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14
Nov

Personal trainer finds her element in body building


Deidre Dillman, 27, of Prairie du Chien, recently won the amateur figure class in the Minnesota Mayhem Natural Body Building Championships. This was her first time in a body building compeittion, though she plans to enter more in the future and hopefully achieve professional status.

By Correne Martin

“I just like being strong; it’s part of me. I need to do it. It’s my lifestyle.”

Deep down, that’s how personal trainer, turned body builder, Deidre Dillman, feels. She’s been known in the Prairie du Chien community since her high school and college days as a decorated cross country and track athlete.

“I’ve always been a runner. It’s just kinda my thing,” she smiled.

These days, at the age of 27, Deidre is a personal trainer and strength trainer for Suppz Gym in Prairie du Chien. She’s been there about four years and, while she loves getting others pumped up about being healthy and strong, she’s personally chased gradually greater goals for herself.

She’s always enjoyed lifting heavy weights. “I love it. It’s helped me with everyday things, my self confidence,” she said. “I’m all about the pump. I wanna get to a 300-pound back squat.”

Wed
09
Nov

Burglary at Glen Haven bank


At a burglary at Peoples State Bank in Glen Haven Sunday morning, Nov. 6, evidence was collected along with a video of the activities and suspect. Above is an image taken from the video to see if the suspect can be identified.

A burglary at Peoples State Bank in Glen Haven is being investigated by the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

On Sunday, Nov. 6, just after 6 a.m., the sheriff’s department received an alarm complaint from the bank at 13207 Main St. in Glen Haven. Deputies arrived, checked and secured the building. While clearing the building, they noticed the back door had been kicked in and other damage was done inside.

Once the bank had been cleared and no suspects were located, the Grant County K9 unit was called to the scene in an attempt to track the suspect. The track led to a neighboring property, which was checked and cleared. K9 Riko continued to check the area and was unable to find a second track to continue searching for the suspect, according to the sheriff’s department.

Wed
09
Nov

Jail inmate found unresponsive

On Nov. 7, at about 4:30 p.m., a Clayton County Sheriff’s Office inmate was found unresponsive by jail staff. Michael C. Breckenfelder, 32, was found in his jail bunk area with no visible signs of life. Clayton County sheriff’s office staff and Central Ambulance Service provided CPR and were able to revive Breckenfelder. He was transported to Central Community Hospital in Elkader, lowa, and later air lifted to University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.

Breckenfelder was held in the Clayton County Jail on the charges of domestic abuse with strangulation (class d felony), domestic abuse assault causing bodily injury (serious misdemeanor), possession of burglary tools (aggravated misdemeanor), and driving while license suspended (simple misdemeanor).

No immediate details will be released as this incident remains under investigation by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office.

Wed
09
Nov

Head Start a little known program for school readiness, family support


In Head Start, children ages 3-5 learn basic skills and curriculum taught in other early childhood schools. The program is income and needs based and enrolls up to 17 kids per school year, though only six are currently enrolled.

During an activity night, parents and their children work on motor skills while interact with playdough together.

By Correne Martin

In a growing sea of early childhood programs, Head Start sets itself apart because of its approach to not only educate children ages 3 to 5, but also support the whole family.

Head Start is a free, federally-funded, school readiness program. It started in Prairie du Chien in 1967. From home-based when it began to center-based as it is now, over 1,000 children and their families have been served in Crawford County. The Prairie du Chien Head Start Child and Family Development Center is presently located at 116 E. Broadway St.

Wed
09
Nov

Tranel defeats Bennett

Incumbent Travis Tranel (R, Rural Cuba City) defeated newcomer Jesse Bennett (D, Rural Wyalusing Township) for State Representative in the 49th District as a result of Tuesday’s general election.

Tranel was victorious by a vote of 15,057-11,344. Tranel received 57 percent of the votes. Bennett got 43 percent.

Tranel won in Grant County 13,542-10,170. Bennett won in the village of Bagley 130-58. Tranel took the village of Bloomington 186-167. In Blue River, the vote was tied at 91-91. Tranel won in Cassville 222-171. Tranel won Dickeyville 307-218.

Wed
09
Nov

Nerison elected to seventh term

Republican Lee Nerison has been re-elected to a seventh term in the Wisconsin State Assembly’s 96th District. The dairy farmer netted 16,001 votes, or 61 percent, while his challenger, Viroqua businesswoman, Democrat Alicia Leinberger, slated 10,184 votes, or 39 percent from the district, according to regional news outlets.

Crawford County ended up in line with the rest of the district, according to the county clerk’s office’s final unofficial results. Nerison recorded 4,396 votes in the county, or 58.7 percent, and Leinberger had 3,093, or 41.3 percent.

Wed
09
Nov

Shilling wins by 44 votes

A slim margin of 44 votes appears to have separated 32nd District State Senator Jennifer Shilling (D) from her challenger Dan Kapanke (R), with 96.9 percent of precincts reporting, early Wednesday morning, Nov. 9. Shilling had 40,883 votes, or 48.9 percent, over Kapanke, who had 40,839 votes, or 48.8 percent at that time. Third-party candidate Chip DeNure (I) had tallied 1,969 votes, or 2.4 percent.

Though her key opponent is holding out until vote totals are official, Sen. Shilling, the Senate minority leader, released an acceptance statement at about 3:40 a.m. Wednesday:

“I am proud to have earned the support of the voters in the 32nd Senate District and I look forward to continue serving as a strong voice for western Wisconsin in our State Capitol.

Wed
09
Nov

45th president stuns nation

Republican Donald Trump winning the electoral vote and being named the 45th president of the United States of America has stunned the nation. He upset those who voted against him and surprised many who voted in his favor.

According to numerous national news outlets, Trump claimed victory with 276 votes to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s 218, with 44 votes still undecided.

In Wisconsin, 48 percent of voters, or 1,407,401 people, felt Trump is the man for the job, and 47 percent, or 1,380,512 people chose Clinton for president.

Once Crawford County’s results came in on election night, they showed that many of the townships and villages in the county supported Trump. The county’s final unofficial results depicted a decision for Trump with 3,844 votes over Clinton, who had 3,426 votes. Here’s the breakdown (Trump - T, Clinton - C):

Wed
09
Nov

Third time’s a charm at River Ridge

Voters of the River Ridge School District decided the third time was the charm, for all district students and staff to be located at one site. The district’s Patch Grove facilities will see additions and remodeling, to the tune of $9.5 million, on one pre K-12 campus.

In a presidential election that featured high voter turnout, the school district’s electorate voted in favor of Question 1 in Tuesday’s referendum. However, question 2 failed, meaning the school’s football field and track will remain in Bloomington, while all students and staff will be moved to one location in Patch Grove.

Unofficial voting results showed 938 “yes” votes and 851 “no” votes for question 1, and, for question 2, there were 969 “no” votes and 801 “yes” votes. Broken down into community, results were as follows:

Wed
09
Nov

Stream Restoration Projects


Stream restoration not only creates healthy trout populations, but has many other benefits as well. (Photo courtesy of TUDARE)

 

TUDARE to help restore streams in 

Crawford County, organization works toward making 

Driftless Area a showcase of what restoration can be

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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