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Wed
29
Jul

Relay for Life to be held this weekend


Shelly Rider (left) accepts a proclamation by Prairie du Chien Mayor Dave Hemmer, declaring Aug. 1, 2015, to be Relay for Life Day in Prairie du Chien. (Photo submitted)

By Caitlin Bittner

Prairie du Chien’s Great River Relay for Life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 5 to 10 p.m.

In the past, the Great River Relay for Life has brought in over a million dollars for cancer research. “We’ve raised $1,036,051.82 to be exact,” said Mary Ann Heisz, former event co-chair. While Heisz is no longer a chair of the event, she remains synonymous with the Relay.

In the Relay’s first year, 2000, Prairie du Chien was ranked as first in the state for funds raised in its class, garnering over $82,000. The following year, Prairie du Chien achieved a national ranking of 10th, raising $115,236.

Looking back, Heisz said that she was proud of the support for the Prairie du Chien Relay. “The community is just so great. It’s such an inspiration. The money we raise is great, the physical support...now that means so much more.”

Heisz noted that the most important thing for the Relay to have is good community involvement.

Wed
29
Jul

Czajkowski Higgins named PdC’s official city attorney


Lara Czajkowski Higgins is ready to take on her new role as Prairie du Chien’s city attorney. Her first official day with the title will be Aug. 1. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

By Caitlin Bittner

With Tom Peterson’s retirement as the city attorney for Prairie du Chien, Lara Czajkowski Higgins was announced as one of two new city attorneys.

Czajkowski Higgins is a native of rural Wauzeka and attended St. John’s Catholic School, as well as Wauzeka High School, graduating in 1993. Afterward, she attended Grinnell College in Iowa, receiving her bachelors of arts degree in political science in 1997.

Following her undergraduate education, Czajkowski Higgins moved to Washington, D.C., and worked for a year before returning to school, this time at Villanova University School of Law, to receive her juris doctor in 2001.

Wed
29
Jul

Crossing Rivers Health addresses public questions, concerns regarding future razing of old PdC Memorial Hospital


Crossing Rivers Health Board of Directors is made up of community members, as well as two outside members, who can provide a broader opinion on matters. Pictured, from left, are (front) Katie Garrity, Secretary; Lisa Esser, Treasurer; Dr. Tamara Holzer, Medical Chief of Staff (ex-officio, non-voting member); Mattie Rademacher; (back) Roy C. George, Vice President; Garith Steiner; Charlie Connell, President; Chad Trautsch; Paul Ginkel, Past Board President (no longer a board member); and Bill Sexton, Crossing Rivers Health Chief Executive Officer (ex-officio, non-voting member). Board member Police Chief Chad Abram is not pictured. (Photo submited)

By Caitlin Bittner

In order to address the public’s concerns and questions regarding the razing of the old Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital building, the Courier Press reached out to Crossing Rivers Health. Sasha Dull, the chief development officer and external relations coordinator, Bill Sexton, the chief executive officer and Charlie Connell, Crossing Rivers Health board president, agreed to sit down to help put the confusion to rest.

“It’s sad to see it come down,” began Sexton. “But the alternative is to watch it decay over time and we didn’t want that to be the hospital’s legacy.”

The building, according to Sexton, served the community for about six decades until the hospital officially moved to its new home in June. “We’ve had the property listed for two years, and in that time, there was no viable plan presented for it,” stated Sexton.

Wed
29
Jul

Prairie du Chien team competes in World Bowfishing Tournament


The Prairie du Chien team included Drake Coleman, Ben LaHaie and Aaron LaHaie.

A team of Prairie du Chien bowfishermen competed in the World Bowfishing Tournament held in Prairie du Chien on July 26-27. Cabela’s was a host and the weigh-in was held on their property. 

The tournament took place from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. All of the fish that were brought in were taken to a local pig farm as feed. Tournament organizers contact local entities wherever they hold their tournaments and the fish have gone to raptor rehabilitation centers, to organic farms as fertilizer, and more.

