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Adult Education


Adult Education Instructor Chris Foley stands near two of the computers in Suite 125 of the Crawford County Administration Building in Prairie du Chien.

 

Adult Education classes are free, GED priceless

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The classes that are offered through the Adult Education Program in Crawford County are free, but the knowledge gained is very valuable indeed. 

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Dec

Prairie du Chien Economic Development to open downtown office

The Prairie du Chien Economic Development Corporation has announced plans to open an office in downtown Prairie du Chien, at 129 E. Blackhawk Ave. (former Kate's Hair Studio location). Established in 1951 as the Industrial Development Corporation, the organization is the oldest public/private non-profit corporation in the city. Since 2010, the organization has operated as the Prairie du Chien Economic Development Corporation and continues to establish itself as a leading organization for economic development for the city and southwest Wisconsin. The organization continues working behind the scenes on a number of projects that will eventually help benefit the community. “Unfortunately, most of what we do is sensitive in nature and cant’ be discussed openly to the public,” stated Bob McDonald, president.

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Dec

Trail of Trees, Christmas Cookie and Candy Sale at Fort Crawford Saturday

The Fort Crawford Museum and Prairie du Chien Historical Society will celebrate the holidays with its annual Trail of Trees and Christmas Cookie and Candy Sale on Saturday, Dec. 12.

This will be the ninth year that Fort Crawford Museum volunteers have set up lighted trees around the veranda of the Fort Crawford Hospital. Once again, 25 people, organizations, and businesses are sponsoring and decorating trees. The result is 25 uniquely ornamented trees, displaying a variety of colors and ideas. After sunset, the trees form a twinkling trail around the museum grounds. In the past, trees have been decorated in memory of a person or family, to reflect a theme, or symbolize a thought. A sign in front of each tree acknowledges its sponsor. Many of the sponsors have participated in the Trail of Trees since its inception.

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Dec

Man injured in black ice accident

On Dec. 4, at 9:20 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle crash on Limery Road about one mile east of State Highway 35 in Prairie du Chien Township.

Edward Stubbe, 56, of Prairie du Chien, was eastbound on Limery Road driving a 1997 Chevrolet S10 truck when Stubbe hit black ice. Stubbe lost control of the vehicle and hit the north side embankment causing the air bags to deploy. Stubbe was extricated from the vehicle by Bridgeport Fire and transported to Crossing Rivers Hospital by Tri- State EMS for treatment of his injuries.

Assisting on scene were the Bridgeport First Responders, the Crawford County Highway Department and Bob’s Towing.

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09
Dec

2 separate accidents reported, 2 men charged

On Saturday, Dec. 5 at 6 a.m., the Crawford Sheriff’s Department was notified of two separate motor vehicle accidents.

A rollover accident was reported in Bridgeport Township on Vineyard Road at Hillview Drive.

It was later determined that the accident had taken place about 1:30 a.m. A 2002 Toyota owned and operated by Nicholas Kurt, 36, of Prairie du Chien, was eastbound on Vineyard Road. He failed to make a left turn onto Hillview Drive and came to rest upside down in the ditch.

There were no reported injuries. The vehicle had unknown damage and was removed by Bob’s Towing.

Assisting at the scene was the Prairie du Chien Fire Department.

Nicholas Kurt was charged with failure to report an accident.

At the same time, a one-vehicle accident was reported in Haney Township on Highway 131 near Juddy Smith Road.

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09
Dec

Felon found in possession of firearm

A 30-year-old Bagley man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of a firearm by a felon and one count of misdemeanor bail jumping.

Dustin R. Hampton, a convicted felon, faces up to $35,000 in fines and 10 years, nine months imprisonment if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, on Nov. 25, a Crawford County sheriff’s deputy responded to Bouska Road in the town of Bridgeport for a vehicle that had run out of gas.

Hampton’s driving privileges were suspended and the deputy offered to drive the vehicle to the Walmart parking lot where it could stay until someone could come drive the vehicle and Hampton home.

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Dec

Woman charged with meth possession

A 22-year-old Cedar Rapids, Iowa, woman has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine.

Daryn V. Harford faces up to a $10,000 fine and 3.5 years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a metal container containing meth and other items was seized from a vehicle following a traffic stop on Nov. 4 in the city of Prairie du Chien. The metal container was in a purple Crown Royal bag, which Harford admitted was hers. Harford also told investigators that the metal container contained drugs, the complaint said.

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09
Dec

River Ridge seeks long-range input

By Correne Martin

“Whether you voted for the (April facility) referendum or against it, we want to hear from you.”

That was the notion expressed by River Ridge District Administrator Jeff Athey, who addressed more than 30 district residents attending the public long-range planning session Tuesday morning at Ma’s Bakery in Bloomington.

The gathering was the third of five public meetings scheduled between Dec. 2 and Dec. 10 at various community gathering facilities around the district. No major discussion took place, though attendees were asked to anonymously write down their opinions about certain aspects where possible improvement may be necessary, including academics, facilities, communication, extracurricular activities, and more.

They could also sign up to be part of sub-committees in these areas.

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09
Dec

UW-Platteville hopes to continue its impact by building greater relationships


UW-Platteville Chancellor Dennis Shields paid a visit to the Courier Press and other media and businesses in the Prairie du Chien area recently, to discuss workforce development, the university’s economic impact and its budget outlook.

Courier Press Editor and UW-Platteville alumna Correne Martin interviews Chancellor Shields during his recent tour of Prairie du Chien.

By Correne Martin

With 8,000 undergraduate students—60 to 70 percent of whom will stay in Wisconsin as post-collegiates, particularly in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields—the University of Wisconsin-Platteville serves an essential role in cultivating the state’s future workforce.

Among the university’s current undergrads, 60 hail from Crawford County, 501 from Grant County and eight from Clayton County. The number of present alumni in those counties include 373 in Crawford, 3,359 in Grant and 45 in Clayton. Representing Prairie du Chien alone, 33 individuals are enrolled in classes at this time and almost 200 people are alumni of UW-Platteville.

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Family Resource Center provides immeasurable support


Amanda Nagel, parent educator at the Crossing Rivers Health Family Resource Center, proudly showcases one of the car seats as well as the wide variety of developmental and educational toys that parents, grandparents and other patrons can check out there. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Helping families be the best they can be for little or no cost, the Crossing Rivers Health-Family Resource Center is one of Prairie du Chien’s best kept secrets. Family Resource Center services are available to everyone, regardless of income, status or location.

The Family Resource Center opened 25 years ago in downtown Prairie du Chien with a grant from the Children’s Trust Fund. It has since operated as a service of Crossing Rivers Health. For some time, its office was in the basement of Crossing Rivers Health Daycare Center (formerly Wee Care) and, in 2001, it moved to its current home at 800 East Taylor Street. In July of 2011, the Children’s Trust Fund grant system was restructured and the grant was unable to be maintained. At that time, Crossing Rivers Health began fully supporting the Family Resource Center, allowing the services to continue and the community needs to be met.

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