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Mon
03
Apr

Farmers deliver hay to Kansas area destroyed by wildfires


Two semi loads of hay were delivered Thursday, March 30, to Ashland, Kan., one of the worst hit areas for last month’s wildfires.

The local hay will be used by farmers in need of the hay for their animals.

The driving crew of Evan and Ian Dudenbostel, David Smiley, Derek Petersheim, Luke Adams and Matt Kearns left Wisconsin at midnight Thursday, drove straight there and back.

By Correne Martin

Kansas wildfires destroyed more than 650,000 acres in 21 counties last month, according to the Kansas Farm Bureau. In hopes of helping their fellow farmers, a group of young men from Steuben and Seneca came together last week to deliver two semi loads of hay to those affected by the disaster.

Leading the volunteer charge, brothers Evan, 23, and Ian Dudenbostel, 25, coordinated a 700-mile, overnight trip to Ashland, Kan., where the two semi loads of hay, a trailer load of fencing supplies, feed and cow water were taken as a goodwill gesture from southwest Wisconsin. They got online and found a feed company, which then directed them with further details.

“We had been hearing it on the news and thinking about it and we just decided we had to help,” Evan said, noting that Ashland was hit the worst. “Eighty percent of that county was burned—around 480,000 acres.”

Mon
03
Apr

Gilberts running as write-in for PdC school board

Nicholas Gilberts, of Prairie du Chien, has decided to run as a write-in candidate for the Prairie du Chien School Board.

In a letter to the Courier Press Sunday, April 2, he explained, “Although my current term on the board expires April of 2018, I would resign off of my current term if I get enough write-in votes. There is currently only one candidate, Kyle Kozelka, on the ballot and there are two open spots. As long as Kyle gets one vote, he is automatically re-elected, but that still leaves one open seat. Normally, I could not run because I am already in a term, but since the person with the most write-in votes will take the second seat, I am eligible, according to state law.”

Gilberts said his new term would be for three years and that he’s chosen to run in this capacity because he would like to follow through on all aspects of the building project additions.

Mon
03
Apr

Train carrying sand derails in Prairie du Chien


Five train cars carrying sand derailed in Prairie du Chien Wednesday night, March 29. Though the cause is under investigation still, emergency management believes it may have had to do with poor soil conditions underneath the track. (Photo by Correne Martin)

The derailment occurred between the Pattison Sand loading site and the city wastewater treatment plant. (Photos by Correne Martin)

A piece of track was shredded in the crash. The railroad company is in the process of cleaning up the debris and replacing the rail at the site.

By Correne Martin

Five train cars carrying sand derailed on Wisconsin and Southern Railroad (WSOR) track in Prairie du Chien late Wednesday night, March 29. No injuries were reported and the cause remains under investigation.

“If I had to guess, I’d say it had to do with the condition of the soil underneath,” Crawford County Emergency Management Director Jim Hackett surmised, noting last week’s rainy weather. “We talked to the engineer and believe it had nothing to do with the train itself.”

The Prairie du Chien Police Department said, around 11:15 p.m., Wednesday, a WSOR train left its line between Pattison Sand Company’s loading site along the Highway 18 Bypass and the Prairie du Chien Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Hackett said the train had over 100 cars, two locomotives and was traveling at a speed of 10 mph or slower when the accident occurred.

Fri
31
Mar

River Ridge val, sal value high school opportunities


Valedictorian Rebecca Breuer and Salutatorian Hope Schier

River Ridge has announced its valedictorian and salutatorian representing the Class of 2017. Rebecca Breuer is valedictorian and Hope Schier is salutatorian.

Valedictorian Rebecca Breuer is the daughter of Leo and Sara Breuer, of Wyalusing Township. She intends to attend classes at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities this fall and major in biomedical engineering.

Throughout high school, Rebecca has been named to the National Honor Society, student council, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Friends Helping Friends. She’s served on the newspaper staff and participated in forensics. She’s been involved in science club, art club and Spanish club. She has also been active in track as well as the school’s pep, marching and concert bands all four years. Rebecca has held offices or leadership roles in nearly all of her activities.

Wed
29
Mar

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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