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May

Highway 18-60 Project Nearing Completion


This view is Highway 18 in the area of Ward Road and Old Highway 18. (Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin DOT)

 

Highway 18-60 construction should be almost complete by Friday

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Highway 18-60 Project in the town of Bridgeport is wrapping up and most of it is expected to be done by Memorial Day weekend. Construction on the project began with cutting down trees and landscaping in mid-March of 2016.

Mon
22
May

Storm leaves major tree damage on north end of Prairie du Chien last week


Angie Henderson talks to her insurance Agent, Dean Achenbach, the morning after Wednesday evening’s storm knocked a large pine tree over on top of her hair salon, Backstage Pass in Prairie du Chien. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Angie Henderson was in the middle of styling a client’s hair at her salon, Backstage Pass, in Prairie du Chien, when she heard what sounded like a tree branch fall on the roof of the building. A moment later, she and her fellow stylist Katie Goodrich peeked outside to find that an entire pine tree had toppled over onto the salon at 140 N. Wacouta Ave.

A second consecutive day of stormy weather passed through the region Wednesday evening, May 17, as sheets of rain fell, the wind whipped and damage was left in the wake. The majority of the damage included downed trees; St. Feriole Island and the north side of Prairie du Chien suffered a large amount of such destruction. Some trees and large branches fell on houses and cars, roofing was ripped off a number of structures, a couple machine sheds were whisked away north of Prairie du Chien near Limery Road and east of Monona, and a few snapped power lines were also reported.

Sun
21
May

Kickapoo Indian Cavern Squatters


These are the beds Rydz and Wantroba were sleeping on in the Trading Post building on the Kickapoo Indian Caverns site. (Photos courtesy of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department)

Shelves inside the Trading Post building were found to hold numerous food items.

 

Two arrested after living at Kickapoo Indian Caverns

By Ted Pennekamp

 

On Wednesday, May 10, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a suspicious vehicle parked on the property of the former Kickapoo Indian Caverns in the town of Wauzeka. 

Wed
17
May

City awaits acceptance from potential admin

By Correne Martin

The position of Prairie du Chien city administrator has been offered to Art Osten, contingent upon successful agreement of employment terms and drug test. As of Tuesday night’s regular council meeting, Osten had not yet accepted the position, according to interim administrator Tina Fuller.

The common council met Friday and Saturday for closed session interviews and, late Saturday morning, recommended Osten for the job. According to his LinkedIn profile, Osten has 16 years’ previous experience in municipal administration in Illinois at Indian Head Park, Mount Prospect, Oak Brook, Shorewood and Fox River Grove.

No word has been provided regarding when Osten may accept the offer and, if he does so, when he would begin work in Prairie du Chien.

Fuller has served in the interim since the March 3 departure of six-year administrator Aaron Kramer.

Wed
17
May

Accident results in injuries, arrests

On May 14, at 12:34 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a one-vehicle traffic crash with injuries on Sunny Ridge Road in the township of Haney.

Matthew Jensik, 23, Madison, was operating a 2008 Ford pickup truck on Sunny Ridge Road. Jensik’s vehicle crested a hill and a sharp curve at a high rate of speed. While attempting to negotiate the sharp curve, the vehicle slid sideways, went over an embankment and rolled onto its top. The passengers in the vehicle were identified as Garrett Dunstan, 22, Houghton, Mich., and Brock Riutta, 24, Madison. Dunstan was completely ejected from the vehicle but refused medical treatment. Riutta was partially ejected and was transported by Ocooch Mountain Rescue to Boscobel Health Care for his injuries. The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time.

Wed
17
May

Man arrested for third OWI following accident

On May 12, at 8:34 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a two-vehicle traffic crash on Highway 18 just east of Upper Bridgeport Road in the township of Bridgeport.

Daniel R. Koeller, 24, Cuba City, was operating a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado and was stopped at a red light in the westbound lane of Highway 18. Troy D. Underhill, 39, Bagley, was westbound on Highway 18 in a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse. Underhill swerved to the right of Koeller’s vehicle to avoid a rear-end collision. Underhill’s vehicle struck a traffic sign, construction barrel, and a portable traffic light before coming to rest. Underhill claimed no injuries from the crash but was arrested for operating while under the influence, third offense. Underhill’s two other passengers fled the scene before law enforcement arrived.

