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CWD in Allamakee

 

Two wild deer in Allamakee County test positive for CWD

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Two wild deer killed in Allamakee County during the recent hunting season have been confirmed positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), marking the third year in a row the disease has been confirmed in a wild Iowa deer, all in Allamakee County.  

Mon
08
Feb

Haydn Street crossing ruled closed a fourth time

By Correne Martin

The Haydn Street railroad crossing in Prairie du Chien was ordered closed two years ago by the Wisconsin railroad commissioner, for the third time. Even after a fourth decision, last summer by the circuit court, to dismiss an appeal and close the crossing, it remains open today.

The two mainline tracks and the nearby spur track intersecting with Haydn Street have been in question for more than 15 years.

The first decision to close the crossing was made by the commissioner in 2001. Because nearby business owner Keith Coburn, of Frazier’s Old Faithful Inn, felt it would adversely affect his business to close the crossing, he’s exercised his rights and kept fighting the railroad for a decade and a half.

Mon
08
Feb

Public school open enrollment application period is underway

Wisconsin’s public school open enrollment application period, which allows parents an opportunity to send their children to any public school district in the state, runs from Feb. 1 to April 29 for the 2016‑17 school year.

Traditionally, children in Wisconsin are assigned to public school districts based on the location of their parents’ home. Open enrollment is a tuition-free opportunity for parents to apply for their children to attend a public school in a school district other than the one in which they live.

The state’s open enrollment program is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and began in the 1998-99 school year with 2,464 students transferring from their home district to a nonresident district. The program has grown over the years with 53,188 students transferring during the 2014-15 school year.

Mon
08
Feb

Specialties provided in cardiology, endocrinology, pelvic floor issues and beyond


Center for Specialty Care patient Sheila Noordhoek (second from left) is joined by her Crossing Rivers Health women’s health team, including Jake Whitt, InterStim therapy consultant; Mandy Pettit, RN, MSN; and Jason Rexroth, MD.

By Correne Martin

In July 2015, Crossing Rivers Health expanded to offer a new Center for Specialty Care to patients in southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa who want to be seen by specialists locally rather than drive out of town for such care. Having these specialists available regularly also means more opportunities for community education.

“The Center for Specialty Care was developed to meet the health care needs of the area, as they were identified from a community health needs assessment,” stated Mandy Pettit, clinic nurse manager and lactation consultant for Crossing Rivers Health. “A lot of our growth has come from that assessment. We’re really happy to bring these services to life right here, close to home for our patients in the region.”

The Center for Specialty Care is located at the medical center, in the outpatient services area from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and in the urgent care area after hours.

New specialist services include:

Mon
08
Feb

Removal of snow near fire hydrants discussed

By Correne Martin

Coincidently, last week’s snowstorm arrived one week after the Prairie du Chien Police and Fire Commission discussed removal of snow from around city fire hydrants. The conversation centered around who takes responsibility over removing the snow.

According to Prairie du Chien Fire Chief Harry Remz, it is the city’s territory. However, the city is asking for cooperation from its residents and property owners in taking care of snow around the hydrants in their neighborhoods, if possible.

“If you’re right there shoveling the sidewalk, we would greatly appreciate it if you can just clear the snow from around the hydrant at the same time. And if you are unable to move the snow, maybe you can ask the person who shovels for you,” Remz said. “It’s a matter of public safety.”

Wed
03
Feb

American Hazelnut Company


Southwestern Wisconsin (Third District) Congressman Ron Kind got his first peek recently during a meeting at the Hungry House Restaurant in Prairie du Chien at three products launched in January by the American Hazelnut Company of Gays Mills. Kind (left) was briefed by Brad Niemcek of Gays Mills on how the grower-owned company is introducing its nuts, oil and gluten-free flour to chefs, bakers and candy makers throughout the region.

 

American Hazelnut 

Company launches three products

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The American Hazelnut Company continues to crack right along with the launching of three products in January. The products include nuts, oil and gluten-free flour.

Wed
03
Feb

Industrial park option to purchase extended to current PdC business

By Correne Martin

Two lots in Prairie du Chien’s North Gateway Business Park are the subjects of an option to purchase that City Attorney Lara Czajkowski Higgins is drafting for BoxLogix Automation, LLC. The company, which is currently located at 1303 S. 8th St. (in the white building), Prairie du Chien, develops and delivers custom material handling solutions, according to its website.

Through the option to purchase, BoxLogix will be offered a parcel of land, across from Country Inn and Suites, at the cost of $100 for the option and $100 per acre. Czajkowski Higgins said a certified survey map must be done to determine the total acreage in the proposed purchase. The city anticipates selling one lot in its entirety and a second partial lot, not including the 350-foot scenic easement.

Wed
03
Feb

Storm drops 6-11 inches


Like this intersection at Beaumont Road and Wisconsin Street appears, visibility was reduced somewhat in the city of Prairie du Chien Tuesday morning due to the predicted snow storm. Visibility was less in the surrounding countryside and heavy snow and slippery conditions led to numerous reports of vehicles in ditches throughout Crawford County Tuesday. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

By Correne Martin

Whether it’s remembered as the Groundhog Day Winter Storm or Winter Storm Kayla, the season’s most anticipated weather event—predicted for nearly a week in advance—arrived on Feb. 2 as forecast.

While parts of the central Plains, Upper Midwest and northern Great Lakes saw more significant blizzard conditions, the Prairie du Chien area was not exempt from the heavy snow, snow and ice-covered roads and slippery conditions.

As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, Prairie du Chien’s latest precipitation report was 5.6 inches, according to the National Weather Service of La Crosse. Lynxville had received 6.5 inches, Guttenberg 7.5 inches, Steuben 8.5 inches and De Soto 10.8 inches.

In anticipation of the Feb. 2 storm, schools all over the region canceled classes as early as Monday, Feb. 1. Cities in southwest Wisconsin as well as northeast Iowa declared snow emergencies in advance as well so crews could clear the streets from the snow.

Wed
03
Feb

Prairie du Chien represented on Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Board

By Correne Martin

The Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Board of Directors elected Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Bob Moses to its 53-member board during an annual membership meeting Jan. 29 at The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. The position is a six-year commitment to the state chamber of commerce that came about for Moses since he is also president-elect of the Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Executives (and will be president in 2018).

This is not only a great opportunity for Moses but it is also expected to open doors for the business community of Prairie du Chien.

Mon
01
Feb

In the name of cancer and heart research


Hosts (from left) Tom Nelson, Natalie Stram, Dan Moris and Tom Stram proudly stand in front of the final tally from Saturday night’s annual fundraiser for heart and cancer research. In addition to the $43,732 raised—which will increase some as donations continue for a while—the telethon has surpassed the $800,000 lifetime mark. (Photos by Randy Paske)

Autumn Kivi (left) and Chloe Lorenz performed a beautiful duet on the talent show’s stage, aka the Bluff View cafeteria.

Longtime Eagle Club member and one of the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon’s founders, Paul White spoke near the end of this year’s event.

Young Cameron Minella (right) and Tom Nelson point to Cameron’s name on the Tree of Hope, which was introduced at this year’s Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon for the first time as a way to recognize survivors of cancer and heart issues. Cameron, the nephew of Todd Crotty, Prairie du Chien, battles a heart condition and took some time, while visiting, to talk about his story. The 41st annual telethon was broadcast live Saturday night from Bluff View School.

Kathy Atkins (left) and Ruth Taylor (along with Cathie Nelson) organized and tweaked the lineup throughout the evening.

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