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Wed
03
Feb

American Hazelnut Company


Southwestern Wisconsin (Third District) Congressman Ron Kind got his first peek recently during a meeting at the Hungry House Restaurant in Prairie du Chien at three products launched in January by the American Hazelnut Company of Gays Mills. Kind (left) was briefed by Brad Niemcek of Gays Mills on how the grower-owned company is introducing its nuts, oil and gluten-free flour to chefs, bakers and candy makers throughout the region.

 

American Hazelnut 

Company launches three products

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The American Hazelnut Company continues to crack right along with the launching of three products in January. The products include nuts, oil and gluten-free flour.

Wed
03
Feb

Industrial park option to purchase extended to current PdC business

By Correne Martin

Two lots in Prairie du Chien’s North Gateway Business Park are the subjects of an option to purchase that City Attorney Lara Czajkowski Higgins is drafting for BoxLogix Automation, LLC. The company, which is currently located at 1303 S. 8th St. (in the white building), Prairie du Chien, develops and delivers custom material handling solutions, according to its website.

Through the option to purchase, BoxLogix will be offered a parcel of land, across from Country Inn and Suites, at the cost of $100 for the option and $100 per acre. Czajkowski Higgins said a certified survey map must be done to determine the total acreage in the proposed purchase. The city anticipates selling one lot in its entirety and a second partial lot, not including the 350-foot scenic easement.

Wed
03
Feb

Storm drops 6-11 inches


Like this intersection at Beaumont Road and Wisconsin Street appears, visibility was reduced somewhat in the city of Prairie du Chien Tuesday morning due to the predicted snow storm. Visibility was less in the surrounding countryside and heavy snow and slippery conditions led to numerous reports of vehicles in ditches throughout Crawford County Tuesday. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

By Correne Martin

Whether it’s remembered as the Groundhog Day Winter Storm or Winter Storm Kayla, the season’s most anticipated weather event—predicted for nearly a week in advance—arrived on Feb. 2 as forecast.

While parts of the central Plains, Upper Midwest and northern Great Lakes saw more significant blizzard conditions, the Prairie du Chien area was not exempt from the heavy snow, snow and ice-covered roads and slippery conditions.

As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, Prairie du Chien’s latest precipitation report was 5.6 inches, according to the National Weather Service of La Crosse. Lynxville had received 6.5 inches, Guttenberg 7.5 inches, Steuben 8.5 inches and De Soto 10.8 inches.

In anticipation of the Feb. 2 storm, schools all over the region canceled classes as early as Monday, Feb. 1. Cities in southwest Wisconsin as well as northeast Iowa declared snow emergencies in advance as well so crews could clear the streets from the snow.

Wed
03
Feb

Prairie du Chien represented on Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Board

By Correne Martin

The Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Board of Directors elected Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Bob Moses to its 53-member board during an annual membership meeting Jan. 29 at The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. The position is a six-year commitment to the state chamber of commerce that came about for Moses since he is also president-elect of the Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Executives (and will be president in 2018).

This is not only a great opportunity for Moses but it is also expected to open doors for the business community of Prairie du Chien.

Mon
01
Feb

In the name of cancer and heart research


Hosts (from left) Tom Nelson, Natalie Stram, Dan Moris and Tom Stram proudly stand in front of the final tally from Saturday night’s annual fundraiser for heart and cancer research. In addition to the $43,732 raised—which will increase some as donations continue for a while—the telethon has surpassed the $800,000 lifetime mark. (Photos by Randy Paske)

Autumn Kivi (left) and Chloe Lorenz performed a beautiful duet on the talent show’s stage, aka the Bluff View cafeteria.

Longtime Eagle Club member and one of the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon’s founders, Paul White spoke near the end of this year’s event.

Young Cameron Minella (right) and Tom Nelson point to Cameron’s name on the Tree of Hope, which was introduced at this year’s Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon for the first time as a way to recognize survivors of cancer and heart issues. Cameron, the nephew of Todd Crotty, Prairie du Chien, battles a heart condition and took some time, while visiting, to talk about his story. The 41st annual telethon was broadcast live Saturday night from Bluff View School.

