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Wed
01
Jun

Area man’s illness serves as motivation for One Hour Challenge


Lew Borgman was diagnosed in January of 2015 with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), a bone marrow failure disorder. A former marathon runner, Lew battled through his weakened state to walk nearly one mile during his One Hour Challenge.

Friends, family and acquaintances of Lew and Mannick Borgman participated in the One Hour Challenge at the Borgman property in rural Eastman May 21. The goal for participants was to accomplish whatever amount of exercise they could in an hour. The challenge was planned and faced head-on by Lew, who has a bone marrow failure disorder, in order to raise awareness for the importance of blood donation. (Submitted photo)

This poster hung at the challenge event reflects Lew’s sense of humor and speaks for itself.

By Correne Martin

Lewis Borgman, an ironman triathlete from Eastman, was diagnosed in March 2015 with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), a bone marrow failure disorder. Just over one year later, despite undergoing both blood tests and blood transfusions at least once a week, and feeling very weak, Lew pushed himself through a personally-organized One Hour Challenge at his rural property on Oak Grove Ridge Road. About 50 people, including his doctor, clinic and hospital staff, joined him and witnessed his inspiring drive to walk three laps on the three-tenths-of-a-mile course.

Myelodysplastic syndromes are a group of diverse bone marrow disorders in which the bone marrow does not produce enough healthy blood cells, according to mds-foundation.org. Low blood cell counts are a hallmark feature of MDS and are responsible for some of the symptoms that patients experience—infection, anemia, spontaneous bleeding or easy bruising.

Wed
01
Jun

ATV-UTV Routes


Royce Walters, a member of the Crawford County Ridge Runners, drives an ATV from Prairie Motor Sports, one of several sponsors of the club and the ATV-UTV route in Crawford County.

 

New ATV-UTV route system up and running, 

Crawford County Ridge Runners seeks new members, sponsors

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Ridge Runners ATV-UTV Club is up and running and continues to seek new members and sponsors. 

Wed
01
Jun

Area Athletes on to State Track Meet

 

Area track athletes going to State Meet in La Crosse

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Three athletes from area schools have qualified for the State Track Meet to be held at UW-La Crosse on June 3-4.

Wed
01
Jun

Memorial Day


Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Tony Kurtz gets emotional during his speech about those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country and for freedom. Standing behind Kurtz at the Fort Crawford Cemetery are Hunter Domeier of Troop 520 who recited the “Gettysburg Address” and Bree Doll of Cadet Troop 1081 who read “In Flanders Field.” (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Prairie du Chien Honor Guard marches along South Beaumont Road during the Memorial Day Parade in Prairie du Chien.

The Prairie du Chien High School Marching Band performs while marching toward the Fort Crawford Cemetery Monday morning.

Members of the Prairie du Chien Boy Scouts salute the American Flag during the ceremony at the Fort Crawford Cemetery on Memorial Day.

Members of the Prairie du Chien Girl Scouts put flowers on the headstones in the Fort Crawford Cemetery during the Memorial Day Observance in Prairie du Chien Monday morning.
Wed
25
May

Invasive Species


This is an example of Japanese hops.

 

Didymo, Japanese hops discussed in first of series about invasive species

By Ted Pennekamp

 

June is invasive species awareness month, so now is a good time to begin a series of articles about the many invasives found in Crawford County and what citizens can do to help get rid of or prevent them. 

Wed
25
May

Crawford County Dairy Breakfast at Achenbach farm June 4


Owners of Achenbach Hy-View Farms in rural Eastman include Steve and Terri Achenbach and Matt and Keri Achenbach. Also pictured are Owen, Keaton, Emory and Briggs. Not pictured are Steve and Terri’s other children: Angie, Adam, Jenni and Megan. (Submitted photo)

June is Dairy month and that means the Crawford County Dairy Breakfast is upon us. This year’s breakfast will be Saturday, June 4, from 6 to 10 a.m. at the Achenbach Hy-View Farms,  29243 State Highway 27, between Prairie du Chien and Eastman. As always, for a couple dollars per plate, breakfast-goers will enjoy a fresh and filling meal as well as the unique farm experience. Children under 12 eat at a discounted price, and children under 5 eat free.

