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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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Dec

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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21
Dec

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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Governor makes community stop, tours Villa Louis


Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was in Prairie du Chien Thursday, Dec. 17, mainly for a round-table event he labeled a “community stop” at city hall, where 35 people, by invite only, provided Walker their input regarding the immediate needs as well as the long-term goals of the state. Those participating included retirees, educators, high school students and professionals from the manufacturing, agriculture and tourism industries, in particular. “We are planning 100 of these across the state next year, many in the rural areas,” Gov. Walker stated. While the community stop was the main focus of his visit, he started his day off with an exclusive tour of the Villa Louis Historic Site. He is pictured above with Site Director Susan Caya-Slusser, who greeted him on the front walkway, as the beautiful Dousman Office Building stands decorated for the holidays behind them. Also on Thursday, Walker had lunch at Coaches Restaurant with his staff as well as members of the media. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Gov. Walker visits with Susan Caya-Slusser, of the Villa Louis, and Dr. Ellsworth Brom, director of the Wisconsin Historical Society, inside the billiard room on the first floor of the Dousman Office Building on the Villa Louis grounds Thursday. He was given a grand tour and educated about the history of the historic mansion, its adjoining property and the people who made it so significant.

Walker and Caya-Slusser, standing in the Villa's second floor hallway, take a look at the Christmas crafts that the Dousman family would have likely created in much simpler times when there was no TV or technology for entertainment. Playing music, reading and constructing crafts were among the activities in which the children typically indulged.

Susan Witters, program assistant at the Villa Louis Historic Site, presented Scott Walker with a basket of “Something Special from Wisconsin,” homemade jelly and Dilly Beans from Ferryville’s Austin’s Rush Creek Farms. Walker also enjoyed a fresh-baked treat inside the Villa Louis kitchen Thursday: a Victorian traditional two-spice cake with hand whipped cream, baked and presented personally by Ethan Kilbey, a senior at Prairie du Chien High School.
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Mayor may face challenger, 2 council members file non-candidacy papers

The spring 2016 election will be here before we know it and, at that time, the Prairie du Chien Common Council looks to be shaken up some.

Mayor Dave Hemmer, a three-term incumbent, will face a challenger this time around as John Chaffee has filed a declaration of candidacy and campaign registration form.

Also, the third district and fifth district have no one running at this time unless someone from the public steps forward to file nomination papers. Kyle Kozelka, who came on the council in 2011, has resigned his seat in the third district, effective Dec. 31. Though the council has decided to seek interested individuals for possible appointment, the seat will be on the April ballot regardless. In the fifth district, Jean Titlbach has decided not to run for re-election. She has held her position since 2008.

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