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Wed
11
Apr

Water rate increase 32.59 percent average for PdC residents

By Correne Martin

A water rate increase will be effective in Prairie du Chien for service rendered on and after its next reading date, June 1. The city water department received authorization from the Public Service Commission and the common council approved the action at its meeting Tuesday, April 10.

According to a memo from Water Superintendent Larry Gates, the increase is necessary due to a 54.61 percent increase in gross plant investment and a 31.99 percent increase in operating expenses since the last water rate case was completed in 2009.

Wed
11
Apr

Seneca grad to appear on ‘Forged in Fire’


Pat Biggin (right), a Seneca High School alumnus, works with his friend’s dad, Mike, on making a few knives for his 60th birthday. They used a lemon tree branch for the handles, since it was a tree his deceased son had planted in their back yard in elementary school. The tree had died but they saved the branch to be used in something special. Biggin was chosen to appear on the History Channel show, “Forged in Fire: Knife or Death,” airing on Tuesdays, beginning April 17, at 9 p.m.

This piece shows a test blade that Biggin just finished in an effort to replicate an original.

This is Pat Biggins’ take on a bird and trout knife. The handle was dyed and soaked in linseed oils. (Submitted photos)

By Correne Martin

A Seneca High School graduate will appear in the History Channel TV series, “Forged in Fire: Knife or Death,” on Tuesdays, beginning April 17, at 9 p.m. The series focuses on extreme cutting performance of hand-created knife blades. Contestants will face challenges with their blades and attempt to “pass” them. 

Pat Biggin, a 2006 Seneca graduate and knifemaker since 2005, was selected for the show by application. He saw an advertisement on a Facebook knifemaker group page and sent out a letter of interest in September 2017. He was  phone interviewed, Skype interviewed and then cast on the show. 

Wed
11
Apr

PdC Country Club


This is a view from the loft of the new clubhouse showing the ceiling and the bar area below. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

It is not yet known what the loft will be used for. The loft is a relatively late addition.

The new banquet and dining room is nearing completion.

 

Inside of new Country Club clubhouse moving along

Completion projected for May 4

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The new clubhouse at Prairie du Chien Country Club is continuing to proceed well and is projected for completion by May 4, said Karen Moravits, the food and beverage manager.

Wed
11
Apr

WS boys over Seneca


Seneca's Jared Payne drops and drives before unleashing a pitch. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Wauzeka-Steuben's Isaac Byrne gets a big jump off of first base as Tyler Heinz of Seneca defends Tuesday afternoon.

 

Wauzeka-Steuben wins 

pitchers' duel over Seneca

Both teams were strong on the mound on Tuesday but Wauzeka-Steuben was just a little bit stronger at the plate in a victory over Seneca in Ridge and Valley baseball action. 

A single by Noah Allan in the first inning was a positive for Seneca.

Wed
11
Apr

Seneca versus Wauzeka-Steuben girls


Seneca's Haley Wall fires in a fastball to the Wauzeka-Steuben batter in Wauzeka Tuesday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Lady Hornets' Erin Krachey scores versus Seneca Tuesday afternoon in Wauzeka.

 

Seneca girls 

defeat Wauzeka-Steuben

Seneca defeated host Wauzeka-Steuben 12-8 in a Ridge and Valley softball game Tuesday afternoon.

Haley Wall earned the mound win. She allowed 8 runs on 9 hits and issued 7 walks while fanning 10.

Siena Krachey took the loss. She gave up 12 runs on 16 hits and issued 3 walks and whiffed 1.

Tue
10
Apr

Service truck rear ends grain truck on Hwy. 18 Bypass


A semi hauling grain was stalled along the Highway 18 Bypass Wednesday afternoon when a service truck came along and rear ended it, causing fuel leakage, a couple fires and a mess from the grain. No one was injured but both vehicles were heavily damaged and towed. (Submitted photo)

On April 4, at about 4:50 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department was dispatched to a two-vehicle traffic crash on the Highway 18 Bypass near the intersection of East LaPointe Street in Prairie du Chien.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Randy Thornton, 60, of Marquette, Iowa, was traveling west on 18 in a 2018 Peterbilt utility truck when he collided with a 1990 International semi-tractor trailer that was disabled on the highway.

Tue
10
Apr

Tires slashed, campers entered

Over the past few weeks, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department has been notified and investigating several complaints of criminal damage to property in the village of Gays Mills. The complaints have consisted of slashed tires to vehicles parked at residences and forced entry or attempted entry to several campers at Kickapoo Stump Dodger Campground.

The Crawford County Crime Stoppers urges anyone having information about this or any other crimes to call 326-8933 or 1-866-779-PAYS. Anyone calling either of these numbers with a Crime Stoppers tip will remain anonymous and a reward of up to $1,000 will be paid for a tip which solves a crime with an arrest, charges being filed and/or recovery of stolen property.

Tue
10
Apr

Traffic stop results in drug bust

On April 2, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit initiated a traffic stop on a 2013 Buick Verano in the township of Freeman for numerous moving violations.  The deputy made contact with the driver, identified as Danica Kratz, 31, Clinton, Iowa. During the course of the contact, the deputy identified several indicators of drug use. K-9 Breck was utilized for an open free air sniff of the vehicle and alerted to the presence of one or more controlled substances within the vehicle. 

Tue
10
Apr

Man arrested for meth possession

On April 5, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of Bryant Swiggum, 29, La Crosse, being at a residence in the village of Gays Mills threatening to damage property. Deputies responded and located Swiggum operating a 2002 Honda Accord on Main Street. Swiggum pulled over and parked and attempted to enter a downtown business. Contact was made with Swiggum who exhibited signs of drug use. 

The Crawford County K-9 Unit was requested and responded to conduct an evaluation on Swiggum. The deputy determined that Swiggum was under the influence of one or more controlled substances and was placed under arrest. Swiggum resisted the deputies and struck an investigator in the face with an elbow before being detained. 

Tue
10
Apr

McGregor man threatens officers after high-speed chase

On April 1, at 6:17 a.m., a 1998 Ford Ranger pickup truck squealed its tires while entering the parking lot of the BP South gas station in the city of Prairie du Chien. The driver of the vehicle put gas into his pickup truck then entered BP South. The driver asked the clerk for a free pack of cigarettes. When the clerk refused to give him a free pack of cigarettes, the man said some profanities to the clerk and exited without paying for his gas. The driver squealed the tires on the pickup truck while exiting the parking lot and drove northbound on Marquette Road.

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