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Wed
28
Nov

Internet co-op to build fiber infrastructure for rural Crawford County

Recently-incorporated Crawford County Communications Cooperative (3C Co-op) intends to build the fiber optic infrastructure to provide Fiber To The Home (FTTH) gigabit service for the under-served rural residents of Crawford County. 

This will provide symmetrical gigabit service, with upload and download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps (megabits/second), to all of the 3,605 locations that have no broadband access, requiring over 1,000 miles of fiber optic cable to be buried.

On Monday, Nov. 19, with the assistance of Andre Boening, Wisconsin Field Rep for the Rural Utility Service Telecommunications Program, the board of 3C Co-op met with cooperative development specialists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utility Service (RUS) and the University of Wisconsin’s Cooperative Center.

Wed
28
Nov

Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign a Christmas tradition


The Prairie du Chien seventh grade girls basketball team spent time ringing bells last November for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign.

In the wake of the flooding that hit Crawford County in August, Tec McLimans, of Fennimore, held a couple lemonade stands, raising over $2,000 for supplies that he and his family worked with the Salvation Army to donate to flood victims.

By Correne Martin

Crawford County Salvation Army Coordinator Jen Kapinus has noticed fewer homeless families coming into her office for assistance, inside the Prairie du Chien United Methodist Church, this past year. Though that may seem encouraging, it doesn’t mean needy individuals are suddenly flourishing.

“Last year, we were overwhelmed with [homelessness]. This year, it’s been rent and utilities to stay in homes—more homeless prevention,” she reasoned. “Really, there’s no organization that helps with first month’s rent and deposit. People just don’t have the means to pay $800 to $1,000 to get started.”

Wed
28
Nov

Two sides spar over book during PdC school board meeting


The book "The 57 Bus" caused some debate at the special Prairie du Chien School Board meeting Monday night.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A book being used at Prairie du Chien High School caused a bit of a stir at the special school board meeting in the high school’s Little Theatre Monday evening.

Mon
26
Nov

Vehicle heavily damaged in rollover

On Saturday, Nov. 17, at 5:06 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a rollover accident in Freeman Township, on Buck Creek Road approximately one-tenth of a mile east Highway 35.

An eastbound 2015 Ford pickup owned and operated by 32-year-old Timothy S. Klein of Menasa, left the road and overturned.

Klein refused medical treatment. 

The vehicle had heavy damage. Weather conditions contributed to the accident.

Mon
26
Nov

PdC woman charged with meth possession

A 36-year-old Prairie du Chien woman has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine. 

Paula Quakenbush faces up to a $10,000 fine and 3.5 years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Prairie du Chien police officers stopped a vehicle which had a defective and loud exhaust. The driver, Quakenbush, had bloodshot and dilated eyes, the complaint said. She agreed to a search of her vehicle.

A small, metal tin containing meth was found in the search.

Mon
26
Nov

Deputies seek hit and run suspect

On Saturday, Nov. 17, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department initially investigated a hit and run accident at McCormick’s Bar and Grill in Rolling Ground. Sometime between 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16 and noon on Saturday, Nov. 17, a legally parked white 2015 Nissan Rogue was struck by another vehicle in the parking lot area of the establishment. 

The striking/suspect vehicle is believed to be a silver 1993-99 Ford Escort Wagon and/or Mercury Tracer. A large plastic piece from the suspect vehicle remained at the scene.  

Mon
26
Nov

Man charged with 5th OWI

A 54-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fifth offense).

Daniel Carroll faces up to a $25,000 fine and 10 years in prison if convicted. 

According to the criminal complaint, a Prairie du Chien police officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle that then accelerated rapidly across an intersection, causing the tires to squeal. The officer caught up to the vehicle which had parked in a driveway. Carroll was subsequently arrested for suspected OWI.

Carroll has previously been convicted of OWI four times.

Mon
26
Nov

Iowa woman arrested for meth following crash

On Nov. 17, at 3:48 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit was patrolling on Highway 35 in the township of Freeman. The deputy came upon a one-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 35 and Rush Creek Road. 

It was determined that Reagan Bodish, 22, Garnavillo, Iowa, was operating a 2004 Ford Taurus northbound during the snow storm when she lost control and began to spin. The vehicle spun completely around, drove over the curb and came to rest facing southbound in the east shoulder of Highway 35. The vehicle sustained minor damage and was stuck in the dirt. 

Mon
26
Nov

Prairie du Chien man charged for possession of multiple illegal substances

On Saturday, Nov. 24, at around 9:20 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department conducted a traffic stop on the 100 block of North Michigan Street for a traffic violation. The Prairie du Chien K-9 Unit assisted with the traffic stop and K-9 Rico was utilized. 

A subsequent search of the vehicle found raw marijuana, THC oil and wax, numerous drug containers used to transport and ingest drugs, along with a schedule II controlled substance, according to the police department.

The driver, Aaron Hartley, 31, of Prairie du Chien, was arrested and charged for possession of THC, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a restricted controlled substance (first offense).

Mon
26
Nov

Marquette Road to be completed Nov. 30


The final leg of the Marquette Road construction project in Prairie du Chien will be done this week and open to all traffic late in the day Friday, Nov. 30. Pictured, a machine brushes the new highway surface in preparation for project completion. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A completion date for Marquette Road construction was announced, a new council person was sworn in, the SMRT Bus vehicles were assigned to La Crosse County, and the council vocalized its unofficial budgetary intent for two economic development entities. This all took place at last week’s council meeting, Nov. 20.

Mayor Dave Hemmer said Friday, Nov. 30 is the day Marquette Road/Highway 35 will reopen to all traffic. The road work is expected to be finished this week. Then, following a ribbon cutting late in the day on Friday, the road will officially open.

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