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27
Feb

UWP strategic in attracting students


UW-Platteville Chancellor Dennis Shields delivered his State of the University Address Feb. 19. Locally relatable topics included the university’s intentional high school marketing efforts and its incorporation of a Driftless Area theme within its 2019-2020 science hall renovation. (UWP photo)

By Correne Martin

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is facing an immense challenge. Chancellor Dennis Shields said during his State of the University Address, Feb. 19, the number of high school students nationwide, especially in the upper Midwest, has declined. This means the university must take a multi-pronged approach in order to attract and retain students for the future.

“We want to continue to offer a world-class education that’s affordable and accessible to our students,” said Shields, concluding his address.

Wed
27
Feb

River Ridge exploring financial options, timeline for track, football field project

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

At its regular meeting Monday evening, the River Ridge School Board discussed possible ways to finance the proposed track and athletic fields project for Patch Grove.

Mon
25
Feb

Underwater repairs to Lock 9 should be done in early March


Divers at Lock and Dam 9 prepare to spend the day in frigid water while concrete will be pumped through a tube under the guidewalls and into the cribbing. The divers wear “hot water” suits which have hot water pumped through continually to keep the divers warm. (Photos courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

The Lock and Dam 9 guidewall is under repairs as concrete will fill in voided areas where rip rap rock once was. Work will continue until early March when the navigation season opens on the Mississippi River.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Repairs to the lock extensions at Lock and Dam 9 near Lynxville has been underway since December and is part of a two-year maintenance project by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Mon
25
Feb

Pickup truck rear-ends skid loader

On Feb. 20, at 8:22 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a two-vehicle traffic crash on US Highway 18, approximately one-quarter of a mile east of Vineyard Road in the township of Bridgeport.

Nicholas D. Steiger, 25, Woodman, was operating a New Holland L180 skid loader westbound in the left lane of US Highway 18 at a speed of approximately 15 miles per hour. The skid loader was equipped with front and rear lighting, including an orange strobe light mounted on top of the cab. There was not a slow moving vehicle emblem mounted on the back.

Trisha A. Stanek, 31, Prairie du Chien, was operating a 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup westbound in the left lane of US Highway 18. Stanek struck the rear end of the skid loader.

Mon
25
Feb

Snowplow dump truck crashes

On Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 4:39 p.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a snowplow dump truck crash at 60357 Buck Creek Road, Ferryville.

Kevin Sidie was operating a 2006 International truck owned by Freeman Township, plowing snow. He attempted to back up a driveway. 

The truck spun out and went over the embankment coming to rest on its passenger side. 

Sidie received an injury to his head and face from an object in the cab of the truck, but did not require medical treatment.

The truck was removed from the scene by Ken’s Towing.

Mon
25
Feb

Farmers weather turbulent winter


Dairy farmer Kim Moret shared a picture of herself on one of the coldest days this winter, bundled up in seven layers plus a parka hat and scarves. (Submitted photo)

According to Kim, this photo was taken in late January a few years ago. She shared the following memory, "You can notice the green background. In reality we were maybe 50 feet from the barn door. We had to create a trail of barn lime to a spot for the photographer to stage the shot so the cow wouldn't fall. The temperature that day did not get above zero and the nights were at the minus 20 range. Josie was quite alert because she was watching the other cows in the barn yard and had not been out of the barn for several days. The photographer kept his camera in his running car to prevent it from freezing until he could get the perfect shot .We were actually surrounded by snow and ice and through the magic of photoshop Josie was given a lush background. And yes that is me holding her bundled up in my cold weather attire. We needed a photo of her asap for some marketing opportunities and so we braved the cold and got it done."

By Correne Martin

“Every winter, there’s a brutal cold snap and we (farmers) deal with it.”

That’s according to Kim Moret, who has weathered dairy farming with her husband, Greg, in rural Prairie du Chien, for 37 years. Currently, the couple manages their registered holsteins along with help from daughter Kayla, who commutes from Illinois part-time.

