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Wed
24
Jan

Prairie du Chien Olympian featured on own trading card

Prairie du Chien’s Matt Antoine is among the athletes who will be part of TOPPS latest set of Olympic trading cards, which will be issued Friday. TOPPS has been the official trading card partner for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams since 2012, and this year’s set will showcase a record 50 athletes who represent the country.

Each hobby box of 2018 Topps U.S. Olympics & Paralympic Hopefuls includes one autographed card and two relic cards, which feature a piece of Team USA apparel worn by the athlete.

Fans can have a chance to find autographs from athletes such as Lindsey Vonn, Bode Miller, Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, take place Feb. 9-25, and Antoine’s events will be Feb. 15-17.

Wed
24
Jan

Haugen to Retire

 

Longtime Crawford County Agent to retire

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Longtime Crawford County Agent Vance Haugen will soon be retiring. In fact, Vance, who has worked for more than 26 years in the UW Extension Office in Crawford County, will officially retire on Jan. 31.

Mon
22
Jan

PdC council approves continued agreement for SMRT Bus management

By Correne Martin

In October, the SMRT Bus Service, for which Prairie du Chien is a grant sponsor, began to serve a fourth county. More specifically, it added a route between La Crosse and Tomah/Sparta, connecting Monroe County to the corridor of Crawford, Vernon and La Crosse counties. So now, a passenger could essentially ride from Prairie du Chien to Tomah (or to Viroqua or La Farge) and back for $6 (Monday through Friday).

According to SMRT’s website (ridesmrt.com), the focus of this regional bus transit service is for commuters, elderly and disabled residents, the general public and potential tourism related travel. Each time you board the bus you pay only $3 one way, no matter how far you ride.

Mon
22
Jan

Car goes down embankment

On Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 5:20 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle accident on Quarry Road in Freeman Township with minor damage and no injuries.

Gregory R. E. Gens, 67, Ferryville, was traveling north on Quarry Road in a 2005 Toyota Corolla. The Gens vehicle was negotiating a sharp curve when it started to slide on the snow-covered and slippery roadway. The Gens vehicle slid across the southbound lane of traffic, continued off the left side of the roadway, went down a small embankment, struck a tree with the driver’s side door area and came to rest.

Gens claimed no injuries on scene.

Assisting at the scene was Scott’s Towing of Ferryville.

The Gens vehicle was pulled out and was able to be driven from the scene.

Mon
22
Jan

Vehicle damages football field at Wauzeka-Steuben

Crimestoppers seek information

On Friday, Jan. 12, at approximately 8:21 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of criminal damage to property to the Wauzeka-Steuben football field.

A vehicle was driven onto the football field and then it crashed into a chain-link fence. The incident occurred sometime during the night hours of Thursday, Jan. 11 or early morning hours of Friday, Jan. 12.

The Crawford County Crime Stoppers urges anyone having information about this or any other crimes to call 326-8933 or (866) 779-PAYS.

Mon
22
Jan

Eagles telethon is this Saturday


Whether it’s hosts Tom Stram, Natalie Stram and Tom Nelson, performers like Autumn Kivi or donors like the Girl Scouts appearing on the broadcast, the telethon goal is to raise money toward cardiology and cancer research. (Courier Press file photos)

Every dollar makes a difference

By Correne Martin

Every year, the objective of the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon is to raise just $1 toward cardiology and cancer research. Though, truly, by the end of the eight-hour, local broadcast tradition, a figure much larger than that is reflected on the fundraising board.

“We are very proud of that number. People always want to know that total. That’s their connection to what their $10, in memory of grandma, went toward,” professed Tom Nelson, telethon co-host and esteemed Prairie du Chien personality. “The part of this that makes the entire telethon so special—from the viewer to the contributor to the participant—is that every little bit makes a difference from our little corner of the world.”

Mon
22
Jan

Community support needed to improve senior living


Pictured are Alesha Erdenberger, assistant administrator at Bluff Haven and LaBatisse, and Dr. Mark Grunwald, retired geriatric medicine doctor and current member of the board of directors for Community Health Services Corporation. (Photo by Rachel Mergen)

By Rachel Mergen

Finding a place to live is normally not the problem for senior citizens, according to Dr. Mark Grunwald, who is a local retired geriatric medicine doctor and current member of the board of directors for Community Health Services Corporation. Buildings are created regularly that include small, easily-accessible apartments for low rent that enable the elderly to live comfortably. The real problems facing senior citizens vary and can have ramifications on their futures.

A large number of senior citizens, approximately a third, in the United States, has been declared vulnerable. To be defined as so by the government, the person is unable to complete daily tasks, like bathing themselves and balancing their checkbook. These inabilities lead to a higher rate of accidents, leaving these men and women in need of government and citizen protection and support for years to come.

Mon
22
Jan

Driftless Development

 

Developing communities where the Wisconsin, Kickapoo 

and Mississippi rivers meet is the goal of Driftless Development

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
17
Jan

Disabled Vietnam vet may be ‘falling through the cracks’


This photo of Steve Narcisse is one of his service time that he proudly displays outside his home at a local nursing home.

VA system laws not the perfect fit for all cases

By Correne Martin

Mainstream opinion is that United States veterans are deserving of the utmost attention when it comes to care and services. However, these vehement matters involve as much “red tape” as most other state and federal programs, making the processes, the benchmarks and the programs in general more complicated to navigate.

Steve Narcisse, a 79-year-old disabled Vietnam veteran from Wauzeka who’s a patient at a Prairie du Chien nursing home, is just one example of a veteran struggling to get everything desired within the veterans affairs (VA) system. The hearing-impaired, minimally-verbal, wartime veteran is of Creole descent and, according to those closest to him, he’s as nice as can be and lived a modest life in the cities of Milwaukee and New Orleans before moving to Crawford County in the mid-2000s.

Wed
17
Jan

Lessons in Learning - Mayne

By Rachel Mergen

 

“I want to make a difference in the world,” Terry Mayne, River Ridge kindergarten teacher, said sincerely about why she decided to become a teacher. For almost 40 years, she has taught in the district.

Mayne, originally from Lancaster, received her degree at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She also completed credits at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

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