Kathy Atkins (left) and Ruth Taylor (along with Cathie Nelson) organized and tweaked the lineup throughout the evening.
Mon
01
Feb

One-vehicle accident causes injury

On Tuesday, Jan. 26, at approximately 7:30 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle crash with unknown injuries near 10243 Tavern Road north of Soldiers Grove.

The driver was Rebecca J. Spencer, 17, Gays Mills. Spencer was negotiating a curve on Tavern Road in a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee when the vehicle started to slide. Spencer over corrected which caused her vehicle to spin around. The passenger side of the vehicle struck the embankment and the vehicle came to rest on all four tires.

After the crash, Spencer was able to drive the vehicle to a nearby house to get help. The vehicle sustained moderate damage. Spencer was transported to Vernon Memorial Healthcare in Viroqua by North Crawford EMS.

Assisting at the scene were the Soldiers Grove Fire Department and the North Crawford EMS.

Mon
01
Feb

Report of reckless driving leads to meth bust

On Jan. 26, the Prairie du Chien Police Department was notified of a vehicle driving recklessly in the Prairie Cinema parking lot in the city of Prairie du Chien. Officers located a vehicle parked in the parking lot and eventually arrested the driver on an outstanding warrant.

The driver, Jill Schroeder, 38, stated that she was waiting to pick up another individual from the area. The second individual is a known drug user in the Crawford County area.

Officers requested the assistance of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and K9 Breck. K9 Breck was utilized and indicated to the presence of one or more controlled substances within the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted based on the indication from K9 Breck and yielded three used methamphetamine needles with residue still inside, a pink straw with methamphetamine residue, and a spoon with burnt narcotic residue.

Mon
01
Feb

New behavioral health center fills service need across region


Crossing Rivers Health Center for Behavioral Health staff currently includes (from left) Dr. Nicky Mabb, board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner; Ricki Bouska, national board certified counselor; and Darlene Meiners, child, adolescent and family counselor. Meiners also shares her time with Prairie du Chien public schools. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

For three months now, the new Crossing Rivers Health Center for Behavioral Health has provided services for adults, children and adolescents with mental or behavioral health concerns. It was an area that communities identified as a service needed to improve community health. The center, which opened Nov. 2, is located at 705 S. Buchanan St., Prairie du Chien, in the former CARE office. Staff is ready to help individuals achieve mental well-being and encounter everyday challenges with confidence and satisfaction.

A $600,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration was awarded to Crossing Rivers to increase access for such a need in the region, according to Dr. Steven Bush, CRH chief medical officer.

Mon
01
Feb

Lock and Dam 9 Maintenance


The lock chamber at Lock and Dam 9 has been dewatered and maintenance work is being done to the gates at both ends as well as the chamber floor and walls. (Photos by Patrick Moes, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Seven bulkheads (left) were placed and sealed in order to hold back water so that the lock chamber could be drained and pumped out. Seven bulkheads were also placed at the downstream end of the lock chamber. The upstream gate (above) and the downstream gate will be sandblasted, painted and have maintenance work performed on them.

Repairs are being done at various locations on both of the lock chamber walls. At the base of the wall are drain holes.

This is the view of the lock chamber from the downstream end.

 

Lock 9 near Lynxville has been dewatered 

and is undergoing $3.5 million maintenance project

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
27
Jan

Iowa man gets one year for OWI, hitting pedestrian

A Farmersburg, Iowa, man was sentenced in Crawford County Circuit Court to one year in jail and five years of probation for striking a pedestrian while driving drunk in Prairie du Chien.

Christopher K. Gossman, 33, had pleaded no contest to charges of hit-and-run involving great bodily harm, and causing injury while operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant. Gossman was granted work and school release while in jail. According to the criminal complaint, Tracy Hutchins, 63, Prairie du Chien,was crossing at the intersection of Blackhawk Avenue and Michigan Street at 10:40 p.m. on Oct. 31, when an eastbound vehicle driven by Gossman struck Hutchins and fled the scene. The vehicle was later located in Clayton County, Iowa.

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