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Wed
25
Mar

Well Woman Program is being restructured

By Correne Martin

The Wisconsin Well Woman Program (WWWP), which provides preventive health screening services to women with little or no health insurance coverage, is undergoing a restructuring period.

Crawford County has provided WWWP services for more than 20 years. County administration first learned of the changes in late 2014.

Until now, every county has had a well woman coordinator who helps women apply and receive services through the program. In addition, there have been about 1,000 providers throughout the state of Wisconsin that administer well woman breast and cervical cancer screenings as well as multiple sclerosis testing for women with high-risk signs of multiple sclerosis, to uninsured and underinsured women ages 45 to 64. Last year, the state  decided it was going to eliminate some of the medical providers offering the screenings and also move toward a more regional approach with its coordinators.

Wed
25
Mar

Crossing Rivers desires direct access road from highway to main entrance


Pictured is the area where the desired direct access road from Highways 18/35 to the main entrance of the new hospital would begin. As it is now, those visiting the hospital would enter from the stoplights at Southtown Lane and drive past Nathan Plaza to access the facility. The hospital and city are hopeful that the Federal Aviation Administration will approve their request for the main access point to be directly off the highway. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Crossing Rivers Health’s new medical center on the south end of Prairie du Chien becomes closer to reality every day. CEO Bill Sexton said, last week, that the hospital is anticipated to open in the first part of June, though that depends on construction progress, state approval and a number of additional factors.

While the current main entrance to the property is via the stoplights at Southtown Lane (near Walmart) and past Nathan Plaza, Crossing Rivers and the city of Prairie du Chien wish for an access road to be built directly from Highways 18/35 to the main entrance of the new hospital. The desired entry point is located in the area where the former Stark’s Mobile Homes had its entrance. However, because of the close proximity to the Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport, it is unknown whether the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will grant the request to construct such a road.

Wed
25
Mar

Opportunity Center named Outstanding Service Provider by ContinuUs


The Opportunity Center, of Prairie du Chien, recently received the Outstanding Service Provider award from ContinuUs, a program that offers long-term care support through service provider network to adults with disabilities enrolled in Wisconsin’s Family Care program. The Opportunity Center is the first employment provider ever to win this award from ContinuUs’ 21-county region. Accepting the award from Angie Young (center), of ContinuUs, are (from left) Angie Engrav, Nicole Read, Karen Cooper and Pam Ritchie. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The Opportunity Center has been recognized with a quarterly Outstanding Service Provider award by ContinuUs, formerly Southwest Family Care Alliance, for the excellent quality of service it provides for adults with disabilities.

Since 1965, the Opportunity Center has been creating opportunities for people with disabilities to develop their full potential in society.

According to Ashley Trautsch, a Prairie du Chien area ContinuUs supervisor, the Opportunity Center was nominated and chosen for the award for many reasons.

Wed
25
Mar

Michael Dale Gilkes

 

Michael Dale Gilkes, 56, of Oshkosh, died Thursday, March 19, at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minn. 

Michael was born Dec. 6, 1958 in Prairie du Chien, the son of Franklin and Margaret (Valley) Gilkes. He graduated from West Grant High School in 1977 and received his HVAC degree from Western Technical College in La Crosse. 

Tue
24
Mar

Helen J. Koecke

 

Helen J. Koecke, 83, of Prairie du Chien passed away Monday, March 23, at the Grandview Care Center in Oelwein, Iowa. 

She was born Sept. 15, 1931 in Iowa City, Iowa the daughter of William and Geneva (Adney) Reinhardt. She married Harry Koecke on Jan. 8, 1948. He preceded her in death on Sept. 24, 1996. Helen worked at the Metro Theater and Hamann’s Variety Store and later managed Grandma’s Deli in downtown Prairie du Chien. 

Mon
23
Mar

William (Bill) Beinborn

 

William (Bill) Beinborn, 85 of Boscobel died Tuesday, March 10, at Boscobel Gundersen Hospital after a long illness. 

