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County, city evaluating future of Blackhawk Junction Mall


The fate of Blackhawk Junction Mall will be discussed by the city of Prairie du Chien and Crawford County in upcoming meetings.

The east side of Blackhawk Junction Mall has been vacant for the past three and a half years, when True Value moved from there to its new location on Marquette Road.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The court timeline has passed and Crawford County will soon be the new owner of Blackhawk Junction Mall in Prairie du Chien.

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May

Seneca val, sal exceptional in character and academics


Valedictorian Alissa Rooney & Salutatorian Taylor Sime

Seneca High School will celebrate its graduating Class of 2019 Friday, May 31, at 8 p.m. in the school gym. Valedictorian is Alissa Rooney and Salutatorian Taylor Sime are the top two seniors this year. 

Valedictorian Alissa Rooney is the daughter of Timothy and Pamela Rooney, of Seneca. She is looking forward to attending Viterbo University this fall to major in nursing. 

During the past four years, Alissa feels she has grown into a responsible, hardworking and dependable young woman. She’s kept busy in FFA and the National Honor Society academically, while helping with class fundraisers and school blood drives when possible. But, it’s been her work on the family’s dairy farm that has given her the greatest responsibilities and life lessons.

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20
May

Area man totals his truck after swerving for deer

An area man was uninjured but ruined his truck on Friday, May 17, in Glen Haven Township, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department. 

At about 6:15 a.m., Larry Osterhaus, 66, of Glen Haven, was driving his 2013 Chevy truck west on Squirrel Hollow Road. He swerved to avoid hitting two deer in the road and, as a result, drove into a steep ditch, where the truck came to rest on its top. Osterhaus wasn’t injured but his truck was a total loss, according to authorities. No charges were filed.

Assisting at the scene were Glen Haven Fire and B&M’s Towing. 

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20
May

Odd-sized tire leads to injury

On May 15, at a 12:15 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call of a one-vehicle traffic crash on Highway 60 near Georgetown Road in the Marietta Township. 

A 2004 Buick Lesabre driven by Jasmine M. Kopp, 20, Mt. Hope, was westbound on Highway 60 when Kopp lost control due to the rear tire on the vehicle being an odd size. The vehicle’s rear end skipped, which caused the driver to go onto the shoulder of the roadway. The vehicle continued on the right shoulder for 85 yards before striking a culvert. Once the vehicle struck the steep culvert, it became airborne for 25 yards before the front end hit the ground. The vehicle then went another 36 yards before coming to a stop on its wheels. Jordan L. Buroker, 19, Cazenovia, Wis., was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

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May

Wauzeka man arrested for 8th OWI

On May 16, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit, along with another deputy, conducted a traffic stop on a 2005 Pontiac Bonneville in the township of Seneca. The deputy identified the driver as Daniel Peters, 44, Wauzeka. Peters displayed signs of drug and alcohol impairment while on scene and was placed through an evaluation. A search of the vehicle yielded prescription medication, which was not prescribed to Peters. 

Peters was subsequently placed under arrest for operating while under the influence of an intoxicant (eighth offense), operating with a restricted controlled substance (eighth offense), possession of a schedule II narcotic and a probation violation. 

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May

Three arrested for methamphetamine

On May 13, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit, along with the assistance of another deputy, conducted a traffic stop on a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu on S. Wacouta and E. Broadway streets in the city of Prairie du Chien. The deputies identified the driver as Randy Slaght, 34, Prairie du Chien. The passengers were identified as Abby Hiles, 36, Prairie du Chien, and Tod Frieden, 49, Waukon, Iowa. Hiles, who had an active warrant for her arrest, began moving things around her seat upon contact from the deputies. All three occupants displayed signs of drug use.

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20
May

Prairie girls over Viroqua in a D3 regional


Makenzie Knapp races towards third base versus Viroqua Thursday afternoon. Knapp would score moments later. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Lauren Kennedy hits a bloop single into shallow right field against Viroqua.

Abby Feye lays down a nice sacrifice bunt to move the runners forward Thursday afternoon.

Abby Feye defends as the Viroqua runner leads off of first base.

 

The seventh-seeded Prairie du Chien High School softball team beat visiting and 10th-seeded Viroqua 5-1 in Division 3 Regional action Thursday afternoon at Bluff View.

Prairie du Chien advanced to face host and second-seeded La Crosse Aquinas on May 21 at Pammel Creek Park. Aquinas had received a bye for their first round regional contest.

Fri
17
May

POLICE WEEK: An Inside Look at the Prairie du Chien Police Department

All members of the PdCPD answered 8 questions about themselves and their daily duties. Get to know the department more by reading their Q&As as follows. Feature compiled by Correne Martin • Photos by Lindsey Ludvik Photography

1. Name, family, hometown, academy name and other educational background?

2. Date you began with the PdC PD? Other previous related employment?

3. Current position and summary of duties?

4. Why did you want to become a law enforcement officer? 

5. What do you like about serving in a small community?

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17
May

Pedestrian dies after being struck on Bypass

A Prairie du Chien pedestrian died due to injuries sustained from being struck by a vehicle on the Highway 18 Bypass Thursday afternoon, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department. 

Chief Kyle Teynor said the department was called to the 1200 block of East LaPointe Street for a vehicle versus pedestrian crash at about 3:50 p.m. Thursday, May 16. Officers responded and found a man had been hit by a vehicle. 

A 2011 Jeep, operated by Nathan Baker, 43, of Prairie du Chien, was westbound on LaPointe/Highway 18, when it struck a man on the roadway. The man was identified as Donald Cipra, 85, also of Prairie du Chien.

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Walk your way to accountability and a 5K this summer in Crawford County communities


Walkers and runners of all ages, shapes and sizes take on a 5K at the county fair every year through the Crawford County on the Move program. In the nine weeks leading up to it, they meet for an hour each week to train and discuss fitness and nutrition tips. Sign up by May 31 to participate this summer. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Back by popular demand, Crawford County on the Move will be available starting in June, encouraging residents to be more physically active in the beautiful communities in which they live. 

Whether you reside in Prairie du Chien, Wauzeka, Seneca, Gays Mills or Soldiers Grove, this low-cost, nine-week program offers a weekly gathering time and place for participants to benefit from a short health-related lesson, followed by an hour-long group walk/run. Crawford County on the Move’s main goal is for local citizens to complete an optional 5K at the county fair at the conclusion of summer. Though, there are numerous other advantages to joining “the club.” 

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