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Wed
09
Mar

PdC-born actress starred in 1920’s ‘The Last of the Mohicans’


Barbara Bedford, born Violet May Rose in 1903 in Prairie du Chien, starred in the 1920 silent film “The Last of the Mohicans” adaptation. The film will be shown for free at the Prairie Cinema on Saturday, March 19, at 10 a.m. A historical introduction about Bedford’s life will precede the 80-minute movie.

For the first time in nearly 100 years, the 1920 silent film adaptation of “The Last of the Mohicans” will be shown in Prairie du Chien, the birthplace of the motion picture’s star, Barbara Bedford. Born Violet May Rose in 1903, Bedford was featured in dozens of films from 1920 to 1945, none bigger than the production based on the classic James Fenimore Cooper adventure novel. While Bedford has been mostly forgotten today, the Prairie du Chien Historical Society hopes to change that with this one-time-only showing of one of her greatest roles.

On Saturday, March 19, at 10 a.m., Prairie Cinema will host the special presentation. Thanks to the generosity of owners Lee and Diane Akin, admission to the film will be free of charge (although donations will be accepted) and refreshments will be available for purchase at the snack bar. Anyone who wants to be a special part of this singular event might consider attending in 1920s costume.

Wed
09
Mar

Man arrested for fourth OWI

On March 5, at 11:51 p.m., a Crawford County Sheriff’s deputy came upon a 2014 Nissan Infiniti LT parked on Main Street at Shortcut Road in the township of Seneca. The parked vehicle was partially in the southbound lane of traffic with its brake lights illuminated.

The deputy made contact with the driver, Jeffrey J. Faulkner, 44, Boscobel. Faulkner displayed signs of impairment and was asked to perform standardized field sobriety tests. Faulkner refused to complete all of the field sobriety tests.

Faulkner was placed under arrest for fourth offense operating a motor vehicle while under the influence and later transported to the Crawford County Jail. Faulkner may also be charged with operating while revoked.

This case is being referred to the Crawford County District Attorney’s Office.

 

Wed
09
Mar

Hands-Only CPR a quick, lifesaving skill to learn


Crawford County Health Director Gloria Wall demonstrates Hands-Only CPR while a class participant, John Balk, follows along with the AED instructions to “shock the non-responsive person.” (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Most people who survive a cardiac emergency are helped by a bystander. If you take the time to learn and practice Hands-Only CPR, you could be the bystander who provides life-saving care until professional responders arrive.

Hands-Only CPR can be learned in minutes. All it takes is the willingness to act and a few simple skills and you could save someone who is suffering a heart attack, stroke or cardiac arrest.

Wed
09
Mar

Veterans services could be reduced across Wisconsin

By Correne Martin

County veterans service office assistance for veterans and their dependents could be cut back if recently introduced Wisconsin legislation (AB 821 and SB 668) passes. The legislation would remove some of the locally-offered benefits, such as driver’s license and park pass eligibility determinations, from the county office and offer them through a consortium office shared with a nearby county or at an office in Madison, thus requiring veterans to travel farther to receive those services or utilize email or fax to send documents to the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.

“They’re not taking into consideration that our local veterans don’t want to or can’t drive to Madison for these services. They might not know how to use email or send faxes,” Crawford County Veterans Service Officer Laura Moore stated. “If they just come into our office, I can look at their ID and verify their information much quicker and make it easier for them.”

Wed
09
Mar

Kickapoo Watershed Project

 

Money still available for 

landowners interested in 

Kickapoo Watershed Project

Sign-up 

deadline June 10

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
09
Mar

CWD in Allamakee

 

No special hunt this 

year to collect more 

samples for CWD testing

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Tue
08
Mar

St. Patrick’s parade puts a spring in everyone’s step


The St. Patrick’s Day Parade always draws a good crowd along Blackhawk Avenue in downtown Prairie du Chien.

By Ted Pennekamp and Correne Martin

As usual, a large turnout is expected for the annual Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 12.

Parade participants are asked to assemble at 9 a.m. on St. Feriole Island and the parade will begin at approximately 10 a.m.

“Just as robins are a welcome harbinger of spring, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a sure indication that the seasons are ready to change and we can start to say farewell to winter,” said City Administrator Aaron Kramer. “It is a real positive for the city and especially the downtown, and the chamber does a real nice job putting it all together and drawing visitors from all around the area.”

The parade will start from St. Feriole Island and proceed east on Blackhawk Avenue, north on Michigan Street, west on Washington Street and then back to St. Feriole Island.

Mon
07
Mar

Opportunity Center services at stake again, citizens asked to voice opinions

By Correne Martin

Services like those offered at the Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien are again at stake, as the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is drafting a new Family Care 2.0 Concept Plan, due to the Joint Finance Committee by April 1. Through a provision in the plan, states could make determinations that may or may not discontinue facility-based prevocational services like the Opportunity Center’s.

If the JFC approves the concept plan, DHS will draft and submit a waiver request to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services by the end of September. This will likely leave few opportunities for individuals with disabilities and their family members to voice their choice, according to A Team Wisconsin.

“The government is pushing for MCOs (managed care organizations) to kick employees out of the center,” said Kari Kossman, Opportunity Center community services coordinator.

Mon
07
Mar

Seneca Boys Victorious


The Seneca boys basketball team hoists their Regional Championship trophy as the fans applaud. (Photo by Sandy Connors)

The Regional Champion Seneca boys basketball team is, seated: managers Lucas Kilburg, Brennan Wallin, Evan Payne and Kolton Chambers. Second row: Tanner Hill, Noah Allan, Devin Wallin, Tyler Zach and Cody Ostrander. Back row: Coach David Boland, Kilian Boland, Thomas Johnson, Nick Payne, Jared Payne, Brandy Fernette, Gavin Greene and Coach Al Bark. (Photo by Sandy Connors)

 

Seneca 

boys 

on to 

Sectional

Top seeded Seneca defeated visiting and fourth seeded Shullsburg 64-54 in a Division 5 Regional final in boys basketball action Saturday night to advance to the Sectional semifinal in Reedsburg on Thursday, March 10 where they will face second seeded Barneveld.

Mon
07
Mar

Prairie Boys Advance


Prairie du Chien’s Wesley Schwager looks to score down low against visiting River Valley in a Division 3 Regional semifinal Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Jacob Lenzendorf pulls up along the right baseline in first half action.

Connor George scoops up a shot versus River Valley Friday night.

 

Prairie boys 

beat River Valley

Prairie du Chien met River Valley for the third time this season in Division 3 Regional boys basketball action Friday night and expected a very physical game after defeating River Valley twice during the regular season.  

The Hawks opened up the game with a 7-0 run with Chas Sagedahl contributing 4 points and Nathan Banasik nailing a 3-pointer before River Valley had to burn a time-out. 

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