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07
Dec

Student medflighted after incident at Prairie du Chien High School

By Correne Martin

A 16-year-old boy was medflighted to Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse after he reportedly jumped from the Prairie du Chien High School roof Wednesday morning, Dec. 2, according to the PdC Police Department.

“We were called to assist EMS at the high school,” Police Chief Chad Abram said. “He was treated at the scene by Tri-State Ambulance and later sent by MedLink Air to La Crosse.”

Abram wasn’t aware of the boy’s condition on Thursday.

The chief noted that when officers arrived on scene, they did not speak to the boy, as the primary emergency was medical attention at that point.

Mon
07
Dec

3 middle schoolers found with marijuana

By Correne Martin

Three middle school boys were caught in possession of marijuana at Bluff View Intermediate School Tuesday, Dec. 1, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

“Principal Aaron Amundson called us Tuesday morning because the school had found marijuana on some students,” Police Chief Chad Abram stated. “Upon arrival, we learned 11-, 12-, and 13-year-old boys were in possession of a small amount of marijuana. All three have been referred to juvenile services for possession of THC.”

Abram thought the drugs were found “on their persons.” He said he didn’t believe the three were relatives.

“This is the first drug-related call we’ve had at Bluff View in a long time,” he added.

Mon
07
Dec

Prairie du Chien Police Department fundraising for K9


Tony Pallotta, of Working K9, Toronto, Canada, showcases the young Belgian malinois puppy that has been earmarked for the Prairie du Chien Police Department. Officer Casey Cox will receive pictures and videos of the young K9 as he grows and trains to become an officer of the law. Once he’s at least one year old, the K9 and Officer Cox can go through one week of training together. (Submitted photo)

The Cabela’s Campfire Committee has provided the Prairie du Chien Police Department a kickstart to its campaign for a new K9 unit. This initial amount will allow the down payment to be made on the K9, while the goal is to raise $70,000 toward the full purchase, training and perpetual care of the dog. Pictured, last week, the Campfire Committee presented the check to the police department: (front row, from left) Jim Hunt, Sona Ellis, Holly Gilberts, Marissa Clark, Kay DeLanzo, Deborah Green, Meriam Walter; (back row) Brendan Devine Meyer, K9 Handler Casey Cox, Sergeant Kyle Teynor and Chief Chad Abram. (Photo by Correne Martin)

The Prairie du Chien Police Department received a kick start last week toward its fundraising efforts for a K9. Chief of Police Chad Abram, Sergeant Kyle Teynor, and Officer Casey Cox received a check for $2,791.66 from the Cabela’s Campfire Committee to begin the implementation of a K9 unit for the department.

The Campfire Committee and employees of Cabela’s, along with police department employees, have raised funds over the last 12 months to support this donation.

“Community partnerships like these are the corner stones for embedding trust and enforcement relationships within the community in which we serve,” Abram said.

Wed
02
Dec

Get real for Christmas, buy a Wisconsin grown tree


Dusted with snow, these real Christmas trees are cut and ready to be taken to their new home for the holidays, decorated and enjoyed. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Whether you buy it at a farm or in a tree lot, buying a real Christmas tree is good for Wisconsin’s economy and environment.

“Having a real Christmas tree is a better environmental option because they are a recyclable and renewable resource,” said Casey Langan, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation spokesman. “Most tree farms plant two to three trees for every one that is cut and after the holidays the trees don’t end up in a landfill like artificial trees eventually do.”

With more than 600,000 evergreens harvested each fall, according to the most recent agricultural census, Wisconsin is fifth in the nation in the number of trees cut and acres (more than 23,000) in production.
Cheryl Nicholson, executive secretary of the Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers Association, said there are plenty of trees this year.

Wed
02
Dec

Local attorney announces candidacy for county circuit court judge

Lynn M. Rider has announced her candidacy for circuit court judge of Crawford County. The presiding judge, James P. Czajkowski, has announced he will not be seeking re-election for another term. The general election will be held in April and, if elected, Attorney Rider would take office Aug. 1, 2016.

