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Apr

Money lesson teaches kids to ‘savealot’


Sir Savealot, the People’s State Bank mascot, and Kari Kronberg, debit card manager, shared a lesson about saving and earning money with Mrs. Oppreicht’s kindergarten class at B.A. Kennedy Friday, April 20. Kronberg showed the students different dollar bills and questioned them on what they could buy with them. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Learning to save and earn money are essential life skills that aren’t regular school curriculum pillars. But Mrs. Oppreicht’s kindergarten class at B.A. Kennedy Elementary School had the chance to read about those topics, listen to a local banking professional and meet Sir Savealot last week. 

On Friday, April 20, Kari Kronberg, debit card manager at People’s State Bank in downtown Prairie du Chien, introduced the bank’s mascot to her daughter and 13 of her classmates in Mrs. Oppreicht’s room. They hugged and high-fived Sir Savealot and relished in the opportunity to take their class picture with him.

Wed
25
Apr

Eastman teen injured when his vehicle rolls

On Monday, April 23, at 5:45 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle traffic crash on Highway 27 near Gran Grae Road in the township of Prairie du Chien.  

Ronald J. Atkinson, 17, Eastman, was operating a 2003 Saturn L200 southbound on Highway 27. Atkinson was attempting to negotiate a corner and lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle crossed the centerline and went to the left shoulder of the roadway while sliding sideways. The vehicle struck two construction barrels and then rolled multiple times down an embankment. The vehicle came to rest on its top in a field. Speed was a contributing factor in the crash. 

Wed
25
Apr

Local man charged with sexual assault

A 21-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age. 

Jeremy Dempsey faces up to 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine, if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, the 15-year-old girl told investigators that she and Dempsey had sex once.

Wed
25
Apr

ButterBurger’s new home slated to open first week of May


The Cathman family only wanted to reveal to the public a sneak peek of their Culver’s franchise’s remodeled entryway, order line and food window. The rest is up to imagination until it opens, hopefully, the first week in May. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The north-facing side of Culver’s in Prairie du Chien is still receiving brick and siding this week. Curb and gutter is nearly complete, and blacktop is expected to be laid next week.

By Correne Martin

When grilled about when Culver’s Restaurant will reopen in Prairie du Chien, owners Jason, Jen and Justin Cathman said they’re still shooting for the first week of May. 

The last few weeks of unanticipated April snowstorms set back construction slightly. But the crew is now pressing its schedule toward perfection. 

Driveway access from La Pointe Street has been moved further down the roadway, away from Marquette Road. The intent with that change was for safety reasons and to help with the flow of the restaurant’s drive-through, according to Jason.

Mon
23
Apr

Weather a factor in several accidents

On April 18, the Prairie du Chien Police Department responded to multiple weather-related traffic crashes.

At 12:48 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of South l0th Street and East Parrish Street. A westbound vehicle being operated by Chad Peterson, 36, Prairie du Chien, collided with a southbound vehicle being operated by Tina Becwar, 50, Boscobel. The Becwar vehicle was able to driven from the scene and the Peterson vehicle was removed by Nagel’s Towing Service. No injuries were reported as a result of this crash.

Mon
23
Apr

Dairy Princess and Little Miss Squirt contests happening in Crawford County

Applications are being accepted for the 2018 Crawford County Dairy Princess. High school age students who are residents of Crawford County and interested in promoting the dairy industry are invited to compete for the title of Crawford County Dairy Princess. Each candidate will give a 3-5 minute speech about a current dairy industry topic, and answer interview questions from the judges. Each contestant will be judged on her ability and willingness to promote the dairy industry in Crawford County and surrounding areas.

Candidates should be knowledgeable about the dairy industry, enjoy meeting new people and be able to participate in dairy events such as the Crawford County Dairy Breakfast, parades, fairs, educational activities and community promotions throughout the year.

Mon
23
Apr

A mock reminder: Be smart, safe


Isaac Blum played the "seriously injured" victim in River Ridge's mock crash last Thursday, April 19.

Deputy Dan Reuter hollers at James Breuer, aka the drunken driver in the mock crash, to blow as hard as he can during a "breathalyzer test," done in front of his classmates to show what happens when a driver is suspected to have been drinking. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Funeral director Nathan Popp rolls the "deceased victim" in front of the student body, as he explains what his role is at a scene where someone is pronounced dead.

Key participants in the mock crash included (from left) makeup artist Jordan Mink, Deputy Dan Reuter, Kerrigan Trautsch, Denny Cathman, Isaac Blum and James Breuer.

By Correne Martin

There’s screeching, a loud boom, the cracking and popping of glass breaking and metal bending. You’re screaming and crying and feeling your body being jerked around. There’s the smell of coolant and other chemicals. 

Then...silence...

This experience is a nightmare of a lifetime. It’s not only the sounds that will remain with you, when you’re involved in a severe crash. But, in a drunken driving crash that ends in injuries, even death, the memories and consequences—if you live—will haunt you forever. 

Mon
23
Apr

Harper's Slough Project


Rotary Club Prairie du Chien High School students plant trees as part of the Harper’s Slough Project Friday. (Photos courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel, Rotary Club Prairie du Chien students and other volunteers dig holes on one of the seven Harper's Slough Project islands to plant trees.

 

Harper’s Slough Project construction complete

McGregor Lake Project in final 

planning phase

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Thu
19
Apr

Three Prairie Archers to Nationals


Taia Dressler, Devan Jacobson and Allison Davis qualified to shoot at the 2018 NASP Eastern Nationals in Louisville, Ky. on May 10 to May 12. (Photos submitted)

Members of the Prairie du Chien team compete in Cashton earlier this season.

The Martin Adkins Archery Club of Prairie du Chien comprised 23 of the more than 1,600 archers at the state competition in Wisconsin Dells.

The Martin Adkins Archery Club poses at the NASP State Tournament.

 

Three Prairie du Chien archers 

to shoot at national competition

By Ted Pennekamp

 

On Friday, March 23, the Prairie du Chien School District’s archery team competed in the Wisconsin National Archery in the School’s Program (NASP) state competition at the Woodside Sports Complex in Wisconsin Dells. 

Thu
19
Apr

Teen arrested after vehicle rolls on Bypass

On Tuesday, April 17, at 3:30 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department received a call of a vehicle driving erratically on South Beaumont Road. The caller then told dispatch that the vehicle had hit a curb and rolled over several times on the Highway 18 Bypass near South Wacouta Avenue. The vehicle came to rest on its tires and the driver proceeded to drive in a field until the vehicle struck a power utility box, where it was disabled.

During the course of the crash investigation, it was determined that Dylan Yeomans, 19, Prairie du Chien, was the operator and lone occupant of the vehicle. Yeomans was taken to the Crossing Rivers Health emergency room for possible injuries.

The vehicle suffered severe damage. Yeomans was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant (first offense) and reckless driving.

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