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Sep

A sisterly promise leads to hope for others


Bonnie Fuller (center), of Prairie du Chien, is the 2015 recipient of the Paula J. Tower Memorial Award for selflessly giving of her time and energy to advance the message of hope for a future without breast cancer. Pictured (from left) are Deb Kane, clinical manager, Center for Breast Care at Gundersen Health System; Jackie Wachter, nominator; Bonnie Fuller, recipient; and Paula Tower’s children, Kate and Jeff, who presented the award.

Breast cancer fishing tournament founder recognized

By Correne Martin

For exemplifying the “Power of One,” Prairie du Chien’s own Bonnie Fuller was honored at the 10th annual Steppin’ Out in Pink, Sept. 12, in La Crosse. She was the winner of the Paula J. Tower Memorial Award for selflessly giving of her time and energy to advance the message of hope for a future without breast cancer. Fuller is the founder of the Hooking for Hope fishing tournament fundraiser, held in Prairie du Chien the first Saturday in June for the past 12 years.

“I can’t describe the feeling. I was totally surprised to even be nominated,” Bonnie said. “It was awesome and overwhelming but there’s a lot of other people out there who are deserving. It was fantastic to see the entire street in pink.”

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21
Sep

Competitive soccer league good fit for 11 year old’s passion


Landon Kohler, the son of Kirby and Melissa Kohler, of Prairie du Chien, competed in Coulee Region United Soccer Association tournaments all summer. He is pictured (forefront, dark jersey) in action at his position of defensive midfielder. (Photo by Lance Hubbard)

Eleven-year-old Landon Kohler (far left, number 3) has enjoyed playing youth soccer with his teammates in CRUSA and Rush Wisconsin West. For more information about his experiences through their programs, visit crusa-soccer.com or rushwiwest.com. For more details about the Prairie United Soccer Club, contact Julie DeHart, president, at prairieunitedsoccerclub@gmail.com. (Photo by Lance Hubbard)

By Correne Martin

It was cute and chaotic, but as a 4 year old in the Rhinelander Soccer Club’s 6 and under program, Landon Kohler essentially learned to love the game. Back then, like his young teammates, he worked mostly on passing and trying to score, and any chance he got, he was kicking the ball around in his back yard.  

At age 8, Landon moved with his parents, Kirby and Melissa, his older sister Autumn and younger brother Tanner to Prairie du Chien. Locally, in this smaller and more football-focused community, the soccer opportunities weren’t as technical, physical or as strong in numbers. These days, the Prairie United Soccer Club (PUSC) is growing; however, the competitive offerings are still minimal for kids like Landon, now 11, whose primary passion is soccer and whose abilities are undeniable.

“He has the skillset to play mid(fielder) without a doubt,” his dad, Kirby, said. “He dreams about soccer. He wants to do it all the time.”

Thu
17
Sep

Prairie du Chien Coast Guard Auxiliary crew saves man from drowning

On Sept. 12, a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary crew from the Prairie du Chien Flotilla was returning from patrol when crew members observed a man fall from a dock at the Winneshiek Marina north of Prairie du Chien. The man disappeared beneath the water. Quick action by the crew of the Kaylee-Annie located the man who was still beneath the surface and pulled him onto the dock preventing his drowning.

Coxswain Steve Gress stated that he reached under the water trying to locate the man and finally found him still submerged and being pulled beneath the dock by the current. Gress pulled him to the surface, and with crew member Joanie Dickerson, pulled the man from the water onto the dock.

Wed
16
Sep

Christian event at Achenbach farm to celebrate rural life

On Monday, Sept. 21, at the Lonnie and Jane Achenbach farm in rural Eastman, Rural Life Day will celebrate God’s gift of the fruits of the earth and show appreciation toward farmers who are good stewards of these fruits and resources. The event, sponsored by the Rural Life Committee of the La Crosse Diocese, will begin with Bishop William P. Callahan saying Mass at 10 a.m. Clergy Father Viktor Feltes and Father James Weighner will also be there.

Wed
16
Sep

Man detained for marijuana possession

On Sept. 11, the Crawford County K-9 Unit initiated a traffic stop on a 1991 Toyota pick-up in the town of Seneca. Deputies made contact with the operator, Michael P. Baures, 52, Seneca.

