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Mon
05
Nov

Lending library available once again in PdC


The toy and child care equipment lending library is once again available for Prairie du Chien area residents. Catholic Charities took on the program after the Crossing Rivers Health Family Resource Center closed in August. Rent any of the above toys, as well as larger child care needs like exersaucers, strollers, pack and plays and more at no cost, regardless of income, faith or community of residence. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The Giving Shelf is also a new offering Catholic Charities in Prairie du Chien took on from the Family Resource Center. Through this program, parents, grandparents and caregivers in need may access diapers, wipes, formula, bottles, clothing, blankets, breast pumps and other infant/toddler necessities.

Stop by the Catholic Charities office in downtown Prairie du Chien to find out about the many community services they offer for all incomes and faiths.

Area parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and babysitters will be pleased to know that Catholic Charities in Prairie du Chien has taken on the lending library, formerly run by the Family Resource Center if Crossing Rivers Health. The lending library rents toys and child care equipment to all community members either for free or a small deposit. 

Catholic Charities has taken on the Family Resource Center’s Giving Shelf as well, with intentions to assist those in need of diapers, wipes, formula and other baby or toddler necessities. 

Mon
05
Nov

SBA doles out flood assistance

By Correne Martin 

Business owners and non-profits, homeowners and renters in Crawford and Vernon counties affected physically or economically by the Aug. 17-Sept. 14 severe storms, floods, landslides and winds have a new type of assistance available to them. These entities may qualify for low-interest loans to repair or replace disaster damage not covered by insurance, or to meet financial obligations during this disaster recovery period. These opportunities are made possible through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), which works hand-in-and with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in times of declared disasters. 

Fri
02
Nov

Clifford L. Ray

Clifford L. Ray, 95, formerly of Prairie du Chien, passed away Saturday, Oct. 27, in Waupaca. 

He was born May 15, 1923, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Ora and Lenore (Halverson) Ray. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He married Ruby Shedivy on Feb. 24, 1946, at St. John’s Church in Prairie du Chien. After his service, Clifford worked for Oscar Mayer in Prairie du Chien and later retired from General Motors in Janesville. In 1984, Clifford and Ruby retired to Las Vegas, Nev. Ruby preceded him in death on Feb. 14, 2015.

He is survived by his children, Sheila Ray, of Seattle, Wash., and Thomas Ray, of Vietnam; his grandchildren Lisa and Scott. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and a sister Adeline Ray.

Fri
02
Nov

Ann Weldy

Ann Weldy passed away peacefully on Oct. 18, supported by the prayers of her family.

Ann was born Ann Joyce Seely, on the Seely family farm outside of Wauzeka, on April 21, 1934. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Rodney, her parents William and Gunda Seely, older sister Ruth, and younger brother Dale. 

Fri
02
Nov

Frances Lucile Stencel

Frances Lucile Stencel, 81, of McGregor, Iowa, passed away Monday, Oct. 22, at Great River Care Center in McGregor. Her body is gone, but her spirit is in heaven with Jesus. 

She was born Feb. 20, 1937, to Francis Baird and Lula Irene (Ferguson) Gunn. Frances graduated high school in Jacksonville, Ill. and continued her education at Illinois College in Jacksonville,  and Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill., obtaining her master’s degree in education. 

Wed
31
Oct

Semi driver escapes rollover

A semi driver ended up with minor injuries after the truck and tractor he was driving rolled over in Woodman Township Tuesday morning, Oct. 30, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

Just before 10:15 a.m., a semi, driven by Darrin Christen, 52, of Argyle, was operating a 2015 Western Star semi, owned by Klassy Trucking, of Monticello, and negotiating a curve when he attempted to avoid hitting several deer in the roadway. Christian was unable to maintain control of the semi, hit the guardrail and overturned, according to officials. He was transported to Gundersen Boscobel Area Health Care by the Boscobel EMS for treatment of his minor injuries. 

Wed
31
Oct

Citation issued after 2-vehicle crash

On Oct. 27, at  5:35 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a two-vehicle traffic crash on State Highway 60, just east of Mara Lane, in the village of Wauzeka.

Cory D. Flesch, 43, Platteville, was operating a 1999 Jeep Wrangler westbound on State Highway 60. Christine Ohlhauser, 44, Wauzeka, was operating a 2009 Kia Optima westbound on State Highway 60, behind the Flesch vehicle. Flesch was slowing his vehicle while approaching multiple vehicles traveling at a slow rate of speed who were following a tractor. While slowing, the Ohlhauser vehicle struck the rear end of the Flesch vehicle. Flesch and his passenger, Mystique L. Bennett, 34, Platteville, were uninjured and were both wearing their seat belts. Ohlhauser was uninjured and was also wearing her seat belt. Both vehicles were driven from the scene of the crash.

Wed
31
Oct

Man charged with 5th OWI after hit and run

On Oct. 26, at 9 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a hit and run traffic crash on State Highway 60, east of Brown Hollow Road, in the township of Wauzeka. 

Wed
31
Oct

Crawford County ensures voting security


On Tuesday, election volunteers Marilyn Nies (left) and Sandy McClusky (right) tested the Prairie du Chien wards 1 and 6 touch screen voting machines by casting various voting scenarios, as dictated by city clerk Tina Fuller. Once they went through all eight scenarios, they matched the machine’s tape with the ballots cast to ensure the machines were correctly recording the votes. This process was done by all city wards and county municipalities. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Prairie du Chien ward 6 election chief Marilyn Nies casts a test ballot as the city conducted its annual public test of the touch screen voting machines Tuesday, Oct. 30.

By Correne Martin

The Crawford County Clerk’s Office regularly makes election security a priority. Though, with the increased concern over the vulnerability of America’s electronic voting systems, Clerk Janet Geisler said doing so is especially critical.

“I wish there was a way I could make voters feel more secure,” she stated. “I know people are concerned about the voting machines, but they are not, in any way, shape or form, connected to the Internet.” Geisler added that she’s participated in a number of recounts over the years, and they’ve “always come out correct.”

Also to ensure security, the state has more heavily emphasized webinars about safety measures this year as well. 

Wed
31
Oct

Crawford County quietly observes 200th birthday


The rectangular section on the left, drawn on the map above, represents land established as Crawford County in 1818.

By Correne Martin

Crawford County was once so substantial in size that it covered the western half of what would become Wisconsin, nearly halfway up the state, according to Prairie du Chien historian Mary Antoine. It encompassed the land we know today as Iowa, Portage, Dane, St. Croix, Sauk, Richland, Chippewa, Vernon, La Crosse and Clark counties.

On Oct. 9, Crawford County quietly observed its 200th birthday. Much is chronicled in local history about its origination, though the public is generally unaware.

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