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Wed
29
Jun

Five run for Blake’s Prairie Fair royalty

Five area high schoolers are competing to become royalty for the 2016 Blake’s Prairie Jr. Fair, which will be held at the  Bloomington Fairgrounds July 14-17.

Queen candidate Lexi Harper, daughter of Tara and Greg Harper, Glen Haven, is sponsored by the River Ridge FFA. Lexi has been an active member of the FFA for three years, was last year’s chapter treasurer and currently serves as the chapter secretary. Lexi was part of the national soils team, was a member of the state qualifying meats team and has done livestock judging. She owns four Angus heifers she shows at local fairs and larger Angus breed shows.

Wed
29
Jun

Family-friendly summer olympic games to be held at Fort Fun, July 16

By Caitlin Bittner

A day filled with family-friendly fun will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, at the Prairie du Chien Aquatic Park and Fort Fun.

This event will feature a variety of Olympic-themed games and activities for families, starting with an olympic athlete pledge. Then, at 9:30 a.m., the 46th annual 5K Run/Walk will commence. To insure a t-shirt and lunch for the event, pre-registration must be completed by noon on Friday, July 8. But, if you don’t want a t-shirt, registration will be open up until the morning of the event.

At 10 a.m., a teen/adult, two player sand volleyball tournament, sponsored by Bible Baptist Church, will take place. For more information about this tournament, please call (608) 412-3848. 

Wed
29
Jun

Long-time resident to make mission trip to Slovakia

By Caitlin Bittner

On Aug. 13, long-time Prairie du Chien resident, Luanne Newmann, will embark on a yearlong European journey. Her destination, Bratislava, is near the border of Slovakia.

Newmann applied to teach abroad through the Global Teach organization in January. “I’ll be teaching religion and conversational English,” said Newmann.

Although she’s never been to Slovakia, Newmann said that she feels up to the challenge. “I’m pretty prepared. I’ve been to Europe a few times.”

Additionally, Newmann noted that her pastor, Pastor Kyle Svennungsen, of Prairie du Chien’s St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, had his own experiences in Slovakia. “He had an internship there and his wife was a teacher there. They’ve both told me a lot about it.”

Wed
29
Jun

Emerald Ash Borer


Above is an example of an adult emerald ash borer. Its true size can be seen in relation to the penny in the lower right.

Emerald ash borer larvae produce damage as shown in this sample at the Crawford County Administrative Building. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Emerald ash borer has become a green 

menace in Wisconsin and Crawford County

By Ted Pennekamp

 

This third installment of a series of articles about invasive species in Crawford County focuses on a pest known as emerald ash borer (EAB). 

Tue
28
Jun

Leaving your own green thumbprint


The Crawford County Master Gardener Volunteers want to announce a new feature to the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens. It’s a Little Library! School is out but they want to encourage children (and adults) to read during the summer. Grab a book and find a comfy spot in the garden to peruse the pages. As with many Little Libraries around town, they would like a cycle of borrowing and returning of books so many can enjoy the assortment. The Prairie du Chien Secure Correctional Facility donated the library fixture. Pictured, from left, are (front) Julie Hazen, Nola Nagel, (back) Donna Teynor, Lisa Rogers, Cathie Nelson, Marla Hurley, Sandy Vold and Mary Novey. (Photo submitted)

By Caitlin Bittner

The summer sun is high in the blue sky, and the weather is perfect for doing some gardening. But, you don’t know how to get started? Well, you’re in luck. 

Gardening can be a lengthy endeavor for true enthusiasts like those of Prairie du Chien’s Master Gardener program. And every summer, the program, run with the help of the Crawford County University of Wisconsin-Extension office, can help others realize their passion for planting and growing.

“Our motto is teach, learn, lead, serve,” said Julie Hazen, President of the Crawford County Master Gardeners organization.

Tue
28
Jun

Clarence Lavern Curtis

 

Clarence Lavern Curtis, 96, of Dodgeville and Mesa, Ariz., died on Friday, June 24, at Upland Hills Health. 

Mon
27
Jun

Five arrested on charges related to meth and heroin

Five residents of a Prairie du Chien house were arrested early Monday, June 27, as a result of a search warrant. They are being held on drug-related charges, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

During the early morning hours of Monday, the sheriff’s department and Prairie du Chien Police Department executed a search warrant for illegal narcotics at the residence on Norma Avenue. As a result, the adults who occupied the residence were taken into custody. They included Abby Hiles, 33; Alan Hagensick, 28; Corey Hagensick, 27; Anthony Hagensick, 34; and Monica Knockel, 36.

Also, a 1-year-old child who lived at the residence was taken into temporary physical custody for wellbeing and safety reasons, according to authorities.

Hiles faces charges of delivery of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a drug house and recklessly endangering the safety of a child.

Mon
27
Jun

New Invasive Species Coordinator

 

New aquatic invasive species coordinator in Crawford County

By Ted Pennekamp

 

There is a new aquatic invasive species coordinator in the Crawford County Land Conservation Department. Emma Antolos, 25, has taken over for the departed Ben Wegleitner. 

Mon
27
Jun

County drug and alcohol treatment court grant rejected

Editor’s note: This article is the second in a short series regarding methamphetamine and the serious problem of meth abuse in Crawford County.

By Correne Martin

By continuously throwing methamphetamine and other narcotics users in jail, utilizing solely Crawford County funds and resources, addicts don’t get the help they need and the root of the drug problem is not addressed. The only result is that the junkies spend a night off the streets.

“Crawford County is a small county with a big need,” said Circuit Court Judge James Czajkowski. “Yet our county does not have a social worker who is a drug and alcohol abuse counselor.”

The national trend, where success rates vary per county, is to rehabilitate drug abusers, as opposed to calling for jail or prison sentences, according to Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick.

Mon
27
Jun

PdC adds food, live music to its fireworks festivities

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien will host the annual fireworks celebration on St. Feriole Island on Saturday, July 9. The fireworks show will be longer than ever before and, in general, the event is expected to be even more family-friendly than usual.

Co-sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce and the city of Prairie du Chien, organizers will sell burgers, brats, popcorn and refreshments from 5 to 8 p.m. at the north shelter. Live music at the same location will further liven up the island from 6 to 9 p.m.

Bring your own blanket and lawn chair and find the perfect place to view the fireworks and listen to the music on the island. Glow sticks will be sold as well.

At dusk, the fireworks will be shot off from a barge over the Mississippi River.

“With additional sponsorship from the city, we’ve also increased the length of the fireworks this year,” Chamber CEO Bob Moses said.

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