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Wed
01
May

PdC names lieutenant, new officer sworn in


Casey Cox (left), K-9 officer with the Prairie du Chien Police Department, was sworn in as the new lieutenant April 25. (Submitted photos)

Dwight Kussmaul is a new full-time police officer in Prairie du Chien. His wife, Sam, participated in his pinning ceremony April 11.

Dwight Kussmaul was sworn in on April 11 as a new full-time officer with the Prairie du Chien Police Department. He will be in field training for 12 weeks. He lives in Prairie du Chien and is married with two daughters.

Casey Cox was sworn in as lieutenant of the department on April 25. He steps into the position formerly held by Terry Sprosty, who retired earlier this year. 

Cox is from Prairie du Chien, attended SWTC Academy, Madison Area Technical College for his associate degree and Upper Iowa University for his bachelor’s degree.

Wed
01
May

Hooray for hemp

 

Licenses increase in state 

as well as in Crawford County

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
01
May

Vogt’s no-hitter leads RR girls over Benton-Shullsburg


River Ridge’s Jordyn Vogt pitched a no-hit gem versus visiting Benton-Shullsburg Monday afternoon. It was her first career no-hitter. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Verity Johnson of River Ridge gets a hit against Benton-Shullsburg in the first inning.

Britney Moravits smashes a hit and drives in runs in the bottom of the first inning Monday.

Verity Johnson scores on a hit by Britney Moravits.

Kendell Esser of River Ridge gets ready to cross the plate Monday.

Olivia Blum scores for the Lady Timberwolves Monday afternoon against Benton-Shullsburg.

 

River Ridge easily defeated visiting Benton-Shullsburg 11-1 in six innings Monday afternoon in high school softball action.

The Lady Timberwolves scored 3 runs in the bottom of the first inning, 2 in the second, 1 in the third, 2 in the fifth and 3 in the sixth en route to the victory.

Benton-Shullsburg scored their lone run in the top of the fifth inning.

Mon
29
Apr

Second crest 21.75 feet, the fourth highest ever


These are just two of the houses whose back yards are in the vicinity of North Prairie Street.

Several homes in Prairie du Chien were affected by the flood, including this one as viewed from the Highway 18 Bypass. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Most of the trailer homes at Big River Campground had to be moved to higher ground.

This is part of South First Street near the intersection with West Brunson Friday.

This back and side yard, along with various structures, were inundated near North Prairie Street.

This is a view of North Prairie Street in Prairie du Chien Thursday.

Water covered a good portion of West Pine Street.

The lower level of the Winneshiek Bar building was surrounded but the bar was open for business this past weekend.

This view from Pike’s Peak State Park in Iowa shows how high the water was on the trees and, in the distance, the railroad bridge over the Wisconsin River.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Mississippi River crested at 21.75 feet on Friday, not major flood stage, but the fourth highest ever recorded at the McGregor gauge, surpassing the crest of 21.58 in 1969. The river has only gone above major flood stage of 22 feet twice (1965 and 2001).

Mon
29
Apr

Two local men arrested regarding meth activity

On Wednesday, April 24, at about 9:10 p.m., the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a black 2000 Chevy Silverado on Highway 18 near the intersection of Giard Road. Suspicion of drug activity was detected during the stop and the Prairie du Chien Police Department K-9 Unit was called to assist. 

As a result, a search warrant was obtained for the vehicle and a subsequent search located approximately 43.7 grams of methamphetamine. The driver, 46-year-old Michael John Werges, of Marquette, Iowa, and 52-year-old Kenneth Elwood Marketto, of Prairie du Chien, were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to deliver, a class B felony. 

The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Prairie du Chien Police Department and Monona Police Department.   

Mon
29
Apr

Sources of Strength creating a culture shift among PdC high schoolers

Color Run/Walk May 4 at La Riviere Park

By Correne Martin

Created as a prevention program for suicide, bullying and substance abuse, SOS—or Sources of Strength—is a culture shift agenda that’s gaining strength among the Prairie du Chien High School student population. It’s designed to harness the power of peer social networks to change unhealthy norms, increase help-seeking behaviors and encourage connections between peers and caring adults.

Mon
29
Apr

Tree-mendous outdoor education opportunity for 2019 first grade class


Crawford County Conservationist Dave Troester shows Ellie Kramer, a Prairie Catholic School first grader, how to spray water from a powerful hose attached to a forester pack. This was just one of the hands-on demonstrations provided at the annual first grade Arbor Day program at the county courthouse lawn Friday. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Retired teacher Mark Pedretti shows B.A. Kennedy Elementary School first graders the cones on a Jack pine tree and explains how they open up, birds eat the seeds and then contribute to beginnings of another tree being planted. Pictured getting a close look are (front to back) Camden Fradette, Will Redman and Jacob Pagenkopf.

