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14
Jan

Anthony Charles 'Charlie' Foreyt

Our free spirited Anthony Charles “Charlie” Foreyt, 56, left this earthly world for the eternal world on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, of an apparent heart attack.

Anthony was born Oct. 3, 1962, to Ramona (Ross) and George Foreyt in Lancaster. 

He was raised in Bagley, where he developed a great love of nature. He attended Bagley Elementary and West Grant High School. He furthered his education at Southwest Technical College in the butchering program. He worked in the printing business, Eagle Cave, drove bus for Southwest Opportunity Center, and also worked in the food industry and construction.

Mon
14
Jan

FWS Office closed, but wildlife refuge open

 

FWS is using essential staff only

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is not one of the 38 national wildlife refuges throughout the United States that are returning staffers to work to make sure hunters and others have access despite the government shutdown.

Mon
14
Jan

Self-contained breathing apparatuses donated to Prairie Fire


Prairie du Chien Fire and 3M executives met last week to officially sanction three new self-contained breather apparatuses donated by 3M to the fire department. Pictured (from left) are Jeff Boughton, Steve Kleist, Shelly Gruber, Megan Beisker and Tim Deluhery. (Submitted photo)

The Prairie du Chien Fire Department recently accepted delivery of three new state-of-the-art 3M-Scott SCBAs, or self-contained breathing apparatuses. This equipment is used when firefighters have to enter a hazardous, smoke-filled environment. 

This product donation was made possible after the fire department was asked by local 3M personnel—Plant Manager Steve Kleist and Human Resources Manager Shelly Gruber—if their company could help the department out with any equipment purchases they were looking to make. 

Megan Beisker, 3M procurement coordinator, worked with the 3M-Scott fire and safety sales rep for the area to order the appropriate SCBAs that the fire department was seeking. 

Mon
14
Jan

Operation Santa served 107 families in Crawford County


Karly and Ellie Kramer, daughters of Curt and Angie Kramer, assisted with the Operation Santa project this year, along with their parents. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Operation Santa in Crawford County had one of its most beneficial years in a long time, for the Christmas season of 2018. The numbers served included 107 families consisting of 300 people, according to Chair Sara Boxrucker. 

“We also gave out extra toiletries this year and additional food items we hadn’t given before. I think we knocked it out of the park for the first year,” said the Rotary Club member and former Jaycee. 

The Prairie du Chien Rotarians picked up the project for the first time upon the local Jaycees’ dissemination last year. “We had a lot of people step up,” Boxrucker noted. 

Wed
09
Jan

Public meeting Jan. 17 about county’s hazard mitigation plan

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A public meeting will be held on Jan. 17 at 5 p.m. in the Crawford County Highway Department conference room near Seneca about the county’s multi-hazard mitigation plan. 

Wed
09
Jan

Crawford County to hire public health educator

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Health and Human Services Department will be getting a public health educator following the county’s personnel committee meeting today (Jan. 9).

Wed
09
Jan

PdC-Fennimore gymnasts host meet in fieldhouse


Madison Puckett completes a maneuver on the beam. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Lily Kregel of Prairie du Chien-Fennimore performs on the beam.

Mackenzie Pettit of Prairie du Chien-Fennimore jumps while on the balance beam Monday night in the new Prairie du Chien High School Fieldhouse.

Kylee O’Kane stands at the end of the balance beam Monday evening.

Madison Puckett is cheered on by some of her teammates Monday as she begins a run during her floor exercise.

Hailey Ohlert concentrates on her floor exercise routine Monday night.

Hailey Ohlert finishes her floor exercise.

 

Prairie du Chien held its first varsity event in the new fieldhouse at the high school Monday night as the Prairie du Chien-Fennimore gymnastics team hosted Platteville-Belmont-Lancaster for the first home meet of the season.

The gymnasts will next host River Valley on Senior Night on Jan. 14.

Wed
09
Jan

New Prairie du Chien police chief appointed


Prairie du Chien Police Chief Kyle Teynor was sworn into his position by City Clerk Tina Fuller Jan. 7, at 10 a.m., at city hall. He was appointed to the position by the city’s five-man police and fire commission.

By Correne Martin

Fifteen-year Prairie du Chien police officer and former sergeant, Kyle Teynor, 35, was appointed the next chief of police for the city, Jan. 2, and sworn in Jan. 7, by the city clerk. He was selected by the Prairie du Chien Police and Fire Commission after two candidates were interviewed for the chief position.

“This has been a lifelong goal. I grew up across the street from the old police department on Prairie Street and was the kid looking out the window anytime I observed a squad car drive by. Police officers have always been my heroes,” Teynor stated. “Also, policing is a passion and, more importantly, the advancement of the job of policing into a profession is important to me. The steadfast progression of this department is always on my mind.”

Wed
09
Jan

Even greater place to swim this winter

Setting out to make the pool deck as safe as possible for patrons at Hoffman Hall, staff researched products that could provide a durable, anti-slip surface. In doing so, they learned that 3M in Prairie du Chien had products that would fit that bill. Collaborating with 3M staff, the perfect matting was chosen. Several rolls of vinyl Nomad were donated to Hoffman Hall, valued at $1,000 apiece, for placement along the outside edge of the pool and inside the men’s and women’s bathrooms. The Nomad is resistant to grease and oil that swimmers’ feet could otherwise leave on the deck, it helps protect the original 1962 floor surface and it covers up the old non-slip strips. The Nomad is also easy for the staff to clean. So far, patrons are loving it, according to pool staff, and only one roll has been used. The second roll will be added in other areas at Hoffman Hall and likely at the city’s outdoor pool as well.

Tue
08
Jan

William 'Bill' Leonard Neises

William “Bill” Leonard Neises, 77, of Patch Grove, succumbed to cancer on Jan. 2, 2019, at his residence, after a courageous nine-year battle. 

He was born on Nov. 20, 1941, in Prairie du Chien, the first son of Leonard and Elsie (Graf) Neises. 

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