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Clay Crushers Aim To Improve


Prairie du Chien Clay Crusher Zach Wachter takes aim at the target on the trap shooting simulator screen. Others in the rotation include, from back to front, John Titlbach, Lydia Seeley and Tanner Kohler. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Max Clanton (left) and Justin Kossman help to build wood duck nesting boxes on Saturday. (Photo submitted)

 

Clay Crushers aiming to improve with use of technology

Prairie du Chien shooting team also selling wood duck nesting boxes

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien Clay Crushers continue to grow and use the latest technology to improve. 

Wed
29
Mar

Vehicle crashes into ditch, arrested for second OWI

A driver was witnessed venturing left of center, on Highway 18 near Military Ridge Road outside of Mt. Hope, which resulted in an arrest for operating while intoxicated, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

During the early morning hours of Friday, March 24, a deputy traveling west on Highway 18 saw a vehicle travel left of center and into the deputy’s lane of travel at about 12:50 a.m. The vehicle then drove off the road and into the ditch.

Contact was made with the driver, Lyle Clark, 28, of Mt. Hope, who was unaware of what had happened and appeared intoxicated, according to the officer. Field sobriety tests were administered and it was determined that Clark was intoxicated. Clark was arrested for second offense OWI.

The vehicle was removed from the ditch by B&M Towing, of Bloomington.

Wed
29
Mar

$1,000 in meth seized from area man

Over $1,000 in methamphetamine was seized after a traffic stop conducted by the Prairie du Chien Police Department on Sunday, March 26, at about 7 p.m., at the wayside between the Highway 18 bridges from Prairie du Chien to Marquette, Iowa.

According to a press release sent by Chief Chad Abram, police stopped a 1990 Mercury Sable for a traffic violation, during which Kenneth Marketto, 50, of Bagley, was arrested for possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia. Items seized included more than $1,000 in meth, meth drug paraphernalia, a scale and almost $600 in cash.

Abram said the driver of the vehicle, Bailee Usher, 20, of McGregor, Iowa, was cited and released following the traffic stop.

Wed
29
Mar

Familiar postmaster hopes to continue to deliver hometown feel in Prairie du Chien


Lori Long (right) is the new Prairie du Chien postmaster. She is pictured with Cori Sadowski, manager of the postal operations district no. 4, who recently presented Long with her federal postmaster authorization from the U.S. postmaster general/CEO (Megan Brennan). (Photo by Gary Howe)

By Correne Martin

Lori Long was designated the new postmaster of the Prairie du Chien Post Office on Oct. 29. She was the official in charge for about a month before then, when Darryl Martin retired from the post.

Long is a familiar face to Prairie du Chien. She and her husband moved to the community in 1980, and raised their four children here.

Ironically, on Oct. 29, 1994, she started working for the U.S. Postal Service as a part-time flexible clerk in the Lancaster branch. After a couple years there, she took a position in the Prairie du Chien office. Then, in 2006, she was promoted to business service network representative at the USPS district office in Milwaukee, where she worked with medium to large internal and external customers sending mail, understanding regulations and solving problems.

The Milwaukee Brewers and Boston Store/Younkers were among her biggest accounts.

Wed
29
Mar

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.”

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