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Nov

Schools could once again exceed revenue limits for energy efficiency


The 20 solar panels at Prairie du Chien High School produce “green” electricity that saves the district $8,000-$10,000 per year. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Wisconsin Legislature has been reviewing a bill that would once again allow school districts to exceed the revenue limit without a referendum for energy efficiency projects. Assembly Bill 553 would reverse a line-item veto in the 2017-2019 state budget in which then Governor Scott Walker instituted a 1,000-year moratorium on the practice.

Mon
18
Nov

Caregivers: Register for ‘Day Out’

By Correne Martin

Caregivers know it’s just as important to take care of themselves as it is their loved ones. But finding the best time and back-up caretaker to make that happen is never easy. 

To help area guardians get the respite they need, a Caregivers Day Out is being offered Saturday, Dec. 7. From 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the Aging and Disability Resource Center, of Prairie du Chien, will give caregivers that necessary time away to do whatever they choose, whether it’s to go Christmas shopping, grab lunch with friends, catch a movie at the theater, take a nap, etc. 

Mon
18
Nov

Long Rifles seek plan B for 2020 Rendezvous

Group working in advance so high river won’t mean cancelation entirely

By Correne Martin

Having no Rendezvous in Prairie du Chien this past June resulted in more lasting effects than the general public may have realized. But the Big River Long Rifles are working to secure a back-up site in advance of next year’s Prairie Villa Rendezvous so that, even if the river is high again in 2020, they can swiftly move the event, rather than cancel it altogether. 

“We’ve heard enough from the local people about what was lost. We don’t want to have to cancel again,” explained BRLR club member Julie Warrington. “We want to reach out and get the community’s support. In order to have a Rendezvous next year, we need to have a really solid plan B.”

Wed
13
Nov

PdC RDA makes verbal offer to buy Blackhawk Junction Mall

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
13
Nov

County approves budget, discusses depressing situation

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

During its budget hearing Tuesday morning, the Crawford County Board of Supervisors approved of a budget which will have a total tax levy of $8,964,950. Last year’s levy was $8,263,948. The tax rate for county purposes will be $7.48, which is up from the $7.11 of last year.

Wed
13
Nov

Drowning case appeal dismissed

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals has essentially agreed with the Crawford County court system in the determination of a wrongful death lawsuit driven by the parents of the 4-year-old boy who drowned in the Prairie du Chien outdoor pool in 2017. 

The state court recently upheld county judge Craig Day’s ruling to dismiss the lawsuit. 

Kurt Warrington Jr. and Rachael Warrington filed the case after their son Kashton died several days after being found unresponsive during a swimming lesson Aug. 2, 2017, at the Wacouta Aquatic Park. The Warringtons alleged the boy’s death occurred because city and Prairie du Chien School District personnel “were negligent in their supervision and custody” of him. 

Wed
13
Nov

Prairie du Chien School District’s motion in civil suit denied

A motion for a summary judgement in a lawsuit brought against the Prairie du Chien School District by the family of a Prairie du Chien boy has been dismissed. 

Dennis and Talmadge Knight are suing the district and its employees for negligence, claiming that a principal caused a chemical burn on Talmadge’s hand while he was in middle school.

Earlier this year, the school district filed a motion for a summary judgement, but La Crosse County Circuit Court Judge Todd Bjerke has denied the motion. 

A jury acquitted Aaron Amundson during a trial in August of 2018 in Crawford County Circuit Court.

The lawsuit demands $50,000 in compensation for damages sustained by Talmadge.

Wed
13
Nov

Car rear ends hay wagon

On Monday. Nov. 11, at 3:25 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a two-vehicle accident on Highway 61 just north of Spencer Hill Road in Scott Township with road blockage.

Kathy A. Alexander, 39, Soldiers Grove, was traveling north on Highway 61 in a 2014 Dodge. Edward J. Salzgeber, 56, Boscobel, was also traveling north on Highway 61 in a skid-steer pulling a hay wagon.

The Alexander vehicle rear-ended the Salzgeber hay wagon. 

Alexander and Salzgeber sustained bumps and bruises but refused any medical transport at the scene. 

Assisting at the scene were Scott Township First Responders, Boscobel Fire and EMS, Wisconsin State Patrol and Fry’s Towing and Repair of Boscobel.

Wed
13
Nov

K-9 Unit helps with meth bust


K-9 Breck sits behind evidence seized during a meth bust on Nov. 10. (Photo submitted)

On Nov. 10, at 12:50 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit saw a 2002 Jeep operating on Church Street in the village of Soldiers Grove. The Jeep was swerving within its lane and traveling at a slow rate of speed. The operator of the Jeep, upon seeing the deputy, drove onto Bugle Street, left the vehicle parked in the roadway and attempted to hide near a residence. The deputy contacted the driver, identified as Travis Johnson, 31, Gays Mills, who had his pants undone due to attempting to conceal contraband. Johnson exhibited indicators of drug impairment and is on active parole through the state of Wisconsin for delivery of methamphetamine. 

Wed
13
Nov

Dems, GOP jointly sponsor speaker on foreign government influence

By Correne Martin

The Republican and Democratic parties of Crawford County are coming together to sponsor a speaker on the techniques and actors foreign governments employ to influence democratic institutions. Dave Schroeder, strategist and senior cyber subject matter expert at UW-Madison, will talk and lead a free and public discussion on this topic at the Prairie du Chien High School Little Theater on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m.

“Two major political parties jointly sponsoring something is almost unheard of. It’s something that’s missing in politics, but this issue is one that should concern everyone,” said Democratic Party Chair Dale Klemme. “We encourage all to come to this non-partisan event.”

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