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Kiwanis unlock communication barrier for children with autism via iPad program


Through the iPads for Autism Project of the Wisconsin-Upper Michigan Kiwanis District, the Prairie du Chien Kiwanis Club recently provided one iPad with a Big Grips protective case and $50 of apps designed for people with Autism to a local high school student and $50 in apps to another high school student. This was the first presentation of its kind in the community and an emotional and heartfelt appreciation was evident from the students, parents and the staff of these students. Kiwanis members and the students are pictured (from left) Arnie Mezera, Drew Van de Creek, Seth Sanders, Dave Parks and Jason Knapp. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The Kiwanis Club of Prairie du Chien is helping to unlock the communication barrier for children with autism.

A symptom of autism is verbal and nonverbal communication problems. According to the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation (ASDF), the gamut of issues runs from mild to severe. Regardless, individuals with autism have a difficult time expressing their feelings, forming words and communicating in general.

“A traditional approach to help break the communication barrier was for therapists or caregivers to use hand-laminated picture cards, which did not work well outside of that circle. Equipment was also developed to assist an autistic child in communicating, but was only beneficial at therapy because the equipment was bulky, heavy and expensive,” the ASDF website explains.

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13
Mar

Kickapoo River Watershed Project


Streams improving under Kickapoo River Watershed Project.

 

$2.3 million available for 

Kickapoo River Watershed 

Project in Crawford County

Landowners encouraged to sign-up early

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
08
Mar

City administrator officially leaves post


The first project at city hall that Aaron Kramer did upon arrival in 2010 was to frame and hang pictures of Prairie du Chien’s former mayors in the main hallway. Now, his final gift to the city is this display case filled with historical city memorabilia he’s collected during his time here. The wood was donated by Bennett Hardwoods, it was built by Novey Construction and the city employees put it together. Stop by and check it out. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien City Administrator Aaron Kramer finished a seven-year stint managing municipal business on Friday, March 3. He starts as the village administrator at Hobart on Monday, March 6.

The process to recruit and select a new city administrator is underway with GovHR USA. The position is expected to be filled by June or July. In the meantime, City Clerk-Treasurer Tina Fuller will serve as interim city administrator.
Kramer was nostalgic when remembering his tenure last week. At Tuesday night’s common council meeting, he even wore the three-piece suit he donned at his initial interview before coming to Prairie du Chien.

“It was sad. I’m going to miss the people I work with,” Kramer stated.

Wed
08
Mar

St. Patrick’s royalty includes two longtime

Prairie du Chien couples The annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Prairie du Chien is Saturday, March 11. Sponsored by the chamber of commerce, a parade will kick off the morning at 10 a.m., and food and drink specials, as well as live music, at establishments community wide will be available throughout the day.

This year’s St. Patrick’s Day royalty includes Mike and Dawn McCoy, who will serve as the parade king and queen; and Ted and Janet Finn, grand marshals of the celebration.

Mike and Dawn McCoy have been married for 32 years this spring, and they have spent that entire time in Prairie du Chien. Mike recently retired from teaching after 34 years, and currently is an instructor at the Prairie du Chien outreach site for Southwest Wisconsin Technical College. Dawn continues to teach as a speech and language clinician and is in her 34th year.

Wed
08
Mar

Man arrested after kicking over barstool, punching window and yelling profanities

On March 4, at 12:43 a.m., the Crawford County Communication’s Center received a call from a bartender at Halver’s Town Tap in Gays Mills requesting an officer to speak with an intoxicated man about some concerning statements he was making. The bartender stated the intoxicated man asked him to call law enforcement because he wanted to speak with an officer.   

Deputies responded to the bar and made contact with Tyson R. Couey, 36, Highland. Couey went to the bar alone, was heavily intoxicated and did not have a ride from the bar. Deputies offered to give Couey a ride or assist him in making phone contact with a designated driver. While Couey was speaking with the deputies, he began yelling profanities towards other patrons of the bar and kicked a barstool over.

