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DCI narcotics agents: It’s more than ‘just a little weed’

By Correne Martin

“It’s just a little weed.” 

You may hear that expression all the time. 

But, according to Brian Prieve and Brian Hawley, narcotics agents with the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation, marijuana—otherwise known as weed—contains over 400 different potentially harmful chemicals. Its THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) levels have risen from 1 percent in 1974 to up to 24 percent (in the sinsemilla strain) today. Plus, since there’s no Food and Drug Administration regulation of it, you never know what’s in it, Hawley said.

“It could be sold to you as a double dose (in terms of a “high”) but it might be a quadruple. The next thing you know, you could be in the hospital fighting for your life,” he warned.

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Wauzeka woman cited for fifth OWI

On March 12, at 6:10 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a one-vehicle traffic crash with injuries on Highway 60 at Turtle Lane in the township of Wauzeka.

Sandra M. Mueller, 31, Wauzeka, was operating a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am eastbound on Highway 60, just west of Turtle Lane. 

The Mueller vehicle crossed the center line, went onto the shoulder of the westbound lane, slid sideways across both lanes of traffic then off the south side of the roadway. After sliding sideways off the roadway, the Mueller vehicle rolled multiple times before coming to rest on its tires against a fallen tree. 

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Welcome home, Matt!

Prairie du Chien Olympian Matt Antoine was back in town last week, after taking some down time following the PyeongChang Winter Games. At a Welcome Home reception March 14 at The Barn, he shared his appreciation for the support from his hometown. In turn, he was met with kindness and congratulations on his success from a crowd of his fans attending the event. His admirers enjoyed talking to him, getting his autograph and seeing his Olympic memorabilia up close. (Photos by Gary Howe)

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Student-led memorial ceremony March 14 a ‘learning experience’


Students Faith Dillman, Hope Meyer and Jordyn Fisher led the memorial ceremony last week, taking turns reading a short biography of each of the Florida shooting victims to a respectful gathering of about 150 of their fellow Prairie du Chien High School students. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

By Correne Martin

On Wednesday, March 14, about 150 high schoolers at Prairie du Chien Schools displayed solidarity in support and remembrance of the 14 students and three faculty members who died in a Florida school shooting a month prior.

After pictures of the school-approved event appeared on social media, mainly the Courier Press’ Facebook page, a fire storm of comments materialized. The post about the student-led, peaceful display of compassion reached around 13,500 people. The post received more than 315 comments and was shared over 85 times. 

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Foreclosure proceedings underway for Satter Building and Blackhawk Junction


The Satter Building has been vacant since being purchased from Crawford County on Dec. 27, 2006. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The western side of Blackhawk Junction has several Prairie du Chien businesses.

Several signs in the windows of former stores in the eastern part of Blackhawk Junction say that space is available.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Since being purchased by Prairie River Investments of Madison on Dec. 27, 2006, the Satter Building property in Prairie du Chien has gone unchanged, except for the continued deterioration of the building.

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Prairie du Chien students support Florida shooting victims' families, survivors


Recognizing their fellow students and school faculty who died at a Parkland, Fla., school shooting one month ago, Prairie du Chien High School students participated in the National School Walkout Day this morning (Wednesday). A balloon is released as a victim's biography is read. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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4 escape injury in 2-car crash

Two vehicles collided head-on in rural Mount Hope last week, yet the four individuals involved escaped injury free, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

On March 5, around 4:30 p.m., the sheriff’s office responded to a two-vehicle crash in the township of Mount Hope near the intersection of Highway 18 and North Center Street. Involved were a 2005 Kia Spectra and a 2014 Chevrolet Traverse, driven by Navarro Estaban Fransico, 38, of Ciecro, Ill., with . 

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Three from Iowa arrested in connection to burglary investigations

On March 2, after an extensive investigation, the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Monona Police Department, executed two separate search warrants in Luana and Monona relating to several burglary investigations. According to a release from the sheriff’s office, during both warrants, deputies seized numerous tools, trailers and other items exceeding $10,000.

As a result of this investigation, John Kottman, 41, of Luana; Jennifer Trappe, 40, of Luana; and Marty Bissell, 57, of Monona, were all arrested.

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Knights’ Tootsie Roll Drive April 20-22 in Prairie du Chien

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Knights of Columbus are sponsoring their annual Tootsie Roll Drive once again. Volunteers will be stationed across the community next month offering the tiny treats in exchange for goodwill donations, which will be directed to three local charities—with the main benefactors being organizations that support people with intellectual disabilities.

The Tootsie Roll Drive will be April 20-22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Community members wishing to support the fundraiser can find event volunteers from both the Knights of Columbus and the Prairie Catholic Jaywalkers at the entrances to Walmart, Piggly Wiggly and (Saturday only) Nelson True Value. The Tootsie Rolls will also be available after Holy Family Parish church masses that weekend. 

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Highway 27 construction begins April 2, public meeting scheduled


Power company crews have been working for a couple months now to upgrade the poles and lines along Highway 27, in anticipation of the road construction project slated to begin April 2. (Photo by Correne Martin)

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting to preview the upcoming Wisconsin Highway 27 construction project in Crawford County. The meeting will be held Monday, March 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Salem United Methodist Church meeting hall, 200 Main St., Eastman.

Construction will begin April 2 on the rural section of Highway 27, between Cipra Road and East Meadow Street. The rural segment begins around 500 feet north of Cipra Road and extends north to approximately 0.15 miles south of the 27/179 intersection in the village of Eastman—a total of 9.26 miles.

Highway 27 will be closed to through-traffic during construction. The posted detour route will be Prairie du Chien to Mt. Sterling, via Highway 35, to Highway 171. Access will remain open to residents and businesses on Highway 27.

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