Koeller’s vehicle was not hit in the crash.

Wed
17
May

BNSF grant gets gas masks and ballistic helmets for Crawford County tactical team

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department has received a $10,000 grant from BNSF Railroad and the BNSF Foundation.

This award will be used to obtain six ballistic helmets, communications attachments, gas masks and gas mask filters. It will allow both the sheriff’s department and Crawford County Emergency Management to get the proper equipment for their tactical team to be able to incorporate gas into its tools for use. This provides another less lethal option that the county can have on-hand as a resource.

This is the second grant the BNSF Foundation has awarded the sheriff’s department in three years. The first grant was used to obtain taser axon body cameras for all patrol deputies. BNSF Foundation and BNSF Railroad support the initiatives of local law enforcement and have a great working relationship with the department. These relationships help the sheriff’s department be better equipped and most prepared.

Wed
17
May

Prairie du Chien Skate Park is complete and ready to go


The new concrete of the addition to the Prairie du Chien Skate Park is easily distinguished. Eight more obstacles have been added and skaters will soon be enjoying the completed park. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The crew of B&R Concrete Construction of McGregor put in some crack filler and completed the final touches on the new addition to the Prairie du Chien Skate Park Tuesday morning before taking down the caution tape, thus signalling the opening of the new part of the park.

The final phase of the park has now been completed and it makes the Prairie du Chien Skate Park one of the best in the region.

Mon
15
May

PdC Main Street welcomes all on a ‘Journey Through Time’


A member of the Hole in the Sock Gang tells stories to Journey Through Time guests in downtown Prairie du Chien Saturday. This second annual open house of community historic sites was an attraction for all ages to learn more about times gone by and also celebrate the city’s storied heritage. PdC Main Street planned the activities and the day turned out to be a beautiful one during which to take in the local sites. For more photos, see page 4, visit pdccourier.com or find the Courier Press on Facebook. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Brad Steiner (right), the son of “Lefty” Steiner, had an immeasurable number of visitors walk through the Alaska-Canadian Fur Trading Company building on Beaumont Road—some tourists, some local citizens and many dressed in period attire. Pictured, he talks about a bear hide that’s being stretched and dried inside the building. Though Lefty closed the business in 2012, the building continues to be used by family and friends for relative purposes.

Todd Yeomans (right) stands in the dining room describing his 1885 Queen Anne Victorian home to tourists on the Magical History Home Tour, which was a paid option for Journey Through Time sightseers who wished to take a closer look inside some of the privately-owned historic homes of Prairie du Chien. Yeomans and Sharon Morgan have lived in “The Lawler House” for about 15 years and have refurbished much of its magnificence.

Penelope Moore (left) and Kelly Lenzendorf, granddaughters of Roger and Marlene Dyer, joined in the period activities community-wide Saturday. They volunteered their time to welcome visitors to the Old Rock School on South Marquette Road, which celebrates its 130th anniversary this year. Pictured, they were taking a break at the veterans memorial, drawing and enjoying the sunshine.

John and Carolyn Richard, of the 3rd Iowa Artillery, Dubuque, Iowa, explain to Fort Crawford Museum visitors the history behind the nine-pound Civil War cannon that was restored a few years ago. The cannon also fired Saturday, on the hour, as part of Journey Through Time, an open house of historical Prairie du Chien sites, sponsored by PdC Main Street.

John and Carolyn Richard share details about the simulated rounds used during cannon firing demonstrations. Pictured in the background are fellow artillery men Mike Barks (left) and Mark Schell, awaiting their chance to allow the “old girl to talk again.”
Mon
15
May

Harper’s Slough Project continues, McGregor Lake Project in very early stage


Dredging and island restoration has started up again for the Harper’s Slough Project, which is expected to be completed in 2017. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Harper’s Slough Project is expected to finish up this year, and the McGregor Lake Project is in its infancy stage and it will be a few years before public meetings will be held. 

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