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02
May

PdC Jaycees disband, yet leave rich legacy


The Prairie du Chien Jaycees' sandbox fill was a community service provided out of necessity. When the young Jaycees members had kids with sandboxes that needed filled, they found a way to make it happen for everyone—just one example of the organization's dedication to its community. Pictured just a few decades ago (from left) are Ed Hamman from Prairie Sand and Gravel, Gary Howe, Shelby Eastman, Oscar Eastman and Carol Baumeister.

These grease monkeys manned the Jaycees' Rendezvous food stand in 1990: Lynn McCreary (Rider), David Shihata and his dad Moe Shihata. This fundraiser and the Rendezvous flea market were, together, among the largest fundraisers for the Jaycees.

Ready to record the distance, Jaycee John Green watches as a Punt, Pass and Kick participant lofts a long ball. This event was just one of dozens the Jaycees organized over the years.

These Jaycees and Jaycettes had a fun time at Mecca in Milwaukee in 1974.

Prairie du Chien Jaycees alumni Tom Nelson, Gary Howe and Cathie Nelson stand with the current Jaycees' most senior member, Tarah Marx, in front of the Old Rock School, which was most recently home to the local chapter. The Jaycees voted in February to disband the organization after six decades of existence in Prairie du Chien. The move was mainly due to declining membership. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Jaycees are disbanding after six decades of shaping humanity in the community. Though the decision came with heart-rending resolve, a rich legacy is being left behind, the result of purposeful devotion invested by hundreds of local Junior Chamber members. 

As the last line of the Jaycees International Creed states, “That service to humanity is the best work of life.”

“We have a lot of respect for the Jaycees who came before us, and that (is why this decision) has weighed heavily on us,” lamented Treasurer Jamie Stram, a 12-year member.

Mon
30
Apr

Driftless Development striving to build greater Crawford County into vibrant community


This map shows the area Driftless Development targeted for their recent surveys. Driftless Development is working with counties and communities beyond the Crawford County border for the benefit of all.

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Driftless Development Inc., is at a pivotal point as the economic development organization begins to look at the challenges faced by the greater Crawford County area while also starting its shift from a transitional board of directors to a permanent board, aided by several committees.

Mon
30
Apr

Outdoors vital to first grade Arbor Day experience

The Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department invited Prairie du Chien School District first graders (public and private) to the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens Friday for its annual Arbor Day program. Guest speakers included Tom Nelson, who talked about the history of trees on the island; Mike Ulrich, who spoke about the history of how the park setting came to be there; and Mark Pedretti, who discussed the trees, fruits and wildlife around us. Pictured, garden curator Tom Nelson let Zach Quick and all his fellow first graders give their class’ arborvitae tree some “love” before planting it near the intersection of Fourth and Rolette Streets. Former teacher Mark Pedretti let the kids hold and feel some of the branches, nuts, berries and other items found out among nature, including a deer shed.

Mon
30
Apr

Vehicle goes down embankment

On Thursday, April 26, at 11:49 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle accident on Highway 35 in Freeman Township about five tenths of mile north of Old Highway 35. 

Joanna E. Wiese, 36, La Crosse, was traveling southbound on Highway 35 in a 2015 Toyota Camery. The Wiese vehicle was making a right turn onto a pull-off area to turn around and misjudged the turn.  

The Wiese vehicle went off the left side of the pull-off, down an embankment, struck a few trees and came to rest.  

Wiese and her passenger, 59-year-old Teresa E. Schroeder, La Crosse, sustained bumps and bruises but refused medical transport at the scene.  

 

Mon
30
Apr

Two men escape injury after rollover

On Wednesday, April 25 at 10:57 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle rollover accident on Old Gays Road with no injuries.

Wyatt R. Myers, 19, Gays Mills, was negotiating a sharp curve eastbound on Old Gays Road in a 2002 Ford van. Myers lost control of the vehicle on the sharp curve and began to slide. The Myers’ vehicle slid off the left side of the roadway, rolled and came to rest on its top.

