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Wed
28
Nov

Two sides spar over book during PdC school board meeting


The book "The 57 Bus" caused some debate at the special Prairie du Chien School Board meeting Monday night.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A book being used at Prairie du Chien High School caused a bit of a stir at the special school board meeting in the high school’s Little Theatre Monday evening.

Mon
26
Nov

Vehicle heavily damaged in rollover

On Saturday, Nov. 17, at 5:06 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a rollover accident in Freeman Township, on Buck Creek Road approximately one-tenth of a mile east Highway 35.

An eastbound 2015 Ford pickup owned and operated by 32-year-old Timothy S. Klein of Menasa, left the road and overturned.

Klein refused medical treatment. 

The vehicle had heavy damage. Weather conditions contributed to the accident.

Mon
26
Nov

PdC woman charged with meth possession

A 36-year-old Prairie du Chien woman has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine. 

Paula Quakenbush faces up to a $10,000 fine and 3.5 years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Prairie du Chien police officers stopped a vehicle which had a defective and loud exhaust. The driver, Quakenbush, had bloodshot and dilated eyes, the complaint said. She agreed to a search of her vehicle.

A small, metal tin containing meth was found in the search.

Mon
26
Nov

Deputies seek hit and run suspect

On Saturday, Nov. 17, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department initially investigated a hit and run accident at McCormick’s Bar and Grill in Rolling Ground. Sometime between 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16 and noon on Saturday, Nov. 17, a legally parked white 2015 Nissan Rogue was struck by another vehicle in the parking lot area of the establishment. 

The striking/suspect vehicle is believed to be a silver 1993-99 Ford Escort Wagon and/or Mercury Tracer. A large plastic piece from the suspect vehicle remained at the scene.  

Mon
26
Nov

Man charged with 5th OWI

A 54-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fifth offense).

Daniel Carroll faces up to a $25,000 fine and 10 years in prison if convicted. 

According to the criminal complaint, a Prairie du Chien police officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle that then accelerated rapidly across an intersection, causing the tires to squeal. The officer caught up to the vehicle which had parked in a driveway. Carroll was subsequently arrested for suspected OWI.

Carroll has previously been convicted of OWI four times.

Mon
26
Nov

Iowa woman arrested for meth following crash

On Nov. 17, at 3:48 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit was patrolling on Highway 35 in the township of Freeman. The deputy came upon a one-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 35 and Rush Creek Road. 

It was determined that Reagan Bodish, 22, Garnavillo, Iowa, was operating a 2004 Ford Taurus northbound during the snow storm when she lost control and began to spin. The vehicle spun completely around, drove over the curb and came to rest facing southbound in the east shoulder of Highway 35. The vehicle sustained minor damage and was stuck in the dirt. 

Mon
26
Nov

Prairie du Chien man charged for possession of multiple illegal substances

On Saturday, Nov. 24, at around 9:20 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department conducted a traffic stop on the 100 block of North Michigan Street for a traffic violation. The Prairie du Chien K-9 Unit assisted with the traffic stop and K-9 Rico was utilized. 

A subsequent search of the vehicle found raw marijuana, THC oil and wax, numerous drug containers used to transport and ingest drugs, along with a schedule II controlled substance, according to the police department.

The driver, Aaron Hartley, 31, of Prairie du Chien, was arrested and charged for possession of THC, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a restricted controlled substance (first offense).

Mon
26
Nov

Marquette Road to be completed Nov. 30


The final leg of the Marquette Road construction project in Prairie du Chien will be done this week and open to all traffic late in the day Friday, Nov. 30. Pictured, a machine brushes the new highway surface in preparation for project completion. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A completion date for Marquette Road construction was announced, a new council person was sworn in, the SMRT Bus vehicles were assigned to La Crosse County, and the council vocalized its unofficial budgetary intent for two economic development entities. This all took place at last week’s council meeting, Nov. 20.

Mayor Dave Hemmer said Friday, Nov. 30 is the day Marquette Road/Highway 35 will reopen to all traffic. The road work is expected to be finished this week. Then, following a ribbon cutting late in the day on Friday, the road will officially open.

Mon
26
Nov

Wisconsin River Trail making good progress


Above is a map of the proposed Wisconsin River Trail.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Wisconsin River Trail project has been going since April of 2014 and there is a long way to go, but there has also been much progress.

Mon
19
Nov

W-S school board will have 2 seats up for spring election

The school district of Wauzeka-Steuben has announced that two school board seats will be up for election in the spring on April 2. These seats are currently held by incumbents Tom Martin and Nikki Asleson. The term for office is three years, beginning April 22, 2019.

The district requests a campaign registration statement and declaration of candidacy from any interested parties by 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 2, in the office of the school district clerk. If nominations papers are required, the first day to circulate them is Dec. 1, and the final day for papers is Jan. 2.

For more information, call the school at (608) 875-5311. A description of the school district boundaries, if desired, may be obtained from the school office.

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