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Wed
20
Jan

Gymnasts host River Valley


Prairie du Chien-Fennimore gymnast Madyson Boxrucker performs on the balance beam Monday on Senior Night in the Bluff View gym. (Photos by Rose Ziel)

Caitlin Nolan completes a difficult dismount from the balance beam.

Jesse Gutknecht balances on one foot during her floor exercise routine Monday night.
Wed
20
Jan

Railroad Projects in Prairie du Chien

 

Several railroad projects 

set for Prairie du Chien area

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
20
Jan

PdC School Referendum

 

Prairie du Chien 

School District residents to 

be asked $18.9 million question

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Tue
19
Jan

Trinity S. and Lena K. Bartels

 

Trinity S. and Lena K. Bartels passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2016, as the result of a house fire in their home in Wauzeka. 

Trinity was born Jan. 19, 2001 in San Diego, Calif. and Lena was born Aug. 8, 2003 in Kenosha, both daughters of Adam and Rebecca (Frey) Bartels. Trinity was currently a freshman, and Lena was in the seventh grade at Wauzeka-Steuben public schools. Trinity loved to dance and both of the girls enjoyed family vacations, and they especially loved cruises. 

Mon
18
Jan

PdC-WS Wrestling


Blake Garcia stacks his Dodgeville opponent for the pin. (Photos by Susan Herreid Curtis)

Brendan Fleshner locks up with his opponent looking for a takedown.

Nick Rogge sits back before he looks to score a reversal.

 

PdC-WS grapplers win over Dodgeville on Senior Night

On Tuesday, Jan. 12, Prairie du Chien played host for a conference dual against a strong Dodgeville team. It was also Senior Night. 

Coach Jason Thiry took a few minutes before the meet to honor and recognize the seniors for all of their time and dedication to the great sport of wrestling. Senior wrestlers are Clayton Beers, Peyton Hall, Brendan Fleshner, and Tyler Cota. Senior managers are Kelsey Hebel and Vanessa Wright. 

Mon
18
Jan

MPC supports library expansion project

Last week, the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library recorded yet another generous pledge toward its “Ready, Set, Grow” capital campaign from one of the community’s anchor industries, MPC (Miniature Precision Components). MPC has been a leading provider of thermoplastic units since 1972. The company’s Community Action Program (CAP) Committee, which supports the communities in which MPC has manufacturing locations, will be contributing $5,000 toward the expansion. The Prairie du Chien Common Council has provided $1.5 million and challenged the community to raise an additional $1.5 million in private funds and grants to assist with paying for the project. To find out more about the 2017 library renovation and expansion project, visit prairieduchien.info/libraryexpansion. Pictured (from left) are Linda Munson, library board president; Nancy Ashmore, library director; Lisa Esser, MPC plant manager; and Lisa Mara, MPC human resources manager. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Mon
18
Jan

Pickup truck bursts into flames

On Thursday, Jan. 14, at 10:24 a.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a pickup truck fire on County Highway C, two miles east of Star Valley in Utica Township.

Allen Margan, 48, of Rewey,  was driving a 2002 Chevrolet pickup east on County C, pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with large round hay bales. The engine compartment started on fire. Margan was able to get the pickup stopped and exited the vehicle before it became fully engulfed in flames.

Margan and his passenger, Eli Bontrager, 24, of Fennimore, escaped injury.

The pickup sustained total fire damage. The trailer and hay did not sustain any damage.

Assisting at the scene were the Soldiers Grove Fire Department, the North Crawford Rescue Squad and Terry’s Tire and Tow.

Mon
18
Jan

Two charged with meth delivery

A 34-year-old Kenall woman and a 27-year-old Waukon, Iowa, man have each been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of the delivery of methamphetamine as a party to a crime.

Jessica Burmester and Austin Bennett each face up to 12.5 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Burmester and Bennett sold a quantity of methamphetamine in the town of Prairie du Chien.

In addition, a search of the vehicle Bennett was driving, and in which Burmester was a passenger, produced a small baggie of meth and a small quantity of meth in a wallet.

Mon
18
Jan

Few rural homeowners test their private wells


Private well owners are not required by the EPA to monitor and test their water supply. So, according to a recent survey by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, only 16 percent of rural wells are tested for contaminates each year and nearly 50 percent of them are considered contaminated above health standards. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

You can’t usually taste, smell or see the elements in your drinking water. But you can detect them with a test. However, only 16 percent of private well owners conduct tests for contaminants each year, as recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Natural Resources. While the EPA mandates that public water supplies are monitored, tested and reported regularly for pollutants such as lead, arsenic and nitrate nitrogen, evaluations for systems serving 25 or fewer homes are the responsibilities of the homeowners—or nearly 1.7 million Wisconsin residents who use private wells.

“One of the challenges for people is, if it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind,” Bret Tangley, National Water Quality Association president and owner of Sterling Water Culligan in Eau Claire. “Until you have a problem, you’re just overwhelmed with life, and you’re not always thinking about testing your water.”

Mon
18
Jan

New 3D technology improves ability to detect breast cancer


Dr. Alisa Johnson, a radiologist at Crossing Rivers Health medical center, examines a patient’s three-dimensional mammogram, a revolutionary technology that has an improved ability to detect breast cancer, and at lower radiation levels, than the standard two-dimensional mammogram. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Three-dimensional mammography is a revolutionary, FDA-approved, imaging technology designed for early breast cancer detection. It is performed at the same time and with the same system as the standard 2D exam. The advantage of the new method is that a computerized 3D image of breast tissue presents one-millimeter slices, allowing the radiologist greater visibility of detail, as opposed to a 2D mammogram.

“Basically, it gives us 120 pictures of each breast, rather than just two pictures of each breast, which means an improved ability to see cancer,” said Dr. Alisa Johnson, a radiologist at Crossing Rivers Health medical center in Prairie du Chien. “It’s also performed with slightly less compression.”

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