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20
Sep

PTO a strong supporting arm for PdC schools

By Correne Martin

At the beginning of the school year, students at B.A. Kennedy and Bluff View in Prairie du Chien received some rather short school supply lists. Minimal items per child were requested, particularly in comparison to other schools’ lists.

Thanks to the Prairie du Chien public schools’ parent teacher organization, this support greatly assists parents and guardians, especially those with multiple children in the schools, in terms of keeping school supply costs affordable.

For the past five or six years, each grade, from 3K through eighth, has received $500 from PTO funds to use toward classroom supplies. On top of that, the PTO buys a substantial amount of disinfecting wipes and facial tissue for both schools.

According to Diane Zahara, PTO president, 600 boxes of Kleenex and 600 containers of Clorox wipes were purchased for the 2017-2018 school year, equaling a $4,400 expenditure for the organization.

Wed
20
Sep

Father Fagan to share video of Tanzanian health facility local contributions helped build


Father Paul Fagan (back, center) is pictured with some friends from Rhinelander, Madison, Minnesota and Arizona in Tanzania, where the visitors got to see first-hand the mission work he has been able to conduct there. (Submitted photos)

The operating room of the Songambele Health Facility in Tanzania did 326 operations in its first year, including 102 urgent c-section births.

By Correne Martin

For the 48th consecutive summer, Father Paul Fagan is back in Prairie du Chien from his missionary work in Tanzania. As always, he’s here to share the extraordinary progress that’s been made in the eastern African town of Nkololo, as a result of contributions from countless Wisconsinites.

The soon to be 85-year-old priest will give a public video presentation, with help from his friend, videographer and Tanzanian tour guide Ryan Skaife, at the Holy Family Parish hall at St. John’s Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien, Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m.

Wed
20
Sep

SMRT Bus Recognition


Scenic Mississippi Regional Transit buses provide three round trips per day from Prairie du Chien to La Crosse and various points in between. (file photo)

 

SMRT Bus Service receives recognition, continues growth

by Ted Pennekamp

 

The Scenic Mississippi River Transit (SMRT) Bus Service has recently been recognized by Wisconsin Rural Partners as one of Wisconsin’s Top Rural Development Initiatives in 2017 because ridership continues to increase and a rider survey shows that 100 percent of riders are either satisfied or very satisfied.

Mon
18
Sep

Worn and tattered flags can be disposed

On Monday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m., the Crawford County American Legion will again hold its annual flag disposal program. This program is held in conjunction with the legion’s annual meeting.

The William Schoville Post 220 of Soldiers Grove will sponsor the program this year in Soldiers Grove.

Ken McCormick, Crawford County American Legion commander, asks all Crawford County residents who have or are flying American Flags to take a look at them and, if they are worn or tattered, please turn them in so they can be properly retired.

Old, worn flags may be left with any American Legion member or at the Crawford County Veterans Service Office, before Friday, Sept. 22.

Mon
18
Sep

Readstown man charged with having meth

A 39-year-old Readstown man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine (repeater).

Jeremy Phinney faces up to a $10,000 fine and 3.5 years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, on Aug. 20, at 1:20 a.m., two Crawford County Sheriff’s deputies approached a man who was near the Lions Shelter at the village park in Soldiers Grove. As they approached, the man immediately got on his cell phone.

As the deputies were speaking to the man, later identified as Phinney, he was sweating and appeared extremely nervous.

The Crawford County Law Enforcement Center confirmed that Phinney was on probation for narcotics convictions.

The deputies then performed a search and found a plastic baggie containing a large “chunk” of meth, the complaint said.

Mon
18
Sep

Man accused of intent to deliver meth

A 27-year-old Lone Rock man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine.

Brandon Bird-Duell faces up to a $25,000 fine and 12.5 years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, on Aug. 24, a Crawford County Sheriff’s deputy pulled into the Mobil Station in the village of Ferryville.

The deputy noted a man standing next to his motorcycle. The man (Bird-Duell) eventually admitted to the deputy that he did not have a valid motorcycle endorsement on his driver’s license, nor did he have proper registration for the motorcycle.

Bird-Duell then consented to a search, the complaint said. A small, clear, plastic baggie containing meth was found.

Mon
18
Sep

Gays Mills man charged with possession of meth

A 28-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine.

Joshua R. Dull faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a search of Dull’s vehicle following a traffic stop revealed three syringes which contained liquid meth. Also found was a partial package of pseudoephedrine pills.

Mon
18
Sep

Two baggies of meth found in Gays Mills woman’s bra

A 28-year-old Gays Mills woman has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine, one count of possession of marijuana and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sarah Olson faces up to $11,500 in fines and four years and one month in prison if convicted of all counts.

According to the criminal complaint, on Aug. 24, while Prairie du Chien police officers were attending to an unrelated traffic stop, Olson came up and began speaking with officers.

A strong odor of marijuana was coming from Olson’s vehicle, the complaint said. A search was conducted of the vehicle and a marijuana smoking device with residue was found, along with a clear plastic baggie containing suspected marijuana.

The officers were then called away from the scene in order to attempt to apprehend a man in a different investigation.

Mon
18
Sep

McGregor man charged: possession and delivery of meth

A 27-year-old McGregor, Iowa man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and one count of possession of marijuana.

Thomas D. Wiemerslage faces up to a $26,000 fine and 13 years in prison if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, as part of a narcotics investigation, Wiemerslage  was seen standing in the driveway of a Prairie du Chien residence on Aug. 24.

Wiemerslage was holding a black safe and, as officers approached, he attempted to throw the safe into the garage near where he was standing. The officers looked inside the safe and found numerous (estimated at more than 100) small clear plastic baggies, some of which had a red bulldog design on one side and others which had a Grim Reaper design.

Mon
18
Sep

‘Farmer’s Almanac’ predicts winter warmer than normal


online exclusive

By Correne Martin

With the warm weather this past week, it’s hard to utter the dreaded “W” word. But colder temperatures and snowy precipitation are inevitable of “winters” in Wisconsin.

No one seems to be able to predict the weather better than “The Old Farmer’s Almanac,” the 2018 edition released Sept. 12. Since the oldest, continuously published periodical touts itself as “the only weather prognosticator with traditionally 80 percent accuracy,” it’s understandable why so many Midwestern farmers  and seniors put such great stock into the yearly projection.

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