The entire group posed for a picture together in celebration of Arbor Day.

Trace Martin and Breanna Perkins helped Tom Nelson open the flag for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mark Pedretti shows the kids an antler shed and talks about how it contains minerals that the squirrels come eat. He said squirrels will often eat the whole thing.

Tom Nelson involves a number of the first graders as the group begins envisioning planting their class' flowering crabapple tree.

A highlight of the event was shooting the forester pack's connecting hose toward a few bottles, simulating how a forester fights local wildfires.

Mrs. Sagedahl helps a few of her students along.

By Correne Martin

Flooding waters didn’t stop the annual first grade Arbor Day program from happening. Instead of learning and planting a tree at the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens, the public and private school first graders of Prairie du Chien received “tree-mendous” education Friday, April 27, on the lawn of the Crawford County Courthouse. A flowering crabapple tree will be planted in honor of the 2019 first grade class at Lucky Park when waters recede.

Mon
29
Apr

River Ridge, Seneca, Wauzeka-Steuben, Prairie at Timberwolf Invitational


Hunter Aspenson of Seneca and Colton Clark of River Ridge near the finish line in the 100-meter dash. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Hailie Myers of Prairie du Chien runs in the 3200 in the Timberwolf Invitational Friday.

Eric Breuer of River Ridge skimps over the bar in a successful pole vault.

Wauzeka-Steuben sophomore Julie Fischer finished eighth out of 19 with a time of 14.8 in the 100-meter hurdles at the Timberwolf Invitational.

Murielle Grover of Seneca sails through the air on her triple jump at the Timberwolf Invitational on Friday.

Lindsey Udelhoven of Wauzeka-Steuben competes in the triple jump.

Prairie du Chien's Alexis Nolan gets ready to land her triple jump.

 

River Ridge hosted the Timberwolf Invitational Friday afternoon in Bloomington.

River Ridge won the boys meet with 163 points. Wauzeka-Steuben was second with 107. Seneca was fifth with 30. The River Ridge JV was seventh with 29 and Prairie du Chien was ninth with 22.

River Ridge won the girls meet with 183.5. Wauzeka-Steuben was sixth with 48. Seneca was eighth with 30. Prairie du Chien was ninth with 19 and River Ridge JV was 12th with 5.

Wed
24
Apr

Workshops to discuss childhood adversity, how kids react, and working through it

By Correne Martin

On April 30, in Prairie du Chien, there will be three workshop opportunities for the public to examine the effects of adversity on child development and behavior, and how to build resiliency to offset potential adversity. 

Children’s Justice Support Coordinator Peter Daniels, who works in human services for Crawford and Vernon counties, will offer the free, one-hour ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) seminars at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. in room 236 of the Crawford County Administration Building. Daniels works with all the schools in both his assigned counties and can lead teacher trainings, but this is the first occasion available to the general public. 

Wed
24
Apr

Exercise tests emergency responder capabilities


Rural Bridgeport firefighter Justin Check and Prairie du Chien firemen Steve Rickleff and Jaaren Riebe neutralize “victim” Farshaun Ardestani at the decontamination station set up on Broadway Street Thursday as part of a hazardous spill training exercise. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Rescue workers simulated their role in a disaster response by locating and beginning evaluation of over 20 victims affected by the pseudo anhydrous ammonia leak.

The pseudo chemical leak, aka smoke machines, was simulated during the emergency training exercise thanks to machines and a generator loaned by Southwest Tech and the Prairie du Chien Fire Department. According to Emergency Management Director Jim Hackett, it wasn’t even real smoke but a steam-based, safe alternative.

Prairie du Chien High School student Grace Mullins volunteered to act out fake injuries alongside others from across the region who have an interest in criminal justice, the medical field or simply helping community responders practice their life-saving skills.

By Correne Martin

To test the capabilities of emergency personnel should a hazardous spill occur in the Prairie du Chien area, a full-scale training exercise was conducted Thursday, April 18. The simulation encompassed local fire departments, police, dispatch, EMS, correctional staff and hospitals, according to Jim Hackett, Crawford County Emergency Management director. 

In the center of the city, from Parrish Street north to Broadway Street, west of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks, the scenario simulated was that a railroad car derailed near the correctional institution’s boiler plant and was leaking anhydrous ammonia. Volunteers mimicked 22 people in the neighborhood suffering varying degrees of injuries from exposure to the toxic chemical.

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