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18
Jun

Two men arrested for methamphetamine-related offenses

On June 13, at 2:30 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit, along with a Prairie du Chien police officer, made contact with a vehicle that was parked at a business after their hours of operation in the city of Prairie du Chien.  

Upon the officers’ arrival, several occupants exited the 2003 Mitsubishi Montero and gave conflicting stories as to why they were in town and how they knew each other. The occupants were identified as Colin Schneider, 26, Muscoda; Paige Bell, 21, Lone Rock; Dakota Lins, 23, Gotham, and Treagir Sander, 18, Boscobel. Sander attempted to lie about his identity and all three men exhibited signs of drug impairment. 

K-9 Breck was utilized for an open free sniff of the vehicle and alerted to the presence of one or more controlled substances within the vehicle.  

Mon
18
Jun

Prairie police awards distributed for 2017


Lt. Terry Sprosty, Sgt. Kyle Teynor and Chief Chad Abram are pictured with Prairie du Chien Police Department Employee of the Year Patty Schauf-Yager

Lt. Terry Sprosty, Sgt. Kyle Teynor and Chief Chad Abram are pictured with Prairie du Chien Police Officer Liz LaHaie, who received the Life-Saving Award.

Pictured with the community partnership award recipients from Scream Xtreme, Nate and Nick Gilberts, are Lieutenant Terry Sprosty, Sergeant Kyle Teynor and Chief Chad Abram.

Sgt. Kyle Teynor, Chief Chad Abram and Lt. Terry Sprosty are pictured with Prairie du Chien Police Department Chaplain Andy Doll, who the department appointed to provide guidance through critical incidents and emotional times.

The Prairie du Chien Police Department recently awarded its 2017 honors for employee of the year and community partnership, also giving out a life-saving award and appointing a chaplain. Chief Chad Abram, Lieutenant Terry Sprosty and Sergeant Kyle Teynor presented awards at the ceremony.

Employee of the year is Patty Schauf-Yager, administrative assistant/officer. She was voted upon by her peers, as Sgt. Teynor said, she is highly regarded by all staff as the “glue that holds us all together.”

Mon
18
Jun

A hot time at the 43rd Prairie Villa Rendezvous


Temperatures reaching the mid to high 90s this past weekend couldn’t deter big crowds at the 43rd Annual Prairie Villa Rendezvous June 14-17 on St. Feriole Island. Above, James Kottka of Rice Lake, Wis., enjoys sipping on a cool drink from a mug created by Todd Strupp of Antlered Mugworks of Rice Lake. The mugs are handcrafted from Texas Longhorn horns and whitetail deer antlers for the handles. Designs depicting wildlife and other interesting outdoor scenes are burned into the mugs and sealed. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

You never know who or what you might encounter at the Prairie Villa Rendezvous, which recreates life as it was in the 1840s when Prairie du Chien was the hub of fur trading. The rendezvous is the largest such re-enactment in the Midwest. The entire family can enjoy the black powder shoot, children’s games, women’s games, the primitive bow shoot, the flint and steel competition and the knife and hawk throw for men, women and children.

Ty Koeller of McGregor (left) is all smiles as he defeats Layia Koeller in this particular tug of war match at the Prairie Villa Rendezvous Friday morning.

Fluteman Dan, also known as Dan Nolan of Hanover, Ill., entertains passersby by playing haunting melodies on his hammered dulcimer. Fluteman also enjoys playing Native American flutes and Irish penny whistles.

Children gather ‘round to learn a thing or two from Dewey Roll of Robin’s Blacksmithing of Leland, Iowa. Dewey has been blacksmithing for about 25 years and is a jack of all trades as he fashions unique gifts and does custom fabrication and welding.
Mon
18
Jun

Meeting set for construction in Eastman

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting to preview the upcoming Highway 27 construction project in the village of Eastman. The meeting will be held Tuesday, June 26, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Salem United Methodist Church meeting hall in Eastman.

This meeting will detail construction activities on the urban section of Highway 27 in Eastman, between Meadow Lane and Highway 179. Work is expected to begin July 5.

The urban segment begins at Meadow Lane in Eastman and extends north to about 0.15 miles south of the Highways 27/179 intersection.

