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Wed
20
Jan

Two sisters die in Wauzeka house fire


A house fire at 510 E. Main St., Wauzeka, claimed the lives of Trinity Bartels, 15, and her sister, Lena Bartels, 12, who were the only occupants in the home. Their parents, Adam and Rebecca Bartels, were both working at the time of the fire. Firefighters were on scene for over 14 hours battling the blaze. (Photos by Correne Martin)

A few gifts of stuffed animals, flowers and more on Wednesday made the beginnings of a memorial for the two girls who lost their lives in the Wauzeka house fire Tuesday.

By Correne Martin

The Wauzeka community is mourning along with the parents of two girls who died in a house fire Monday night into Tuesday morning.

A caller notified the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department of the fire at 510 E. Main St., just before 11:40 p.m. Monday, according to Sheriff Dale McCullick. The caller reported that the house was engulfed in flames and there was smoke coming from the windows. A sheriff’s deputy, along with the caller and neighbors, attempted to enter the residence but couldn’t due to the amount of smoke and fire. The Wauzeka Fire Department and Wauzeka First Responders responded to the call, while the Boscobel Fire Department and Boscobel EMS provided mutual aid.

Wed
20
Jan

Get interactive at upcoming Pet Expo in PdC

Local pet owners and enthusiasts are invited to attend the fourth annual Pet Expo at Nelson True Value on Saturday, Feb. 6, co-sponsored by Nelson True Value, Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter, Tender Care Animal Hospital, Prairie Cinema, AmericInn Lodge, Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and the Courier Press will benefit Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter (RABAS).

The Pet Expo will start at 10 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. and include a bake sale with delicious homemade treats (just in time for Valentine’s Day) and a food stand. An entire slate of pet-related activities will be featured.

Crawford County’s K9 unit, Deputy Joe Breeser and K9 Officer Breck, will be available during the entire program (pending any emergencies occurring). Deputy Breeser will talk about the different aspects of the work this team does as well as the training both he and Breck experienced. They will also demonstrate a drug search at 11 a.m.

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.

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