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Wed
11
Sep

Crawford County emergency communication towers to be upgraded

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Pictured (from left) are Crawford County 911 Director Julie Cipra, Eastman Fire Chief and President of the Crawford County Fire Officers Association Adam Trautsch, Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick, Crawford County Emergency Management Director Roger Martin, Congressman Ron Kind, Prairie du Chien Fire Chief Harry Remz, Senator Jennifer Shilling, Grant County Deputy Nate Gallagher, Prairie du Chien Mayor Dave Hemmer and Grant County Emergency Management Director Steve Braun.

By Correne Martin

The Crawford County Fire Officers Association has received an Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to improve communication between dispatch and emergency personnel during emergencies. The grant for $237,025 will be used to upgrade communication towers for fire, EMS and law enforcement in the county.

According to Crawford County Emergency Management Director Roger Martin, the county will pay an additional $12,475, or 5 percent, toward the project.

“Our towers have not been reaching to all areas of the county,” Martin said. “We have issues with static and interference, and the range isn’t very good at all.”

Wed
11
Sep

New Soldiers Grove Public Library offers modern, comfortable space

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Director Cele Wolf is shown seated in one of the cozy new chairs in the reading room of the recently renovated and expanded Soldiers Grove Public Library. See more pictures of the library at pdccourier.com. (Photo by Correne Martin)
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By Correne Martin

The “Little Library That Could” in Soldiers Grove raised more than $680,000 to renovate and expand its space into more of a community center where all ages can learn, study, and delve into important information from the past and present.

Now, the impressive “new” bi-level library welcomes visitors with its warm color palette, expansive shelves of intriguing materials and computer space for adults and children, modern technology, plentiful and comfortable seating, locally-created artwork and furniture and much more.

The facility was formerly both the library and the adjoining pharmacy (which has moved to a different location).

Wed
11
Sep

Chromebooks making an impression with area schools

By Ted Pennekamp

It can be quite challenging for school districts to sort out all of the available new technology and to find the right ones in order to give their students the best possible learning experience.

One intriguing state-of-the-art technology that area districts are incorporating into their programs this school year is Chromebooks. Prairie du Chien, Wauzeka-Steuben and Seneca are all anticipating a good experience for students and teachers through the use of Chromebooks beginning in 2013-2014.

“The Prairie du Chien School District is very excited to announce that students in grades 5-12 will be using Google Chromebooks in the classroom,” said Prairie du Chien High School Assistant Principal Jennifer Gallagher in a recent report.

Wed
11
Sep

Medicare proposal could ‘decimate’ rural health care

By Correne Martin

A proposal in a report released Aug. 15 would have staggering implications for rural health care across the country and negatively impact almost every rural hospital and community in Wisconsin, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association-Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (WHA-RWHC).

“What a federal agency is proposing is nothing short of astounding,” said Wisconsin Hospital Association President Steve Brenton, referring to a report released by the federal Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG). “These recommendations would decimate 20 years of health care stability and access to care for Medicare beneficiaries in rural communities across America.”

Wed
11
Sep

9/11 changed local veteran’s direction in life

Command Sgt. Maj. Joel Arnold
Command Sgt. Maj. Joel Arnold

By Caitlin Bittner

Twelve years ago, what seemed like an ordinary day where people got dressed, ate breakfast, went to school and went to work turned into a nightmare that has impacted our country. With the first plane’s impact at 8:46 a.m., shock waves were sent through the United States.

For days, we mourned the pain and suffering of the victims and their families, all the while holding out hope and rejoicing when someone was pulled from the wreckage still alive.

Approximately 2,977 people from 90 different nations were killed as a result of the attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Flight United 93. According to a New York Times article from July 5, victims of the attacks are still being identified.

Tue
10
Sep

Lois Stuart

 

Lois R. Stuart, 92, was reborn to eternal life on Sept. 6. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Sr., John Jr. and a sister Kathy. She is survived by children Mary Ann Minke, Cookie Baer, Kathy Stuart Gunsberg, Bill (Nancy) and Philip (Beth); eleven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren, a brother, sister and brother- in-law. A memorial Mass will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at 11 a.m. at St. Jude of the Lake Catholic Church 700 Mahtomedi Ave. Mahtomedi Minn., with visitation one hour before Mass. A private interments will be held in Prairie du Chien. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

Mon
09
Sep

Fr. Fagan will give presentation Sept. 11 about medical work in Tanzania

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Fr. Paul with a newborn infant at Songambele Maternity ward.
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Illuminata and Sr. Anna will sing at the video presentation.
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A young patient being treated for malaria with her mother.

On Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m., at St. John School cafeteria in Prairie du Chien, Fr. Paul Fagan from the Diocese of Shinyanga in Tanzania will give a video presentation. The video will show the medical work that Fr. Paul is presently doing in Songambele Health Center at his St. Peter Parish in Nkololo.

The center was upgraded from the status of a Dispensary in 2011. It is the only health center in the diocese and in the Bariadi District that has ever been allowed to give blood transfusions that have already saved many hundreds of lives. The 33-bed wards are very inadequate and a new ward will be a priority when funds become available.

Fr. Paul will explain how his life has changed over the 53 years that he has been doing pastoral work in the diocese and will answer questions.

Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome.

Mon
09
Sep

Library marks 50 years in same building

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Longtime Prairie du Chien radio personality Norb Aschom spins favorite records from the 1960s for the enjoyment of library patrons young and old Saturday.
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Sabrina Ortiz and Diana Jelinek of Prairie du Chien get creative while chalk drawing on the sidewalk in front of the Prairie du Chien Public Library Saturday. The library has been in the same building for 50 years.
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Zachary Shilling, 4, of La Crosse, the son of State Senator Jennifer Shilling, enjoys some delicious ice cream during Saturday afternoon’s 50th anniversary celebration of the Prairie du Chien Public Library being in its current building. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)
Mon
09
Sep

Crash kills Iowa County man

MINERAL POINT­—A 27-year-old Mineral Point man died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred just outside the city Thursday, Aug. 22.

The Iowa County Sheriff’s Office said James C. Richards was driving his 1995 Chevrolet S-10 pickup north on Highway 23, about 10:55 p.m., when the truck left the road and crashed about one-quarter mile south of Highway 39. Richards, who was not believed to be wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the truck. Richards was transported to Upland Hills Hospital and then transferred to UW Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The crash remains under investigation.

Alcohol and speed are believed to be contributing factors, authorities said.

Mon
09
Sep

Former slaughterhouse manager pleads guilty in Agriprocessors case

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA—The former manager of an Iowa slaughterhouse has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to harbor undocumented workers for profit.

Former Agriprocessors, Inc., poultry manager Hosam Amara entered the guilty plea Friday at the federal courthouse in Cedar Rapids. The plea was required under an agreement released Thursday in which prosecutors dropped several other counts.

The 48 year old faces a maximum 10 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Linda Reade hasn’t scheduled the sentencing hearing yet.

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