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13
Dec

Driftless Development

 

Driftless Development forms with mission of enhancing area economy

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
11
Dec

River Ridge Open House


Several River Ridge School District residents take a look at the middle school section of the new library Saturday afternoon.

 

River Ridge District 

residents tour new school facilities

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Many citizens, school officials, staff and students attended the open house Saturday afternoon for the new addition and other facilities upgrades to River Ridge Schools. 

Mon
11
Dec

PdC native, canine find talent in search and rescue


Adam Kelly and his adopted dog Zephyr conduct search and rescue missions together in Michigan. (Submitted photos)

Adam Kelly and Zephyr make a discovery on one of their missions.

Zephyr gets some training done on the water.

The search and rescue dog has plenty of time to play too. Here she is dashing through the snow.

By Rachel Mergen

Adam Kelly, a Prairie du Chien native, has lived the vast majority of his life with man’s best friend loyally at his side. For as long as Adam can remember, his family has been the proud owners of a furry companion, and the longest gap he has ever experienced without a dog was his time working toward bachelor’s and master’s degrees. One of the most exciting moments to him was just being able to have a dog once again when he went to Florida for further education.

Adam’s family dog, Zephyr, isn’t exactly the average pet though. Zephyr, now living in Michigan, finds herself as a well-trained, search-and-rescue (SAR) canine.

Zephyr’s life was given a second chance when rescued as a stray and put up for adoption at a Florida PetSmart. Adam accidentally came across the German Shepherd mix puppy, when he had casually stepped into the store to find some treats for his lapdog, Roxie.

Mon
11
Dec

Man grabs his narcotics out of deputy’s hands and fleas, but loses his balance

An area man faces numerous charges in Crawford County after impaired driving was observed Dec. 9, according to the sheriff’s department.

On Saturday, the county K-9 unit conducted a traffic stop on a 2007 Dodge Caravan on Highway 35 in the township of Freeman. The deputy made contact with the driver, identified as Curt Tollefson, 39, of Lynxville. The deputy said he observed Tollefson show signs of impairment. A search of his person yielded several grams of marijuana, schedule 4 controlled substances and two different schedule II narcotics, for which Tollefson did not have a prescription, according to the sheriff’s department.

Mon
11
Dec

2018 Fair Ambassador Court to be crowned

The Crawford County Fair Ambassador Committee will present the crowning of the 2018 Fair Ambassador Court, at Johnson’s One Stop in Seneca on Saturday, Dec. 30, at 10 a.m.

The public is invited to join the committee and the ambassadors for the crowning and the meet and greet afterward. Snacks will be provided by the 2017 Fair Ambassador Court and the candidates for the 2018 court.

For additional Crawford County Fair information, visit crawfordcountywisconsinfair.com. The 2018 Crawford County Fair will be held Aug. 22-26, in Gays Mills.

 

Wed
06
Dec

LaRiviere Park nature center building in need of a new home

By Correne Martin

The nature center at LaRiviere Park needs to go, and the city of Prairie du Chien would like to offer it to the public first, at the cost of self-removal, before demolishing it. This decision was made at Tuesday night’s common council meeting, upon recommendation from the LaRiviere Park Board.

According to city history, this Design Home Building was moved from the city sewer plant and previously used as a contractors unit in 1990 at no cost to the city. Initially, it was used by Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and cross country teams, as well as a nature center one summer. The last time the building was actually used was 10 years ago.

The city inspector advised that upgrading the facility for public use would mean providing electrical, water, water heater and bathroom upgrades according to state code. The roof would need to be replaced. The cost for all this would likely be between $10,000 and $15,000.

Wed
06
Dec

Veteran nurses lose county health employment


With the departure of county health nurses Gloria Wall and Judy Powell, the Crawford County Health Department continues functioning with its staff, including acting public health director Dan McWilliams, two nurses and an administrative assistant. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Human services head named acting health director

By Correne Martin

Disciplinary action was dealt recently against two veteran Crawford County Health Department leaders. Director Gloria Wall and Public Health Nurse Judy Powell are no longer employees of the department, according to minutes from recent county board personnel committee meetings.

Dan McWilliams, county human services director, has been appointed acting health director. The committee also approved a new job description for public health supervisor/officer and is discussing combining the county human services and health departments into one, moving forward.

“We really need a county health officer and we’re required by the state to have one,” McWilliams indicated. “We’re now recruiting a supervisor who will be qualified as an officer.”

Wed
06
Dec

Car hits pedestrian in Prairie du Chien, no injuries

A vehicle versus pedestrian accident in Prairie du Chien resulted in no serious injuries, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 12:27 p.m., an 18-year-old pedestrian, Thomas Cota, of Prairie du Chien, was walking east in the crosswalk at Marquette Road and Wells Street. He was struck by a southbound 1997 GMC Savana van driven by Charles Rice, 66, of Mount Hope.

According to authorities, the Rice vehicle failed to yield to the pedestrian and struck Cota, knocking him to the ground. Cota was transported by private vehicle to Crossing Rivers Health where he was later released with no injuries.
The case remains under investigation.

Wed
06
Dec

Driver attempts to enter parade route, arrested on suspicion of OMVI

A driver attempting to drive on Blackhawk Avenue, which was closed for the Holiday Parade in Prairie du Chien Friday, was arrested on suspicion of OMVI, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

At about 6:20 p.m., a Prairie du Chien police officer, who was working traffic control for the annual parade, witnessed a vehicle approach the parade route and attempt to gain access to Blackhawk Avenue. The officer approached the vehicle to inform the driver of the temporary street closure and give an alternate route. Upon reaching the driver’s door, the officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Further investigation revealed the driver, Jessica Jerde, 27, of Waterford, to be in possession of marijuana.

Wed
06
Dec

Retired Prairie du Chien chiropractor donates big to needy families

By Correne Martin

A small-town Christmas miracle happened Tuesday at the Crawford County Salvation Army office.

Jim Greenwald, a retired chiropractor from Prairie du Chien, now living in Madison, stopped in to visit coordinator Jen Kapinus. He had been so moved by a story about homeless families in the Nov. 29 issue of the Courier Press—particularly one single mother’s story of living in a tent—that he wanted to do something to address the needs in the county.

He brought along a check for $2,500 for the Salvation Army and asked Kapinus to distribute it where there is the most current need. He especially asked for his donation to impact children in homeless or desperate situations.
Kapinus said she already had several children and families with immediate needs already in mind.

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