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Wed
26
Jul

Storm Damage Estimates


Crawford County sustained $353,476 in public infrastructure damage in the July 19-20 storm, according to preliminary damage estimates. That number is expected to rise. (Photo by Gary Howe)

Crawford County Emergency Management has declared 50 houses affected by the storm in the county, including two that sustained minor damage and two that suffered major damage. (Photo by Correne Martin)

 

Crawford County assessing storm, flood damages

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A state of emergency was declared for Crawford County on Friday, July 21, by Crawford County Board Chairman Tom Cornford and the village presidents of Soldiers Grove, Gays Mills and Steuben in the wake of the severe thunderstorm of July 19, followed by the flooding of the Kickapoo River. 

Wed
26
Jul

Wauzeka-Steuben FCCLA helps area and creates lasting friendships


Josie McCarthy, Sadie Hooker and Lindsey Lund created a safari themed project that explained to FCCLA judges what happens in the Wauzeka-Steuben’s chapter. (Submitted photo)

By Rachel Mergen

 

“FCCLA is like FFA, but for home economics,” Sadie Hooker explained about the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America organization. Sadie was a member and president of Wauzeka-Steuben’s FCCLA chapter prior to her graduation this past May. The organization is based around community service and some competition. 

Wed
26
Jul

Motorcycles collide

On Sunday, July 23, at 4:14 p.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a two-motorcycle crash on State Highway 35 near the Liquor Box Bar.

Thomas Licht, 51, Prairie du Chien, was driving a 2001 Harley Davidson north on Highway 35 when a 2006 Harley Davidson driven by Roger Herman, 68, Mason City, Iowa, made a left turn in front of Licht. The two motorcycles collided causing both Licht and Herman to sustained cuts and bruises. Both were transported to Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien.

Both motorcycles sustained disabling damage and were towed.

Herman was cited for failure to yield while making a left turn.

Assisting at the scene were the Tri-State Ambulance, Mar-Mac Ambulance, Eastman First Responders, Eastman Fire Department and Milo’s Towing.

Wed
26
Jul

Down tree causes crash involving Warco bus

On July 22, at about 1:25 a.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a one-vehicle crash on Highway 35 near Cemetery Road in Beetown Township. Gary Lindahl, 53, of Platteville, was operating a 2001 VanHool Motor Coach, owned by Warco Transportation.

Lindahl was westbound on Highway 35 when he negotiated a corner and came across a downed tree partially blocking the westbound lane of traffic. Lindahl veered left in an attempt to avoid the tree, but the front of the motor coach and windshield still struck several branches of the tree.     

Lindahl was able to maintain control of the motor coach and bring it to a stop on the shoulder of the road. Lindahl was the driver and lone occupant of the motor coach. He received minor injuries from broken glass of the windshield and was transported to Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster via EMS.

Wed
26
Jul

De Soto man arrested for 11th OWI

On July 24, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit was patrolling Highway 35 in Freeman Township. The deputy observed a 1989 Chevrolet 2500 operating southbound on Highway 35 and turn west onto Highway 82. The truck crossed the center lane and the driver’s door came completely open. The vehicle almost struck a guard rail and a vehicle head-on. The truck continued into Iowa. The deputy was unable to get across the heavy flow of traffic at the time.

A short while later, the deputy observed the truck operating from Highway 82 onto Highway 35. A traffic stop was initiated and the driver of the truck was identified as James W. McMillen, 63, De Soto. In speaking with McMillen, the deputy could detect an odor of alcohol. A search of the vehicle located an open container of intoxicants and a bottle of vodka.

Tue
25
Jul

WWII plane severely damaged at airport


Pictured is the aircraft prior to the storm. (Submitted photo)

Frank Weeks (right), of Prairie du Chien, surveys the damage done to his prize possession, a WWII defender, when three hangars at the Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport were pummeled in last week’s chaos. Weeks has owned the aircraft for over 50 years.

A 1942 Aeronca Defender aircraft was severely damaged in the straight line winds that destroyed three Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport hangars. 

During World War II, there were no helicopters. Civilian aircraft were modified for military use. The L3 can take off and land in about 500 feet and were used for many purposes but primarily for artillery spotting. 

The N48014 was purchased by Jim La Bonne, Earl Nicholson and Frank Weeks in the early 1960s for $750. All three took lessons, and their first solo flight in this aircraft locally was called the Chickenhawk. 

It was vandalized and sold to a mechanic who repaired it. When fixed, it was purchased by Frank Weeks. 

Tue
25
Jul

Memorial weekend burger sales benefit local charities, programs


Mary (Gokey) Huser hands a donation for $500 to Jann Sturmer, Couleecap Food Pantry director. The funds will help stock the pantry for area individuals and families in need. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Pete’s Hamburger Stand employee Ryan Schickert presents a $500 donation to Mike Ulrich, Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation director. The money is earmarked for the city’s special needs outdoor programming at Washington Street Park.

By Correne Martin

 

Pete’s Hamburger Stand in Prairie du Chien recently distributed donations in the amount of $500 apiece to the Couleecap Food Pantry and the Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department’s special needs programming at Washington Street Park. The money came from proceeds made during its Memorial Day weekend sales. They also contributed $500 to several other local charities. 

The Gokey family started its annual fundraiser in 1975, on Labor Day, with the intent of raising money to donate locally in honor of their father, Robert. 

“We were only thinking it would be a one-time thing,” said Paul Gokey, Robert’s son.

Tue
25
Jul

Two injured in rollover

On Monday, July 17, at 12:10 p.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a one-vehicle crash with injuries on Norwegian Hollow Road in Utica Township.

Kevin L.E. Burke, 18, rural Viroqua, was driving a 2006 Chevy Equinox south on Norwegian Hollow Road when he lost control while negotiating a curve. The vehicle went off the roadway and overturned four times, coming to stop on the vehicle wheels. Burke and his passenger, Skyler Britt, 18, Gays Mills, were both ejected from the vehicle.

Both were taken to Vernon Memorial Hospital. Britt was treated for a broken arm.  Burke sustained some broken bones and a head injury and was later transferred to Gundersen Health in La Crosse.

The vehicle sustained severe damage and was towed from the scene.

Burke was cited for failure to keep the vehicle under control and no seat belt use.

Tue
25
Jul

Man injured in motorcycle accident

On July 16, at 7:42 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a motorcycle crash on Dutch Ridge Road at the intersection of Rhien Hollow Road in Wauzeka Township. 

John Kuntz, 66, Fennimore, was traveling west on Dutch Ridge Road and operating a 2011 Can Am Spider motorcycle. Kuntz lost control of the motorcycle while negotiating the curve and went into a corn field on the north side of the roadway. Kuntz was transported to Crossing Rivers Health by Tri State EMS for further treatment of his injuries. Kuntz was wearing his helmet at the time of the crash.

Tue
25
Jul

Mosquito species capable of transmitting Zika virus found in Dane County not concerning

MADISON—Researchers at the University of Wisconsin Medical Entomology Laboratory and health officials from the Department of Health Services and Public Health Madison-Dane County announced this week that the Aedes albopictus mosquito has been found in Dane County. This is the first documentation of this species of mosquito in Wisconsin. 

Aedes albopictus is one type of mosquito that is capable of spreading Zika virus; however, there is no evidence of Zika-infected mosquitoes in Wisconsin. 

The discovery of Aedes albopictus is unlikely to indicate an elevated risk of locally-transmitted Zika virus in Wisconsin. Zika virus is primarily spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which survives in warmer climates, and has not been found in Wisconsin or any neighboring states. 

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