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4-year-old found safe after getting off at wrong stop

By Correne Martin

Never tell your kids you’re calling the cops because they are being bad.

Those words of advice come straight from a parent who experienced his worst nightmare Wednesday, March 22, after school let out in Prairie du Chien.

Dwight Kussmaul was waiting for his two young daughters to get off the bus one block from their home, on Beaumont Road. His third-grade daughter arrived first and shared a frightening message: her younger sister, Jaelyn, a 4-year-old kindergartener, was missing.

“She said she wasn’t on the bus,” he recounted.

Because the B.A. Kennedy Elementary students board the bus before their Bluff View Intermediate counterparts, big sister was expecting Jaelyn to be on there. But she wasn’t.

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Prairie du Chien names leading seniors


Evan Teynor and Mariah Slaght

The Prairie du Chien High School Class of 2017 valedictorian and salutatorian are Evan Teynor and Mariah Slaght, respectively.

Valedictorian Evan Teynor is the son of Eric and Colleen Teynor. He will attend the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., this fall, beginning his undergraduate degree with the goal of later getting into chiropractic school and earning a Doctor of Chiropractic degree.

While at the University of St. Thomas, Evan also plans on participating in track and field.

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Vehicle malfunction likely in crash


As traffic waits, Milo’s Towing loads the Jeep Liberty that crashed in rural Bridgeport Thursday morning, March 23. Shalli Poots, 19, of Prairie du Chien, was the driver who sustained minor injuries in the accident. (Photo by Correne Martin)

A young Prairie du Chien woman’s vehicle apparently malfunctioned, causing a crash that damaged a guardrail in rural Bridgeport Thursday, March 23, around 10:50 a.m., according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

Shalli Poots, 19, was driving west on Highway 60 in a 2004 Jeep Liberty when her vehicle started shaking, due to a mechanical malfunction, Officer Shawn Lenzendorf said. Poots told the officer the Jeep started pulling toward the center line. As she was trying to pull it back into her lane, she hit the northside guardrail, causing her vehicle to spring back across the eastbound lane and hit the northside guardrail before going through the guardrail, down the embankment and coming to a rest on its wheels.

Poots complained of minor head pain and was transported to Crossing Rivers Health for evaluation. Due to disabling damage, the Jeep was towed by Milo’s Towing, of Prairie du Chien.

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27
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Vision screens offered free to youth


Pat Dearth (right) and Carol Crusan (left) of the Seneca Lions Club recently provided free vision screening for students in Crawford County schools. Prairie Catholic School 4K students pictured (from left) are Ellie K., Benjamin O., Ava K., Abigail L., Erin N., Jorey T., Blake K. and Collin V. (Submitted photos)

 By Correne Martin

The Seneca Lions Club, in conjunction with the Crawford County Public Health Department, recently conducted vision screening at area schools. The free screening was targeted for the elementary students in the Seneca, North Crawford, Wauzeka-Steuben and Prairie du Chien school districts.

Pat Dearth, president, voluntarily provided the fast and accurate test to the many students, with some assistance from Carol Crusan, third vice-president, using the Plusoptix vision screener. The small, portable camera-like machine helps to identify possible vision problems by taking pictures of the eyes so trained Lions Club members can check the pupil for potential abnormalities. The Lions then refer the students and their parents to the eye doctor for more thorough examination.

“I’ve done 600 kids this year,” Dearth said. “at the schools and a few small day cares.”

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22
Mar

PdC Handmade to showcase trendy, local craft vendors April 1

‘Not your typical grandma craft fair’

By Correne Martin

The number of trendy, talented local crafters is on the rise. Consumers are looking to shop small and support local entrepreneurs. Combining the area’s most up-and-coming handmade crafters with an opportunity for potential customers to purchase their products, PdC Handmade is a first-time vendor fair unique to the area.

