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Bedbug cases reported in Prairie du Chien area


Bedbugs appear flat, oval, wingless and are amber to rust colored. Bites from these insects are usually raised, itchy and occur at night. If you think you might have them, contact the public health department at 326-0229.

By Correne Martin

The Crawford County Public Health Department has received reports of and identified three cases of bedbugs in private homes in Prairie du Chien within the last two weeks.

Crawford County Public Health Director Gloria Wall is asking for the public’s cooperation in eliminating this problem in the community.

“Bedbugs have been widespread for some time. They spread and multiply rapidly,” she said. “If you think you might have them, watch for bites. Bedbug bites are usually raised, itchy and occur at night.”

If you see the insects (the bugs appear flat, oval, wingless, and are amber to rust colored), Wall suggests considering professional help to get rid of them.

“They don’t like light, and because they hide in crevices, it is hard to assure the bug bombs get to them,” she stated. “If you live in an apartment, call your landlord to help protect your neighboring tenants.”

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Villa Succés moves to new location

Starting January 1, 2016, the alcohol and drug services currently offered Villa Succés will now be provided at the Mayo Clinic Health System–Franciscan Healthcare, Prairie du Chien clinic, located at 800 East Blackhawk Ave.

Mayo Clinic Health System–Franciscan Healthcare’s Substance Abuse Services will continue to provide the same alcohol and drug services, including the crisis hotline (608-306-7981), from the clinic location. It is their goal to make this transition as smooth as possible for our patients.

Hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. To contact substance abuse services during normal business hours, call 326-0808.

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Crossing Rivers Health Clinic adds obstetrics to its services


Matthew Olson, M.D., Owen Vincent, D.O, and Terri Payne, R.N., certified nurse midwife, comprise Crossing Rivers Health’s obstetrical and prenatal team.

By Correne Martin

Crossing Rivers Health Clinic providers extended obstetric services to the community Nov. 2. They are thrilled to be guiding women and their families from the beginning of pregnancy through delivery, postpartum care and the growing stages of family health care.

Team providers include Steven Bush, M.D., chief medical officer, CRH Center for Specialty Services OB/Gyn and OB team consultant; Owen Vincent, D.O., family medicine with obstetrics; Matthew Olson, M.D., family medicine with obstetrics; and Terri Payne, R.N., certified nurse midwife and family nurse practitioner.

The conversation began in late summer 2015 regarding Crossing Rivers Health Clinic’s decision to bring these additional services to southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa.

“We’ve been building a good group of providers who will provide families ease in the process. Deliveries will start early in the new year,” Dr. Olson stated.

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Carp page proud to carry out his duties


Kyle Wilkinson is in his third year acting as carp page for Prairie du Chien’s world-renowned Carp Fest and Droppin’ of the Carp festivities. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Kyle Wilkinson has attended the annual Droppin’ of the Carp in Prairie du Chien since he was a small boy. So, it only made sense a couple of years ago that he become the very first carp page. As the youngest “member of the royal carp family,” Wilkinson, 17, is the only other diplomat than King and Queen Kenny and Jan Meyer and Carpmaster Shawn Redman to reside over the unique event and its associated Carp Fest.

“I brought up the idea to founder Tom Nelson and he thought it was a good idea,” Wilkinson said. “I asked him why there wasn’t a prince or princess or other royalty and he had me write up a two-page paper stating why I wanted to take on the role.”

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Dec

Effigy Mounds bones

 

Former Effigy Mounds 

superintendent pleads not guilty 

to taking Native American remains

Consultation process 

to determine where 

remains will end up

By Ted Pennekamp

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Dec

Christmas Dinner at St. Gabriel’s free to all

For anyone seeking the company of others on Christmas Day in Prairie du Chien, a free Community Christmas Dinner is available at noon, at the St. Gabriel’s School cafeteria, 515 N. Beaumont Rd. The menu includes turkey and ham, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, squash, green bean casserole, salad, cranberry sauce and homemade pies.

Individuals and families of all sizes, incomes and beliefs are welcome to dine in, carry out or receive deliveries in Prairie du Chien; deliveries and carryouts must be ordered in advance and carryouts need to be picked up by 11:30 a.m. If you are dining in, reservations are appreciated by calling 326-8321, (608) 306-6120 or (563) 880-8469.

Transportation is available and the facility is handicap accessible through the back door. Limited parking is available on Prairie Street.

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Local Knights of Columbus celebrate century of service

New members, fundraiser sought

The Knights of Columbus Campion Council 1840 is celebrating its 100th year of service to the Prairie du Chien community and area. When you hear the Knights of Columbus, do you think of rodeos or Tootsie Rolls only or a Catholic service-oriented group of men? Fr. McGivney founded the order in the 1800s. He is known as the Apostle of the Young and the Protector of the Christian Family Life in an era when widows and orphans were overlooked.

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Mississippi River on the rise

The Mississippi River at McGregor was at 13.51 feet at 8:45 a.m. on Dec. 21, according to the La Crosse Office of the National Weather Service. Flood stage is 16 feet. The river is predicted to reach 14.1 feet on Dec. 22 and then slowly recede. Thirteen feet is considered the action stage.

The Kickapoo River was at 9.37 feet at 7:21 a.m. on Dec. 18 at Soldiers Grove. Flood stage is 13 feet. The automated gauge readings are unavailable and gauge readings are being taken manually.

The Kickapoo River was at 9.6 feet at Gays Mills at 10 a.m. on Dec. 19. The river was at 13 feet on Dec. 18. Minor flooding occurs at 13 feet. The automated gauge readings are unavailable and gauge readings are being taken manually.

The Kickapoo River was at 8.25 feet at Steuben at 8:45 a.m. on Dec. 21. The river is predicted to reach 8.8 feet on Dec. 22. Flood stage at Steuben is 12 feet.

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Meth investigation leads to two arrests

In early December, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation into the illegal sale/distribution of crystal methamphetamine in the township of Prairie du Chien.

Following the investigation, it was determined that Austin Bennett, 27, of Waukon, Iowa, was distributing large amounts of methamphetamine to persons in and around Crawford County.

Crawford County Sheriff’s Office personnel were able to make a controlled buy of methamphetamine worth $1,500 from Bennett on Dec. 14. As Bennett was leaving the area on Ambro Road where the controlled buy was set to take place, he was stopped and arrested along with his passenger Jessica L. Burmester, 34, of Kendall.

Bennett is being held in the Crawford County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond, and Burmester is also in the Crawford County Jail on a $5,000 cash bond.

Both parties face possible charges of possession of methamphetamine and delivery of methamphetamine.

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Man charged with possession of heroin

A 34-year-old La Crosse man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of narcotic drugs.

JonLazaire Cavell Burch faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, while the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was assisting the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department with a potential armed robbery investigation, they found a small, plastic baggie of heroin in a pocket of a pair of shorts in a Gays Mills apartment. The shorts belong to Burch, according to testimony in the complaint.

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