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Wed
12
Oct

Learn all about cancer in ‘clear and simple’ series


Lynn Groom, Crossing Rivers Health education coordinator, presents the Cancer Clear and Simple program to the hospital’s partners group. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Cancer. What happens when you are diagnosed? What does it all mean? Can we prevent it and how can we do so?

A free, two-part educational cancer series designed to build health knowledge and improve health-related decision making is offered in Crawford County this month. Cancer Clear and Simple spans the topics of cancer basics, prevention, causes, self-care, and finding it early. There will be discussion, videos and interactive activities, as well as demonstrations on how cancer spreads and how to create your own healthy SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time specific) goals.

Tue
11
Oct

Man arrested for murder accused of staging a hanging

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A Georgia man arrested for the murder of a Bridgeport woman is accused of trying to stage her suicide according to the probable cause statement filed Monday afternoon in Crawford County Circuit Court. 

Mon
10
Oct

FEMA Tours Crawford County


FEMA representatives, along with state and county officials, look at what is left of Rush Creek Road as part of their tour of Crawford County Friday. (Photo by Dennis Pelock)

 

FEMA holds meeting, tours Crawford County to assess damages

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representatives toured Crawford and several other counties in southwest Wisconsin on Oct. 6 and Oct. 7 in order to look at damage from recent heavy rains and floods and to get estimates from the towns, villages, cities and counties.

Mon
10
Oct

Music and nature come together at new Harmony Gardens


A small group of stakeholders gathered at the new Harmony Gardens Wednesday afternoon for a special dedication ceremony. Those pictured include (front row, from left) Dustin Nolan, Prestin Nolan, Sawyer Swiggum, Kristin Nolan, Erin Nolan, Trace Martin; (middle row) Tom Nelson, Kathy Reynolds, Russ Barnhart, Pat Dillman, Blair Dillman, Faith Dillman, Jean Ann Dillman, Jonathan Herman, Mike Ulrich, Cathie Nelson, Carrie Nolan, Ashlin Nolan; (back row) Stewart Slaman, Joey Jones and Brian Dillman. In the center of the cement pad to which the instruments are affixed is this large medallion as a dedication to Brian Dillman’s parents. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Pictured during the dedication last week are members of the Dillman family, including Brian (above) and Faith, Pat and Jean Ann (below).

By Correne Martin

The St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens have grown into a glorious destination. The latest addition has brought music and nature together to amplify their beauty all the more.

The Harmony Gardens offers visitors to the park a group of outdoor musical instruments—mostly xylophones of various sizes and appearances, along with bongo drums—that are open for the playing. They have been installed on a raised, circular, cement platform located on the north end of the Memorial Gardens and are free to use for people of all ages, musical knowledge or skill. The platform, which is 24 feet in diameter and red in color, has a ramp for handicap accessibility and is just a foot off the ground so no railing is needed and children can hop on and off with ease.

Fri
07
Oct

Man arrested for Bridgeport murder

 

Man arrested for 

Bridgeport murder

Wed
05
Oct

Crops Damaged, but Apples Doing Well


Linda Shihata holds a Jonagold in her left hand and a 1.13-pound honey crisp in her right hand. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Some area corn germinated while still on the stalk. (Photo by Linda Shihata)

 

Recent rains have put a 

damper on harvest expectations

Apples, 

however, 

have done quite well

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
05
Oct

Bringing domestic violence awareness out into the open

Because October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Catholic Charities has placed purple ribbons on the corn stalk bundles lining Blackhawk Avenue in Prairie du Chien. This is to remind citizens that domestic violence is a real problem and can include physical, verbal, emotional, sexual and economic abuse of a loved one. Catholic Charities offers advocacy, support, workshops and a 24-hour crisis line at 888-200-8426. Pictured, Lisa Johanningmeier, domestic abuse program coordinator, displays the colored ribbons signifying the awareness. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Wed
05
Oct

9-year-old wins Oktoberfest contest

As part of the Oktoberfest celebration in Prairie du Chien, a button design contest is held. This year’s winner, selected from 50 artists participating, is 9-year-old Fiona Etemi, of Prairie du Chien. She is pictured (front row, right) with her dad, Sam, and cousin Lejla Kamberi (both in front), as well as Oktoberfest Committee members (back, from left) Lorie Kuehl, Joan Paulson, Cathie Nelson, Tom Nelson, Suzette Cunningham and Mike Ulrich. For her efforts, Fiona received a gift basket with Oktoberfest-related goodies, a T-shirt, hat and several buttons, and she has been asked to partake in the festivities on Oct. 15, including the parade downtown and fun events on St. Feriole Island. More details about Oktoberfest will be published in next week’s Courier Press. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Wed
05
Oct

River Ridge is putting stand-up desks to the test


Sitting partially on the stool, with one foot on the stool and the other on the ground, is just one way students utilizing the stand-up desks can situate themselves for learning comfortably. Pictured (above), Danica, a third grader in Shawn Chatfield’s class, works independently on a Chromebook during class time. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Chatfield assists a student during work time. Helping out his pupils at their stand-up desks keeps the teacher from crouching to the level of a traditional chair and desk.

A student rests her foot on the swinging footbar and rocks that back and forth, while staying on task at her desk.

Former Sen. Herb Kohl fully funds $3K of project materials

By Correne Martin

Research purports that school children who utilize stand-up desks are actually more alert, perform better academically, burn more calories, minimize orthopedic problems, feel happier and just plain move more than those seated at traditional desks or tables.

At River Ridge Elementary School, teachers have put that theory to the test, and they have done so with assistance from the educational crowdfunding website DonorsChoose.org.

Sixteen students in Shawn Chatfield’s third-grade classroom have the opportunity this school year to share 12 such desks, complete with stools and swinging footbars, all while keeping their hands and minds on task. There are four others who study while sitting at a table, and assigned seats rotate throughout the year, so all of the children have the chance to experience the stand-up desks.

Wed
05
Oct

EAB infested trees removed from downtown, population of ash trees declining in the city


A row of emerald ash borer infested trees on the east boulevard of Michigan Street in Prairie du Chien were removed last month. Planting of a new variety of trees is anticipated. (Photo by Gary Howe)

By Correne Martin

A row of emerald ash borer (EAB) infested trees on the east boulevard of Michigan Street in Prairie du Chien were cut down last month. This reduces the number of ash trees in the city, though the loss is not something new for the North American tree population.

EABs are exotic beetles that were discovered in southeastern Michigan near Detroit in the summer of 2002, according to the Emerald Ash Borer Information Network (emeraldashborer.info). The adult beetles nibble on ash foliage but cause little damage. The larvae (the immature stage) feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients.

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