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Prairie men charged with meth possession

A 48-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine as a party to a crime, and one count of possession of marijuana as a party to a crime (repeater).

Patrick Tesar Sr. faces up to $11,000 in fines and four years of imprisonment if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, Patrick Tesar Sr. and Patrick Tesar Jr. both resided in the same motel room. Officers knew that Tesar Jr. was on probation for a drug offense and was in possession of a device that would provide a sample of urine other than his own.

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Apr

Woman swept away by river

A 74-year-old De Soto woman wandered away from her home and was swept away by the rising Mississippi River. Her body was found a short time later.

Mary Heath’s home is in a flooded area along the river. Heath was reported missing at about 6:55 a.m. Saturday from her residence on a road near Blackhawk Park which had been closed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently.

The Vernon County Sheriff’s Department said it was reported that an elderly woman may have wandered away from her residence during the night.

Law enforcement could only get to the residence by boat, so the Wheatland and De Soto fire departments launched their boats from a boat landing to get to the residence.

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Apr

Bridge at Lansing closing for a week

The Iowa 9/Black Hawk Bridge at Lansing will be closed for about one week beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, April 15, for a project to remove and replace several structural steel pieces, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s New Hampton construction office. 

Message signs will be in place along state highway routes in both Iowa and Wisconsin to alert motorists of the pending road and bridge closure.

The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey the posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles, and wear seat belts.

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Alzheimer’s and Dementia Registry to save critical time should your loved one wander

The Prairie du Chien Police Department recognizes the importance of time in tracking a wandering and vulnerable loved one. So, in an effort to efficiently serve and protect the citizens of Prairie du Chien, a new, voluntary registry is being offered through which family members can register loved ones who are residents of Prairie du Chien and suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.

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Apr

Alice in Dairyland finalists include another woman from Crawford County


Five women have been named finalists in the 72nd annual Alice in Dairyland competition, including Sarah Achenbach, of Eastman (front, left). She is pictured with current Alice in Dairyland Kaitlyn Riley, also from Crawford County (Mt. Zion), and other finalists: Mariah Martin (front, right), Brooklyn; (back, from left) Cassandra Krull, Lake Mills; Tess Zettle, Juda; and Abigail Martin, Milton. (Photo by Eichelkraut Photoraphy)

Although she’s traveled thousands and thousands of miles in the past 10 months, Kaitlyn Riley can’t believe her reign as Alice in Dairyland is winding down.

“It feels as though I just started,” said Riley, who hails from a small Jersey dairy farm in Mt. Zion, Crawford County. “But for me, it’s been the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Riley introduced the five top candidates who are seeking to fill her shoes in becoming the state’s 72nd official agricultural ambassador—Alice in Dairyland—including Sarah Achenbach, of Eastman. The other four finalists are Cassandra Krull, Lake Mills; Abigail Martin, Milton; Mariah Martin, Brooklyn; and Tess Zettle, Juda. 

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Apr

Not one, but two Menards coming to town

Two Menards stores are slated to open in Prairie du Chien sometime in late summer of 2020. The stores will be constructed, starting in the spring next year—one in each business park on either side of the city. 

Just kidding...this "fake news" is completely false! APRIL FOOLS!!!

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01
Apr

Prairie rallies past Fennimore


Prairie’s Gavin Gillitzer scores in the third inning Thursday. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Blackhawks’ Zach Mara takes a lead off of third base Thursday afternoon.

Starting pitcher Ryan McGrath whips one towards home plate versus Fennimore Thursday afternoon at Prairie du Chien High School.

Hunter Davis defends at first base as a Fennimore baserunner leads off.

 

Prairie du Chien had big rallies in the second and third innings to easily defeat visiting Fennimore 15-2 in five innings in the opening baseball game for both teams. 

The Golden Eagles took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

Prairie then rallied for 5 runs in the bottom of the second and 9 more in the third to go ahead 14-2. They scored the final run in the fourth inning. 

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Mar

Darrell E. Udelhoven

Darrell E. Udelhoven, 84, of Bloomington, passed away peacefully as his loving heart stopped on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at Mayo hospital in La Crosse.  

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Mar

Richard Rudnik

Richard Rudnik, 82, died suddenly on March 8, 2019. 

He was born to Ted and Francis Rudnik on Nov. 17, 1937. Richard worked at American Plumbing in Winona, and later moved to Prairie du Chien, Wis. He graduated from Cotter High School.

Richard is survived by his sister, Patricia Lehnertz, Speltz Assisted Living, Lewiston; brothers, William Rudnik and Thomas Rudnik, both of Winona; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; grandparents; brother, James; and infant sister, Mary Jo.

His wish was to be cremated and buried next to his wife.

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Mar

James W. Long

James W. Long, 78, of Bagley, passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2019, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home in Lancaster.  

He was born on Aug. 12, 1940, at home in Bagley, the son of William and Edith (Ellis) Long. Jim went to grade school at the Hazleton School in rural Bagley and to Madison to school before returning home to the family farm with his mother. They took care of each other as the years passed.  Jim loved anything to do with automobiles and could tell you the year, make and model of anything he saw. His hobby was assembling model car kits and creating his own with whatever materials were available. While still in his own home, Jim took care of his cats and Fridays were dedicated to garage sales. Once at Orchard Manor, he looked forward to his weekly visit and Uno game with Christine and Lexi.

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