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Car flips several times in OWI crash

On Sunday, June 7, at approximately 2:37 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle crash on Highway 18, three tenths of a mile east of Ward Road in the township of Bridgeport.  

Marsha M. Scott, 29,  of Bloomington, was operating a 1999 Buick LeSabre eastbound on Highway 18 when she lost control of the vehicle. Scott’s vehicle crossed the centerline and entered the westbound lane of traffic. The vehicle then hit the ditch on the west side of the roadway and flipped approximately three or four times. The vehicle came to rest facing westbound on its roof.

A vehicle following Scott called 911 to report the accident. The witness stated that Scott was traveling at a high rate of speed before the accident.

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PdC Plan Commission approves Leisure Time outdoor seating area upgrade


Since gaining approval for the outdoor seating area, Leisure Time has been busy laying the groundwork for the new expansion. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

A meeting of the City of Prairie du Chien Plan Commission was held on Tuesday, June 2, at City Hall in Prairie du Chien.

The major item on the table during the meeting was the approval of an addition to the Leisure Time Sports Bar and Bowl on Marquette Road. Leisure Time was requesting a Conditional Use Permit to expand their existing conditional use (tavern/bowling alley) in a B-2 Highway Commercial Zoning District for purposes of a fenced outdoor seating area.

The permit they were seeking would not permit outdoor music without further review and approval by the Planning Commission.

The motion for approval was made by Tom Nelson and seconded by Dan Key. The approval for the initial permit was unanimously approved.

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Aquatic invasive species coordinator advises to ‘Inspect, Remove, Drain and Never Move’

By Ted Pennekamp

The Crawford County Land Conservation Department has a new person in its office in the County Administrative Building in Prairie du Chien.

Ben Wegleitner is an aquatic invasive species coordinator with the Southwest Badger Resource Conservation and Development Council. Ben will be working to control aquatic invasive species in Crawford, Vernon, La Crosse, Richland and Sauk counties.

“Crawford County’s Land Conservation Department has been one of our partners in the last few years,” said Ben. “Dave Troester (County Conservationist) has been a big help.” Ben noted that Southwest Badger and the Land Conservation Department have helped each other out on various invasive species control efforts, including efforts to get rid of Japanese hops at sites within the county.

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PdC School District considers possible referendum to assist with costs

The Prairie du Chien Public School has been discussing and exploring facility options for years. Prairie du Chien is only one of a few schools that has not gone to referendum to ask for the ability to increase the allowed revenue limit per student. Because of this, the school has been locked in at a low revenue limit level that is far below the average school. District Administrator Drew Johnson stated, “The school has made many cuts over the past years to stay within the revenue as allowed, but there are no more places to cut.”

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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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