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Wed
27
Sep

Medical condition results in accident

On Sept. 22, at 7:20 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received multiple 911 calls reporting a traffic complaint of a red 2007 Ford Ranger pickup truck traveling southbound on State Highway 35, south of the village of De Soto, in the township of Freeman. The witnesses stated the Ford Ranger was swerving back and forth from the southbound lane into the northbound lane of traffic. The Ford Ranger was also traveling southbound in the northbound lane for approximately two miles and would occasionally sideswipe the guardrails.  

Wed
27
Sep

Cabela’s, Bass Pro make it official


Shoppers browse the vast selection of outdoor products inside the Prairie du Chien Cabela’s retail store. Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops made their anticipated merger official Monday. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops have officially joined forces with a vision to become North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company.

“We are excited to unite these iconic American brands to better serve our loyal customers and fellow outdoor enthusiasts,” Conservationist and Bass Pro Shops Founder/CEO Johnny Morris said in a statement Monday, Sept. 25. “As we move forward, we are committed to retaining everything customers love about both Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s by creating a ‘best-of-the-best’ experience that includes the superior products, outstanding customer service and exceptional value our customers have come to expect. We’re also deeply motivated by the potential to significantly advance key conservation initiatives.”

Wed
27
Sep

River Ridge Construction Update


The outside of the River Ridge school addition is completed. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The floor in the new middle school gymnasium will soon be done.

Playground equipment has been laid out between the current school building and the new gymnasium.

The floors in the hallways and classrooms in the new addition will be polished concrete.

 

River Ridge school addition continues on schedule

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The $8.86 million River Ridge school facilities upgrade project continues to proceed nicely and is on schedule, said Project Superintendent Andy Kraemer of Kraemer Brothers Construction of Plain, Wis., the general contractor. 

Mon
25
Sep

Man proposes highway bridge at Cassville


The iconic ferry has been a part of Cassville’s traditions for 184 years. Though it boosts tourism in the small community, it’s not a 24/7 service and it’s at the mercy of the Mississippi River. A Cassville native is leading a petition effort to someday build a bridge connecting Wisconsin and Iowa, to help spur economic development opportunities in the community.

By Correne Martin

A petition to build a bridge spanning the Mississippi River, from Cassville to Clayton County, Iowa, needs more signatures if it is to attract attention from Wisconsin, Iowa and national legislators. The proposal is one that looks at the future of the shrinking Grant County community and provides a solution for what can be done to bounce back from the blow Cassville sustained when its two electrical power plants closed in late-2015.

Leading the charge, the petition’s creator is Lance Wamsley, who was born and raised in Cassville and whose father was manager of the Alliant Energy plant when its doors closed. Now living in Lancaster, he started the petition Aug. 1. Since then, it has accumulated 1,755 supporters toward a goal of 5,000.

Mon
25
Sep

Crawford County bird tests positive for West Nile

Crawford County Public Health was notified last week that a dead crow found in Crawford County tested positive for West Nile virus. Surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1.

According to Crawford County Health Director Gloria Wall, residents observed the crow and noticed it was sickly, so they reported it to the state dead bird hotline. When it actually died, the bird was sent in for assessment.
The positive bird means that residents of Crawford County need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites to prevent West Nile disease.

West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.

Mon
25
Sep

Local soldiers to deploy with mobilizing Iowa National Guard

The Iowa Army National Guard is mobilizing 390 soldiers based in four Iowa cities for deployment to the U.S. Central Command, which could assign them to Iraq, Afghanistan, North Africa and other regions.

The troops are members of the 248th Aviation Support Battalion, which includes helicopter maintainers, helicopter test pilots, and logistical support personnel.

Jason Hager, of Prairie du Chien, is among the men and women deploying, in addition to Steve Gray and Michael Spring, both northeast Iowa residents who work at Pattison Sand Company.

The soldiers are based in Boone, Muscatine, Davenport and Waterloo, and they represent the Iowa National Guard’s largest single-unit deployment since 2010, according to information Col. Gregory Hapgood Jr., the Guard’s public affairs officer at Camp Dodge, gave the Des Moines Register.

Mon
25
Sep

Mount Hope shooting incident still being investigated

Investigation ongoing since Sept. 1

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) continues regarding the shooting incident near Mount Hope involving a Grant County Sheriff’s Department deputy and a suspect who was shot and died as a result.

Thu
21
Sep

Bridgeport barn destroyed in blaze

The rubble from a barn fire was still smoldering Thursday along Vineyard Road in the town of Bridgeport. The Rural Bridgeport/Prairie du Chien Township Fire Department was called Wednesday at about 7:30 p.m. to the Scott Michel farm. The barn was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. There were no injuries and no livestock died as a result of the fire. The barn and some farm machinery, including a baler and a tractor, were destroyed as were some round hay bales. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Wed
20
Sep

Gays Mills man arrested for marijuana possession

On Monday, Sept. 18, at 5:30 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K9 Deputy initiated contact with the operator of a Chevrolet Tracker in the village of Gays Mills.

The operator of the vehicle was identified as Timothy Copus, 45, Gays Mills. Contact was initiated because the deputy noticed the vehicle displayed false plates and the deputy had prior knowledge that Copus did not hold a valid driver’s license.

As a result of the deputy’s contact, Copus was arrested. Charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, operating while under the influence of a restricted controlled substance (second offense), and operating while revoked were referred to the district attoney’s office.

K9 Breck was utilized for an open free air sniff and he alerted to the presence of an odor of a controlled substance.

This case currently remains under investigation.

Wed
20
Sep

Liquor license extended 90 days to improve the marketability of Sue Z’s

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council approved at its regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 19, an extension of the Class B liquor license held by the former Sue Z’s Bar, at 1000 S. Beaumont Rd., with interest in making the property more marketable. The premises has, for more than 50 years, operated as a tavern. It was last in operation as Bobbleheads Bar for a short period of time.

According to a memo from Zoning Administrator Cassie Rickleff, the current title holder is Peoples State Bank, which took ownership in April 2017. The transfer came upon an agreement the bank made with petitioner Susan (Zuerbuchen) Selch. Peoples is currently attempting to market the premises. Both Peoples and the previous owner believe keeping the license will allow greater value for the property. Rickleff’s recommendation seemed to agree with that theory.

The council approved the extension, granting 90 additional days past Sept. 19.

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