Battle lost - Haydn Street RR crossing CLOSED

Old Faithful

Prairie du Chien, WI – May 3, 2016 – After a long 15 year fight between Frazier's Old Faithful Inn, and the Railroad (RR), the RR has prevailed in closing the Haydn Street crossing.  The business most affected is the the Old Faithful Inn who fought the closing of the intersection because it was the main access to their business.  Few small businesses would have fought the RR as tenaciously as Sharon Frazier and Keith Colburn, co-owners of the Inn.
   In the end, you can't fight city hall as the old saying goes, and today saw the permanent closing of the Haydn Street crossing.  Sharon and Keith are not quitters, and they are looking ahead at ways they can keep their business healthy.  The city could help, as they should, to keep this family business thriving by carefully considering how they handle the flow of traffic on the surrounding streets.  See video.

Wasabi Restaurant owner killed in
pedestrian accident

The owner of the Wasabi Restaurant, Young Su Kim, 43 of Prairie du Chien, WI, who was robbed and beaten in October of 2015, was killed in a pedestrian accident in Clarksville, TN on Monday, April 25, 2016. 
   According to the Clarksville Police Department the Accident occurred at 4:49 a.m. when a vehicle struck Mr. Kim.  It is believed that Mr. Kim stepped into traffic and was struck and killed.  (Background on story)

Multiple injuries & fatality in roll-over crash

Vernon County, WI - The Sheriff’s Office reports that the county’s first fatal accident of 2016 occurred at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2016.
   Samuel B. Ruehmann, age 25 of La Crosse, WI, along with three other passengers were northbound on County Highway B near Sebion Road.  Ruehmann was negotiating a curve when he lost control of his vehicle and went off the right side of the road and rolled over multiple times.
   Alexander T. Mickelson, age 22 of La Crosse was in the rear seat and was not wearing a seat belt.  Mickelson was ejected from the vehicle.  Two other passengers Anthony P. Greeno, age 22 of La Crosse and Samuel Ruehman’s 6 year old daughter were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.
   Greeno and Ruehman’s daughter were able to safely get out of the vehicle.  Samuel Ruehmann became trapped during the crash and was extricated by the Viroqua Fire Dept.  Samuel Reuhmann was wearing a seat belt.
   Mickelson was pronounced dead at the scene.  Samuel Ruehmann was air-lifed by Med-Flight to Gundersen Health Systems La Crosse with serious injuries.  Both Greeno and Ruehmann’s daughter were transported to Gundersen Health Systems.

Oelwein, Iowa man killed while turkey hunting

OELWEIN, Iowa – An Oelwein man was fatally injured Saturday while turkey hunting in Fayette County.
   Michael Adams, 63, was hit in the face and chest area by shot from a 12-gauge shotgun fired from another hunter in his hunting party at approximately 3 p.m. Saturday north of Maynard. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
  The incident remains under investigation by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Earth Day 2016 in the Driftless Area

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Earth Day, April 22, 2016, is meant to remind people of the importance of our natural  environment. Mankind has become more aware that we live on spaceship  earth, a small blue dot in the vast reaches of the universe. We treat it carelessly at our own peril. Watch this short video of a few nature shots from our Driftless area by clicking on the picture above.  Video

Man’s body found days after lawn tractor accident

Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports a lawn tractor accident on private property at E2651A State Highway 56 in the Town of Harmony. The accident occurred on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 in the afternoon.
   On April 21, 2016, Mark L. Halverson, age 61, of Genoa, WI, failed to show up for work.  Mark works on the family farm.  Relatives went to Mark’s house to check on him.  Relatives reported to law enforcement that it did not appear Mark had been home this morning.  Relatives reported they last saw Mark yesterday, April 20th, at approximately 10:00 a.m.
   Relatives then went to another family property where Mark was mowing lawn yesterday.  Relatives reported they found Mr. Halverson lying in a swampy area underneath the lawn tractor.  It appeared Mr. Halverson lost control of the lawn tractor and went down a fifteen foot embankment, where the lawn tractor landed on Mr. Halverson.  Mr. Halverson appeared to have been there for an extended period of time and was pronounced dead at the scene.    
   The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Genoa 1st Responders, Genoa Fire Department, Tri-State Ambulance, and Vernon County Coroner’s Office.  The accident remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.

Prairie du Chien road project explained

Hwy 18

If you would like to see an overview of the road construction leading into Prairie du Chien click on the photo above.  The DOT is turning U.S. Hwy 18, from the Wisconsin River bridge to the entrance of Wal Mart, from a 2 lane road into a 4 lane divided highway.  It's a 3.2 mile stretch.
   The work has begun, and will be almost, but not quite, finished by November.  The construction will restart in the spring of 2017 for an additional couple of months.  The DOT plans to maintain traffic throughout the construction period.

Man killed in crash with semi near Fennimore

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On 4-14-16 at approximately 8:19 am, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a crash on HWY 18 between a semi and a car.  Investigation of the crash showed that Richard Line, 44 of Dodgeville, was eastbound on Hwy 18 driving a 2012 Toyota Rav4. Steve Nachtrab, 65 of Van Dyne, WI, was westbound on Hwy 18 driving a 2011 Mack Semi hauling a tanker trailer. 
   Richard’s vehicle crossed the center line into the west bound lane.  Steve moved the semi over to the far right of the road but was not able to avoid Richard’s vehicle.  Richard’s vehicle struck the side of the semi and trailer. 
   Both vehicles sustained severe damage.  Steve was not injured in the crash.  Richard was extricated from the vehicle by Fennimore Fire and transported to Grant Regional Hospital by Fennimore EMS.  Richard was pronounced dead at the hospital. 
   Distracted Driving contributed to the cause of the crash. The crash remains under investigation. Hwy 18 was closed for approximately 5 hours.
     Assisting at the scene was Fennimore Police, Fennimore EMS, Fennimore Fire, Grant County Highway Department, State Patrol inspectors, State Patrol Reconstruction Team, Guys Towing, and Collision Specialists.



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