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Thu
16
Jun

Flood Damage


Vehicles slow down and proceed with caution as water flows across the road on Mondell Hill Tuesday. (Photos courtesy of Crawford County Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock)

Children play in the flooded parking lot at the Barn Restaurant.

Fill was washed away along the site of the Highway 18 construction project in the town of Bridgeport.

Debris is piled up near Sugar Loaf Trail near Walmart in the town of Bridgeport. Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock reported that five houses at Sugar Loaf Trail were surrounded by water due to the Tuesday night storm.

 

Initial flood damage assessment $36,500

The Crawford County Emergency Management reports an initial damage assessment from the flash flood that occurred on Tuesday, June 14.  

Initial damage assessment is $36,500 in debris clearance and road system repair. This is assessed for the city of Prairie du Chien, township of Prairie du Chien, township of Bridgeport, and township of Wauzeka.  

Wed
15
Jun

Report elder abuse, it really happens here


In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Crawford County Human Services put up a banner and pinwheels at the county administration building to draw attention to the issue. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Social Worker Bob Rowe spoke to a group of about 25 at the short morning rally June 15 regarding awareness of elder abuse.

By Correne Martin

Elder abuse is a real issue across the globe—be it physical, emotional, neglect, self-neglect or financial exploitation—and Crawford County is not exempt to any form of it.

To provide a better understanding of the issue, this June 15, on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Crawford County Human Services Social Worker Bob Rowe described three county cases he personally handled in the past. They all involved neglect or self-neglect, one of the more common forms of elder abuse in Crawford County.

1.) One woman, years ago, who was dropped off by family in northern Crawford County, with no resources, no acquaintances or relationships, and no means to get around without her wheelchair.

Wed
15
Jun

Program loans life jackets for free


Available at the new Life Jacket Loaner Boards at the Campion and Marina Boat Landings in Prairie du Chien are multiple life jackets, in various sizes from infant to adult XL, as well as a few throwable devices. They are available for public use. Pictured are Ron Leys (left), a member of the Prairie du Chien Common Council and Lower Wisconsin Riverway Board, and Mike Ulrich, Prairie du Chien parks and recreation director. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

You may have seen the new Life Jacket Loaner Boards erected at the Campion and Marina Boat Landings in Prairie du Chien. Inside each box are multiple life jackets, in various sizes from infant to adult XL, as well as a few throwable devices. They are available for free public use by citizens and groups to perpetuate safer boating practices on the river and to reduce boating-related fatalities.

The Department of Natural Resources and the city of Prairie du Chien have partnered up to offer the two stations within the community. The process began last fall when Ron Leys, a member of the Prairie du Chien Common Council and Lower Wisconsin Riverway Board, heard about the Life Jacket Loaner Board project at a meeting.

“The idea came from Alaska,” Leys said. “A Wisconsin DNR representative was at a meeting there and he brought the idea back to Wisconsin.”

Wed
15
Jun

Rain Causes Damage


Prairie du Chien received 3.91 inches in one hour Tuesday—between 3:35 p.m. and 4:35 p.m.—according to the National Weather Service of La Crosse. This left South Marquette Road majorly flooded, which happened because the stormwater system in that location was over capacity, Prairie du Chien Co-Public Works Manager Terry Meyer said. When the roundabouts were installed (in 2014) on North Marquette Road, the stormwater system there was improved, alleviating such problems there. The next phase of Marquette Road reconstruction, slated for 2018, from Mooney Street to LaPointe Street, will also involve improvements to the stormwater system, hopefully addressing the problem there. Once the water receded from the city’s streets, public works employees spent five extra hours monitoring other flooded areas. Meyer said the Fillmore Street inlet backed up with debris and the Campbell Coulee drainage ditch failed, turning the landscape along Cliffwood Drive into a river of flood waters. Employees also cleared debris from Jackson Street, to allow water to drain into Godden Pit, as additional rain came in the evening/overnight. For more photos in Prairie du Chien, visit pdccourier.com or like the Courier Press Newspaper on Facebook. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The cornfield at the Cliffwood Drive and County K intersection north of Prairie du Chien was a river of flood waters Wednesday morning. The cause: the Campbell Coulee drainage ditch filled with debris and failed.

 

Heavy rains cause county damage, mostly in PdC and Bridgeport

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Heavy rains Tuesday afternoon and again Tuesday night caused various problems and damage in Crawford County, mostly in the Prairie du Chien and Bridgeport areas, said Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock. 

