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Oct

Prairie du Chien and Bridgeport disagree on road project funding

By Correne Martin

A disagreement erupted between the city of Prairie du Chien and the town of Bridgeport during Tuesday night’s PdC Common Council meeting.

The town of Bridgeport is asking the city of Prairie du Chien to contribute $179,333 toward reconstruction of Vineyard Coulee Road in 2014. Bridgeport would be responsible for $374,727. But the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital has approved giving $100,000 to the project, since improvements would significantly impact the hospital’s new location.

Represented by Crawford County Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock and Bridgeport Town Chairman John Karnopp Tuesday night, the town informed the council that it intends to use the hospital’s entire contribution to offset its costs (bringing their portion to $274,727) and not share it with the city.

Wed
02
Oct

Collect Green Bay Packers cards and you could win a meal from Culver’s

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Local Culver’s franchise owner Jason Cathman (left) and Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram show off the 10,000 Green Bay Packers trading cards police officers will be handing out for good deeds and safe actions in the coming months. Those collecting all 20 in a set can redeem the set at the PdC Culver’s for one free Value Basket and a Flavor of the Day per person. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Police Department and the Prairie du Chien Culver’s franchise have partnered up to offer the 2013 Green Bay Packers Crime Card program. Area community members have the opportunity to collect a set of 20 Packers trading cards and then show them for a free value basket and dish of the day’s custard at the local Culver’s (one time per person). But the catch is that the cards will be handed out to kids and adults by PdC police officers for displays of safety, good behavior, sportsmanship, community spirit, etc. If someone goes above and beyond and the police department learns of their deserving deed, an entire set of 20 cards may be awarded.

The police department has 500 sets, or 10,000 cards, to hand out and the program will run through February of 2014, when Culver’s will stop accepting the cards.

Wed
02
Oct

Kenneth Cooley

 

Kenneth R. Cooley, 46, of Wauzeka, passed away on Monday, Sept. 30, at his home. 

He was born on Oct. 20, 1966 in Boscobel, to Kenneth L. and Ruth E. (Jones) Cooley. He married Susan Kozelka on July 8, 1994 at Scared Heart Catholic Church in Wauzeka. Ken worked for Wick Homes for 25 years, first, on the set crew, later, as a crane operator, and finally, as a trim crew foreman. He loved creating a home and center for his family at Hoofbeat Ranch, and projects were always in the works for all to help with. 

Wed
02
Oct

Leone Richter

 

Leone J. Richter, 96, of Cassville, died on Monday, Sept. 30, at the Lancaster Care Center. 

Mon
30
Sep

Body of missing PdC man is found

The body of a missing Prairie du Chien man, Trey M. Cornell, was found in the Mississippi River over the weekend near Prairie du Chien.

On Saturday, Sept. 28, two individuals who were duck hunting on the Mississippi River discovered what they thought was a body on an island south of the sewer plant in Prairie du Chien. Members of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and the Prairie du Chien Police Department responded.  

It was later determined that the body was that of Trey M. Cornell, 19, Prairie du Chien.  Cornell had been reported missing on May 25.

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, the Prairie du Chien Police Department and the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office had searched the river in the days after Cornell was reported missing. The search efforts had been focused on the river below the Highway 18 Bridge.

No foul play is suspected.

Mon
30
Sep

Boscobel hospital now affiliated with Gundersen

BOSCOBEL—Gundersen Health System and Boscobel Area Health Care completed the last stage in their affiliation on Oct. 1, formally renaming the local entity Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics.

Boscobel’s partnership with Gundersen has been ongoing, with a management agreement signed in 2012. This marks the last stage of the formal affiliation process, but the beginning of new health care resources available to Boscobel.

“We have already identified new specialty services we would like to bring to the area,” said Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics CEO David Hartberg, who expects additional specialists to begin as early as November. “Gundersen is a nationally recognized leader in health care who also understands the needs of rural hospitals and clinics. We’re excited about what the future holds.”

