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Thu
26
Jan

Eugene D. Gillitzer

 

Eugene D. Gillitzer, 91, of Prairie du Chien passed away suddenly Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Crossing Rivers Health Care in Prairie du Chien. 

 

Thu
26
Jan

Eye exams with dilation important to prevent glaucoma, potential blindness


Dr. Brad Collins, of Gundersen Eye Clinic-Prairie du Chien, shows what he sees in his patients with glaucoma, when pressure has built up in the eye. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the United States. Yet, if the eye disease is caught early, through a dilated eye exam, it is one of the most manageable vision threatening conditions. It is incurable and often unnoticeable by the person suffering from the disease.

“It’s a progressive condition that causes gradual degeneration of the cells that make up the optic nerve,” explained Dr. Brad Collins, of Gundersen Eye Clinic-Prairie du Chien. “The only thing we know about the cause is that fluid buildup in the eye’s anterior chamber creates pressure, which becomes too high for the optic nerve.”

The optic nerve carries visual information from the eye to the brain. As nerve cells die, unless the pressure is controlled, vision is slowly lost.

Thu
26
Jan

Two women taken into custody after meth bust

A traffic stop in Prairie du Chien led to a drug bust on two area residents, Thursday evening, Jan. 19, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

At about 6:30 pm., an officer initiated a traffic stop on a 1999 Ford Taurus for a suspended operator of the vehicle. Upon further investigation, baggies of methamphetamine, numerous controlled substances in pill form, methamphetamine paraphernalia, THC paraphernalia and suspected stolen property were located.

Subsequently, Kimberly Sheehan, 46, of Viroqua, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The passenger, Julie Knoble, 32, of Seneca, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia and possession of a schedule II narcotic.

Thu
26
Jan

Local man charged with intent to deliver meth and marijuana

A 52-year-old Prairie du Chien man was charged on Jan. 17 in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana (less than or equal to 200 grams).

Steven Lee Gauger faces up to 28.5 years in prison and $110,000 in fines if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, approximately 28 grams of meth was found in a search of Gauger’s vehicle. Four ounces of marijuana, a digital scale and several unused plastic baggies were also found, along with two ledgers containing the names of different taverns which were coupled with numbers associated with each tavern.

Thu
26
Jan

Powerball ticket for $50,000 sold at Krachey’s BP in Prairie du Chien

One lucky Powerball player is holding a $50,000 winning ticket, purchased in Prairie du Chien, for the Saturday, Jan. 2,1 Powerball drawing. The winner matched four out of five numbers plus the Powerball. Saturday’s winning Powerball numbers were 23, 25, 45, 52 and 67 with a Powerball of 2. The Power Play number was 2.

The lucky winner purchased his or her ticket at Krachey’s BP at 1910 South Marquette Rd., Prairie du Chien. This person has 180 days from the drawing to claim the prize in person at the Wisconsin Lottery’s Madison or Milwaukee offices.

Wisconsin retailers who sell winning tickets over $599 receive an incentive of 2 percent of the winning ticket amount (up to $100,000), which, for Krachey’s BP will be $1,000.

Thu
26
Jan

Animal shelter receives largest donation to date


With the bluff in the background, this slightly aerial picture shows the southwest end of the new Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter building. The shelter is located behind Country Inn and Suites and is being built by Top Notch Construction.

An anonymous $100,000 donation toward the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter has given its capital campaign the boost it needed to begin phase two of its shelter project in Prairie du Chien’s North Gateway Business Park.

“An anonymous donor gifted $100,000 to the animal shelter, making this donation the largest one-time donation to date,” RABAS Vice-President Bev Pozega said in a press release Tuesday.

Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter volunteers are beginning their 10th year of fundraising. Construction on phase one of the building started in early November and is nearing completion. Phase one consists of the exterior of the building, storage garage, foundation and utility location. The group is still in need of additional funds to finish phase two and provide for operations for the first year.

Thu
26
Jan

New terminal brings modern look to municipal airport


The Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport’s new $1.06 million terminal structure is up, right next to the old facility, as viewed from Highway 18 on the south end of the city. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport’s new $1.06 million terminal on the south side of the community is very close to completion. Wieser Brothers, of La Crescent, Minn., has constructed the modern-looking structure and completed a good share of the exterior concrete and brick facade. Roofing and edge metal work is needed yet. Inside, crews are working on finishes, doors, casework, heating, plumbing and electrical work.

“Most of the construction will be completed about mid-February,” said Al Szymanski, team leader for MSA professional Services.

“The terminal should be operational in late spring or early summer, City Administrator Aaron Kramer said.

At that time, site work, such as landscaping and seeding, will be done, Szymanski said.

The city is currently accepting bids for the removal of the current terminal building, though if no bids are received, the building could be torn down at a later date.

Wed
25
Jan

Genevieve S. Lange

 

Genevieve S. Lange, 84, of Steuben, formerly of Oconomowoc, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Rainbow Hospice in Johnson Creek.

 

Genevieve was born in Milwaukee on Nov. 13, 1932, the daughter of Henry and Stella (Osowski) Szczesniakiewicz. She married Larry Lange at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Oconomowoc on July 11, 1953.

Wed
25
Jan

River Ridge Girls Basketball


River Ridge’s Nicole Sturmer looks to score over three Highland defenders. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Maria Breuer drives for the basket against visiting Highland Tuesday night.

 

River Ridge 

over Highland

River Ridge easily topped visiting Highland 56-23 in a make-up girls basketball game Tuesday night. 

The Lady Timberwolves built a 25-8 halftime advantage en route to the victory. 

River Ridge improved to 11-2 on the season and 5-2 in conference action. Highland fell to 3-9 overall and 0-7 in the Six Rivers West. 

Wed
25
Jan

River Ridge FFA Project

 

River Ridge FFA 

working on large 

and exciting project

By Ted Pennekamp and River Ridge FFA reporter Katelyn Quick

 

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