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Wed
31
Oct

Crawford County ensures voting security


On Tuesday, election volunteers Marilyn Nies (left) and Sandy McClusky (right) tested the Prairie du Chien wards 1 and 6 touch screen voting machines by casting various voting scenarios, as dictated by city clerk Tina Fuller. Once they went through all eight scenarios, they matched the machine’s tape with the ballots cast to ensure the machines were correctly recording the votes. This process was done by all city wards and county municipalities. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Prairie du Chien ward 6 election chief Marilyn Nies casts a test ballot as the city conducted its annual public test of the touch screen voting machines Tuesday, Oct. 30.

By Correne Martin

The Crawford County Clerk’s Office regularly makes election security a priority. Though, with the increased concern over the vulnerability of America’s electronic voting systems, Clerk Janet Geisler said doing so is especially critical.

“I wish there was a way I could make voters feel more secure,” she stated. “I know people are concerned about the voting machines, but they are not, in any way, shape or form, connected to the Internet.” Geisler added that she’s participated in a number of recounts over the years, and they’ve “always come out correct.”

Also to ensure security, the state has more heavily emphasized webinars about safety measures this year as well. 

Wed
31
Oct

Crawford County quietly observes 200th birthday


The rectangular section on the left, drawn on the map above, represents land established as Crawford County in 1818.

By Correne Martin

Crawford County was once so substantial in size that it covered the western half of what would become Wisconsin, nearly halfway up the state, according to Prairie du Chien historian Mary Antoine. It encompassed the land we know today as Iowa, Portage, Dane, St. Croix, Sauk, Richland, Chippewa, Vernon, La Crosse and Clark counties.

On Oct. 9, Crawford County quietly observed its 200th birthday. Much is chronicled in local history about its origination, though the public is generally unaware.

Mon
29
Oct

Meeting to discuss Badger-Hawkeye Bridge from Cassville to Guttenberg

The Badger-Hawkeye Bridge Coalition and Cassville Economic Development are hosting a regional informational meeting next week to discuss an initiative to construct a new Mississippi River bridge crossing between Cassville, Wisconsin, and rural Guttenberg, Iowa—located 30 miles north of Dubuque, Iowa and 30 miles south of Prairie du Chien.

This meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Cassville Elementary School gymnasium, 412 Crawford St., Cassville. 

The meeting is open to all interested individuals and groups from Grant, Clayton, Crawford and Dubuque counties and surrounding areas who wish to receive information about where the proposal stands currently and where it could go in 2019 with community assistance.

Mon
29
Oct

Man arrested after allegedly endangering his brother’s safety

A Bloomington man was arrested on the tentative charge of first degree recklessly endangering safety after an incident involving his brother that happened Friday morning, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

On Oct. 26, around 8:10 a.m., the sheriff’s department responded to 11134 Hickory Rd. in Bloomington Township. An investigation showed that  Robert Steiger, Jr., 26, was woken by a family member who was operating a piece of machinery near the residence. Steiger exited his residence, armed with a shotgun, and confronted his brother, a 15-year-old male. Steiger was upset his brother had woken him, so he approached his brother and discharged a 12-gauge shotgun near him while he was on the machinery, the sheriff’s department said.

Mon
29
Oct

Active shooter training


A couple Prairie Catholic teachers evacuate the main floor of the school during an active intruder drill, which was part of ALICE training provided by the Prairie du Chien Police Department Friday. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Sgt. Kyle Teynor sporadically wandered the hallways of Prairie Catholic, blaring air horns and rattling door knobs to heighten the emotions of the staff participating in active shooter training last week.

Pictured is just one example of how staff barricaded a classroom door with close by furniture and other heavy objects.

By Correne Martin

Alert. Lock down. Inform. Counter. Evacuate.

These are the five strategic methods taught in ALICE active shooter civilian response training. The staff at Prairie Catholic School was the latest in the area to review and practice these methods, thanks to Prairie du Chien Police Sergeant Kyle Teynor and funding from the Wisconsin Department of Justice. 

On Friday, the staff spent several hours examining signs of violence, psychology of perpetrators and the environmental design of their specific classrooms and the school campus. 

Are their rooms prepped for quick and easy ways to barricade their doors if doing so became necessary? 

Wed
24
Oct

Being real about grief part of talk in son’s honor


This is the last complete family photo of the Boylen family—Ayla, Kelli, Scott and Samson—taken about three months before Samson died at age 14 in November 2015, just 12 days after being diagnosed with leukemia. He had a rare side effect to the chemotherapy. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

“As parents, we always say we’d do anything for our children. 

“Instead of dying for my child, I’m bearing this grief he never had to experience.”

This is just one of the poignant realizations Kelli Boylen has come to since losing her son, Samson, on Nov. 29, 2015. Sam died due to a rare side effect to chemotherapy 12 days after he was diagnosed with leukemia. He was 14 years old. 

Wed
24
Oct

Crawford County Community Resource Guide a free tool to increase residents’ awareness

The Crawford County Community Resource Guide is available to inform county residents of local services and programs and an effort is underway to increase the public’s awareness of the guide.

A product of the work of Crawford County Public Health and the Healthy Roots Coalition of Crawford County, the guide provides information on several important subjects. Some areas covered include housing resources, health care options, mental health care services, public assistance programs, employment and training, and resources for the elderly. Many other areas are also covered within the guide. Users can utilize the guide’s table of contents to quickly locate points of interest. 

Wed
24
Oct

Vaping may have caused serious injury to 14-year-old

A River Ridge student was airlifted to the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison Tuesday, after he possibly inhaled alcohol through a vape (electronic cigarette) smoking device, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department. 

On Oct. 23, at 8:46 a.m., the sheriff’s department and West Grant EMS responded to River Ridge High School for a 14-year-old boy with an unknown medical problem. 

The sheriff’s department said its initial investigation indicated that the juvenile male may have vaped alcohol through a device, which caused him to suffer symptoms associated with alcohol poisoning. The boy was transported to Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien and then airlifted to Madison in serious condition. 

Wed
24
Oct

Bridgeport Township, Crossing Rivers to negotiate remediation of water issues

By Correne Martin

Bridgeport Township has decided to work with Crossing Rivers Health—and avoid a lawsuit­—in the case of the medical center’s claim that a 2016 town road project caused diversion and trespassing of flood waters to the hospital campus’ property. 

The town board met Oct. 16, and motioned to authorize its legal counsel to negotiate with Crossing Rivers and others in an attempt to reach a global resolution to the problem that was created. The action followed over an hour of closed session discussion.

“It’s what everyone would like to see,” Town Clerk Linda Smrcina said, after the meeting.

Bridgeport’s attorney is Nicole Bacher, of Cross Jenks Mercer & Maffei, in Baraboo.

Wed
24
Oct

PdC school tax rate the same for 7th straight year

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

At its annual budget hearing Monday night at Prairie du Chien High School, the board of education approved of a budget with a tax rate of $10.66. This is the seventh year in a row that the board has held the tax rate at $10.66.

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