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04
Sep

New staff members start new school year


The Prairie du Chien Area School District has welcomed several new staff members for the 2019-20 school year. Pictured (front row, from left) are Elbert Hale (alternative education teaching assistant), Amy Pham (K-4 general music, 6-8 choral music), Thomas Cavanaugh (sixth grade math), Chelsea Crossin (Bluff View teaching assistant) and Devyn Marazes (high school administrative assistant); (back row) Brek Schneider (alternate education teacher), Brooke Moret (9-12 math), Lindsey Ariss (5-12 Spanish) and Jessica Pedretti (fourth grade). (Submitted photo)

River Ridge is pleased to welcome the following new employees to the district (from left) Janell Meier (special education assistant), Brad Lange (middle school/high school social studies), Olivia Skemp (third grade), Bill Hannah (elementary principal), Jessica Hosey (high school science), Mick White (finance assistant), Billie Jo Hyer (special education assistant), Tricia Petrowitz (special education), Megan Copsey (EC/4K) and Chris Mayne (custodian).

The Seneca Area School District welcomes six new staff members for the academic year. Pictured (from left) are Michaela Chambers (interventionist), Madalyn Welsh (fifth grade teacher), Nissa Johnsrud-Klema (kitchen support staff) and Phillip Davies (music teacher). Not pictured are Richard Krikchoff (bus driver) and Louis Prew (bus driver). (Photo by Peyton Meisner)
Wed
04
Sep

Man attempts to elude deputy, arrested on marijuana violations

On Aug. 28, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit came across a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu operating at a high rate of speed southbound on Highway 35 in the township of Eastman. As the deputy attempted to turn around to initiate a traffic stop, the Malibu attempted to elude the deputy. The Malibu turned down a steep driveway onto private property along the Mississippi River. The deputy was able to locate the vehicle and pursued the vehicle for several hundred yards along the river on a dirt road before the Malibu came to the end of the road and came to a stop.

The deputy detained the driver, identified as Alexander Berg, 27, West Union, Iowa, and his passenger, Benjamin Campbell, 34, West Union, Iowa. During the contact, Berg displayed indicators of alcohol and drug impairment. Berg was also discovered to be on parole through the State of Iowa. 

Wed
04
Sep

Man attempts to elude deputy, arrested on marijuana violations

On Aug. 28, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit came across a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu operating at a high rate of speed southbound on Highway 35 in the township of Eastman. As the deputy attempted to turn around to initiate a traffic stop, the Malibu attempted to elude the deputy. The Malibu turned down a steep driveway onto private property along the Mississippi River. The deputy was able to locate the vehicle and pursued the vehicle for several hundred yards along the river on a dirt road before the Malibu came to the end of the road and came to a stop.

The deputy detained the driver, identified as Alexander Berg, 27, West Union, Iowa, and his passenger, Benjamin Campbell, 34, West Union, Iowa. During the contact, Berg displayed indicators of alcohol and drug impairment. Berg was also discovered to be on parole through the State of Iowa. 

Wed
04
Sep

Vehicle goes into ditch

On Sept. 1, at 6:47 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a one-vehicle traffic crash on Highway 61, south of Fry Lane, in the township of Scott. 

Fallon C. Sweeney, 22, Shoreview, Minn., was operating a 1998 Toyota Camry southbound on Highway 61 when her vehicle went into the gravel along the southbound lane. Sweeney attempted to bring her vehicle back onto the roadway but over-corrected, causing the vehicle to become sideways while in motion in the southbound lane. The Sweeney vehicle went off the west side of the roadway and into the ditch. 

Sweeney was able to safely exit the vehicle without injuries. She was wearing her seatbelt. The vehicle sustained moderate damage. Sweeney was cited for inattentive driving. 

Wed
04
Sep

New Casey’s General Store opened for business in PdC


A new Casey’s General Store opened its doors for business Aug. 22. It is located at 525 S. Marquette Rd., Prairie du Chien. (Photo by Peyton Meisner)

By Peyton Meisner

A new Casey’s General Store was opened in Prairie du Chien Aug. 22.

“There was a lot of success at the Casey’s location north of town and we wanted to tap open the market for everyone in town,” said Manager Riley Dibble.

The store currently employs 17 part-time and full-time workers.

“Everyone seems to be excited to have a store in town. We’ve seen a lot of happy faces come through our doors,” Dibble said.

The store is open from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m., seven days a week and is located at 525 S. Marquette Rd., Prairie du Chien. 

Wed
04
Sep

Know the laws when sharing roadway with school buses

By Peyton Meisner

With the school year beginning, it is important to review the traffic laws regarding school buses. 

According to the Prairie du Chien Police Department, Section 346.48 of the Wisconsin State Legislature states: 

“The operator of a vehicle which approaches from the front or rear of any school bus that has stopped on a street or highway, when the bus is equipped and when it is displaying flashing red warning lights, shall stop the vehicle not less than 20 feet from the bus and shall remain stopped until the bus resumes motion or the operator extinguishes the flashing red warning lights. 

Wed
04
Sep

ATVs, UTVs given the green light to operate in PdC within a few weeks

By Correne Martin

ATVs and UTVs will be able to utilize routes in the city of Prairie du Chien as soon as signs are up and a public notice is published twice in the Courier Press. After multiple meetings and hearing from a conservation authority on the matter, the Prairie du Chien Common Council finally approved an ordinance establishing this new option in the city for recreational enthusiasts. 

The new ordinance, detailed in chapter 7.07 (13) of the municipal code, will allow operation of all-terrain and utility terrain vehicles on all city streets, unless posted. However, there is going to be a designed route the city prefers such travelers use most of the time.

Wed
04
Sep

Prairie du Chien District Administrator heading to Dodgeville School District

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Prairie du Chien School District Administrator Robert Smudde has resigned and his last day serving the district will be Friday, Sept. 13.

Smudde said he will be the new Director of Pupil Services and School Psychologist for the Dodgeville School District.

Wed
28
Aug

Crossing Rivers Health hopes mediation will resolve pond dispute


The pond on Crossing Rivers Health Medical Center property has continued to get bigger over the past four years. (Photo by Megan Mahan of Adams Auction and Real Estate)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Crossing Rivers Health Medical Center officials say they are looking forward to resolving the dispute regarding the growing pond on their property. The hospital filed a lawsuit against the town of Bridgeport, Crawford County and eight other defendants on Feb. 21. They are hopeful, however, that the matter can be resolved at a mediation hearing scheduled for Sept. 6 in Madison.

Wed
28
Aug

Vehicle strikes highway sign and leaves the scene

On Monday, Aug. 19, at 5:30 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a hit and run traffic crash at the intersection of Highway 18 and Highway 60 in the township of Bridgeport. The suspect vehicle struck a median and divided highway sign.

The vehicle was described as a silver colored Trailblazer (SUV) and was last seen turning westbound onto County C in Grant County. As a result of the crash, the vehicle would have sustained front-end damage.  

Crawford County Crime Stoppers urges anyone having information about this or any other crimes to call 326-8933 or (866) 779-PAYS. 

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