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Wed
10
Jan

Prairie du Chien hires new fire chief


Jeff Boughton started as the new chief of the Prairie du Chien Fire Department on Dec. 28. He has 38 years service experience. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien has hired a new fire chief. Jeff Boughton began his new duties on Dec. 28, and brings 38 years in the fire service—including 34 of them in Boscobel with  the last 12 as fire chief—to the community.

“This was a great opportunity. I’m familiar with the community and knew some of the guys [on the department],” Boughton said. “I taught just about every one of them here.”

The calm and cordial new chief has also served as a fire service instructor for Southwest Tech for 28 years. Due to his connections at the Fennimore technical college, he’s also contributed to the advisory board there. Citizens may also recognize Boughton’s friendly face as the owner/operator of Boscobel Auto Clinic for 23 years before he sold his business and moved to Verona, where he acted as deputy fire chief for a few years. This service was just prior to hearing about the opening in Prairie du Chien and accepting the local chief’s position.

Tue
09
Jan

June N. Sylvester

June N. Sylvester, 94, of Bagley, passed away Monday, Jan. 8, at her home. 

She was born Feb. 9, 1923, in Carthage, S.D., the daughter of Lee and Esther (McQuistion) Marshall. She married David Sylvester in Clinton, Iowa, in 1955. June was a school teacher in Wyalusing Township and later she and her husband owned and operated Big Dave’s Café in Hazleton, Iowa. June later returned to Bagley and worked at the Bagley Hotel and eventually became the owner before retiring in 1998. Her husband Dave preceded her in death in 1996. June also had a special love for her animals. 

She is survived by her daughter Jennifer Sylvester, of Bagley; numerous nieces; nephews; and a dear friend Audra Dawson. 

Mon
08
Jan

Lessons in Learning - Oldenburg

By Rachel Mergen

 

Born to a family of teachers, Miriam Oldenburg has found a place to put her passion for education and children to good use the past 38 years. 

Oldenburg, who teaches second grade at the Seneca School District, is the daughter of a teacher and had two grandmothers who taught as well. She is the oldest of six siblings, who admired her as she showed them how to play school from an early age. 

She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in the winter of 1979.  She decided to follow in her family’s footsteps, because she had always enjoyed small children. She considered becoming a nurse, to help people, but realized that the hospital setting just wasn’t the place for her. 

Mon
08
Jan

Lessons in Learning - Osterday

By Rachel Mergen

 

Originally, Garth Osterday, River Ridge High School science teacher of 34 years, didn’t expect to spend his adult years working in a school. His younger self believed he would find a successful career in the medical field, but his dream changed to fit his love of wanting to help youth meet their goals. 

Osterday, a native to Stockton, Ill., attended four different colleges after high school. Initially, he attended Highland Community College in Freeport, Ill., where he received an associates degree. Following this achievement, he found himself at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. 

Mon
08
Jan

All incumbents running unopposed for Crawford County Board

There are 16 candidates for the Crawford County Board of Supervisors for the April 3 election. All candidates are incumbents and are running unopposed. Kersten “Rocky” Rocksvold will not be seeking re-election in District 3. The District 3 seat will be vacant.

The candidates are as follows:

Name    District
Geri Kozelka    1
Henry Esser    2
Vacant    3
Brad Steiner    4
Duane Rogers    5
Carl Orr    6
David Olson    7
Mary Kuhn    8
Wade Dull    9
Donald Stirling    10
Wayne Jerrett, Jr.    11
Larry Kelley    12
Greg Russell    13
Gari Lorenz    14
Gerald Krachey    15
Derek Flansburgh    16
Tom Cornford    17

Mon
08
Jan

30 years prison given for Bridgeport murder


Stephanie Kenning, the daughter of Linda Kline, speaks to her mother’s murderer, Jimmy McDaniel, during his sentencing in Crawford County court Friday. Even McDaniel let out an audible cry during her victim-impact statement, as the rest of the people in the courtroom wiped away tears and hung their heads. Kenning sat a picture of her children next to her as she spoke to McDaniel about her pain in never seeing her mother again. (Photos by Correne Martin)

With the ashes of her two deceased daughters sitting in front of her, Colleen Munz addressed Jimmy McDaniel during his sentencing for the first-degree reckless homicide of Linda Kline (right picture). She reminded him that the ashes are all she has left of Linda and her other daughter, Michelle Little. Munz also blames McDaniel for Little’s heartbreak and anxiety and ensuing death after the loss of Kline.

