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Work resumes on two-story, eight-bedroom PdC house


This eight-bedroom home at the corner of Wacouta Avenue and Iowa Street is owned by River to Valley Initiatives. (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

Interior construction and property cleanup has resumed at the two-story, eight-bedroom house located at the intersection of Iowa Street and Wacouta Avenue in Prairie du Chien.

Last October, a notice to cease construction was placed on the front door at 225 S. Wacouta Ave. by the city of Prairie du Chien’s planning and zoning department, which had not seen state approval of building plans and code requirements.

But, in the past couple of weeks, work has resumed at the house, which is owned by River to Valley Initiatives Inc.

The Prairie du Chien Plan Commission met in October with RVI representative Judy Wall and the owners of AAA Family Homes, who then applied for a conditional use permit to operate a community-based residential facility (CBRF) at that location, which is zoned R-3 high density residential. A public hearing was held at that time and about a half-dozen community members shared concerns as well as support.

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Silver Alert: A variation of ‘Amber Alert’ for seniors with dementia

By Correne Martin

Wisconsin’s Silver Alert Program was established in August 2014, after an elderly Green Bay couple, Leo and Claire Baeb, who had dementia, got lost in June 2013 while traveling to see family. They were located more than 24 hours later, alive and safe, but after having traveled several hundred miles. Their daughter, who lived in Florida, where a Silver Alert program was in place, wondered if her family would have been found if a similar network had been available in Wisconsin. That is what sparked legislation in the state that implemented the Silver Alert Program (modeled after the commonly-known Amber Alert).

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Wisconsin outbreak of blood infections has not occurred in Crawford County

By Correne Martin

An outbreak of deadly bloodstream infections caused by bacteria called Elizabethkingia is under investigation in Wisconsin. Since Nov. 1, there have been 48 cases of Elizabethkingia anophelis infections, including 18 related deaths, according to the Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health.

Crawford County Public Health Director Gloria Wall confirmed that Crawford County and the surrounding counties have not seen any cases of the infections.

“It’s mostly over on the other side of the state,” she said, “and it’s mostly very ill people who are getting it.”

Affected counties include Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Jefferson, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sauk, Sheboygan, Washington and Waukesha, according to the Wisconsin DHS website (dhs.wisconsin.gov).

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Duane Edward Leard

 

Duane Edward Leard of Harvard, Ill. ran full stride and pain free into the waiting arms of our Lord in the early morning of March 3. 

He was born in Prairie du Chien, and was a member of the “Blackhawk” graduating Class of ’51. He married Barbara Rose Zolts of Wonder Lake, Ill. in 1958 and worked as an electronic technician at Admiral Corporation, Sun Electric and Snap-On. Duane was a 48-year member of the Harvard Moose Lodge #1289, a patron of Mooseheart and Moosehaven and a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers. 

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Sandra M. Kozelka

 

Sandra M. Kozelka, 68, of West Union, Iowa passed away Wednesday, March 9 at Palmer Lutheran Health Center in West Union. 

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Sharon Sharp

 

Sharon Sharp, 72, of Marquette, Iowa died Thursday, March 10, at Great River Care Center, McGregor, Iowa. 

Sharon Ann, the daughter of Carl and Mary (Koecke) Valley, was born June 15, 1943 in Prairie du Chien. She graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1961. Sharon was united in marriage with Terry Sharp on Feb. 19, 1977 at St. Mary Catholic Church in McGregor, Iowa. 

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Hugh R. Daniels, III, (Danny)

 

 

Hugh R. Daniels, III, (Danny), 73, of Nashville,Tenn., formerly of Eastman passed away Feb. 7, 

He was the beloved husband of Cindy (Olson), formerly of Seneca. He was Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and retired from McGraw Hill Publishing. He was the dear father to Heidi Daniels, Joy Burcham, Erin Stamolis and Patrick Mackey, and grandfather to Houston, Griffin, and Camryn Burcham, Ella and Tess Stamolis, Emmalyn Mackey, and honorary grandchildren, Lainie and Brilie Esser. 

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PdC-born actress starred in 1920’s ‘The Last of the Mohicans’


Barbara Bedford, born Violet May Rose in 1903 in Prairie du Chien, starred in the 1920 silent film “The Last of the Mohicans” adaptation. The film will be shown for free at the Prairie Cinema on Saturday, March 19, at 10 a.m. A historical introduction about Bedford’s life will precede the 80-minute movie.

For the first time in nearly 100 years, the 1920 silent film adaptation of “The Last of the Mohicans” will be shown in Prairie du Chien, the birthplace of the motion picture’s star, Barbara Bedford. Born Violet May Rose in 1903, Bedford was featured in dozens of films from 1920 to 1945, none bigger than the production based on the classic James Fenimore Cooper adventure novel. While Bedford has been mostly forgotten today, the Prairie du Chien Historical Society hopes to change that with this one-time-only showing of one of her greatest roles.

On Saturday, March 19, at 10 a.m., Prairie Cinema will host the special presentation. Thanks to the generosity of owners Lee and Diane Akin, admission to the film will be free of charge (although donations will be accepted) and refreshments will be available for purchase at the snack bar. Anyone who wants to be a special part of this singular event might consider attending in 1920s costume.

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Man arrested for fourth OWI

On March 5, at 11:51 p.m., a Crawford County Sheriff’s deputy came upon a 2014 Nissan Infiniti LT parked on Main Street at Shortcut Road in the township of Seneca. The parked vehicle was partially in the southbound lane of traffic with its brake lights illuminated.

The deputy made contact with the driver, Jeffrey J. Faulkner, 44, Boscobel. Faulkner displayed signs of impairment and was asked to perform standardized field sobriety tests. Faulkner refused to complete all of the field sobriety tests.

Faulkner was placed under arrest for fourth offense operating a motor vehicle while under the influence and later transported to the Crawford County Jail. Faulkner may also be charged with operating while revoked.

This case is being referred to the Crawford County District Attorney’s Office.

 

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Hands-Only CPR a quick, lifesaving skill to learn


Crawford County Health Director Gloria Wall demonstrates Hands-Only CPR while a class participant, John Balk, follows along with the AED instructions to “shock the non-responsive person.” (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Most people who survive a cardiac emergency are helped by a bystander. If you take the time to learn and practice Hands-Only CPR, you could be the bystander who provides life-saving care until professional responders arrive.

Hands-Only CPR can be learned in minutes. All it takes is the willingness to act and a few simple skills and you could save someone who is suffering a heart attack, stroke or cardiac arrest.

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