Rider first came to Prairie du Chien in 1984 to serve as a law clerk while she was a law student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Upon graduation from law school in 1985, she became an associate at the law firm of Czajkowski and Brady. She was elected district attorney and served one term. Thereafter, she became a partner with Attorney James P. Czajkowski. She has remained at Czajkowski Higgins & Rider, S.C. since, currently practicing with Lara Czajkowski Higgins and Amanda Tisdale.

Wed
02
Dec

Man accused of attempted murder appears in court

By Pat McTaggart

Brandon James Thoma, 25, of Pella, Iowa, was in the Clayton County Courthouse in Elkader, Iowa, for a hearing for an initial appearance on the charge of attempt to commit murder. Judge John Bauercamper informed Thoma, who has applied for a court appointed attorney, that his request will be forwarded to the Dubuque Public Defender’s Office.

Thoma is accused of breaking into a residence and assaulting the victim with the intent of murder. According to the complaint, Thoma first used pepper spray on the victim, followed by punching and kicking. He then threw the victim down the basement stairs, kicked the victim’s head and then used a shovel on the victim’s neck to try to cut off oxygen going to the brain.

Wed
02
Dec

Electrical transformer company plans to locate in Prairie du Chien

By Correne Martin

A new industrial company that manufactures, repairs, and recycles electrical transformers will likely take root soon in Prairie du Chien’s North Gateway Business Park. Solomon Corporation, based in Solomon, Kan., plans to open and operate its fifth regional location at the business park’s spec building, owned by Bill Adamany, during the first quarter of 2016.

The city council approved offering an incentive package to Solomon Corporation following closed session at its Tuesday night meeting. The terms are: 1) The city will provide a loan of $571,125, at 0 percent interest, to the company for a term of 15 years, with monthly payments of $3,173, beginning Jan. 1, 2017, and the Solomon Corporation shall provide a mortgage on its property in Prairie du Chien as collateral for the loan; and 2) the city will sell the company two adjacent acres in the business park at a price of $100 per acre. The council approved these terms unanimously.

Wed
02
Dec

Initiative underway for Prairie du Chien to become dementia-friendly community


Becky DeBuhr, an outreach specialist with the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin, gave a “Train the Trainer” presentation Nov. 17 to Prairie du Chien area business and organization representatives interested in making the community more dementia-friendly. (Photo by Correne Martin)

A recent “Train the Trainer” event focused on community stakeholders who will approach local businesses and organizations to provide awareness on Alzheimer’s and other diseases that cause dementia. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien has set out on a grassroots initiative to become a dementia-friendly community (DFC), the first in Crawford County. Through a task force led by the Aging and Disability Resource Center, the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin, community and business members, a “Train the Trainer” presentation kicked off this endeavor Nov. 17 at the Crawford County Administration Building, where about 25 local leaders were educated about how to recognize and address someone who may be struggling with memory challenges.

“Our goal is to help this community support this initiative and shift away from the end-stage vision we all have (of those dealing with dementia), because 70 percent of these people are living and functioning in our communities in the early stages of such diseases,” explained Becky DeBuhr, an outreach specialist with the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin, who presented the training materials.

Wed
02
Dec

Fund-raising for Sculpture Park


This maquette of Aunt Marianne LaBuche provides a good vision for the life-size bronze statue that is anticipated for the Mississippi River Sculpture Park. (Photo by Randy Paske)

 

Social media fundraiser being done for latest 

Sculpture Park statue

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Mississippi River Sculpture Park Board is in the midst of a major fundraising effort in order to get a new sculpture for the park. 

Mon
30
Nov

Public long-range planning sessions scheduled in the River Ridge School District

The River Ridge School District has scheduled five public input sessions to receive input for development of a long-range plan for the district. Dates, times and locations are as follows:

•Wednesday, Dec. 2—Patch Grove school building, multi-purpose room, 6 p.m.

•Tuesday, Dec. 8—Ma’s Bakery, Bloomington, 8 to 9 a.m.

•Wednesday, Dec. 9—Mount Hope Fire Station, 11 a.m. to noon

•Wednesday, Dec. 9—Patch Grove school building, multi-purpose room, 7 p.m. or immediately following the regular meeting of the River Ridge School Board

•Thursday, Dec. 10—Bagley Hotel, 8 to 9 a.m.

One or more school board members may be in attendance at these meetings.

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