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Wed
29
Jun

To reduce the meth problem: Attack it from all angles

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

By Correne Martin

As the Courier Press focuses on bringing attention to the severity of the prevalence of methamphetamine use in Crawford County, the newspaper continues to publish frequent reports of arrests and charges of abusers. Coincidentally, the June 27 issue included the second story in this series, right alongside an article about five Prairie du Chien residents busted with meth, as well as heroin and psilocybin mushrooms.

This latest instance of a search warrant leading to arrests is an example of Crawford County law enforcement’s continued battle against the problem. The county judicial system will now decide how to handle this case as it considers other meth cases, which have become all too familiar.

Wed
29
Jun

$12k reeled in for breast cancer programs

Hooking for Hope is an annual breast cancer awareness fundraiser associated with the Sawmill Saloon in Prairie du Chien. A raffle, live auction and music follow a fun and competitive fishing tournament. All money raised is given locally to support those battling breast cancer. This year, on June 4—the 13th year of the event—178 women participated in the tournament and $12,000 was raised. Of that amount, $7,500 will be donated to Gundersen Health’s Steppin’ Out in Pink, $2,500 to Gundersen Health’s Paula’s Purse program and $2,000 to the Crossing Rivers Health mammography department. Through the generosity of the Tavern League of Wisconsin, Hooking for Hope has also applied to receive matching funds for this event.

Wed
29
Jun

Moving Wall to travel from Prairie du Chien to National

A moving tribute to Vietnam veterans is moving from Prairie du Chien to National, Iowa.

Beginning June 30, “The Moving Wall,” a one-half size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., will be displayed at the Clayton County Fairgrounds. The memorial can be visited 24 hours a day, beginning June 30 at 1 p.m. through July 5 at 8 a.m. However, exhibits will be open only from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Almost 253 feet long, the Wall displays the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who were killed in Vietnam, as well as those still unaccounted for.

There will also be a presentation by the American Rogues, the official band of the National Navy Seal Museum, living replicas of the Three Soldiers and Vietnam Women’s Memorial and a complimentary booklet that informs people about the war and about the nine Clayton County men that were killed there.

Wed
29
Jun

3M program matches volunteerism

The 3M Volunteer Match Program recently donated $1,500 to the Prairie du Chien Fire Department on behalf of six 3M employees and retirees who contributed volunteer service as local firemen in 2015. The 3M Foundation matches 3M employees’ minimum 20 hours and retirees’ minimum 25 hours of service with a $250 grant to eligible nonprofits or schools. Employees Jim McCluskey, Brad Braun, Tim Deluhery, Phil Becwar and Jose Miranda, as well as retired employee Wayne Koecke, achieved those levels of volunteering. “We have a very good relationship between 3M and the fire department,” Deputy Fire Chief Deluhery said. “This program helps the department fill the gaps and obtain items it might not otherwise get.” This year’s grant will be used for training on skills such as extrication, confined space, and more. Pictured (from left) are Fire Chief Harry Remz, 3M Plant Manager Steven Kleist, Tim Deluhery and Human Resources Manager Shelly Gruber. (Submitted photo)

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

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). 

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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