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Thu
23
Oct

Dennis D. Carden

 

Dennis D. Carden, 74, of McGregor and formerly of Mt. Horeb, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21. A Memorial Mass of Resurrection will be Saturday, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m. at St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church in Barneveld. A Celebration of Dennis’ Life will be Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Barneveld American Legion beginning at 12 p.m. 

 
Wed
22
Oct

Plan to clean up Blackhawk Junction set to start Oct. 30


Six months later, the ruins from the April Slumberland fire remain a "tremendous and unwanted eyesore to the entire city," stated City Administrator Aaron Kramer during a Prairie du Chien Common Council meeting Tuesday night. Thomas Gialamas, the owner of Blackhawk Junction mall where Slumberland Furniture once stood, was invited to the council meeting to discuss the situation and plans for cleanup. He did not make the meeting however.

By Correne Martin

Once again, the city of Prairie du Chien is being told the fire ruins at Blackhawk Junction are going to be cleaned up soon. Though documents provided to the city on Oct. 17 said cleanup work would commence on Monday, Oct. 20, that schedule was pushed back 10 days, to Oct. 30, because a DNR permit is required. According to the most current timeline, abatement is expected by Nov. 15, with all of the work getting done before Christmas, at a cost of $396,000.

“Everything from Sears to the west is supposed to be removed,” Mayor Dave Hemmer said at Tuesday night’s common council meeting.

Wed
22
Oct

Prairie du Chien volleyball advances


Maria Skemp finesses one past a Hornets’ front line player Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Lady Hawks sweep Hornets

Fourth-seeded Prairie du Chien swept fifth-seeded Richland Center three games to none in a WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal volleyball match Tuesday night. 

The Lady Blackhawks won by scores of 25-20, 25-7 and 25-18. 

Brooke Moret registered 12 kills for Prairie du Chien. Paige Rickleff had 4 blocks. Jamie Kozelka had 5 digs. Courtney Pattison had 7 aces and 21 assists.

Wed
22
Oct

Council narrowly votes to hand over former PDRI funds to PdC Main Street

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council narrowly voted, 5-4, Tuesday night, to allow the city to hand over $4,523 of former PDRI (Prairie du Chien Downtown Revitalization Inc.) funds to the new PdC Main Street organization, which is attempting to continue a downtown-focused entity that is associated with the Wisconsin Main Street Program. The funds have been sitting in a segregated city account and were to be disbursed by the council in a manner beneficial to the downtown by Dec. 31 if “the reorganization of PDRI” did not occur by that deadline.

Wed
22
Oct

Brush guard stolen

On Saturday, Oct. 11, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department investigated a theft on Thistle Lane in the township of Seneca. A brush guard was stolen off of a 2010 Dodge truck. The brush guard has three and a half inch black tubing with a chrome grill that is dented and has a WI plate of DG81231 attached.

The Crawford County Crime Stoppers urges anyone having information about this or any other crimes to call 326-8933 or 1-866-779-PAYS. Anyone calling either of these numbers with a Crime Stoppers tip will remain anonymous and a reward of up to $1,000 will be paid for a tip which solves a crime with an arrest, charges being filed or recovery of stolen property.

Wed
22
Oct

Tractor and car collide, minor injuries

On Friday, Oct. 17, at 9:22 a.m., The Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 27 at Gran Grae Road, seven miles north of Prairie du Chien.

Lowell Kapinus, 51, rural Prairie du Chien, was driving an Agco farm tractor south on Highway 27 making a left turn onto Gran Grae Road when a northbound 2005 Nissan Altima driven by Patricia Glenn, 68, Cedar Rapids, Iowa crashed into the right front tire of the farm tractor.

The Glenn vehicle sustained driver side damage and was towed from the scene. The farm tractor did not sustain any damage.

Glenn and her passenger Margaret Prohaska, 75, Cedar Rapids, were taken by ambulance to Crossing Rivers Health and treated for cuts sustained from the breaking window glass.

Wed
22
Oct

Accident causes injury to local teen

On Oct. 17 at approximately 11:35 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a two-vehicle crash with injuries on Highway 18 north of Selch Road in the township of Bridgeport.

Erica L. Fassbinder, 17, Prairie du Chien, was operating a 2003 Chevrolet Impala northbound on Highway 18 in the right lane. William L. Herreid Jr., 61, Prairie du Chien, was operating a 2005 Volvo semi-truck on Highway 18 in the left lane. Fassbinder attempted to make a lane change and sideswiped the Herreid vehicle. Fassbinder had two passengers in the vehicle, Joleen F. Thornton, 16, and Larry S. Cresson, 18, both of Prairie du Chien. Thornton was transported to Crossing Rivers Health for injuries sustained in the crash.   

Herreid’s semi-truck sustained minor damage and the Fassbinder vehicle sustained severe damage from the crash. Fassbinder was cited for unsafe lane deviation.

Wed
22
Oct

Charges pending in snowmobile theft

On Oct. 5, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department investigated the theft of a 1985 Polaris 440 snowmobile at Homesteaders Trailer Court in Prairie du Chien Township.

On Oct. 14, a deputy conducted an interview with Christopher J. Frihart, 33, Prairie du Chien. Frihart admitted that he took the snowmobile without permission and hauled it to Clayton County Recycling in Monona, Iowa for money.

Charges on this case have been referred to the Crawford County District Attorney’s Office.

Wed
22
Oct

River Ridge voters to decide on $13 million referendum


REPAYMENT SCHEDULE

By Correne Martin

Voters in the River Ridge School District have a supremely consequential task ahead of them. On Tuesday, Nov. 4, they are asked to head to the polls and cast their ballot regarding the 2014 Facility Referendum for River Ridge Schools. Taxpayers must answer “yes” or “no” to whether the school district should be allowed to borrow up to $13 million for the purpose of combining the current district facilities to create one Pre-K–12 campus at the Patch Grove site.

Permission to borrow is good for five years and cannot exceed a total of $13 million, according to Carol Wirth, a Wisconsin Public Finance Professionals adviser contracted by the school. That amount equates to a tax increase of about $200 per $100,000 of fair market property value (or $16.67 per month or $.55 per day).

Wed
22
Oct

Gregory W. Hutchins

 

Gregory W. Hutchins, 64, of Prairie du Chien passed away Wednesday, Oct. 8, at MediClub Hospital in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. 

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