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Mon
14
Apr

Margaret V. "Vi" Atkins

 

Margaret V. “Vi” Atkins passed away Sunday, April 13, at the Prairie Maison Healthcare Center in Prairie du Chien. 

She was born Oct. 20, 1919 the daughter of Fred and Viola (Gremore) Berger. She worked as a clerk for Gambles. She married Floyd Atkins on April 16, 1941. He preceded her in death July 19, 1981. She worked in the laboratory for Burgess Cellulose and later as a bookkeeper for Steiner Brothers Construction. Vi then began working at 3M Company and retired after 20 years service. She was an active member at St. Gabriel’s, an avid golfer and loved traveling and playing cards.

Mon
14
Apr

Roger Osterhaus

 

Roger P. Osterhaus, 85, of Bloomington, WI went home to our Lord on April 11. 

He was born March 16, 1929 to Joseph and Rose (Wegmann) Osterhaus. Roger had a long career in farm implement sales and service. He was co-owner and operator of Farmers Implement Company of Bloomington. Though his career was in the implement dealership, his true love, besides his family, was farming. He continued to enjoy farming after his retirement until a couple of years ago. He was a member of the board of directors for Peoples State Bank for over 25 years. Roger was also a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 50 years.

Mon
14
Apr

Russian roulette

 

Man 

killed 

playing 

Russian 

roulette

On April 11, at approximately 3:50 a.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a residence in the village of Gays Mills. The caller, 44-year-old Branston Haggerty, stated he needed medical attention for his friend who had shot himself. 

Mon
14
Apr

Plans for Prairie du Chien library expansion presented


Shown is the view of the proposed expanded Prairie du Chien Memorial Library, from the northeast (Wacouta Avenue). Large posters of these conceptual drawings are available at the library and at Prairie du Chien City Hall. Interested individuals may also access them online via the city’s website, library’s website or on their Facebook pages.

View of the meeting room/display cases.

This view shows the children’s area.

This view is looking from the teen area toward the circulation desk.

 By Correne Martin

A conceptual design of the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library expansion project—which would double the size of the current facility—was presented to the library board and city council last week by David Cameron and Patrick Cleary, of Cameron Aslaksen Architects, Reedsburg.

According to Cameron’s and Cleary’s synopsis, the project is targeted to cost about $2.92 million, which is expected to be funded in two parts. One part should come from one-and-a-half to two years of a fundraising campaign, to include grant applications, conducted by the Friends of the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library and the library board. The city will look to borrow the other half.

Renovation of the current square footage of 5,094, which is in good overall condition, will be accompanied by a new addition of 6,718 square feet. Depending on the success of the fundraising campaign, optional possibilities include:

Mon
14
Apr

PdC water staff devoted 1,000 hours to frozen pipes, water main breaks

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien Public Works officials are describing this winter as one of the worst the city has ever seen regarding frozen pipes and water main breaks. Frost levels reached approximately seven feet deep and the first residential water freeze-up of the season occurred Jan. 10, when the high temperature was 26 and the low was 15 below zero.

“I’ve never dealt with this number of issues in the 15 years I’ve been with the city or in the 23 years I’ve worked in the water profession,” said Larry Gates, Prairie du Chien’s co-manager of public works and water department supervisor.

Mon
14
Apr

Flames destroy Slumberland

By Correne Martin

One of the biggest business fires Prairie du Chien has ever witnessed occurred at Blackhawk Junction Sunday night, leaving Slumberland Furniture completely destroyed and the remaining businesses in the mall with a great degree of smoke damage. Eight fire departments responded and about half a million gallons of water were expended. No injuries were reported.

The state fire marshal was scheduled to arrive mid-morning Monday to assist in determining the cause of the fire; that determination wasn’t available at press time.

The Prairie du Chien Fire Department received the first call about the fire on the city’s northeast end at 7:09 p.m. Sunday.

Thu
10
Apr

Watch out for road workers


Traci Lund helped control traffic while working for the Crawford County Highway Department. April 7-11 was National Work Zone Awareness Week but construction season lasts all summer long. Everyone is reminded to be careful on the roadways, especially in work zones.

National Work Zone Awareness Week was observed April 7-11, but construction season lasts all summer long. In it second decade, the effort for work zone awareness provides an opportunity for the highway industry to remind the public along with its employees about safety in work zones.

The Crawford County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution at a recent session in support of awareness through work zones.

Work zone crashes kill hundreds and injure thousands of roadway workers, motorists and passengers every year. Drivers must be attentive to changing conditions and exercise caution when they approach and travel through a work zone.

Wed
09
Apr

Prairie du Chien street department to hold citywide cleanup

The Prairie du Chien Street Department is gearing up for its annual spring citywide cleanup, open to residents within the city. This year’s schedule is as follows:

Blackhawk Avenue north, Monday, April 14
Blackhawk Avenue South (east of Marquette Road), Tuesday, April 15
Blackhawk Avenue South (west of Marquette Road), Wednesday, April 16.

Appliances: Must have doors and locks removed. Appliances and brush must be curbisde in front or in alley to rear of residence.

Electronics: None accepted. No electronic devices will be picked up. They must be disposed of at Clean Sweep/e-waste collection held in Prairie du Chien on April 12.

Brush: Must be piled parallel to the curb or alley so it can be scooped up easily or it will not be picked up.

Construction and remodeling material: Will NOT be picked up. It must be put in a dumpster.

Wed
09
Apr

Meth labs found in local residence

On Saturday, April 5 at approximately 9:30 a.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department responded to a call of suspicious activity at 918 South Marquette Rd. During the investigation, three “one pot” methamphetamine labs were discovered at the residence.

Officers notified appropriate personnel for the investigation and secured the area for the investigation.  

The police department was assisted at the scene by the Prairie du Chien Fire Department, the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Crawford County Public Health and Chicago Crime Scene Cleanup.  

The incident remains under investigation. Charges are pending with the Crawford County District Attorney’s Office.

Wed
09
Apr

Prairie du Chien council updated on SMRT Bus, future library expansion

By Correne Martin

Though there is standing room only on some of the SMRT (Scenic Mississippi Regional Transit) Bus routes in southwest Wisconsin, the Prairie du Chien-Viroqua route was recently eliminated by the operation, the Prairie du Chien Common Council learned Tuesday night.

Because the city uses federal aid for the three-county commuter bus service, City Planner Garth Frable, who helped achieve grants for the bus system, presented feedback on the elimination. Frable also talked about the increase in the frequency of the Prairie du Chien-La Crosse and Viroqua-La Crosse routes.

According to Frable, since the SMRT Bus started in 2012, the direct Prairie du Chien-La Crosse route has been added and the frequency of that route has increased. In 2013, 250,000 miles were driven for the service.

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