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Woman dies in tragic mishap

A 26-year-old Boscobel woman was killed last Friday afternoon after she apparently jumped from a moving pickup truck on County N south of Avoca.

The mishap occurred at around 12:20 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 27, according to the Iowa County Sheriff’s Department. The Iowa County 911 Dispatch Center received a call from the driver of a motor vehicle that his front seat passenger had exited the vehicle while it was traveling on County N in the town of Clyde.

Wesston Brownlee, 33, of Boscobel, stated he was northbound on County N in a 2012 Ford pickup truck when his wife, Elizabeth Brownlee, 26, Boscobel, opened the door and exited the truck, while it was still moving.

Elizabeth Brownlee was later pronounced dead at Upland Hills Health in Dodgeville as a result of her injuries.


Effigy Mounds monument scene permanently molded into new quarter

Edmore Green, tribal chair of the Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska, was one of several featured speakers at the launch of the “America the Beautiful” coin honoring Effigy Mounds National Monument on Feb. 7. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Noah, Sid and J.T. (from left), all of Simi Valley, Calif., came to northeast Iowa last week specifically to take in the history, scenery and special events commemorating the first America the Beautiful Quarter of 2017. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Around 60 curious coin collectors and coin enthusiasts asked questions of the U.S. Mint Philadelphia plant supervisor during a local forum last week, in celebration of the newly-released America the Beautiful Effigy Mounds National Monument Quarter. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Coin collectors from all over the area, and the country, got a close look at numerous U.S. Mint commemorative collections during a forum at Effigy Mounds National Monument Feb. 6. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Many of the mounds created over 2,000 years ago are now gone, said Effigy Mounds Superintendent Jim Nepstad, “but thankfully, many were preserved in places like Effigy Mounds.” Nepstad spoke at the coin launch held Feb. 7, in Waukon. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Marc Landry, plant superintendent at the U.S. Mint at Philadelphia, Pa., was the guest speaker at the coin forum. He shared many unknown facts about the Mint. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Editor’s note: This is the second of two articles detailing the Effigy Mounds National Monument.

By Correne Martin and Audrey Posten

A shiny new United States quarter is garnering northeast Iowa and Effigy Mounds National Monument a wealth of attention. Coin collectors from around the country rolled into the area last week for the Feb. 7 ceremonial release of the U.S. Mint America the Beautiful Effigy Mounds Quarter.

This was the first release for the 2017 five-quarter series, which will also include Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, District of Columbia, April 3; Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri, June 5; Ellis Island (Statue of Liberty National Monument), New Jersey, Aug. 28; and George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, Indiana, Nov. 13.


Janet M. Beinborn


Janet M. Beinborn, 79, passed away on Dec. 2, 2016.


She was born on Sept. 15, 1937, in Wauzeka, the daughter of Charles and Agnes (Linder) Lathrop. She was a school bus driver for many years. Janet and “Bud” ran Bud’s Bar in Cuba City and the Branding Iron Saloon in Bridgeport. She worked for several years at Ray-O-Vac in Fennimore & Prairie Industries.


Andrew “Andy” Hubanks

Andrew “Andy” Hubanks, 69, of Ottumwa, Iowa, died at 1:45 a.m. Feb. 8, at home.


He was born Nov. 7, 1947, in Prairie du Chien, to Robert and Adeline Ceplecha Hubanks. He married Roni Kasper on April 19, 1975. Andy had worked for 19 years for Cargill Meat Solutions, retiring in 2010.


Seneca Remains Unbeaten

Seneca’s Nick Payne slams down a backboard swaying jam in first half action against visiting Weston Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Thomas Johnson of Seneca looks for a shot against Colin Scherbert of Weston in Ridge and Valley boys basketball Tuesday night.

Seneca’s Noah Allan goes in for a break-away layup against Weston.

Jared Payne dribbles between his legs while driving the left baseline and looking for an open teammate versus Weston.


Seneca boys 

improve to 18-0

Seneca easily handled visiting Weston 98-29 in a Ridge and Valley boys basketball game Tuesday night. 

The Indians led the Silver Eagles 60-10 at halftime.

Seneca, who is rated number one in the state in Division 5, improved to 18-0 on the season and 11-0 in conference action. 


