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Vaccines save 9 million lives a year globally


Crossing Rivers Health CEO Bill Sexton himself received a flu shot this season. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Immunizations are the second most important medical advancement since people have been on this earth. They save 9 million lives across the globe each year and have the potential to save an additional 16 million lives annually if effective vaccines were deployed against all potentially vaccine-preventable diseases.

Crossing Rivers Health Emergency Medical Director Dr. Kevin Whitney stresses the importance of vaccines for a number of reasons.

“They decrease people’s likelihood of finding themselves in the emergency room,” Whitney assured. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that, among children born in the last 20 years, vaccinations will prevent more than 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths.

Mon
27
Mar

Highway 18-60 Project


As the sign says, the Highway 18-60 project has started anew this spring.

 

Highway 18-60 work starts again

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Highway 18-60 construction project in the town of Bridgeport started up again on Monday, March 27.

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27
Mar

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.

Mon
27
Mar

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.

Mon
27
Mar

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.

Mon
27
Mar

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.”

Wed
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.

Wed
22
Mar

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.

Wed
22
Mar

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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20
Mar

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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