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Wed
03
Feb

Prairie du Chien represented on Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Board

By Correne Martin

The Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Board of Directors elected Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Bob Moses to its 53-member board during an annual membership meeting Jan. 29 at The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. The position is a six-year commitment to the state chamber of commerce that came about for Moses since he is also president-elect of the Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Executives (and will be president in 2018).

This is not only a great opportunity for Moses but it is also expected to open doors for the business community of Prairie du Chien.

Wed
03
Feb

Gerald P. “Jerry” Mezera

 

Gerald P. “Jerry” Mezera, 73, of Bridgeport passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 31, at his home surrounded by his family following a brief illness.

He was born April 1, 1942 in Prairie du Chien, the son of Clarence and Ruth (Fritsche) Mezera. Jerry was a dedicated father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family more than anything else. He was a devoted son, working beside his parents and caring for them. A hard working dairy farmer, he spent his entire life on the family farm. Any spare time he had, he enjoyed hunting and fishing, more often than not with one or more grandchildren by his side. 

Mon
01
Feb

In the name of cancer and heart research


Hosts (from left) Tom Nelson, Natalie Stram, Dan Moris and Tom Stram proudly stand in front of the final tally from Saturday night’s annual fundraiser for heart and cancer research. In addition to the $43,732 raised—which will increase some as donations continue for a while—the telethon has surpassed the $800,000 lifetime mark. (Photos by Randy Paske)

Autumn Kivi (left) and Chloe Lorenz performed a beautiful duet on the talent show’s stage, aka the Bluff View cafeteria.

Longtime Eagle Club member and one of the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon’s founders, Paul White spoke near the end of this year’s event.

Young Cameron Minella (right) and Tom Nelson point to Cameron’s name on the Tree of Hope, which was introduced at this year’s Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon for the first time as a way to recognize survivors of cancer and heart issues. Cameron, the nephew of Todd Crotty, Prairie du Chien, battles a heart condition and took some time, while visiting, to talk about his story. The 41st annual telethon was broadcast live Saturday night from Bluff View School.

Kathy Atkins (left) and Ruth Taylor (along with Cathie Nelson) organized and tweaked the lineup throughout the evening.
Mon
01
Feb

One-vehicle accident causes injury

On Tuesday, Jan. 26, at approximately 7:30 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle crash with unknown injuries near 10243 Tavern Road north of Soldiers Grove.

The driver was Rebecca J. Spencer, 17, Gays Mills. Spencer was negotiating a curve on Tavern Road in a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee when the vehicle started to slide. Spencer over corrected which caused her vehicle to spin around. The passenger side of the vehicle struck the embankment and the vehicle came to rest on all four tires.

After the crash, Spencer was able to drive the vehicle to a nearby house to get help. The vehicle sustained moderate damage. Spencer was transported to Vernon Memorial Healthcare in Viroqua by North Crawford EMS.

Assisting at the scene were the Soldiers Grove Fire Department and the North Crawford EMS.

Mon
01
Feb

Report of reckless driving leads to meth bust

On Jan. 26, the Prairie du Chien Police Department was notified of a vehicle driving recklessly in the Prairie Cinema parking lot in the city of Prairie du Chien. Officers located a vehicle parked in the parking lot and eventually arrested the driver on an outstanding warrant.

The driver, Jill Schroeder, 38, stated that she was waiting to pick up another individual from the area. The second individual is a known drug user in the Crawford County area.

Officers requested the assistance of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and K9 Breck. K9 Breck was utilized and indicated to the presence of one or more controlled substances within the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted based on the indication from K9 Breck and yielded three used methamphetamine needles with residue still inside, a pink straw with methamphetamine residue, and a spoon with burnt narcotic residue.

Mon
01
Feb

New behavioral health center fills service need across region


Crossing Rivers Health Center for Behavioral Health staff currently includes (from left) Dr. Nicky Mabb, board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner; Ricki Bouska, national board certified counselor; and Darlene Meiners, child, adolescent and family counselor. Meiners also shares her time with Prairie du Chien public schools. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

For three months now, the new Crossing Rivers Health Center for Behavioral Health has provided services for adults, children and adolescents with mental or behavioral health concerns. It was an area that communities identified as a service needed to improve community health. The center, which opened Nov. 2, is located at 705 S. Buchanan St., Prairie du Chien, in the former CARE office. Staff is ready to help individuals achieve mental well-being and encounter everyday challenges with confidence and satisfaction.

A $600,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration was awarded to Crossing Rivers to increase access for such a need in the region, according to Dr. Steven Bush, CRH chief medical officer.

Mon
01
Feb

Blackhawks beat Hornets


Prairie du Chien’s Connor George gets the defender into the air before scoring down low Friday night against visiting Richland Center. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Casey Hogenson gets ready to go up for a shot in first-half action against Richland Center.

The Blackhawks’ Nick Weber drives the lane for a scoop shot Friday night.

Jacob Lenzendorf drives the left baseline in the first half against visiting Richland Center.

Cory Check makes a nifty bounce pass into the lane versus the Hornets Friday night.

 

Prairie boys cruise 

past Richland Center

Prairie du Chien handily defeated visiting Richland Center 72-55 in an SWC boys basketball game Friday night. 

The Blackhawks used an effective press and also went deep into their roster to earn their 14th victory of the season against only 2 losses.

Prairie built a 41-18 halftime lead and cruised to the victory. 

Mon
01
Feb

Lock and Dam 9 Maintenance


The lock chamber at Lock and Dam 9 has been dewatered and maintenance work is being done to the gates at both ends as well as the chamber floor and walls. (Photos by Patrick Moes, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Seven bulkheads (left) were placed and sealed in order to hold back water so that the lock chamber could be drained and pumped out. Seven bulkheads were also placed at the downstream end of the lock chamber. The upstream gate (above) and the downstream gate will be sandblasted, painted and have maintenance work performed on them.

Repairs are being done at various locations on both of the lock chamber walls. At the base of the wall are drain holes.

This is the view of the lock chamber from the downstream end.

 

Lock 9 near Lynxville has been dewatered 

and is undergoing $3.5 million maintenance project

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Thu
28
Jan

Holly Eve Keyl-Jones

 

After almost a three year battle with lung cancer, our Lord and Savior decided the fight went on long enough and called our Holly home to be with Him. On Jan. 22, Holly Eve Keyl-Jones, 49, Capron, Ill. slipped away peacefully with her family by her side.

Born in Elgin, Ill. Dec. 26, 1966 to Richard and Janet Jones, Patch Grove, Holly was blessed to have Jan rarely leave her side.

Wed
27
Jan

Connie M. Sanderson

 

Connie M. Sanderson, 68, passed away on Jan. 27, in Lansing, Iowa. 

Connie was born Sept. 30, 1947 in Madison. She graduated in 1969 from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and married Harlan on June 21 that same year. She taught French and English, including literature, composition and creative writing classes, for 27 years at South Winneshiek High School in Calmar, Iowa, before retiring with her husband in the countryside by the Mississippi River near Lynxville. 

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