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23
May

PdC students plan Chinese trip in 2019, setting their focus on Hong Kong


Pictured above is Kylee O’Kane posing on the Great Wall of China during the Prairie du Chien School District’s most recent trip to the country back in 2017. Below, O’Kane (second from left) and Maggie Dobbs (left) are pictured with new friends they met when visiting China’s Wenhui Middle School.

By Rachel Mergen

 

“One of the nice things about traveling is so many different people will get different things out of it,” Adam Stout, Prairie du Chien Chinese teacher, said about the school district’s next China trip. Last year, 15 students and adults enjoyed the opportunity to see a different part of the world. Now, Stout is planning the next expedition, which will lead students through a whole new experience for a week in June 2019. 

Mon
21
May

Jail inmate charged with two counts of battery to an officer of the court

A 29-year-old La Crosse man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with two counts of battery to an officer of the court. 

Bryant J. Swiggum faces up to a total of 12 years in prison and $20,000 in fines if convicted of both counts. 

According to the criminal complaint, Swiggum was an inmate in the Crawford County Jail and was acting up. When a jailer went to speak to Swiggum, Swiggum punched the jailer in the side of the head, the complaint said.

Mon
21
May

Man hit on head with handgun

A 70-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of substantial battery. 

Marlan McCune faces up to 3.5 years of imprisonment and a $10,000 fine if convicted. 

According to the criminal complaint, a Sheriff’s Department deputy responded to Crossing Rivers Health for a report of battery.

A man stated that McCune had gotten angry with him about going to work late the past couple of days. McCune got a handgun and pointed it at the man, the complaint said. McCune then hit the man on the forehead with the barrel of the handgun, according to the complaint.

The man then drove himself to Crossing Rivers Health and received eight stitches to close the wound.

Mon
21
May

2 arrested for theft, meth possession

On May 13, at 6:40 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a retail theft in progress at Walmart, located in the township of Bridgeport. The reporting party advised there was a substantial amount of merchandise, which was not paid for, being loaded into a black BMW passenger car with Iowa license plates. The black BMW exited the Walmart parking lot and turned northbound on Highway 18. 

Mon
21
May

Bluff View aide shaving his hair for books

By Correne Martin

A Bluff View Intermediate School paraprofessional has come up with a creative way to raise funds to stock young adult books in the school’s IC (intervention center). 

Eric Fuerstenberg is raffling off the chance for students to shave his hair, in exchange for donations to be used toward expanding the number of books available for check-out to middle schoolers for book reports and Reading Counts points. 

Just $1 buys a ticket, or you can get six tickets for $5. Mostly students and faculty have been buying the raffle chances thus far, but the community is encouraged to get involved, too. Monetary donations toward the books or simply contributions of young adult books are welcome.  

Mon
21
May

Riley selected as 71st Alice in Dairyland


Kaityn Riley, of Gays Mills, is crowned as the 71st Alice in Dairyland during the finale. (Photo by Tori Babcock)

The second time was the charm for Kaitlyn Riley who was chosen as Wisconsin’s 71st Alice in Dairyland.

Riley, who competed in last year's event, will succeed 70th Alice in Dairyland Crystal Siemers-Peterman of Cleveland.

As Alice, Riley will work as a communications professional for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Her job will be to educate the public about the importance of agriculture in Wisconsin.

Riley, from Gays Mills, learned first-hand the passion and work ethic of Wisconsin farmers growing up on her family’s registered Jersey dairy farm. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mon
21
May

Top academic titles at River Ridge claimed


Valedicatorian Rachael Herrick and Saltuatorian Brooklyn Parker

River Ridge High School has announced its 2018 senior class valedictorian and salutatorian, Rachael Herrick and Brooklyn Parker, respectively.

Rachael is the daughter of Brenden and Elizabeth Herrick, of Mount Hope. She plans to attend UW-Madison for pre-pharmacy in the fall. 

Throughout high school, she’s been active academically as well as extra-curricularly. In addition to making honor roll, she’s participated in science club, art club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Leo’s Club, National Honor Society, choir, the newspaper and wellness club. She’s also played volleyball, basketball and track and will work at the Prairie du Chien Country Club this summer. In her community, Rachael has assisted with Operation Santa, raked leaves for the elderly via the Leo’s Club and attended the 2016 mission trip to Joplin, Mo.

Mon
21
May

Mock accident drives home grave lesson


Mom Jenny Folbrecht gave the performance of a lifetime in Wauzeka-Steuben’s mock crash Wednesday afternoon. Her spine-chilling reaction to finding her “deceased son,” Braden Folbrecht, lying on the hood of a vehicle at an accident scene was so realistic, there were no words spoken by any of the stunned, teary-eyed students watching the scene unfold.

Coroner Joe Morovits photographs one of the deceased victims, lying underneath a white sheet at the scene of the fatal accident. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The mother of one of the victims, Jenny Folbrecht, is consoled by emergency responder Angie Manning, as the coroner asks for identification of her son.

Somber Wauzeka-Steuben High School students spoke very little during the mock crash, sponsored by the Wauzeka First Responders, Wauzeka Fire Department, Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, Boscobel EMS and of course the school district.

Mary Woodson narrates the scene of the two-car mock crash. She gave an in-depth description of exactly how difficult and emotional such scenes are for everyone involved, including the emergency volunteers.

By Correne Martin

The screams. The wailing cries. The unforgettable pleas for help. 

A mom’s hugging and rocking of her motionless son who lay bleeding and silent, dead at the scene of a crash—every parent’s worst nightmare.

The first witness on scene, Jenny Folbrecht, and her “deceased” son Braden were only “acting” as part of the “Never Imagined” mock crash scenario targeted at Wauzeka-Steuben High School’s young adults. These youth will soon be attending graduation parties, where they will potentially be tempted to have a few alcoholic drinks and then get behind the wheel. 

Mon
21
May

New County Health Officer

 

New Crawford County 

Health Officer settling in

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Cindy Riniker, recently of Elkader, has for the past few weeks, been settling into her new job as the Crawford County Health Officer.

Wed
16
May

Dairy Princess, Little Miss Squirt candidates preparing for coronation


Crawford County Dairy Princess and Little Miss Squirt candidates pictured (front row, from left) are Rachel Kramer, Breckyn Schlee, Rita Sime, Kristin Nolan and Caitlin Nolan. Also pictured (back row) are 2017 Crawford County Little Miss Squirt Grace Calahan and 2017 Crawford County Dairy Princess Sarah Kearns. (Submitted photo)

The Crawford County June Dairy Month Kick-Off Banquet will be held on Monday, May 28, at the Eastman Salem United Methodist Fellowship Hall. The night will kick off at 7 p.m. with a cheese and cracker social, where attendees can meet the candidates for the Crawford County Dairy Royalty contests. A ham meatball dinner prepared by the Eastman United Methodist Church will follow at 7:30 p.m. 

The program will be filled with lots of delightful dairy tidbits such as the dairy promotion report, introduction of the Crawford County Dairy Breakfast host family, the presentation of the honorary dairy month chairpersons, and the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin (formerly Wisconsin Milk Market Board) update. 

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