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Mon
22
Jun

Three inches in an hour


Numerous streets in Prairie du Chien were flooded Monday morning after a reported 3 inches of rain fell between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. They were Marquette Road as well as Dousman, Webster, Fillmore and Fremont Streets, among others. Motorists are pictured making their way through deep water on Dousman Street. In addition to the rain that inundated the area, severe weather passing through included hail measuring as large as 2 inches in diameter (in Steuben), wind gusts as high as 60-plus miles per hour, mud slides, debris on roadways, downed power lines and trees, inoperable stop lights and more. Emergency crews stopped traffic due to hazardous traveling conditions in various locations across the region. Residents getting pictures of the storms Monday are encouraged to share them on the Courier Press’ Facebook page. (Photo by Correne Martin)

One of the larger trees in Prairie du Chien that fell down in Monday morning’s storm was this one, on Blackhawk Avenue across from the Mayo Clinic. (Photo by Correne Martin)
Mon
22
Jun

Drama camp is for all kids, from the dramatic to the shy


At last year’s Drama Hawks Junior Camp, activities included games such as “statue,” where the youth learned how to show a character with their body, expression and poses. Pictured (from left) are Avery Shefland, Madi Heyn, Emmy Schroeder and David Riniker. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Looking for a uniquely entertaining and educational activity for your kids to experience this summer? Consider enrolling them in the week-long Drama Hawks Junior Camps at Hoffman Hall, sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department. There are two sessions that meet June 29 through July 3; 5-8 year olds are from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and the 9-12 year olds meet from noon to 3 p.m. Practices are Monday through Friday with a final performance planned for Friday evening at the Prairie du Chien High School theater.

Mon
22
Jun

History made in Crossing Rivers births


Lillian Jasmine Beall was the last baby born at the old Crossing Rivers Health, on June 10, at 8:32 a.m. Holding her is proud mother Roseann Beall, of Prairie du Chien, with (from left) Chris Schroeder, RN, OB director; and Cheri Berntgen, RN. Lillian’s family includes sister, Angelina (left); sister, Chavon; and brother, Anthony. Older brothers, Victor and Ricky, were not available for the photo.

Casen Richard Johnson was born to Serita and Rob Johnson, of rural Wauzeka, at the new Crossing Rivers Health five days after it opened June 11. The happy family also includes big brother Chanse. Pictured with them are (from left) Rachael George, RN; Julia Nelson, RN, chief quality officer; Ellen Zwirlein, RN, chief nursing officer; and Chris Schroeder, RN, OB director. The delivering physician was Dr. Sara Mees, of Gundersen Clinic-Prairie du Chien.

Two area families experienced historic births at Crossing Rivers Health in the days surrounding the hospital’s big move from its former facility on Taylor Street to its new location, which opened to patients on June 11, along Highway 18.

Just one day before Crossing Rivers Health moved into the new medical center, Lillian Jasmine Beall made history by arriving at 8:32 a.m. on June 10. The baby girl is the daughter of Roseann Beall, of Prairie du Chien. The delivering physician was Dr. Chris Mees, of Gundersen Clinic-Prairie du Chien.

Casen Richard Johnson was the first baby born at the new Crossing Rivers Health, just five days after the state-of-the-art facility opened. The baby boy is the son of Serita and Rob Johnson, of rural Wauzeka.

Wed
17
Jun

Prairie du Chien council indecisive on new city attorney

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council was unable to decide upon its next city attorney following closed session discussion Tuesday night. Three separate motions were made naming three different individuals who could replace the retiring Tom Peterson, but each motion failed, resulting in the council postponing the hiring decision until its July 7 regular meeting.

