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Wed
24
Jun

Tornadoes likely spawned from storm


Clean-up continued Tuesday after a line of powerful thunderstorms with strong winds and hail moved through Wisconsin Monday morning. As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, there were 3,600 customers without power statewide, down from 54,000 at the height of the storm, according to Wisconsin Emergency Management. In Crawford County, one mobile home was destroyed in rural Wauzeka. Another home lost part of the roof and is not inhabitable at this time. Flood water damaged Bob & Lou’s Bar and Grill in Steuben as well. Pictured above, two-inch hail was reported in Steuben, and nearly a mile of trees were wiped out on a hillside on Plum Creek Road, in rural Wauzeka. Below, power poles were snapped at their base along Highway 27 between Eastman and Prairie du Chien. In neighboring Grant County, an estimated 20 homes along with 30 agricultural buildings were destroyed or severely damaged primarily around Cassville, Lancaster, Platteville, and Hazel Green. An additional 300 homes had moderate to minor damage. At this time, emergency declarations have been issued for Cassville, Lancaster, Platteville and Grant County. (Photos by Kim Wagner, Frankie Mezera and Randy Martin)

The National Weather Service of La Crosse reported Tuesday that Monday mornings storms may have also brought along several tornadoes. It said the bulk of the damage in southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa came from strong straight line winds from what’s called a bow echo, named because the shape of the storm on radar resembles a bowling line.

NWS La Crosse Meteorologist Andrew Just said, “Occasionally these bow echoes can produce very brief tornadoes along them.” He noted that there may have been one in Crawford County, based on radar data. “We have not been able to completely verify [this]; we are working with emergency management,” he added.

The NWS planned to survey the damage and conclude its report on Wednesday.

Wed
24
Jun

Community feels impact of teen gone too soon


Bridget Achenbach passed away from injuries she sustained in a car crash on May 24. The 19 year old left quite a joyful legacy and impacted many community members in her time.

By Correne Martin

“The little town with a big heart” lost a small piece of it May 24 when one of its own, Bridget Achenbach, died in a car crash just a few miles from her rural Eastman home. Those who knew her will remember her as someone who accomplished more in her short 19 years than some do in a much longer lifetime.

Wed
24
Jun

Area man hunts, films for new Wild TV show


Jordan Mulrooney, a Mount Hope native and current Bagley resident, is one of the pro staff featured on the “Wicked Tine Outdoors” show online and new to Wild TV beginning July 3.

By Correne Martin

Starting July 3, some 19 million people will be able to watch a new hunting show, “Wicked Tine Outdoors,” featuring Mount Hope native and Bagley resident Jordan Mulrooney, on Wild TV-Canada’s Hunting and Fishing TV Network. The formerly Internet-based show captures the full story about what hunting is truly about for blue-collar Americans like Mulrooney who juggle family, friends and work along with their passion to get out into the woods.

“Every one of us has a job, juggles kids around and rushes out of work to get to their tree stand,” said Mulrooney, who’s married with one young son. “We make hunting fun to watch. We enjoy being out there and we joke around but we also have some really awesome videography and first-hand footage.”

Mon
22
Jun

Three inches in an hour


Numerous streets in Prairie du Chien were flooded Monday morning after a reported 3 inches of rain fell between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. They were Marquette Road as well as Dousman, Webster, Fillmore and Fremont Streets, among others. Motorists are pictured making their way through deep water on Dousman Street. In addition to the rain that inundated the area, severe weather passing through included hail measuring as large as 2 inches in diameter (in Steuben), wind gusts as high as 60-plus miles per hour, mud slides, debris on roadways, downed power lines and trees, inoperable stop lights and more. Emergency crews stopped traffic due to hazardous traveling conditions in various locations across the region. Residents getting pictures of the storms Monday are encouraged to share them on the Courier Press’ Facebook page. (Photo by Correne Martin)

One of the larger trees in Prairie du Chien that fell down in Monday morning’s storm was this one, on Blackhawk Avenue across from the Mayo Clinic. (Photo by Correne Martin)
Mon
22
Jun

Drama camp is for all kids, from the dramatic to the shy


At last year’s Drama Hawks Junior Camp, activities included games such as “statue,” where the youth learned how to show a character with their body, expression and poses. Pictured (from left) are Avery Shefland, Madi Heyn, Emmy Schroeder and David Riniker. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Looking for a uniquely entertaining and educational activity for your kids to experience this summer? Consider enrolling them in the week-long Drama Hawks Junior Camps at Hoffman Hall, sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department. There are two sessions that meet June 29 through July 3; 5-8 year olds are from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and the 9-12 year olds meet from noon to 3 p.m. Practices are Monday through Friday with a final performance planned for Friday evening at the Prairie du Chien High School theater.

