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Wed
09
Jan

Public meeting Jan. 17 about county’s hazard mitigation plan

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A public meeting will be held on Jan. 17 at 5 p.m. in the Crawford County Highway Department conference room near Seneca about the county’s multi-hazard mitigation plan. 

Wed
09
Jan

Crawford County to hire public health educator

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Health and Human Services Department will be getting a public health educator following the county’s personnel committee meeting today (Jan. 9).

Wed
09
Jan

New Prairie du Chien police chief appointed


Prairie du Chien Police Chief Kyle Teynor was sworn into his position by City Clerk Tina Fuller Jan. 7, at 10 a.m., at city hall. He was appointed to the position by the city’s five-man police and fire commission.

By Correne Martin

Fifteen-year Prairie du Chien police officer and former sergeant, Kyle Teynor, 35, was appointed the next chief of police for the city, Jan. 2, and sworn in Jan. 7, by the city clerk. He was selected by the Prairie du Chien Police and Fire Commission after two candidates were interviewed for the chief position.

“This has been a lifelong goal. I grew up across the street from the old police department on Prairie Street and was the kid looking out the window anytime I observed a squad car drive by. Police officers have always been my heroes,” Teynor stated. “Also, policing is a passion and, more importantly, the advancement of the job of policing into a profession is important to me. The steadfast progression of this department is always on my mind.”

Wed
09
Jan

Even greater place to swim this winter

Setting out to make the pool deck as safe as possible for patrons at Hoffman Hall, staff researched products that could provide a durable, anti-slip surface. In doing so, they learned that 3M in Prairie du Chien had products that would fit that bill. Collaborating with 3M staff, the perfect matting was chosen. Several rolls of vinyl Nomad were donated to Hoffman Hall, valued at $1,000 apiece, for placement along the outside edge of the pool and inside the men’s and women’s bathrooms. The Nomad is resistant to grease and oil that swimmers’ feet could otherwise leave on the deck, it helps protect the original 1962 floor surface and it covers up the old non-slip strips. The Nomad is also easy for the staff to clean. So far, patrons are loving it, according to pool staff, and only one roll has been used. The second roll will be added in other areas at Hoffman Hall and likely at the city’s outdoor pool as well.

Mon
07
Jan

Familiar owners take over Eastman Locker


Kevin and Jane Schaaf (right) sold the Eastman Locker to Grant and Nikki Stluka and family. Both are pictured here on the day the sale closed at Adams Auction & Real Estate.

The age of the Eastman Locker was not known by either owners, though there’s a neat picture of it inside the store from back in 1912 when it was a general store.

The J.F. Pier General Store, now known as Eastman Locker, is pictured here in 1912.

By Correne Martin

After 13 and a half years of ownership under Kevin and Jane Schaaf, the Eastman Locker was sold to Grant and Nikki Stluka, who took over Dec. 31.

“This is big news for a small town,” Jane noted. 

The deal closed through Adams Auction & Real Estate on New Year’s Eve, and as soon as 2019 started, the Stlukas were in the meat locker plant, ready for business as usual. The same employees will remain in Brian Cipra, Matt Lorenz, Tim Sprosty and Roy Kramer, and the hours, services and products are expected to be much the same. 

Mon
07
Jan

So much love already for New Year’s baby


Jordan Nance and Christopher Conant were full of joy in sharing their newborn, Cayden Allen, this year’s New Year’s baby in Prairie du Chien. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Cayden never made a sound or opened his eyes during his first official interview last week.

By Correne Martin

 

“Most people aren’t as blessed to come into the world with what he has,” the dad of the 2019 New Year’s baby in Prairie du Chien remarked quietly, looking at the tiny face of his two-day-old son, Cayden Allen. 

Cayden was born to Jordan Nance and Christopher Conant, of Prairie du Chien, just 23 minutes after midnight on Jan. 1, at Crossing Rivers Health. He is the couple’s first child together, but joins Conant’s older son, age 6, in their loving family. His middle name was chosen in memory of Cayden’s late grandfather, who passed away last May. 

Mon
07
Jan

Highway 18 project in Grant County to begin in summer


This map from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation shows the stretch of Highway 18 that will be resurfaced during the summer.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Motorists on Highway 18 in the Prairie du Chien area are not done with construction zones just yet. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) is in the process of developing final plans to improve US 18, beginning just south of the Wisconsin River Bridge and continuing southeast to the US 18/WIS 35 intersection near Patch Grove. The project length is 6.3 miles.

Wed
02
Jan

High-speed internet effort rapidly advancing in county

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The newly created Crawford County Communications Cooperative (3C Co-op) is certainly going full steam ahead to bring broadband internet to the rural parts of the county.

Wed
02
Jan

Polodna a man of service above self


The Prairie du Chien Police Honor Guard salutes the casket holding one of the police department’s own officers, Detective Stacy Polodna, who passed away Dec. 22, from cancer. Pictured (from left) are Ashley Erickson, Tara Henry, Jeff Henry, Max Erickson, Casey Cox, Kyle Teynor, Terry Sprosty and Chad Abram. For more photos, see the Courier's Facebook page. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Stacy Polodna served the Prairie du Chien Police Department for the better part of two decades, working part-time in college, starting as a full-time patrolman in 1999, and becoming a detective in 2009. He passed away Dec. 22, 2018, at the age of 50. The most savage of all criminals—cancer—is what took his life. 

Polodna, who lived in rural Bagley, was diagnosed a mere two years ago with glioblastoma brain cancer and retired in 2017. 

Wed
02
Jan

Over $5,000 made in Christmas bake sale for youth mission trip


Pictured are just a few of the cookie trays baked and assembled for supporters of the Eastman United Methodist Church Youth Group bake sale. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Frosting some of the sugar cookies were Eastman youth group members Anya and Andrew Aspenson (left, and third from left) along with helpers Allie Aspenson and Stephanos Pavlis. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The Eastman United Methodist Church Youth Group organized a Christmas bake sale throughout December to help offset the costs of a mission trip to Hopkinsville, Ky., June 22-29. 

Exactly $6,710 was raised by the kids who are going and their families, who reside in Eastman, Prairie du Chien and Wauzeka. Around $5,275 of that was profit. Ninety percent of the funds was made in pre-sales, while some was garnered at a stand set up at Johnson’s One Stop in Seneca Dec. 29.

“They sold an insane amount of baked goods,” said parent Cindy Payne.

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