Hawkettes at State

The Hawkettes are, front row: Paige Severson, Katie Zahara, Mariah Slaght, Archi Patel, Kara Katzung and Breann Holler. Back row: Caitlin Nolan, Katie Licht, Morgan Kiesau, Kina Myers and Lauren Kennedy. (Photo courtesy of Kelli Saxe)


Hawkettes perform at 

WACPC State Dance Competition

Saturday, Feb. 4 was a great day to be a Blackhawk! The Hawkette Dance Team competed at the WACPC State Dance Competition at the La Crosse Center. The Hawkettes gave two amazing performances at state, ones that the team is really proud of!


America the Beautiful Quarter features Effigy Mounds

Following an informative U.S. Mint coin collector forum Monday night, Feb. 6, Effigy Mounds Superintendent Jim Nepstad and Park Ranger Michael Douglass admired a magnified version of the Effigy Mounds America the Beautiful Quarter. It was set up for around 60 visitors to the national monument who had a host of questions for manufacturing and public affairs officials from the U.S. Mint Philadelphia plant. This first issue of 2017 and the 36th overall America the Beautiful Quarter was officially released to the public Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Waukon School in Waukon, Iowa. The coin’s reverse design depicts an aerial view of mounds in the Marching Bear Group. For the full story, see page 6. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Editor’s note: This is the first of two articles, with more photos to come, detailing the Effigy Mounds National Monument quarter launch.

The United States Mint joined the National Park Service Tuesday, Feb. 7, to launch the America the Beautiful Quarters Program coin honoring Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa. The coin is the first of five America the Beautiful Quarters to be issued in 2017, and the 36th in the series.

The coin’s reverse (tails) depicts an aerial view of mounds in the Marching Bear Group. Inscriptions are “Effigy Mounds,” “Iowa,” “2017,” and “E Pluribus Unum.”

“The Effigy Mounds quarter design embodies the spirit of this sacred landscape,” said Marc Landry, superintendent of the United States Mint at Philadelphia. “This new coin honors a special place where ancient people changed the landscape of their world in the most extraordinary way.”


Opioid crisis surfacing at alarming rate locally

Dr. Kevin Whitney, crossing Rivers emergency room medical director, sees at least three to four people, per 12-hour shift, who are regular opioid users and, in some cases, addicts. He has been part of the change in the tide in “prescribing” lifestyle improvements such as exercise and healthy eating to address pain and combat the opioid abuse crisis. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick (left) and Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram stand behind the prescription drug drop box that was installed inside the sheriff’s department in late 2013 as a safe, 24/7 drop-off point for prescriptions. The public is encouraged to continue to use this collection box as a way to keep opioids out of the hands of abusers (File photo)

By Correne Martin

Ten to 15 years ago, there was a big push to address health care patients’ pain and bring it down to a level of zero. As a result, prescribing opioids, or narcotics, became ordinary, and painkiller addiction became a crisis. Today, there is a movement that discourages use of such drugs as the solution for chronic pain.

Dr. Kevin Whitney, emergency room medical director at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, said the hospital sees at least three to four people, per 12-hour shift, who are regular opioid users and, in some cases, addicts.


Prairie du Chien mayor proclaims Feb. 11 as Dr. Michael Garrity Day

Feb. 11, 2017, has been designated Dr. Michael Garrity Day in the city of Prairie du Chien. Mayor Dave Hemmer encourages area residents to join in celebrating “our great neighbor and caring physician.”

The mayor signed an official proclamation for Dr. Michael Garrity Day Wednesday. The proclamation details some of the doctor’s history.

From 1960 to 2000, Dr. Garrity “exhibited a spirit of love and care through his medical professional efforts to support his Prairie du Chien area patients and their families, improving their quality of life and in fact saving many lives, and delivering 1,695 Prairie du Chien residents during those four decades of service.”


Beware of Super Weed

Palmer amaranth in a newly seeded Conservation Reserve Program field. (Photos courtesy of Bob Hartzler)

Palmer amaranth can reach seven feet tall. These weeds were pulled from a corn field and are displayed here by Meaghan Anderson, an Iowa State University extension field agronomist.


Fast spreading weed becoming a serious threat

By Ted Pennekamp


Area farmers might have another insidious weed that is relatively new to the region to think about for this upcoming planting season. Palmer amaranth has been found in Clayton County, Iowa and in Grant and Iowa counties in Wisconsin and has a proclivity for crowding out crops. 


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