On April 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at The Barn Restaurant, PdC Handmade will showcase about 10 innovative and stylish creators and in-home shop owners along with their customized pieces. The mix of products range from jewelry and baby clothing to artwork and bath essentials at a range of price points appealing to every age. Admission to the vendor fair is free and open to everyone.

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22
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Rotary exchange to India spreads friendship, understanding


Cheryl Mader, Prairie du Chien Rotary Club exchange coordinator, enjoyed a personal Rotary Friendship Exchange to three communities in India recently. She is pictured in a girls hostile in Vapi, in west-central India. (Submitted photo)

Cheryl Mader dressed in a locally-traditional kurti tunic for one of her days sightseeing in Junagadh. She’s pictured at a botanical garden at an agricultural university.

The scenic beauty in Junagadh, and all of India, is spectacular.

By Correne Martin

One of Rotary International’s mottos is “World Peace through Understanding.” It is to convey that, when you know people better, they can’t be your enemies.

Rotary Club members in Prairie du Chien and all over the world strongly believe in that mantra, so much so that Rotarians like Cheryl Mader, the local Rotary exchange coordinator, have immersed themselves into some unforgettable globe-trotting adventures.

Mader visited England in 2011 and Nigeria in 2014. And, just over one month ago, she spent 10 days in India. All of her trips have been with family and friends through the Rotary Friendship Exchange Program. The Prairie du Chien club is working with Peru, Denmark and Iceland to affirm friendship (and even youth) exchanges to those countries as well.

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22
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Prairie du Chien hires school district administrator

By Ted Pennekamp

The Prairie du Chien Area School District will have a new district administrator on July 1. School Board President Christine Panka said that Robert “Bob” Smudde will replace Drew Johnson, who will retire on June 30, after 10 years of dedicated service.

The school board utilized consultant services from the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) to provide assistance in the hiring of Smudde, said Panka. It was a multi-step process, which began with the WASB consultant, Rachel Schultz, interviewing the school board, administration, staff and community members in addition to an online survey to determine the characteristics most desired in the new district administrator.

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Southwest Badger RC&D concerned about loss of funding, potential adverse impact

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Funding structure changes for organizations such as the Southwest Badger Resource Conservation and Development Council (Southwest Badger RC&D) will mean a reduction by almost half for the funding of environmental projects in Southwest Wisconsin.

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Woman patents own sleeve cruncher invention


Bethany Iverson patented her Shizzles Sleeve Crunchers and manufactures them right here in Prairie du Chien. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Bethany Iverson’s 16-year-old daughter, Diamond, has been her model for Shizzles. Here, she shows a couple ways they can be worn.

By Correne Martin

Three years ago, Bethany Iverson was delivering mail in Prairie du Chien, in the heat of the summer. She would roll up her uniform’s long shirt sleeves, only for them to fall down again moments later. It was driving her crazy.

In order to solve her problem, Bethany came up with the idea of putting a button she cut off her jeans onto a piece of elastic. She then slid the elastic under her sleeve and bra strap, through her collar and intertwined it with the button.

“I came up with the idea really quick. The idea for Shizzles is that they make your shirt sizzle,” she remembered. “Then, my mail customers started asking me about them. I’ve worked at this for so long; it’s just now starting to gain major attention.”

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All local seats unopposed for April 4

All seats up for election Tuesday, April 4, for four area school districts and the city of Prairie du Chien, are unopposed. However, a few newcomers’ names will appear on the ballot.

The non-partisan office of state superintendent of public instruction pits incumbent Tony Evers and Lowell Holtz against one another, while the justice of the supreme court and the district 4 court of appeals judge seats, which are both unopposed, will require voter selection as well. There are no seats up for election on the Crawford County Board of Supervisors and no election for county offices for this spring election.

All polling places for all wards in Prairie du Chien will be located at Hoffman Hall, 1600 South Wacouta Ave. Polling places will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

In the Prairie du Chien School District, Kyle Kozelka is the school board incumbent and the only person who will be listed on the ballot.

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