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Fri
08
Feb

8 year old raises money for water in South Sudan


Kye Czajkowski Higgins, 8, of Prairie du Chien, is considered an Amazing Kid by Water for South Sudan for his efforts to raise funds for the organization.

Water for South Sudan (WFSS) works with passionate individuals from around the globe, now including an enthusiastic 8 year old from Prairie du Chien. 

The organization’s donors contribute in ways large and small to make its work possible. Its most recent monthly newsletter highlighted local boy, Kye Czajkowski Higgins, as an “Amazing Kid” for his efforts to support clean water, hygiene and sanitation projects in South Sudan. 

Last year, his brother, Logan, read “A Long Walk to Water,” a book by Linda Sue Park based on WFSS founder Salva Dut’s experience as a “Lost Boy of Sudan.” Kye then decided to read the book and was moved to start a fundraiser to help. 

Fri
08
Feb

Cycling a life changer for Bloomington woman


Crystal rides her beargrease through the snow as often year-round as possible. One of her favorite places to cycle is at Yellow River State Forest in Harpers Ferry, Iowa.

Crystal Kovacs is pictured with her sons, Dan and Brett, three years ago in 2015 and again on Mother’s Day 2018. Not only has she lost 70 pounds and changed her borderline diabetic, high blood pressure and COPD diagnoses, but she has also gained a stronger bond with her family.

Crystal doesn't let the elements phase her any time of the year. She is pictured here at Yellow River State Forest on her Salsa Beargrease.

Crystal is pictured on a Salsa Cutthroat bike, grinding along on the Dirty Kanza course in Kansas.

Crystal Kovacs was selected by Salsa Cycles as one of 16 sponsored athletes around the world to represent their brand.

By Correne Martin

Crystal Kovacs is living proof that you can be bold, even when you don’t fit the mold of a 20-something fitness trainer. 

At the age of 45, with her children nearly raised, Crystal has lost 70 pounds, reversed several health prognoses and propelled her way into an elite class of Salsa Cycles internationally-sponsored athletes who are powering through life’s adventures on the seat of a bicycle. 

“Every person has an athlete inside of them who wants out,” the Bloomington resident professed. 

Wed
06
Feb

School closings, possible make-up days in discussion

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Due to bad weather, area school districts have had to either close early or cancel school altogether on several occasions so far this winter, including four days in a row in one recent week.

Mon
04
Feb

Garage destroyed but house saved in Seneca fire

A garage was destroyed but the house which was only a few feet away was saved by firefighters battling a blaze on a frigid Tuesday night, Jan. 29, one of the coldest nights of the year so far. 

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department reports that a garage owned by Sara and Matt Wall on Highway 27 about three miles south of Seneca started on fire due to working on equipment in the garage when fumes ignited.

Responding to the scene were the Seneca, Eastman and Gays Mills fire departments, along with Tri-State Regional EMS, Alliant Energy, Seneca First Responders and the sheriff’s department.

Mon
04
Feb

CBD a hot new product line


CBD oils, creams, gummies and vape pens are some of the products available at Café Hope in Prairie du Chien.

Tisha Trautsch, RN, BSN, spoke about the history, products and potential benefits of CBD in the local hemp health class at Café Hope in January. (Photos by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Cannabidoil, or CBD, is a cannabis compound extracted from the hemp plant that has shown appealing medical benefits for people seeking relief from pain, inflammation, anxiety, seizures, fatigue and other conditions. It does not trigger that feeling of being “high,” like the psychoactive cannabinoid THC does, and there is no evidence of addiction. These reasons make it an attractive supplement for a growing number of Americans, according to Tisha Trautsch, the registered nurse who led a hemp health class Jan. 29, at Café Hope in Prairie du Chien.

Particularly, since hemp was removed in September 2018 from the federal Controlled Substances Act Schedule 1 classification list, and essentially legalized nationally, Trautsch said its usage is soaring.

Mon
04
Feb

A nice, warm 69th Ice Fisheree


Shawn Stone (seated) of Prairie du Chien and Job Wetter of Boscobel are all smiles as they relax in the relative comfort and warmth of the 69th Annual Prairie du Chien Ice Fisheree Saturday as mild temperatures in the 40s greeted hundreds of ice anglers of all ages on Gremore Lake and other parts of the Mississippi River. Fishing on Gremore Lake near Fisheree Headquarters, The Crooked Oar Bar and Marina on County K, Shawn and Job, 11, were having decent luck on tip-ups catching good-sized largemouth bass. One largemouth caught by a fishing neighbor on a tip-up in the same area tipped the scale at 3.97 pounds. It was Job’s first ice fishing adventure, and he said he liked watching the tip-ups more than jigging. Ice Fisheree activities were held Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)
Wed
30
Jan

Everyone encouraged to take steps to stay safe in extreme cold

Dangerously low temperatures have arrived, and Crawford County Health and Human Services wants to remind residents to take steps to be safe and stay warm.  

“Freezing temperatures, wind chills, and winter storms can cause hypothermia, frostbite, and even death,” said Cindy Riniker, Health Officer. “The best way to stay safe during extreme cold is to be prepared.”

In the 2017-2018 winter season, 38 people died from exposure to extreme cold. To protect yourself and your family during extreme cold, follow these safety tips:

•Stay inside. When possible, stay indoors.

Wed
30
Jan

Crash causes power outage in part of Eastman

On Sunday, Jan. 27, at 7:43 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle traffic crash on S. Water Street in the village of Eastman.

Dylan M. Krachey-Yahn, 21, Eastman, was operating a 2000 Ford F 250 southbound on S. Water Street from Sheridan Road when he lost control of his truck and struck a utility pole. 

Wed
30
Jan

Come give your input about PdC rental needs

By Correne Martin

All current and potential renters as well as first-time or single-family homebuyers in the Prairie du Chien area are urged to attend a Renters Forum on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 5:30 p.m., in the city hall community room. By simply registering at the 60-90-minute session, people will have their names put into a drawing for $50 cash. 

The forum goal is for regional developers to identify renter needs regarding how tenant offerings can be improved and fulfilled throughout the area. 

Wed
30
Jan

Coldest air in decades


Prairie du Chien was pretty quiet Tuesday and Wednesday, with a weather warning in effect for record-breaking, dangerous cold through Thursday, Jan. 31, at noon. But Morgan Stifel was out mid-afternoon Tuesday, braving -2oF degree temperatures and -20oF wind chills, as he walked to his home on Marquette Road. Stifel said he moved here in the 1990s and has never seen the air quite so raw as it’s been this week. According to the National Weather Service at La Crosse, the region hasn’t seen wind chills in the 50-below-zero range since Feb. 2-3, 1996. (Photo by Correne Martin)

State of emergency declared, closures are widespread

By Correne Martin

Wisconsin is in a state of emergency, as declared by Gov. Tony Evers Monday, in response to ongoing dangerous wind chills predicted to reach 45 to 60 degrees below zero Tuesday through Thursday. 

Warming centers are available in Crawford County upon request, according to the emergency management and public health offices. The two entities team up to manage the centers upon request for as many as 24 hours a day if necessary. Emergency Management Director Jim Hackett said, to request a warming center Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., contact the public health department at 326-0229. Outside of normal business hours, requests should be made by contacting the county communications center at 326-8414.

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