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Houston County Sheriff Provides Rumor Control


Folks, we would like to take an opportunity to address some rumors regarding COVID 19 pandemic and Governor Walz Executive Order #20-20.

As you are likely aware, this Stay at Home order takes effect at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 27th through April 10th.
State Border Closings: There are currently no plans to close state boarders under this directive. In our Tri-State area, we have many people who live in one state and work in another. You are free to go from one state to another for work if your employer has been deemed essential and to obtain medical services or other essential items.

Random Traffic Stops: The Sheriff’s Office will NOT be randomly stopping you to inquire your purpose in being out under this “Stay at Home” order. Just be aware that if you are stopped for another reason, you could be asked about your purpose.

It’s important to note that the “Stay at Home” Executive Order is not a government curfew. It allows folks to get necessary items and still enjoy some outdoor activities. Let’s also remember that its primary purpose is to slow the spread of the virus and not overwhelm our medical centers. Let’s all just use some common sense and if your need to leave your house could be put off for a couple of weeks, than that’s the right thing to do.

I want you to know that we are/will continue to serve our citizens. We have changed a few operational procedures in an effort to reduce direct contact with folks during this time when it is appropriate. Other than that, we will continue to assist you in any way we can.

Take Care…stay healthy….be safe.

Your Sheriff – Mark

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MiEnergy’s Response to COVID 19

As COVID-19 spreads, our top priority at MiEnergy Cooperative is to keep our employees safe in order to continue to provide reliable power and service to members. Below are important precautions that are being taken.

  • Steps have been taken to enable employees to work from home. Employees with positions that require them to be at work have been given guidelines on reducing exposure to each other and to practice social distancing.
  • All employees have been asked to take precautions to reduce possible exposure to COVID-19 outside of the workplace.
  • The offices in Cresco and Rushford were closed to the public on March 18. Employees continue to take phone calls and respond to emails and mail.
  • Member attendance for the annual meeting scheduled for April 22 is cancelled. Elections will continue as planned. Members in District 1 are encouraged to cast their ballot by mail or electronically by the deadlines supplied with the ballot information.
  • Planned outages have been limited to avoid a conflict with members working from home.
  • Disconnection of service due to nonpayment has been postponed at this time.

As members spend more time at home, being energy efficient now will help avoid higher electric bills later. One tool to help track energy use is SmartHub. Find it online at or search for SmartHub where apps are downloaded. SmartHub also allows for online payments. The co-op’s website has online energy use guides and the newly added online Electric$ense site for delivering energy efficiency to your door.

The co-op understands that members will face financial hardships due to COVID-19 and encourages members to call the office to discuss payment options and possible utility assistance programs if they are in this situation. Members looking for a way to help their neighbors can contribute to the co-op’s RECare program that assists members in paying their electric bills.

Your local electric cooperative is prepared to continue delivering safe, reliable power during the pandemic. If you have any questions or concerns, please call 1-800-432-2285.

Wishing you safety and good health,

Brian Krambeer, President/CEO

Dean Nierling, Chair

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Crawford County WI COVID 19 Update


This news release will have 5 parts listed below:

  1. Donations of N95 Masks requested
  2. Is that business essential or not. Citizens have questions.
  3. Crawford County Testing numbers
  4. Volunteers still needed
  5. Food Pantry availability in Crawford County






Crawford County Emergency Management is accepting donations of certified N95 masks that are new and unused or even expired. Please contact Fire Chief Tad Beutin at the Prairie du Chien Fire Department at 608-326-4365 or his cell phone at 608-306-0361.

An N95 respirator is a protective device designed to achieve a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles. The edges of the respirator are designed to form a seal around the nose and mouth. Surgical N95 Respirators are commonly used in healthcare settings and are a subset of N95 Filtering Face piece Respirators (FFRs), often referred to as N95s. These masks are not to be confused with surgical masks which are loose fitting and create a physical barrier for the wearer from particulants in the immediate area. These masks are not able to be formed around the mouth and make a seal.





We have received calls regarding certain businesses throughout out community on why they are still open and if they truly essential. Anyone that may have questions regarding these issues may direct their questions to Robert Moses at 608-326-8555 extension 12. If you cannot reach Robert at that number please leave him a voicemail with you name, phone number, and which businesses you may have questions about and he will return your call. Robert will be handling calls regarding ALL businesses throughout Crawford County.


The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of commerce is dedicated to providing the most up-to-date information on Chamber member’s change of hours, closings, and what they have to offer during this difficult time. If you are a Chamber member business, please provide any updates or changes to your listing by emailing the Chamber at We will do our best to keep up with the ongoing changes. A listing of these businesses can be found are under the COVID-19 tab in the upper right of the page.






Crawford  County Public Health Department reports the following:


As of 3/27/2020 @ 10 a.m. Crawford County, WI has ZERO confirmed cases of COVID-19.

There has been a total of 52 tests with 48 negative results and 4 pending results.

While confirmed cases help to represent the disease spread in a community, they do not account for all possible cases.

Community spread is now considered statewide in WI.
To see all WI confirmed case numbers go to:
The site updates daily at 2 p.m.

