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Alzheimer’s and Dementia Registry to save critical time should your loved one wander

The Prairie du Chien Police Department recognizes the importance of time in tracking a wandering and vulnerable loved one. So, in an effort to efficiently serve and protect the citizens of Prairie du Chien, a new, voluntary registry is being offered through which family members can register loved ones who are residents of Prairie du Chien and suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.

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01
Apr

Alice in Dairyland finalists include another woman from Crawford County


Five women have been named finalists in the 72nd annual Alice in Dairyland competition, including Sarah Achenbach, of Eastman (front, left). She is pictured with current Alice in Dairyland Kaitlyn Riley, also from Crawford County (Mt. Zion), and other finalists: Mariah Martin (front, right), Brooklyn; (back, from left) Cassandra Krull, Lake Mills; Tess Zettle, Juda; and Abigail Martin, Milton. (Photo by Eichelkraut Photoraphy)

Although she’s traveled thousands and thousands of miles in the past 10 months, Kaitlyn Riley can’t believe her reign as Alice in Dairyland is winding down.

“It feels as though I just started,” said Riley, who hails from a small Jersey dairy farm in Mt. Zion, Crawford County. “But for me, it’s been the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Riley introduced the five top candidates who are seeking to fill her shoes in becoming the state’s 72nd official agricultural ambassador—Alice in Dairyland—including Sarah Achenbach, of Eastman. The other four finalists are Cassandra Krull, Lake Mills; Abigail Martin, Milton; Mariah Martin, Brooklyn; and Tess Zettle, Juda. 

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Apr

Not one, but two Menards coming to town

Two Menards stores are slated to open in Prairie du Chien sometime in late summer of 2020. The stores will be constructed, starting in the spring next year—one in each business park on either side of the city. 

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Wed
27
Mar

Man arrested for bail jumping, woman apprehended for meth

On March 21, at 8 p.m., a deputy of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office made contact with Jesse M. Nash, 32, Soldiers Grove, on Latham Road near the intersection of Davig Ridge in the township of Utica. The deputy observed Nash, whose driver’s license is suspended, operating a 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix. Nash is on bond through Crawford County for a pending drug-related charge.

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27
Mar

Local man arrested for meth


K-9 Breck is shown with numerous bags of meth, digital scales and other drug paraphernalia. (Photo courtesy of Crawford County Sheriff’s Department)

On March 23, at 2 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit initiated a traffic stop on a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu in the township of Freeman. The deputy identified the driver as Kyle Vanderbilt, 32, Prairie du Chien. A 24-year-old Prairie du Chien man was a passenger in the vehicle.

Vanderbilt, who is on active parole for possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine precursors, had an active felony warrant for his arrest through the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. He was displaying signs of drug impairment. K-9 Breck was utilized for an open air sniff of the vehicle and alerted to the presence of one or more controlled substances. 

Wed
27
Mar

School accompanist expresses 25 years of service through song


Lori Frailey has been an accompanist for Prairie du Chien middle and high school students since 1995. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

I should’ve asked her to play a melody. But I didn’t need to. The gleam in her eyes was grand enough to resonate the sweetest, most lyrical song. 

Playing piano is like speaking a language for Lori Frailey. 

“It expresses more than words can say,” she said.

Since 1995, Lori has been an accompanist for middle school and high school music students at Prairie du Chien. Her notes enhance kids’ musical experiences while also giving her a perfectly-matched creative outlet. 

Wed
27
Mar

Three candidates for two seats on PdC School Board

 

There are three candidates running for two seats on the Prairie du Chien School Board in the spring election on April 2. The three seats are all for three-year terms. The top two vote getters will be elected.

The candidates are incumbent Lynn O’Kane, incumbent Cassie Hubanks and former school board member Duane Rogers.

The following are the biographies and statements by each candidate.

Mon
25
Mar

Local man falls asleep at the wheel, totals vehicle

A Prairie du Chien man fell asleep at the wheel before crashing his vehicle in Beetown last week, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department. 

On March 22, at about 12:15 p.m., William Seeley, 22, was driving his 2004 Mercury in Beetown Township on County U, when he fell asleep and drove the vehicle off the right side of the road. Seeley struck a guardrail on a bridge and the vehicle went into the culvert. He was transported by West Grant EMS to an area hospital for non life-threatening injuries. 

Seeley’s vehicle was totaled and the bridge sustained major damage, the sheriff’s department reported. William was cited for inattentive driving.

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25
Mar

Gallagher bringing world-famous comedy to Prairie du Chien


Gallagher, the world-famous comedian and prop comic known for smashing watermelons as part of his act, will perform in Prairie du Chien April 6.

Gallagher uses his Sledge-O-Matic to smash watermelon and other foods to smithereens during his shows. Be prepared to take cover.

World-famous comedian Gallagher became a household name by smashing watermelons during his highly-rated HBO TV specials. His signature sketch is a pitch for the “Sledge-O-Matic,” a large wooden mallet that he uses to smash a variety of food items and other objects, culminating with a watermelon. 

Gallagher is coming to share his hilarious antics and insights and his incredibly creative word play in Prairie du Chien on Saturday, April 6. One 8 p.m. performance is scheduled at the Prairie du Chien Area Arts Center on the grounds of the Prairie du Chien High School. 

Advanced tickets are recommended and can be purchased at paac.ludus.com or by calling the high school at 326-3700, ext. 3312. Tickets in varying levels of the “splash zone” are available. 

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Mar

River Ridge Board set to approve borrowing for exterior site project

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The River Ridge School Board voted 6-0 at a special meeting Wednesday night to authorize possible borrowing for the $2.2 million exterior site and athletic fields project for the Patch Grove school.

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