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Wed
09
Mar

CWD in Allamakee

 

No special hunt this 

year to collect more 

samples for CWD testing

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Tue
08
Mar

St. Patrick’s parade puts a spring in everyone’s step


The St. Patrick’s Day Parade always draws a good crowd along Blackhawk Avenue in downtown Prairie du Chien.

By Ted Pennekamp and Correne Martin

As usual, a large turnout is expected for the annual Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 12.

Parade participants are asked to assemble at 9 a.m. on St. Feriole Island and the parade will begin at approximately 10 a.m.

“Just as robins are a welcome harbinger of spring, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a sure indication that the seasons are ready to change and we can start to say farewell to winter,” said City Administrator Aaron Kramer. “It is a real positive for the city and especially the downtown, and the chamber does a real nice job putting it all together and drawing visitors from all around the area.”

The parade will start from St. Feriole Island and proceed east on Blackhawk Avenue, north on Michigan Street, west on Washington Street and then back to St. Feriole Island.

Mon
07
Mar

Opportunity Center services at stake again, citizens asked to voice opinions

By Correne Martin

Services like those offered at the Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien are again at stake, as the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is drafting a new Family Care 2.0 Concept Plan, due to the Joint Finance Committee by April 1. Through a provision in the plan, states could make determinations that may or may not discontinue facility-based prevocational services like the Opportunity Center’s.

If the JFC approves the concept plan, DHS will draft and submit a waiver request to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services by the end of September. This will likely leave few opportunities for individuals with disabilities and their family members to voice their choice, according to A Team Wisconsin.

“The government is pushing for MCOs (managed care organizations) to kick employees out of the center,” said Kari Kossman, Opportunity Center community services coordinator.

Mon
07
Mar

Repainting Courthouse


Dion Markin, the owner of Elite Painting of Prairie du Chien, strips paint from the ceiling of the main courtroom in the Crawford County Courthouse. Dion’s son, Devin Markin, applies tape to the edge of the main doorway.

 

Courthouse ceiling being repainted

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Elite Painting of Prairie du Chien has been hired by Crawford County to repaint the courthouse ceiling which has been peeling and dropping paint since the $2.081 million courthouse renovation project was completed in November of 2013.

Wed
02
Mar

Area woman charged with marijuana possession

A 28-year-old Soldiers Grove woman has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana.

Cheyenne A. Raymond faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a sheriff’s department deputy performed a routine traffic stop on a vehicle in Soldiers Grove and noticed an odor of burned marijuana.

A search of the vehicle revealed a plastic baggie containing marijuana, a glass smoking device, a digital scale, and a box of 150 sandwich baggies.

Raymond admitted to the deputy that she had travelled to La Crosse and purchased a pound of marijuana from two individuals, the complaint said. Raymond told the deputy that she had used some of the marijuana herself and had also sold some to other individuals, according to the complaint.

Wed
02
Mar

Eastman man removed from residence

On Monday, Feb. 23, at approximately 6:20 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report from a third party of a requested welfare check at 106 N. Main St. in the village of Eastman.

Deputies arrived on scene and made contact with two individuals inside of the residence. It was requested that Pierre D. Gardner, 31, Eastman, be removed from the residence due to safety concerns. Deputies attempted to speak with Gardner about where he could stay for the night or if they could assist him to anywhere.

Gardner became verbally aggressive and started to threaten deputies. Gardner then started to yell at the other individual in the residence and became loud and aggressive. Gardner would not listen to deputies’ commands to calm down. The other individual was advised to go outside of the residence. At this time, Gardner chased the other individual outside of the residence and ignored commands from deputies to stop.

Wed
02
Mar

Gays Mills man charged with hitting men with bat

A 32-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of substantial battery.

Tyler J. Babb faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Babb hit two men with a baseball bat at a residence in the town of Marietta on Jan. 24. Babb hit one man in the head and the other in the right arm, the complaint said.

According to the complaint, Babb admitted to officers that he had gone to the residence to confront a man with regard to an incident that had allegedly occurred about four nights earlier between the man and Babb’s estranged girlfriend.

Wed
02
Mar

Two separate incidents result in meth possession charges

A 39-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine.

Christopher A. Fernette faces up to 15 years in prison and a $50,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a sheriff’s department deputy saw Fernette pull into the driveway of a residence of an individual known by the deputy to be involved in controlled substances.

Fernette later drove the vehicle to a parking lot of a store. The deputy then deployed his K-9 on the vehicle while Fernette was in the store, and the dog “hit” on several locations on the vehicle, the complaint said.

Wed
02
Mar

Drones: The farmer’s new tool in measuring plant health


Dr. Brian Luck, of the UW-Extension, is pictured flying his unmanned aircraft system (UAS), as he prefers to call the commonly labeled drones. He spoke at the Farmer Appreciation Lunceon last week about how these systems are fantastic new tools in the agriculture industry.

Area farmers treated by Chamber to lunch, program

By Correne Martin

Remote sensing, by way of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), or drones, is a new tool farmers can use to identify and measure plant health. UW-Extension specialist Dr. Brian Luck provided an overview of UASs and their advantages, as the keynote speaker of the 27th annual Farmer Appreciation Luncheon, presented Feb. 24 by the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce, at Jones’ Black Angus.

Relying upon his expertise as an assistant professor and Extension biological system engineering specialist at UW-Madison, and his research focused on precision agriculture, Luck presented to over 60 farmers, ag industry representatives and sponsors about the different types of UASs, how they’re used and what can be gained from the information they provide.

Wed
02
Mar

Economic development corporation takes on new focus, coordinator


Pictured (front row, from left) are Bob Moses, board president, Chamber CEO; Lori Bekkum, EDC coordinator; Dan Kanis, vice president, Nelson True Value; Bob McDonald, past president; (back row) Dan Strnad, Cabela's; Nate Gilberts, common council, ex-officio voting rep; Paul Ginkel, Crossing Rivers Health; Jeff Nack, 3M; Don Ostert, Lady Luck Casino; Chris Mara, Tricor Insurance; Chris Kane, Universal Forest Products; Peg Baxter, ex-officio non-voting rep, Upper Iowa University; Aaron Kramer, city administrator, ex-officio voting rep. Not pictured are Mark Forsythe, secretary/treasurer, Peoples State Bank; Bill Adamany, Wm. Adamany Enterprises; Becky Hackett, Century 21 Realty; Dawn Hillenburg, Dillman/Astec; Mark Oehler, utilities rep, MG&E; Pete Flesch, ex-officio voting rep, Crawford County EDC; and Jason Wood, ex-officio non-voting rep, Southwest Tech. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

“We sell Prairie du Chien—it’s what we do!”

That’s the philosophy of the reinvigorated Prairie du Chien Economic Development Corporation. A new office is in place, a new coordinator is on board and positive things are happening.

Lori Bekkum, of Prairie du Chien, was hired in January for the part-time role of driving the 65-year-old entity toward its present-day goals, of course, with direction from the 18-member EDC board. Bekkum, a Crawford County native, former chamber president, and longtime employee of Community Development Alternatives, is delighted for the opportunity to share her vibrant positivity about the community and its offerings. She will generally spend time (15 to 20 hours) on EDC work on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Her office is located at 129 E. Blackhawk Ave., Suite B (next to Gillitzer Law Offices).

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