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Wed
23
Aug

Man leads deputies on high speed chase

On Friday, Aug. 18, at 4:46 p.m., Crawford County deputies were dispatched to the village of Soldiers Grove to talk to Daniel E. Smyth, 59, about an unlawful use of a telephone.  

Earlier in the day, Smyth made comments about harming his family, and it was believed that he would be heading to the Richland County area. Deputies were able to locate Smyth on Tavern Road. Due to Smyth’s driving behavior, a traffic stop was initiated. During the traffic stop, Smyth was being uncooperative and was informed he was under arrest for disorderly conduct. Smyth was upset and accelerated quickly to get away from deputies.

A pursuit was called into the Crawford County Communications Center. Smyth turned north on Highway 61 towards Vernon County. Dispatch was advised to contact Vernon and Richland counties and inform them of the pursuit. Smyth turned around on Highway 61 to go back into Crawford County.

Wed
23
Aug

Citizen vigilance leads to Soldiers Grove drug bust

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit was involved in a drug bust Monday morning, Aug. 21.

Deputy Joe Breeser and K-9 Breck were patrolling in the village of Soldiers Grove early in the morning when Breeser observed a vehicle running at the village park, where several citizen reports have said drug activity was possibly happening.

Upon seeing the K-9 unit, the driver traveled to a residence within the village, exited the vehicle and entered the home, according to the sheriff’s department. A second deputy arrived in the village and the deputies observed a male, later identified as Jeremey Phinney, 39, of Readstown, walk to the home where the driver of the suspicious vehicle had entered. Phinney was inside the residence for a few minutes and then left.

Wed
23
Aug

Budget proposal may radically restructure, cut the SNAP program

By Correne Martin

President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposes to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps), known as FoodShare in Wisconsin, by $193 billion over the next 10 years. The 25 percent cut would be done through a significant cost shift to the states, millions would lose eligibility and hundreds of thousands more would see reduced benefits, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The unemployed, elderly and low-income working families would bear the brunt of the cuts.

Though the U.S. House of Representatives proposed a resolution, it would still cut SNAP by $160 billion, or 20 percent.

The partisan organization Feeding Wisconsin has banded together in concern with non-partisan Second Harvest Foodbank. They feel the public needs a deeper understanding of the impact on local residents as well as the ripple affect this could have at all levels.

Wed
23
Aug

Bartlett races toward greatness


Nathan Bartlett is pictured running in the annual Elvelopet 15K which took place July 29 during Decorah’s Nordic Fest. (Submitted photo)

By Rachel Mergen

 

Not many people can say they are capable of running approximately 9.3 miles in one hour and 35 seconds. Few people are able to power through 50 to 60 miles of running each week, pushed by just their own passion.

Nathan Bartlett, 29-year-old middle school cross country coach and high school math teacher in the Prairie du Chien School District, is one of those rare people.

“I have always been kind of a perfectionist,” Nathan stated about his start in running. “I wanted to discover my limits.”

In high school, Nathan found himself participating in cross country competitively. He enjoyed discovering what he was capable of doing.

From that point on, he always had a love for the activity, but held back on competing with others.

Wed
23
Aug

Bloomington American Legion building full of history, home-cooked meals


Mary Adrian opened Ma’s Bakery 23 years ago after having a passion for baking cakes for many years prior. (Photos by Rachel Mergen)

Ma’s Bakery and the American Legion building is located at 450 Canal St., in Bloomington.

By Rachel Mergen

 

In 1880, the American Legion Building in Bloomington was built by Sprague and Holford at 450 Canal St. It was the largest store in the village. Its dimensions were 57 by 60 feet, and it was built to have a hall over the entire building, which is said to be able to contain between 400 and 500 people. The bottom floor included two stores, one being the L.D. Holford’s Drug Store, which was eventually bought by James Hatch in 1898.

Ora Hatch, business partner of James Hatch, took over the Bloomington drug store in 1900, when James went to manage their Lancaster store. In 1905, Ora bought the Bloomington store.

 

The drug store was mentioned many times in local newspapers under headlines like “Hatch has a train” and “A close call for Ora Hatch.”

Wed
23
Aug

‘Flushable’ wipes, other items blamed for clogs

By Rachel Mergen

 

“Its seems like we tend to make lists of things that should not go down a toilet, which leaves us open to getting things that are not on the list down the toilet. For example, how many times have you found a G.I. Joe Doll at your wastewater plant? It obviously was flushed down the toilet, but since it was not on our list of things to not flush down the toilet, (people feel) it’s OK,” stated wastewater trainer Chris Groh, in a letter sent to the Prairie du Chien Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Lately, flushable bathroom wipes have become a trend in society. With buyers not wanting them collected in their garbage cans, they enjoy being able to simply dispose of them with a single flush.

Wed
23
Aug

Soccer Home Opener


Sam Peterson deftly moves the ball upfield. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Ramon Gonzalez (18) battles for control Tuesday afternoon.

Josh Dyer (8) races a Driftless United player to the ball.

Prairie du Chien’s Weston Hill (5) tries to get the ball away from the Driftless United player Tuesday afternoon on the Bluff View pitch.

 

Prairie soccer opens season 

with tough loss to Driftless United

The Prairie du Chien boys soccer team hosted the Driftless United Club team from Viroqua Tuesday night for their season and home opener.  

The Blackhawks played hard against the quick United team and the defensive line of Issac Nichols, Sam Peterson, Blake Garcia and Ben Teynor held them scoreless until the 29th minute when Driftless slipped in the first score of the match.  

Wed
23
Aug

Bagley Unmoved over Iowa Blast

 

Earth does 

not move in Bagley 

during latest Iowa blast

Seismographs pick up nothing

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
23
Aug

FEMA Meeting

 

FEMA approves 

all Crawford County 

storm damage projects

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
21
Aug

River Ridge Cross Country

 

River Ridge to have 

cross country again

By Ted Pennekamp

 

River Ridge High School will have boys and girls cross country this season after a 15-year absence.

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