We recommend that residents practice social distancing, continue hand washing regularly and stop all non-essential travel.






Crawford County is still looking to compile a list of volunteers willing to assist in the COVID-19 response (SHOULD WE END UP NEEDING VOLUNTEERS)

We urge for people with prior healthcare training to join the list as well.
Volunteers could be asked to a wide variety of different tasks.
Please call 608-326-2718 to register.  If no answer leave a message.






Couleecap, Inc. is offering expanded food pantry hours in Sparta and Prairie du Chien to assist people struggling with food insecurity during the corona virus emergency. Individuals and families impacted by unemployment or reduced hours, school or business closures, or other reasons for food scarcity are encouraged to visit a Couleecap food pantry Monday through Friday between the hours of 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.


The food pantries, located at 217 North Black River Street in Sparta and 200 E. Blackhawk Avenue in Prairie du Chien (rear entrance), will offer pre-packed bags of food than can be picked up without entering the building, reducing face-to-face contact to prevent the spread of germs. If a person or family needs food but cannot come to the pantry themselves, they may send a friend or family member on their behalf. Couleecap will offer accommodations for special dietary needs when possible and can schedule limited home delivery to those who are not able to send someone on their behalf.


For residents on the northern end of Crawford County, the Gays Mills Food Pantry, will be open The 1st Saturday of the month from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and the 1st, 2nd, 3rd Wednesday of the month from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The location of the Gays Mills Food Pantry is 120 Sunset Ridge, Suite 122 in Gays Mills, Wisconsin. There website can be found at


Deputy Marc Myhre #28

Crawford County Sheriff’s Department

224 N Beaumont Rd

Prairie du Chien, WI 53821

608-642-3649- Cell (Primary Contact)

608-326-8414- Sheriff’s Department




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Allamakee County Public Health COVID 19 Update

For Immediate Release

March 27, 2020


Contact: Lisa Moose RN                                                        Contact: Sheryl Darling-Mooney RN                                              


Allamakee County Public Health (Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care) has currently been notified of a total of 7 positive cases of COVID 19 in Allamakee County. Unfortunately we have received notice of a death of one our 7 cases. This case is a male between the ages of 61-80 years of age. 3 cases have already recovered and have been released from isolation and 3 are recovering at home under isolation. We do expect to see more positive cases in the coming days.


Allamakee County Public Health and our other area health partners can not stress enough the importance of STAYING HOME. This does slow the spread. Staying home does not mean you can’t go for a walk or be outside as long as you maintain social distancing. 6 feet physical distancing is about the length of a twin bed.


Send one (1) person out to go to the grocery store to get essentials for ONE week.


Utilize technology to connect socially by phone calls, texting, video streaming, Facebook live, Zoom and other apps. We understand you need to be able to connect with others but for everyone’s safety it needs to be at a distance.


Public notification of any additional positives will be released daily on the Iowa Department of Public Health website.


If you are experiencing any health concerns related to respiratory symptoms you NEED to call your health care provider first before seeking medical attention.


If you stay home now we can be together later.


Thank you for helping to keep yourself, your family, your neighbors and our communities safe.


This is an official public health press release. Modifications of any kind are prohibited without express written consent of this author. Any reprint or rebroadcast of this information must include the entire communication.


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Iowa Army National Guard delivered PPE to Clayton County

On Thursday, the Iowa Army National Guard delivered a shipment of PPE (personal protective equipment) to Clayton County. Public Health and Emergency Management worked to properly package the supplies for distribution throughout the county. These items will aide our first responders, healthcare workers, and long-term care facility providers. PPE is being dispersed throughout Clayton County today!

Last week county agencies were contacted for an inventory of items on-hand. Requests for projected needs were taken into consideration. All Clayton County agencies are working through this together. Each agency is sourcing their own additional PPE needs. We continue to see an inspiring dynamic of resources and responses from both public and private sectors working together.


Please Follow Clayton County EMA on facebook for updates

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Winneshiek County Public Health notified of additional positive case of COVID 19

News Release


March 27, 2020     0900 am                                                              563-382-4662

Contact: Krista Vanden Brink BA, RN                                       Nancy Sacquitne RN, BSN                         

Winneshiek County Public Health was notified of an additional positive case of COVID 19 in Winneshiek County late yesterday. This person has already recovered and had been in isolation.


Winneshiek County Public Health and our community health partners are stressing the importance of STAYING HOME. This does slow the spread.


If you must go out, MAINTAIN the 6 feet physical distancing – about the length of a twin bed.


Send one (1) person out to go to the grocery store to get essentials for ONE week.


Utilize social media to connect socially by video streaming, Facebook live, Zoom and other apps. We know you need to socially connect but it must be at a distance for all.


Public notification of any additional positives will be released daily on the Iowa Department of Public Health website.


If you have health concerns with respiratory symptoms, you NEED to call your providers first before going to the hospital or clinics.


If you stay home NOW, we can have the summer together.


Thank you for helping to keep our communities safe.


This is an official public health press release. Modifications of any kind are prohibited without express written consent of the author. Any reprint or broadcast of this information must include this entire communication


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