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Knights of Columbus revitalizing with broader community focus


The Knights of Columbus Prairie du Chien chapter is collecting Coats for the Community and will accept new or gently-used winter items (including hats, gloves and scarves) for people of all ages. The items will then be cleaned by Rainbo Cleaners in Fennimore and distributed to those in need.

By Correne Martin

The Knights of Columbus is the oldest and largest Catholic men’s organization in the country. But it’s been years since there’s been much about them in Prairie du Chien. The leadership of the 88-plus member club is ready to see that change.

A revitalization of sorts is underway with the local KCs, as the faith- and family-based men’s group is affectionately known. With 33 of its members over the age of 65, their goal is to recruit some younger men from the community who also wish to see positive action resulting from the group’s endeavors.

The First Degree for the Knights of Columbus, which is its private induction ceremony, will be Monday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m., at St. Gabriel’s. Membership forms for those interested are available at the back of St. Gabriel’s and St. John’s Catholic churches in Prairie du Chien.

Wed
29
Nov

Duck hunters flip boat on Mississippi

Three men were treated for body temperatures that were approaching hypothermic levels after a boating accident on the Missisippi River near Bagley, Nov. 24, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

At 2:50 p.m., a boating accident on the Mississippi River, somewhere between Glen Haven and Bagley, was reported to Grant County Dispatch. The information received was that a boat with multiple hunters in it had flipped and that the hunters were on land, but, although they could see the railroad tracks, they were uncertain of their location.

Multiple agencies responded to assist in the search. Information was then received that the hunters had made it back to the River of Lakes boat landing and were requesting EMS. A Grant County Sheriff’s deputy responded there and learned that there were three men in the boat.

Wed
29
Nov

River Ridge cuts the ribbon on additions


Middle school students participating in the official ribbon cutting at River Ridge Monday were (not in the order pictured) Alex Eastlick, Ella George, Emily Tesar, Jayden Cathman, Arianna Edge, Audrey Pierce, Siera Childs, Brody Kielley, Hannah Stagman, Bryr Clark, Jesse Fishler and Alison West. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Dr. Jeff Athey, district superintendent at River Ridge Schools, addressed a happy crowd at the official ribbon cutting of the new middle school wing at the pre K-12 school district facility in Patch Grove.

By Correne Martin and Audrey Posten

The entire student body of the River Ridge School District is finally attending classes inside one large facility.

Construction on the district’s $8.86 million facilities remodel and addition project was complete just before Thanksgiving and the fifth and sixth grade students officially moved from their former home in Bloomington to the Patch Grove premises.

Principal Clay Koenig wrapped up the sentiments of those in attendance at a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new middle school wing Nov. 27.

“I’m very excited. This is a new beginning for this district, and you guys get to be a part of it,” he said to the middle schoolers. “Someday you’ll get to tell your grandkids, ‘I was in the first student body in this school.’”
District Administrator Jeff Athey added, “I’ve had this day circled on the calendar for a long time. It’s a special day. This was a remarkable journey and end result.”

Mon
27
Nov

Ongoing Wauzeka veterans memorial a sight to see

Progress on the Wauzeka Area Veterans Memorial has come along rapidly in recent months at the entrance of the Wauzeka Cemetery on County N. Cement was poured and a concrete block wall formed in a semi-circle behind three flagpoles flying the American, Wisconsin and Prisoner of War flags. In front of the poles, a bronze, fiberglass eagle is perched, holding a flag. This statue was one of the last creations by sculptor David Oswald, of Sparta, and Roddy Dull, of Eternal Art Monument Company, of Boscobel. The beautiful eagle is part of the final vision for the memorial, which the planning committee hopes to see completed in the near future. Donations are still needed toward the granite tablets that will be installed at the memorial once enough funds are collected and Wauzeka area veterans’ names are organized for etching.

Mon
27
Nov

County master gardeners are busy year-round


Master Gardeners established this Birds and Bees Pollinator Garden and Monarch Waystation at the Crawford County Fairgrounds during the spring and summer. (Submitted photo)

By Sandy Vold

Like gardeners everywhere, Crawford County Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) spend a lot of time outdoors during the growing season, planting and tending their own gardens. They also volunteer their time by beautifying areas in the community such as the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens and the Crawford County Fairgrounds, assisting with local school gardens, staffing information booths and doing demonstrations. It would be logical to assume that once the harvest is in, the growing season has ended—the gardens are all tidied up for the winter and master gardeners breathe a huge sigh of relief in anticipation of a long winter break from anything related to gardening.

Such an assumption, however logical it might be, would also be inaccurate. Although they are busiest in spring and summer, master gardeners carry out their motto, “Learn, Teach, Lead and Serve,” throughout the year.

