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Eastman parade a community celebration


The Eastman Fourth of July parade outfitted the town's Main Street with plenty of red, white and blue—from the adorable to the eccentric. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Princess Leia and Chewbacca even braved the heat to represent Kramer Real Estate.

Junior Fair Ambassador Michaela Cauffman tossed candy too.

This goat, belonging to Steve and Melissa DuCharme, was a real parade hit. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Alex McNerney and his Eastman Little League teammates joined in the tradition of riding through the parade prior to their big game against Seneca.

Justin Check and his family always participate by driving their Minneapolis Molines through town.

The Prairie du Chien High School marching band provided some patriotic tunes.

Water guns and super soakers were welcomed by many as temperatures in Eastman reached over 100 degrees, with the heat index, July 4.

Instead of candy, water was a much appreciated treat along the parade route.

Members of the Falling Rock Walleye Club tossed out candy and solicited new members.
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09
Jul

Prairie du Chien man killed in accident

On July 6, at 12:09 a.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received multiple 911 calls reporting a one-vehicle traffic crash on County Road K just north of The Barn Restaurant in the township of Prairie du Chien.

A 2007 Ford Mustang was northbound on County Road K when the driver, Craig T. Looney, 34, Prairie du Chien, lost control, went down an embankment and struck a tree on the east side of the road. Looney was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the vehicle, Ashtyn A. Miles, 23, Prairie du Chien, was transported to Crossing Rivers Health then airlifted to Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse. She remains in stable condition. 

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09
Jul

Car hits sand pile in construction zone and goes into hay field

On July 3, at 9:38 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a crash on Highway 27 about one-tenth of a mile north of Gran Grae Road in Prairie du Chien Township. 

Matthew Wojciechowski, 33, Wauzeka, was operating a 2011 Chevy Impala southbound on Highway 27. This section of highway is closed due to road construction. Wojciechowski stated he was travelling southbound at highway speeds of 55 to 60 mph when he hit a sand pile in the southbound lane. Wojciechowski’s vehicle continued over the embankment on the east side of the highway before coming to rest in a hay field. 

Wojciechowski claimed no injuries from the crash. Wojciechowski will be cited for unreasonable and imprudent speed in a construction zone and not wearing a seatbelt. 

Mon
09
Jul

25th annual Ridge and Valley Rally in Seneca Saturday


Julie and Ron Hartley have lived, farmed and raised a family in Seneca for most of their lives. They have been selected as the king and queen of the Seneca Ridge and Valley Rally, which will be Saturday, July 14. (Submitted photo)

The 25th annual Ridge and Valley Rally in Seneca will be Saturday, July 14, with events happening all day long at the community town hall. 

Register to participate in the 5K/10K walk-run between 6:30 and 7 a.m., before the race begins at 7:30. 

All area community members are invited to enjoy the 11 a.m. parade, followed by a smoked pork chop dinner at noon and a pie auction at 1 p.m. There’s a volleyball tournament throughout the day, kids games after the parade and food and beverages available for purchase on the grounds.

The antique tractor pull starts at 1 p.m. Then, euchre and bean bag tournaments will happen at 4 p.m.

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09
Jul

Professionals look at how to prevent self-neglect, abuse of seniors


Crawford County social worker Jim McGrath (right) facilitates his break-out group to identify ideas about improving factors leading to self-neglect and vulnerable adult abuse. Around 25 professionals from the area health and human services sectors put their heads together to determine recommendations that could help prevent these issues. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A thorough evaluation of self-neglect and abuse amid elderly and vulnerable adults was done June 27 during a symposium at the Crawford County Administration Building. About 25 professionals, from the health and human services sectors across Crawford and the surrounding counties, discussed the issues and determined what might be done to prevent them from enabling self-neglect and vulnerable adult abuse. A few senior citizens joined the two-hour conversation as well.

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09
Jul

JWalkers mission trip sends 29 kids to Texas


Twenty-seven youths from Prairie du Chien and two from Mosinee traveled with seven adults to Port Aransas, Texas, as part of the Holy Family Parish JWalkers’ annual mission trip. They helped 15 homeowners continue to clean up and remodel still 10 months after Hurricane Harvey. (Submitted photos)

Some of the JWalkers fill a homeowner's back yard to level it, during their recent mission trip to Texas.

By Correne Martin

Hard work, compassion, community donations and prayers once again came together to make another Prairie du Chien JWalkers mission trip possible. The teenage group of 29 kids, including two from Mosinee, traveled 22 hours by bus to Corpus Christi, Texas. They spent a week in early June helping 15 homeowners who remain impacted by Hurricane Harvey devastation 10 months later.

Guided by their fearless leader, Mary Stoeffler, Father Jim Weighner and five local chaperones connected to Holy Family Parish, the high school students rode 40 miles every day from Corpus Christi to Port Aransas, Texas. 

Mon
02
Jul

Sunny and patriotic day for Fourth of July Parade in Bagley


This colorful patriot was riding in comfort and style as she enjoyed waving to the crowd during the Fourth of July Celebration Parade Saturday in Bagley. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

This cute pooch is adorned in a red, white and blue lei on a beach-themed float Saturday during the Bagley Fourth of July Celebration Parade.

A nice line-up of antique tractors was a crowd favorite along the parade route.

Rubby Ducky, you’re the one—on this bubbly and squeaky clean float.

Bagley may not have many swimmin’ pools or movie stars, but the Bagley Hillbillies are just as down home country as their more famous Beverly Hills brethren. Y’all come back now, hear.

Tiny houses are becoming all the rage, and this neat little unit looks quite homey and inviting.
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02
Jul

RABAS saves Texan dogs on the verge of euthanization

By Rachel Mergen

 

As dogs have been filed into Houston shelters, approximately 60 to 80 being surrendered each day, euthanization lists have grown at an alarming rate due to lack of space for the many sweet abandoned dogs. Prairie du Chien’s Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter (RABAS), partnering with Lola’s Lucky Day based in Madison, is protecting the rights of these dogs by transporting them to the area to help them find “fur-ever” homes. 

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02
Jul

A Day In The Life - Laurie Wild, Radio Host


Radio host Laurie Wild has had the chance to meet many famous celebrities including Faith Hill and Tim McGraw (above) and Florida Georgia Line (below). (Submitted photos)

By Rachel Mergen

 

“No day is ever the same,” Laurie Wild, radio host of almost seven years at Great Country Q94 WQPC Prairie du Chien, stated about the wonders of her position. Wild hosts her own afternoon show, which plays throughout the area from  2 to 7 p.m. on Q94, while also being the radio station’s marketing consultant. 

Her days begin with sales work, connecting with clients while writing orders. During her mornings, she also attempts to figure out what she would like to talk about during the show later that day. She searches on Twitter country music related accounts for often light-hearted topics. 

Mon
02
Jul

Stump Dodger Bash this weekend

By Rachel Mergen

The Stump Dodger Bash, taking place in Gays Mills Friday, July 6-7, will host artists Smoking Gun Showdown, Brecken Miles, High Mileage, CJ Solar, Terra Bella, Heidi Raye, Canaan Cox, Jason Pritchett and Craig Wayne Boyd 

Smoking Gun Showdown, founded in Prairie du Chien, is a country band fronted by female singers April Bouzek and Leigh Vorwald preparing to take over the music world. They are proud to perform both covers and originals. The band has taken part in many large music competitions in the past. With the ladies, the musicians David Borys, Jeff Goettel, Jeff Gaunitz and Jeff Hanson rock the stage.  

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