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Kiwanis unlock communication barrier for children with autism via iPad program


Through the iPads for Autism Project of the Wisconsin-Upper Michigan Kiwanis District, the Prairie du Chien Kiwanis Club recently provided one iPad with a Big Grips protective case and $50 of apps designed for people with Autism to a local high school student and $50 in apps to another high school student. This was the first presentation of its kind in the community and an emotional and heartfelt appreciation was evident from the students, parents and the staff of these students. Kiwanis members and the students are pictured (from left) Arnie Mezera, Drew Van de Creek, Seth Sanders, Dave Parks and Jason Knapp. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The Kiwanis Club of Prairie du Chien is helping to unlock the communication barrier for children with autism.

A symptom of autism is verbal and nonverbal communication problems. According to the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation (ASDF), the gamut of issues runs from mild to severe. Regardless, individuals with autism have a difficult time expressing their feelings, forming words and communicating in general.

“A traditional approach to help break the communication barrier was for therapists or caregivers to use hand-laminated picture cards, which did not work well outside of that circle. Equipment was also developed to assist an autistic child in communicating, but was only beneficial at therapy because the equipment was bulky, heavy and expensive,” the ASDF website explains.

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Kickapoo River Watershed Project


Streams improving under Kickapoo River Watershed Project.

 

$2.3 million available for 

Kickapoo River Watershed 

Project in Crawford County

Landowners encouraged to sign-up early

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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Helene Louise Pritchett

 

Helene Louise Pritchett, 81, of Bloomington, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Friday, March 10.

 

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Walter J. Beach

 

Walter J. Beach, 67, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Friday, March 10, at the Crossing Rivers Health Care Center. 

 

According to Walter’s wishes, there will be no formal funeral service. The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family.

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John M. Straka

 

John M. Straka, 83, of rural Wauzeka, passed away on Wednesday, March 8, as a result of a farm accident. 

 

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JoEllen Michaud

 

JoEllen Michaud, 60, of Springhill, Fla., formerly of Prairie du Chien, passed away at her home surrounded by her family Monday, March 6, following a brief illness.

 

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Gladys Mae Brown

 

Gladys Mae Brown, 89, of Prairie du Chien, passed away March 9. 

 

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City administrator officially leaves post


The first project at city hall that Aaron Kramer did upon arrival in 2010 was to frame and hang pictures of Prairie du Chien’s former mayors in the main hallway. Now, his final gift to the city is this display case filled with historical city memorabilia he’s collected during his time here. The wood was donated by Bennett Hardwoods, it was built by Novey Construction and the city employees put it together. Stop by and check it out. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien City Administrator Aaron Kramer finished a seven-year stint managing municipal business on Friday, March 3. He starts as the village administrator at Hobart on Monday, March 6.

The process to recruit and select a new city administrator is underway with GovHR USA. The position is expected to be filled by June or July. In the meantime, City Clerk-Treasurer Tina Fuller will serve as interim city administrator.
Kramer was nostalgic when remembering his tenure last week. At Tuesday night’s common council meeting, he even wore the three-piece suit he donned at his initial interview before coming to Prairie du Chien.

“It was sad. I’m going to miss the people I work with,” Kramer stated.

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St. Patrick’s royalty includes two longtime

Prairie du Chien couples The annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Prairie du Chien is Saturday, March 11. Sponsored by the chamber of commerce, a parade will kick off the morning at 10 a.m., and food and drink specials, as well as live music, at establishments community wide will be available throughout the day.

This year’s St. Patrick’s Day royalty includes Mike and Dawn McCoy, who will serve as the parade king and queen; and Ted and Janet Finn, grand marshals of the celebration.

Mike and Dawn McCoy have been married for 32 years this spring, and they have spent that entire time in Prairie du Chien. Mike recently retired from teaching after 34 years, and currently is an instructor at the Prairie du Chien outreach site for Southwest Wisconsin Technical College. Dawn continues to teach as a speech and language clinician and is in her 34th year.

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Man arrested after kicking over barstool, punching window and yelling profanities

On March 4, at 12:43 a.m., the Crawford County Communication’s Center received a call from a bartender at Halver’s Town Tap in Gays Mills requesting an officer to speak with an intoxicated man about some concerning statements he was making. The bartender stated the intoxicated man asked him to call law enforcement because he wanted to speak with an officer.   

Deputies responded to the bar and made contact with Tyson R. Couey, 36, Highland. Couey went to the bar alone, was heavily intoxicated and did not have a ride from the bar. Deputies offered to give Couey a ride or assist him in making phone contact with a designated driver. While Couey was speaking with the deputies, he began yelling profanities towards other patrons of the bar and kicked a barstool over.

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