a soft clover. He discovers that the speck is actually a microscopic planet populated by creatures called Whos, citizens of Who-ville. The Whos are on the brink of war and their entire population of Truffula Trees has been cut down. The Whos thank Horton for his protection, and he agrees to guard their planet.

“Oh the Places You’ll Go” with beloved Dr. Seuss characters The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant and more during Prairie du Chien High School’s production of “Seussical the Musical” Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10. This year, there will be three shows: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and an 11 a.m. matinee Saturday. 

Tickets to attend a show in the brand new high school auditorium are available for purchase in advance at the high school, or at the door.

This family-friendly, delightful journey imagined by Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, is a whimsical ride through the land of Seuss, featuring the tall and the small. Join the mischievous narrator, The Cat in the Hat, as Horton, JoJo and Gertrude embark on a zany and heartfelt adventure to discover the power of friendship, community and imagination.

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Nov

Lending library available once again in PdC


The toy and child care equipment lending library is once again available for Prairie du Chien area residents. Catholic Charities took on the program after the Crossing Rivers Health Family Resource Center closed in August. Rent any of the above toys, as well as larger child care needs like exersaucers, strollers, pack and plays and more at no cost, regardless of income, faith or community of residence. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The Giving Shelf is also a new offering Catholic Charities in Prairie du Chien took on from the Family Resource Center. Through this program, parents, grandparents and caregivers in need may access diapers, wipes, formula, bottles, clothing, blankets, breast pumps and other infant/toddler necessities.

Stop by the Catholic Charities office in downtown Prairie du Chien to find out about the many community services they offer for all incomes and faiths.

Area parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and babysitters will be pleased to know that Catholic Charities in Prairie du Chien has taken on the lending library, formerly run by the Family Resource Center if Crossing Rivers Health. The lending library rents toys and child care equipment to all community members either for free or a small deposit. 

Catholic Charities has taken on the Family Resource Center’s Giving Shelf as well, with intentions to assist those in need of diapers, wipes, formula and other baby or toddler necessities. 

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SBA doles out flood assistance

By Correne Martin 

Business owners and non-profits, homeowners and renters in Crawford and Vernon counties affected physically or economically by the Aug. 17-Sept. 14 severe storms, floods, landslides and winds have a new type of assistance available to them. These entities may qualify for low-interest loans to repair or replace disaster damage not covered by insurance, or to meet financial obligations during this disaster recovery period. These opportunities are made possible through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), which works hand-in-and with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in times of declared disasters. 

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Oct

Semi driver escapes rollover

A semi driver ended up with minor injuries after the truck and tractor he was driving rolled over in Woodman Township Tuesday morning, Oct. 30, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

Just before 10:15 a.m., a semi, driven by Darrin Christen, 52, of Argyle, was operating a 2015 Western Star semi, owned by Klassy Trucking, of Monticello, and negotiating a curve when he attempted to avoid hitting several deer in the roadway. Christian was unable to maintain control of the semi, hit the guardrail and overturned, according to officials. He was transported to Gundersen Boscobel Area Health Care by the Boscobel EMS for treatment of his minor injuries. 

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Citation issued after 2-vehicle crash

On Oct. 27, at  5:35 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a two-vehicle traffic crash on State Highway 60, just east of Mara Lane, in the village of Wauzeka.

Cory D. Flesch, 43, Platteville, was operating a 1999 Jeep Wrangler westbound on State Highway 60. Christine Ohlhauser, 44, Wauzeka, was operating a 2009 Kia Optima westbound on State Highway 60, behind the Flesch vehicle. Flesch was slowing his vehicle while approaching multiple vehicles traveling at a slow rate of speed who were following a tractor. While slowing, the Ohlhauser vehicle struck the rear end of the Flesch vehicle. Flesch and his passenger, Mystique L. Bennett, 34, Platteville, were uninjured and were both wearing their seat belts. Ohlhauser was uninjured and was also wearing her seat belt. Both vehicles were driven from the scene of the crash.

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Oct

Man charged with 5th OWI after hit and run

On Oct. 26, at 9 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a hit and run traffic crash on State Highway 60, east of Brown Hollow Road, in the township of Wauzeka. 

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Oct

Crawford County ensures voting security


On Tuesday, election volunteers Marilyn Nies (left) and Sandy McClusky (right) tested the Prairie du Chien wards 1 and 6 touch screen voting machines by casting various voting scenarios, as dictated by city clerk Tina Fuller. Once they went through all eight scenarios, they matched the machine’s tape with the ballots cast to ensure the machines were correctly recording the votes. This process was done by all city wards and county municipalities. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Prairie du Chien ward 6 election chief Marilyn Nies casts a test ballot as the city conducted its annual public test of the touch screen voting machines Tuesday, Oct. 30.

By Correne Martin

The Crawford County Clerk’s Office regularly makes election security a priority. Though, with the increased concern over the vulnerability of America’s electronic voting systems, Clerk Janet Geisler said doing so is especially critical.

“I wish there was a way I could make voters feel more secure,” she stated. “I know people are concerned about the voting machines, but they are not, in any way, shape or form, connected to the Internet.” Geisler added that she’s participated in a number of recounts over the years, and they’ve “always come out correct.”

Also to ensure security, the state has more heavily emphasized webinars about safety measures this year as well. 

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Oct

Crawford County quietly observes 200th birthday


The rectangular section on the left, drawn on the map above, represents land established as Crawford County in 1818.

By Correne Martin

Crawford County was once so substantial in size that it covered the western half of what would become Wisconsin, nearly halfway up the state, according to Prairie du Chien historian Mary Antoine. It encompassed the land we know today as Iowa, Portage, Dane, St. Croix, Sauk, Richland, Chippewa, Vernon, La Crosse and Clark counties.

On Oct. 9, Crawford County quietly observed its 200th birthday. Much is chronicled in local history about its origination, though the public is generally unaware.

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