The farm is owned and operated by Steve and Terri Achenbach and son Matt and Keri Achenbach.

Wed
25
May

Vandalism investigated at Kembles Greenhouse

Kembles Greenhouse, in Prairie du Chien, reported thousands of dollars in vandalism to its plants and trees last week, according to Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram.
On Saturday, May 21, a city police officer was dispatched to Kembles and, upon arrival, learned that all of the business’ trees, valued at about $3,500, had been cut in half and ruined. The officer was called back another day, after some other trees and plants were possibly sprayed with an unknown chemical, as they were starting to wilt. The case remains under investigation.

Wed
25
May

Construction on multi-use path to begin early July


The Safe Routes to School grant will allow for a 10-foot, asphalt, multi-use path to be constructed, beginning in July, on the north side of Wells Street, from 19th Street east to 22nd Street—near Bluff View Intermediate School. This will connect into other paths/sidewalks in the city of Prairie du Chien. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The Safe Routes to School path will also be constructed this summer on the south side of Campion Boulevard, from 18th Street west to 10th Street, near the Prairie Health chiropractic office. This will aso connect into other paths/sidewalks, which will ultimately provide a six-mile public trail around the city.

By Correne Martin

A 10-foot-wide, asphalt, multi-use path will be constructed this summer on parts of Wells Street and Campion Boulevard in Prairie du Chien, as part of a Safe Routes to School project that’s been more than a decade in the making. The city, Delta 3 Engineering and New Age Construction, the bid-winning company from Muscoda, are hosting a public information meeting on Tuesday, June 21, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., to discuss the proposed route and scope of work and answer questions from concerned residents. The meeting will take place in the community room at city hall.

“If anyone has questions about sod, trees, sprinkler system modifications, etc., they would want to voice their opinion,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said.

Mon
23
May

Memorial Day ceremonies planned in four communities

Ceremonies planned in four communities Several Memorial Day observances are scheduled in area communities next week, including Prairie du Chien, McGregor, Wauzeka and Bloomington-Glen Haven.

Prairie du Chien
The annual Memorial Day parade will kick off Prairie du Chien’s observance of the holiday on Monday, May 30, at 10:30 a.m. The marching units will proceed from the intersection of Blackhawk Avenue and Michigan Street to Beaumont Road and then south to the Fort Crawford Military Cemetery.

All marching units, including the honor guard, Legionnaires, VFW members and all ex-servicemen, Legion and VFW Auxiliaries, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, patriotic organizations, school children carrying flowers and flags, Bluff View School band and the Prairie du Chien High School band are requested to assemble at the FirstMerit Bank parking lot no later than 10:15 a.m. Monday.

Mon
23
May

Dairy royalty to be named


Crawford County Dairy Royalty judging took place at Peoples State Bank in Prairie du Chien May 14. Pictured are 2015-16 Present Dairy Royalty (front row, from left) Crawford County Dairy Princess Attendant Amari McCarthy, Crawford County Dairy Little Miss Squirt Lindsey Nolan and Crawford County Dairy Princess Mary Jo Cody; (back row) Dairy Princess candidate Emily Steger, Little Miss Squirt candidates Grace Callahan and Darci Jelinek and Dairy Princess candidate Brooke Nagel. (Photo by Tammy Nolan)

The Crawford County June Dairy Month Kick-Off Banquet will be held on Sunday, May 29 at the United Methodist Fellowship Hall, Eastman. The night will kick off at 7 p.m., with a cheese and cracker social where attendees can meet the candidates for the Crawford County Dairy Royalty contests. A spaghetti and chicken Alfredo dinner prepared by the Eastman United Methodist Church will follow at 7:30 p.m.

The program is filled with lots of delightful dairy tidbits, from the dairy promotion report, the introduction of the dairy breakfast host family and the honorary Dairy Month chairpersons, to the final messages from the 2015 Crawford County Dairy Royalty. This year’s candidates will present their prepared dairy speech as they are introduced, followed by the coronation of the 2016 Crawford County Dairy Princess and Little Miss Squirt, along with their attendants.

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