For nearly four decades, the Morets have had a pretty good handle on Wisconsin winters. There’s a wall in their barn where they record extreme temperatures, and late January this year was one period that made that list. She recorded one morning when the temperature alone reached -34oF and wind chill temps reached 60 below. 

Wed
20
Feb

Stolen, crashed vehicle pins reported drunken driver inside

A stolen, crashed vehicle led Grant County authorities to arresting a Cassville man last week. 

On Feb. 15, at around 6:30 p.m. the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a stolen truck in the city of Lancaster. Officers checked the area but could not locate the truck. At about 8 p.m., the sheriff’s office took a report of a crash on County A near Milner Road in rural Mt. Hope. Upon officer arrival, the crashed vehicle was determined to be the one originally stolen from Lancaster. 

Gabriel Phillips, 21, was pinned inside the truck. 

He was freed by Bloomington Fire and West Grant EMS and transported to Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. Phillips was later transported to another hospital due to his injuries. 

Wed
20
Feb

Man injured when snowmobile hits tree

On Feb. 15, at 11:33 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a snowmobile crash on a trail along State Highway 171, approximately two miles east of US Highway 61, in the township of Clayton.

Joshua J. Bindl, 29, Richland Center, was operating a 2016 Polaris 795 snowmobile eastbound on a snowmobile trail. While attempting to negotiate a curve, Bindl struck a tree with the front end of the snowmobile. Bindl was riding the trail with five other snowmobilers who were able to call for assistance and render aid. 

The North Crawford Rescue Squad responded to the scene and transported Bindl to Vernon Memorial Hospital. The extent of Bindl’s injuries are unknown. This crash remains under investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Wed
20
Feb

Fur Trade Museum restoration priority is building stability


This picture shows the river side of the Fur Trade Museum around 1930.

Placement of 18 cement footings and four, 400-pound steel beams in the basement will ensure the stability of the structure into the future.

The first floor of the building has been vacated while work is being done to stabilize the historic structure.

The riverside and back door entrances are being widened as part of the restoration project at the stone building that houses the Fur Trade Museum. (Submitted photos)

By Correne Martin

The Villa Louis Fur Trade Museum was given a Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) capital project number in 2006. Though, it hasn’t been until this off-season that renovation of the 1851, two-story brick structure has begun. Exhibits dating back to the mid-1970s were removed prior to the 2017 tourism season, in preparation for the work. 

“This is a long-awaited project. Its basis is to stabilize the building,” said Susan Caya-Slusser, Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) southwest sites director.

Wed
20
Feb

1st grade writers develop independence


First grade writing partners Charlie Copsey and Kaylie Kronberg worked diligently and excitedly on their books about candy and cats, respectively, Feb. 14. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Caycen Erickson wrote his informative chapter book about sharks, while his writing partner Briar Smith taught readers about dogs with her title. Each shared their book’s favorite pages.

First graders in Ms. Kelssi Copus’ class talked with their teacher about the different chapters in a book about Grandad Bluff in La Crosse.

Volunteer grandparent Evelyn Dow visited her grandson’s first grade class last week to help during writing time. She worked with Aubrey Fish on her non-fiction book about brownies.

'PAW'SING TO READ Feeling on top of the world for getting time to read with one of B.A. Kennedy School’s regular visitors, therapy dog Spencer, first grader Hayden Cejka practiced his reading skills with a book he personally chose for his sweet friend. The dog’s owner, Gerry Downey also listened, helped Hayden with his words and worked to keep her comfy and relaxed mini golden doodle awake. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Once upon a time, the first grade students at B.A. Kennedy Elementary School put their young minds to work, placed their pens to paper, and started writing and illustrating their little hearts out. 

These first graders embody the spirit of the Lucy Calkins writing program, a method of writing instruction the school district has embraced for grade levels K-6. The process— which will start in seventh and eighth grades next year—focuses on fostering lifelong writers by coaching students to write for a variety of audiences and purposes. The youth write about their own lives, write consistently and develop independence as writers, according to the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (readingandwritingproject.org).

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