Mon
22
Jun

History made in Crossing Rivers births


Lillian Jasmine Beall was the last baby born at the old Crossing Rivers Health, on June 10, at 8:32 a.m. Holding her is proud mother Roseann Beall, of Prairie du Chien, with (from left) Chris Schroeder, RN, OB director; and Cheri Berntgen, RN. Lillian’s family includes sister, Angelina (left); sister, Chavon; and brother, Anthony. Older brothers, Victor and Ricky, were not available for the photo.

Casen Richard Johnson was born to Serita and Rob Johnson, of rural Wauzeka, at the new Crossing Rivers Health five days after it opened June 11. The happy family also includes big brother Chanse. Pictured with them are (from left) Rachael George, RN; Julia Nelson, RN, chief quality officer; Ellen Zwirlein, RN, chief nursing officer; and Chris Schroeder, RN, OB director. The delivering physician was Dr. Sara Mees, of Gundersen Clinic-Prairie du Chien.

Two area families experienced historic births at Crossing Rivers Health in the days surrounding the hospital’s big move from its former facility on Taylor Street to its new location, which opened to patients on June 11, along Highway 18.

Just one day before Crossing Rivers Health moved into the new medical center, Lillian Jasmine Beall made history by arriving at 8:32 a.m. on June 10. The baby girl is the daughter of Roseann Beall, of Prairie du Chien. The delivering physician was Dr. Chris Mees, of Gundersen Clinic-Prairie du Chien.

Casen Richard Johnson was the first baby born at the new Crossing Rivers Health, just five days after the state-of-the-art facility opened. The baby boy is the son of Serita and Rob Johnson, of rural Wauzeka.

Wed
17
Jun

Prairie du Chien council indecisive on new city attorney

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council was unable to decide upon its next city attorney following closed session discussion Tuesday night. Three separate motions were made naming three different individuals who could replace the retiring Tom Peterson, but each motion failed, resulting in the council postponing the hiring decision until its July 7 regular meeting.

Wed
17
Jun

New True Value progressing

Construction is coming right along on the new Nelson True Value hardware store in Prairie du Chien, across North Marquette Road from Radio Shack. Friede & Associates, of Reedsburg, is the general contractor. Underground work is nearing completion and concrete floors will be poured next week, according to Roger A. Mortensen, Friede project manager. The community will soon see the drives and parking taking shape as well. Completion is still anticipated for October. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp and Caitlin Bittner)

Wed
17
Jun

Walgreens settles lawsuit involving prerecorded calls for prescriptions

A class action lawsuit against Walgreens (Kolinek v. Walgreen Co., Case No. 12-cv-04806, in Northern District of Illinois) has reached a settlement. According to a mailer received by a Prairie du Chien area resident, the lawsuit alleges that Walgreens made prerecorded calls to the cell phones of certain pharmacy customers, without their consent, to remind them when their prescriptions were due for refill. Walgreens denies any wrongdoing and maintains that prerecorded prescription calls are medical alerts that its customers want and are made with their consent. The settlement doesn’t establish who is correct, but rather is a compromise to end the lawsuit.

Wed
17
Jun

Experience fishing and canoeing adventures locally this summer


The number of fishing, canoeing, kayaking and other activities at the new Outdoor Recreation Center at Prairie du Chien’s Washington Street Park are endless. Individuals and families with children are encouraged to participate in the scheduled events offered to beginners interested in checking out such adventures for free or low-cost. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Living along the Mississippi River, you might think everyone in the community takes advantage of leisurely activities such as fishing and canoeing. But that’s not necessarily the case. Some residents spend hours upon hours on the river each summer, while others might take the river for granted and only view it from a nearby park on occasion.

The Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department is trying to change that and get more people, especially families with children, involved with the adventures of fishing and canoeing. A number of free or low-cost programs are available this summer, all of which take place at the new Outdoor Recreation Center at Washington Street Park. And each of the programs is led by a local, volunteer expert who takes joy in passing along his knowledge.

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