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10
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Traffic stop results in drug-related arrest

On April 8, a Crawford County deputy initiated a traffic stop on a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero driving south on Marquette Road in the city of Prairie du Chien. 

The driver was identified as Danny Green, 55, Prairie du Chien. It was discovered that Green had a revoked driver’s license, and he was asked to exit the vehicle. Officers conducted a search of the vehicle and drug paraphernalia was located within the vehicle. Furthermore, a container containing suspected heroin was located near where the driver was sitting. 

Green displayed several prominent indicators of narcotics impairment and later failed field sobriety tests. 

Green was placed under arrest and transported to the Crawford County Jail. 

Wed
10
Apr

City to distribute TID funds, room tax revenue down in 2018


Surrounded by a large turnout of his fellow Prairie du Chien firefighters, John Yager holds the framed resolution presented to him by the common council Tuesday night for 55 years of dedicated service to the department. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Fireman commended for 55 years of service

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council approved distribution of tax increment district (TID) funds, commended a fireman for 55 years of service, learned 2018 motel room tax revenue was down, and took the final step in getting Crossing Rivers Health the entrance driveway it’s wanted since the new hospital was built. 

Wed
10
Apr

At least 85 percent of students believed to be vaping


Some of the leaders of the Prairie du Chien High School student council sat down Friday morning to talk about trends in vaping among their peers. Pictured (from left) are Riley Hubanks, Clare Teynor, Gabby Toberman, Hunter Davis, Elizabeth Tesar and Joseph Gourdin. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Editor’s note: We are aware of a related situation that occurred involving Prairie du Chien High School students Friday afternoon. This article is not reactionary to these circumstances. In fact, interviews were already conducted and the story was planned for today’s paper, prior to what transpired.

By Correne Martin

Six student council members at Prairie du Chien High School feel 85-90 percent of their peers are vaping. 

Wed
10
Apr

River Ridge continues toward athletic field project


This architectural drawing shows the proposed layout of the River Ridge athletic facilities improvements. (Photo courtesy of River Ridge School District and Top Notch Construction)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
08
Apr

Spring Lake Inn changes hands


Spring Lake Inn’s new owners, Angela and Kyle Bode (left), stand with the former owners, Jon and Dena Schneeberger, at the main entrance to the restaurant. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien’s Spring Lake Inn has been sold. 

Dena and Jon Schneeberger officially passed the business on to Kyle and Angela Bode on April 1.

It’s a bittersweet transition for the Schneebergers, who’ve owned Spring Lake since 2010. They will miss the people and the friends they’ve made, yet they’re ready to take the summer off and spend time traveling in their new camper and on the river. Aside from that, Jon will continue working as a full-time pipe-fitter and Dena is not yet certain what her next move might be.

Mon
08
Apr

Villa Louis staff still working on site, prepping for May 11 opening


Villa Louis staff—including Susan Caya-Slusser, Joe Morovits and Jake Koresh—boated into the site last week. You can also see the site’s old bathhouse and blockhouse in the background. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

When St. Feriole Island is closed to the public when the Mississippi River stage hits 19 feet locally, business still continues for the Villa Louis Historic Site, as preparations are made for the goal of opening the tourist attraction to the public May 11. 

At 20 feet, staff parks on Water Street and walks into work with knee-high boots and hip waders, according to Susan Caya-Slusser, southwest sites director for the Wisconsin Historical Society. As the water rises further, they begin to boat into the “house on the mound,” which Hercules Dousman somehow had the foresight to choose as a high and dry location for the mansion. 

Mon
08
Apr

Advocate, River Town Iron Works team up to help Wisconsin veterans


Steven Pape holds one example of the steel-plated flags created by River Town Ironworks that will be sold in an effort to help Wisconsin veterans. To Pape’s left is one of the glasses bearing the Vietnam Veterans of America logo which are also for sale. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

These are a few of the types of steel-plated flags created by River Town Ironworks that will be for sale.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Steven Pape, a Vietnam veterans advocate, and River Town Iron Works of Prairie du Chien are teaming up to help veterans and their extended families with various issues.

Mon
08
Apr

This spring’s flood highest since 2001

 

River stage sixth highest ever

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Mississippi River crested at 21.34 feet on Friday, April 5, according to the National Weather Service.

Wed
03
Apr

Have you noticed any warning signs of dementia? Consider a brain check

By Correne Martin 

There are approximately 500 individuals living in Crawford County with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, according to the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eagle Country.

That number is on the low end of estimation, and it is expected to triple in the next 20-30 years, shared Gina Laack, ADRC dementia care specialist, who provided free brain checks to about half a dozen people at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library Tuesday. 

Those who stopped by the scheduled event sat with Laack one-on-one for the confidential 10-15 minute session, which involved a series of three short tests to determine if there were possible memory impairments or not. 

Wed
03
Apr

Man arrested for meth related offenses

On April 1, at 4 a.m., a Crawford County deputy came across a vehicle stopped partially in the lane of traffic near the intersection of County Road E and Highway 60. The deputy observed that the 2004 Chevrolet Blazer had its hazard lights on, and that there was a man walking near the vehicle. The deputy identified the man as Derek McDiarmid, 25, Blue River. 

Upon making contact with McDiarmid, the deputy observed extremely prominent indicators of narcotics impairment. McDiarmid is on bond through Richland, Grant and Sauk counties for methamphetamine related charges. Furthermore, it was discovered that McDiarmid did not have a valid driver’s license. 

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