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Wed
08
Aug

PdC school upgrade nearing completion


The new auditorium is beginning to take shape. Acoustic panels and lights have been installed. The seats will be installed on Aug. 20.

Upgrades to the Bluff View science lab are nearly complete.

The new band room is ready to go at Bluff View Intermediate School.

The Bluff View technical education room has noise reduction panels near the ceiling and a dust reduction system. The tables were constructed by students.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

With the first day of school, Sept. 4, fast approaching, most of the estimated $19 million school facilities upgrade project in Prairie du Chien is wrapping up.

“The goal is to have the majority of work, especially interior work, completed by Sept. 1,” said Superintendent Robert Smudde.

Tue
07
Aug

Kenneth L. Cornford

Kenneth L. Cornford, 83, of Beloit, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Aug. 2, in his home.

He was born Oct. 29, 1934, in Prairie du Chien, the son of John B. and Marcella J. (Valley) Cornford. Ken was a 1952 graduate of Prairie du Chien High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Ken married Lois Bouzek on Jan. 19, 1955, in Prairie du Chien.

Mon
06
Aug

Crawford County hires school resource officer

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

With school ready to begin in less than a month, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and three county school districts have hired a school resource officer.

Mon
06
Aug

A Day In The Life - Correne Martin, Associate Editor


Courier Editor Correne Martin

Pictured is Editor Correne Martin with her husband Randy, son Trace and daughter Gwen.

By Rachel Mergen

 

“The news is never typical. It’s one of the things that keeps me pretty inspired,” Correne Martin, associate editor of the Courier Press, mentioned about the thrills of her career.

“Newspapers are one of the most important ways for people to find out about events, the local government and schools,” she said. “It plays a good role of informing them on what’s happening in their own backyard.”

She stated newspapers will be the way people will be able to learn about today, in the future. Without newspapers, history may be more challenging to access.

Mon
06
Aug

Both 96th Assembly primary candidates focused on rural life

By Correne Martin

Primary election voters in the 96th Assembly have a choice on the Democratic ticket. They may select between two candidates, Paul Buhr and Alicia Leinberger, in choosing who they wish to face Republican Loren Oldenburg in November. All candidates in the race for this seat are from Viroqua. 

The person elected will replace retiring legislator Lee Nerison (R-Westby). The 96th Assembly District includes Crawford County, Vernon County and part of Monroe County.

 

Mon
06
Aug

Two-car accident at end of Boscobel Bridge

On Tuesday, July 31, at 2:15 p.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a two-car crash on Highway 60 at Highway 61 at the end of the Boscobel Bridge.

LaVerne Wallace, 63, Prairie du Chien, pulled out from a stop sign in his 2013 Chevy Cruze in front of an eastbound 2012 Jeep Patriot driven by Howard Balch, 79, of rural Boscobel.

Balch and his passenger Shirley Balch, 77, sustained bumps and bruises, but did not require medical treatment.

Wallace sustained a left arm cut and did not require medical treatment.

Balch’s vehicle sustained front end damage and was towed. Wallace’s vehicle sustained left side damage and was towed.

Mon
06
Aug

Mount Hope man charged with drug and gun crimes

Dustin Caya, 34, Mount Hope, is charged with possessing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and being a felon in possession of firearms. The indictment alleges that on June 1, he possessed methamphetamine and a loaded .22 caliber rifle. The indictment also alleges that on June 1, he possessed 17 firearms that were loaded, including nine rifles, three shotguns, and five handguns. 

Mon
06
Aug

Dillman Equipment fined $124k in accident that took Wauzeka man’s life


Dillman Equipment, a division of Astec, is located along County K just north of Prairie du Chien.

Dillman Equipment, a division of Astec in Prairie du Chien, has been fined nearly $125,000 in the Nov. 29, 2017, death of a Wauzeka man who died following an accident there his first day on the job. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited the company for multiple safety violations after a six-month investigation.  

According to the OSHA report, Curtis Groom, 26, was on his first day of the job at the asphalt mixing plant, working in an abrasive blasting room with another employee when the accident occurred. Together, they blasted a drum frame using an abrasive material known as coal slag. 

Mon
06
Aug

Harold Siegele

Harold Siegele, 80, of Prairie du Chien, died Thursday, Aug. 2, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien.

Harold was born on Aug. 25, 1937, in McGregor, Iowa, the son of Harry and Anna Marie (Carlson) Siegele. He graduated from McGregor High School in 1955. Harold joined and proudly served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Harold was united in marriage with Janet Tippery. Two children were born to this union. The couple later divorced. He was then united in marriage with Diane Heuser-Selvester. Harold worked as a butcher at Piggly Wiggly and also at 3M for twenty plus years before retiring. 

Mon
06
Aug

Linda J. Lessard

Linda J. Lessard, 69, of Muscoda and formerly of Prairie du Chien, passed away Thursday, Aug. 2, at Gracious Way Assisted Living in Muscoda.

She was born Nov. 6, 1948, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Donald and Ruth (Jones) Lessard. Linda owned and operated the Maytag Laundromat and at the HiWay Grill, both in Prairie du Chien. She loved her nieces and nephews. 

She is survived by her brothers, James (Leanne) Lessard, of Wauzeka, and Mark (Sharon) Lessard, of Horicon. 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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