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Wed
20
Jan

Railroad Projects in Prairie du Chien

 

Several railroad projects 

set for Prairie du Chien area

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
20
Jan

PdC School Referendum

 

Prairie du Chien 

School District residents to 

be asked $18.9 million question

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
18
Jan

MPC supports library expansion project

Last week, the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library recorded yet another generous pledge toward its “Ready, Set, Grow” capital campaign from one of the community’s anchor industries, MPC (Miniature Precision Components). MPC has been a leading provider of thermoplastic units since 1972. The company’s Community Action Program (CAP) Committee, which supports the communities in which MPC has manufacturing locations, will be contributing $5,000 toward the expansion. The Prairie du Chien Common Council has provided $1.5 million and challenged the community to raise an additional $1.5 million in private funds and grants to assist with paying for the project. To find out more about the 2017 library renovation and expansion project, visit prairieduchien.info/libraryexpansion. Pictured (from left) are Linda Munson, library board president; Nancy Ashmore, library director; Lisa Esser, MPC plant manager; and Lisa Mara, MPC human resources manager. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Mon
18
Jan

Pickup truck bursts into flames

On Thursday, Jan. 14, at 10:24 a.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a pickup truck fire on County Highway C, two miles east of Star Valley in Utica Township.

Allen Margan, 48, of Rewey,  was driving a 2002 Chevrolet pickup east on County C, pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with large round hay bales. The engine compartment started on fire. Margan was able to get the pickup stopped and exited the vehicle before it became fully engulfed in flames.

Margan and his passenger, Eli Bontrager, 24, of Fennimore, escaped injury.

The pickup sustained total fire damage. The trailer and hay did not sustain any damage.

Assisting at the scene were the Soldiers Grove Fire Department, the North Crawford Rescue Squad and Terry’s Tire and Tow.

Mon
18
Jan

Two charged with meth delivery

A 34-year-old Kenall woman and a 27-year-old Waukon, Iowa, man have each been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of the delivery of methamphetamine as a party to a crime.

Jessica Burmester and Austin Bennett each face up to 12.5 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Burmester and Bennett sold a quantity of methamphetamine in the town of Prairie du Chien.

In addition, a search of the vehicle Bennett was driving, and in which Burmester was a passenger, produced a small baggie of meth and a small quantity of meth in a wallet.

Mon
18
Jan

Few rural homeowners test their private wells


Private well owners are not required by the EPA to monitor and test their water supply. So, according to a recent survey by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, only 16 percent of rural wells are tested for contaminates each year and nearly 50 percent of them are considered contaminated above health standards. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

You can’t usually taste, smell or see the elements in your drinking water. But you can detect them with a test. However, only 16 percent of private well owners conduct tests for contaminants each year, as recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Natural Resources. While the EPA mandates that public water supplies are monitored, tested and reported regularly for pollutants such as lead, arsenic and nitrate nitrogen, evaluations for systems serving 25 or fewer homes are the responsibilities of the homeowners—or nearly 1.7 million Wisconsin residents who use private wells.

“One of the challenges for people is, if it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind,” Bret Tangley, National Water Quality Association president and owner of Sterling Water Culligan in Eau Claire. “Until you have a problem, you’re just overwhelmed with life, and you’re not always thinking about testing your water.”

Mon
18
Jan

New 3D technology improves ability to detect breast cancer


Dr. Alisa Johnson, a radiologist at Crossing Rivers Health medical center, examines a patient’s three-dimensional mammogram, a revolutionary technology that has an improved ability to detect breast cancer, and at lower radiation levels, than the standard two-dimensional mammogram. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Three-dimensional mammography is a revolutionary, FDA-approved, imaging technology designed for early breast cancer detection. It is performed at the same time and with the same system as the standard 2D exam. The advantage of the new method is that a computerized 3D image of breast tissue presents one-millimeter slices, allowing the radiologist greater visibility of detail, as opposed to a 2D mammogram.

“Basically, it gives us 120 pictures of each breast, rather than just two pictures of each breast, which means an improved ability to see cancer,” said Dr. Alisa Johnson, a radiologist at Crossing Rivers Health medical center in Prairie du Chien. “It’s also performed with slightly less compression.”

Wed
13
Jan

House fire re-ignites in PdC

Two drivers run over water hoses

On Sunday, Jan. 10, at approximately 9 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Fire Department responded to 329 S. Wacouta Ave. for a house fire.

The fire is believed to have started due to electrical problems that began in the walls of the bathroom on the second floor and went up into the attic before going down to the first floor.
There were no injuries as a result of the fire.

The fire department was on the scene for approximately 2.5 hours.

During the fire, a private vehicle ran over and got hung up on a 5-inch diameter hose that was full of water.

The fire re-ignited on Monday morning at about 10 a.m. and the fire department was once again called to the scene. Firefighters remained on the scene for about three hours.

As a result of the fire, there was quite a bit of damage to the interior walls of the house.

Wed
13
Jan

$25,000 in anonymous donations contributed to animal shelter effort

Decision on shelter’s design expected by spring

 

Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter ended 2015 on a very high note. Two generous donors, both of whom wish to remain anonymous, made substantial donations to the hard-working, non-profit organization tasked with raising funds for a desperately needed animal shelter in the Prairie du Chien area.

A donation of $10,000 was received in mid-December. The second gift of $15,000 was received just before Christmas. Receipt of these two donations brings the total in the group’s bank accounts to $290,000. These donations will put the organization even closer to a functioning shelter in the not-so-distant future.

Last year, RABAS’ building committee visited a number of animal shelters to gather ideas and talk with shelter managers. The committee, with Don Iverson and Paula Gutzmer at its helm, hopes to have a decision on the shelter design by this spring as well as an estimate of construction costs.

Wed
13
Jan

Powerball tickets to paradise

Chances of winning the $1.5 billion grand prize Powerball Wednesday night might only be one in 292.2 million. But, the jackpot is the largest lottery prize in U.S. history and anyone can dream, right? Regular lottery players as well as new hopefuls have been flocking to retail establishments to purchase their tickets since learning that nobody won Saturday’s jackpot. At Kwik Trip North, in Prairie du Chien, an employee said Powerball sales there by mid-day Wednesday were nonstop. "I hope somebody wins it tonight," she said. "It's getting ridiculous." She added that employees have had to assist the majority of customers who have elected to choose their own numbers, as many were not familiar with the process. Admittedly a novice in the lottery, Chasity Allen, of Bloomington, bought nine Quick-Picks at Krachey’s BP in Prairie du Chien Tuesday afternoon. “I’ve never done this before,” she told the clerk.

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