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Man, woman arrested in drug bust

On Monday, March 6, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office executed a narcotics related search warrant at 51153 County Highway B in the township of Utica. The search warrant was the result of a narcotics investigation which spanned nearly six months dating back to September 2016.

Through the course of the investigation, law enforcement discovered the renters of the residence Kayla Odegard, 28, and Samuel Clark, 33, were involved in the illegal sale and distribution of marijuana, prescription medication, and methamphetamine.

Items found and seized during the search warrant were prescription medication, marijuana, marijuana paraphernalia, methamphetamine paraphernalia, and items associated with the distribution of narcotics.

Clark and Odegard were home along with their four children, ages 3, 6, 9, and 11, at the time of the search warrant. Odegard and Clark were subsequently arrested in connection with this investigation.

Wed
15
Mar

City library fountain may cease, Bridgeport ends incorporation


The century-old artesian well and fountain in front of the Prairie du Chien Public Library is leaking water and poses a long-term liability issue to the future of the library. It may not be able to be saved as part of the library renovation and expansion project. (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

It’s looking like the artesian well and fountain in front of the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library may not be saved in the facility’s planned 2017 renovation and expansion project. The Prairie du Chien Common Council learned Tuesday night that the well, which is a century old, is leaking water and poses a long-term liability issue to the future of the library.

“It’s leaking deep underground and they don’t know where it’s going,” Mayor Dave Hemmer said.

The project is now expected to include a plan to cap the well, according to a memo provided to the council by the former city administrator, Aaron Kramer, before he vacated his post last week.

“That’s a pity because it’s kind of iconic,” Alderman Ron Leys stated. “I hate to lose that fountain; people love it.”

Wed
15
Mar

Students win River Ridge $25,000 in technology

By Correne Martin

River Ridge seventh graders David Nies and Sam Reuter were recognized Monday afternoon, March 13, at a special school assembly for winning the district $25,000 in technology through Samsung. They were the Wisconsin state winners for the Solve for Tomorrow Contest, which focused on how Science, Technology, Art, Engineering and Math (STEAM) could be applied to help improve the local community. Being one of only 51 winners across the country, among 6-12 grade students, put them in the running for a share of $2 million in technology products.

“These students spent some time, not on the court, not on the field, but in the classroom, doing some research,” Middle/High School Principal Clay Koenig said during the assembly. “This is really unheard of for us to win a contest of this magnitude.”

Mon
13
Mar

La Soirée gala supports life-saving hospital equipment


Medical Lab Technicians Trina Springsteen (left) and Abbi Perkins are pictured in Crossing Rivers Health’s laboratory department. The staff is looking forward to adding the molecular analyzer to the array of state-of-the-art equipment used to provide valuable information to providers to assist with the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Monica Preston, RN, uses the current portable ultrasound unit in the emergency department to locate a patient’s vein and start an IV. (Submitted photos)

By Correne Martin

The annual La Soirée fundraising gala for the Crossing Rivers Health Foundation will support life-saving, diagnostic equipment that can further ensure quality health care in Prairie du Chien. La Soirée Royale is scheduled for Saturday, April 8, at 5 p.m., at the Dousman House.

The two pieces of equipment in demand are a molecular analyzer for the laboratory department and an ultrasound unit for the emergency department.

Currently, Crossing Rivers’ tests have been sent to an outside lab and results aren’t returned for two to three days.

“With the molecular analyzer on-site, we would have results back within one hour,” said Sasha Dull, chief development officer. “A lot of times, that’s very important to ensure fast, targeted treatment of illnesses, such as Sepsis (blood stream infections), gastrointestinal pathogens such as Salmonella, and bacteria strains of E. coli.”

Mon
13
Mar

Bagley man arrested in meth bust

On March 7, the Richland Iowa Grant Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 12503 Cooley Ln., in the town of Wyalusing for a suspected methamphetamine lab. Members located numerous items associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine including eight, one-pot methamphetamine labs in a trailer house on the property.  

Deputies arrested Christopher John Kivi, 41, Bagley, for offenses relating to the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Kivi is in the Grant County Jail awaiting formal charges by the Grant County District Attorney’s Office.

The task force was assisted by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the Wisconsin Department of Justice Clandestine Lab Team,  the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office,  the Prairie du Chien Police Department, the Iowa County Sheriff’s Office, the La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office, the Bloomington Fire Department and Chicago Crime Scene Cleanup.

Mon
13
Mar

Driver allegedly steals vehicle for 3-county joyride

On March 4, at 12:49 a.m., a Crawford County deputy was patrolling the area of Highway 60 and Highway 131, when the deputy noticed parts off of a vehicle lying on the double yellow line of Highway 60.

The investigation found that a vehicle was traveling westbound on Highway 60, crossed the center line and hit the guardrail located on the southwest side of the highway, which caused severe damage to the guardrail. The deputy also found a license plate left at the scene belonging to a 1997 Toyota Rav4 registered to Bradly P. Blaskowski, 51, Madison.

Further investigation found that Blaskowski’s vehicle was stolen from Double K’s Bar in the city of Boscobel an estimated 12 minutes before the crash scene was found by the Crawford County deputy.  

A Prairie du Chien Police Department officer overheard the radio traffic and remembered seeing the vehicle in question crossing over the Highway 18 Bridge heading into Iowa.

Mon
13
Mar

Six-month investigation leads to meth, marijuana bust in Prairie du Chien

On Friday, March 10, at approximately 7 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department conducted a search warrant at 1119 S. 11th St. in the city of Prairie du Chien, based on a narcotics investigation which spanned nearly six months dating back to October 2016.

The residence belongs to a Steven Mahlstedt, 36, and Jessica Mahlstedt, 34. Items found and seized during the search warrant were marijuana, marijuana paraphernalia, methamphetamine, methamphetamine paraphernalia and items associated with the distribution of narcotics.

As a result of the search warrant, Steven Mahlstedt was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, delivery of marijuana, possession with the intent to deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jessica Mahlstedt was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession with the intent to deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were transported and booked into the Crawford County Jail.

Mon
13
Mar

Audio walking tour organizers seeking stories of downtown

By Correne Martin

Attention property and business owners in Prairie du Chien’s downtown district, past and present: Your stories are needed!

PdC Main Street is in the inception phase of creating an audio walking tour of the historical, cultural and personal narratives that can bring the character of the community alive. Whether it’s attributable to a documented source or rather a peculiar tale of one person’s memory, it’s worth being shared.

Mon
13
Mar

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.

Mon
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

 

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