Wed
29
Jul

New emergency government director

 

New emergency 

government director 

takes to his role by storm

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Tue
28
Jul

Lester E. Weisensale

 

Lester E. Weisensale, 68, of Prairie du Chien passed away Monday, July 27, at his home surrounded by his family, following a courageous battle with cancer. 

He was born Jan. 26, 1947 in York, Pa. the son of Lester and Gladys (Stauffer) Weisensale Sr. He entered service in the U.S. Navy in 1966 and later served in the U.S. Marine Corps being honorably discharged in 1973. He married Janette Belken on Oct. 20, 1973 at the Castle Rock Lutheran Church. Lester enjoyed his work as an EMT for the Prairie du Chien Rescue Squad and was an animal lover. 

Mon
27
Jul

Woman pulled over by fake officer, sheriff urges to report any similar incidents

Grant County deputies are looking for a man who impersonated a police officer and pulled over a woman on U.S. 151 Thursday night.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Department said the woman drove past a dark-colored SUV on 151 south of Platteville around 11:55 p.m. When the woman passed the SUV, it pulled out behind her and activated a red and blue dash light, the sheriff’s office said.

When the woman pulled over, a man in his 40s wearing a black T-shirt approached her vehicle with a flashlight. The man asked the woman if she knew why she was stopped, then asked her to leave the car to see an equipment violation, the sheriff’s office said.

The woman asked the man for ID, and when he didn’t show any, she said she was going to call 911. The SUV then drove off to the north, the sheriff’s office said.

Sheriff Nate Dreckman said several area law enforcement agencies use unmarked vehicles, with “multiple sources of emergency lights and a siren.”

Mon
27
Jul

Dump truck overturns in ditch near Rush Creek Road, sustains moderate damage

On Monday, July 20, at 11:18 a.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a one-vehicle rollover crash on Rush Creek Road, one mile east of Highway 35 in Freeman Township.

Lawrence Meinholz, 59, Harpers Ferry, Iowa, was driving a 2002 Freightliner dump truck east on Rush Creek Road when he met a westbound 1990 Peterbilt semi pulling a grain trailer, driven by John Johnson, 72, Genoa. Meinholz’s dump truck got onto the soft shoulder, causing the dump truck to overturn once before coming to a stop on its wheels in the ditch.

Meinholz was taken to Crossing Rivers Health where he was treated for bumps and bruises sustained in the crash and later released.

The dump truck sustained moderate right side damage and was towed from the scene.

Assisting at the scene were the De Soto and Ferryville First Responders, De Soto Fire Department, Ocooch Mountain Rescue Squad and Bob’s Towing.

The crash remains under investigation.

Mon
27
Jul

Knights of Columbus hold summertime contest youth throughout the area asked to participate

Campion Council 1840 of the Knights of Columbus ,who offer charitable services to the community, youth and persons in need, would like area youth to participate in a summer contest for three different age groups with a choice of a $20 Dairy Queen or Culvers’ gift certificate for the selected winners. Each group will be asked what it means to be helping hands in the community or family.

First through fourth grades are asked to submit a picture with  two or three sentences that describe their picture. They will be rated on originality, hand artwork (no stickers or tracing), and how the picture is described.

Fifth through eighth grade are asked to submit a one- to two-page definition of what it means to be helping hands in the family and in our community. Likewise, high school teens are asked to submit a three- to four-page statement on what it takes to become helping hands in the family and the community.

Mon
27
Jul

McCluskey charged in Grant County sexual assault case

On May 21, Boscobel Police met with a 15 year-old female who had recently given birth. The female told police that a rural Prairie du Chien man was the father of her child.

After conducting an interview with the female, the case was referred to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department since the alleged sexual assault was said to have occurred in their county. An investigator with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was able to locate Jacob McCluskey, 19, of rural Prairie du Chien, and conduct an interview with him.

McCluskey admitted to having sexual intercourse with the 15-year-old female on two separate occasions in the city of Boscobel. After the investigation was concluded, the case was then referred to the Grant County District Attorney’s office.

McCluskey was charged with second degree sexual assault of a child in Grant County.

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