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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.

Tue
09
Jul

War of 1812 at Villa Louis this weekend


After formally surrendering to the British, the American troops vacated the premises of Fort Shelby in Prairie du Chien, leaving by boat for St. Louis. Shortly after marked the end of the War of 1812. The annual Battle of Prairie du Chien reenactment will be this weekend on the Villa Louis grounds, near where the original Fort Shelby once stood. (Courier Press file photo)

On July 13-14, the ground at the Villa Louis Historic Site will once again shake from the roar of cannons and rifle volley fire at the War of 1812: Battle of Prairie du Chien event.

“This annual event highlights an important turning point in Wisconsin’s history as the battle is re-enacted on the very grounds it took place on in 1814, over 200 years ago,” said Susan Caya-Slusser, southwest sites regional director for the Wisconsin Historical Society “Guests of all ages will be able to experience the true-to-life event through a variety of hands-on activities and re-creations.”

Tue
09
Jul

ATV/UTV trails one step closer to finalized in Prairie du Chien

By Correne Martin 

Over 25 observers attended the Prairie du Chien Common Council meeting July 2 with one thing on their mind: the proposed opening of ATV/UTV routes in the city. Four individuals—two of whom are city residents—spoke in favor of allowing these machines on city streets, while one resident disagreed with the possible designated route along North Main Street, though he didn’t directly oppose offering most streets up for ATV and UTV use. The council will make a final decision on Aug. 6, since it voted unanimously last week to send the discussion back to the public works committee to draft a final ordinance. 

“All users will be asked to obey the rules of the county ordinance we have now,” said John Udelhoven, Crawford County Ridge Runner spokesman. 

Tue
09
Jul

Steve Ledesma

Steve Ledesma, 67, of McGregor, Iowa died Saturday, June 29, 2019, at his home in McGregor, Iowa. 

Steve was born Feb. 15, 1952, to Antonio and Elizabeth (Mroz) Ledesma in Chicago. He attended high school in Midlothian, Ill. Steve was united in marriage with Nancy Higgins on July 4, 1986, in Tinley Park, Ill. Two sons were born to this union, Steve Jr. and William. Steve worked at Cabela’s and, in his spare time, enjoyed reading, doing jigsaw puzzles and working in the yard. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.

Mon
08
Jul

Drug bust results in arrest at court house

On June 28, Patrick Berger, 29, La Crosse, arrived at the Crawford County Court House for an initial appearance on prior drug charges. While in the building, Berger displayed suspicious behavior and signs of narcotics impairment. Deputies later performed testing on Berger and he was found to be under the influence of methamphetamine and opiates. 

The Crawford County K9 Unit deployed K9 Breck around the exterior of the vehicle that Berger drove to the court house. K9 Breck alerted to the presence of one or more controlled substances within the vehicle. Furthermore, a glass narcotic smoking pipe was laying in plain view on the driver’s seat of the vehicle. A search of the vehicle yielded a clear plastic bag containing a brown powder that later field tested positive for heroin. 

Mon
08
Jul

Woman arrested for meth, morphine

On July 1, a Crawford County deputy conducted a traffic stop on a 2002 Nissan Maxima for speeding violations in the village of De Soto. The driver was identified as Brianna Walsh, 23, Prairie du Chien. 

During the course of the traffic stop, deputies discovered that Walsh had a revoked driver’s license through the state of Wisconsin. Deputies observed indicators of narcotics impairment from Walsh. The Vernon County K9 Unit arrived soon after the traffic stop and alerted to the presence of one or more controlled substances within the vehicle. A search of the vehicle yielded a white powder that later tested positive for morphine, which is a schedule II narcotic. Walsh is currently out on bond through Crawford County for narcotics related charges. Walsh was later determined to be under the influence of methamphetamine. 

Mon
08
Jul

Blake’s Prairie Jr. Fair announces 2019 event and royalty candidates


Carolyn Tolle, Maddison Pierce and Kyra Drew

Archie Cooley and Ian Adrian

Five area high schoolers are competing to become Blake’s Prairie Fair King and Queen. The Blake’s Prairie Jr. Fair will be held on July 19-21.

Mount Hope Cardinals 4-H Club is sponsoring queen candidate Carolyn Tolle, daughter of Darren and Laura Tolle. Carolyn has been a member of her club for nine years and has served as secretary and vice president. She has shown cultural arts, home environment, food, photography, rabbit and beef projects at the Blake’s Prairie Jr. Fair and Grant County Fair. Carolyn also volunteers for the Mount Hope Dairy Days Parade and Ice Cream Social.

Mon
08
Jul

Famechon Hill project affects Highway 35


Construction continues on a portion of County N that will go behind the Spring Lake Restaurant Motel. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

By Ted Pennekamp

County N in Crawford County has been closed since May 21 and construction has been going quite well on the $3.9 million Famechon Hill project.

As part of the project, a new box culvert will be constructed under Highway 35 just south of the County N-Highway 35 intersection which will affect traffic on Highway 35.

“The work will be done in stages with only one lane open for traffic,” said Tim Maedke, Department of Transportation project manager. “Temporary signals will be installed to regulate the traffic flow.” This work on Highway 35 began on Monday, July 8.

The prime contractor for the Famechon Hill project is Peter James of H. James and Sons of Fennimore.

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