Bill was born on July 1, 1929 to Herman and Anna (Elliott) Beinborn in Boscobel. He graduated from Boscobel High School. He married Orpha Kerschner on Aug. 24, 1949 at Immaculate Conception Church in Boscobel. They recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. 

Mon
23
Mar

Sen. Shilling hosts listening session on the 2015-17 state budget


Senator Jennifer Shilling hosted a listening session in Prairie du Chien Friday, focusing on the 2015-17 state budget and how “Governor Walker’s irresponsible ‘cut and borrow’ policies are preventing economic growth and holding Wisconsin families back.” Representative Lee Nerison joined her in providing feedback from his legislative viewpoint. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Just 15 constituents attended a listening session with Democratic Senator Jennifer Shilling Friday at Prairie du Chien City Hall, to share their concerns regarding Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed state budget and policies and to request Shilling’s representation when voting on changes to the budget. Republican Representative Lee Nerison also joined the session and gave feedback to those airing comments.

This week, there will be two hearings of the finance committee. Then, after a week off around Easter, the Senate will take up the budget, Shilling said.

Pam Ritchie, executive director of the Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien, started the session by asking about long-term care program cuts, which has the elderly, individuals with disabilities and their families uncertain about future care options.

Mon
23
Mar

Spring ‘snow’ showers stun the region


Bill Rodenkirch of the Prairie du Chien Water Department clears snow from the sidewalk near the Prairie du Chien Public Library Monday morning.

This was the view of South Beaumont Road Monday morning.

Citizens had more serious concerns, but area trees and shrubs did produce a “winter wonderland” setting.

City plows as well as private plows were commonly seen Monday morning in Prairie du Chien as residents and businesses dug themselves out.

Vehicles buried in about 13 inches of snow were a common sight in Prairie du Chien and the surrounding area.

The roof of this vehicle on Blackhawk Avenue gives an estimate of how much snow was dumped upon Prairie du Chien.

Among the most traditional signs of spring, a robin, found refuge from the unexpected mound of snow on one of a few clear branches.

Plum Creek Road in rural Wauzeka depicted a snow-packed yet pretty sight that was familiar for other side road travelers Monday morning.

By Correne Martin

Just two days after spring officially began, a foot of snow socked most of Crawford County, beginning Sunday and continuing into Monday.

Prairie du Chien received 13 inches of snow as of 7 a.m. Monday, according to the reports from the National Weather Service of La Crosse. Lynxville and Steuben both received 10 inches. Other regional snowfall totals, as of Monday morning, included: Fennimore, 15;  Marquette, 12; Lancaster, 11; Monona, 10.8; De Soto, 9.8; Gays Mills, 8.8; La Crosse,  5.0; Volga, 3.3; Elkader, 1.8; Cassville, 1.5; and Guttenberg, 0.7. The contrast of snowfall amounts demonstrated the narrow band of locally higher amounts in certain communities.

The snow was expected to taper off by mid-morning Monday.

Mon
23
Mar

Michael Gilkes

 

Michael Gilkes, 56, died Thursday, March 19.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 26, from 4 to 8 p.m. with a 4 p.m. Rosary at the Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Prairie du Chien. There will be a one hour visitation before the Mass on Friday at the church.

Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Friday, March 27, at 12 p.m. at Saint Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. Burial will be held at Brodtville Cemetery.

Thu
19
Mar

Julian M. “Danny” Ambrose

 

Julian M. “Danny” Ambrose, 59, of Wauzeka passed away Tuesday, March 17, at the Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, after an extended illness. 

He was born Aug. 14, 1955 in Pulaski, Va., the son of Wilmer and Nellie (Hartley) Ambrose. Danny was a fun loving guy who grew up on a farm in Frederick, Md. He was a handyman that could fix nearly everything and enjoyed helping his friends with projects. After moving to Wisconsin to be close to his daughters, he would make frequent phone calls to check on his friends and their families back home. Danny always looked on the bright side of every situation and was loved by all. 

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