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Volunteers bring Christmas dinner to community


Tammy Smith (left) and Jayne Prew have coordinated the Community Christmas Dinner in Prairie du Chien for the past three years. For a behind-the-scenes video of preparations, visit the Courier’s Facebook page. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Trina Springsteen dumps precooked and cubed squash into a roaster with butter.

After a machine peeled the 200 pounds of potatoes, Bob Hamann (left) and Denny Kirschbaum, along with a few other assistants, cut the eyes from the potatoes and diced them prior to their cooking.

Curt Kramer and his excited little helpers, Carly, Josie and Sam, placed table cloths on the dining tables on Christmas Eve. Curt was happy to get his kids involved in such spirited community volunteerism.

By Correne Martin

Twenty turkeys, 14 hams, 200 pounds of potatoes, 600 dinner rolls, over 100 pies, four roasters each of squash, green bean casserole and stuffing, an industrial-sized bowl of cranberry sauce, and 32 pounds of butter. That’s how much food was prepared for the 500 to 600 diners who enjoyed the free Community Christmas Dinner in Prairie du Chien, Friday. About half of those people ate the home-cooked meal at St. Gabriel’s School basement, where the tables were decorated beautifully for Christmas, and the other half took carryouts or delivery.

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PdC’s third council district will have a name on the spring ballot, fifth district still open

Todd Crotty, a resident of Prairie du Chien’s third aldermanic district, has filed a declaration of candidacy and a campaign registration form to run for election in the common council’s third district seat, which will be vacated by Kyle Kozelka upon his resignation from the council Dec. 31.

Crotty has also applied to fill the vacancy and could be appointed as soon as the council’s Jan. 5, 2016, meeting. Crotty’s application is the only one received by the city at this time. Applications for filling the vacancy should be submitted to the office of City Administrator Aaron Kramer no later than Monday, Jan. 4 at 4 p.m.

While the third district will have a name on the ballot in the spring, as of press time, the fifth aldermanic district looks as though it may not. Jean Titlbach, who currently holds the seat, has decided not to seek re-election.

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Dec

Two local men arrested in marijuana bust

On Tuesday, Dec. 22, the Prairie du Chien Police Department executed a narcotics search warrant at 217 N. Illinois Street in the city of Prairie du Chien. The search warrant was a result of a lengthy narcotics investigation by the Police Department and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

As a result of the search warrant, Matthew Neeley, 41, of Prairie du Chien, and Tracy Neeley, 43, of Prairie du Chien were arrested and placed in the Crawford County Jail.

The police department is seeking charges with the Crawford County District Attorney’s Office for Matthew Neeley for delivery of marijuana, possession with the intent to deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Charges will also be pursued on Tracy Neeley for delivery of marijuana party to the crime, possession with the intent to deliver marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Additional charges will be sought due to the close proximity of the residence to a city park.

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Bedbug cases reported in Prairie du Chien area


Bedbugs appear flat, oval, wingless and are amber to rust colored. Bites from these insects are usually raised, itchy and occur at night. If you think you might have them, contact the public health department at 326-0229.

By Correne Martin

The Crawford County Public Health Department has received reports of and identified three cases of bedbugs in private homes in Prairie du Chien within the last two weeks.

Crawford County Public Health Director Gloria Wall is asking for the public’s cooperation in eliminating this problem in the community.

“Bedbugs have been widespread for some time. They spread and multiply rapidly,” she said. “If you think you might have them, watch for bites. Bedbug bites are usually raised, itchy and occur at night.”

If you see the insects (the bugs appear flat, oval, wingless, and are amber to rust colored), Wall suggests considering professional help to get rid of them.

“They don’t like light, and because they hide in crevices, it is hard to assure the bug bombs get to them,” she stated. “If you live in an apartment, call your landlord to help protect your neighboring tenants.”

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Dec

Villa Succés moves to new location

Starting January 1, 2016, the alcohol and drug services currently offered Villa Succés will now be provided at the Mayo Clinic Health System–Franciscan Healthcare, Prairie du Chien clinic, located at 800 East Blackhawk Ave.

Mayo Clinic Health System–Franciscan Healthcare’s Substance Abuse Services will continue to provide the same alcohol and drug services, including the crisis hotline (608-306-7981), from the clinic location. It is their goal to make this transition as smooth as possible for our patients.

Hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. To contact substance abuse services during normal business hours, call 326-0808.

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Crossing Rivers Health Clinic adds obstetrics to its services


Matthew Olson, M.D., Owen Vincent, D.O, and Terri Payne, R.N., certified nurse midwife, comprise Crossing Rivers Health’s obstetrical and prenatal team.

By Correne Martin

Crossing Rivers Health Clinic providers extended obstetric services to the community Nov. 2. They are thrilled to be guiding women and their families from the beginning of pregnancy through delivery, postpartum care and the growing stages of family health care.

Team providers include Steven Bush, M.D., chief medical officer, CRH Center for Specialty Services OB/Gyn and OB team consultant; Owen Vincent, D.O., family medicine with obstetrics; Matthew Olson, M.D., family medicine with obstetrics; and Terri Payne, R.N., certified nurse midwife and family nurse practitioner.

The conversation began in late summer 2015 regarding Crossing Rivers Health Clinic’s decision to bring these additional services to southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa.

“We’ve been building a good group of providers who will provide families ease in the process. Deliveries will start early in the new year,” Dr. Olson stated.

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Carp page proud to carry out his duties


Kyle Wilkinson is in his third year acting as carp page for Prairie du Chien’s world-renowned Carp Fest and Droppin’ of the Carp festivities. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Kyle Wilkinson has attended the annual Droppin’ of the Carp in Prairie du Chien since he was a small boy. So, it only made sense a couple of years ago that he become the very first carp page. As the youngest “member of the royal carp family,” Wilkinson, 17, is the only other diplomat than King and Queen Kenny and Jan Meyer and Carpmaster Shawn Redman to reside over the unique event and its associated Carp Fest.

“I brought up the idea to founder Tom Nelson and he thought it was a good idea,” Wilkinson said. “I asked him why there wasn’t a prince or princess or other royalty and he had me write up a two-page paper stating why I wanted to take on the role.”

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Dec

Effigy Mounds bones

 

Former Effigy Mounds 

superintendent pleads not guilty 

to taking Native American remains

Consultation process 

to determine where 

remains will end up

By Ted Pennekamp

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Dec

Christmas Dinner at St. Gabriel’s free to all

For anyone seeking the company of others on Christmas Day in Prairie du Chien, a free Community Christmas Dinner is available at noon, at the St. Gabriel’s School cafeteria, 515 N. Beaumont Rd. The menu includes turkey and ham, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, squash, green bean casserole, salad, cranberry sauce and homemade pies.

Individuals and families of all sizes, incomes and beliefs are welcome to dine in, carry out or receive deliveries in Prairie du Chien; deliveries and carryouts must be ordered in advance and carryouts need to be picked up by 11:30 a.m. If you are dining in, reservations are appreciated by calling 326-8321, (608) 306-6120 or (563) 880-8469.

Transportation is available and the facility is handicap accessible through the back door. Limited parking is available on Prairie Street.

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Local Knights of Columbus celebrate century of service

New members, fundraiser sought

The Knights of Columbus Campion Council 1840 is celebrating its 100th year of service to the Prairie du Chien community and area. When you hear the Knights of Columbus, do you think of rodeos or Tootsie Rolls only or a Catholic service-oriented group of men? Fr. McGivney founded the order in the 1800s. He is known as the Apostle of the Young and the Protector of the Christian Family Life in an era when widows and orphans were overlooked.

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