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Wed
29
Jun

Emerald Ash Borer


Above is an example of an adult emerald ash borer. Its true size can be seen in relation to the penny in the lower right.

Emerald ash borer larvae produce damage as shown in this sample at the Crawford County Administrative Building. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Emerald ash borer has become a green 

menace in Wisconsin and Crawford County

By Ted Pennekamp

 

This third installment of a series of articles about invasive species in Crawford County focuses on a pest known as emerald ash borer (EAB). 

Tue
28
Jun

Leaving your own green thumbprint


The Crawford County Master Gardener Volunteers want to announce a new feature to the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens. It’s a Little Library! School is out but they want to encourage children (and adults) to read during the summer. Grab a book and find a comfy spot in the garden to peruse the pages. As with many Little Libraries around town, they would like a cycle of borrowing and returning of books so many can enjoy the assortment. The Prairie du Chien Secure Correctional Facility donated the library fixture. Pictured, from left, are (front) Julie Hazen, Nola Nagel, (back) Donna Teynor, Lisa Rogers, Cathie Nelson, Marla Hurley, Sandy Vold and Mary Novey. (Photo submitted)

By Caitlin Bittner

The summer sun is high in the blue sky, and the weather is perfect for doing some gardening. But, you don’t know how to get started? Well, you’re in luck. 

Gardening can be a lengthy endeavor for true enthusiasts like those of Prairie du Chien’s Master Gardener program. And every summer, the program, run with the help of the Crawford County University of Wisconsin-Extension office, can help others realize their passion for planting and growing.

“Our motto is teach, learn, lead, serve,” said Julie Hazen, President of the Crawford County Master Gardeners organization.

Tue
28
Jun

Clarence Lavern Curtis

 

Clarence Lavern Curtis, 96, of Dodgeville and Mesa, Ariz., died on Friday, June 24, at Upland Hills Health. 

Mon
27
Jun

Five arrested on charges related to meth and heroin

Five residents of a Prairie du Chien house were arrested early Monday, June 27, as a result of a search warrant. They are being held on drug-related charges, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

During the early morning hours of Monday, the sheriff’s department and Prairie du Chien Police Department executed a search warrant for illegal narcotics at the residence on Norma Avenue. As a result, the adults who occupied the residence were taken into custody. They included Abby Hiles, 33; Alan Hagensick, 28; Corey Hagensick, 27; Anthony Hagensick, 34; and Monica Knockel, 36.

Also, a 1-year-old child who lived at the residence was taken into temporary physical custody for wellbeing and safety reasons, according to authorities.

Hiles faces charges of delivery of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a drug house and recklessly endangering the safety of a child.

Mon
27
Jun

New Invasive Species Coordinator

 

New aquatic invasive species coordinator in Crawford County

By Ted Pennekamp

 

There is a new aquatic invasive species coordinator in the Crawford County Land Conservation Department. Emma Antolos, 25, has taken over for the departed Ben Wegleitner. 

Mon
27
Jun

County drug and alcohol treatment court grant rejected

Editor’s note: This article is the second in a short series regarding methamphetamine and the serious problem of meth abuse in Crawford County.

By Correne Martin

By continuously throwing methamphetamine and other narcotics users in jail, utilizing solely Crawford County funds and resources, addicts don’t get the help they need and the root of the drug problem is not addressed. The only result is that the junkies spend a night off the streets.

“Crawford County is a small county with a big need,” said Circuit Court Judge James Czajkowski. “Yet our county does not have a social worker who is a drug and alcohol abuse counselor.”

The national trend, where success rates vary per county, is to rehabilitate drug abusers, as opposed to calling for jail or prison sentences, according to Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick.

Mon
27
Jun

PdC adds food, live music to its fireworks festivities

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien will host the annual fireworks celebration on St. Feriole Island on Saturday, July 9. The fireworks show will be longer than ever before and, in general, the event is expected to be even more family-friendly than usual.

Co-sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce and the city of Prairie du Chien, organizers will sell burgers, brats, popcorn and refreshments from 5 to 8 p.m. at the north shelter. Live music at the same location will further liven up the island from 6 to 9 p.m.

Bring your own blanket and lawn chair and find the perfect place to view the fireworks and listen to the music on the island. Glow sticks will be sold as well.

At dusk, the fireworks will be shot off from a barge over the Mississippi River.

“With additional sponsorship from the city, we’ve also increased the length of the fireworks this year,” Chamber CEO Bob Moses said.

Mon
27
Jun

Lucille Frances Carnicle

 

Lucille Frances Carnicle, 98, of Prairie du Chien, formerly of Harpers Ferry, Iowa, died Thursday, June 23, at Great River Care Center, McGregor, Iowa. 

Lucille was born on Jan. 21, 1918 in Dubuque, Iowa to Joseph and Margaret (Hienze) Graff. She graduated from high school in Dubuque, Iowa. 

Wed
22
Jun

Meth the number one narcotic abused in Crawford County

Editor’s note: This article is the first in a short series regarding methamphetamine and the serious problem of meth abuse in Crawford County.

By Correne Martin

Ninety-five percent of the men and women in the Crawford County Jail are addicted to narcotics and alcohol. The other 5 percent are there for domestic abuse, burglary, theft and other crimes that occurred while they were under the influence of these drugs.

These figures are according to Crawford County and Prairie du Chien law enforcement officials.

“There’s an extreme drug problem in this county. It’s a very impoverished area—the unemployment rate is high and the income rate is low,” said Lt. Jaden McCullick, an investigator for the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

Meth is number one on the list of narcotics abused in southwest Wisconsin, and that is apparent in the latest mass of local news articles about meth busts.

Wed
22
Jun

City proposes line of credit to Regals to cover marina repairs


Many boats at the Regal Marina in Prairie du Chien (pictured here in early May) sat ashore longer than usual this season awaiting the opportunity to slip into the docks. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council extended an olive branch to Regal Marine Group Tuesday night, as an effort to resolve the safety issues that have left the business stagnant this season.
The council voted to offer a line of credit to the Regals to help them accomplish the estimated $74,000 in repairs and improvements needed to satisfy state code mandates. Terms of the loan would include classifying the Regals’ buildings and docks on the city-owned property as collateral.

There is no indication yet regarding whether the Regals will accept the terms of the loan. According to City Attorney Lara Czajkowski Higgins, the Regals’ attorney emailed her an hour before Tuesday’s regular council meeting, saying they’re potentially interested in such a loan but they need another week to determine a more exact figure of cost estimates.

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