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Wed
27
May

Local teen dies in crash

A two-vehicle crash took the lives of a rural Eastman teen and a Tomah man Sunday afternoon, May 24, in the town of Eastman, according to the Crawford County Sheriff's Department.

Bridget Achenbach, 19, was traveling south on Highway 27 near Messler Lane about 2 p.m. when her Chevrolet Cruze hydroplaned on wet pavement and spun across the centerline into the northbound lane. Her vehicle collided with a Chevrolet Impala, driven by Kenneth Eppers, 85, Tomah. Achenbach was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man and his wife, Genevieve Eppers, also 85, were extricated from their car with the Jaws of Life and taken to Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, where Kenneth died from his injuries. Genevieve was later transported by ambulance to a La Crosse hospital, where she remained in critical condition Monday afternoon. An update on her condition was not available Tuesday.

Wed
20
May

Deadly bat disease found in Crawford County

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The deadly bat disease white nose syndrome is now in Crawford County. Winter surveillance in 2014-15 for white-nose syndrome has been completed, with 75 bat hibernacula visited for disease surveillance throughout Wisconsin.

Wed
20
May

Crawford County men among 1,200 who perished in Vietnam


Gordon Nagel, Nicholas Walz, Gary Walz

By Sherrie Ball

About 165,400 people served in the Vietnam Conflict from Wisconsin. More than 1,200 perished. Of those, three men were from Crawford County.

Gordon L. Nagel was from Wauzeka. He was born April 8, 1948, the son of Lester and Christie (Aspenson) Nagel. From a large family, Gordon was one of 11 children.

He was a Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class (BM2) assigned Harbor Security with the U.S. Navy. Gordon enlisted in the Navy with his brother, Myron Nagel under the “Buddy System.” (The Navy Buddy Enlistment Program offers for the enlistment of small groups of not more than four male individuals or four female individuals who wish to stay together for as long as possible during their enlistment.)

Wed
20
May

Seneca names val and sal

Seneca High School has announced its valedictorian as Taylor Redman and salutatorian as Dani Boland.

Taylor Redman is the daughter of Jeffery and Kimberely Redman, of Seneca. She plans to attend the University of La Crosse this fall for physician assistant studies.

“I am ready to begin the next chapter in my life,” she said. “I enjoy working with people and am excited to focus on my future career in the medical field.”

Academically, Taylor has been a highest honors (4.0) student throughout her high school career. She has been student of the month and was a Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award recipient.

Wed
20
May

River Ridge teenager publishes three books with more on the way


Rachel Mergen, 17, holds the three fantasy books she’s self-published, including two full-length and one novella: “Cloaked,” “Enlightened” and “Blood of Tragedy” (out in July). She has many more in the works too. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Not many of us can say we’ve written a novel, especially as teenagers. Yet, Rachel Mergen, 17, a junior at River Ridge High School, can. In fact, Rachel has composed and self-published, via CreateSpace, three fantasy titles, the first when she was 13 and the second two at 16 and 17. A fourth will come out in March 2016.

“When I was little, I didn’t enjoy writing or reading that much. But I started writing song lyrics when I was in seventh grade,” Rachel said. “The vampire movies, like ‘Twilight’ and ‘Vampire Academy,’ came out when I was younger and this (her books) just kind of happened around then.”

Additional inspirations for Rachel have come from the band Imagine Dragons’ lyrics, the classic title “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and Amy Plum’s “Die for Me” series, which is based in Paris. “She’s one of my favorites. I’ve actually had conversations with her,” she noted.

Mon
18
May

Roger Martin to retire

 

A great 15 years as Emergency 

Management Director for Martin

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Roger Martin, who will be retiring soon as Crawford County Emergency Management Director, has presided over and helped implement many improvements over the past 15 years. 

Mon
18
May

Area Memorial Day services announced

Several Memorial Day observances are scheduled in area communities next week, including Prairie du Chien, McGregor, Wauzeka and Bloomington-Glen Haven.

Prairie du Chien
The annual parade will commence at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 25. Marching units will proceed from the intersection of East Blackhawk Avenue and Michigan Street west to Beaumont Road and then south to the Ft. Crawford Military Cemetery. All marchers, including the PdC Honor Guard, Legionnaires, VFW members and all ex-servicemen, Legion and VFW Auxiliaries, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, patriotic organizations, school children carrying flowers and flags, Bluff View School band and the PdC High School band, are requested to assemble at the First Merit Bank parking lot on Michigan Street no later than 10:15 a.m. Monday.

Mon
18
May

Final plans underway at Crossing Rivers


The new Crossing Rivers Health medical center on Highway 18 is nearly ready for occupancy. A grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, June 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a ribbon cutting at 8:45 a.m. Providers and staff will welcome patients in mid-June.

“We’re on the home stretch of the construction of the new Crossing Rivers Health medical center. The final touches are being completed as the project enters its last month,” stated Bill Sexton, chief executive officer, recently. “We hope to be granted occupancy in the next few days. We’ve done a tremendous amount of planning, which will guide us through what we expect to be a well-orchestrated move from our current location on Taylor Street to the new medical center on U.S. Highway 18, across from the Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport.”

Mon
18
May

PdC gift shop going out of business after 23 years


Lucille Berns, of Avalo Designs, proudly stands amid a few of the creations she and her husband, Avalo or “Al,” handmade over the years. Avalo Designs is going out of business after 23 years at their little gift shop in Prairie du Chien. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

As times have evolved over the past 23 years, so has the collection of unique merchandise at Avalo Designs in Prairie du Chien. Lucille and Avalo “Al” Berns have sold handmade wooden creations, religious and inspirational gifts, framed pictures and more at their retail store all those years. But, since they’ve continued working well past retirement age, and they’re ready for a well-deserved break, the time has come to go out of business. A storewide sale is going on now until an undetermined date, when they will hold a garage sale to further disperse of the retail.

“We have mixed feelings (about closing) after being here so long,” Lucille said. “We’ve gotten to know such nice people over the years, but we’re getting older and I’m tired of getting up every morning.”

Wed
13
May

Main Street under construction

Iverson Construction proceeded with the milling and asphalt overlay project on North Main Street in Prairie du Chien early Tuesday morning. The project is going well according to the street department and, because of the progress they are making, the milling of South 9th Street, from Parrish to Wells, and Broadway Street, from Marquette to 10th Street, began Tuesday afternoon. Please plan alternate routes in these construction areas. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

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