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New behavioral health center fills service need across region


Crossing Rivers Health Center for Behavioral Health staff currently includes (from left) Dr. Nicky Mabb, board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner; Ricki Bouska, national board certified counselor; and Darlene Meiners, child, adolescent and family counselor. Meiners also shares her time with Prairie du Chien public schools. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

For three months now, the new Crossing Rivers Health Center for Behavioral Health has provided services for adults, children and adolescents with mental or behavioral health concerns. It was an area that communities identified as a service needed to improve community health. The center, which opened Nov. 2, is located at 705 S. Buchanan St., Prairie du Chien, in the former CARE office. Staff is ready to help individuals achieve mental well-being and encounter everyday challenges with confidence and satisfaction.

A $600,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration was awarded to Crossing Rivers to increase access for such a need in the region, according to Dr. Steven Bush, CRH chief medical officer.

Mon
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Blackhawks beat Hornets


Prairie du Chien’s Connor George gets the defender into the air before scoring down low Friday night against visiting Richland Center. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Casey Hogenson gets ready to go up for a shot in first-half action against Richland Center.

The Blackhawks’ Nick Weber drives the lane for a scoop shot Friday night.

Jacob Lenzendorf drives the left baseline in the first half against visiting Richland Center.

Cory Check makes a nifty bounce pass into the lane versus the Hornets Friday night.

 

Prairie boys cruise 

past Richland Center

Prairie du Chien handily defeated visiting Richland Center 72-55 in an SWC boys basketball game Friday night. 

The Blackhawks used an effective press and also went deep into their roster to earn their 14th victory of the season against only 2 losses.

Prairie built a 41-18 halftime lead and cruised to the victory. 

Mon
01
Feb

Lock and Dam 9 Maintenance


The lock chamber at Lock and Dam 9 has been dewatered and maintenance work is being done to the gates at both ends as well as the chamber floor and walls. (Photos by Patrick Moes, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Seven bulkheads (left) were placed and sealed in order to hold back water so that the lock chamber could be drained and pumped out. Seven bulkheads were also placed at the downstream end of the lock chamber. The upstream gate (above) and the downstream gate will be sandblasted, painted and have maintenance work performed on them.

Repairs are being done at various locations on both of the lock chamber walls. At the base of the wall are drain holes.

This is the view of the lock chamber from the downstream end.

 

Lock 9 near Lynxville has been dewatered 

and is undergoing $3.5 million maintenance project

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Thu
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Jan

Holly Eve Keyl-Jones

 

After almost a three year battle with lung cancer, our Lord and Savior decided the fight went on long enough and called our Holly home to be with Him. On Jan. 22, Holly Eve Keyl-Jones, 49, Capron, Ill. slipped away peacefully with her family by her side.

Born in Elgin, Ill. Dec. 26, 1966 to Richard and Janet Jones, Patch Grove, Holly was blessed to have Jan rarely leave her side.

Wed
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Jan

Connie M. Sanderson

 

Connie M. Sanderson, 68, passed away on Jan. 27, in Lansing, Iowa. 

Connie was born Sept. 30, 1947 in Madison. She graduated in 1969 from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and married Harlan on June 21 that same year. She taught French and English, including literature, composition and creative writing classes, for 27 years at South Winneshiek High School in Calmar, Iowa, before retiring with her husband in the countryside by the Mississippi River near Lynxville. 

Wed
27
Jan

Iowa man gets one year for OWI, hitting pedestrian

A Farmersburg, Iowa, man was sentenced in Crawford County Circuit Court to one year in jail and five years of probation for striking a pedestrian while driving drunk in Prairie du Chien.

Christopher K. Gossman, 33, had pleaded no contest to charges of hit-and-run involving great bodily harm, and causing injury while operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant. Gossman was granted work and school release while in jail. According to the criminal complaint, Tracy Hutchins, 63, Prairie du Chien,was crossing at the intersection of Blackhawk Avenue and Michigan Street at 10:40 p.m. on Oct. 31, when an eastbound vehicle driven by Gossman struck Hutchins and fled the scene. The vehicle was later located in Clayton County, Iowa.

Wed
27
Jan

Man charged: drug possession, intent to distribute

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, its K-9 Breck and the Prairie du Chien Police Department collaborated on an apprehension involving narcotics in Prairie du Chien Township on Jan. 16.

At about 4:30 a.m., K-9 Breck detected a controlled substance on the exterior of several parked vehicles in the parking lot of Casey’s General Store. He indicated to the presence of one or more controlled substances on a Buick LeSabre. The operator, Christopher Fernette, 38, of Prairie du Chien, was informed and a search of the vehicle based off the indication from the K-9 followed.

Deputies located methamphetamine individually packaged for sale, marijuana, methamphetamine paraphernalia smoking devices, needles used to ingest methamphetamine, a digital scale and a schedule II narcotic on Fernette’s person and vehicle.

Wed
27
Jan

K-9 Breck assists in search, arrest

A Readstown man faces charges of trespassing and resisting/obstructing law enforcement after a disturbance in Soldiers Grove Monday night, Jan. 25, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

At 11:33 p.m., the sheriff’s department was called to 102 Prospect St. for an incident involving suspect Steven Swadley, 40. As law enforcement was responding, Swadley stole a cell phone from someone inside the residence and ran off into the woods. He was wanted by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department for felony bail jumping and a violation of a domestic injunction.

Wed
27
Jan

Two arrested in connection with numerous Crawford, Clayton County burglaries


Crawford County Lt. Investigator Ryan Fradette (left) and Prairie du Chien Police Department Detective Stacy Polodna are pictured with a room full of property apprehended from two Prairie du Chien men who face charges of burglary, criminal trespassing, criminal damage to property and theft in Crawford and Clayton Counties. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Numerous storage units, enclosed trailers and sheds were burglarized and an estimated value of over $10,000 in property was stolen over the past month in Crawford and Clayton Counties. Two Prairie du Chien men were arrested last week in connection with the crimes, according to local law enforcement officials.

Following a collaborative investigation involving the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, Prairie du Chien Police Department, Mar-Mac Police Department and Monona Police Department, Roman Hertrampf, 23, and Joshua Schomacker, 33, are accused of the alleged burglaries in Prairie du Chien, Bridgeport, and Gays Mills in Wisconsin and the McGregor/Giard areas as well as Monona in Iowa. Both the men have confessed, Prairie du Chien Detective Stacy Polodna said.

Wed
27
Jan

The story behind a local teen’s suicidal jump off high school roof


Ryan Friedrich, 16, of Mount Hope, jumped from the second floor roof of Prairie du Chien High School on Dec. 2. He broke vertebrae in his middle back and shattered his right arm. He’s been recuperating at home and meeting with physical and mental illness experts ever since. He, and his mom Heather, decided to speak out about his suicide attempt in hopes that his story can save the lives of others. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Ryan Friedrich can’t recall his exact thoughts but he does remember the desolate moments before and after he jumped from the second-floor roof of Prairie du Chien High School, attempting to commit suicide.

“I walked to the edge, sat down and pushed myself off,” he reflected, when asked to describe his actions that morning, Wednesday, Dec. 2. “I was thinking about my life. There was just no point to it.

“Afterward, I laid in pain for awhile. The next thing I remember was waking up at the hospital. I was still depressed, and drugged up.”

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