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Wed
20
Apr

Mock accident presents real-life impact


Emergency responders zip up a deceased victim from the mock crash scenario demonstrated by Grant County volunteers to high school students at River Ridge Tuesday morning. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Emergency personnel assess the mock crash scene and prepare to utilize the Jaws of Life to remove victims from a vehicle and one of the injured, Bryan Maring, onto a stretcher. (Photos by Correne Martin)

River Ridge freshmen through senior students reacted emotionally during many portions of the mock crash scenario Tuesday morning in the high school parking lot.

The “drunken driver,” Jonathan Breuer, is taken away in handcuffs by Deputy John Barker.

By Correne Martin

The sounds of emergency sirens, the Jaws of Life popping metal and breaking glass, and a body bag being zipped up were bone-chilling as silence fell upon the River Ridge High Schoolers Tuesday morning. They watched intensely as a serious and emotional mock accident scenario unfolded in front of their eyes: a two-vehicle crash took the life of one, injured two others and resulted in OWI charges.

“It was pretty scary. I didn’t like it at all. I hope it never happens,” stated student actress Shannon Sturmer, who was a passenger in one of the vehicles and “died” in the crash.

The volunteer entities participating included the Bloomington Fire Department, West Grant Rescue Squad, Grant County Sheriff’s Department, Martin Funeral Home and B&M Auto. Led by Denny Cathman, of the rescue squad, 10 firemen, four EMTs and one deputy gave their time to present the mock accident lesson.

Wed
20
Apr

Projects tackled ahead of schedule, new fire truck purchase planned

By Correne Martin

As has become the trend for the city of Prairie du Chien in recent years, the city has more money remaining in its 2014-2016 capital fund than anticipated for this time of year. This is the result of a number of projects coming in under budget as well as other projects not taking place for various unpredictable reasons. So, administration came to the common council Tuesday night with a list of proposed projects to be completed ahead of schedule, resulting in a decrease to the capital fund’s remaining balance.

The projects, which the council approved, include:

1) Repairs to the aquatic park pool, $10,348,

2) Repairs to Hoffman Hall’s north wall, $11,000, this is in addition to the $10,000 already allocated for this project and will cover the entire building,

3) Electrical improvements on St. Feriole Island, $26,000.

Wed
20
Apr

Inaugural meeting set with hopes of starting local Young Professionals Group

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce is looking to start a Young Professionals (YP) Group.  An inaugural meeting is slated for Thursday, May 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Leisure Time Sports Bar and Bowl. Steve Benzschawel, the program director of Wisconsin Business World, will run the meeting.

Future business and community leaders are invited to this whiteboard session to help map the assets of Prairie du Chien and define what makes this an attractive area to work. Together, attendees will identify opportunities and articulate a clear strategy for developing a YP Group. Goals for the group will be to organize a community of peers under the guidance of the chamber, and provide opportunities for networking, career building, mentoring and leadership development.

Wed
20
Apr

Prairie Relays


Prairie du Chien’s Emily Groom (left) rounds a turn in the 3200 relay at the Prairie Relays Monday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Blackhawks’ Preston Hendrix prepares to land his long jump at the Prairie Relays at Prairie du Chien High School.

Prairie’s Weston Hill competes in the 3200 relay Monday afternoon.

Stephen Ronnfeldt clears a hurdle in the 110-meter high hurdles.

Kaitlyn Buenzli of Prairie du Chien (right) runs in the 100-meter dash Monday afternoon at the Prairie Relays.

 

PdC track 

team hosts 

Prairie Relays

The Prairie du Chien track team hosted their first invitational of the year, the Prairie Relays, on Monday afternoon.  The following Prairie du Chien athletes placed in the meet:

Evan Teynor, 4th Triple Jump (Personal record)

Wed
20
Apr

Driftless Wisconsin gets JEM Grant


Driftless Wisconsin receives a check for $15,000 from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism for a Sales Promotion JEM Grant at Prairie Fun Land, one of the promotion’s participating businesses. From left to right are: Paula Sheckler, Prairie Fun Land; Patrick Reinsma and Heidi S. Roekle, Wisconsin Department of Tourism; State Representative Lee Nerison; Rick Kettner, Will Cronin, and Eric Frydenlund, Driftless Wisconsin; and Meaghan Hackett and Kurt Sheckler, Prairie Fun Land. (Photo submitted)

 

Driftless Wisconsin to welcome 

new travelers with help from tourism grant

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
20
Apr

County Board

 

Judge Czajkowski addresses 

County Board about courthouse 

remodeling, drug problems in county

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
20
Apr

New County Building


The footings for the new Crawford County Highway Department salt and sand building will be approximately 10 feet wide.

 

County to get new 

salt, sand storage building

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
20
Apr

Kapanke in Prairie du Chien

 

Kapanke announces 

candidacy, visits Prairie du Chien

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
18
Apr

Peoples State Bank expands presence in Grant County

Peoples State Bank announced last week that it has entered into an agreement to purchase FirstMerit Bank’s Lancaster, Fennimore, Dickeyville, and Potosi branches. The transaction involves the sale of the buildings, loans, and deposits associated with the branches. Pending regulatory approval, it is expected that the sale will close in July.

Mark Forsythe, president of Peoples State Bank, said the acquisition is consistent with the bank’s plan for growth.

“We really appreciate the opportunity to work with FirstMerit Bank on this acquisition and are extremely excited about increasing our bank’s presence in Grant County,” Forsythe added. “Our bank’s history of service in southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa is a great story and we are anxious to begin meeting and working with the farmers, businesses and residents of Lancaster, Fennimore, Dickeyville, and Potosi to write another chapter.”

Mon
18
Apr

PdC High School Class of 2016 val and sal named


Jessica Gutknecht, valedictorian, and Autumn Kohler, salutatorian

Jessica Gutknecht has been named the valedictorian and Autumn Kohler the salutatorian of the Prairie du Chien High School Class of 2016.

Jessica Gutknecht is the daughter of Rick and Joy Gutknecht. She’s grown up in Prairie du Chien and has been an active part of the community. She is a member of St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church and president of the youth council there. Throughout high school, she has been a varsity athlete in gymnastics, golf, and soccer. She’s also participated in Key Club, Science Club, National Honor Society, and a musical production.

After the completion of her senior year, Jessica will have taken seven Advanced Placement classes including calculus AB, calculus BC, statistics, English language, English literature, U.S. history, and music theory. Additionally, she’s taken two Project Lead the Way (PLTW) classes: intro to engineering and design, and civil engineering and architecture.

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