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16
Mar

State Tournament Memories


The 1985-86 Prairie du Chien basketball team was, front row: Chris Klema, Jeff Nelson, Tom Trautsch, Tom Hinkel and Jim McClusky. Middle row: Name not known, Bob McClain, Mike Heisz, Jaaren Riebe and Scott Shedivy. Back row: Head Coach Mike Urbach, Alex Dearborn, Dennis Esser, Don Steger, Andy Banasik and Assistant Coach Pat Gasser.

 

Statebound Blackhawks bring back memories

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks have earned a trip to the State Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison, and that accomplishment has spurred thoughts among area residents of other teams throughout the school’s history that also played at state.

Mon
14
Mar

Bound For Glory


The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks pose with their sectional championship trophy in Waunakee Saturday night. Pictured are (front row, from left) Ryan Waller, Camryn Knapp, James Reilly; (middle row) Tyler Adrian, Jack Stoeffler, Andrew Waller, Cory Check, Jacob Lenzendorf, Connor George, Casey Hogenson, Chas Sagedahl, Nick Weber, Coach Paula Shedivy; (back row) Coach Brett Trautsch, Coach Jan Waller, Coach Bruce Waller, Coach Andy Banasik, Wesley Schwager, Nathan Banasik, Zach Neisius, Drew Scott, Manager Kevin Thein, Evan Teynor, Jon Dyer, Josh Lenzendorf, Ben Baxter, Coach Randy Schneider, Coach Brent Seamans. (Photo submitted)

 

Prairie du Chien Blackhawks going to State

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
14
Mar

Work resumes on two-story, eight-bedroom PdC house


This eight-bedroom home at the corner of Wacouta Avenue and Iowa Street is owned by River to Valley Initiatives. (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

Interior construction and property cleanup has resumed at the two-story, eight-bedroom house located at the intersection of Iowa Street and Wacouta Avenue in Prairie du Chien.

Last October, a notice to cease construction was placed on the front door at 225 S. Wacouta Ave. by the city of Prairie du Chien’s planning and zoning department, which had not seen state approval of building plans and code requirements.

But, in the past couple of weeks, work has resumed at the house, which is owned by River to Valley Initiatives Inc.

The Prairie du Chien Plan Commission met in October with RVI representative Judy Wall and the owners of AAA Family Homes, who then applied for a conditional use permit to operate a community-based residential facility (CBRF) at that location, which is zoned R-3 high density residential. A public hearing was held at that time and about a half-dozen community members shared concerns as well as support.

Mon
14
Mar

Silver Alert: A variation of ‘Amber Alert’ for seniors with dementia

By Correne Martin

Wisconsin’s Silver Alert Program was established in August 2014, after an elderly Green Bay couple, Leo and Claire Baeb, who had dementia, got lost in June 2013 while traveling to see family. They were located more than 24 hours later, alive and safe, but after having traveled several hundred miles. Their daughter, who lived in Florida, where a Silver Alert program was in place, wondered if her family would have been found if a similar network had been available in Wisconsin. That is what sparked legislation in the state that implemented the Silver Alert Program (modeled after the commonly-known Amber Alert).

Mon
14
Mar

Wisconsin outbreak of blood infections has not occurred in Crawford County

By Correne Martin

An outbreak of deadly bloodstream infections caused by bacteria called Elizabethkingia is under investigation in Wisconsin. Since Nov. 1, there have been 48 cases of Elizabethkingia anophelis infections, including 18 related deaths, according to the Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health.

Crawford County Public Health Director Gloria Wall confirmed that Crawford County and the surrounding counties have not seen any cases of the infections.

“It’s mostly over on the other side of the state,” she said, “and it’s mostly very ill people who are getting it.”

Affected counties include Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Jefferson, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sauk, Sheboygan, Washington and Waukesha, according to the Wisconsin DHS website (dhs.wisconsin.gov).

Wed
09
Mar

PdC-born actress starred in 1920’s ‘The Last of the Mohicans’


Barbara Bedford, born Violet May Rose in 1903 in Prairie du Chien, starred in the 1920 silent film “The Last of the Mohicans” adaptation. The film will be shown for free at the Prairie Cinema on Saturday, March 19, at 10 a.m. A historical introduction about Bedford’s life will precede the 80-minute movie.

For the first time in nearly 100 years, the 1920 silent film adaptation of “The Last of the Mohicans” will be shown in Prairie du Chien, the birthplace of the motion picture’s star, Barbara Bedford. Born Violet May Rose in 1903, Bedford was featured in dozens of films from 1920 to 1945, none bigger than the production based on the classic James Fenimore Cooper adventure novel. While Bedford has been mostly forgotten today, the Prairie du Chien Historical Society hopes to change that with this one-time-only showing of one of her greatest roles.

On Saturday, March 19, at 10 a.m., Prairie Cinema will host the special presentation. Thanks to the generosity of owners Lee and Diane Akin, admission to the film will be free of charge (although donations will be accepted) and refreshments will be available for purchase at the snack bar. Anyone who wants to be a special part of this singular event might consider attending in 1920s costume.

Wed
09
Mar

Man arrested for fourth OWI

On March 5, at 11:51 p.m., a Crawford County Sheriff’s deputy came upon a 2014 Nissan Infiniti LT parked on Main Street at Shortcut Road in the township of Seneca. The parked vehicle was partially in the southbound lane of traffic with its brake lights illuminated.

The deputy made contact with the driver, Jeffrey J. Faulkner, 44, Boscobel. Faulkner displayed signs of impairment and was asked to perform standardized field sobriety tests. Faulkner refused to complete all of the field sobriety tests.

Faulkner was placed under arrest for fourth offense operating a motor vehicle while under the influence and later transported to the Crawford County Jail. Faulkner may also be charged with operating while revoked.

This case is being referred to the Crawford County District Attorney’s Office.

 

Wed
09
Mar

Hands-Only CPR a quick, lifesaving skill to learn


Crawford County Health Director Gloria Wall demonstrates Hands-Only CPR while a class participant, John Balk, follows along with the AED instructions to “shock the non-responsive person.” (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Most people who survive a cardiac emergency are helped by a bystander. If you take the time to learn and practice Hands-Only CPR, you could be the bystander who provides life-saving care until professional responders arrive.

Hands-Only CPR can be learned in minutes. All it takes is the willingness to act and a few simple skills and you could save someone who is suffering a heart attack, stroke or cardiac arrest.

Wed
09
Mar

Veterans services could be reduced across Wisconsin

By Correne Martin

County veterans service office assistance for veterans and their dependents could be cut back if recently introduced Wisconsin legislation (AB 821 and SB 668) passes. The legislation would remove some of the locally-offered benefits, such as driver’s license and park pass eligibility determinations, from the county office and offer them through a consortium office shared with a nearby county or at an office in Madison, thus requiring veterans to travel farther to receive those services or utilize email or fax to send documents to the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.

“They’re not taking into consideration that our local veterans don’t want to or can’t drive to Madison for these services. They might not know how to use email or send faxes,” Crawford County Veterans Service Officer Laura Moore stated. “If they just come into our office, I can look at their ID and verify their information much quicker and make it easier for them.”

Wed
09
Mar

Kickapoo Watershed Project

 

Money still available for 

landowners interested in 

Kickapoo Watershed Project

Sign-up 

deadline June 10

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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