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Wed
22
Feb

Crawford County Board

 

Crawford County 

catching up on tax 

delinquent properties

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
22
Feb

Local emergency room handles thousands of visits each year


Exchanging thoughts about the revolutionary new dashboard touch screen in the Crossing Rivers Health emergency room are (from left) Heidi Kirschbaum, ER clinical services director; Kimberly Hable, Gundersen regional services and telemedicine representative; and Dr. Kevin Whitney, ER medical director. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The accustomed dramas of doctors, nurses and patients on television aren’t exactly like visiting a real emergency room. Prairie du Chien’s only ER is as high-tech and can be just as fast-paced as the likes of those popular medical shows, but the caregiving team doesn’t have nearly as much spare time for personal dramas.

The Crossing Rivers Health emergency room handles about 9,000 visits a year. The medical staff sees virtually every illness—from sniffles and the flu to a heart attack, stroke and trauma—and proficiently treats its patients in a timely manner.

“In addition to our area residents, we see a large number of tourists in the summer, and they’re often pleased with the high level of care and that they can access quick, efficient, good care in a small town,” said Dr. Kevin Whitney, ER medical director.

Wed
22
Feb

Bald eagle fun in Ferryville March 4


Laura Freeman, of the University of Minnesota Raptor Center, and Maxim, an American Bald Eagle, delight a past Ferryville Bald Eagle Day audience. (Photo by Sherry Quamme)

The ninth annual Bald Eagle Watching Day in Ferryville is Saturday, March 4, at the Village Community Center on Highway 35. This program is sponsored by the Ferryville Tourism Council, co-sponsored by Friends of Pool 9 and free to the public. Complimentary refreshments and children’s craft activities will be available throughout the event.

Event activities are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located right on the Mississippi River, Ferryville is an ideal place to host Bald Eagle Watching Day. There are many eagle nests in the area, including a new one just south of Ferryville. The Pool 9 section has more nests than in any other part of the Mississippi River.

At 10 a.m., bald eagle nest building will start off the day. Dr. Michael White, with the help of children from the audience, will build an eagle’s nest. Learn how “really big” these nests are, how heavy they are and how they are constructed.

Mon
20
Feb

Area Schools and State Budget

 

School districts could benefit if proposed state budget is approved

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Area school districts as well as districts throughout the state could benefit if Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed $76.1 billion two-year state budget is passed. 

Mon
20
Feb

Old Abe, American War Eagle program part of Eagle Days

The Fort Crawford Museum will be open Saturday, Feb. 25, as part of Bald Eagle Appreciation Days in the Prairie du Chien area. There will a special program on Old Abe, American War Eagle, at 2:30 p.m., at the museum
Andrea Hoffman, collections manager, and Russell Horton, reference and outreach archivist from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison, will give a talk with images on Old Abe.

Old Abe was an American Bald Eagle. The eagle was the mascot of the 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the American Civil War. Later, his image was adopted as the eagle appearing on a globe in Case Corporation’s logo and as the screaming eagle on the insignia of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division.

Mon
20
Feb

Support outpouring for family changed by tragedy


Jenni (Steiner) and Kirk U’Ren are pictured with their 1-year-old twins Kayden and Grayson. Kirk was killed and Jenni suffered life-threatening injuries as a result of a four-car crash in Madison, Sunday, Feb. 12. The boys were not in the vehicle at the time of the accident. Jenni is the daughter of Russ and Mary Steiner and a 2000 Prairie du Chien High School graduate. The U’Ren family is from Cottage Grove.

By Correne Martin

The communities of Prairie du Chien, Mineral Point and Cottage Grove, a day care and even NFL star and former Badger J.J. Watt are banding together in support of the U’Ren and Steiner families, which were shattered by a fatal four-vehicle crash Feb. 12, in Madison.

