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Crawford County levy increases slightly

By Correne Martin

The Crawford County Board of Supervisors approved its 2018 budget Nov. 14, increasing its portion of the tax levy for landowners slightly, by 0.4 percent, to cover $9,986,122 in total proposed funds.

“After assembling initial departmental requests for this budget, it was $662,000 above the allowable levy limit,” said Duane Rogers, board vice chairman.

To balance the 2018 budget, the board’s key moves will involve pulling $300,000 from the general fund and reducing highway department requests by $250,000 ($64,000 of that will be paid by unused borrowing from last year).

Though Rogers acknowledged the disappointing news that the total of all fund balances had decreased—for the second consecutive year—he said it increased in the years leading up to this and believes the county is “still in pretty good shape.”

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Arts center advisory council forms in PdC district

By Correne Martin

An official advisory committee for the Prairie du Chien School District’s new arts center has formed and, last week, was fully recognized by the board of education at its Nov. 13 meeting. This council is tasked with creating a vision of how the arts center—the grandiose facility on the front end of Prairie du Chien High School—will function as part of the community.

“A survey will be coming back out to the public,” Board President Christine Panka said. “What we heard during the referendum is [residents] wanted this facility utilized to the max for the community, in addition to what the school wants to do.”

So the intention of the committee is to determine the best functionality possible.

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Country on the River takes year hiatus

Organizers of Country on the River have decided to take a year off in 2018 and come back “bigger, better...and even more country” in 2019, according to the Country on the River Facebook page.

A statement on the page reads, “Thank you to all of you who have supported Country on the River for the past eight years. We have tremendous appreciation for everything you have done to make this event happen every single year.

However, we regret to announce that the festival will not be returning in 2018. Instead, we’ll be taking a year off to look at improvements to make to the event.”

The post goes on to invite patrons to its sister festival, WE Fest, in Detroit Lakes, Minn.

There have been many rumors that Country on the River is considering relocating to another city, though the Courier Press has not been able to confirm any such details.

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Vehicle located at bottom of Mississippi near Marquette


This vehicle was first spotted by a fisherman using side imaging sonar in August. It cannot be recovered at this time, though arrangements for a dive have been made for 2018.

Officials from the Clayton County Sheriff’s Department and the La Crosse County Dive Unit located a vehicle at the bottom of the Mississippi River near Marquette, following a tip from a local fisherman. (Submitted photos)

The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office received a report on Aug. 17, of a vehicle discovered in the Mississippi River near Marquette. The information was reported by a local fisherman who was using new side imaging sonar and discovered what appears to be at least one vehicle on the bottom of the west channel of the river.

On Nov. 2, the sheriff’s office enlisted the assistance of the La Crosse County Dive Unit and conducted a successful dive, locating the vehicle. Water clarity, depth and swift current prohibited a thorough processing of the vehicle. The vehicle could not be recovered and arrangements are being made for a 2018 dive.

Specifics on how, when or why the vehicle ended up in the river are unknown. The sheriff’s office is releasing this information to enlist the assistance of the public in gathering information to unanswered questions. If you have information, contact the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office at (563) 245-2422.

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Area school district open enrollment better than last year

By Ted Pennekamp

The Seneca School District gained this school year with 48 students who open enrolled into the district, said Seneca Superintendent David Boland.

“We had a few more students open enroll this year,” said Boland, who noted that Seneca had 43 students open enroll last year.

“The overall increase in open enrollment funding this year is $31,030 higher than last year, which goes into the general fund for staffing, programming, and day-to-day operations,” Boland said. “We feel our school’s small size and dedicated staff allow all students to maximize their talents and reach their potential as they strive to accomplish their goals.”

“Open-enrollment numbers are very important to all public school districts. We saw a net increase through open enrollment of seven students from last year,” said Wauzeka-Steuben Superintendent Robert Sailer.

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Geraldine (Geri) J. Christian

 

Geraldine (Geri) J. Christian passed away in her sleep on Nov. 17, 2017, at Clearview in Juneau, in the part of Wisconsin where she grew up.

 

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Bernard R “Herb” Watson

 

Bernard R “Herb” Watson passed away peacefully on Nov. 11, at Greenway Manor.

 

Herb was born May 27, 1922, to George and Ellen (Kane) Watson, in Seneca. He was engaged in farming when he married Eleanor Lucey on June 29, 1944, at Rising Sun. Herb and Eleanor enjoyed a 65-year marriage before Eleanor preceded him in death on Nov. 3, 2009. 

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GUILTY: Defendant murdered girlfriend


Jimmy McDaniel personally testified Friday and Monday to his rocky relationship with Linda Kline as well as to the events of what happened Oct. 4-5, 2016, in Bridgeport. He was convicted by a jury of his peers of two separate counts, first degree reckless homicide as well as strangulation and suffocation. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Crawford County District Attorney Tim Baxter points to body camera footage of the defendant hovering overtop Linda Kline, as if performing CPR, when the first officer arrived at the murder scene.

Jimmy McDaniel looks at the jury toward the end of the trial.

Prosecuting Attorney Tim Baxter gives his closing remarks to the jury. Baxter put together an impressive murder case, with which the jury ultimately agreed.

By Correne Martin

After seven hours of jury deliberation Monday, Jimmy McDaniel was found guilty of first degree reckless homicide in addition to strangulation and suffocation in the Bridgeport murder of his girlfriend Linda Kline, Oct. 4, 2016. As the verdict was read, McDaniel, 50, dropped his head showing little emotion, while Kline’s family—including her mother, brother and children—cried tears of gratification.

The 12-member Crawford County jury gave the guilty verdict around 10:45 p.m. Monday, in front of Judge Lynn Rider, following five days of testimony from local law enforcement, family, neighbors and forensic pathology experts.

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Warczak’s life revolves around preserving records


The Warczak-Patterson History Room was officially dedicated at the Bloomington Public Library on Aug. 28, 2016. It was made possible by a donation from the George Redman Estate, as Redman was a longtime village employee. It was named for two historians from the village of Bloomington: Jim Warczak, a longtime Bloomington High School teacher, former village librarian and avid historian; and the late Robert Patterson, who was a prominent businessman, collector and historian. Warczak and Marge Patterson (Robert’s wife) are pictured cutting the ribbon held by Joan Senn (far left), library board president, and Kathy Atkins (far right) Bloomington Public LIbrary director. (Photo by Sue Kuenster)

By Rachel Mergen

“I never dreamed I would get what I have now. I thought many items would remain in boxes forever,” Jim Warczak, Bloomington historian, shared about his current project, the Warczak-Patterson History Room. The history room is in no way the first contribution Jim has made to the local community throughout his own history. His resume includes school teacher, librarian, adviser and historian for the area.

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Prairie du Chien School District gains revenue through open enrollment

By Ted Pennekamp

There is good news again for the Prairie du Chien School District regarding open enrollment for this school year.

District Administrator Robert Smudde said open enrollment into the district this year is 85 students. Open enrollment out of the district is 31 students. So, there is a net gain this year of 54 students.

“We gain $610,000 in new revenue to the district, which is higher than last year’s revenue of $489,999 by $120,001,” said Smudde. “This benefits our students greatly by giving extra revenue to the district for staffing and innovative programming.”

Smudde also said the district is seeing a gain of new open enrollment applications and students attending this year of 17 more than last year.

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