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30
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New kiosk offers free life jacket loaners at Woodman Boat Landing


Standing in front of the new life jacket loaner station placed at the Woodman Boat Landing this month are (from left) Friends of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway (FLOW) Dave Rozelle and John Jensen, along with Prairie Rod and Gun Club members Dennis Kirschbaum, Rick Lange and Mike Hazen. (Photo by FLOW president Timm Zumm)

The back of the racks during construction show the new DNR-marked life jackets and ring buoy available to river users at the Woodman Boat Landing. The PFDs are a variety of sizes, from infant to adult extra large.

By Correne Martin

Free loaner life jackets for river users are now available at the Woodman Boat Landing and beach, thanks to four area outdoorsmen clubs and the Friends of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway (FLOW). 

Spearheaded by Prairie du Chien Rod and Gun Club leader Dennis Kirschbaum and FLOW president Timm Zumm, the Kids Don’t Float Life Jacket Loaner Station has come to fruition at the landing, which has a history of drowning tragedies.

Wed
25
Jul

A Day in The Life - Karissa Tranel, Nurse


Pictured are Karissa and Jake Tranel, along with their children Kaynen (left) and Jameson.

By Rachel Mergen

 

“I’ve always wanted to help people,” Karissa Tranel, registered nurse (RN) at Crossing Rivers Health, noted about her love for her career. She has been working for the past five and half years as a RN with Crossing Rivers, previously working as a certified nursing assistant (CNA). 

Tranel, a resident of Bloomington, began her career working at a nursing home as a CNA, followed by working to receive an associate’s degree so she could start to really immerse herself in the career path she was passionate about. 

Her typical day will either be based in the surgical ward or the obstetrics ward (OB).

Wed
25
Jul

People come from all over to ‘see our’ CR Horses


Charlene and Rodney Boom, of CR Quarter Horses, have enjoyed 54 trips out west with their horses since 1972. Here, they are pictured in red rock country near Sedona, Ariz., this past spring. The couple lives on a ranch in Bridgeport, where they breed, raise, train and sell some of the best breeding stock to people all over the country and in Canada. (Submitted photo)

The Booms have hired many young people over the years to train their horses. Two of their current employees are Traci Wilkinson and Kayley Frautsche, pictured with Charlene, a couple horses ready to give rides at Wisconsin Badger Camp and several of their rowdy Dalmations, which they also breed, raise and sell. (Photo by Correne Martin)

A new foal enjoys the sunshine on the CR Quarter Horses ranch. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Anybody from the area who knows anything about horses, probably knows Charlene and Rodney Boom, of CR Quarter Horses—you know, the ranch along Highway 18 just south of Bridgeport.

The couple has sold between six and 12 broke trail and pack horses, show and stallion prospects per year, for the past 40 years. The husband and wife have traveled and rode out west 54 times since 1972, generally for two months at a time, riding the countryside in places like South Dakota, Wyoming and Nebraska. They’ve provided horses to Wisconsin Badger Camp for camper rides for 34 years. They’re frequent faces at the Midwest Horse Fair. 

Wed
25
Jul

Bagley man injured in motorcycle accident

On Saturday, July 21, at 11:48 a.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a car versus motorcycle crash on U.S. 18 at Vineyard Road in Bridgeport Township.

Richard Hagensick, 88, of Monona, Iowa, was driving a 2001 Chevy Impala north on Highway 18. Hagensick made a left turn at the stop light, turning in front of a south bound 2001 homemade Motorcycle, driven by Bryce Clark, 25, of Bagley.

Clark was thrown from the motorcycle. He was not wearing a helmet and sustained a head injury. He was taken to Crossing Rivers Health and later transferred to Gundersen Health in La Crosse for non-life-threatening injuries.

Hagensick was not injured. He was cited for failure to yield while making a left turn.

Wed
25
Jul

French-Canadian house makes National Register of Historic Places


The St. Germain dit Gauthier-Coorough house at 5th and Bolvin Streets was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Donations are being accepted for restoration of the building.

