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07
Nov

Piggly Wiggly receives Governor’s Award for Exemplary Employment


Those congratulating Curt and Shelly Zinkle on the Governor’s Award for Exemplary Employment were (front row, from left) Fabian Hurley, Chelsey Natwick, Marvin Bannister; (back row) Samina Grimes-DVR counselor, Amy Grotzke-Workforce Development director, Delora Newton–DVR administrator, Shelly Zinkle, Curt Zinkle, Kim Thompson–Opportunity Center employment specialist and Amy Studden–DVR business services consultant.

By Correne Martin

Zinkle’s Piggly Wiggly in Prairie du Chien was recognized on Oct. 26, with the Governor’s Award for Exemplary Employment for the store owners’ commitment to recruit and hire job seekers with disabilities. Curt and Shelly Zinkle accepted the award from the Department of Workforce Development Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR).

The Zinkles have worked with the Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien to find employment opportunities for people with disabilities served by the center.

Mon
07
Nov

Seventh graders emerged in mock election campaign


These seventh graders just found out what their political map looks like for the day. The Republicans (seated in the forefront) realized their campaign has not been gaining them as high of a percentage of votes as their Democratic counterparts. Pictured (from left) are Mani Watson, Duke Scherf, Faith Meyer, Dom Tanner, Joseph Ruskey and Syler Wall.

The Democratic Party, including campaign manager Lily Kregel and presidential nominee Eva Keene, focus on seeking support from interest groups while their social studies teacher Josh Rabbit prepares to video a dinner party speech.

Speech writer Faith Meyer and vice-presidential nominee Joseph Ruskey go over a speech just before Ruskey shares it with his classmates. An updated political map and some of the students’ propaganda hang in the background. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Political posters, many of which reflect issues of the true national election, hang all over Mr. Rabbit's room.

By Correne Martin

The seventh grade students in Josh Rabbit’s social studies classes at Bluff View Intermediate School are as perplexed about the 2016 presidential election as the adult electorate. They’re in the home stretch of attending rallies, spending money on and appealing to voters’ emotions through advertising, focusing on winning key states, and reciting their views on the most controversial points of this election. It’s the end of a full campaign and, just like the rest of the United States citizens, they will realize the impact of the election’s conclusion Nov. 8.

Wed
02
Nov

Utility pole taken out, OWI arrest made in crash

A Mount Hope man crashed early Sunday morning in the town of Bridgeport, striking a utility pole and narrowly missing a fire hydrant. The incident resulted in an arrest for OWI and failure to maintain control.

According to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, just before 12:55 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, a one-vehicle crash on East Lapointe Street at U.S. Highway 18 was reported.

Paul Bakkum, 31, of Mount Hope, was operating a 2008 Pontiac G6 east on East Lapointe Street and attempting to make a right turn onto Highway 18, when he failed to negotiate the curve and drove over the curb in the grass on the south shoulder of the roadway. Bakkum’s vehicle then struck a utility pole and spun 90 degrees, barely missing a fire hydrant.

While investigating the crash, it was found that alcohol was a factor. Bakkum was subsequently arrested for OWI first offense and cited for failure to maintain control.

Wed
02
Nov

Local man arrested in drug bust

On Oct. 31, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit was patrolling on Highway 18 in Bridgeport Township when he observed Anthony Hagensick, 35, of Monona, Iowa, operating a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox northbound into the city of Prairie du Chien.  

The deputy ran a license check and found Hagensick’s driving status was revoked. Hagensick pulled into Hardee’s parking and exited the vehicle in an attempt to avoid the deputy. The deputy made contact with Hagensick and detected an odor of marijuana emitting from Hagensick. Hagensick also exhibited several signs of drug impairment. Several controlled substances and drug related items were located on Hagensick’s person.

Wed
02
Nov

City notifies Regal Marina of lease default, termination

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council voted Tuesday night to serve notice on Regal Marine Group of a default of its lease and termination of the lease to operate Regal Marina in the city. The city attorney was directed by the council to serve the papers and begin necessary action to secure an eviction of the municipally-owned marina. The Regal family has leased the property for its business since 1963.

Mon
31
Oct

ONLINE FIRST: Wauzeka-Steuben School District asks residents to ‘be part of the solution’ regarding district budget

On Monday, Oct. 24, the Wauzeka-Steuben School District conducted its Annual Meeting. At this meeting, District Administrator Robert Sailer presented information on the basics of school funding for public schools in the state of Wisconsin. He also reviewed the financial history of the district and the projected expenditures and revenues for the 2016-2017 school year.  