Wed
08
Mar

Steuben man rescued from woods

On Monday, March 6, at 7:11 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a man who went into the woods and did not return home. The report came in from the area of Downing Lane outside of Steuben.

Bruce A. Downing, 62, Steuben, was shed antler hunting near his property on Downing Lane. While he was in the woods, he suffered an injury to his ankle. Downing was located at approximately 9 p.m. by members of a search party. Downing was given first aid and removed from the woods. Downing was transported to a nearby hospital for his injuries.  

Wed
08
Mar

Children left unsupervised, mother gets arrested

On March 7, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of children being left at the Mobil gas station in Ferryville. A deputy arrived on scene and learned the children, ages 6 and 8, were those of a 28-year-old woman from Mount Sterling.

During the investigation, it was learned that the children had been dropped off and left unsupervised at the station on numerous occasions. The mother arrived on scene and immediately started yelling profanities at the store clerks. The woman also made threats to a worker a few days prior. The deputy placed the woman under arrest for disorderly conduct and transported her to the Crawford County Jail.

The children were taken by their grandmother. Crawford County Human Services assisted the sheriff’s department.

Wed
08
Mar

Intoxicated man fires gun, arrested

On March 4, at 10:18 p.m., the Crawford County Communication’s Center took a report from a concerned citizen who heard three consecutive gunshots and someone screaming at or near the residence of 26436 Highway 61 in the township of Marietta.

Deputies arrived on scene and made contact with a woman who initially stated she was in bed sleeping and denied hearing gunshots. The woman was intoxicated and stated she was home alone and did not know the whereabouts of her husband. After further questioning, an intoxicated man, later identified as Lucas J.R. Frey, 30, emerged from a nearby room. Frey was questioned about the gunshots and screaming coming from the residence. Frey admitted that he was the person who discharged a firearm and was yelling. Frey admitted to being in a heated argument with the woman and wanted to “let off a little steam.”

It was determined that Frey discharged a Ruger Redhawk .44 Magnum into the ground on the north side of the residence.

Wed
08
Mar

Restoration hoped for French-Canadian cabin on St. Feriole Island


Efforts to completely restore the Gauthier/Coorough House on St. Feriole Island, at the intersection of Bolvin and 5th Streets, started last month. The city of Prairie du Chien transferred ownership to the Prairie du Chien Historical Society, which is currently working to get the log cabin listed on the National Register of Historic Places.The project and an endowment for its future are anticipated to cost $100,000. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

In 1840, Madeline Gauthier sold her Prairie du Chien log cabin home to her daughter, in return for “love, affection and one dollar.” With it, she included an inventory of all the furnishings that adorned the inside of the house. That document made its way to the Register of Deeds and, now, the Prairie du Chien Historical Society is hoping to use it in a major restoration of the structure, located on St. Feriole Island.

This renovation would allow a home for interpretation of the community’s French-Canadian heritage, which is not currently derivable from any entity in Wisconsin, according to Mary Antoine, historical society president. Estimates for the overhaul as well as an endowment to maintain the property are in the $100,000 range, she said.

Wed
08
Mar

The Port burglarized, authorities seek suspect


These images of the alleged burglar and the missing lock box were released by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department Tuesday. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers, 326-8933.

Early Tuesday, March 7, at 4:33 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a burglary at The Port convenience store in Bridgeport.

According to authorities, at around 1 a.m., an adult white male forcefully gained entry into the convenience store. The suspect attempted to access a safe, cash register and ATM machine. Eventually, he got into the ATM machine and removed the ATM cassette, which is essentially the lock box that holds cash. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash from the machine as well as miscellaneous items from the store.

The man is described by the sheriff’s department as about 6-foot in height, medium build, with a large nose. He was wearing a black shirt or jacket, a black face mask, goggles and light-colored gloves.

The Crawford County Crime Stoppers urges anyone having information about this or any other crimes to call 326-8933 or (866) 779-PAYS.

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