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Wed
08
Feb

America the Beautiful Quarter features Effigy Mounds


Following an informative U.S. Mint coin collector forum Monday night, Feb. 6, Effigy Mounds Superintendent Jim Nepstad and Park Ranger Michael Douglass admired a magnified version of the Effigy Mounds America the Beautiful Quarter. It was set up for around 60 visitors to the national monument who had a host of questions for manufacturing and public affairs officials from the U.S. Mint Philadelphia plant. This first issue of 2017 and the 36th overall America the Beautiful Quarter was officially released to the public Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Waukon School in Waukon, Iowa. The coin’s reverse design depicts an aerial view of mounds in the Marching Bear Group. For the full story, see page 6. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Editor’s note: This is the first of two articles, with more photos to come, detailing the Effigy Mounds National Monument quarter launch.

The United States Mint joined the National Park Service Tuesday, Feb. 7, to launch the America the Beautiful Quarters Program coin honoring Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa. The coin is the first of five America the Beautiful Quarters to be issued in 2017, and the 36th in the series.

The coin’s reverse (tails) depicts an aerial view of mounds in the Marching Bear Group. Inscriptions are “Effigy Mounds,” “Iowa,” “2017,” and “E Pluribus Unum.”

“The Effigy Mounds quarter design embodies the spirit of this sacred landscape,” said Marc Landry, superintendent of the United States Mint at Philadelphia. “This new coin honors a special place where ancient people changed the landscape of their world in the most extraordinary way.”

Wed
08
Feb

Opioid crisis surfacing at alarming rate locally


Dr. Kevin Whitney, crossing Rivers emergency room medical director, sees at least three to four people, per 12-hour shift, who are regular opioid users and, in some cases, addicts. He has been part of the change in the tide in “prescribing” lifestyle improvements such as exercise and healthy eating to address pain and combat the opioid abuse crisis. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick (left) and Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram stand behind the prescription drug drop box that was installed inside the sheriff’s department in late 2013 as a safe, 24/7 drop-off point for prescriptions. The public is encouraged to continue to use this collection box as a way to keep opioids out of the hands of abusers (File photo)

By Correne Martin

Ten to 15 years ago, there was a big push to address health care patients’ pain and bring it down to a level of zero. As a result, prescribing opioids, or narcotics, became ordinary, and painkiller addiction became a crisis. Today, there is a movement that discourages use of such drugs as the solution for chronic pain.

Dr. Kevin Whitney, emergency room medical director at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, said the hospital sees at least three to four people, per 12-hour shift, who are regular opioid users and, in some cases, addicts.

Wed
08
Feb

Prairie du Chien mayor proclaims Feb. 11 as Dr. Michael Garrity Day

Feb. 11, 2017, has been designated Dr. Michael Garrity Day in the city of Prairie du Chien. Mayor Dave Hemmer encourages area residents to join in celebrating “our great neighbor and caring physician.”

The mayor signed an official proclamation for Dr. Michael Garrity Day Wednesday. The proclamation details some of the doctor’s history.

From 1960 to 2000, Dr. Garrity “exhibited a spirit of love and care through his medical professional efforts to support his Prairie du Chien area patients and their families, improving their quality of life and in fact saving many lives, and delivering 1,695 Prairie du Chien residents during those four decades of service.”

Wed
08
Feb

Beware of Super Weed


Palmer amaranth in a newly seeded Conservation Reserve Program field. (Photos courtesy of Bob Hartzler)

Palmer amaranth can reach seven feet tall. These weeds were pulled from a corn field and are displayed here by Meaghan Anderson, an Iowa State University extension field agronomist.

 

Fast spreading weed becoming a serious threat

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Area farmers might have another insidious weed that is relatively new to the region to think about for this upcoming planting season. Palmer amaranth has been found in Clayton County, Iowa and in Grant and Iowa counties in Wisconsin and has a proclivity for crowding out crops. 