Mon
31
Oct

Rooting for his Cubbies from heaven


For Chicago Cubs fans, it’s been a long 71 years since they’ve made it to the World Series. Before Guttenberg’s Dustin Eglseder passed away in 2008, he had one heck of a time at a Cubbies game. Now, he’s undoubtedly cheering them on from the best seat in the house­—up in heaven.

Dustin Egleseder was just 22 years old when he won the honor of singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at Wrigley Field. He is pictured hoisting his replica statue of Harry Caray, in September 2007, less than a year before he passed away from bone cancer.

By Correne Martin

He genuinely lived by the Cubbies.

And, now, he’s rooting for them in the World Series—from heaven.

Dustin Eglseder, a young man from Guttenberg, Iowa, died from osteosarcoma in July 2008. He was just 23 years old.

Unfortunately, throughout his two short decades on earth, he never got to see his favorite team play in Major League Baseball’s championship game. Nor have many of the Chicago Cubs’ greatest fans, at least not since 1945, the last time they appeared in the World Series.

Yet, for this crew’s unbelievable season, it seems, Dustin’s got the best seat in the house.

Growing up in a home full of Cubs fans, Dustin never missed a game. He was turned on to them by his parents, Rose Eglseder (longtime employee at Crossing Rivers Health) and John Eglseder, both of Guttenberg, and by Rose’s dad, the late Howard “Joe” Vorwald—who was in the service for the Cubs’ title series 71 years ago.

Mon
31
Oct

Vehicle pulls out onto Marquette Road, hits bicyclist


Tri-State EMS and the Prairie du Chien Police Department responded Friday around 3:40 p.m. to a vehicle-versus-pedestrian collision at the intersection of Marquette Road and Crawford Street in Prairie du Chien. Bicyclist Chariety Kendall, of Prairie du Chien, was injured when she was struck by a Suburu Outback, driven by Laura Marchiando, of Onalaska. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Tri-State EMS and the Prairie du Chien Police Department responded Friday around 3:40 p.m. to a vehicle-versus-pedestrian collision at the intersection of Marquette Road and Crawford Street in Prairie du Chien.

The investigation revealed that Chariety Kendall, 39, of Prairie du Chien, was bicycling southbound on the sidewalk and crossing the roadway at Crawford Street when she was struck by a Suburu Outback, driven by Laura Marchiando, 45, of Onalaska. Marchiando was pulling out from the stop sign on Crawford Street onto South Marquette Road at the time of the collision, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

Kendall complained of leg injuries and was transported to Crossing Rivers Health by Tri-State EMS. She was released Friday night with a hairline fracture to her ankle, along with bumps and bruises, she told reporters Monday.

Mon
31
Oct

Young driver rescued from river

On Saturday, Oct. 29, at 3:59 p.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of an occupied vehicle in the water off State Highway 60 at Boydtown.

Hayllie Hayden Ronnfeldt, 18, of Boscobel, was driving a 2011 Ford Focus west on STH 60 at the Boydtown Boat Landing when her vehicle went into the Wisconsin River. Ronn-feldt went off the highway into the boat landing, then drove the car into the water. A passerby saw the car in the water and called 911. Reggie Lomas, of Wauzeka, who was driving by stopped and swam to the car, broke the window and got Ronnfeldt out and assisted her back to land.

Ronnfeldt was taken by rescue squad to Gundersen Hospital in Boscobel where she was treated.

The Ford Focus was a total loss.

Assisting at the scene was Wauzeka First Responders and Fire Department, Boscobel Rescue Squad, Boscobel Fire Department, Boscobel Police Department and Bob’s Towing.

The accident remains under investigation.

Mon
31
Oct

Substance abuse topic of program Nov. 9


A simulated teenager’s bedroom will be part of the substance abuse program held Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Crossing Rivers Health. Local law enforcement and youth development professionals are teaming up with the hospital to give a presentation about the misuse and abuse of substances in area communities.

By Correne Martin

Is substance abuse a problem or a crisis?

A panel of experts in the fields of law enforcement, medical and youth development are teaming up to provide an eye-opening presentation on substance abuse, the latest trends, what to look for when misuse or abuse is suspected, and where to turn for help. The town hall-style presentation will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 6 to 7 p.m., in the Crossing Rivers Health (CRH) George Family Education Center.

“Our goal is to be part of the solution and not the problem,” said Heidi Kirschbaum, emergency room coordinator at CRH.

The public is invited to attend and hear local professionals address problems in area communities regarding use and abuse of alcohol, heroin, meth, opioids (prescription drugs), etc.

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