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Wed
14
Sep

Crawford County to hold flag disposal on Sept. 26

On Monday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m., the Crawford County American Legion will again hold its annual flag disposal program. This program will be held in conjunction with the regular meeting of the Crawford County Council of the American Legion.

The Caya-Bunders Post #68, of Prairie du Chien, will sponsor the program this year in Prairie du Chien.

Ken McCormick, Crawford County American Legion commander, asks all county residents who have or are flying American flags to take a look at them. If they are worn or tattered, please turn them in so they can be properly retired.

Old worn flags may be turned in to any Crawford County American Legion member or at the Crawford County Veterans Service Office, 225 N. Beaumont Rd., Suite 137, in Prairie du Chien, before Friday, Sept. 23.

Wed
14
Sep

Nasal flu mist no longer an option, vaccine clinics slated in communities and schools

After data showed the flu mist nasal spray to have poor or relatively low effectiveness from 2013 to 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) announced that the nasal spray is no longer available at this time.

 “While it is disappointing to see data suggesting that the nasal spray vaccine is not working as well as expected, we are pleased that flu shots did perform well last season,” State Health Officer Karen McKeown said. “We expect that there will be enough of the injectable vaccine available for the 2016 to 17 season so everyone 6 months and older can protect themselves and their loved ones against the flu.”

Wed
14
Sep

Man’s blood donations affect hundreds of lives


Chuck Johll hit the 23-gallon mark on Monday at the Prairie du Chien Community Blood Drive at the National Guard Armory. He is pictured donating, as nurse Beth Rosenthal assists in leading him through the process. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Between 368 and 552 people have received the life-changing gift of blood from one humble, local man, who has donated 23 gallons of blood at Prairie du Chien Community Blood Drives since the early 1970s.

Chuck Johll, 72, of Prairie du Chien, started giving blood while working at 3M, since the company generously allows its employees to receive paid time off while donating.

“It was a few years after I started at 3M,” he recalled, proudly pointing out that he worked there 32 years. Currently semi-retired, Johll has been employed part-time at Walmart for the past 11 years. He takes plenty of time to indulge in his passion of golfing regularly, even mowing the greens at the Prairie du Chien Country Club.

Johll agrees that his energetic, hard-working nature has played a part in his good health, which has allowed him to achieve those 23 gallons.

Mon
12
Sep

Fr. Fagan’s medical work presented on video

On Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 5:30 p.m., Fr. Paul Fagan will give a video presentation on the medical work in his parish of St. Peter in Nkololo, Diocese of Shinyanga, Tanzania. Please note the change in time and place from past years. The presentation will be  in the new Holy Family Parish Hall at St. John Church in Prairie du Chien.

Exciting news! On June 1, 2016, Dr. Jude Kidando performed the first operation in the new operating suites building at Songambele Hospital at St. Peter Parish in Nkololo, Tanzania. Many operations have followed.

This week’s presentation will also feature the celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday at the Diocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy at St. Peter Parish in Nkololo. Over 2,000 people came to pray. The Mass was presided over by the Bishop of Shinyanga Diocese, Liberatus Sangu, and concelebrated by over 30 priests of the diocese.

The public is welcome. Come with friends and enjoy the evening.

Mon
12
Sep

Inmate on Huber release does not return

An inmate on Huber release was arrested and returned to the Crawford County Jail Sunday, Sept. 11, after he was on the loose for more than 36 hours, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

Trent Gilbertson was released from the jail on Friday, Sept. 9, at 6:28 a.m., for Huber work release, as he was doing construction in the Prairie du Chien area. As of Saturday, Sept. 10, at 7 a.m., he had not returned. He was being held on a warrant for failure to support child.

The Prairie du Chien Police Department and surrounding counties were notified that Gilbertson had not returned as scheduled.

Finally, at 6:45 p.m., Sunday, Gilbertson was arrested after the sheriff’s department received a tip that he was staying at a residence in Prairie du Chien. Prairie du Chien police responded and arrested Gilbertson, who was intoxicated.

