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Mount Hope man arrested in Platteville after two week hunt

Derek Eastlick, 37, of Mount Hope, who has been wanted for the past two weeks on outstanding warrants, was arrested while police were investigating a battery report at a home in Platteville on July 22. He was wanted on multiple charges and warrants through both Wisconsin and Iowa that include eluding police, driving with a revoked license and having an open container while driving. 

According to Platteville police, Eastlick was found in the house while they were checking out a battery incident. Once they knew he was there, they got a search warrant, but Eastlick reportedly jumped out of a window and ran off. 

Officers also set up a perimeter with assisting area-police tactical squads and arrested Eastlick a short time later.

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Two vehicle crash in Ferryville, one hospitalized in La Crosse

On July 24, at 3:14 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a two-vehicle accident with injuries in Ferryville on State Hwy. 35 about five-tenths of a mile north of County Road C.

Donald Frost Jr., 40, of Janesville, was traveling southbound on Hwy. 35 in a 2016 Freightliner straight truck.

Harold Geannie Jr., 55, of La Crosse, was traveling northbound on Hwy. 35 in a 1998 Buick. The Geannie vehicle crossed the centerline into the southbound lane of traffic, struck the rear drivers side wheel area of the Frost vehicle, spun off, and both vehicles came to rest in the southbound lane of traffic.

Frost claimed no injuries at the scene. Geannie was transported to Gunderson Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse.

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Bona fide BLUES: Another successful Prairie Dog Blues Fest


Beautiful July weather and the most impressive collective of talent was the perfect combination for a larger than ever crowd at the 21st annual Prairie Dog Blues Festival this weekend. Multi-faceted singer and guitarist Samantha Fish (above, right) and her six-piece band closed down the main stage Friday night with sweet flair, while Josh Hoyer, a 2017 "The Voice" contestant, and his band Colossal Soul, soothed the audience earlier in the evening with his vocals and performance on the keys. For more photos, see our Facebook page. (Photos by Correne Martin)

These pictures show the unique concert experience the blues fest crowd enjoys and just how close the crowd can get to the artists, without paying for any VIP package.

The many skills of Samantha Fish: A cigar box guitar and a megaphone for her encore performance....

...On electric guitar

...Swaggy vocals

...Pretty poses for the camera

For 21 years, fans have been coming to Prairie du Chien from all over the U.S., and other parts of the world, to take in the global musicians who grace the Prairie Dog Blues Festival crowd with their untouchable blues, rock, funk, gospel and even country stylings. Fans of all ages enjoy a dozen live performances from an up-close-and-personal view and, if they wish, they can even take home autographs and pictures with the artists for free. The festival once again brought over 6,000 people to the community for what was a successful weekend for local organizers Todd Yeomans, Sharon Morgan and their family, friends and community volunteers. (Photos by Correne Martin)

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New kiosk offers free life jacket loaners at Woodman Boat Landing


Standing in front of the new life jacket loaner station placed at the Woodman Boat Landing this month are (from left) Friends of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway (FLOW) Dave Rozelle and John Jensen, along with Prairie Rod and Gun Club members Dennis Kirschbaum, Rick Lange and Mike Hazen. (Photo by FLOW president Timm Zumm)

The back of the racks during construction show the new DNR-marked life jackets and ring buoy available to river users at the Woodman Boat Landing. The PFDs are a variety of sizes, from infant to adult extra large.

By Correne Martin

Free loaner life jackets for river users are now available at the Woodman Boat Landing and beach, thanks to four area outdoorsmen clubs and the Friends of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway (FLOW). 

Spearheaded by Prairie du Chien Rod and Gun Club leader Dennis Kirschbaum and FLOW president Timm Zumm, the Kids Don’t Float Life Jacket Loaner Station has come to fruition at the landing, which has a history of drowning tragedies.

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A Day in The Life - Karissa Tranel, Nurse


Pictured are Karissa and Jake Tranel, along with their children Kaynen (left) and Jameson.

By Rachel Mergen

 

“I’ve always wanted to help people,” Karissa Tranel, registered nurse (RN) at Crossing Rivers Health, noted about her love for her career. She has been working for the past five and half years as a RN with Crossing Rivers, previously working as a certified nursing assistant (CNA). 

