Freight train derails in Prairie du Chien

Prairie du Chien, WI - Sunday, August 30, 2015 - Several cars of a 139 car freight train carrying corn destined for Iowa derailed on a spur near the waste water treatment plant today at approximately 6 p.m.
   A section of road-bed, about 5 foot in length washed out, and seems to be the reason for the derailment.  One car was laying on its side, and several others were completely off the rails.  A quantity of corn was spilled on both sides of the tracks.
   No one was injured in the derailment, and BNSF crews were on the scene quickly.

PdC Fire Dept. torches two houses in town

Prairie du Chien, WI - August 29, 2015 - A day of strenuous training for area firemen from  Bridgeport, Wauzeka, Gays Mills, SWTC, and of course Prairie du Chien, ended with the burning of two old houses in town.
   The houses, which have been unoccupied for some time, were donated to the city for fire training purposes.  It is believed that Hartig Drug store may expand on their property.

Crawford Co. Fair is open!

CC Fair

Gays Mills, WI - August 27, 2015 - The exhibits are ready, the animals groomed for the Animal Walk and judging.  Small Animal Show, Dog Show, music, rides, and food, all await.  In the evening, Demolition Derby, Sport Stunt Show, and on Sunday, a Rodeo with bull riders, horse riders, barrel racers and ropers.  Fun for all ages!

Increase in Crypto Cases Seen Recently

August 20, 2015 - The Grant County Health Department has received several reports of (crypto infection) in the area recently.  Cryptosporidiosis is a diarrhea causing disease caused by microscopic parasites.  Crypto can be spread person to person or animal to person through fecal material.  It can also be spread through consuming contaminated water or food.  Swimming pools can sometimes facilitate transmission as the organism is resistant to chlorine.  Additionally, Crypto can be spread by recreational waters such as rivers, lakes, and ponds.

   Jeff Kindrai, Director with Grant County Health Department comments that August and September usually mark the peak months for crypto infection. It can take 2 -10 days to become ill after infection.  Individuals can transmit infections for up to several weeks after symptoms end. The symptoms of crypto infection include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, anorexia, low-grade fever, nausea and vomiting, however, infected persons may not have any symptoms. The illness can last a long time and can be life-threatening in people with weak immune systems.  For additional information

Motor vehicle accident fatality

Update - The deceased is Mark Douglas Werner (63 years of age) of Decorah, Iowa.
Harpers Ferry, Iowa - On August 16, 2015 at 1:33 p.m., the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a one vehicle accident on State Highway 76 in Allamakee County.
   A 63 year old male was traveling westbound on State Highway 76 approx. 1/2 mile west of the intersection of State Hwy. 76 and State Hwy 364.  The vehicle left the roadway and entered the ditch and then re-entered the roadway, crossing the highway and entered the opposite ditch.  The vehicle rolled over and came to rest on its wheels.
   The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.  The name of the deceased has not been released at this time, pending notification of family members.
   The driver was the only occupant of the vehicle and was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.  The accident remains under investigation.

Woman bound & beaten - boyfriend kills himself

On August 15, 2015 at approximately 4:27 PM, Muscoda Police were notified of a physical domestic that occurred at 317 W. River Road that ended in an apparent suicide.

   When officers arrived they met with Candice A Carr, 63 of Muscoda, who was bound with duct tape and severely beaten. Candice told officers the she and her boyfriend, David G Friese, 61 also of Muscoda, had gotten into a verbal argument that quickly turned physical.
   David hit Candice several times with an aluminum bat and as she tried to fight back David bound her with duct tape and continued to hit her with the bat. The assault lasted several minutes and ended when David took his own life with a 12 gauge shotgun.

   Candice was able to free one hand using her teeth and a small pen knife that was sitting on the table next to her and called 911. Candice was transported to the Richland Hospital with broken bones, cuts, and bruises. She was later transported to the UW Madison hospital and is currently listed in fair condition.
   The Muscoda Police Department was assisted at the scene by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa County Sheriff’s Office, Boscobel Police Department and Muscoda EMS.

American Queen visits Prairie du Chien

Midwest News received an exclusive tour of the American Queen!
   (Since 9/11 the public has not been allowed on-board to tour the boat.  Midwest News was given exclusive access.)
Prairie du Chien – August 12, 2015 – After a twenty year absence the “S-t-e-a-m boat is a-comin'!”-.  That was the call today as the American Queen riverboat pulled into PdC at a little after 8 a.m. this morning.  Many of the 400 passengers disembarked to take buses to tour the surrounding area.
   Anthony Defelippis hotel manager for the American Queen gave Midwest News an exclusive tour of the elegantly appointed boat.

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