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Wed
02
Oct

Town of Freeman man arrested in drug bust

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department has been conducting an extensive investigation into the distribution and sale of illegal narcotics from the Kenneth Sandvick residence located in the township of Freeman. As a result of this investigation, the sheriff’s department applied for and was granted a search warrant. 

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department utilized the Tri-River Area Special Operations Team to execute a search of Sandvick’s residence on Sept. 25. The special operations team is constructed of Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and Prairie du Chien Police Department law enforcement staff. 

Items seized included methamphetamine, ecstasy, methamphetamine paraphernalia, a weighing device, packaging supplies, counterfeit currency, and firearms.

Wed
02
Oct

Local man accused of sexual assault

A 31-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of the sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age.

Christopher Thornton faces up to 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Thornton had sex with a boy who was under the age of 16.

Wed
02
Oct

PdC council approves stop sign additions near elementary, high schools

By Correne Martin

Drivers: If you haven’t already noticed, the city of Prairie du Chien has permanently added some new stop signs in the areas of B.A. Kennedy Elementary School and Prairie du Chien High School. 

A total of four stop signs have been either placed or requested at three intersections to increase pedestrian safety at these schools: one at Michigan and Webster Streets, one at Michigan and Cass Streets (not yet placed) and two at Wells and Dousman Streets—one on the east side and a second on the west side.

Wed
02
Oct

Visit Prairie’s ancestors at cemetery tour Saturday


At St. Gabriel’s Cemetery, which began in 1840, some of the community’s finest memorials stand, including this one for John Lawler. (Submitted photo)

October is here, and that means it is time for the popular cemetery tour sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Historical Society. This year, while Visiting Our Ancestors, participants will tour four of Prairie du Chien’s historic cemeteries and meet members of the Brisbois, Rolette and Dousman families, and also several people who once lived at Fort Crawford.

Wed
02
Oct

Local veterans aboard 24th Freedom Honor Flight


Veterans Ron Goodman (right), of Prairie du Chien, and Terry Boyum, of Millville, gathered in front of Wisconsin’s pillar of the World War II Memorial. The folded flag represents another Wisconsinite who was supposed to accompany them on the Freedom Honor Flight, but passed away right before the trip.

As part of the once-in-a-lifetime trip, the veterans from the Freedom Honor Flight witnessed the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery.

Prairie du Chien Vietnam-era veteran Ron Goodman (right) posed with a fellow flight honoree in front of the Lincoln Memorial. (Submitted photos)

By Correne Martin

La Crosse-based Freedom Honor Flight recently sent its 24th flight, carrying 95 veterans, to Washington D.C. to visit memorials standing in their honor.

On Sept. 14, one World War II, 18 Korean-era and 76 Vietnam-era veterans from western Wisconsin, southeast Minnesota and northern Iowa took the one-day trip to the nation’s capital. Included in the pack was Ron Goodman, of Prairie du Chien.

“I applied three and a half years ago but just got the call five to six weeks before the flight,” Goodman said. 

Mon
30
Sep

Long the Family Honorary Chairperson at Crawford County Alzheimer’s Walk


Diane Long, who is pictured with her husband Steve, will serve as the Family Honorary Chairperson for the 2019 Crawford County Alzheimer’s Walk/Run.

Prairie du Chien resident Diane Long will serve as the Family Honorary Chairperson of the inaugural Crawford County Alzheimer’s Walk/Run, Saturday, Oct. 5, at St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien. 

Diane, who is the caregiver for her dementia-affected husband, realized something wasn’t right when he kept misplacing items and making repetitive statements. Diane took Steve to the doctor, and he underwent cognitive testing, a CAT scan and questions about family history.

Diane cared for her husband at home but experienced health challenges of her own. Since her husband had become a fall risk, she came to the difficult decision of placing Steve in a skilled nursing facility.

Mon
30
Sep

Over 100 Crawford County deer suspected dead from EHD


This sickly deer eventually died—one of the first confirmed cases of EHD in Crawford County, according to hunter Troy Martin, who sent in the picture from Wauzeka Township.

This buck was confirmed to have died from EHD. The picture was taken in Rhein Hollow near Rex Walter's home before the virus took the animal.

This buck found along Plum Creek Road in rural Wauzeka is figured to have been infected with EHD.

In many cases of deer experiencing EHD symptoms, they are easily approachable, as they’ve lost their wariness of people. This deer was in the Wauzeka Township.

Most all the deer with confirmed or suspected EHD in Crawford County have been located real close to a water source.

By Correne Martin

Over 100 deer are suspected dead in Crawford County, and about seven were confirmed dead, as of Sept. 26, from a sporadic virus transmitted by biting flies also referred to as midges, according to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials. Local hunters and the DNR believe this is, by no means, the final count either.

Hemorrhagic disease (HD) is an infectious, often fatal, condition that affects white-tailed deer, caused by either bluetongue virus (BTV) or epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) virus, which are both indistinguishable in external appearance and only identified in laboratory testing. 

Mon
30
Sep

County S bridge across the Kickapoo getting a face lift


The bridge on County S across the Kickapoo River is getting a new deck. (Photo courtesy of the Crawford County Highway Department)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Highway Committee discussed the progress of the bridge rehabilitation project on County S during its meeting Thursday morning.

Wed
25
Sep

Next chapter begins for storied bar in Wauzeka


Pictured is the front of Carol’s Two Rivers Bar in Wauzeka. The historic building has housed a tavern since 1890, and recently changed ownership, from Carol’s bar to now Boondocks Sports Bar and Grill. (Submitted photos)

A crew of pool league players and their friends celebrate inside Carol’s bar decades ago.

Carol DuCharme owned the Wauzeka tavern for 45 years. She said she loved being around people who made her laugh every day.

This rope pull team captured the contest title in 1982 at Steuben Fun Days. Pictured with their sponsors the DuCharmes, are (front row, from left) Don Walker, Dan Roach, Dave Roach, Roger Lund, Robert Lund, Dave Polashek; (back row) Robert Headrich, Greg Roach, Carol and Clem DuCharme, John Pomerening, Bruce Salmon and team manager Larry Zeeh.

Today, there’s a completely new look inside the bar, which was purchased by local business owners Greg and Tina Russell and Grant Russell. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Carol DuCharme always said she could write a book about her storied little tavern on the corner of Guard and Business Streets in Wauzeka. She won’t take credit for operating it for 45 years though, without putting praise on her loyal customers and community.

“I can’t show my appreciation enough for the people who were always there for me,” said the namesake of Carol’s Two Rivers Bar and Grill. 

On April 12, Carol gave up her grill spatula, dancing stick and backbar specialties for retirement. These days, friends and beloved patrons might catch up with her on her countryside horse farm just down the road, or at the new Boondocks Sports Bar and Grill that operates in her former space. 

Wed
25
Sep

Crawford County Ag Clean Sweep happening Oct. 25

Crawford County is holding an Ag Clean Sweep and electronics recycling event Friday, Oct. 25, at the county highway shop just south of Seneca on Highway 27. Hours of collection are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Any Crawford County resident who can provide proof of residency may participate. 

This event is a great opportunity for residents to properly dispose of many chemicals and substances that may pose serious health and environmental hazards. There is always a wide array of chemicals brought in to this event, some much more toxic than others. Now is a great time to go through your basement, garage, or your barn and bring in those unused, unwanted chemicals. There is a 200-pound limit on chemical waste.

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