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Wed
11
Oct

School Construction Costs

 

PdC school facilities upgrade could rise to $19.5 million

School board fighting to keep cost below that level, however

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
11
Oct

Attempted murder trial begins in Crawford County

The trial began Tuesday morning in Crawford County Circuit Court for a Dubuque man charged with attempted first degree intentional homicide in the severe beating of another Dubuque man at the Rock on the River music festival in the town of Bridgeport in July of 2013.

Anthony W. Runde, 36, is also charged with aggravated battery. Runde faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted of both counts.

The trial continued at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning, Oct. 11.

Joshua W. Milligan, 32, sustained severe brain injury as a result of the alleged altercation on July 13, 2013.

According to the criminal complaint, the assault happened near the campground portable toilets on the Rock on the River grounds.

A lieutenant with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was informed that Joshua Milligan was discovered on the festival grounds lying sprawled out on the ground and unconscious, the complaint said.

Wed
11
Oct

Soldiers Grove nursing home faces sale rather than closure


Sannes Skogdalen Heim nursing home in Soldiers Grove is owned by Community Health Services, which also runs the Prairie Maison nursing home in Prairie du Chien.

By Charley Preusser, Crawford County Independent

North Shore Healthcare is in the process of acquiring the Sannes Skogdalen-Heim Nursing Home in Soldiers Grove, according to David Mills, a managing partner of that Milwaukee-based company.

North Shore Healthcare currently owns 44 long-term care nursing homes in Wisconsin. They essentially more than doubled the number of facilities under their control, when a deal to acquire 28 facilities from the failing Fortis Management went into effect at midnight Sunday, Oct. 1.

With that acquisition, North Shore Healthcare now has more than 3,000 employees, Mills noted. By November 1, the company plans to have closed on the Sannes Skogdalen acquisition.

Wed
11
Oct

Traditional German fun Oct. 21 at Oktoberfest


Dan Winkleski is the official Festmaster of Oktoberfest this year. He will welcome fun-seekers at the 2017 event, which has been growing in Prairie du Chien since its inception several years ago. The festivities kick off Saturday, Oct. 21, at 10 a.m., with a parade downtown, and then continue at the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens until 5 p.m. (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

Over 3,000 merrymakers are expected to be in Prairie du Chien for Oktoberfest this year. The free and family-friendly day of celebration continues to expand and is once again poised to offer more than “three cheers” for everyone.

Oktoberfest 2017 will take place Saturday, Oct. 21, at the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The festivities will kick off with a parade at 10 a.m., beginning at People’s State Bank downtown and following a route to the Oktoberfest grounds. To join the parade entries, participants can line up near the bank at 9 a.m.
This year’s Festmaster is Dan Winkleski, dedicated Oktoberfest volunteer and musician. He will appear in the parade alongside some of the day’s famed musical guests and the most festive local businesses and organizations, children and pets. To still enter, contact Suzette Cunningham at (608) 412-1130.

Mon
09
Oct

PdC Sports to be Broadcast

 

PdC to have live high school sports broadcasts

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
04
Oct

Area boards contribute mightily to their schools’ success

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Wisconsin Association of School Boards has set Oct. 1-7 as Wisconsin School Board Week, a time to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in its community. Area school districts are joining all public school districts across the state to celebrate Wisconsin School Board Week to honor local board members for their commitment to their schools and the students. 

Wed
04
Oct

100 years of memories remain vivid for local centenarian


Juanita Martin turns 100 years old Thursday. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A lifetime spanning 100 years is a milestone most of us can only imagine. But Juanita Martin is living it. She will turn 100 years old on Thursday, Oct. 5.

Juanita received a certificate commemorating her century of life, signed by Gov. Scott Walker. Before deciding exactly where to hang it in her room at Prairie Maison nursing home the other day, she sat down to reflect on the highlights of her life.

Juanita was born into the Vogel family in 1917. She spent her childhood in Mt. Sterling, where her parents Charles and Edith Vogel had a small business. She had two brothers and one sister. They went to Mt. Sterling grade school.

She remembers riding in a mail truck to Lynxville to stay with her grandma at the Vogel Hotel. “I always stayed in room number 4 upstairs. I used to play with the girls who lived [in Lynxville].”

Wed
04
Oct

Prairie man charged with intent to deliver

A 26-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, and one count of attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer.

Christian Weber faces up to 16 years in prison and fines totaling $35,000 if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, while a Prairie du Chien police officer was following a vehicle, the vehicle accelerated, drove through a stop sign, and led the officer on a chase that reached speeds of 60 mph in a 25 mph zone.

The vehicle was stopped and searched. A zip-lock baggie containing several smaller baggies was found, many of which contained meth, according to the complaint.

Weber told the officer that he was having financial troubles so he went back to doing what he knows best, which is selling meth, the complaint said.

Wed
04
Oct

Local man charged with meth possession

A 28-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine.

Raymond McCullick faces up to a $10,000 fine and 3.5 years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Prairie du Chien police officers responded to a disturbance at a residence. A search revealed a digital scale and several plastic baggies, one of which contained marijuana and another that contained meth, according to the complaint.

Wed
04
Oct

Prairie du Chien man is charged with strangulation

A 27-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of strangulation and suffocation and one count of criminal trespass.

Tyson Martin faces up to $20,000 in fines and 6.75 years of imprisonment if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, a Prairie du Chien police officer responded to a residence and could hear screaming and what sounded like a physical altercation coming from inside the residence.

The officer entered the residence through an open door and saw Martin screaming and appearing to be very agitated and highly intoxicated, the complaint said.

There was a woman and another man in the residence. According to the complaint, Martin and the woman were in a previous relationship but the relationship had ended, and the woman now in a relationship with the man who lived at the residence.

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