Kirk U’Ren, 37, of Cottage Grove, was traveling with his wife, Jenni (Steiner), 34, a Prairie du Chien native, to the Badgers’ Sunday basketball game, on State Highway 30. Just before 5 p.m., a 25-year-old Stoughton driver lost control of his car, crossed the median, went into a ditch and then went airborne, landing on top of the SUV that U’Ren was driving. The impact caused the SUV to collide with two other cars, according to Madison police.

Mon
20
Feb

Prairie Industries considers expansion

By Correne Martin

The contract packaging and assembly service company, Prairie Industries, Inc., is expanding and researching the possibility of opening a third manufacturing plant in Lansing, Iowa. This would be in addition to the two plants presently located on the north and south ends of Prairie du Chien.

A post to Prairie Industries’ Facebook page last Wednesday, Feb. 15, notified the public of a job fair the company has scheduled on Monday, Feb. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m., and on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the former Blumenthal Lansing Company button factory, 1929 Main St., Lansing. Full-time positions available include general labor, machine operators, shipping/receiving clerks, quality technicians and a supervisor.

Positions for a maintenance technician, lead workers and general laborers were published in the Courier Press as recently as last week.

The exact number of positions available has not provided by the company.

Wed
15
Feb

Inc-RED-ible bunch of valentines


Anchored by gallon bottles of water, Valentine’s Day balloon bouquets filled a school bus to the ceiling, as a special delivery to elementary and middle school students at Prairie du Chien public schools. PTO volunteer and bus driver Angela Griffin can be seen in the aisle arranging the bouquets evenly throughout the bus. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Students in Mrs. Copsey’s 4K excitedly display the ‘love’ly balloons their parents and other loved ones so graciously purchased through the parent-teacher organization fundraiser for Valentine’s Day. (Submitted photo)

Bluff View's hallways were filled with balloons too.

Teddy bears and chocolate candy was also offered for parents to buy their young children through the PTO.

A total of 625 love-themed balloons were stuffed into one school bus and transported to B.A. Kennedy Elementary School and Bluff View Intermediate School for Valentine’s Day. Parents were given the option to purchase balloons, stuffed animals, chocolates or an assorted bundle as special valentines to be gifted to their beloved children during the school day Tuesday, Feb. 14. So, on Monday evening, the volunteer parent-teacher organization picked up the balloons at the Dollar Tree in Prairie du Chien, delivered them to the schools on board a Southwest Bus Service school bus and then sorted and tagged each gift for the students. Pictured, B.A. Kennedy teacher Lisa Ashbacher stuffs a large bouquet into the bus. The small group of volunteers who organized this program, which is a PTO fundraiser, said it’s a highly enjoyable activity made worthwhile once they see the looks on the kids’ faces for Valentine’s Day. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Wed
15
Feb

Businesses can help keep future workforce talent pool in the region

All companies need a robust pipeline

By Correne Martin

Employers across the region face a skills gap as they struggle to find qualified workers, while high school students—tomorrow’s workforce—have little interaction with the businesses that may best fit their career interests and capabilities. But, a new software program, Inspire, and its facilitator, Inspire Madison Region, are geared to do something about that.

Crawford County companies had the opportunity, last week, to learn more about how the Inspire initiative is designed to better connect them with local schools by enabling students to explore career options with local employers through experiential learning activities, such as mentor/student communication, job shadowing, internships, apprenticeships, plant tours, career fairs and school guest speakers.

Wed
15
Feb

Man allegedly uses vehicle to crash into sewer plant gates in Bagley

A Dubuque man was arrested on multiple charges, including drugs and alcohol offenses, after he allegedly used his vehicle to crash into locked gates at the Bagley wastewater treatment facility, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

On Saturday, Feb. 11, at about 11 p.m., the sheriff’s office received a phone call from an employee of the village of Bagley who reported a possible burglary and a suspicious vehicle at the sewer plant. Deputies arrived on scene and found a white vehicle parked in the back of the property. The vehicle attempted to flee but stopped near the front gate.

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