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Local organization supports community wellness

The recent Crawford County on the Move 5K walk/run at the Crawford County Fair ended with these results. The top three females (above, from left) and their times were Ann Boland (27:54) Marguerite Carstens (25:45) and Liz Bransky (23:52). The top males (below) were Al Bark (24:06), Preston Hertel (27:18) and Mike Peotter (31.26). This 5K marked the conclusion of this year’s nine-week Crawford County on the Move program. Approximately 120 people participated in the program in seven different communities across the county.

By Correne Martin

Eating healthy, being active and having access to wellness resources are the focus of Healthy Roots of Crawford County, a coalition that began in 2014 with the intent to promote healthy living. The organization has had a busy year of offering healthy opportunities for local residents.

“Our goal is to make the healthy choice the easy choice,” said Healthy Roots member Kathleen Hein, who represents Driftless Wisconsin Grown.

Among the Healthy Roots-funded initiatives making a wholesome impact in Crawford County this spring and summer were: a gardening workshop targeted at day care providers, an Active School mini grant that provided more opportunities for students to be active, and a parks and playgrounds exploration challenge for families. A community resource guide was also developed to assist the public.


Garage fire

Prairie du Chien Fire Department firefighters hose down the remains of a garage at 301 S. State Street Saturday morning. The shed next to the garage was also damaged in the fire as was some siding on three nearby houses. (Photo by Gary Howe)


Fire destroys 

garage in Prairie du Chien

Good samaritans wake up homeowner, save boats

By Ted Pennekamp



Wauzeka Labor Day Parade

William Schlueter has found an efficient way to pick up parade candy quicker than his young competition: a snow shovel. The parade is always a highlight at the annual Labor Day celebration in Wauzeka. Many fire departments, small businesses and tractor riders participated in the parade Monday, providing plenty of candy for the youngsters to snatch from the roadside. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Kelsey Lomas delivered goodies to kids from the cab of an Integrity Ag truck, as her son, Coy, took in the excitement too.

Carol DuCharme, of Carol’s Bar and Grill, Wauzeka, tossed candy bars and waved at those watching the parade Monday, while also advertising for Jim’s Mini Motors, Wauzeka.

Gayle Aspenson (left) and Mara Hird, of Peoples State Bank, were accompanied by an enthusiastic Bristol Hird on wheels, while handing out candy to parade-goers Monday.

PdC School District seeks Advisory Task Force

The Prairie du Chien School District has begun a planning effort to assess facility and space needs required to deliver current and future required curriculum at all grade levels. At the same time, a condition assessment is being completed to evaluate code, maintenance and ADA issues that may need to be addressed over the next 10 years so that capital budgets can be planned in advance.

According to school board president Christine Panka, “The board has determined that the residents of the community are the true owners of the school district and they want to hear from the community what its vision is for the future of the district.”

To gather input, the board has initiated a public-driven evaluation process with a goal of determining the most appropriate long-term solutions for infrastructure needs. The architectural and engineering firm, FEH Design, will facilitate a public engagement process for this analysis.


Celebrate fun local foods at Harvest Dinner

Celebrate Driftless Wisconsin Grown’s fourth annual harvest dinner on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Gatherings on the Ridge, a newly-renovated rustic barn just north of Eastman on Highway 27.

Talented chef, Mark Oppermann, of Sharing Spaces Kitchen, will cater this local foods event. Appetizers include cheese and vegetable kabobs, endive lettuce cups with mushrooms and wild rice, fall harvest salsa, and Prairie Earth Organic baked tortilla chips. An apple harvest salad features spinach, quinoa, apples, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, and pecans. A garam masala pumpkin soup with crispy chorizo and glazed apples will be served as well. The delicious entree includes a pork loin roast with cranberry and walnut stuffing and a roasted butternut squash ravioli with hazelnut cream sauce. A dessert of cheesecake stuffed baked apples will top off the delicious meal.


Homecoming celebrated at River Ridge next week

River Ridge High School will celebrate homecoming Sept. 14-18. The theme this year is “Around the World” and the football game is against Potosi Friday at 7 p.m.

Wednesday will begin the week of activities with a night of family fun and entertainment at the high school. A color run held on the Fitness Trail will be from 6 to 7 p.m. During the run, there will be food provided by the Safe and Stable Family Grant. Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy a sandwich and soup. Also on Wednesday evening are the skits, lip syncing, and coronation in the high school gym at 7:30. The coronation will immediately follow the introductory music and school song by the band, under the direction of Mr. Lasko.


Asphalt scam hits area

The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of a possible asphalt scam in the area.

Sheriff Mike Tschirgi is urging residents to beware of door-to-door solicitors who offer to pave or repair your driveway or sidewalk at a substantially lower price than most contractors. Many times, the solicitors will arrive unannounced and offer a special discount for leftover asphalt, promising to apply a 3- to 4-inch asphalt base, when in fact they only put down a 1 or 2-inch base.

These actions are in violation of Iowa law and the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office will investigate as such. If you have experienced a similar situation, write down the license plate number and contact the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Tschirgi provided some additional advice for those seeking driveway or sidewalk repairs:

•Obtain written estimates from multiple contractors and get in writing the terms of the contract.


Bloomington man dies in fall from ladder

A Bloomington man died Monday from injuries he sustained when he fell from a ladder three days earlier.

Law enforcement officials suspect cattle might have contributed to that fall.

Robert Mathre, 57, died Monday at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, according to a press release from the Grant County Sheriff's Department.

The release states that Mathre fell from a 24-foot ladder Friday while working at the Lonnie Holthaus farm on Pine Road in Mt. Ida Township. Mathre was fixing some fans he previously installed inside a free-stall barn, and “it is believed one of the cattle may have hit the ladder causing Mr. Mathre to fall,” the release states.

He was taken by ambulance to Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster and then airlifted to the hospital in Madison.


Teen dies after four wheeler strikes fence

An Iowa teenager died when he was thrown from an ATV near Guttenberg over the holiday weekend.

On Sunday, Sept. 6, at 3:04 a.m., the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of an ATV accident near 25094 Great River Road, about five miles north of Guttenberg on private property. Three subjects riding a four wheeler struck a fence, causing all three of the riders to be thrown from the ATV. A passenger, Kurtis Reidy, 16, of Winthrop, Iowa, was transported to the Guttenberg hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The driver, Tyler Schladetzky, 23, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was treated for minor injuries. A juvenile passenger was uninjured.

The Guttenberg Ambulance Service and Guttenberg Fire Department assisted at the scene. The accident remains under investigation by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa DNR.


Carriage Classic brings dramatic equine driving to Prairie du Chien

Sharon Makurat of Whitewater, won the antique turnout class with a beautiful wicker phaeton vehicle pulled by a Welsh pony, Cynthia of Oxford, Mich.

On Sept. 11-13, many people from throughout the region are sure to attend the Midwest’s most elegant and lavishly appointed equine sport driving event, the Villa Louis Carriage Classic.

This year will mark the 35th anniversary of the Carriage Classic, which is held on the Villa Louis Historic Site on St. Feriole Island, 521 N. Villa Louis Road.

Some of the region’s finest horses and more than 100 new and restored carriages compete in a variety of arena and cross country events.

The Carriage Classic recalls the Villa Louis estate’s heyday as a farm for the breeding of horses for harness racing.

The Villa Louis—with much of the interior restored to its 1890s splendor—never looks better than during the late-summer equine classic.


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