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Mon
08
Jan

All incumbents running unopposed for Crawford County Board

There are 16 candidates for the Crawford County Board of Supervisors for the April 3 election. All candidates are incumbents and are running unopposed. Kersten “Rocky” Rocksvold will not be seeking re-election in District 3. The District 3 seat will be vacant.

The candidates are as follows:

Name    District
Geri Kozelka    1
Henry Esser    2
Vacant    3
Brad Steiner    4
Duane Rogers    5
Carl Orr    6
David Olson    7
Mary Kuhn    8
Wade Dull    9
Donald Stirling    10
Wayne Jerrett, Jr.    11
Larry Kelley    12
Greg Russell    13
Gari Lorenz    14
Gerald Krachey    15
Derek Flansburgh    16
Tom Cornford    17

Mon
08
Jan

30 years prison given for Bridgeport murder


Stephanie Kenning, the daughter of Linda Kline, speaks to her mother’s murderer, Jimmy McDaniel, during his sentencing in Crawford County court Friday. Even McDaniel let out an audible cry during her victim-impact statement, as the rest of the people in the courtroom wiped away tears and hung their heads. Kenning sat a picture of her children next to her as she spoke to McDaniel about her pain in never seeing her mother again. (Photos by Correne Martin)

With the ashes of her two deceased daughters sitting in front of her, Colleen Munz addressed Jimmy McDaniel during his sentencing for the first-degree reckless homicide of Linda Kline (right picture). She reminded him that the ashes are all she has left of Linda and her other daughter, Michelle Little. Munz also blames McDaniel for Little’s heartbreak and anxiety and ensuing death after the loss of Kline.

Being sentenced for murdering his girlfriend and then staging her suicidal hanging, Jimmy McDaniel shows some emotion in court. He said he knows what it feels like to lose someone dear, since he lost his beloved mother years ago. He maintained that he did not take the life of Linda Kline because he loved her.

Jimmy McDaniel asserts that he and his deceased girlfriend, Linda Kline, loved each other. "You tell me I'm gonna come here and take her life? No, it's not true," he said during his sentencing Friday.

Dennis Munz, the brother of Linda Kline, spoke some harsh words directly to Jimmy McDaniel. He even alluded to his belief that McDaniel attempted to take Kline's life in a previous four-wheeler incident, which allegedly left Kline severely injured but McDaniel uninjured and the four-wheeler minimally damaged.

Crawford County Judge Lynn Rider discusses the basis of her sentence for Jimmy McDaniel, 40 years in prison—30 years of initial confinement and with 10 years extended supervision. He faced a maximum of 66 years in prison.

By Correne Martin

No more Mother’s Days. No more pictures. No more laughs. No more memories.

Linda Kline will not experience any more days as a mother, grandmother, daughter or sister, since the life was strangled from her body on Oct. 4, 2016, by her boyfriend Jimmy McDaniel outside a house where they were staying in Bridgeport.

Kline’s daughter, Stephanie Kenning, detailed her personal grief during McDaniel’s sentencing hearing in Crawford County court Friday. She said she’s battled depression and anxiety for the “458 days” since her mother’s murder and was even hospitalized for trying to take her own life.

Mon
08
Jan

Locals adopt puppies to benefit RABAS


These five puppies, born to a dog taken in by Crawford County Animal Control, were put up for adoption in exchange for a $500 donation, per pup, to Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter. (Submitted photo)

Crawford County Animal Control obtained an Australian shepherd cross dog in October. The dog was taken to Southwest Vet to be spayed, prior to be putting up for adoption. Dr. Bill Schultz’s pre-surgical exam revealed that the dog was in late pregnancy, so he decided to adopt the dog and name her Cinnamon. Eight days later, on Oct. 26, she whelped five puppies.

As a fundraiser for Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter (RABAS), Dr. Schultz decided to place the puppies up for adoption. One puppy is going to Dr. Schultz’s son. One puppy has a heart problem, so Dr. Schultz is keeping her. Three puppies were offered for adoption in exchange for a $500 donation to RABAS. Each of the new owners will receive about $300 in services through the donation, including first-year vaccines and spaying or neutering.

Mon
08
Jan

5 running for 3 seats on PdC school board

Board president running as official write-in

By Correne Martin

Five individuals will compete for three seats up for reelection in the Prairie du Chien Area School District, come the spring school board election in April. Two are incumbents, one an official write-in incumbent and the other two newcomers to the board.