Once upon a time, French-Canadian houses, like the St. Germain dit Gauthier house, stretched along the Mississippi River and French Town Road in Prairie du Chien. Now, all but a handful have been demolished. One of the survivors is the small log house at the corner of 5th and Bolvin Streets, on St. Feriole Island.

The St. Germain dit Gauthier house is located in the former main village of Prairie du Chien. It is constructed of hewn logs set horizontally and joined at the corners by dovetails. Within its structural details are several elements consistent with a method of French-Canadian construction called “piece sur piece a que d’aronde”—the length of the house is a multiple of 13 feet, the hewn logs are on average 5 inches wide, and Roman numerals are present on most timbers in the house.

Wed
25
Jul

Junior Hoppers achieve fifth place in state tournament

By Zach Mara

After an impressive second half and a regional championship, the Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers traveled to Viroqua this weekend, looking to take home the Jr. Legion State Championship trophy for the first time in program history. 

Despite a shaky start to the season, the Hoppers entered the state tournament with a 15-7 record, good for the number four seed. 

Prairie du Chien took the field confidently, looking to continue where they left off in regionals, dominating on the mound and producing large amounts of hits and runs at the plate.

Wed
25
Jul

Heartbreak in regional finals for the Hoppers

The Prairie du Chien American Legion varsity baseball team was heartbroken just shy of the Class A State Tournament, in a 12-6 loss to Fennimore, Monday night, in Coon Valley.

Prairie du Chien trailed all game, but climbed to a 4-3 deficit by the end of the fourth inning. Fennimore bounced back with a five-run fifth and three-run seventh to set up the win and knock the Hoppers out of the running for state this coming weekend in Osseo.

This was a hard loss for a gutsy group of young men who made a great name for themselves this season. 

Mon
23
Jul

Work on Parrish Street intersection starts Aug. 6

Gerke Excavating plans on starting work on Parrish Street on Monday, Aug. 6. Once this stage begins, Parrish Street, from the intersection of Marquette Road to the railroad, will be closed for up to 19 days. There will be no pedestrian access to cross Parrish Street on the highway during this stage. Pedestrians will need to use the streets on the east side of Marquette Road to access businesses and residences. The contractors will do their best to notify foot traffic of closures via barricades and signs.

Mon
23
Jul

Unconscious man found, OWI arrest made

A Woodman man was arrested for a number of alcohol-related charges Thursday after a Wauzeka landowner found the man lying on his back unconscious in the landowner’s driveway, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

On July 19, at about 3 p.m., a 911 call came into dispatch from the owner of a Winegar Lane property in Wauzeka Township. The landowner reported finding the man unconscious and making gurgling noises. Tri-State EMS responded to find the man confused and uncooperative. The man got back into his vehicle and began driving away, down a driveway, before an investigator with the sheriff’s department arrived and blocked the vehicle from leaving the scene.  The sheriff’s department’s K-9 unit arrived and identified the driver as Derek Kammrad, 37. 

Mon
23
Jul

21st annual Prairie Dog Blues Fest ready to rock


Dana Fuchs is among the acts coming to Prairie du Chien this weekend, July 27-28, for the 21st annual Prairie Dog Blues Festival. She is touted as a Jagger blues jammer, Otis soul sister, juke-joint Janis and Sexy Sadie all rolled into one world class performer. See her Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on St. Feriole Island.

The Kris Lager Band held a huge crowd in the blues fest beer tent last year. So many fans are excited they are returning to the 2018 lineup. If you’ve never seen this Omaha-based band, don’t miss this chance to see them locally and dance, clap and sing along with their funky energetic style of music, at the Prairie Dog Blues Fest.

By Correne Martin

What happens on the island, stays on the island! And no matter what happens, it’s all about rocking and singing killer blues tunes, celebrating positive vibes, sweating and dancing to soulful live music—all at one of the most beautiful venues around. 

The 21st annual Prairie Dog Blues Festival will once again bring 12 regional and internationally-renowned acts to St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien for two days, July 27-28. 

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