Wed
15
Jun

Driftless Region Feature Film


John Howe, the executive director of the Raptor Resource Project, hangs off of a cliff at the peregrine banding site while filming with a GoPro high definition camera on his helmet. Audiences can expect eye-popping, ultra-high definition imagery from death-defying perspectives as filmmakers scale precipitous, rocky cliffs and plunge to murky, turbulent depths in the Mighty Mississippi. (Photos submitted)

A young peregrine falcon is about to get banded.

 

Filming picks up for Driftless Region feature

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The filming of a documentary about the Driftless Region has kicked into high gear with the coming of the summer season. The feature length film, tentatively titled “Decoding the Driftless,” is being produced by area filmmakers Tim Jacobson and George Howe. 

Mon
13
Jun

Variety of live bands to play, with river as their backdrop, for Concerts on the River

 By Correne Martin

The family-friendly, free summer concert series on St. Feriole Island, Concerts on the River, has increased in popularity every summer since it began several years ago. It’s back again this summer and, thanks to additional sponsorship of the regional bands, the quality of music will be outstanding and the length of the series will extend further into the season.

“I’m very happy to say that we’ve picked up a new sponsor. In addition to the Jaycees and city parks and rec, Mediacom is sponsoring this year’s concerts,” Prairie du Chien Parks and Rec Director Mike Ulrich said.

Beginning June 16 and ending Aug. 4, every Thursday, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the public is invited to bring their blankets, lawn chairs and snacks—and their dancing shoes if they wish—to Lawler Park, where all can enjoy a casual evening of entertainment. The schedule is as follows:

Mon
13
Jun

Crossing Rivers Health services, jobs and new facility growing significantly

By Correne Martin

The growth of Crossing Rivers Health over the past year is evident in its expanding number of health care services, its fully-accommodating Prairie du Chien clinic, its newly-developed job positions, and its anticipation for future site development.

One year ago, on June 11, 2015, Crossing Rivers Health accomplished the incredible task of moving a medical center—nearly everything except the bricks and mortar. It was a three-day, precisely-orchestrated event, complete with a moving company, 1,500 totes and wire racks of supplies secured with shrink wrap, ambulances transporting patients and a staff command center directing all 340 employees on-deck.

“It happened without a hitch, really,” Chief Executive Officer Bill Sexton recalled last week. “There were some minor details, but everyone was excited about this new building that offers us a lot more opportunities than we had in the past.”

Mon
13
Jun

Sixteen bags of marijuana, meth found in Prairie du Chien residence

On June 7, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department applied for and was granted a search warrant for a residence on South 13th Street in the city of Prairie du Chien. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department has been conducting an investigation into the sale of illegal narcotics at that residence for the past month.  

On June 7, at approximately 5 p.m., the Sheriff’s Department K9 officer searched a vehicle belonging to Jessica Ott, 23, Dodgeville, after that vehicle was seen leaving the residence on South 13th Street and then stopped at the parking lot of a Prairie du Chien tavern. K9 Breck alerted to the presence of illegal narcotics being in the vehicle. The subsequent search of the vehicle revealed methamphetamine, marijuana and stolen property from Clayton County, Iowa.  

Mon
13
Jun

Vietnam vets exhibit, ‘A Face for Every Name,’ on display June 16-19


“Wisconsin Remembers: A Face for Every Name” features pictures, names, hometowns, and dates of birth/casualty for the 1,161 Wisconsin servicemen and women who perished in the Vietnam War. The public is invited to view the indoor exhibit at Hoffman Hall in Prairie du Chien, June 16-19.

The overall perspective of the indoor exhibit shows the many faces of fallen Vietnam servicemen and women from Wisconsin.

By Correne Martin

The 1,161 Wisconsinites listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., are the focus of a new state exhibit coming to Prairie du Chien Father’s Day weekend, June 16-19. The free traveling exhibit displays the pictures, names, hometowns, and dates of birth and casualty for Gordon L. Nagel, of Wauzeka; Gary T. Walz, of Prairie du Chien; and Nicholas G. Walz, of Steuben; and more than 1,100 others who perished while serving our country in Vietnam.

The exhibit, “Wisconsin Remembers: A Face for Every Name,” will be set up at Hoffman Hall, June 16, 12 to 3 p.m.; June 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; June 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and June 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It consists of banners spanning 50 feet in width and 7 feet in height.

Mon
13
Jun

Man Sentenced In Restaurant Beating

 

Third man 

sentenced in beating of local restaurant owner

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A 23-year-old Salem Ill. man was sentenced on June 8 in Crawford County Circuit Court in connection with the severe beating of a local restaurant owner.

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