Being sentenced for murdering his girlfriend and then staging her suicidal hanging, Jimmy McDaniel shows some emotion in court. He said he knows what it feels like to lose someone dear, since he lost his beloved mother years ago. He maintained that he did not take the life of Linda Kline because he loved her.

Jimmy McDaniel asserts that he and his deceased girlfriend, Linda Kline, loved each other. "You tell me I'm gonna come here and take her life? No, it's not true," he said during his sentencing Friday.

Dennis Munz, the brother of Linda Kline, spoke some harsh words directly to Jimmy McDaniel. He even alluded to his belief that McDaniel attempted to take Kline's life in a previous four-wheeler incident, which allegedly left Kline severely injured but McDaniel uninjured and the four-wheeler minimally damaged.

Crawford County Judge Lynn Rider discusses the basis of her sentence for Jimmy McDaniel, 40 years in prison—30 years of initial confinement and with 10 years extended supervision. He faced a maximum of 66 years in prison.

By Correne Martin

No more Mother’s Days. No more pictures. No more laughs. No more memories.

Linda Kline will not experience any more days as a mother, grandmother, daughter or sister, since the life was strangled from her body on Oct. 4, 2016, by her boyfriend Jimmy McDaniel outside a house where they were staying in Bridgeport.

Kline’s daughter, Stephanie Kenning, detailed her personal grief during McDaniel’s sentencing hearing in Crawford County court Friday. She said she’s battled depression and anxiety for the “458 days” since her mother’s murder and was even hospitalized for trying to take her own life.

Mon
08
Jan

Locals adopt puppies to benefit RABAS


These five puppies, born to a dog taken in by Crawford County Animal Control, were put up for adoption in exchange for a $500 donation, per pup, to Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter. (Submitted photo)

Crawford County Animal Control obtained an Australian shepherd cross dog in October. The dog was taken to Southwest Vet to be spayed, prior to be putting up for adoption. Dr. Bill Schultz’s pre-surgical exam revealed that the dog was in late pregnancy, so he decided to adopt the dog and name her Cinnamon. Eight days later, on Oct. 26, she whelped five puppies.

As a fundraiser for Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter (RABAS), Dr. Schultz decided to place the puppies up for adoption. One puppy is going to Dr. Schultz’s son. One puppy has a heart problem, so Dr. Schultz is keeping her. Three puppies were offered for adoption in exchange for a $500 donation to RABAS. Each of the new owners will receive about $300 in services through the donation, including first-year vaccines and spaying or neutering.

Mon
08
Jan

5 running for 3 seats on PdC school board

Board president running as official write-in

By Correne Martin

Five individuals will compete for three seats up for reelection in the Prairie du Chien Area School District, come the spring school board election in April. Two are incumbents, one an official write-in incumbent and the other two newcomers to the board.

According to District Administrator Bob Smudde, the incumbents whose name will be on the ballot April 3, include Lonnie Achenbach and Duane Rogers. New to the scene, Michael Higgins and Tom Petersen also turned in the necessary paperwork to have their names on the ballot for voters. Finally, incumbent Christine Panka, who is also the board president, will not appear on the ballot, but she has filed the proper papers with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board to be considered an official write-in candidate for the election.

Mon
08
Jan

Antoine makes United States Olympic Team

By Karen Price

 

There’s still one world cup skeleton race remaining on the schedule, and Matt Antoine could practically do cartwheels down the track if he wanted and still qualify for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Mon
08
Jan

Two new bridges to be built in county

Hearing set for Famechon Hill project

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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