Tranel, a resident of Bloomington, began her career working at a nursing home as a CNA, followed by working to receive an associate’s degree so she could start to really immerse herself in the career path she was passionate about. 

Her typical day will either be based in the surgical ward or the obstetrics ward (OB).

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People come from all over to ‘see our’ CR Horses


Charlene and Rodney Boom, of CR Quarter Horses, have enjoyed 54 trips out west with their horses since 1972. Here, they are pictured in red rock country near Sedona, Ariz., this past spring. The couple lives on a ranch in Bridgeport, where they breed, raise, train and sell some of the best breeding stock to people all over the country and in Canada. (Submitted photo)

The Booms have hired many young people over the years to train their horses. Two of their current employees are Traci Wilkinson and Kayley Frautsche, pictured with Charlene, a couple horses ready to give rides at Wisconsin Badger Camp and several of their rowdy Dalmations, which they also breed, raise and sell. (Photo by Correne Martin)

A new foal enjoys the sunshine on the CR Quarter Horses ranch. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Anybody from the area who knows anything about horses, probably knows Charlene and Rodney Boom, of CR Quarter Horses—you know, the ranch along Highway 18 just south of Bridgeport.

The couple has sold between six and 12 broke trail and pack horses, show and stallion prospects per year, for the past 40 years. The husband and wife have traveled and rode out west 54 times since 1972, generally for two months at a time, riding the countryside in places like South Dakota, Wyoming and Nebraska. They’ve provided horses to Wisconsin Badger Camp for camper rides for 34 years. They’re frequent faces at the Midwest Horse Fair. 

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Bagley man injured in motorcycle accident

On Saturday, July 21, at 11:48 a.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a car versus motorcycle crash on U.S. 18 at Vineyard Road in Bridgeport Township.

Richard Hagensick, 88, of Monona, Iowa, was driving a 2001 Chevy Impala north on Highway 18. Hagensick made a left turn at the stop light, turning in front of a south bound 2001 homemade Motorcycle, driven by Bryce Clark, 25, of Bagley.

Clark was thrown from the motorcycle. He was not wearing a helmet and sustained a head injury. He was taken to Crossing Rivers Health and later transferred to Gundersen Health in La Crosse for non-life-threatening injuries.

Hagensick was not injured. He was cited for failure to yield while making a left turn.

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French-Canadian house makes National Register of Historic Places


The St. Germain dit Gauthier-Coorough house at 5th and Bolvin Streets was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Donations are being accepted for restoration of the building.

Once upon a time, French-Canadian houses, like the St. Germain dit Gauthier house, stretched along the Mississippi River and French Town Road in Prairie du Chien. Now, all but a handful have been demolished. One of the survivors is the small log house at the corner of 5th and Bolvin Streets, on St. Feriole Island.

The St. Germain dit Gauthier house is located in the former main village of Prairie du Chien. It is constructed of hewn logs set horizontally and joined at the corners by dovetails. Within its structural details are several elements consistent with a method of French-Canadian construction called “piece sur piece a que d’aronde”—the length of the house is a multiple of 13 feet, the hewn logs are on average 5 inches wide, and Roman numerals are present on most timbers in the house.

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Junior Hoppers achieve fifth place in state tournament

By Zach Mara

After an impressive second half and a regional championship, the Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers traveled to Viroqua this weekend, looking to take home the Jr. Legion State Championship trophy for the first time in program history. 

Despite a shaky start to the season, the Hoppers entered the state tournament with a 15-7 record, good for the number four seed. 

Prairie du Chien took the field confidently, looking to continue where they left off in regionals, dominating on the mound and producing large amounts of hits and runs at the plate.

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Heartbreak in regional finals for the Hoppers

The Prairie du Chien American Legion varsity baseball team was heartbroken just shy of the Class A State Tournament, in a 12-6 loss to Fennimore, Monday night, in Coon Valley.

Prairie du Chien trailed all game, but climbed to a 4-3 deficit by the end of the fourth inning. Fennimore bounced back with a five-run fifth and three-run seventh to set up the win and knock the Hoppers out of the running for state this coming weekend in Osseo.

This was a hard loss for a gutsy group of young men who made a great name for themselves this season. 

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