Mon
12
Sep

No one injured, no citations in railway maintenance car versus semi crash


A Moore’s Trucking semi trailer was lifted slightly due to the impact and weight behind the railroad tamper car that collided with it last Wednesday at Frederick Street in Prairie du Chien. (Photo by Gary Howe)

By Correne Martin

A railway maintenance car crashed into a semi at the East Frederick Street railroad crossing in Prairie du Chien last Wednesday morning, Sept. 7, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department. The semi was lifted slightly due to the impact and weight behind the tamper car when they collided, though no one was injured in the accident. No citations were written by law enforcement.

The crash occured about 10:45 a.m., when Zachary Berman, 29, of Spokane, Wash., was operating a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway tamper and heading east on the tracks as part of a regularly scheduled BNSF maintenance crew. As a result of the morning rain, the wet track became a factor in Berman’s attempt to slow down and stop the equipment, according to the accident report. He was unable to stop before colliding with a 2003 International semi, owned by Moore’s Trucking and operated by Lesley Lathrop, 56, of Gays Mills.

Mon
12
Sep

Family hosts fundraisers in anticipation of Prairie du Chien PD’s K-9 dog


Pictured (from left) are Linda Farmer, Police Chief Chad Abram, future K-9 Handler Casey Cox, Tracy Fernette, Breia Farmer, Terrilyn Farmer, Stacy Hendrix and Piggly Wiggly Owner Curt Zinkle. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Farmer family, including four sisters and their mom from Prairie du Chien, took fundraising for the anticipated PdC Police Department K-9 unit to a whole new level this summer, and they engaged the public in supporting their fundraising efforts along the way.

First, they hosted three days of concessions in May, June and July at Nelson True Value, which donated the space and propane to cook the food sold. Second, they got Zinkle’s Piggly Wiggly on board with sponsoring public donation containers, paws on the wall and employee jeans day. The Zinkle family contributed monetarily, while their company members and customers were generous in their donations as well. Third, in August, they organized a volleyball tournament, from which the top two winners, the Pustinas and the Butterburgers, gave their prize money back to the effort.

In total, $2,090.79 was raised for the police department to use in adding the K-9 unit.

Mon
12
Sep

Centuries-old painting of second Ft. Crawford bought from private owner


The Prairie du Chien Historical Society purchased this 1842 oil painting (artist unknown) of the second Fort Crawford from a private owner, with donations given in memory of Eric Temte and Fred Huebsch. It is going to be conserved and put on permanent display at the Fort Crawford Museum. The boat in the foreground contains Surgeon Charles McDougall and his orderly on a hunting trip.

By Correne Martin

How would an 1842 oil painting of the second Fort Crawford in Prairie du Chien end up in California? The historians at the Fort Crawford Museum would like to know, since the Prairie du Chien Historical Society recently purchased the painting from a private owner, who acquired it himself over 25 years ago.

“He contacted us and wanted to sell it,” said Mary Antoine, PdCHS president. “He had purchased it from an antique dealer from California.” But, how the painting got to California in the first place remains uncertain. The name of the artist who created the piece is also unknown.

On the contrary, the historical society is knowledgable about the history of what the painting depicts. A hand-written label adhered to the back of the canvas states:

Mon
12
Sep

SMRT Bus Growth


SMRT Bus ridership has grown significantly since it began.

 

SMRT Bus ridership 

shows continued growth

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Scenic Mississippi River Transit Bus Service (SMRT Bus), which began operation on Dec. 3, 2012, continues to show good growth over its first few years. SMRT Bus is a commuter bus system for Crawford, Vernon and La Crosse counties. The bus service runs Monday through Friday. 

Wed
07
Sep

Second middle-income apartment complex proposed to Prairie du Chien Common Council

Developer Luke Pelton, of 22nd Street LLC, approached the city late in 2015 about the feasibility of constructing a new apartment complex on the land owned by the city adjacent to Woodridge Acres and Universal Forest Products.

Pelton has since drafted a pro forma financial plan to build three, 16-unit apartment buildings, which he would like operational by Jan. 1, 2018. The complex would include a mix of one- and two-bedroom units, each with its own garage, and they would be market-rate apartments on an average rental of $650, with no subsidized tenants. If market conditions warranted, Pelton has indicated a desire to construct up to as many as 96 units.

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