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Mon
18
Feb

Experience bald eagle’s mystique at appreciation days

By Correne Martin

Our national bird, the bald eagle, will be celebrated Feb. 22-23, at Bald Eagle Appreciation Days in Prairie du Chien, sponsored by the city’s tourism council. A few events are scheduled for Friday night at Country Inn and Suites; then on Saturday, a full day of programs will take place at Hoffman Hall. All activities are open to the public and most are free. 

At Country Inn and Suites, starting Friday at 6:30 p.m., nature photographer Ty Smedes will present “Bald Eagles, Hawks and Owls of the Upper Midwest.” At 7:30, a feature of Neil Rettig’s award-winning cinematography, will be shared by local birding professional Dennis Kirshbaum. 

Mon
18
Feb

Gays Mills man injured in Feb. 12 car versus semi accident

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 5:23 p.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a car versus semi crash on US Highway 61, north of Mt. Zion.

Aaron Fortney, 49, Gays Mills, was driving a 1998 Buick LesSabre north on Highway 61 delivering mail. He went to make a left turn onto Hope Lane when his vehicle crashed with a 2007 Peterbilt semi that was passing on the left.

Fortney sustained back and neck injuries and was transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital.

The semi driver Trevor Lee Sansburn, 29, Lake Park, Minn., escaped injury.

Both vehicles sustained disabling damage and were towed from the scene

Mon
18
Feb

Man, 55, arrested for 9th OWI following hit and run

On Feb. 9, at 2:41 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a hit and run traffic crash at the stop sign on Homesteader Avenue at State Highway 35, in the township of Prairie du Chien.

An officer with the Prairie du Chien Police Department arrived on scene and determined the suspect vehicle rear-ended a 2019 Toyota Corolla, operated by Jeffrey A. Sharp, 51, Onalaska. Sharp informed the officer the suspect vehicle left the scene traveling northbound on State Highway 35. Sharp was able to read the license plate information of the suspect vehicle and provide it to the officer on scene. It was determined the suspect vehicle, a 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor SUV, was registered to Margaret L. Haas, 54, Wauzeka. 

Wed
13
Feb

K-9 Rico gives demonstration


After starting to bite, Rico was commanded to let off. But then, he went back to business, taking the “criminal” to the ground.

Officer Casey Cox and K-9 Rico represented the Prairie du Chien Police Department at the Feb. 9 Pet Expo at Nelson True Value. Rico showed the audience how he would chase and bite a criminal under his handler’s commands. Volunteer Bob Witt wore the bite suit for the demonstration. Cox explained additional details about Rico, his training, his skills and duties, associated expenses and characteristics of the K-9. For more about Rico, find the Prairie du Chien Police K9 Unit on Facebook. The annual Pet Expo featured a pet parade, demonstrations and more. Event-goers learned about the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter and adopting cats and dogs through the organization, along with how they can volunteer or otherwise assist. People also had the opportunity to shop pet sales specials at True Value. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Wed
13
Feb

New hotel development to offer Mississippi waterfront views


The Waterfront Hotel has taken quick shape over the past month on Main Street in Prairie du Chien. Just Wednesday, passers-by could see the entry corridor taking shape. It will be three stories with 58 rooms and hopefully be open by late July/early August. Since this sign was erected, some modifications have been made to the design. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

There’s a new hotel development in downtown Prairie du Chien. Brian and Brittany (Sheckler) Nichols are spearheading the project, called the Waterfront Hotel, fittingly because it overlooks the Mississippi River from its location on Main Street. Despite the awful winter the city has had, construction is moving along and hopes are for it to open in late July or early August, pending weather, Brian said.

Wed
13
Feb

There’s a Crush for everyone


Some of the members of the Gay Straight Alliance gathered this Valentine’s week to build excitement about their Crush pop fundraiser, a special way for friends, secret crushes and loved ones to express their feelings for other students. Pictured (from left) are Sophia Valley, Madison White, Ava Longstreth, Maci Dalton, Shayla Trautsch, MiKayla Thomas, Katrina Rodenberg and Amy Foster. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Having a crush is a big deal for anyone in high school, especially around Valentine’s Day. The Gay Straight Alliance at Prairie du Chien High School is making sure students have the proper means to spread the love, in a cheeky way, to their friends, secret crushes or special sweethearts. 

The organization sponsored a first-of-its-kind Crush pop fundraiser over the past week as something fun to do for Valentine’s Day, simply to increase awareness about the group and to advocate for diversity and inclusion. The premise is that, from orange to grape to strawberry, there’s a crush for everyone. 

Wed
13
Feb

PdC school year extended to June 6

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien School District school year will be extended to June 6 this year in a measure to make up for snow days passed unanimously by the Prairie du Chien School Board at its regular meeting Monday night.

Mon
11
Feb

Slide-off results in citations

On Feb. 8, at approximately 2 a.m., Trevor Ferguson, 26, of Bloomington, was driving his 2009 Hyundai, south on Highway 35 in Patch Grove Township. Ferguson was negotiating a curve and lost control and drove across both lanes of Highway 35, before coming to rest in the opposite ditch. At 5 a.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle in the ditch on Highway 35, near Kansas Road.

Mon
11
Feb

Sweetheart Supper a nice night out to benefit vets memorial


This patriotic, full-size quilt was hand crafted by Suzette Ray, a member of the veterans memorial committee. It will be raffled at the Sweetheart Supper Feb. 16.

The back of the quilt is red, white and blue as well as the front. The quilt is on display at Peoples State Bank in Wauzeka, where tickets are also offered, until Saturday’s supper.

The Wauzeka Veterans Memorial stands at the entrance to the Wauzeka Cemetery. Six granite tablets inscribed with the names of local veterans are hoped to be added by this spring. (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

Take your sweetheart out for a steak dinner and some Valentine’s ambience, and contribute to a good cause at the same time, this Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Sweetheart Steak Supper in Wauzeka. 

From 4:30 to 8 p.m., at Century Hall, for the price of one dinner, the Wauzeka Veterans Memorial Committee will serve grilled steak, baked potatoes, buns, hot dogs for kids, homemade salads and desserts, coffee, milk and water. Alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase. 

Dusty Mara will DJ the fundraiser and Century Hall will be specially decorated for Valentine’s Day. There will also be a raffle for a patriotic-themed, full-size quilt, hand crafted by Suzette Ray, committee leader.

Mon
11
Feb

Project Lifesaver can help ‘bring loved ones home’

By Correne Martin

There’s a little-known program in Crawford County that could help save someone’s life if they have a tendency to wander. It’s called Project Lifesaver, a sense of security-style system that’s been available in the county since 2010. Since then, about eight to 10 individuals—including seniors, adults with disabilities and at-risk youth—have made use of the wristwatch-like radio technology. At least one person’s system was activated and utilized in tracking them, followed by a safe return.

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