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Lawrence 'Larry' Graap

Lawrence J. “Larry” Graap, 72, of Dodgeville and formerly of Prairie du Chien, passed away Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, at Upland Hills Hospital in Dodgeville. 

He was born Feb. 16, 1947, the son of Lawrence and Violet (Young) Graap. 

Larry worked as a linesman for General Telephone and later in technical support at GTE for over 35 years. He was a past member of the Lions Club and served as an alderman for the city of Dodgeville. Larry enjoyed hunting and fishing, as well as a good game of euchre. 

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Susan Kielley

Susan Esther (Gennerman) Kielley, 62, of Bagley, passed away Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Agrace Hospice Center in Fitchburg, after a short, valiant fight with cancer. 

Susie was born on Sept. 15, 1957, in Oconomowoc, the second of five children of Vic and Harriet (Tetzlaff) Gennerman. She spent her early years on their farm and was a student at St. Paul’s Lutheran School, Oconomowoc. When she was 14 years old, her family purchased a farm near Watertown, and she attended Lakeside Lutheran High School. After high school, Susie attended Martin Luther College, in New Ulm, Minn. 

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Man faces charges for heroin, meth possession

On Oct. 31, at about 2 p.m. the Prairie du Chien Police Department K-9 Unit conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic violation on the 400 block of South Marquette Road. During the course of the stop, K-9 Rico was utilized and indicated to the presence of one or more controlled substances he is trained and certified to locate. A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in heroin, methamphetamine, and other drug paraphernalia being confiscated, according to officials.

Through the course of the traffic stop, out of the seven occupants in the vehicle, officers determined the person who possessed the contraband was Benny C. Vann, 26, of La Crosse.

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Always check candy and food with caution, not only on Halloween

The Prairie du Chien Police Department is reminding citizens to be cautious at all times with candy or food items, and not just after seeing Halloween-related social media posts about it. 

On Oct. 31, the police department took a report of a suspicious “crystal like” substance that was found at the bottom of a trick-or-treat bag. Officers recovered the item and tested it for all known illicit drugs. All tests were negative. Additional testing revealed the substance was most likely salt, similar to ice melt used for sidewalks/roads.

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Man pinned but rescued from underneath vehicle

Prairie du Chien emergency responders and good samaritans pulled a man out from underneath the SUV that suddenly pinned him Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 30. 

At about 2 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department, Tri-State EMS and the Prairie du Chien Fire Department were dispatched to Lockwood Court in Prairie du Chien, where a man was trapped under a vehicle.

Upon arrival, it was determined that Ethan Koozer, 21, of Prairie du Chien, was working on his vehicle when the equipment used to hoist the vehicle in the air failed. The Chevy Trailblazer fell on top of Koozer, pinning him underneath, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

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Gov. Evers declares energy emergency

Gov. Tony Evers signed Executive Order #56 last week declaring an energy emergency in the state of Wisconsin. 

Due to various unforeseen circumstances, including a late corn harvest and sudden cold snap, demand for propane has sharply increased across Wisconsin and the Midwest. 

This Executive Order will allow for the swift and efficient delivery of petroleum products throughout the state. 

“Hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites depend on propane to heat their homes and right now farmers are depending on it to dry their corn,” Gov. Evers said. “Ensuring that we get propane to these folks is critical for the health, safety, welfare, and economic well-being of Wisconsinites across our state.”

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Mary Dianne Cosentino

Mary Dianne Cosentino, 79, of Elkhart, Ind., died Monday, Oct. 21, 2019 at Elkhart General Hospital. 

Dianne was born on March 7, 1940, in Prairie du Chien, to the late Thomas F. Farrell and Juanita (Heberer) Farrell. She enjoyed golfing and was a member of Elcona Country Club. Dianne was an active member at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, where she was involved in many of the church’s ministries. Dianne graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Madison, and after became a registered nurse. She was also active with the Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana.

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Joe Eckert Jr.

Joseph Eckert Jr., 88, of Fennimore, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Divine Rehabilitation and Nursing in Fennimore. 

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Sign up starting for Operation Santa in Crawford County

Operation Santa for Crawford County residents will be offered again for the 2019 season, sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Rotary Club. 

Families in need should sign up between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30 at Couleecap in Prairie du Chien or at the village office in Gays Mills. Distribution will be Friday, Dec. 13, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Hoffman Hall in Prairie du Chien. 

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Traffic stop yields meth related arrests

On Oct. 20, a Crawford County deputy conducted a traffic stop on a white 2000 Chevy Silverado in the city of Prairie du Chien for failing to stop for a stop sign. The deputy identified the driver as Kristian Tesar, 24, Prairie du Chien, and the front passenger as Raymond McCullick, 30, of Prairie du Chien. 

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