According to District Administrator Bob Smudde, the incumbents whose name will be on the ballot April 3, include Lonnie Achenbach and Duane Rogers. New to the scene, Michael Higgins and Tom Petersen also turned in the necessary paperwork to have their names on the ballot for voters. Finally, incumbent Christine Panka, who is also the board president, will not appear on the ballot, but she has filed the proper papers with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board to be considered an official write-in candidate for the election.

Mon
08
Jan

Two new bridges to be built in county

Hearing set for Famechon Hill project

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
03
Jan

Changes to your Courier Press

Change often comes with the arrival of a new year. So is the case with your hometown newspaper.

The Courier Press’ printing press and its associated technology have retired, meaning the newspaper is no longer printed on site at the Prairie du Chien office facility. Graphics Inc., of Calmar, Iowa, which has printed The Trader weekly and many special sections for the Courier, has taken on regular publication of the product.

With this transition, newsstand timing will be revised as our staff must allow for travel time to and from Prairie du Chien. Our goal is for each issue—every Monday and Wednesday—to be available for purchase in the Courier Press office by 2 p.m. on those days. Papers will then be delivered to newsstands in Prairie du Chien. Subscribers’ newspapers should still arrive at the same time they did previously.

Wed
03
Jan

Local driver overcorrects vehicle after losing control on snowy roads in Grant County

Two Bloomington residents were uninjured when a crash occurred on snowy roads in rural Patch Grove Christmas Eve, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

At about 2:30 p.m.,  Danielle Ackerman, 20, was driving a 2001 Buick north on Fairground Road at Humphrey Road when she met a southbound car. With the snow on the road, Ackerman moved to the right in an attempt to avoid hitting the other vehicle. As she did so, the right tires of her car dropped off the paved surface. According to the crash report, she overcorrected, causing the car to cross the west side of the road, leave the roadway and enter a ditch at Humphrey Road. The rear left fender struck a utility pole there and the front of the car struck a stop sign, breaking off the wooden post. The car sustained moderate damage. 

Wed
03
Jan

Vehicle goes airborne in alleged drunken driving crash in town of Wyalusing

A one-vehicle crash in Wyalusing Township Dec. 24 resulted in an OWI arrest, according to Grant County authorities.

At about 8 p.m. Christmas Eve, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a disabled 2010 Dodge Nitro SUV on the Highway 18 bridge between Grant and Crawford Counties. Upon the response of a Crawford County deputy, the vehicle was discovered to have been involved in a crash in which the driver may have been intoxicated. After investigation, authorities learned that Oleg Romanov, 49, of Postville, Iowa, was operating the SUV northeast on County C near Markley Hollow Road when he failed to negotiate a corner and entered the ditch on the right side of the roadway. When the vehicle hit Markley Hollow Road, it became airborne and landed in the ditch on the other side of Markley Hollow before striking a steep hillside and coming to a stop.

Wed
03
Jan

Black ice a factor in crash with Bridgeport light pole

Black ice is reportedly the reason a driver struck a light pole with his vehicle Saturday morning, Dec. 30, according to a news release from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

At 11:42 a.m., several reports were made to dispatch that a vehicle had struck a Bridgeport Township light pole on Highway 18 north of Selch Road. The fallen light pole blocked several lanes of traffic for about a half-hour.

Authorities found that a west bound 2007 Dodge Ram pickup, owned and operated by Keith Loney, 66, of rural Prairie du Chien, struck the Wisconsin Department of Transportation pole. Loney claimed he hit black ice before colliding with the pole.

Loney’s vehicle was driven from the scene.

Assisting were several witnesses, the Prairie du Chien Police Department and the Crawford County Highway Department.

Wed
03
Jan

Trial set for resort crash charges

A woman charged in connection with a crash that injured seven people in a tent at River of Lakes Resort in Bagley Aug. 12 will go to trial on 14 charges in late January. 

Stacy Marie Smith, 32, Boscobel, stood mute Nov. 13 to three felony charges of causing great bodily harm by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, three felony charges of causing great bodily harm by use of a motor vehicle with prohibited alcohol consumption, four misdemeanor counts of causing injury by operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant, and four misdemeanor counts of causing injury by operating a motor vehicle under prohibited alcohol concentration. 

Not guilty pleas were entered on Smith’s behalf, according to court records.

Smith was bound over for trial Oct. 27.

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