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Truck pulling hay bales catches fire

On February 22, 2017 at 7:55 pm the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a vehicle on fire in the area of 59763 Wachuta RD. in Prairie du Chien Township.
   Dennis A. Nagel, age 37 of Prairie du Chien was operating a 2002 Ford F350 pickup truck pulling a 25ft long trailer full of round bales westbound on Wachuta Road. Nagel noticed the vehicle was overheating towards the top of the hill. It was at that this time Nagel’s 14 year old passenger noticed flames coming through the floorboard area inside the truck. Both occupants were able to exit the vehicle without injury. 
   Prairie du Chien/ Bridgeport Fire Dept. responded to the scene. The vehicle was a total loss and was removed from the scene by Milo’s Towing & Repair.  The trailer received minor damage from the fire.  

Few still know who Casimir Pulaski is

by Tom Emery

Of all the holidays on the calendar, Casimir Pulaski Day seems to get the least respect, mainly
because most people know so little about him. 
   “Isn’t he the Polish guy who helped train some of our troops in the Revolution?” pondered Alex Scherer, 25, of Carlinville, Ill. “I really don’t know anything other than that.”
   Scherer is hardly alone, despite the prevalence of commemorations in Pulaski’s honor. Several states, including Wisconsin, designate some form of a holiday in Pulaski’s honor, and local celebrations in his honor are found around the state. 
   In Wisconsin, March 4 is Pulaski Day, commemorating the day of his birth. Still, few residents of the Upper Midwest have any idea who Casimir Pulaski was, despite a sizable Polish presence.
   “Holidays like Casimir Pulaski Day are ways for communities to celebrate their heroes,” said Jan Lorys, director of the Polish Museum of America in Chicago. “It’s a very significant day for the Polish.”    Continue

Iowan discusses Effigy Mounds from Space Station

Peggy Whitson astronautOn Thursday, Feb 9th, Iowan native NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, broadcasting live from the International Space Station, said:

  "What a wonderful event in my home state of Iowa. The Effigy Mounds National  Monument now represents Iowa on a United States quarter. When I was in  5th grade, the mystery behind these earth monuments inspired a sense of wonder in me.” 


     Born  February 9, 1960,  Peggy grew up on a farm outside the town of Beaconsfield, Iowa.   She has a doctorate degree in biochemistry and is also an American biochemistry researcher.
     At 57 years old, Peggy Whitson is NASA's most experienced female astronaut.

  • 2002 was Peggy's first International Space Station (ISS) mission as an Expedition 5 member.
  • In 2007 Peggy served as the first female commander of the ISS with Expedition 16.
  • In 2017 Peggy is currently in space serving as flight engineer on Expedition 50.

Peggy  Whitson has spent more than 376 days in space, has performed six  spacewalks (totaling 39 hours and 46 minutes) and has tied a record for total spacewalks by a woman.

See Peggy Whitson Bio at NASA:
See Peggy in space video


Rural Americans less healthy

It was reported in the February 3rd, 2017 issue of the Morbidity and  Mortality Report by CDC that research has found that rural Americans are less likely to practice healthy behaviors.
Despite improvements in the overall health of Americans, people in rural areas are at greater risk for chronic disease.  Practicing  five health behaviors can help reduce that risk:

  • Avoid smoking (Crawford County rates for smoking pregnant women is 24% compared to the state of Wisconsin 16% pregnant women self-reported smoking).
  • Learn about and maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Be physically active.
  • Reduce or eliminate alcohol consumption.
  • Get sufficient sleep.

Rural residents are "recognized as a health disparity population because the  prevalence of disease and rate of premature death are higher than the  overall population of the United States.

For questions about programs or education to help you be healthier, call:

       Gloria Wall at Crawford County Public Health 608-326-0230

Clayton County deer tests positive for CWD

Clayton County, Iowa - February 1, 2017 - A wild deer taken during the 2016 deer hunting season northwest of Elkader has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), which is the first CWD positive wild deer confirmed outside of Allamakee County.
   The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a public meeting to discuss the status of the disease in Iowa and surrounding states on Feb. 13, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., in Johnson’s Reception Hall, 916 High St. N.E., in Elkader.
   Clayton County, like its neighbor to the north, Allamakee County, is a popular deer hunting destination attracting recreational landowners and hunters form across the state and beyond.
Allamakee County had 10 additional CWD positive deer taken during the 2016 season from near Harpers Ferry, bringing its total of CWD positive wild deer since 2013 to 16.
   “Chronic wasting disease is an important issue, especially here regionally, and this meeting will give attendees a platform to discuss their questions and concerns,” said Dr. Dale Garner, chief of Wildlife for the Iowa DNR. “This meeting will guide our approach to addressing this disease.”
   The disease is spread from animal to animal through nose to nose contact and through environmental contamination from urine, feces and saliva left by positive deer. There is no cure once an animal becomes infected.
   This disease is not just an Iowa issue; Minnesota has had a spike in deer testing positive for the disease as well.  Illinois, Nebraska, Missouri and Wisconsin are all battling this disease.
   The Iowa DNR began collecting deer tissue samples in 2002 after the CWD outbreak in Wisconsin. Since then, more than 61,000 samples from wild deer and 4,000 samples from hunting preserve deer have been collected and tested. The first wild deer tested positive in 2013, followed by three in 2014, two in 2015 and 11 so far in 2016.
   Iowa DNR’s website provides information about CWD and other information on infectious disease at:

Drug sting in Walmart parking lot

On January 19th, 2017 The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit conducted a vehicle contact in the parking lot of Wal-Mart located in Bridgeport Township.  The passenger in the vehicle exited and approached two other occupied parked vehicles. After identifying the parties in all three vehicles, K-9 Breck was utilized for open free air sniffs of all the vehicles.  K-9 Breck alerted to the presence of one or more controlled substances on a 1993 Chevrolet pickup occupied by Dillan Boydtson, Age 34, of Decorah, IA. A probable case search of Boydston’s vehicle was conducted and a hypodermic needle loaded with liquid methamphetamine was located in the vehicle.
Boydtson was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and operating a motor vehicle with a restricted controlled substance.
Assisting the Sheriff’s Department was the Prairie du Chien Police Department. 





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