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05
Nov

Lending library available once again in PdC


The toy and child care equipment lending library is once again available for Prairie du Chien area residents. Catholic Charities took on the program after the Crossing Rivers Health Family Resource Center closed in August. Rent any of the above toys, as well as larger child care needs like exersaucers, strollers, pack and plays and more at no cost, regardless of income, faith or community of residence. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The Giving Shelf is also a new offering Catholic Charities in Prairie du Chien took on from the Family Resource Center. Through this program, parents, grandparents and caregivers in need may access diapers, wipes, formula, bottles, clothing, blankets, breast pumps and other infant/toddler necessities.

Stop by the Catholic Charities office in downtown Prairie du Chien to find out about the many community services they offer for all incomes and faiths.

Area parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and babysitters will be pleased to know that Catholic Charities in Prairie du Chien has taken on the lending library, formerly run by the Family Resource Center if Crossing Rivers Health. The lending library rents toys and child care equipment to all community members either for free or a small deposit. 

Catholic Charities has taken on the Family Resource Center’s Giving Shelf as well, with intentions to assist those in need of diapers, wipes, formula and other baby or toddler necessities. 

Mon
05
Nov

SBA doles out flood assistance

By Correne Martin 

Business owners and non-profits, homeowners and renters in Crawford and Vernon counties affected physically or economically by the Aug. 17-Sept. 14 severe storms, floods, landslides and winds have a new type of assistance available to them. These entities may qualify for low-interest loans to repair or replace disaster damage not covered by insurance, or to meet financial obligations during this disaster recovery period. These opportunities are made possible through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), which works hand-in-and with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in times of declared disasters. 

Wed
31
Oct

Semi driver escapes rollover

A semi driver ended up with minor injuries after the truck and tractor he was driving rolled over in Woodman Township Tuesday morning, Oct. 30, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

Just before 10:15 a.m., a semi, driven by Darrin Christen, 52, of Argyle, was operating a 2015 Western Star semi, owned by Klassy Trucking, of Monticello, and negotiating a curve when he attempted to avoid hitting several deer in the roadway. Christian was unable to maintain control of the semi, hit the guardrail and overturned, according to officials. He was transported to Gundersen Boscobel Area Health Care by the Boscobel EMS for treatment of his minor injuries. 

Wed
31
Oct

Citation issued after 2-vehicle crash

On Oct. 27, at  5:35 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a two-vehicle traffic crash on State Highway 60, just east of Mara Lane, in the village of Wauzeka.

Cory D. Flesch, 43, Platteville, was operating a 1999 Jeep Wrangler westbound on State Highway 60. Christine Ohlhauser, 44, Wauzeka, was operating a 2009 Kia Optima westbound on State Highway 60, behind the Flesch vehicle. Flesch was slowing his vehicle while approaching multiple vehicles traveling at a slow rate of speed who were following a tractor. While slowing, the Ohlhauser vehicle struck the rear end of the Flesch vehicle. Flesch and his passenger, Mystique L. Bennett, 34, Platteville, were uninjured and were both wearing their seat belts. Ohlhauser was uninjured and was also wearing her seat belt. Both vehicles were driven from the scene of the crash.

Wed
31
Oct

Man charged with 5th OWI after hit and run

On Oct. 26, at 9 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a hit and run traffic crash on State Highway 60, east of Brown Hollow Road, in the township of Wauzeka. 

Wed
31
Oct

Crawford County ensures voting security


On Tuesday, election volunteers Marilyn Nies (left) and Sandy McClusky (right) tested the Prairie du Chien wards 1 and 6 touch screen voting machines by casting various voting scenarios, as dictated by city clerk Tina Fuller. Once they went through all eight scenarios, they matched the machine’s tape with the ballots cast to ensure the machines were correctly recording the votes. This process was done by all city wards and county municipalities. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Prairie du Chien ward 6 election chief Marilyn Nies casts a test ballot as the city conducted its annual public test of the touch screen voting machines Tuesday, Oct. 30.

By Correne Martin

The Crawford County Clerk’s Office regularly makes election security a priority. Though, with the increased concern over the vulnerability of America’s electronic voting systems, Clerk Janet Geisler said doing so is especially critical.

“I wish there was a way I could make voters feel more secure,” she stated. “I know people are concerned about the voting machines, but they are not, in any way, shape or form, connected to the Internet.” Geisler added that she’s participated in a number of recounts over the years, and they’ve “always come out correct.”

Also to ensure security, the state has more heavily emphasized webinars about safety measures this year as well. 

Wed
31
Oct

Crawford County quietly observes 200th birthday


The rectangular section on the left, drawn on the map above, represents land established as Crawford County in 1818.

By Correne Martin

Crawford County was once so substantial in size that it covered the western half of what would become Wisconsin, nearly halfway up the state, according to Prairie du Chien historian Mary Antoine. It encompassed the land we know today as Iowa, Portage, Dane, St. Croix, Sauk, Richland, Chippewa, Vernon, La Crosse and Clark counties.

On Oct. 9, Crawford County quietly observed its 200th birthday. Much is chronicled in local history about its origination, though the public is generally unaware.

Mon
29
Oct

Meeting to discuss Badger-Hawkeye Bridge from Cassville to Guttenberg

The Badger-Hawkeye Bridge Coalition and Cassville Economic Development are hosting a regional informational meeting next week to discuss an initiative to construct a new Mississippi River bridge crossing between Cassville, Wisconsin, and rural Guttenberg, Iowa—located 30 miles north of Dubuque, Iowa and 30 miles south of Prairie du Chien.

This meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Cassville Elementary School gymnasium, 412 Crawford St., Cassville. 

The meeting is open to all interested individuals and groups from Grant, Clayton, Crawford and Dubuque counties and surrounding areas who wish to receive information about where the proposal stands currently and where it could go in 2019 with community assistance.

Mon
29
Oct

Man arrested after allegedly endangering his brother’s safety

A Bloomington man was arrested on the tentative charge of first degree recklessly endangering safety after an incident involving his brother that happened Friday morning, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

On Oct. 26, around 8:10 a.m., the sheriff’s department responded to 11134 Hickory Rd. in Bloomington Township. An investigation showed that  Robert Steiger, Jr., 26, was woken by a family member who was operating a piece of machinery near the residence. Steiger exited his residence, armed with a shotgun, and confronted his brother, a 15-year-old male. Steiger was upset his brother had woken him, so he approached his brother and discharged a 12-gauge shotgun near him while he was on the machinery, the sheriff’s department said.

Mon
29
Oct

Active shooter training


A couple Prairie Catholic teachers evacuate the main floor of the school during an active intruder drill, which was part of ALICE training provided by the Prairie du Chien Police Department Friday. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Sgt. Kyle Teynor sporadically wandered the hallways of Prairie Catholic, blaring air horns and rattling door knobs to heighten the emotions of the staff participating in active shooter training last week.

Pictured is just one example of how staff barricaded a classroom door with close by furniture and other heavy objects.

By Correne Martin

Alert. Lock down. Inform. Counter. Evacuate.

These are the five strategic methods taught in ALICE active shooter civilian response training. The staff at Prairie Catholic School was the latest in the area to review and practice these methods, thanks to Prairie du Chien Police Sergeant Kyle Teynor and funding from the Wisconsin Department of Justice. 

On Friday, the staff spent several hours examining signs of violence, psychology of perpetrators and the environmental design of their specific classrooms and the school campus. 

Are their rooms prepped for quick and easy ways to barricade their doors if doing so became necessary? 

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