Myers and his passenger, Randall P. Strametz, 26, also of Gays Mills, both claimed no injuries from the accident. 

Myers was issued a citation for failure to have the vehicle under control.

Mon
30
Apr

Veterans’ names, service info needed for Wauzeka memorial

The Wauzeka Area Veterans Memorial Committee is seeking veteran information on individuals who have served and are continuing to serve in the Untied States Armed Forces, who have lived or are living in the city and township of Wauzeka and the surrounding area. The veteran information obtained will be reviewed, verified and finally inscribed/listed onto one of the six name tablets erected as part of the new Wauzeka Area Veterans Memorial. 

“We cannot get veteran information from the [Department of Veterans Affairs] unless they’re deceased,” said Joanne Chunat-Peloch, member of the Wauzeka Area Veterans Memorial Committee (WAVMC).

The following veteran information is needed for each individual submission: Full name, time frame in service, during wartime and/or peace time.

Mon
30
Apr

PdC Police efforts began federal investigation into meth distribution network


This shows some of the meth taken during the July 19-20 operations that began in Prairie du Chien and continued to La Crosse. (Submitted photo)

A La Crosse man was recently convicted and sentenced in Crawford County Circuit Court for his part in delivering methamphetamine within the city of Prairie du Chien on July 19, 2017, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department. These efforts began what became a federal investigation into a large network of meth distribution that was removed from the streets.

On July 19, 2017, at around 8:30 p.m.—the same day authorities were overwhelmed with responding to severe storm damage—a delivery of meth investigation culminated with the arrest of Jason G. Goth, 45, for delivery of meth, according to authorities. As a result of the investigation, police department personnel requested assistance from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation and the La Crosse Police Department. 

Mon
30
Apr

96th Assembly District candidates announce hopes for Nerison’s seat


Paul Buhr, Alicia Leinberger, Ahna Key, Loren Oldenburg

Both Democratic and Republican parties will consider nominees in the Aug. 14 partisan primary election for the 96th Assembly District. Both parties will choose their nominations to the ballot, via which the successor to Rep. Lee Nerison will be chosen and the incumbent’s vacancy filled. 

Currently, there are three Democrats and two Republicans who have registered with the Wisconsin Elections Commission for the office:

•Paul Buhr, a Viroqua area dairy farmer and herd genetics marketer;

•Alicia Leinberger, second-time candidate, Viroqua small business owner and renewable energy entrepreneur;

Mon
30
Apr

Spend a cool summer afternoon exploring Fort Crawford


An April 13-14 Boy Scout encampment brought 185 Boy Scouts to the Fort Crawford Museum, where they listened to interpreters and enjoyed a planetarium. They also braved the cold April weather and camped at La Riviere Park. (Submitted photos)

Pictured is the Board of the Prairie du Chien Historical Society, which owns and operates the Fort Crawford Museum, and owns and is restoring the St. Germain dit Gauthier-Coorough House on St. Feriole Island. From left: President Mary Elise Antoine, Joe Atkins, Terry Seeley, Treasurer Lori Bekkum, Carolyn Sand, Cindy Standoff, John Mundt, Secretary Janet Finn, Bob Ziel and William Howe. Not pictured is Vice-President Chad Fradette.

This 1842 oil painting of the second Fort Crawford in Prairie du Chien was purchased from a private owner in California, since restored and will now be on exhibit at the Fort Crawford Museum’s this summer. The image depicts a guest visiting Gen. Chas McDougall, the post surgeon, and his orderly on a hunting trip.

By Correne Martin

Summer is the time people start making plans for family vacations. Before looking out of town for cool destinations, consider some time at the often forgotten Fort Crawford Museum in Prairie du Chien. The historical site opens for the season May 1. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

For the cost of less than a movie, spend an entire afternoon and explore all the extraordinary things that have occurred in Prairie du Chien in recent history as well as a few centuries ago. 

Wed
25
Apr

Treatment Court Coordinator

 

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By Ted Pennekamp

 

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