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Fri
05
Jul

LuVerne Beinborn

 

LuVerne J. “Vern” Beinborn, 87, of Cuba City, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 3, surrounded by his family.  

Wed
03
Jul

Herbert Heffner

 

Herbert Heffner, 88, of Bloomington, died Monday, July 1, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, rural Lancaster. 

Herb was born on February 20, 1925 in Crawford County, to Herbert and Leta (Gibbings) Heffner.

Herb married Marie Johnson on February 20, 1946 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Boscobel. He worked as a mechanic nearly all his life, first as an auto mechanic, then later as a tractor mechanic for International Harvester in Prairie du Chien. He did try farming for a short time, but that wasn’t for him. His true calling in life was being a mechanic.

Tue
02
Jul

Kevin Knutson

 

Kevin LeRoy Knutson, 52 formerly of the Ferryville area, passed away Sunday, June 30, at Upland Hills - Vista Place in Boscobel. 

Tue
02
Jul

Bits & PIeces of history celebrated

Antoine tells history
At the Prairie du Chien Historical Society’s Bits & Pieces Sunday, Mary Elise Antoine provided “the little bit of history” part of the program by sharing information and stories of local bootlegging, the prohibition and stills known to have operated in the area. The weather was beautiful and the program had one of its best turnouts ever. (Photo by Nancy Wilson)
Bits and pieces
The Prairie du Chien Historical Society's BIts & Pieces program at Fort Crawford had one of its best turnouts ever on June 30. Between the weather and the program participants, it was a great day.
keystone chorus
The Keystone Chorus provided "the little bit of music" with beautifully blended "barbershop harmony" and was a crowd favorite.
Mon
01
Jul

Aircraft assigned to aerial spraying

planes

Five high-wing Cessna 182s from Michigan called the Prairie du Chien Airport their home base for three days last week, June 26-28. They were in the area to perform aerial spraying for gypsy moths, before heading north to do the same. The fleet consisted of five spray planes, five patrol planes, two semis and a command center. Spraying of the gypsy moth is necessary to control the spread of the destructive and invasive pest that feeds on the leaves of oaks, maples, crabapples, birches and many other tree and shrub species. The Gypsy Moth Slow the Spread Program, run by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, conducts aerial spraying of gypsy moth populations annually, mainly in western Wisconsin. Its objective is to slow the spread and establishment of gypsy moth. Spray site maps are available to view online at gypsymoth.wi.gov. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Mon
01
Jul

New shelter being constructed at Cecil Smith Park

cecil smith park
The concrete slab of the new multi-use shelter at Cecil Smith Park is in place.

By Ted Pennekamp

Various projects are scheduled in the city of Prairie du Chien this summer. One that is currently underway is the new shelter at Cecil Smith Park.

The Prairie du Chien Independent Little League is raising funds to contribute to the construction of the new multi-use shelter, which is a joint effort between the city and the Independent Little League.

Construction has begun and the concrete foundation has been completed. Also, water and sewer has been extended to the site.

“It’s a long overdue project,” said City Administrator Aaron Kramer.

The shelter will contain a new upgraded, compliant and centrally located restroom and a new concession stand with improved security and storage, while also providing better service for patrons, shade on sunny days and shelter during inclement weather.

Mon
01
Jul

Hoppers split twinbill against La Crescent

American Legion Baseball
Brad Jones is congratulated by teammates after belting a 2-run homer against La Crescent.
American Legion Baseball
Brett Trautsch hits a single.

 

The Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers split a doubleheader against visiting La Crescent Thursday evening at St. Feriole Island Ballpark. 

The Hoppers won the opener 14-13. 

Brendan Jones was the winning pitcher. Tyler Nack started the game. 

Brad Jones, Brendan Jones, Mike Garrity and Sam Neisius all took advantage of a favorable wind and belted homers for Prairie du Chien.

Mon
01
Jul

Governor tours flood damage

governor with workers
Governor Walker had the opportunity to thank some of the Crawford County Highway Department workers during his tour of the flood damage in the region. The workers were busy tending to the landslide on the Crawford County side of the Boscobel bridge, on highways 60/61.
governor with officials
Governor Walker is shown during his tour of flood damage with Crawford County Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock, a member of the Wisconsin National Guard and Boscobel Mayor Steve Wetter.
governor tours
The governor takes in the sights of the bluffs along Highways 60/61 that were damaged by excessive rains in late June.

Governor Scott Walker signed Executive Order 107 Wednesday, which declares a state of emergency in Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Richland, Vernon, Ashland and St. Croix, Counties, and toured flood damaged areas of southwest Wisconsin with the Wisconsin National Guard, Wisconsin Emergency Management and local officials. The governor directed state agencies to aide those affected by the flooding and called the Wisconsin National Guard to state active duty, as Adjutant General Donald Dunbar deems necessary, to assist local authorities in the recovery efforts.

Mon
01
Jul

Steiger qualifies for world’s largest rodeo

pole bending
Sammy Steiger is the Wisconsin State Champion in pole bending.

 

Sammy Steiger, a ninth-grade student at River Ridge High School, has earned a position on the Wisconsin State National High School Rodeo Team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Rock Springs, Wyo. on July 14-20 to compete in the 65th annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in pole bending. 

Sammy won in pole bending for the year and is the Wisconsin State Champion. She also won the Reserve Rookie Cowgirl of the Year Award.

Mon
01
Jul

Former Prairie Maison site in PdC gains new attention

By Caitlin Bittner

Two months ago, Community Development Alternatives, Inc. (CDA) began looking at the former location of the Prairie Maison Nursing Home in Prairie du Chien. According to CDA executive director Dale Klemme, the property has provided some interesting challenges.

 “The property is four acres,” said Klemme, who said that the unique space will be used to help create a property tax base for the city.

A couple of things that CDA wants to consider before coming up with any ideas for the property include both the opinion of the current neighborhood, as well as the needs and wants of Prairie du Chien as a whole. “We want to make sure that the neighbors are okay with what could be going up here, and also address the true housing needs of the community,” Klemme commented.

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