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After 58 years, hospital makes historic move


A total of three inpatients were stabilized and transported, with nurses by their side in ambulances, from the old hospital to the new medical center on Thursday, June 11—moving day for Crossing Rivers Health. Pictured, the last patient left around 8:40 a.m. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Near the operating room nurses station, Crossing Rivers Health and Hawkeye Movers staff work together to unwrap, wipe down, sanitize and put away equipment.

Crossing Rivers staff readies equipment to be arranged in their new home.

Hawkeye Movers crew members arrange a double-door refrigerator in the kitchen at the new Crossing Rivers Health medical center.

Lab workers test their equipment and supplies to make sure they're ready to be used in the new hospital.

By Correne Martin

Plans were first announced in 2011 to build a cutting-edge, new medical facility in Prairie du Chien. The Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital board then decided, after establishing a master faculty plan, that it wasn’t feasible to remodel its 58-year-old Taylor Street facility or add onto it for the 12th time. So land was purchased and sights were set on a new location at 37868 Highway 18, where a grandiose medical center, rebranded Crossing Rivers Health (CRH) in 2014, now welcomes people in from the south side of the community.

After years of preparation, last Thursday, June 11, was a highly-anticipated and precisely-orchestrated day for Crossing Rivers. It was moving day, from the outdated and landlocked old facility to the $50 million, 25-bed, 137,000-square-foot new facility. The three-day move, a majority of which happened Thursday, was something a hospital committee has been planning for about a year and a half.

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Forever part of the Rendezvous family


Buckskinner Bob Zuidema (left) browses some of the wares at the 2014 Prairie Villa Rendezvous.

Josie Kramer takes her turn at “nails” while Karly Kramer looks on at the Rendezvous last year. (Courier Press file photos)

Lindsey Nolan and Madeline Fisher, of Prairie du Chien, enjoy a unique tug of war Friday afternoon. The girls were evenly matched, with each winning about half the time.

By Addison Mumm

The Rendezvous may bring vendors to the flea market side, but the buckskinners side was the origin of the Prairie Villa Rendezvous. Celebrating the trades between settlers and Native Americans, the Rendezvous originated in 1976, in McGregor, Iowa, where men with similar interests–and only men–drank beer around the fire and enjoyed conversing. The buckskinners, and other campers who dress the part at the Rendezvous, celebrate pre-1840s living with reenactments, sports such as shooting or throwing, and dressing as they did then.

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Fay Grim

 

Fay Grim, 89, of Prairie du Chien, passed away on June 9, at Sylvia’s Hospice House in Ocala, Fla. 

He was born on Oct. 31, 1925 in Crawford County, the son of Ross and Fern (Barney) Grim. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He married Avis Randall on Feb. 17, 1945 in Readstown. She preceded him in death in 1991. He later married Clara Burke in 1996, who preceded him in death in 2012. Fay was owner and operator for many years of Kickapoo Antennavision Inc.- one of the very first cable TV companies. He was an avid annual deer hunter and enjoyed dabbling in electronics. 

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Carol A. Ore

 

Carol A. Ore, 77, of Prairie du Chien passed away Friday, June 12, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor, Iowa. 

She was born July 19, 1937 in Prairie du Chien the daughter of Joseph and Emma (Fluke) Sebastian. She married Ronald Ore on Jan. 2, 1961 at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. She worked in nursing for the General Hospital, the Memorial Hospital and later for the Prairie Convalescent Center. 

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Margaret Mary “Marge” Noggle

 

Margaret Mary “Marge” Noggle, 86, of Prairie du Chien passed away on June 12, at Country Terrace Assisted Living in Spooner. 

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Eastman couple married for 55 years

Loyde and Patsy (Kramer) Beers, of Eastman, were married June 11, 1960, at the St. Wenceslaus Church in Eastman. They are celebrating 55 years of marriage this week. They have six children, Loyde, Bob, Judy, Jim, Sandy and Deb, 12 grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. The family wishes them a happy anniversary and many years to come.

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Martins celebrate 60 years of marriage

Joanne (Breuer) and William Martin of Bagley, were married on June 16, 1955 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Glen Haven. They have been blessed with 13 children, 38 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. They invite you to celebrate their anniversary on Sunday, June 14, 2015, starting with a 9:15 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington, with a lunch and reception following in the Church Hall. No invitations were sent. No gifts, please.

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Vehicle overturns, man escapes injury

An Iowa man avoided injury in a one-vehicle rollover just north of Prairie du Chien Monday morning, June 8, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

On Monday, at 8:30 a.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of the rollover crash on State Highway 35 at Frederich Street in Prairie du Chien Township.

Benjamin McCready, 29, Clermont, Iowa, was driving a 1994 Dodge Shadow north on Highway 35 when he went onto the right shoulder of the roadway. The vehicle then crashed into a sign post causing the vehicle to overturn in the ditch.

McCready was wearing his seat belt and escaped injury. His vehicle sustained heavy damage a was towed from the scene.

Assisting at the scene were the Bridgeport/Prairie du Chien Fire Department, Tri-State Ambulance, the Prairie du Chien Police Department, the Crawford County Highway Department and Bob’s Towing.

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Prairie du Chien man faces several drug-related charges

A 32-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with operating a motor vehicle while revoked, operating with a restricted controlled substance in his blood (third offense), felony bail jumping, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Nathan Steven Hubanks faces up to 8 years and 7 months imprisonment and $16,000 in fines if convicted of all charges.

According to the criminal complaint, Hubanks was pulled over by police because it was known that his driving license had been revoked. During the traffic stop, Hubanks admitted to the officer that he had recently smoked marijuana. Also, two plastic baggies containing suspected marijuana and two smoking devices were found in Hubanks’ vehicle, the complaint said.

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Kozelka dies after being struck while working on disabled car

A Peterson, Iowa, man, formerly of Prairie du Chien, died Saturday, June 6, after he was struck while working on a disabled vehicle along a Clay County, Iowa, road.

The Iowa State Patrol reported that Steven Kozelka, 37, was working on a car Saturday evening that was disabled on the edge of County Road M27 near 490th Street, between Peterson and Everly. Another vehicle faced that car, as Kozelka was working to jump-start the battery.

The report said the teenage driver of a southbound car on County Road M27 struck one of the cars, which bounced to hit the third vehicle.

Kozelka died from injuries associated with the collision of the vehicles. Authorities have made no charges and are investigating to determine which vehicle struck Kozelka.

The teen driver was taken to Spencer Hospital in Spencer with undisclosed injuries.

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