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Alice M. Simmons

Alice M. Simmons, 74, of Prairie du Chien, passed away unexpectedly Friday, June 28, 2019, at the Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. 

She was born Nov. 6, 1944, in Mt. Horeb, the daughter of Robert and Loretta (Powers) Helmenstein. 

She married William Simmons on July 11, 1964, in Cadillac, Mich. Bill preceded her in death on Dec .1, 2010. Alice worked as a beautician, owning and operating Alice’s Hair Care in Prairie du Chien. She was a devoted mother and grandmother who enjoyed painting portraits and landscapes.

Thu
11
Jul

Robert H. Trautsch

Robert H. Trautsch, 79, of Eastman, passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, from injuries sustained in an accident on July 4. 

He was born March 10, 1940, the son of Harry and Edna (Seymour) Trautsch. 

He served in the U.S. Army and later in the Army National Guard. He married Elizabeth Andrew on July 31, 1965, at the La Farge Methodist Church. Bob farmed in the Eastman area and owned and operated Bob’s Place in Eastman. He was a past Tavern League president. He later owned T.F. Agri-Service in Seneca. Bob also worked as a seed dealer for Munson Hybrids, which would become Cornelius Hybrids. He was an active member of the Eastman community and will be sadly missed by all. 

Wed
10
Jul

Golf cart stolen from Design Homes

On July 6, at approximately 6 p.m., a 1999 Yamaha golf cart was stolen from Design Homes, Inc. in the city of Prairie du Chien. 

The suspect’s vehicle (shown below) was last seen traveling south on North Marquette Road in the city of Prairie du Chien.

If you recognize the vehicle, trailer or have any information in regard to this theft, please contact Crawford County Crime Stoppers at 326-8933 or (866) 779-7297(PAYS).

Wed
10
Jul

89-year-old Prairie du Chien resident walks three miles a day

By Peyton Meisner

 

At the age of 89, walking has become a daily routine for Pat Coorough. “I don’t even think about it. It’s just something I do,” she says. 

Every day, the Prairie du Chien resident walks three miles. 

“Lately with the heat the way it is, I make sure to get up around 6 a.m. while it is still somewhat cool out.”

During the spring, fall and winter seasons, Coorough utilizes Hoffman Hall in town, but during the summer she walks around her neighborhood.

“Now that Hoffman Hall is closed (for the summer), I kind of just make my own paths  around town. It just kind of varies depending on the day,” she explained. Oftentimes, her friend Jan Rutter will accompany her on the walks.

Wed
10
Jul

Gravel bicyclist completes Dirty Kanza


Kovacs (far right), alongside her two sons (middle) and her husband (left) at the 2019 Dirty Kanza 100-mile bike race.

By Peyton Meisner

 

For Bloomington native Crystal Kovacs, the summer of 2019 has been all about biking. 

In June, she traveled to the Flint Hills of Kansas to partake in the Dirty Kanza, a 100-mile gravel bicycle race.

To add to the challenge of the demanding race, temperatures exceeded 100°F. Despite battling the heat, she finished the race with a time of 14:28.18. “It was a great experience. The heat forced me to stop a few times, but it was a great feeling when I crossed the finish line,” she said.

Kovacs also had the honor of speaking at the Women Ride the World Women’s Forum the day before the race, where she spoke about “Making a community.”

For her future summer biking plans, Kovacs will be going to two other 100-mile races in Marquette, Mich. and Two Harbors, Minn. She also will attend a gravel camp in Kansas.

Wed
10
Jul

Iowa man crashes truck into mobile home, flees scene with a stolen cell phone

Editor’s note: This is a more detailed follow-up article to the photo and caption that appeared in the July 1 issue of the Courier Press. This was the second vehicle versus mobile home accident in less than two weeks.

On June 30, at approximately 1:48 a.m. the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call of a one vehicle traffic crash on County Road K near The Crooked Oar in Prairie du Chien Township.

Wed
10
Jul

Man arrested for operating an ATV while intoxicated, causing injury

On July 6, at approximately 12 a.m., both the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources were dispatched to Graham Hollow Road in Scott Township for a report of a UTV rollover with injuries. Wardens and deputies arrived and determined that a male, identified as Michael Stalsberg, 25, of Ferryville, had a laceration to his forehead. It was further discovered that there were a total of four people in the UTV at the time of the rollover. All other occupants of the UTV were wearing seat belts, and were uninjured. 

Wed
10
Jul

Drug charges result from rollover

On July 7, at approximately 7:30 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle rollover accident on Highway 27 south of the village of Seneca. Deputies arrived and determined the driver of the vehicle was the sole occupant and sustained minor injuries. The driver was identified as Kelsey Foley, 34, of Seneca. 

While interacting with Foley, she displayed indicators of narcotics impairment. Numerous controlled substances were later located on Foley and testing revealed she was under the influence of narcotics. After receiving medical attention, Foley was transported to the Crawford County Jail on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a restricted controlled substance-first offense and possession of a controlled substance. Assisting at the scene was the Seneca Fire Department, Seneca First Responders, Tri-State EMS and Bob’s Towing. 

Wed
10
Jul

Lovin Paw’s offers a healthy alternative for your pet


Lou, a Japanese Chen, shows off his new haircut, received at the new Lovin Paw’s business at Nathan Plaza in Prairie du Chien.

By Peyton Meisner

 

There is a new business in Prairie du Chien and it is aiming to help pet owners find a healthy alternative for their furry best friends.

Lovin Paw’s Nutrition Center (located at Nathan Plaza) aims to provide a healthier alternative for pets’ health. “It broke my heart to hear about the lack of FDA regulations on pet food. At Lovin Paw’s, we are all about the animal and finding quality food for them,” said owner Cathy Conant.

“Around here, pet owners did not have a good variety of places to buy nutritional food for their pets. We look to offer a different option for them,” Conant added.

Lovin Paw’s also sells homemade Green Tree Paws cannabidiol-based products, which help relieve pets’ stress levels, and Wild Thyme natural soap bars that are made with organic products and essential oils.

Tue
09
Jul

Seneca Ridge and Valley Rally royalty announced

Huey and Susie Kinzie, the owners of Stoney Point Flowers, have been named the Seneca Ridge and Valley Rally Parade Ambassadors.

Stoney Point Flowers started in 1988, with Huey and Susie slowly laying the groundwork for what would become a successful cut-flower business. They began to lay out rows of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals with the help of a small crew–made up of people who would become close friends.

The Kinzies kept things small for the first few years, renovating an old granary into a workspace and cooler. Stoney Point Flowers sold primarily at a bouquet boutique and farmers markets in Madison, and Evanston/Wilmette, Ill.

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