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Pilots land in Prairie while advocating for flying with diabetes


Thor Dahl (left) and Douglas Cairns stand outside their Dexcom-sponsored plane at one of the 29 stops during their 24-hour, record-breaking flight. Their efforts were to raise awareness for pilots with type 1 diabetes. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Only eight countries currently allow pilots with insulin-treated diabetes to fly. Though the U.S. is one of them, two European pilots are determined to lift that number higher. 

The duo landed a plane in Prairie du Chien July 28, in an effort to break the world record for visiting the most U.S. states in 24 hours, extending the record from 23 to 29 states in hopes of raising awareness for pilots with type 1 diabetes.

Douglas Gairns, 54, a Scotland native, and Thor Dahl, 24, from Norway, both have type 1 diabetes. They each grew up with boyhood dreams of flying but were grounded upon diagnosis.

Mon
20
Aug

Parents sue in son’s 2017 drowning in PdC


Wacouta Aquatic Park in Prairie du Chien has rectified a number of violations at its outdoor pool since the August 2017 drowning of a 4-year-old.

By Correne Martin

The parents of the 4-year-old boy who drowned at the Prairie du Chien public pool last August are suing the city and the school district for his wrongful death. The family, which is represented by Trial Lawyers for Justice, has requested a jury trial and is seeking an unknown amount of damages.

According to documents filed in Crawford County Court recently, Kurt Warrington and Rachael Warrington, parents of the late Kashton, claim their son died because the city and school district were “negligent in their supervision and custody of [Kashton].”

Mon
20
Aug

Catch fair fever at 160th Crawford County Fair


This year’s Crawford County Fair Theme is “Fair Fever – Catch the Fun!” Swing into Gays Mills Aug. 22-26 to celebrate the 160th year of the fair. (Courier Press file photos)

The 160th Crawford County Fair is set for Aug. 22-26 in Gays Mills. This year’s theme is “Fair Fever – Catch the Fun!” Area communities are invited to celebrate all weekend, with a special observance for the 160th anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 12 p.m.

Advance fair ticket sales will be available until Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 4 p.m., at the fair office and Crawford County UW-Extension office. Advance season gate passes will cover all four days.

Aside from the Crawford County 4-H and FFA youth who show and display everything from goats and cattle to plants and farm dioramas, the midway offers carnival rides for all ages, Thursday through Sunday, from 12:30 p.m. to close. Earl’s Rides provides the midway entertainment. Ride tickets and wristbands can be purchased on-site.

Mon
20
Aug

Crawford County regains ownership of Satter Building


Crawford County once again owns the Satter Building property, 111 W. Dunn Street, Prairie du Chien. The property is 2.88 acres.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Satter Building in Prairie du Chien is once again owned by Crawford County, having been foreclosed upon on Aug. 2. 

County Treasurer Deanne Lutz said the county is in the process of foreclosing on several tax delinquent properties and will be sending out eviction notices.

Wed
15
Aug

Two women injured in crash


Emergency personnel work to get a woman out of an overturned Jeep Monday afternoon following a two-vehicle crash. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

A Prairie du Chien police officer talks to the driver of one of the vehicles involved in the accident.

On Monday, Aug. 13, at 2:10 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center was notified of a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 35 and East LaPointe Street in Prairie du Chien. 

It was determined that a 2018 Jeep, driven by 75-year-old Carolyn Clements of Decorah, Iowa, attempted to make a left turn onto East LaPointe Street and was struck by a 2000 Buick, driven by 89-year-old Irmagard Hogenson of Prairie du Chien. The Hogenson vehicle was traveling north through the intersection. 

Wed
15
Aug

Fort Crawford needs help in portrait identification

For storage purposes and safe keeping, Fort Crawford Museum volunteers recently removed the old and worn out frame from its picture of the 1937-1938 PdC Conference Champions. Hidden behind it, they found a chalk drawing, which has no identification other than the artist’s signature and date that are difficult to decipher. 

The Fort Crawford would like the public’s help. Does anyone recognize the people in the above portrait? Is anyone familiar with the artist (whose signature is above)? The museum would like to be able to return this family portrait to its family.

Wed
15
Aug

Accident occurs at end of Boscobel bridge

On Friday, Aug. 10, at 6:14 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a two-vehicle accident with no blockage and no injuries at the end of the Boscobel Bridge at the intersection of Highway 61 and Highway 60.

Judy Davison, 68, Dubuque, was pulling out from the stop sign at Highway 61/60 to make a right turn to head northbound on Highway 61 in a 2018 Subaru.  

Miranda Stelmach, 24, Bettendorf, Iowa, was behind the Davison vehicle in a 2015 Kia, also making a right turn to head north on Highway 61.  

Wed
15
Aug

One-vehicle rollover results in injuries

On Aug. 11, at 9:07 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a one-vehicle rollover on Plum Creek Road, approximately 1.5 miles east of Mill Road, in the township of Eastman. 

Cody H. Crusan, 17, Lynxville, was operating a 2005 Dodge Durango sport utility vehicle eastbound on Plum Creek Road when he came upon a curve where a section of the roadway surface transitioned from blacktop to gravel. While attempting to negotiate the gravel curve, Crusan overcorrected the steering, which caused the vehicle to slide sideways then into the embankment where the vehicle overturned on its top. Crusan and his passengers, Nicholas F. Poots, 18, Prairie du Chien, and Sierra R. Hering, 16, Lynxville, were able to exit the vehicle and wait for the arrival of emergency services. 

Wed
15
Aug

Vehicle crashes through barricades, ends up in PdC lawn

On Aug. 12, at 12:28 a.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department was notified of a traffic crash in the 1100 block of South Marquette Rd. in Prairie du Chien. Officers responded to the area and found a vehicle in the front lawn of 1118 South Marquette Road with heavy front-end damage. Officers also located a man unconscious in the driver’s seat.

Wed
15
Aug

Letter asking for donations to fire department may be a scam

Jeff Boughton, Fire Chief for the Prairie du Chien Fire Department, would like to advise the residents of Prairie du Chien and surrounding area of a solicitation by mail for volunteering time or donation of money to local fire departments in the Prairie du Chien area.

It was brought to the attention of the fire chief of a letter received by a local resident asking for volunteer time or in lieu of donated time, a monetary donation. The company asking for this support is Volunteer Firefighter Alliance located in Topeka, Kan.

Chief Boughton wants everyone to know and understand that this solicitation is not endorsed or affiliated with the Prairie du Chien Fire Department or the city of Prairie du Chien. If you happen to get a letter like this, it may be a scam.

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