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Wed
28
Oct

Anytime Fitness coming

Anytime Fitness is coming to Prairie du Chien. Josh Blietz, franchisee, signed a lease for a 4,900-square-foot space for the new gym at Riverside Square. Construction will begin immediately, as the target date for the club’s grand opening is after the first of the year.

“Our gym will be small enough that we can provide personalized attention for all of our members,” Blietz said. “Whether weight-loss is your goal, or increased strength or improved balance and flexibility—or a combination—we’re committed to helping you acheive those goals.”

For the most up-to-date information on this coming business, find Anytime Fitness-Prairie du Chien, WI on Facebook.

Anytime Fitness will be staffed roughly eight hours a day, but members can access the club whenever they like—even during unstaffed hours—using a computerized key-fob system.

At the new club, members will have full use of top-quality equipment and amenities, including:

Wed
28
Oct

Stark joins over 130 Midwest builders in representing Wick Buildings


Kent Stark (right), of K Starky Enterprises, constructed the Valley Fish and Cheese store on Iowa Street in 2004, which was eventually named Building of the Year by Wick Buildings. Stark is getting back into the business as a builder for Wick. He is pictured with Mike Valley at the former Building of the Year. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Kent Stark, of K Starky Enterprises, dba Stark Engineering, in Prairie du Chien, recently graduated from the Wick Buildings Builder Orientation School, and has joined over 130 builders in the Midwest who proudly represent Wick Buildings. Stark completed a session Oct. 13-15 at the Wick Buildings headquarters in Mazomanie to learn about high quality post-frame engineering and construction techniques, as well as building systems for the professional builder.

“Our builders are learning the best practices in pre-engineered post-frame construction and customer service to ensure that buyers are getting the maximum value for every dollar they spend,” said Jeff Farquhar, president and general manager of Wick Buildings.

Wed
28
Oct

Cattle struck by vehicle

On Saturday, Oct. 24, at  10:52 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of an accident that took place on Oct. 23 at 10:45 p.m.

A 2004 Jeep Liberty owned and operated by Sandy Gillespie, 55, of Ferryville, was westbound on County B near Dog Hollow Road.

Weather conditions were foggy. Several black Angus ran onto the highway and were struck. There were no injuries.

The vehicle had moderate damage and was driven from the scene by the operator.

The owner of the cattle could not be determined.

The accident remains under investigation.

Wed
28
Oct

Car blocks intersection

On Saturday, Oct. 24, at approximately 12:45 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle crash on State Highway 35 at State Highway 82 in the township of Freeman.  

A 1997 Honda was southbound on Highway 35 attempting to turn onto Highway 82. The vehicle struck the guardrail on the south side of Highway 82. The vehicle had severe damage and was left blocking the intersection. It is unknown at this time who the driver of the vehicle was. The owner of the vehicle has been identified. This crash remains under investigation.

Wed
28
Oct

De Soto gas station burglarized

On Oct. 24, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a break in at the Pronto gas station in De Soto. The caller stated that the glass entrance door to the Pronto had been broken open. The caller advised that a brick was thrown through the window. It is estimated that $195 was taken from the business. This occurred between the hours of 10 p.m. on Oct. 23 and 1:27 a.m. on Oct. 24.

Wed
28
Oct

Vehicle strikes guardrails

On Monday, Oct. 19, at 4:13 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a disabled vehicle on State Highway 60 near Hummingbird Lane in the township of Wauzeka. It was reported that the vehicle was stopped in the middle of the westbound lane of traffic.

The driver was Jessica H. Leprich, 27, of Richland Center. Leprich was operating a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier when she lost control of the vehicle and struck a guardrail on Highway 60 near Georgetown Road.

Leprich drove for another 95 yards off the north shoulder before she got the vehicle back on the roadway. Next, the vehicle crossed both lanes of traffic and struck the guardrail on the south side of the roadway.

Wed
28
Oct

Jeep hits three vehicles

On Friday, Oct. 23, at 2:57 p.m., the Crawford Sheriff’s Department was notified of an accident in the village of Ferryville.

A 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee owned and operated by Michael Grelle, 50, of Fitchburg, Wis., was northbound on Highway 35.

The Grelle vehicle crossed the center line and struck three vehicles that were parked along the highway in front of the Ferryville garage.

Grelle claimed no injuries.

Grelle’s vehicle had severe damage and was towed from the scene.

The parked vehicles were property of the Ferryville garage and their damages ranged from severe to moderate.

Assisting at the scene was the Ferryville Fire and First Responders, Bob’s Towing and Nagel’s Service Center.

Grelle was charged with inattentive driving.

Wed
28
Oct

Man, woman charged with burglary

A 38-year-old Soldiers Grove man and a 40-year-old Viroqua woman have each been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of burglary to a building or dwelling as a party to a crime.
If convicted, Joshua Shane Larson and Michelle M. Konitzer each face up to 12.5 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

According to the criminal complaints, Larson and Konitzer admitted to authorities that they entered a residence in the town of Clayton and took medications (including Fentanyl patches, morphine and hydrocodone pills) and a Kindle tablet.

Wed
28
Oct

Situational awareness-self defense class planned in aftermath of beating, burglary

A free situational awareness-self defense class is set for Saturday, Nov. 7, at Suppz Gym in Prairie du Chien, in light of the fear that has spread around the community since the Oct. 21 beating and burglary of a local business owner.

Prairie du Chien resident Kent Stark, of Stark Armament Company, and Edward Glimme, a Systema Russian Martial Arts instructor from La Crosse will lead the day-long class from 9 a.m. until around 4 p.m. Stark said the class may last longer “depending on what people want to learn.”

“We’ll be teaching non-lethal ways for people to defend themselves,” Stark said. “If people want more training, we’re willing to open other dates as well.”

Wed
28
Oct

Be the Match event finds local donor


Michael Lane, of Marquette, was pretty proud of being a marrow cell donor in late August. He joined the Be the Match registry in January and, seven months later, gave a donation to a 74-year-old man with stage five leukemia.

Michael said the donation process was so simple. It took six hours but it was painless and he kept busy on his laptop the entire time.

By Correne Martin

Just seven months after a Be the Match registration drive was held in Prairie du Chien on behalf of hometown native Carl Shedivy, a young man who registered at that event actually donated bone marrow.

Thanks to the Jan. 31 registration drive, Michael Lane, 21, of Marquette, signed up and, just three weeks later, he was notified that he was a potential match for somebody in need. Then, after testing that determined he was a 100 percent match, he donated at UW-Madison on Aug. 24 to a 74-year-old man who had stage five leukemia. The donation process is confidential for at least the first year after donation.

“My aunt (Beth Fitzl) actually told me about the drive,” Michael said. “I lost my other aunt to leukemia, so I guess that’s why I signed up.”

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