Wed
17
Jun

New True Value progressing

Construction is coming right along on the new Nelson True Value hardware store in Prairie du Chien, across North Marquette Road from Radio Shack. Friede & Associates, of Reedsburg, is the general contractor. Underground work is nearing completion and concrete floors will be poured next week, according to Roger A. Mortensen, Friede project manager. The community will soon see the drives and parking taking shape as well. Completion is still anticipated for October. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp and Caitlin Bittner)

Wed
17
Jun

Walgreens settles lawsuit involving prerecorded calls for prescriptions

A class action lawsuit against Walgreens (Kolinek v. Walgreen Co., Case No. 12-cv-04806, in Northern District of Illinois) has reached a settlement. According to a mailer received by a Prairie du Chien area resident, the lawsuit alleges that Walgreens made prerecorded calls to the cell phones of certain pharmacy customers, without their consent, to remind them when their prescriptions were due for refill. Walgreens denies any wrongdoing and maintains that prerecorded prescription calls are medical alerts that its customers want and are made with their consent. The settlement doesn’t establish who is correct, but rather is a compromise to end the lawsuit.

Wed
17
Jun

Experience fishing and canoeing adventures locally this summer


The number of fishing, canoeing, kayaking and other activities at the new Outdoor Recreation Center at Prairie du Chien’s Washington Street Park are endless. Individuals and families with children are encouraged to participate in the scheduled events offered to beginners interested in checking out such adventures for free or low-cost. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Living along the Mississippi River, you might think everyone in the community takes advantage of leisurely activities such as fishing and canoeing. But that’s not necessarily the case. Some residents spend hours upon hours on the river each summer, while others might take the river for granted and only view it from a nearby park on occasion.

The Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department is trying to change that and get more people, especially families with children, involved with the adventures of fishing and canoeing. A number of free or low-cost programs are available this summer, all of which take place at the new Outdoor Recreation Center at Washington Street Park. And each of the programs is led by a local, volunteer expert who takes joy in passing along his knowledge.

Wed
17
Jun

Experience fishing and canoeing adventures locally this summer


The number of fishing, canoeing, kayaking and other activities at the new Outdoor Recreation Center at Prairie du Chien’s Washington Street Park are endless. Individuals and families with children are encouraged to participate in the scheduled events offered to beginners interested in checking out such adventures for free or low-cost. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Living along the Mississippi River, you might think everyone in the community takes advantage of leisurely activities such as fishing and canoeing. But that’s not necessarily the case. Some residents spend hours upon hours on the river each summer, while others might take the river for granted and only view it from a nearby park on occasion.

The Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department is trying to change that and get more people, especially families with children, involved with the adventures of fishing and canoeing. A number of free or low-cost programs are available this summer, all of which take place at the new Outdoor Recreation Center at Washington Street Park. And each of the programs is led by a local, volunteer expert who takes joy in passing along his knowledge.

Mon
15
Jun

Ohio Street reconstruction to begin July 1

On Wednesday, July 1, a street and utility project slated to primarily take place on Ohio Street in Prairie du Chien will begin. This project will include the reconstruction of Ohio Street from Blackhawk Avenue to Washington Street. The project will consist of the reconstruction of Ohio Street, work on the Washington Street lift station and the reconstruction of Washington Street.

The reconstruction of Ohio Street will consist of work on 32’ wide asphalt pavement, curb and gutter, 5’ wide sidewalk, concrete driveway aprons to the right of way, sanitary sewer, sanitary laterals, the water main, water services and storm sewer.

The work on the Washington Street lift station will include the complete replacement of the lift station and force main. The new station will be located about 30’ west of the existing lift station.

Mon
15
Jun

Teen escapes injury in crash

On Tuesday, June 9, at 8:30 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle rollover crash on Trout Creek Road approximately two tenths of a mile east of Pansy Lane in the township of Clayton.

Baylee J. Grimsled, 16, of Soldiers Grove, was traveling west on Trout Creek Road when she lost control of her 2001 Chrysler Concorde due to the loose gravel in the roadway. Grimsled lost control, went into the north side shoulder, over corrected, crossed both lanes of travel and struck the embankment causing the vehicle to overturn.

Grimsled claimed no injuries from the crash but was transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital for a medical evaluation. The vehicle sustained severe damage and was towed from the scene by Sleepy Hollow Towing.
Assisting the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department were North Crawford Rescue Squad, Soldiers Grove Fire Department and Sleepy Hollow Towing.

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