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Mon
28
Jan

Crooked Oar ready to host 69th Ice Fisheree


Crooked Oar Bar and Marina owner Paul DeVoss stands in front of the stone fireplace.

Numerous children enjoy the family-friendly Ice Fisheree each February. (Courier Press file photo)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce will welcome area ice fishing enthusiasts to Prairie du Chien for the 69th Annual Ice Fisheree weekend to be held Feb. 1, 2 and 3 with headquarters at The Crooked Oar Bar and Marina just north of Prairie du Chien on County K. 

Wed
23
Jan

Bell Center, county in dispute with federal emergency management

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The village of Bell Center and Crawford County are in a dispute with FEMA over funding for the costs of damage to the bridge over the Kickapoo River on Sand Creek Road during the 2016 Kickapoo River flood.

Wed
23
Jan

Iowa man arrested for methamphetamine possession

On Jan. 21, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit observed a 1984 Chevrolet C30 truck swerving over the shoulder of the road several times, and had an equipment violation. The deputy initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle on the Highway 18 bypass and Rice Street in the city of Prairie du Chien. The driver was identified as Daniel Trappe, 55, Colesburg, Iowa.  In speaking with Trappe, the deputy observed him to be exhibiting signs of nervousness and signs of drug use. 

K-9 Breck was utilized for an open free air sniff of the vehicle, alerting to the presence of one or more controlled substances in the vehicle. In the vehicle, deputies located a false compartment cylinder, which had crystal like substance inside. The crystal substance field tested positive for methamphetamine. 

Wed
23
Jan

PdC drowning lawsuit appealed

The parents of a drowned Prairie du Chien boy have appealed the dismissal of their wrongful death lawsuit. 

Kurt and Rachael Warrington filed their lawsuit after their son Kashton, 4, was found unresponsive at Wacouta Aquatic Park in Prairie du Chien during a swimming lesson on Aug. 2, 2017. 

The lawsuit had alleged that the death occurred because city and Prairie du Chien School District personnel were negligent in their supervision and custody of Kashton.

In November, Judge Craig Day dismissed the case in Crawford County Circuit Court. Day cited Wisconsin’s “recreational immunity” statute which limits a property owner’s liability for an injury to, or caused by, a person engaging in recreational activity on the owner’s property.

Wed
23
Jan

Local Knights of Columbus earn top council honors in diocese


Knights of Columbus Campion Council leaders Brian Dillman and Scott Kennedy greet one another at the 100 year anniversary celebration at the Dousman House in December.

Prairie du Chien’s Opportunity Center was just one of several organizations benefitting from the Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll drive locally this past year. Representing the Opportunity Center at the recent KCs banquet are Kari Kossman and Pam Ritchie. Other entities gaining funds were Prairie Catholic special education, Wisconsin Badger Camp and the Special Olympics. (Submitted photos)

By Correne Martin

The Knights of Columbus Campion Council 1840 has gone from near extinction to a position of distinction, having increased its membership 350 percent this past year—just in time for the council’s 100 year anniversary. 

“I don’t know what it is; it’s a spark that hit around here. But it was time,” said Steve Mercaitis, grand knight of the Prairie du Chien men’s volunteer service organization. 

Wed
23
Jan

44th Eagles Telethon ‘A Family Reunion’ this Saturday


This wishing well, made by Scott and Tom Paulson, from an idea of Gail Zirngibl’s, will be at the Eagles Telethon for youth to bring their wishes and coins and drop them in.

Hosts Dan Moris (left) and Tom Stram announce the telethon’s efforts of surpassing a major milestone during the 2018 telethon.

By Correne Martin

“Forty-four years speaks volumes for our community—that it’s willing to have this telethon and showcase what Prairie du Chien really is and what we have done.” The never speechless Tom Nelson said this about the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon and its dedicated committee, talent and viewers who’ve, together, brought a “breath of fresh air” to the middle of winter and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for medical research since 1976.

“It’s an opportunity to spotlight our youth, our working class and us old timers who still choose to live in Prairie du Chien. Through that process, we raise a little money,” Nelson added.

Mon
21
Jan

Wauzeka-Steuben looking at future very carefully

By Correne Martin

The Wauzeka-Steuben School District is in the midst of collecting bids as part of its 10-year building and grounds maintenance plan. The school board has discussed areas of concern and what appears to be a future funding cliff, at recent meetings and, according to Interim Administrator Gary Albrecht, the board’s goal is to be as responsible as possible to taxpayers so as not to become burdensome. 

“The taxes are going to go way down but we’re still going to have to keep the building going,” Albrecht stated. “We have to be careful of not running a referendum for maintenance and, then, a few years later, needing another referendum for the building. If we don’t mind our business, we could be in dire straits.”

Mon
21
Jan

Mama Moon Theatre, Cafe Hope offer new dinner theater

‘The Dixie Swim Club’ performance is Jan. 25

By Correne Martin

An American comedy, classic drama performance about lifelong friendships will take the dinner theater stage at Cafe Hope in Prairie du Chien Friday night, Jan. 25. Enjoy your favorite wine, a delicious meal and be entertained by “The Dixie Swim Club.”

The dinner buffet will be feature an upscale menu served at 6 p.m., followed by the hilarious performance of the Mama Moon Theatre Company at 7 p.m. Also, enjoy dessert at intermission and a variety of wines and other beverages throughout the evening, all for the price of admission. 

Mon
21
Jan

Eagle nests soar in Wisconsin, Crawford County


This eagle was photographed on the Wisconsin River near Prairie du Chien. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wisconsin’s and Crawford County’s bald eagle population continues to soar as revealed in the 2018 Wisconsin Bald Eagle Nest Survey.

Wed
16
Jan

Man dies in skid steer accident

On Saturday, Jan. 12, at 6:06 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a man versus skid steer accident on Fritsche Lane in the township of Eastman. It was reported that a man was smashed by the skid steer.

Blas E. Cuahutzihua, 45, Mexico, was operating a Mustang skid steer. Blas had the hydraulic arms of the skid steer raised in the air. Blas exited the cab and was presumed to be attempting to clean the foot control pedals. Blas did not engage the safety locks that hold the hydraulic arms in place. While clearing the foot controls, the hydraulic arms were engaged and closed on Blas. Blas was pinned between the cab and the arms of the skid steer. A co-worker heard Blas and came to his aid.

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