Mon
30
Sep

Tour Prairie du Chien’s historic cemeteries Saturday

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Headstones at the Cavalry Cemetery will offer plenty of historical reflection for Saturday’s Visiting Your Ancestors tour of Prairie du Chien area cemeteries.

Do you know who is buried in the old French Cemetery on Frenchtown Road? Why did Michel Brisbois request that he be buried atop a bluff overlooking Prairie du Chien? Originally there were two parts to Calvary Cemetery; curious to know what they were? Why is Alexander Mac Gregor buried in Prairie du Chien and not Iowa?

The Prairie du Chien Historical Society is sponsoring its annual Visiting Your Ancestors: A Tour of Prairie du Chien’s Historic Cemeteries on Saturday, Oct. 5. The tour begins at 1 p.m. at the Fort Crawford museum located at 717 S. Beaumont Road. All will gather at the museum, then board vans to travel to the six cemeteries. While on the tour, visitors will learn the answers to these questions and more.

Mon
30
Sep

Two thefts occur at Nathan Plaza

On Sept. 23 at 11:23 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office was notified of two thefts that occurred in Nathan Plaza, in the township of Bridgeport.
Law enforcement arrived in Nathan Plaza and stopped one juvenile suspect, while the other two were last seen on foot traveling north into Prairie du Chien. Within a short amount of time the other two juveniles were also caught. One of the juveniles had a stolen iPod in his possession when he was caught. All three juveniles were transported back to Wyalusing Academy.  
In a joint effort, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and Prairie du Chien Police Department were able to apprehend the three juveniles and return the iPod to its owner.
One of the juveniles received a citation for theft.

Mon
30
Sep

Ginkel named Trustee of the Year

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Paul Ginkel (left) is pictured with Steve Brenton, president of the Wisconsin Hospital Association. In accepting his Trustee of the Year Award Sept. 23, Ginkel said, “It was a wonderful surprise and great honor to receive the WHA Trustee Award. It is a rewarding experience working with board members, a CEO and staff that are dedicated to quality health care and patient experience at our community hospital.”

Paul Ginkel, a longtime member and current president of the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, received the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) 2013 Trustee of the Year Award at a ceremony held in Prairie du Chien on Sept. 23. The award recognizes the efforts of an individual who promotes the ideals of health care as well as the countless hours a person dedicates to the mission of ensuring that high quality health care is accessible in the local community.

In presenting the award, WHA President Steve Brenton acknowledged Ginkel’s service to the Board and his leadership, but he also recognized Ginkel’s understanding of broad-based community health needs and his participation in local, state and national health care policy. Brenton shared that Ginkel is a strong grassroots advocate for rural health care.

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30
Sep

Oct. 5 Community Care Clinic can meet some of your needs for free

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Could you use some winter clothing? Mike Jacobson, pastor at the Faith Evangelical Free Church in Prairie du Chien, stands among the many tables of winter clothes that will be offered for free to families and individuals attending the Community Care Clinic Oct. 5 at the church. (Photo by Correne Martin)
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Three oil change bays will be set up at the Community Care Clinic to meet your needs. If you’re interested in a free oil change on Oct. 5, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., call the Faith Evangelical Free Church, 326-6959, to set up an appointment. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Receiving help and giving help are both blessings in their own way, especially when they involve physical and spiritual needs, and everyone can use a little help from time to time.

The third annual Community Care Clinic is planned for Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Faith Evangelical Free Church, 1110 E. Cass St., Prairie du Chien, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All area residents, regardless of religious beliefs, are invited to attend and receive free oil changes, family photos, professional haircuts, manicures, child care, winter clothes, Bibles, prayer, face painting and even a complimentary lunch (noon to 1 p.m.).

“We’re trying to meet the needs of those in our surrounding communities,” Pastor Mike Jacobson said. “All the services are offered free by individuals who belong to our congregation. We have about 80 volunteers from the church lending a hand.”

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