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Wed
12
Apr

Firefighters association donates toward Prairie du Chien’s new fire truck

The Prairie du Chien Firefighters Association was represented at the Prairie du Chien Common Council meeting Tuesday, April 11, to present a donation of $11,600 to the city toward the purchase of the new fire truck, which is currently being built. $10,000 was raised by the association and the additional funds were contributed by an anonymous family that wanted to pay for a bell to be added to the truck for nostalgic reasons. The family will receive the bell back once the truck has reached its service capacity in Prairie du Chien. The money donated was raised through the association’s fundraisers—mainly Christmas tree sales, pancake breakfasts and chili suppers—at which the community generously showed its support. Since there were certain “bells and whistles” desired by the fire department above and beyond the city’s budget for the new truck, the donation will be used toward those features. Pictured (from left) are Jaaren Riebe, Wayne Koecke, Mayor Dave Hemmer and Derek Eastman.

Wed
12
Apr

Mere idea of third railroad track could stall 2018 Marquette Road project again

By Correne Martin

Reconstruction of Marquette Road, from Mooney Street to La Pointe Street, in Prairie du Chien, is on schedule for 2018. The project, which was originally scheduled for 2017, flip-flopped years several times due to the question of state funding. However, as the construction season begins, it appears 2018 is the plan.

While the Department of Transportation’s plans include the road and storm sewer, part of the city’s responsibility is to determine Community Sensitive Design (CSD) amenities, which aesthetically dress up the roadway. The DOT will reimburse the city 100 percent for its CSD expenses that include a 10-foot asphalt trail, 5-foot chain-link fence alongside the railroad tracks, and trees, among other items. The proposed designs were submitted to the DOT in August 2016, by the city’s engineer, Vierbicher Associates.

Wed
12
Apr

Preliminary hearing set for driver involved in double-fatal crash

By Correne Martin

The driver who was involved in the accident that killed Kirk U’Ren and Jenni Steiner in Madison Feb. 12, is expected in Dane County Court for his preliminary hearing, Thursday, April 20, at 9 a.m. Charges against Brandon Ballweg were filed in Dane County Monday, according to Wisconsin Circuit Court Access. (A request for the criminal complaint was made to the Dane County Clerk of Circuit Court Tuesday, though processing could take as many as 10 business days.)

Ballweg faces two counts of second-degree reckless homicide, two charges of homicide by vehicular use-controlled substance, three counts of second-degree recklessly endangering safety, one count of reckless driving causing bodily harm and one count of causing injury while operating-controlled substance (PAC <0.15). These include seven felony charges, of varying degrees, and two misdemeanors.

Tue
11
Apr

Charles F. “Grandpa Charlie” Critchlow

Charles F. “Grandpa Charlie” Critchlow, 65, of Bloomington, died suddenly Monday, April 10, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa. 

 

A memorial gathering will be Saturday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien. 

Tue
11
Apr

Donna Jean Heindselman

 

Donna Jean Heindselman, 87, of McGregor, Iowa, formerly of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away peacefully in her sleep after a short illness at the Great River Care Center in McGregor, on Sunday, April 9. 

 

Tue
11
Apr

BoxLogix Expanding


BoxLogix of Prairie du Chien has relocated to a nice, new building in the North Gateway Business Park. The storage shed behind the new building should be complete by the end of May. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Corey Anderson and Cory Raisbeck are the founders of BoxLogix.

 

BoxLogix excited about new location and brisk business

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Anyone traveling on Cliffwood Drive north of Prairie du Chien is sure to have noticed a nice, new, rustic looking building near Dyesport.

Mon
10
Apr

‘Egg’static hunters

“Egg”cited children and their parents made a mad dash for Easter eggs at the Knights of Columbus Easter Egg Hunt at Cecil Smith Park Sunday morning. The traditional colored plastic eggs disappeared within less than a minute from the start. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Mon
10
Apr

Tribute to a true public servant

Crawford County emergency vehicles came together for a proper sendoff for Roger Martin, 63, of Eastman, who passed away April 3. Martin was the county’s emergency management director for 16 years. He was also an active member of the Eastman Fire Department, where he served as fire chief, and belonged to the Eastman First Responders and served as the village board president and the fire warden. Nearly every fire, EMS and law enforcement department in the county had a vehicle representing it in the funeral processional Thursday morning, from Prairie du Chien to his final resting place in Eastman. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Mon
10
Apr

Sale signs must be 15 feet from road’s edge


This garage sale sign on the corner of Dousman and Blackhawk is in compliance with the city’s sign placement regulations because it sits at least 15 feet away from the roadway and not between the sidewalk and the road. (File photo)

By Correne Martin

It’s garage sale season. But before the bargain-hunters come crowding your event, city officials would like sale holders to keep city sign ordinances in mind. It turns out that driving sale signs into the grassy boulevard between the road and the sidewalk is not permitted. Such signs aren’t allowed to be affixed onto telephone poles or street signs either.

Prairie du Chien Street Superintendent Dan Titlbach said the most common mistake those hosting the garage sale make is to put the signs too close to the road (in the boulevard), on a telephone pole, street sign, tree or parked car or truck.

That’s not legal, he pointed out. “We will take it down,” he said of the city staff.

Instead, ordinance dictates that signs must be placed at least 15 feet away from the edge of a road surface.

Signs must not be posted on city or a private homeowner’s or business’ property, without consent from the owner.

Mon
10
Apr

Dancing with the Cancer Kickin’ Hawkettes in its third year supporting cancer research

By Correne Martin

The third annual Dancing with the Cancer Kickin’ Hawkettes—a Great River Relay For Life fundraiser—will be held Wednesday, April 26, at the Dousman House in Prairie du Chien. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is served at 5:30 and the dancing will begin at 6:30.

This year’s lineup includes community members Josh Smelzer, Jason Thiry, Pete Pazour, Josh Gerrity, Mike Moret, Dr. Matt Olson, Gary Wynos, Dr. John Kurt and Joe Morovits. These gentlemen will be paired with the following Prairie du Chien High School dance team members, respectively: Kina Myers, Katie Licht, Caitlin Nolan, Archi Patel, Lauren Kennedy, Morgan Kiesau, Paige Severson, Kara Katzung and Katie Zahara.

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