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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.

Wed
13
Jan

Municipal airport getting a new $1.06M terminal


These preliminary architectural drawings, by MSA Professional Services, depict two different views of the new $1.06 million terminal slated for Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport in 2016.

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport is getting a $1.06 million terminal in 2016.

The age of the old terminal is not known, but the Federal Aviation Administration feels it has reached its life expectancy, according to City Administrator Aaron Kramer.

“The mechanicals are inefficient and the technology has become inferior,” he said.

Kramer explained that every so often, the city adopts a seven-year plan for its airport. One such plan was last drawn up in 2013.

“The first thing that came up was the condition of the terminal,” he stated, “as well as new equipment, the runway and the fencing.”

The original budget for the project, from May 2015, was $919,000. But, in November, the budget grew to $1.06 million, of which the city is required to provide 9 percent. The new building, at 2,264 square feet, is larger than the existing space.

Wed
13
Jan

School Facilities Upgrades

 

Prairie du Chien School 

District may seek up to $18.4 million in facilities upgrades

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien School Board heard a presentation by FEH Design of Dubuque about the possible referendum for school facilities upgrades at the board’s regular meeting Monday night. 

Mon
11
Jan

The best things in life come in small ‘pink’ packages


Josh and Danielle Snyder welcomed their firstborn, a daughter, Kinsley Olivia, on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at 1:45 a.m. She was 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and measured 19 inches long. The happy couple and baby Kinsley were all ready for their first photoshoot as a family of three by early last Wednesday afternoon. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Sweet, tiny and tranquil, with a full head of dark hair, Kinsley Olivia Snyder was the first baby of 2016 born at Crossing Rivers Health medical center in Prairie du Chien.

By Correne Martin

When a happy couple welcomes a healthy, firstborn child into the world, the moment is as endearing and glorious as any miracle imaginable. Those incomparable emotions were evident on the beaming faces of the young Prairie du Chien couple who delivered the New Year’s baby at Crossing Rivers Health on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

With her warm, smooth complexion and full head of dark hair, Kinsley Olivia was born to Josh and Danielle Snyder at 1:45 a.m. under the watchful eye of Dr. Robert Key, of Mayo Clinic, Prairie du Chien. She weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and measured 19 inches long. They were the first of numerous families who filled Crossing Rivers’ birthing suite last week.

Kinsley was the very first grandbaby on Danielle’s side of the family and the first granddaughter for Josh’s family. Grandparents include Shelley Buss, of Cedarville, Ill., Kevin and Donna Buss, of Davis, Ill., and Scott and Crystal Snyder, of Manistique, Mich.

Mon
11
Jan

All talent invited to be part of this year’s Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon

By Correne Martin

Local talent has been the anchor of the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon in Prairie du Chien for more than four decades. Many of the gigs are the kind of entertainment viewers have come to expect from year to year. And that’s what makes the telethon momentous.

The 2016 telethon will take place at Bluff View School on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Live audience members can view the fun and excitement in person, or it is available on the Prairie du Chien Mediacom channel or online at www.ustream.tv/channell/eagles-heart-and-cancer-telethon. Organizers would love for residents to consider sharing their talents, no matter the variety.

“We’re always looking for something new and exciting,” Host and committee member Tom Nelson said. “We need to generate new ideas to keep moving forward.”

Mon
11
Jan

Man charged with child porn crimes

Ricky Olson, 56, Gays Mills, has been charged with distributing child pornography, receiving child pornography, possessing child pornography, attempting to use a minor to produce child pornography, and attempting to transfer obscene matter to a minor. The indictment alleges that he committed these offenses in February 2015.

Olson was arrested on Jan. 6 in Crawford County.

If convicted, Olson faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum of 20 years in federal prison on the distribution and receiving counts; a maximum of 10 years on the possession charge; a mandatory minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years for the attempted production charge; and a maximum of 10 years on the charge of attempting to transfer obscene matter to a minor.

Mon
11
Jan

Traffic stop last week led to a marijuana bust

On Jan. 5, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit initiated a traffic stop on a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier in the village of Soldiers Grove for multiple equipment violations. The deputy made contact with the driver who was identified as Cheyenne Raymond, 28, Soldiers Grove, her passengers Erin Glenn, 38, Soldiers Grove, and two juveniles.  

During the course of the traffic stop, the deputy identified indicators of substance abuse within in the vehicle.  K-9 Breck was utilized and indicated to the presence of one or more controlled substances within the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle was conducted due to the indication from K-9 Breck and yielded approximately four ounces of marijuana, a digital scale and other items associated with the delivery of marijuana. A glass “bong” smoking device was also located.

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