Mon
27
Nov

We Buy Nearby ‘shop local’ event generates $1,300 in charity donations


We Buy Nearby-Shop for a Cause presented donation checks from the downtown merchants who participated in the promotion, to representatives of four non-profit organizations that benefitted from donations generated by different percentages of customer sales Nov. 9-11. Pictured (from left) are Crossing Rivers Health Foundation Director Sasha Dull, Crossing Rivers Health Hospice Patient Care Coordinator Emily Hagensick, Prairie du Chien Board of Education President Christine Panka, Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter Vice-President Bev Pozega, new RABAS Director Staci Roth, The Pickett Fence Owner Lou Davis, Rockweiler’s Manager Brian Seymour and The Local Oven Owner Greg Cerven. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Thirteen downtown Prairie du Chien merchants participated in a We Buy Nearby-Shop for a Cause promotion Nov. 9-11, which encouraged shoppers of those establishments to not only come out for a visit to local businesses but also to designate a portion of their sales as a charitable donation.

Each participating merchant could choose the percentage of sales from those three days that would be gifted, and the consumers could choose which of four different non-profit organizations would benefit from contribution. The four Prairie du Chien charities and the overall amount received included Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter, $586.96; Crossing Rivers Hospice, $479.13; Prairie du Chien Public Library, $170.30; and Prairie du Chien Public Schools $134.72. A total of $1,377.43 was collected via the promotion.

Mon
27
Nov

De Soto man arrested on multiple drug charges

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit was patrolling the village of Gays Mills Nov. 18, when he observed a vehicle with false license plates. The deputy initiated a traffic stop at De La Mater Road and Highway 131. The driver was identified as Thomas Murphy, 31, of De Soto. Murphy was discovered to be on active probation for possession with intent to deliver marijuana. In speaking with Murphy, the deputy observed, in plain view, marijuana inside the vehicle, according to the sheriff’s department report.

K-9 Breck conducted an open, free air sniff of the vehicle and alerted to the presence of one or more controlled substances. Murphy was then found to be in possession of numerous grams of marijuana, two opiate medications for which he did not have a valid prescription for, a digital scale and numerous items of drug paraphernalia, the report said.

Mon
27
Nov

Black ice causes 4 crashes in county

Black ice was a factor in four separate Crawford County crashes Saturday, Nov. 25, according to the sheriff’s department.

•A Soldiers Grove woman was injured in a one-vehicle rollover in the town of Clayton, at about 5:40 a.m.

Heidi Dillenburg, 44, was operating a 2004 Chevy Silverado westbound on Highway 171, in Clayton Township near the Richland County line. Dillenburg swerved to miss a deer and lost control of her vehicle due to black ice on the roadway. Her vehicle went off the north side embankment, causing the vehicle to overturn and go through a fence before coming to rest in a pasture, officials said.

Dillenburg was transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries. The vehicle sustained severe damage and was towed from the scene.

Assisting at the scene was the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, Soldiers Grove Fire, North Crawford Rescue Squad and the Crawford County Highway Department.

Mon
27
Nov

PdC wishes to make Villa boat landing public

A resolution was unanimously approved by the Prairie du Chien Common Council Nov. 21, endorsing a petition to the Office of Commissioner of Railroads to change the designation of the railroad crossing at the Villa Louis Boat Landing from a private crossing to a public crossing. Additional information will be reported at a future council meeting.

Other business
Also at the half-hour regular council meeting, the aldermen accepted proposed 2018 rates for employee health insurance, approving an increase of 2 percent to the employee and free membership to Hoffman Hall and the outdoor aquatic park for employees and family.

In other business, based on recommendations from the city planner, the council approved relocation of crosswalks, from Ohio Street to St. Lo Drive, as part of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Highway 27/Blackhawk Avenue mill and overlay project of 2021.

Mon
27
Nov

Three discovered hiding in van, face methamphetamine charges


Crawford County K-9 Breck is pictured with items seized from a van in Gays Mills during a search Nov. 21. (Submitted photo)

Three individuals from outside Crawford County are facing drug charges after the county’s K-9 unit stopped a suspicious vehicle in the village of Gays Mills last week, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.
The K-9 officer was patrolling Nov. 21, when he observed a 1994 Chevrolet Astro van that, when it pulled onto Rebecca Street, the driver turned off the headlights. The deputy made contact with the vehicle and found three occupants all hiding in the rear of the van. The occupants were identified as David Roberts, 34, and Brandy Robinson, 39, both from La Crosse, and Cassandra Neff, 30, of Fennimore. Roberts and Neff were both discovered to be on active probation for possession of methamphetamine, according to a news release from the sheriff’s department.

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