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Crawford County waging campaign against opioid crisis

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Health and Human Services Department is engaging in a campaign to fight the opioid epidemic in Southwestern Wisconsin, particularly in Crawford County.

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Head-on crash results in non-life threatening injuries


These two vehicles collided head-on on Highway 35.

On May 5, at 4:30 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received multiple reports of a two-vehicle head-on traffic crash near the intersection of County D and Highway 35 in the township of Eastman.

Donald Creque III, 40, De Soto, was operating a 2003 Dodge Dakota northbound on Highway 35. A 2009 Chrysler Town and Country van being operated by David Konkel, 66, Prairie du Chien, was southbound on Highway 35. As the two vehicles approached each other, the Konkel vehicle completely crossed the yellow center divider line and struck the Creque vehicle head-on.

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Anhydrous leak reported in Marietta Township


An anhydrous ammonia leak in Marietta Township Saturday evening was contained in less than an hour.

On Saturday, May 11, after 8:15 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department reported that U.S. Highway 61 was closed, from Marietta Valley Road to the Boscobel bridge, due to an anhydrous ammonia leak near North Irish Ridge Road.

The reporting party, who called 911, said the ammonia was blowing across the highway and there was an odor. The tanks were both 1,000 gallons, located on a trailer, in a field to the west of the highway. The tanks each had about 800 gallons of anhydrous ammonia in them.

There was no need for evacuation; however, emergency personnel immediately shut down the area to traffic. Residents were urged to shelter in place, close all vents and windows and shut off heating and air conditioning units.  

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Wauzeka-Steuben salutes top two grads in its Class of 2019


Valedictorian Lindsey Lund & Salutatorian Adam Martin

Lindsey Lund has been named the valedictorian and Adam Martin salutatorian of the 2019 Wauzeka-Steuben High School graduating class. These two and their classmates will be honored at graduation Saturday, May 25, at 10 a.m. at the school.

Valedictorian Lindsey Lund is the daughter of Ryan Lund and Shauntelle Ray. She plans to attend UW-Eau Claire in the fall to major in biology or chemistry. 

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As sweet as mom herself

By Correne Martin

What better way to say “I love you, mom,” than with a sweet treat. 

Families across the country celebrated Mother’s Day Sunday in both commercialized and homemade fashions. 

Café Hope in Prairie du Chien was just one local business that participated in creating the quick and simple kind of gifts for many to present their mothers on their big day. Decorators Connie Christoph and Leah Strong worked meticulously in the Sharing Spaces Kitchen in the days leading up to Mother’s Day, preparing beautiful edible flower-covered cupcakes for the café. The colors and floral varieties were enticing.

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River Ridge names top 2 graduates


Valedictorian Jonathan Breuer & Salutatorian Jordyn Vogt

River Ridge High School has named its valedictorian and salutatorian for the graduating Class of 2019. They are Jonathan Breuer and Jordyn Vogt, respectively. The two will be recognized at the school’s graduation ceremony Friday, May 24, at 7 p.m. in the high school gym.

Valedictorian Jonathan Breuer is the son of Leo and Sara Breuer, from Wyalusing Township. He plans to attend the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and major in architecture. 

During his four years at River Ridge, Jonathan has been involved in student council, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, Friends Helping Friends and forensics. His extra-curricular activities have included band, track and field and cross country. 

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The Pickett Fence a Top 10 Shop in BH&G Quilt Sampler mag


The Pickett Fence Owner Louanne Davis (center) and a few of her employees, Joan Tayek and Wendy Smethurst, hold up the sign they received for being selected as a Top 10 Shop by Quilt Sampler magazine. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Pickett Fence quilt shop has made it to the Super Bowl of the quilting world, and they publicly celebrated last weekend.

The 21-year-old downtown Prairie du Chien store is featured in the spring/summer edition of Better Homes and Gardens’ Quilt Sampler magazine, as one of the Top 10 Shops from coast to coast.

“There are about 3,000 shops who try for this and they only feature 10 in each edition,” said Owner Louanne Davis. 

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Bluff View seventh grader a national finalist in rap contest


Kate Olson, 12, of Prairie du Chien, was selected as one of eight finalists from 1,000 entrants in the national Black History Rap Contest through Flocabulary. She wrote and recorded a catchy song about Edna Lewis, a pioneering African American chef and teacher. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A Bluff View seventh grader was one of eight national finalists from over 1,000 student entrants in a Black History Rap Contest. 

Kate Olson, the daughter of Matthew and Jennifer Olson, of Prairie du Chien, wrote an original rap song about Edna Lewis, a pioneering African American chef and teacher, as part of Mrs. Michelle Kirchman’s language arts class. The 12-year-old’s confident bluster and running rhymes were a sure standout for the contest.

The rap was required to start out as a poem written about a lesser-known African American historical icon, have at least 16 lines and include a hook—or a musical phrase used to catch the listener’s ear.

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May

Diana L. Burnett

Diana L. Burnett (Janutolo, Hazen), 67, of Sun Prairie, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Monday, May 6, 2019, at Agrace Hospice Care. 

She was born on Dec. 13, 1951, in Boscobel, the daughter of Dan and Annabelle (Winkers) Hazen. 

Diana graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1968, and UW-La Crosse in 1972. She married Bruce Burnett on Sept. 23, 1995, in Sun Prairie. Diana was a longtime Dane County employee as an IT security officer after years of IT employment with three State of Wisconsin agencies. Her interests included Barbie doll collecting, cruising and sci-fi/fantasy writing. Her first book is in the Sun Prairie Library. Diana was a member of Broad Universe, Independent Book Publishers Association, and several writing groups close to her heart. 

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Mary Esther Severson

Mary Esther Severson, 99, of Prairie du Chien, died Monday, May 6, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien.

 Mary was born Oct. 28, 1919, to James Jr. and Mary Louise (Speck) Fisher on a farm near Eastman. 

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