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Dec

Ferryville man charged with meth possession

A 46-year-old Ferryville man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine.

William Zehner II faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a Sheriff’s Department deputy was dispatched to a residence in the town of Freeman and that a man there had an active warrant from Grant County.

The deputy found Zehner II sleeping in an upstairs bedroom and it took him several minutes to wake Zehner II up, the complaint said. 

Wed
27
Dec

Hoffman Hall receives $25,000 memorial donation


Bruce Welsch has donated $25,000 to Hoffman Hall for improvements in memory of his parents, Chuck and Bernice Welsch. He is pictured (left) with Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Director Mike Ulrich (right). (Submitted photo)

Hoffman Hall in Prairie du Chien was recently the recipient of a $25,000 donation from Bruce Welsch, an avid swimmer at the recreation center’s pool. The donation was contributed in honor of his parents, Chuck and Bernice Welsch.
In his tribute to them, Bruce wrote, in part:

“Thank you for your love, caring and guidance. Thank you for supporting me in high school, college and when joining the Armed Forces. Thank you for being great role models. Thank you for your endless sacrifices. You may be gone but will never be forgotten.”

Chuck and Bernice have been honored with a plaque on the “Leaders” donor wall at Hoffman Hall and the donation will be earmarked for Hoffman Hall Improvements.

Wed
27
Dec

W-S after-school activities offer education, fun and balanced meals


Daniel Bryant enjoys dinner following an activity-filled after school session. (Photos by Sandy Vold)

Brianna Ray and Ella Jones carefully glue pretzels to cardboard to form the walls of their log cabins.

Slime is sloppy, but ever so much fun. Brody Ray, Liam Updike and Jordy Huber enjoy working with it.

By Sandy Vold

Thanks to two separate grants, Wauzeka-Steuben School is humming with after-school activity every Monday through Friday during the school term.

The Community Learning Center (CLC), in its fourth month of operation, is still growing and expanding. Assisted by a five-year grant from the Wisconsin Department of Education, staff members have enhanced their former Arts, Crafts, Technology program, tutoring and other programs to offer homework help, STEM, arts and crafts, physical fitness activities as well as volunteer opportunities after school Monday through Friday. In addition, the food service program has received a grant to serve a snack and an evening meal to students on school days.

Wed
27
Dec

CarpFest to culminate with another famous Droppin’ of the Carp


The Droppin’ of the Carp is happening for the 17th time this year in Prairie du Chien on New Year’s Eve. The festivities take place at Lucky Park downtown, from 8 p.m. to midnight, when the iconic frozen carp is dropped. (File photo)

The temperatures are frigid, but the fun and games won’t be this weekend as Prairie du Chien hosts its annual CarpFest.

A euchre tournament is offered Thursday, Dec. 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Hoffman Hall, while open gym and swim every day this week, also from 1 to 4 p.m. at the rec center.

But the big day is Sunday, Dec. 31.

Wed
27
Dec

Local man invents spot weld chisel tool


Matt Finn stands in the shop at Rick’s Auto Body. (Submitted photos)

Pictured is Finn’s manufactured spot weld chisel.

Here is the tool Matt originally invented out of an old bed frame section.

Matt and his wife Carissa posed for a picture on their wedding day in front of the Ford Model A.

Matt Finn can now include “inventor” on his list of accomplishments. Finn, a 2002 graduate of Southwest Tech’s auto collision repair program, created the Spot Weld Chisel, a repair tool designed for use on automobiles. The tool became available for purchase in October.

According to Finn, who lives in Prairie du Chien, the idea for this tool came to him about 10 years ago. He had purchased a 1931 Ford Model A that he wanted to transform into a hot rod.

Wed
20
Dec

Center for Specialty Care opens at Crossing Rivers Health


The Crossing Rivers Health Center for Specialty Care is now open to patients in a new, expanded location on the second floor of Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. The center offers urology, orthopedics, gynecology, ENT, podiatry, allergy and asthma, sleep medicine and behavioral health services. (Submitted photo)

The ribbon is cut, and the Crossing Rivers Health Center for Specialty Care is now open to patients in a new, expanded location on the second floor of the Crossing Rivers Health medical center in Prairie du Chien.

Upon completion of the construction of the medical center in 2015, space was left unfinished on the second floor and reserved for future growth opportunities. In June this year, Crossing Rivers began the work to finish this space, which is now home to a growing list of specialty care providers, including urology, orthopedics, gynecology, ENT, podiatry, allergy and asthma, sleep medicine and behavioral health.

Wed
20
Dec

Tree stands, trail cameras stolen in town of Millville

The Grant County Crimestoppers are seeking information about a theft in Millville Township that happened sometime over the past month and a half.

According to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, sometime between Nov. 2 and Dec. 15, an unknown individual trespassed on 100 acres on Military Ridge Road in Millville Township. Stolen were two ladder tree stands and one climbing tree stand. Two Moultrie trail cameras were also taken.

The sheriff’s department has no suspects at this time. The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (608) 723-2157 or Grant County Crimestoppers at (800) 789-6600.

Wed
20
Dec

Rocksvold will not seek another term

Kersten “Rocky” Rocksvold, who represents the third district on the Crawford County Board of Supervisors, has filed Declaration of Non-Candidacy papers with the County Clerk. Anyone who is interested in running for this position should contact the County Clerk’s Office for the paperwork. Nomination papers must be filed in the County Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Wed
20
Dec

Rollover results in minor injuries for two area teens

Two area residents suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle rollover in rural Prairie du Chien Dec. 13, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

At about 7:20 p.m., Brittney McCollough, 19, of Fennimore, was driving her 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer east on Highways 18/35 in Wyalusing Township when her vehicle left the right side of the roadway while negotiating a curve.

McCollough overcorrected, trying to reenter the roadway,and lost control of her vehicle. She then left the south side of the roadway, rolling the vehicle.

McCollough and her passenger, Brett Wilkinson, 18, also of Fennimore, were transported to Crossing Rivers Health by West Grant EMS for non-life threatening injuries. Both parties were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. Assisting at the scene were Bloomington Fire, Bagley First Responders and Bob’s Towing out of Prairie du Chien.

Wed
20
Dec

PdC looks at overhauling Marquette Road, Villa Louis boat landing, marina

By Rachel Mergen

On Tuesday night, the Prairie du Chien Common Council met to discuss the 2018 Marquette Road Project, North Michigan Street Project, the Villa Louis Boat Landing Project, the marina and salaries and compensations.

A public information meeting for the 2018 Marquette Road Project is scheduled for Feb. 1. It is expected that work will begin in the spring. The council clarified that the frequently used, paved recreational trails within the construction area will remain after construction.

North Michigan Street
The North Michigan Street Project will include work on the entire sewer system. Additionally, driveways and sidewalks will be redone in the process, along with other fixtures. The base bid, which will open in January, is to include North Michigan Street with two alternatives. These alternatives are from the Haydn Street alley to Illinois Street and on Park Street from Michigan Street to Illinois Street.

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