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01
Oct

PdC community invited to Pink Night fundraiser for local woman battling breast cancer

By Correne Martin

Pink Night is coming up for the Prairie du Chien High School volleyball team, on Tuesday, Oct. 9, in a home match against Lancaster. The junior varsity game begins at 5:45 p.m. in the high school gym, with the varsity to follow at 7:15 p.m.

Aside from a surely entertaining competition, there will be an opportunity for community members to step up and “block out cancer” by supporting a local woman who is battling breast cancer. Highlights include raffle baskets and a cookie sale that evening.

Mon
01
Oct

Dementia support programs to start

By Correne Martin

Riding the emotional roller coaster of having someone in the family with a memory impairment is stressful, to put it mildly. With the numbers of people facing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia  increasing, and the stigma still existing, more support groups and social gatherings like memory cafés are materializing in communities everywhere.

Prairie du Chien is offering three supportive programs, starting this fall, for all area residents dealing with cognitive disorders, and their loved ones. These free offerings are through the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin and coordinated by new Dementia Outreach Specialist Heather Moore. 

Wed
26
Sep

Gays Mills flood victims pick up the pieces, await answers


Arleena Roe and Augie Stanley, of Gays Mills, stand in front of their home on Park Street in Gays Mills, where the foundation shifted, buckled and blew out from raging flood waters. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Along with their teenage daughters and two dogs, Arleena Roe and Augie Stanley were displaced. They currently live in a camper behind their home and have arranged a living room inside the garage, where they’re also storing what belongings they salvaged from the disaster.

The couple's garage when they walked in to clean up from the late August Kickapoo River flood.

New kitchen decor at the Gays Mills home of Arleena Roe and Augie Stanley includes some shiny, destructive mud and filthy water stains.

Samantha Olson lives here, on Gay Street, in Gays Mills. Her home was raised 8 feet after the previously-historic 2008 Kickapoo River flood. She thought she’d never be evacuated due to a flood again, but she and her young family were rescued by boat last month when the river crested at 22.31 feet in the village. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

When you walk back into your house after muddy flood waters have turned your once comfortable surroundings into the most vile rubble you could ever imagine, you don’t even know where to begin. 

You feel overwhelmed. Dazed. Tearful. 

You clean, sort and throw belongings as simple as plastic bowls and utensils. But, then, the significant family memories go too, as you hastily drop drenched photographs into the trash. 

You pump out rooms containing water and pressure wash for days.

What’s worth cleaning? Is there even an unsoiled area for you to sit down and clean what’s salvageable?

Wed
26
Sep

Student pedestrian accident an educational moment

By Correne Martin

It was just another normal school day. Local mom, Sara Ross, was working and her kids were off on their bikes to school. 

But, right at 8 a.m., she received a phone call from the school that started out with, “We don’t want you to worry. James is OK, but there was an incident. We want you to talk to him.”

He came on the line and sounded perky, like he was feeling fine.

“Mom, I was hit by a car,” the Bluff View middle schooler said. He also told his mom he didn’t have any cuts or marks from the accident. 

Wed
26
Sep

Ag clean sweep and electronics recycling in Crawford County Oct. 26

Crawford County is holding an ag clean sweep and electronics recycling event Friday, Oct. 26, at the County Highway Shop, just south of Seneca, on Highway 27. Hours of collection are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Any Crawford County resident, who can provide proof of residency, may participate. 

This event is a great opportunity for residents to properly dispose of many chemicals and substances that may pose serious health and environmental hazards. There is always a wide array of chemicals brought in, some much more toxic than others. Now is a great time to go through the basement, garage or barn and dispose of those unused, unwanted chemicals.

Wed
26
Sep

Prairie du Chien Athletic Director Secretary is also SWC Commissioner

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Prairie du Chien High School Athletic Director Secretary Sara Godfrey has settled into her new role as Southwest Wisconsin Conference Commissioner and is looking forward to a fun and busy school year. 

Mon
24
Sep

Modern Holocaust Studies course illuminating for Prairie high schoolers


Natalie White was one of 30 U.S. Holocaust studies teachers accepted into a 10-day symposium at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, in Israel, this summer. She stayed a few extra days to take in some of the sights as well.

Through both Holocaust studies conferences Prairie du Chien High School English teacher Natalie White attended this summer, she intensively explored lessons about prejudism, racism and stereotyping that she can share with her students.

By Correne Martin

Understanding the consequences of prejudism, racism and stereotyping with a sense of empathy is a facet of education offered to upperclassmen at Prairie du Chien High School through a rather new, semester-long Holocaust Studies course. 

The 2018-2019 spring semester will be the third session of this class, which examines the reality and implications of the Nazi campaign to destroy European Jews from 1933 to 1945. 

Mon
24
Sep

Two injured in crash

On Sept. 20, at 6:48 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a two-vehicle, head-on collision on State Highway 60 near Eagle Lane in the township of Wauzeka.

Dakota P.L. Kull, 18, Wauzeka, was operating a 1996 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck eastbound on State Highway 60. Crystal M. Peer, 39, Boscobel, was operating a 2006 Ford Fusion SEL westbound on State Highway 60. Kull crossed the centerline into the westbound lane. Kull stated he received a call on his cell phone so he looked down. While doing so, Kull crossed the centerline into the path of the westbound Peer vehicle. The driver’s side of the Kull and Peer vehicles collided head-on.

Mon
24
Sep

County Health Officer advises to get your flu shot now

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The flu season is almost upon us and people should be thinking about getting vaccinated soon, says Crawford County Health Officer Cindy Riniker, who noted the season officially begins on Oct. 1, but every season varies in length and severity.

Fri
21
Sep

David Earl Moody

David Earl Moody was born on Dec. 6, 1947, in New Hampton, Iowa, to Earl and Betty Jean (Slick) Moody. He passed away peacefully and privately at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Madison, on Sept. 4. He battled prostate cancer, lung cancer and brain cancer all as the result of his exposure to Agent Orange while serving his country in Viet Nam during 1968-69.

He was a complicated man. To anyone who would look into his past, one would have a clearer understanding of how he became so complicated.

Dave had an extreme sense of bravery in any situation. Perhaps his only fears were of snakes and bats. Snakes immediately succumbed to his wrath with a hoe. Bats (once in the house) were pursued by Dave wearing a baseball cap, donning leather gloves with a badminton racket in hand. Worked every time!

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