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CS Sandstrom Butterflies

Mike Sandstrom photographed these monarch chrysalis's on house plants this summer.  He said he had two hatch today on a begonia (not a house plant).  He went on to say that 8 hatched today.  He must have a regular butterfly nusery going there.

PdC man arrested after police chase

In the early morning hours of September 12th, 2017, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit along with a City of Prairie du Chien Officer were patrolling Wells Street when they observed a 2001 Volkswagen Passat, being operated by Christian Weber, age 25, of Prairie du Chien, WI.
   Weber, after seeing the squad car began taking multiple abrupt turns. Weber began accelerating and drove through the stop sign of 9th Street and Brunson Street. The Crawford County Deputy activated his emergency lights and siren as Weber accelerated and continued making abrupt turns. Weber accelerated at a high rate of speed eastbound on Campion Street then up Bluff View Drive.
   Weber, reaching the dead end, drove through a yard causing damage to the yard of one of the residence’s and drove down to Bluff View Terrace. Weber became stuck in the ditch line and was taken into custody without further incident. Weber was exhibiting extreme signs of drug impairment and stated he had ingested methamphetamine. A search of the vehicle yielded numerous baggies of methamphetamine individually packaged for distribution. Weber was discovered to be on active probation through the state of Wisconsin stemming from a methamphetamine distribution case.
   Weber was transported to the Crawford County Jail and charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia, operating while under the influence of a restricted controlled substance 3rd offense and Felony eluding.  
   Assisting the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was the Prairie du Chien Police Department and Crossing Rivers Hospital. 

Man injured when ATV overturns

Viroqua, WI - September 10th, 2017 - Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports an ATV accident that occurred on Private Property off of Cherry Grove Rd. in the Town of Viroqua. The accident occurred on September 10th at approximately 6:30pm.
   Morgun G. Oldham, age 20, of rural Viroqua was operating an ATV on Private Property when he struck a large boulder and lost control. The ATV overturned landing on Morgun and came to rest on the wheels. Morgun was transported by Tri-State Ambulance to Vernon Memorial Hospital with injuries and later flown to Mayo in Rochester, MN to be treated. Head or eye protection was not worn.
   Assisting the Sheriff’s Office was the Department of Natural Resources, Viroqua Fire Department, and Tri-State Ambulance.  The accident remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.

PdC Rotary cuts ribbon at new park

CS Rotary

Prairie du Chien, WI-August 31 , 2017- On August 24th, the Prairie du Chien Rotary Club held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Rotary Park, located off the southeast corner of the roundabout at Marquette Road and Blackhawk Avenue.
   The park was a collaborative effort between the City of Prairie du Chien and the local civic club. “For the past 31 years the Rotary Club of Prairie du Chien has taken great pride in our efforts to beautify our community and make it welcoming to residents and visitors. We are pleased to continue our beautification efforts through Rotary Park,” said Sasha Dull, Rotary President. 

   The Rotary club would like to thank the following project contributors: Prairie Sand & Gravel, Vierbicher Associates, Inc., Nelson True Value - Prairie du Chien, the Rotary Foundation, and the City of Prairie du Chien. A special thanks goes to Rotarians Brad Berthiaume, Tahra Ferguson, Noelle Hill, Dean Achenbach, Roxie Shipley, Cheryl Mader and Phil Holzer who took the lead on this local project.  

   For more information about the Prairie du Chien Rotary Club follow PdCRotary on Facebook, or speak to a Prairie du Chien Rotary Club member about joining this impactful volunteer organization.

Tractor pull accident at Crawford Co. Fair

On 08/26/17 the Crawford County Fair was hosting a tractor pull.   Mitchell N Baker, 25 of Ferryville, was working as a flagger and unhooking the pull sled from the tractors. 
   A tractor had just finished its full pull and shut off the engine.  Mitchell stepped between the sled and the tractor when he saw the chain go tight.  The tractor that was in charge of pulling the sled back to the start had started moving. 
   Mitchell tried to jump out of the way, but tripped over the chain and fell down.  The tractor rolled back and trapped him between the sled and the not running tractor. 
   Deputies and EMS responded to the scene.  Mitchell was transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital where he was later released with minor injuries.  Mitchell stated that it was his own fault because he did not step on the sled where the safety was. 

 

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