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Wed
24
Oct

Vaping may have caused serious injury to 14-year-old

A River Ridge student was airlifted to the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison Tuesday, after he possibly inhaled alcohol through a vape (electronic cigarette) smoking device, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department. 

On Oct. 23, at 8:46 a.m., the sheriff’s department and West Grant EMS responded to River Ridge High School for a 14-year-old boy with an unknown medical problem. 

The sheriff’s department said its initial investigation indicated that the juvenile male may have vaped alcohol through a device, which caused him to suffer symptoms associated with alcohol poisoning. The boy was transported to Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien and then airlifted to Madison in serious condition. 

Wed
24
Oct

Bridgeport Township, Crossing Rivers to negotiate remediation of water issues

By Correne Martin

Bridgeport Township has decided to work with Crossing Rivers Health—and avoid a lawsuit­—in the case of the medical center’s claim that a 2016 town road project caused diversion and trespassing of flood waters to the hospital campus’ property. 

The town board met Oct. 16, and motioned to authorize its legal counsel to negotiate with Crossing Rivers and others in an attempt to reach a global resolution to the problem that was created. The action followed over an hour of closed session discussion.

“It’s what everyone would like to see,” Town Clerk Linda Smrcina said, after the meeting.

Bridgeport’s attorney is Nicole Bacher, of Cross Jenks Mercer & Maffei, in Baraboo.

Wed
24
Oct

PdC school tax rate the same for 7th straight year

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

At its annual budget hearing Monday night at Prairie du Chien High School, the board of education approved of a budget with a tax rate of $10.66. This is the seventh year in a row that the board has held the tax rate at $10.66.

Mon
22
Oct

Trump approves federal disaster declaration for Wisconsin following recent floods

Gov. Scott Walker announced Oct. 18, that President Donald Trump has approved a federal disaster declaration to help individuals and local communities impacted by devastating floods and strong storms that occurred in August and September. Earlier this month, Governor Walker requested federal disaster aid. 

“This is welcome news to many people whose lives were impacted by recent flooding,” Walker said. “There still is a lot of work to be done and more assistance that is needed.”

Under the declaration, individuals, families and businesses in Crawford, Dane, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk and Vernon counties are now eligible to apply for federal disaster assistance.

Mon
22
Oct

7th OWI charged

A 62-year-old Genoa man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with operating while intoxicated (seventh offense). 

Nicholas Walls faces up to a $25,000 fine and 12.5 years in prison if convicted. 

According to the criminal complaint, there was a one-vehicle crash in the village of Ferryville. A 1992 Ford Ranger was stuck off an embankment along the west shoulder of Main Street. The vehicle was several feet down the embankment and barely hanging on from rolling down onto the train tracks. A man was then found lying along the shoulder south of Ferryville on Highway 35. The man turned out to be the owner of the Ford, and he told officers that he was operating the truck and realized he was too drunk to drive, so he attempted to turn around and became stuck in the embankment, the complaint said.

Mon
22
Oct

Fall Bridal Show at Backwoods Nov. 4

By Correne Martin

All area brides, grooms and their families are invited to the Fall Bridal Show at Backwoods Bar and Grill banquet hall in downtown McGregor, Sunday, Nov. 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nearly 30 vendors will showcase their services and products, and offer samples, specials, cash-and-carry items and more.

This is the first ever Fall Bridal Show, coordinated by Lynda Coon, and sponsored by six main partners: Backwoods, AmeriVu Bluffview Inn & Suites, Nelson True Value (both of Prairie du Chien), Zazou’s Bridal Boutique & Tuxedos (Jodi Stricker-Dubuque), Kathy’s Kakes (Kathy Buenzli-Prairie du Chien), and Yes, I Can Paint (Lynda Coon-McGegor). 

Mon
22
Oct

Trick or treat and more at Main Street’s Fall Family Fun Day


Over 300 trick-or-treaters and their families have visited downtown Prairie du Chien merchants each year for the tradition that will happen once again Saturday, Oct. 27. (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

Trick-or-treating in Prairie du Chien just got a whole lot better than usual. 

This Saturday afternoon, Oct. 27, families are invited to downtown Prairie du Chien for Fall Family Fun Day. From 1 to 3 p.m., costumed children are welcome to trick or treat at more than 25 different businesses. All establishments participating will be designated with an orange jack-o-lantern in their window, said Lou Davis, The Pickett Fence owner and PdC Main Street member.

Treat givers will include these establishments:

Mon
22
Oct

Driftless Development aims for broadband in Crawford County

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Driftless Development of Crawford County has contracted with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Survey Research Center to conduct a survey to help determine a plan for providing broadband Internet throughout the county.

Wed
17
Oct

Tree rooted in Mt. Hope and in the hearts of countless admirers


The iconic and symbolic landmark that is known as the Mt. Hope tree is a beautiful subject to photograph, paint or simply experience on any day, in any season. It stood, as always, a peaceful picturesque silhouette in the fall sunlight and light breeze on Tuesday, Oct. 16. (Photo by Correne Martin)

A few of the snapshots taken by admirers and shared on Facebook. By Shelly Huberd Stagman (black and white) and Aarik Lee.

By Correne Martin

You might say it’s your tree. 

A landmark. A solitary silhouette on the horizon. A sign of positive energy, strength, comfort, coming and going. 

No matter its symbolism for you, the Mt. Hope tree is, perhaps, one of the most cherished and recognized life forms in all of the area. 

“I’m still flabbergasted that everybody feels it’s their tree,” delighted Lynda Coon, one of the countless passers-by whose family has claimed ownership over the icon. For several years, Coon has also instructed local painting classes, where the Mt. Hope tree is depicted on canvas by amateur artists. 

Wed
17
Oct

Fire destroys home on Prairie Street


This older trailer house at 820 N. Prairie St., was a total loss in a fire that started after midnight, Oct. 16, in Prairie du Chien. Above is the view from Prairie Street. At right is a picture taken from the alley behind the home. (Photos by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A vacation home at 820 N. Prairie St., in Prairie du Chien, caught fire early Tuesday morning and is a total loss, according to Fire Chief Jeff Boughton. Yet, nobody was home when it happened, so there were no injuries and no loss of life. The adjacent homes were undamaged. 

“It was fully engulfed when we got there,” he stated. 

The call came in to the Prairie du Chien Fire Department about 12:30 a.m. Ablaze was an old trailer house with two garage additions, owned by a couple from Chicago. Five Prairie du Chien fire trucks were dispatched, and the Bridgeport and Rural Prairie du Chien Fire Department was called in for mutual aid. They sent three trucks to the scene, Boughton said. 

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