Mon
18
Jun

Eastman Mets created a movement in fastpitch softball


Eastman Mets fastpitch softball team members on the first team in 1964 were (front row, from left) Chester Kramer, Ray Byerly, Terry Kramer, Pete Swanson, Gary Lenzendorf, Charlie Wall; (back row) Larry Pelock, John Pelock, John Swatek, John Kramer, Roger Wall, Tom Wagner, Dave Swanson and Mark Martin.

Remnants from the Eastman Mets continued on to play with league leaders Bob’s Bar and Slama’s Bar softball teams, where they mixed their talents with other players from the area. Above are Frank McCormick, Al Gillingham, David Swanson, Dennis Fuller, Pete Swanson, Mel Dearborn, John Kramer, Jim Pitzer, Tom Lydon and Bob Kuckenbecker. Below are LaVerne DuCharme, Ronnie Hollenberger, John Trautsch, Roger Feye, Roger Wall, Loyde Beers, John Swatek, manager Pete Mara, Bernie Zach and Mike Kilburg. Not pictured are John Slama and Dennis Lenzendorf. Visit the Courier on Facebook and Instagram for additional pictures of other area league teams who competed against the Mets.

By Correne Martin

This is a small-town tale about how high school fastpitch softball teams started developing in Eastman and other southwest Wisconsin communities in the 1960s. 

But this story is more than just another account of a masterful and passionate ball team. It’s the kind of story that allows you to envision a group of unpretentious sandlot ball buddies who sparked a community revolution simply by their love of the game. 

In the early 1960s, fast pitch was gaining ground in the area, but there were no young kids playing—except for every noon hour on the Eastman school playground. There, a mess of boys would organize a pick-up game. Some girls grabbed bats too—many of whom were just as good as the boys.

Wed
13
Jun

Where the best and the brightest go next after the last word of the speech


Brent Bloyer Chrissie Alioto Kristine Pettis

By Rachel Mergen

 

As area high school graduations are done for another year, past graduates reflect on their own experiences. Valedictorians, especially, have important connections with their commencement ceremonies, as they addressed the audiences and represented the best and brightest of the school. But, once the diploma is accepted and the graduates walk out of their schools, what comes next for the top of the class? 

Kristine Pettis

Kristine Pettis achieved the honor of Valedictorian in 2008 at Seneca High School. 

Wed
13
Jun

Kids can explore the garden for free


Ashlin Nolan, daughter of John and Carrie Nolan, forms soil around a plant in the Memorial Gardens. Through hands-on gardening activities such as this, children can learn about the earth and its bounty at this summer’s Kids in the Garden program, which starts today (Wednesday, June 13), from 4 to 5:30 p.m., and will continue every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. (Submitted photo)

Kids in the Garden is a free program at the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens every second and fourth Wednesday morning and afternoon, sponsored by the Crawford County Master Gardeners. Class times are 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m. Children ages 5-14 and their parents or guardians (for those under 10) are invited to explore the garden setting, including the harvesting of vegetables, tasting of them, talking about using them and enjoying a story walk, snack and beverage.

June 13—Planting Our Garden and Construction of a Bug Condo

Seeds and plants will be planted and labels made. There will be story time and time for exploring bug guests in the bug condo. Hummingbird feeders will also be filled and installed, that way the kids can watch hummingbirds all summer.

Wed
13
Jun

Prairie du Chien man says he saw black cougar


This track was photographed by Larry Stluka’s son, who has relatively wide hands.

By Ted Pennekamp

A black cougar (also known as a panther) has killed several pigs and damaged a cow and two dogs according to a rural Prairie du Chien man who says he saw the large cat about two weeks ago on his farm.

Tue
12
Jun

Amundson pleads not guilty

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Bluff View Principal Aaron Amundson entered a plea of not guilty at his arraignment in Crawford County Circuit Court Tuesday afternoon to a charge of child abuse-recklessly causing harm.

Mon
11
Jun

Be aware of elderly self-neglect

By Rachel Mergen

June is awareness month for elderly and vulnerable people self-neglect. To help the community become more aware of the warning signs and what to do if they are concerned self-neglect may be occurring, a panel will be held on Wednesday, June 27, from 9 to 11 a.m., with registration at 8:30 a.m., at the Crawford County Administration Building in Prairie du Chien. 

The panel will feature Drs. Ann and Mark Grunwald, Ryan Fradette, of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, and Dan McWilliams, of the Crawford County Health and Human Services Department. Refreshments will be offered, along with door prize drawings. 

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