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31
Jul

New commander tours vital lock and dam system


This graphic from the Iowa Department of Transportation shows the comparison between shipping products by barge, railroad and truck.

This graphic from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shows the amounts of various commodities that locked through Lock and Dam 10 at Guttenberg in 2018.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Col. Karl D. Jansen officially became the new commander of the St. Paul District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during a ceremony on July 10.

Mon
29
Jul

City looking into possible purchase of Blackhawk Junction


The west side of Blackhawk Junction Mall houses four businesses including Suppz Gym, Mississippi Meats, H&R Block and Associated Bank.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Delinquent Tax Committee was told Thursday afternoon that the city of Prairie du Chien might be interested in the purchase of Blackhawk Junction Mall.

Thu
25
Jul

First Crawford County Alzheimer’s Walk Oct. 5

Start the support at Culver’s Share night July 30

By Correne Martin

Oct. 5 will be Crawford County’s inaugural Alzheimer’s Walk. The event on St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien starts with an 8 a.m. registration and 9 a.m. walk/run.

The hope is for the community to step forward to help raise awareness and start a foundation for continued dementia care services locally, said Heather Moore, dementia outreach specialist with the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin. All funds raised will stay within the county for services such as respite, care education consultations and other in-home supportive services. 

Thu
25
Jul

Two crashes on Highway 18 Bridge

On July 22, at 3:27 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a two-vehicle crash on the Highway 18 Bridge in Prairie du Chien Township, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

Benjamin Prostine, 30, Soldiers Grove, was driving a 2010 Ford Transit Van east on Highway 18 and slowing due to traffic backed up on the highway. At the same time, a 2004 Chevy Impala, driven by Tenisha Eick, 24, of Prairie du Chien, was also eastbound behind Prostine’s vehicle. Eick rear-ended the Prostine vehicle. She was transported to Crossing Rivers Health by Tri-State EMS for treatment of her injuries. Prostine claimed no injuries from the crash.

Thu
25
Jul

Area man’s life saved in grain bin rescue

By Correne Martin

A grain bin entrapment ended with a man’s life saved on June 28, thanks to the quick thinking of those on-site and the use of a grain bin rescue tube. 

According to Boscobel Fire Chief Todd Fischer, emergency officials were called about 5:20 p.m. to the Bailey residence on County M in Watertown Township. David Bailey, 66, had become stuck inside a grain bin and shed structure, where he was surrounded by shelling corn for over an hour before a truck driver pulled in and found him. The driver, Bailey’s son, a neighbor and another individual immediately started placing plywood sheets around Bailey to create a protective barrier for him. 

Thu
25
Jul

General hospital/Satter building comes down


A good chunk of the former general hospital/Satter building is expected to come down this month. Demolition of the 116-year-old brick building started Tuesday. (Photos by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The former general hospital and O.E. Satter County Building, along Dunn Street, started coming down Tuesday. 

Late in 2018, from a sheriff’s sale, Mark Thornburg purchased this property adjacent to the home that’s been in his family’s name since 1967. The asbestos was removed from the old hospital this summer and now the structure is being razed. 

Thornburg said he is not looking to sell or develop the land into anything other than a suitable site for his son and wife to build a new home upon. 

Wed
24
Jul

Toronzo Cannon, story telling Chicago bluesman, to perform at Prairie Dog Fest

By Peyton Meisner

 

Chicago blues veteran Toronzo Cannon will be making his return to the Prairie Dog Blues Festival, which will be held this weekend, July 26-28. “I’m looking forward to being able to make some new witnesses,” Cannon said.

Cannon was born in Chicago on February 14, 1968, in Chicago. Theresa’s Lounge, one of the city’s most famous South Side blues clubs, was nearby. As a child, Cannon would stand on the sidewalk outside the door, soaking up the live blues pouring out while trying to sneak a glance inside at larger-than-life bluesmen like Junior Wells and Buddy Guy. 

Cannon broke into the music scene in the 90’s playing guitar with artists such as Wayne Baker Brooks,  L.V. Banks and Joanna Carter. In 2001, he formed his own band, The Cannonball Express. 

Wed
24
Jul

Sheila the Draft Horse spreads joy in the community and on social media


Ready has been raising Sheila at their home in rural Eastman since 2014.

Residents at Great River Care Center enjoyed Sheila’s visit in May.

By Peyton Meisner

 

Sheila is a 16-year-old, 17-plus hand, Belgian draft mare, owned by Shannon Ready since 2014. Ready, who grew up with a love for horses, said she always wanted a draft horse. When she saw an ad on Facebook about a draft horse for sale, she decided to buy the horse. That horse was Sheila, and four years later Ready is very glad they bought her. “You couldn’t ask for a better horse. Sheila has been a blessing to our family. It’s nice for my kids to have the experience of being around a draft horse,” she said.

Sheila is one of the few draft horses in the area, which makes her a unique figure in the community. Sheila currently has her own Facebook page with over 2.8 thousand followers. Ready started the page in 2016 just for fun, but the page has since taken off and drawn a lot of loyal followers. 

Wed
24
Jul

Corps of Engineers seeks public input regarding master plan


There were several U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel on hand to answer people’s questions regarding the Upper Mississippi River Master Plan the corps will be revising in the near future. The corps held a meeting at the Crawford County Administration Building on Monday to give a brief presentation and to get public input.

 

Upper Mississippi River plan was fully updated last in 1988

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held a meeting Monday afternoon in the Crawford County Administration Building regarding the Upper Mississippi River Master Plan, which will be revised in the near future.

Mon
22
Jul

Area counties propose Homeowner Water Testing Program

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Crawford, Richland and Vernon counties have proposed to conduct a Homeowner Water Testing Program to be done in 2020.

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