Wed
08
Feb

You never know what ‘bargains’ you find at Couleecap boutique


Jann Sturmer is the new coordinator at the Couleecap Bargain Boutique and Food Pantry. She’s excited about sharing with the public the necessities and valuable buys they can find at the thrift store, all for the benefit of the local food pantry. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Couleecap Bargain Boutique is one of the most bustling businesses in downtown Prairie du Chien. Household decor, clothing, accessories, books, children’s items, kitchen necessities and electronics, among other treasures, are in clean used—yet reusable—condition.

Merchandise is sold to sustain the Couleecap Food Pantry, which is housed in a back room at the store and provides Crawford County’s low-income families, once a month, with about two days worth of food. It is stocked by a food truck, which delivers monthly, but mostly by donations from the public.

In addition to three paid employees, an army of about 30 volunteers, who help varying hours throughout the month, make up the workforce. Additional volunteers are needed.

Wed
08
Feb

City, police union sign six-year contract

On Tuesday night, Jan. 7, the Prairie du Chien Common Council approved a historic contract with its local police union. The city and union have an agreement that will be six years in length, from 2017 through 2022—the longest contract, in terms of years covered, ever agreed to by both entities.

The contract calls for a 2 percent annual increase in salaries for the police department in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, and 2.5 percent increases in 2021 and 2022. The contract also raises the minimum salaries for future officers who are hired.

Wed
08
Feb

Ice causes several Crawford County accidents

Icy road conditions caused several accidents on Crawford County roads on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of three separate accidents on Highway 179 near O’Brien Lane in Eastman Township.

•At about 7:30 a.m., Shannon Sprosty, 43, Steuben, Mary Lou Rooney, 70, Steuben, and Debra Bahlmann, 48, Steuben, were all traveling westbound on Highway 179 in three separate vehicles. All three slid into the ditch due to the ice-covered roadway. All three vehicles sustained moderate damage. There were no injuries reported. Bob’s Towing assisted with the accidents.

•At 7:28 a.m., the sheriff’s department was notified of a two-vehicle accident on Tavern Road in Clayton Township with no injuries.

Mon
06
Feb

AARP Tax-Aide program free to low-, middle-income over 55

The AARP Tax-Aide program will help prepare 2016 federal, state and Wisconsin Homestead Tax Credit income tax returns for Crawford County residents. This free assistance is offered to low and middle-income people 55 and older of age.

AARP counselors will not be able to assist for the following:

•File a business income tax schedule C if income is over $5,000 (along with a few other stipulations)

•Persons who are using filing status “Married Filing Separately”

•A married person qualifying as “Head of Household”

•A person whose divorce became final during 2016

•No farm taxes

•No Iowa taxes

•No gambling winnings from out-of-state.

The tax counselors will be in Prairie du Chien at the Crawford County Administration Building, 225 N. Beaumont Rd., on Wednesdays starting on or around Feb. 15.

Mon
06
Feb

Man found safe after reported ice fishing scare

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department investigated a report of an intoxicated man ice fishing near Prairie du Chien early Saturday morning.

At 4:57 p.m., authorities were notified that a 34-year-old man had gone ice fishing while heavily intoxicated. According to his family, he had been operating an ATV on the ice while fishing and hadn’t returned home. The reporting party stated they believed the individual went ice fishing on Gremore Lake, which is located between Ambro Road and County K.

As the sheriff’s department was actively investigating the whereabouts of the man, he returned home unharmed, authorities said.

Mon
06
Feb

Man charged with meth, marijuana possession and felony bail jumping

A Viroqua man was arrested on drug-related charges over the weekend near Star Valley, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

On Sunday, Feb. 5, at 10:30 p.m., the Crawford County K-9 Unit initiated a traffic stop on a 1985 Chevrolet Astro Van, operated by Jon Fanta, 52. The traffic stop happened on County B near Star Valley. During the traffic stop, the deputy searched the vehicle and located methamphetamine paraphernalia and marijuana in the vehicle. Crystal methamphetamine was located on Fanta’s person, the sheriff’s department said.

Fanta was arrested and transported to the Crawford County Jail and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and felony bail jumping as he was on active bond through Vernon County for two counts of delivery of methamphetamine.

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