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23
Sep

Gays Mills man helps protect species around the world


Robert Horwich shows villagers photos in Assam, India in October 2007.

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A rural Gays Mills man continues to enjoy the rather unusual occupation of traveling the world in an effort to help save many different species and preserve habitat. 

Wed
23
Sep

Pedaling for Pets couple raises over $3,500 for Rivers and Bluffs


Ashley and Brandon Christensen (center) are pictured during their visit to the Northwoods Humane Society in Hayward with shelter employee Kim Molitor (right). Also pictured is Geri Phillips (left), Ashley’s aunt and Pedaling for Pets safety driver. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

On one of the hottest days of the summer, Aug. 16, Ashley and Brandon Christensen left Prairie du Chien to embark upon their 12-day Pedaling for Pets fundraising and awareness adventure. They traversed the state, making stops at animal shelters/humane societies in Viroqua, Sparta, Tomah, Marshfield and Park Falls before returning home and hitting Hayward, Eau Claire and La Crosse along the route.

In that time, they raised over $3,500 for Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter; provided eight other shelters with donations of dog and cat food, towels, blankets, litter and toys; and gleaned invaluable information to be used in the construction of RABAS’ future shelter in Prairie du Chien. Personally, the couple also checked the incredible journey off their bucket list.

Mon
21
Sep

Drones the latest technology helping area farmers


Ken Jahnke holds two drones owned by Premier Co-op. The drones provide a service for area farmers. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Like most farmers, farmers in Crawford County continue to keep abreast of the latest technological trends. One of the most recent trends has been the use of drones, which are becoming more advanced and popular for a variety of uses each year. 

“Various Crawford County farmers have been using drones,” said Ken Jahnke of Bridgeport, an agronomy and sales manager for Premier Co-op. 

Mon
21
Sep

PdC Coast Guard Auxiliary crew prevents drowning


Steve Gress (left), coxswain, and Dan Brewer, crewman, are pictured aboard the 22-foot Kaylee-Annie pontoon. (USCG Auxiliary photo)

By Correne Martin

Two crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary-Prairie du Chien Flotilla were in the right place at the right time Thursday, Sept. 10, when they observed a man fall from a Winneshiek Marina dock and stepped in to save his life.

Coxswain Steve Gress and crew member Joanie Dickerson, of the 22-foot Kaylee-Annie pontoon, were returning from patrol when they saw a couple walking down the dock. They witnessed the woman bend over to pick up something when her husband tripped over her and fell head first into the harbor. The man, who appeared to be in his 70s but was not identified by the Coast Guard Auxiliary, disappeared from their sight under the water, which is about 12 feet deep in that area, Gress said.

Mon
21
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.”

Mon
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.

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