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Wed
28
Nov

Court dismisses drowning lawsuit on recreational immunity

By Correne Martin

A wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Prairie du Chien and the Prairie du Chien Area School District for the Aug. 2, 2017, drowning of a 4-year-old boy in the city’s outdoor swimming pool was dismissed in Crawford County court Monday.

Based on Wisconsin Recreational Immunity laws, substitute judge Craig Day ruled to dismiss the claims, brought by Rachael and Kurt Warrington Jr., parents of Kashton, (and the North Central Regional Council of Carpenters Health Fund), against both defendants. Day also ruled the case dismissed since the school district was not properly served court documents.

Wed
28
Nov

PdC graduate involved with InSight landing on Mars


The Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC), located on the robotic arm of NASA's InSight lander, took this picture of the Martian surface on Nov. 26, 2018, the same day the spacecraft touched down on the Red Planet. The camera's transparent dust cover is still on in this image, to prevent particulates kicked up during landing from settling on the camera's lens. This image was relayed from InSight to Earth via NASA's Odyssey spacecraft, currently orbiting Mars. (NASA/JPL-Caltech photo)

By Correne Martin

A part of Prairie du Chien landed on Mars this week.

Mitch Nelson, a 1990 Prairie du Chien graduate, is a quality assurance engineer for NASA at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Calif. He had the honor of participating in the InSight mission to Mars, Monday, Nov. 26. The probe, which NASA launched in early May, landed safely Monday at 1:52 p.m. (central standard time) 

In addition to working on the project, Nelson bought “tickets to Mars.” Along with 14,000 other people who had their names land on the Red Planet Monday, the names of Mitch Nelson and his nephew, A.J. Nelson, also made the trip. 

Wed
28
Nov

Dental screenings, fluoride varnish, education, provided to county students

Crawford County is a rural county with no fluoridated public water available. Poverty estimates, according to the 2017 Wisconsin Public Health profiles, are 20.6 percent for ages 0-17 and 14.5 percent for all ages. According to 2018 countyhealthrankings.org, 44 percent of the county population has had no recent dental visits and 57 percent of the children are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches in the schools. Many of these children are insured by Medicaid or have no dental health coverage. With the children covered by Medicaid, it is an ongoing struggle to find a dentist in the area who will see these children. Many of these children are at-risk children.

Wed
28
Nov

Internet co-op to build fiber infrastructure for rural Crawford County

Recently-incorporated Crawford County Communications Cooperative (3C Co-op) intends to build the fiber optic infrastructure to provide Fiber To The Home (FTTH) gigabit service for the under-served rural residents of Crawford County. 

This will provide symmetrical gigabit service, with upload and download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps (megabits/second), to all of the 3,605 locations that have no broadband access, requiring over 1,000 miles of fiber optic cable to be buried.

On Monday, Nov. 19, with the assistance of Andre Boening, Wisconsin Field Rep for the Rural Utility Service Telecommunications Program, the board of 3C Co-op met with cooperative development specialists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utility Service (RUS) and the University of Wisconsin’s Cooperative Center.

Wed
28
Nov

Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign a Christmas tradition


The Prairie du Chien seventh grade girls basketball team spent time ringing bells last November for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign.

In the wake of the flooding that hit Crawford County in August, Tec McLimans, of Fennimore, held a couple lemonade stands, raising over $2,000 for supplies that he and his family worked with the Salvation Army to donate to flood victims.

By Correne Martin

Crawford County Salvation Army Coordinator Jen Kapinus has noticed fewer homeless families coming into her office for assistance, inside the Prairie du Chien United Methodist Church, this past year. Though that may seem encouraging, it doesn’t mean needy individuals are suddenly flourishing.

“Last year, we were overwhelmed with [homelessness]. This year, it’s been rent and utilities to stay in homes—more homeless prevention,” she reasoned. “Really, there’s no organization that helps with first month’s rent and deposit. People just don’t have the means to pay $800 to $1,000 to get started.”

Wed
28
Nov

Two sides spar over book during PdC school board meeting


The book "The 57 Bus" caused some debate at the special Prairie du Chien School Board meeting Monday night.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A book being used at Prairie du Chien High School caused a bit of a stir at the special school board meeting in the high school’s Little Theatre Monday evening.

Mon
26
Nov

Vehicle heavily damaged in rollover

On Saturday, Nov. 17, at 5:06 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a rollover accident in Freeman Township, on Buck Creek Road approximately one-tenth of a mile east Highway 35.

An eastbound 2015 Ford pickup owned and operated by 32-year-old Timothy S. Klein of Menasa, left the road and overturned.

Klein refused medical treatment. 

The vehicle had heavy damage. Weather conditions contributed to the accident.

Mon
26
Nov

PdC woman charged with meth possession

A 36-year-old Prairie du Chien woman has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine. 

Paula Quakenbush faces up to a $10,000 fine and 3.5 years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Prairie du Chien police officers stopped a vehicle which had a defective and loud exhaust. The driver, Quakenbush, had bloodshot and dilated eyes, the complaint said. She agreed to a search of her vehicle.

A small, metal tin containing meth was found in the search.

Mon
26
Nov

Deputies seek hit and run suspect

On Saturday, Nov. 17, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department initially investigated a hit and run accident at McCormick’s Bar and Grill in Rolling Ground. Sometime between 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16 and noon on Saturday, Nov. 17, a legally parked white 2015 Nissan Rogue was struck by another vehicle in the parking lot area of the establishment. 

The striking/suspect vehicle is believed to be a silver 1993-99 Ford Escort Wagon and/or Mercury Tracer. A large plastic piece from the suspect vehicle remained at the scene.  

Mon
26
Nov

Man charged with 5th OWI

A 54-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fifth offense).

Daniel Carroll faces up to a $25,000 fine and 10 years in prison if convicted. 

According to the criminal complaint, a Prairie du Chien police officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle that then accelerated rapidly across an intersection, causing the tires to squeal. The officer caught up to the vehicle which had parked in a driveway. Carroll was subsequently arrested for suspected OWI.

Carroll has previously been convicted of OWI four times.

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