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May

Anhydrous leak reported in Marietta Township


An anhydrous ammonia leak in Marietta Township Saturday evening was contained in less than an hour.

On Saturday, May 11, after 8:15 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department reported that U.S. Highway 61 was closed, from Marietta Valley Road to the Boscobel bridge, due to an anhydrous ammonia leak near North Irish Ridge Road.

The reporting party, who called 911, said the ammonia was blowing across the highway and there was an odor. The tanks were both 1,000 gallons, located on a trailer, in a field to the west of the highway. The tanks each had about 800 gallons of anhydrous ammonia in them.

There was no need for evacuation; however, emergency personnel immediately shut down the area to traffic. Residents were urged to shelter in place, close all vents and windows and shut off heating and air conditioning units.  

Mon
13
May

Wauzeka-Steuben salutes top two grads in its Class of 2019


Valedictorian Lindsey Lund & Salutatorian Adam Martin

Lindsey Lund has been named the valedictorian and Adam Martin salutatorian of the 2019 Wauzeka-Steuben High School graduating class. These two and their classmates will be honored at graduation Saturday, May 25, at 10 a.m. at the school.

Valedictorian Lindsey Lund is the daughter of Ryan Lund and Shauntelle Ray. She plans to attend UW-Eau Claire in the fall to major in biology or chemistry. 

Mon
13
May

As sweet as mom herself

By Correne Martin

What better way to say “I love you, mom,” than with a sweet treat. 

Families across the country celebrated Mother’s Day Sunday in both commercialized and homemade fashions. 

Café Hope in Prairie du Chien was just one local business that participated in creating the quick and simple kind of gifts for many to present their mothers on their big day. Decorators Connie Christoph and Leah Strong worked meticulously in the Sharing Spaces Kitchen in the days leading up to Mother’s Day, preparing beautiful edible flower-covered cupcakes for the café. The colors and floral varieties were enticing.

Mon
13
May

River Ridge names top 2 graduates


Valedictorian Jonathan Breuer & Salutatorian Jordyn Vogt

River Ridge High School has named its valedictorian and salutatorian for the graduating Class of 2019. They are Jonathan Breuer and Jordyn Vogt, respectively. The two will be recognized at the school’s graduation ceremony Friday, May 24, at 7 p.m. in the high school gym.

Valedictorian Jonathan Breuer is the son of Leo and Sara Breuer, from Wyalusing Township. He plans to attend the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and major in architecture. 

During his four years at River Ridge, Jonathan has been involved in student council, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, Friends Helping Friends and forensics. His extra-curricular activities have included band, track and field and cross country. 

Mon
13
May

The Pickett Fence a Top 10 Shop in BH&G Quilt Sampler mag


The Pickett Fence Owner Louanne Davis (center) and a few of her employees, Joan Tayek and Wendy Smethurst, hold up the sign they received for being selected as a Top 10 Shop by Quilt Sampler magazine. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Pickett Fence quilt shop has made it to the Super Bowl of the quilting world, and they publicly celebrated last weekend.

The 21-year-old downtown Prairie du Chien store is featured in the spring/summer edition of Better Homes and Gardens’ Quilt Sampler magazine, as one of the Top 10 Shops from coast to coast.

“There are about 3,000 shops who try for this and they only feature 10 in each edition,” said Owner Louanne Davis. 

Mon
13
May

Bluff View seventh grader a national finalist in rap contest


Kate Olson, 12, of Prairie du Chien, was selected as one of eight finalists from 1,000 entrants in the national Black History Rap Contest through Flocabulary. She wrote and recorded a catchy song about Edna Lewis, a pioneering African American chef and teacher. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A Bluff View seventh grader was one of eight national finalists from over 1,000 student entrants in a Black History Rap Contest. 

Kate Olson, the daughter of Matthew and Jennifer Olson, of Prairie du Chien, wrote an original rap song about Edna Lewis, a pioneering African American chef and teacher, as part of Mrs. Michelle Kirchman’s language arts class. The 12-year-old’s confident bluster and running rhymes were a sure standout for the contest.

The rap was required to start out as a poem written about a lesser-known African American historical icon, have at least 16 lines and include a hook—or a musical phrase used to catch the listener’s ear.

Wed
08
May

Southwest Wisconsin expansion on tap at Driftless Brewing


This is the view of the 15 BBL brewhouse from Driftless Brewing Company’s office mezzanine with its brewer Chris Balistreri working in the background. (Photo courtesy of Driftless Brewing Company)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Driftless Brewing Company of Soldiers Grove recently was honored for their business development efforts during the Crawford County Leadership Awards on April 25 at Crossing Rivers Health of Prairie du Chien.

Mon
06
May

Howe ownership comes to a close as Courier Press gets sold


Morris Newspaper Corporation of Wisconsin has purchased the Mississippi Valley Printers Inc. newspaper group of Crawford County and Clayton County (Iowa), including flagship publication, the Courier Press. The acquisition was finalized Tuesday, April 30, with MNC taking over operations on Wednesday, May 1. Pictured are MNC of Wisconsin Publisher John Ingebritsen and Courier Press General Manager Gary Howe. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Courier Press has changed ownership after four generations and 108 years under the Howe family name. 

Morris Newspaper Corporation of Wisconsin purchased the Courier, The Trader shopper, as well as their three sister publications in northeast Iowa: North Iowa Times in McGregor, The Guttenberg Press in Guttenberg, and Clayton County Register in Elkader. 

Mon
06
May

Blackhawk Motors sold to Fillback

Blackhawk Motors in Prairie du Chien was sold to Mark Fillback of Fillback Motors, effective April 30. Current owners Kelly Bachelder and Randy Imoehl, of KAR Auto Group, have run the dealership for the last four years. 

In a news release last week, Bachelder and Imoehl shared their appreciation for the support of Prairie du Chien and its surrounding communities and people during their time. They also attributed their success to the employees who gave of their time, dedication and hard work for Blackhawk Motors.

Mon
06
May

Soldiers Grove man arrested in meth bust

On April 30, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 Unit made a traffic stop on a 2000 Pontiac Montana Van at 301 Karl Ave., Soldiers Grove. The van was being operated Matthew Lecher, 46, who also resides at the above address. 

The deputy observed items of methamphetamine paraphernalia in and around the van, along with observing Lecher to be displaying several indicators of drug impairment. After a brief conversation, Lecher ran toward his residence and was pursued by the deputy. The deputy caught Lecher as he was opening his front door. Lecher began to resist the deputy and throw items into the residence and pull away from the deputy. The deputy escorted Lecher back outside and to the ground before getting him detained. 

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