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Mon
26
Aug

Rep. Ron Kind hosts town hall meeting in Prairie du Chien


Rep. Ron Kind talks to a concerned voter on the topic of healthcare at his town hall meeting in Prairie du Chien Aug. 21. (Photo by Peyton Meisner)

By Peyton Meisner

 

Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) held a town hall meeting Aug. 21 at the Crawford County Administration Building in Prairie du Chien.

Rep. Kind opened the meeting by discussing his priorities for the 116th Congress which included lowering healthcare costs for Wisconsin seniors, families and individuals, resolving the crisis facing Wisconsin’s family farmers, rebuilding Wisconsin’s aging infrastructure, reauthorizing the Higher Education Act and recommitting to a strong sense of fiscal responsibility answered a variety of questions from local citizens that ranged from immigration, conservation, gun control, global warming, impeaching President Trump and healthcare.

Sat
24
Aug

Prairie wins 7-6


Prairie du Chien's Traeton Saint follows his block and gets to the outside versus La Crosse Aquinas Saturday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Mason Kramer hauls in a pass and races down the sideline.

Tyler Hannah (44) and other defenders drag the Aquinas ballcarrier out of bounds.

Traeton Saint looks for running room.

Traeton Saint gets to the outside for a good gain.

Jon Titlbach (86) and several other Blackhawks stop the La Crosse runner.

Mason Kramer returns a punt for good yardage.

Quarterback Dylan Coleman attempts to elude an Aquinas defender.

Traeton Saint sacks the Aquinas quarterback following a bad snap.

Tyler Hannah looks for an opening.

By Zach Mara

Thu
22
Aug

Peoples State Bank student and intern programs may lead to future job opportunities


Zach Mara has spent the past two summers at Peoples State Bank. This summer he worked as a Help Desk Technician in the IT Department. Peoples State Bank has employed dozens of former student/interns. (Submitted Photo)

By Peyton Meisner

 

Every summer, Peoples State Bank hires high school students and has an intern program for college students to help give real-world experience to local youth. 

Many of these students and interns have turned into full-time employees. Currently around 10-15 former students and interns are working at the bank full-time, including their current CFO and SVP of Bank Operations Brennen Clark.

“We’ve employed high school students for a long time now, but we started the college internship program in 2016,” said Aphton Check, Peoples State Bank marketing manager. “Most students start as a teller, but eventually most also gain experience with other departments, such as loan officers, processing, credit finance and IT,” she added.

This summer, Peoples State Bank had three students work as interns; McKenna Keeney, Zach Mara and Erin Hemmer. 

Wed
21
Aug

Public Health: More than just shots- Child passenger safety checks and lead poison testing


Crawford County Public Health provides free car seat checks to help parents learn and ensure that their child’s car seat is installed correctly. (Photo by Peyton Meisner)

By Peyton Meisner

 

This is a series about the Crawford County Health Department and the array of services they provide.

Child Passenger Safety Checks

Road injuries are the leading cause of unintentional deaths to children in the United States. When installed and used correctly child safety seats decrease the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent among infants, 54 percent among toddlers and 45 percent among children ages 4 - 8. 

Crawford County Public Health offers free Car Seat Checks. “An estimated 59 percent of car seats and 20 percent of booster seats are installed or used improperly.  Our hope is to help parents and caregivers learn how to properly install their car seats and feel confident in doing it themselves in the future,” said Sonya Lenzendorf, Crawford County Public Health educator.

Wed
21
Aug

Conservation warden gives presentation to city council about ATVs-UTVs

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien City Council heard a presentation by Crawford County Conservation Warden Cody Adams about ATVs and UTVs during it regular meeting Aug. 20.

Wed
21
Aug

Driftless Area Water Study discussed at county board meeting

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Land Conservationist Dave Troester, County Nurse Cindy Riniker and State Representative Loren Oldenburg gave a presentation about the upcoming Driftless Area Water Study during the county board meeting Tuesday morning.

Tue
20
Aug

BARD buys Prairie Ready Mix

By Correne Martin

 

BARD Materials, of Dyersville, Iowa, officially purchased Prairie Ready Mix, Inc., a Prairie du Chien company, on July 1. This includes only the concrete and aggregate assets of the privately-held ready mix plants in Prairie du Chien, Boscobel and Richland Center, owned by Dillman family.

BARD was started in 1946 by Bill Mescher and Art Thier, as Dyersville Sand and Gravel Company. As it grew, acquired purchases and welcomed the founders’ sons on board, the company adopted the name BARD to represent Bill and Art, as well as their sons, Roger Mescher and Dennis Thier. Today, Chad Thier is the third generation vice-president running the family trade.

Mon
19
Aug

Two former Green Bay Packer stars speak at Boulder Creek Campground

By Peyton Meisner

 

Two former Packers greats made their way to Grant County Saturday, speaking at Boulder Creek Campground for charity.

Gilbert Brown and Santana Dotson spoke at the Campground as a part of the Gilbert Brown Foundation which supports over 144 different Wisconsin based children’s charities. All the money raised in Wisconsin, stays in Wisconsin. The foundation helps children by promoting structure and life skills awareness, by introducing team-building skills and promoting diversity in the community.

Brown and Dotson helped raise money for the foundation Saturday by signing autographs, taking photos, holding a $1 auction and playing a coin flip game.

Mon
19
Aug

Mussel survey completed near Villa Louis boat landing


Matt Berg and his diving team prepare for the mussel survey.

By Peyton Meisner

 

The city of Prairie du Chien saw a mussel survey being completed at the Villa Louis Boat Landing Friday morning.

The survey was necessary to determine if any mussel populations will be negatively impacted by the city’s plans to refurbish the boat landing, which will include plans to build an additional boat ramp, two floating docks, a handicapped-accessible parking and fishing pier and a picnic shelter and parking area according to an Office of the Commissioner of Railroads (OCR) decision made on the city’s petition to create these changes. 

Matt Berg, of Endangered Resource Services, LLC led the survey, which included diving underwater to scan for mussels and clams. “This is essentially a mitigation project to clear the water of all clams and mussels that can usually be found in the area,” Berg said.

Mon
19
Aug

Blackhawks host football scrimmage


The Blackhawks’ Traeton Saint looks to get to the outside Friday evening against Fennimore. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien quarterback Dylan Coleman rolls to his left looking for an open receiver versus Fennimore Friday evening.

Traeton Saint breaks away for a huge gain against Fennimore.

Prairie du Chien’s offensive line gets a good initial push against Fennimore as the Blackhawks’ head coach, Cory Koenig, looks on.

 

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks football team hosted a scrimmage with Westby and Fennimore Friday evening at Prairie du Chien High School.

Along with the round robin varsity action, junior varsity teams participated as well on the nice, sunny day.

A good crowd enjoyed seeing Prairie du Chien as they prepared for the upcoming season, which begins on Saturday, Aug. 24 with a noon game versus La Crosse Aquinas at UW-La Crosse.

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