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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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Dale Samuel Barrette

 

Dale Samuel Barrette, 70, died unexpectedly on Jan. 8, 2016 in Burke Township Madison. 

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Jan

Gerald F. Haas

 

Gerald F. Haas, 74, of McGregor passed away Friday, Jan. 15, at the Crossing Rivers Hospice Facility in Prairie du Chien. 

He was born March 9, 1940 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Richard and Laurette (Marcue) Haas. Gerald served in the US Army and later retired from the US Coast Guard. He traveled the world and had been to both the North and South Poles. After his retirement he worked for the Department of Natural Resources and the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office. 

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Beverly J. Dailey

 

Beverly J. Dailey, 73, of Prairie du Chien passed away Thursday, Jan. 14, at her residence in the Lori Knapp Group Home.  

She was born June 18, 1942 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Clem and Hazel (Graf) Dailey.  Bev was baptized into Christ and her faith was very important to her.  She and her mother traveled together many places until Hazel’s health wouldn’t allow it. She loved attending Camp Courageous and was a 15 year member of the Lori Knapp Inc. family. Bev touched many lives and anyone who ever associated with her learned something.  

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David John La Bonne

 

David John La Bonne, 76, of Vancouver Wash. passed away family by his side on Dec. 23, 2015, after a short illness.

He was born Sept. 9, 1939 in Crawford County to LeRoy (Rip) and Thelma Hooverson La Bonne.

He graduated from Prairie du Chien High school in 1958 and served in the armed forces for 3 years. On July 7, 1962 he was united in marriage to Karen Eadie of Waterville, Iowa. Two children were born of this union, Carmen (Fred)of Lake forest , Calif. and Scott (Becky) of Vancouver, Wash.

Wed
13
Jan

House fire re-ignites in PdC

Two drivers run over water hoses

On Sunday, Jan. 10, at approximately 9 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Fire Department responded to 329 S. Wacouta Ave. for a house fire.

The fire is believed to have started due to electrical problems that began in the walls of the bathroom on the second floor and went up into the attic before going down to the first floor.
There were no injuries as a result of the fire.

The fire department was on the scene for approximately 2.5 hours.

During the fire, a private vehicle ran over and got hung up on a 5-inch diameter hose that was full of water.

The fire re-ignited on Monday morning at about 10 a.m. and the fire department was once again called to the scene. Firefighters remained on the scene for about three hours.

As a result of the fire, there was quite a bit of damage to the interior walls of the house.

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13
Jan

$25,000 in anonymous donations contributed to animal shelter effort

Decision on shelter’s design expected by spring

 

Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter ended 2015 on a very high note. Two generous donors, both of whom wish to remain anonymous, made substantial donations to the hard-working, non-profit organization tasked with raising funds for a desperately needed animal shelter in the Prairie du Chien area.

A donation of $10,000 was received in mid-December. The second gift of $15,000 was received just before Christmas. Receipt of these two donations brings the total in the group’s bank accounts to $290,000. These donations will put the organization even closer to a functioning shelter in the not-so-distant future.

Last year, RABAS’ building committee visited a number of animal shelters to gather ideas and talk with shelter managers. The committee, with Don Iverson and Paula Gutzmer at its helm, hopes to have a decision on the shelter design by this spring as well as an estimate of construction costs.

Wed
13
Jan

Powerball tickets to paradise

Chances of winning the $1.5 billion grand prize Powerball Wednesday night might only be one in 292.2 million. But, the jackpot is the largest lottery prize in U.S. history and anyone can dream, right? Regular lottery players as well as new hopefuls have been flocking to retail establishments to purchase their tickets since learning that nobody won Saturday’s jackpot. At Kwik Trip North, in Prairie du Chien, an employee said Powerball sales there by mid-day Wednesday were nonstop. "I hope somebody wins it tonight," she said. "It's getting ridiculous." She added that employees have had to assist the majority of customers who have elected to choose their own numbers, as many were not familiar with the process. Admittedly a novice in the lottery, Chasity Allen, of Bloomington, bought nine Quick-Picks at Krachey’s BP in Prairie du Chien Tuesday afternoon. “I’ve never done this before,” she told the clerk.

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Jan

Municipal airport getting a new $1.06M terminal


These preliminary architectural drawings, by MSA Professional Services, depict two different views of the new $1.06 million terminal slated for Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport in 2016.

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport is getting a $1.06 million terminal in 2016.

The age of the old terminal is not known, but the Federal Aviation Administration feels it has reached its life expectancy, according to City Administrator Aaron Kramer.

“The mechanicals are inefficient and the technology has become inferior,” he said.

Kramer explained that every so often, the city adopts a seven-year plan for its airport. One such plan was last drawn up in 2013.

“The first thing that came up was the condition of the terminal,” he stated, “as well as new equipment, the runway and the fencing.”

The original budget for the project, from May 2015, was $919,000. But, in November, the budget grew to $1.06 million, of which the city is required to provide 9 percent. The new building, at 2,264 square feet, is larger than the existing space.

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13
Jan

PdC Gymnastics Team


Caitlin Nolan of the Prairie du Chien-Fennimore gymnastics team performs on the balance beam against visiting Southwestern Monday night in the Bluff View gym.

Jesse Gutknecht of the Prairie du Chien-Fennimore gymnastics team enjoys her uneven parallel bars routine in the Bluff View gym on Parents Night against Southwestern Monday night. (Photos by Rose Ziel)

Madyson Boxrucker competes in the floor exercise Monday night at Bluff View.

Sarah-Kate Kenney performs on the uneven parallel bars Monday night.

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