Baures told deputies he had ingested marijuana earlier in the evening and showed signs of marijuana use, which led to further investigation into his impaired driving. K-9 Breck gave a positive alert to the presence of a controlled substance odor. Marijuana and paraphernalia were found on Baures.

Baures was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle with a restricted controlled substance (first offense), possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a vehicle without insurance and operating a vehicle without a seat belt.

Wed
16
Sep

Vehicle hits garbage container, man arrested

On Sept. 12, at approximately 2:30 a.m., a Crawford County sheriff’s deputy was patrolling Highway 60 in Bridgeport Township when he observed a vehicle make an abrupt turn off Highway 60 onto Vet Lane, striking an object that was later identified as a Waste Management garbage container. The speed of the vehicle significantly increased after turning. The deputy pursued the vehicle to the end of Vet Lane, where the driver exited the vehicle and fled into the woods on foot. After a foot pursuit, the driver was taken into custody and identified as Damien J. Prew, 26, Wauzeka.

Possible charges of operating a motor vehicle after revocation, no interlock ignition device, hit and run property adjacent to highway, failure to maintain control and reckless driving are being referred to the District Attorney’s Office.

Prew is currently held at the Crawford County Jail on a probation violation.

Wed
16
Sep

City intervenes with Bridgeport incorporation filing


The city of Prairie du Chien lies within the orange area of this map, and the town of Bridgeport surrounds it.

By Correne Martin

A border battle of sorts has transpired between Bridgeport Township and the city of Prairie du Chien.

Bridgeport filed an incorporation petition with Crawford County Circuit Court on April 19 and published a notice of such filing in the Courier Press on July 22, taking the initial steps necessary to become a village. The city of Prairie du Chien subsequently intervened, approving, at an Aug. 4 council meeting, a resolution indicating willingness to annex the entire township into the city, as authorized by state statute, because it’s a party of interest to the petition.

“We want to protect our borders from Prairie du Chien,” Bridgeport Town Chairman John Karnopp said, noting that the city’s annexation of property for the new hospital sparked the township’s action toward incorporation.

Wed
16
Sep

PdC man killed in Trempealeau County crash

A Prairie du Chien man died in a three-vehicle crash that killed two and injured another on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 12, in Trempealeau County.

The crash occurred at 2:48 p.m. on Highway 35/54, just west of Sonsalla Road in the town of Trempealeau.

According to the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office, investigators at the scene determined that an eastbound pickup truck driven by James Harnish, 56, of Trempealeau, crossed the center line and struck a westbound SUV, driven by Allison Nolan, 20, of Hastings, Minn.

Nolan lost control of her SUV and rolled over in the westbound ditch.

The pickup then struck a westbound car driven by Jonathan Helgerson, 36, of Prairie du Chien, head on. Harnish and Helgerson were pronounced dead at the scene.

Nolan was flown to a local hospital with unknown injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

Wed
16
Sep

Express yourself at Open Jam


This corner of The Tavern, adorned with a collage of string instruments, awaits musical expressions from local, talented and willing individuals and groups. Open Jam nights are Thursdays from 7 p.m. to whenever the music stops in downtown Prairie du Chien. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The idea of having an establishment like The Tavern in downtown Prairie du Chien centers around the element of live music. So when the business opened its doors this past spring, and even before then, Open Jam nights were always part of the owners’ vision.

That visualization officially came to life in May when Ryan Fox, The Tavern co-owner and musician, and Todd Crotty, a fellow artist, grabbed their guitars and filled the bar with a few acoustic tunes.

“We picked Tuesday nights, because that’s what worked, and people liked it,” Fox said of the inaugural Open Jam sessions. “We built it up as more people started hearing about it. There are no judges, no prizes. Every week, we have a new ‘gem’ playing.”

Mon
14
Sep

New vision screening device benefits Crawford County


Public Health Nurse Deanna Wallin-Sander demonstrates the Plus-Optix camera on Public Health Nurse Michelle Breuer.

The Plus Optix camera has a “happy face” to help attract a child’s attention.

By Ted Pennekamp

 

There is a new vision screening program in Crawford County for children. Crawford County Public Health and local Lions clubs from Prairie du Chien, Seneca, Gays Mills, Soldiers Grove and Wauzeka have partnered to purchase a Plus-Optix Vision Screening camera with a mission of improving the detection of vision problems. 

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