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Wed
06
Sep

Fate of Dock Holiday docks on Prairie du Chien riverfront unknown


The Dock Holiday-owned docks are available to private owners for usage on the Lawler Park riverfront in Prairie du Chien. A recent severe storm brought on discussions between the majority owners of the LLC and the city council. The docks are for sale, and the city gets first crack at purchasing them.

By Correne Martin

The fate of the boat docks at the Lawler Park riverfront in Prairie du Chien is up in the air.

Dock Holiday, LLC, sent a letter Aug. 18 to the city administrator stating that, since the late-July 2017 storms totaled the docks, the majority of its owners do not wish to reinvest the needed capital into the docks at their current location due to expense, strong currents and wave action at that location. Another reason given in the letter is because the city would not allow electrical or water hookup “as originally agreed upon,” which Dock Holiday feels is essential for boat safety and convenience.

Wed
06
Sep

Two injured in motorcycle accident

On Monday, Sept. 4, at 4:07 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a motorcycle accident with injuries on Highway 171 about four tenths of a mile east of Highway 131 in the village of Gays Mills.

Jeremy R. Shannon, 41, Fayette, Iowa, was traveling westbound on Highway 171 on a 2008 Suzuki VZR 1800 motorcycle. The Shannon cycle was negotiating a sharp curve downhill when the cycle tipped on its side, slid across the eastbound lane of traffic, struck a guardrail and came to rest.

Shannon and his passenger, 41-year-old Jodi J. Druecker, Sumner, Iowa, were both transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital to be treated for injuries sustained in the accident.  

The accident remains under investigation.

Assisting at the scene were  Ocooch Mountain Rescue, the Gays Mills First Responders and the Gays Mills Fire Department.

Wed
06
Sep

Pickup truck goes off the roadway

On Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 5:33 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle accident in Seneca Township on County F east of Oppriecht Lane.

A westbound 2012 Dodge pickup truck owned and operated by 23-year-old Teagan Cornell of Steuben went off the south side of the road and came to rest against a tree.

There were no injuries.

The road was partially blocked for approximately one hour while the truck was removed.

Cornell was ticketed of inattentive driving.

The vehicle appears to be a total loss.

Assisting were the Seneca Fire and First Responders, Tri-State EMS and Milo’s Towing.

Wed
06
Sep

Wauzeka teen in motorcycle accident

On Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 1:28 p.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a motorcycle crash on Highway 60, three miles west of Wauzeka.

Nicholas Lund, 17, Wauzeka, was driving a 2002 Honda motorcycle east on Highway 60 and negotiating a curve. He lost control and went off the roadway and into the right ditch and was ejected.

He was taken by rescue squad to Crossing Rivers Health where he was treated for road rash and then released. He was wearing his helmet.

Assisting at the scene were the Wauzeka First Responders, the Wauzeka Fire Department and the Boscobel Rescue Squad.

Wed
06
Sep

Deer, speed and bad brakes are factors in one-vehicle accident

On Wednesday, Aug. 30, at 10:18 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle traffic crash on North Halls Branch Road near County S and North Main Street in the township of Seneca.

Levin S. Lemere, 21, Coon Valley, was operating a 1992 Ford F-250 southbound on North Halls Branch Road. Lemere was attempting to negotiate a curve when two deer crossed the road. Lemere attempted to brake and went off the right shoulder of the roadway. Due to Lemere’s vehicle not having full functioning brakes he was unable to stop and continued into the grass for 60 yards before striking a tree head-on. Factors resulting in the cause of the crash were found to be speed and the lack of adequate brakes.

Lemere was cited for no insurance, no registration, operating after suspension and failure to have proper brakes.

Lemere suffered minor injuries in the crash. The vehicle was totaled.

Wed
06
Sep

Coaches sold, to become Los Aztecas


Commemorating the transaction of Coaches Family Restaurant becoming Los Aztecas, Thursday, Aug. 31, were members of both families (from left): Lorenzo Dominguez, Hector Moran, Joanie and Dave Skemp and Manuel Moran. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Thursday, Aug. 31, was a monumental day for the Prairie du Chien business community, as the sale officially closed for Coaches Family Restaurant. The Dave and Joanie Skemp family ran the successful restaurant for 47 years, starting as a rootbeer stand in 1970. The family sold to Los Aztecas, also a family-run business that has two Mexican restaurants in Dubuque, Iowa, and one in Galena, Ill. Opening of the remodeled restaurant is expected some time in October.

Kramer Real Estate, of Prairie du Chien, and realtor Sara Boxrucker receive the credit for working with John Herrig Realty, of Dubuque, Iowa, in completing the transaction. The 4,300-square-foot building was listed on Kramer’s website for $495,000. The sale price has not been disclosed.

Though it was a good feeling to have sold Coaches Restaurant, Dave and Joanie Skemp said it was bittersweet.

“It’s kind of sad, but it’s a happy moment, too,” Joanie shared.

Wed
06
Sep

PdC Woman Helps Texas Friend


Kathleen Kalina

Jo Arispe’s trailer was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. (Photo submitted)

Jo Arispe bringing Daisy to rehab to see Kathleen Kalina while Kathleen was recovering from a stroke in Rockport, Texas in May of 2016. (Photo submitted)

 

Local woman helping her friend, a Hurricane Harvey victim

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A Prairie du Chien woman is helping out in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey with more than just donations. Kathleen Kalina is helping to get her friend, Jo Arispe, to Prairie du Chien from Rockport, Texas and is also aiding in finding Arispe a place to live at Rivercrest Villages, an apartment complex. 

Fri
01
Sep

Shooting Near Mount Hope Updated

 

45-year-old suspect 

shot to death by Grant County deputy

DCI continues to investigate

Wed
30
Aug

Chinese Musicians Coming to Prairie du Chien


The five members of Manhu play such instruments as Sani bamboo flute, leaf, moon lute, xianzi, moon lute percussion and others. (Contributed photo)

 

Chinese musical group to have 

residency and perform in Prairie du Chien

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A group of musicians from China will be the first of four cultural programs sponsored by Arts Midwest World Fest that will perform in Prairie du Chien over the next two school years. 

Wed
30
Aug

Council gives Regals three-week extension

New alderperson sworn in, fire chief position being advertised

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council conducted a short, special meeting Tuesday night, Aug. 29, to take care of a couple of items of important business.

Representatives for the Dennis Regal family requested a two-to three-week extension to the legally-determined eviction date of Aug. 31, at which time the family was supposed to have its personal belongings and buildings removed from the city-owned marina premises. Due to an accident in late July, resulting in Dennis Regal Jr. having his left leg amputated, they appealed to the council for a bit more time to fulfill the duties. According to City Administrator Art Osten, the council decided to grant a three-week extension from Aug. 31, thus giving them until Sept. 21 for complete removal.

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