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Sway bar breaks, vehicle rolls over

On Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 6:53 a.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a one-vehicle crash on Highway 35 a half mile south of County K. Austin Lechnir, 23, rural Prairie du Chien, was driving a 2006 Buick van north on Highway 35 when the vehicle’s sway bar broke. The vehicle went to the left and Lechnir steered back to the right which caused the vehicle to go across the roadway and into the ditch where it overturned once and came to a stop on the vehicle’s wheels.

Lechnir was wearing his seat belt and escaped injury. The vehicle sustained disabling damage and was towed from the scene.

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Soldiers Grove man arrested at horse show

On Aug. 23, at 8 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a 911 call of threats being made at a horse show which was taking place at the arena in the village of Soldiers Grove. The reporting party stated that Daniel E. Smyth, 59, Soldiers Grove, was yelling, “Shoot the horses, shoot the riders, shoot them all.” Smyth was reportedly yelling this from a nearby residence. The spectators at the event consisted of adults and children.  

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Create a ‘Mona Cletus’ masterpiece

The Mississippi River Sculpture Park board is planning a fundraiser paint party, “Mona Cletus,” at Leisure Time bowling alley in Prairie du Chien, Thursday, Sept. 21. The fun begins at 5 p.m.

No painting experience is necessary to participate in the party. Supplies will be provided, and there will be easy, step-by-step instruction given to create an artistic piece called the “Mona Cletus.” It’s what you would get if you cross the locally-famous character, Cousin Cletus, with the Mona Lisa.

The fee to attend and create a personal masterpiece will include not only the night of creativity and amusing socialization, but also a one-year membership to the Friends of the Mississippi River Sculpture Park. Funds raised will help add future statues to the sculpture park.

Advance registration is needed. Payment reserves your seat at the painting party fundraiser. All paintings will be displayed at the organization’s winter Follies fundraising program.

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Display showcases 25 potential statues intended for Mississippi River Sculpture Park


This new display presents the 25 total sculptures, as miniature, acrylic replicas, that may, one fine day, be arranged altogether in the Mississippi River Sculpture Park.

By Correne Martin

Imagine 25 life-sized, historical figures from Prairie du Chien’s past enshrined in bronze statue form, placed carefully in a spacious park setting along the scenic Mississippi River. Doesn’t that sound enchanting? The Mississippi River Sculpture Park, as it sits in Prairie du Chien today, is the beginning of that exact vision. Currently, there are five statues in the free, self-guided park, at Villa Louis Road and Bolvin Streets.

But, to get the full effect of what the sculpture park could be someday, local residents and visitors of all ages and interests are invited to check out a new display that showcases the 20 additional statues planned for the setting in the future. A display cabinet—located in the small, limestone, “Eagles on the River” building as you first access Water Street on the island—presents the 25 total sculptures, as miniature, acrylic replicas, that may, one fine day, be arranged altogether in the park.

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Aug

Regals ordered to move out

The city of Prairie du Chien filed a writ of restitution with the Crawford County Clerk of Court’s Office Thursday, Aug. 24, directing the sheriff to remove Regal Marine Group and its belongings from the city-owned marina property at 301 St. Feriole Dr., in Prairie du Chien. The court made a judgement June 30 ordering the Dennis Regal family to remove all personal property from the premises by Aug. 21 and all the buildings by Aug. 31. By Aug. 24, equipment, vehicles and materials appearing to belong to the Regals remained. However, in late July, Dennis Regal Jr. suffered a life-changing injury at the marina when he stepped on a sharp object. He has since had his left leg amputated below the knee as a result of infection, according to a family friend. A special Prairie du Chien Common Council meeting is being held Tuesday, Aug. 29, when the council will consider a request for a two- to three-week extension because of the accident.

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Betty Tuttle

 

Betty Tuttle, 74, of Prairie du Chien, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, at her home in Prairie du Chien. 

 

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Virginia R. Gates

 

Virginia R. Gates, 91, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Grant Regional Health Center. 

 

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Aug

Man leads deputies on high speed chase

On Friday, Aug. 18, at 4:46 p.m., Crawford County deputies were dispatched to the village of Soldiers Grove to talk to Daniel E. Smyth, 59, about an unlawful use of a telephone.  

Earlier in the day, Smyth made comments about harming his family, and it was believed that he would be heading to the Richland County area. Deputies were able to locate Smyth on Tavern Road. Due to Smyth’s driving behavior, a traffic stop was initiated. During the traffic stop, Smyth was being uncooperative and was informed he was under arrest for disorderly conduct. Smyth was upset and accelerated quickly to get away from deputies.

A pursuit was called into the Crawford County Communications Center. Smyth turned north on Highway 61 towards Vernon County. Dispatch was advised to contact Vernon and Richland counties and inform them of the pursuit. Smyth turned around on Highway 61 to go back into Crawford County.

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Aug

Citizen vigilance leads to Soldiers Grove drug bust

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit was involved in a drug bust Monday morning, Aug. 21.

Deputy Joe Breeser and K-9 Breck were patrolling in the village of Soldiers Grove early in the morning when Breeser observed a vehicle running at the village park, where several citizen reports have said drug activity was possibly happening.

Upon seeing the K-9 unit, the driver traveled to a residence within the village, exited the vehicle and entered the home, according to the sheriff’s department. A second deputy arrived in the village and the deputies observed a male, later identified as Jeremey Phinney, 39, of Readstown, walk to the home where the driver of the suspicious vehicle had entered. Phinney was inside the residence for a few minutes and then left.

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Budget proposal may radically restructure, cut the SNAP program

By Correne Martin

President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposes to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps), known as FoodShare in Wisconsin, by $193 billion over the next 10 years. The 25 percent cut would be done through a significant cost shift to the states, millions would lose eligibility and hundreds of thousands more would see reduced benefits, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The unemployed, elderly and low-income working families would bear the brunt of the cuts.

Though the U.S. House of Representatives proposed a resolution, it would still cut SNAP by $160 billion, or 20 percent.

The partisan organization Feeding Wisconsin has banded together in concern with non-partisan Second Harvest Foodbank. They feel the public needs a deeper understanding of the impact on local residents as well as the ripple affect this could have at all levels.

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