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Meetings give feedback for developing former Prairie Maison property

Former Prairie Maison site
Community members hope to preserve the existing trees on the former Prairie Maison property on the east side of Prairie du Chien, regardless of what developments take place. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

 

By Caitlin Bittner

 

Meetings regarding the future development of the former Prairie Maison site in Prairie du Chien were recently held in the Community Room at City Hall.

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The Wisconsin state budget, by the numbers

By Bill Lueders, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

The biennial state budget is, in theory, fundamentally about numbers. So here are some numbers from and about the 2013-15 budget as crafted by Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Legislature:

Length of the budget bill, as approved by the Legislature, in double-column pages: 603

Total dollar value of the two-year budget bill: $70.1 billion

Portion that comes from the federal government: $19.7 billion, or 28 percent

Amount of general fund appropriations allocated to the state Department of Corrections: $2.3 billion

General fund appropriations to the UW System: $2.2 billion

Number of non-fiscal items in the budget, as initially identified by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau: 58

Number of these items removed by the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee: 23

Number added by Joint Finance: 59

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Sandbar trashed

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This heap of trash was found littered on a sandbar just east of the Wisconsin bridge Saturday, July 20, along with an unattended burning fire. Rich Sheckler, Prairie du Chien, was camping on the sandbar and found the collection of garbage Sunday morning. He cleaned up and disposed of the items so other recreationists can continue to appreciate the beach. He said this is the third time this year that he’s found piles of garbage left behind by irresponsible river users in the area. According to Wisconsin DNR Supervisor Tyler Strelow, people are reminded to always “pack out what they pack in” and to “put fires out before you leave.” Littering fines range from $200 to $800, depending on how many gallons of garbage are left behind. He also noted that the DNR does investigate these types of cases by tracking items back to their owners. Anyone who witnesses a violation of these regulations is encouraged to contact the DNR’s anonymous tip-line at 800-TIP-WDNR. (Photo by Correne Martin)

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Moris returns ‘home’ to airwaves

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Back on the air, familiar voice Dan Moris took over the reins as news director at WQPC in Prairie du Chien after the retirement of Norb Aschom earlier this year. He is also now station manager. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

It’s been almost four months since Dan Moris took over for Norb Aschom at WQPC Radio in Prairie du Chien, and the transition seems to have gone smoothly for the current news director and station manager.

“I’ve heard from many people and they’re so glad I was selected (for the position). I’m very humbled,” said Moris, who returned to WQPC in April and resumed his news reporting in May. “Everything’s been overwhelmingly positive. I’ve made a conscious effort to maintain many of the things Norb was doing. I also want to do more to drive discussions in the community about what’s happening in the news.”

Moris is certainly not new to the ways of the local radio station. He got his first start at WQPC when he worked as an intern in 2004. Back then, he operated the board, covered weekend shifts and broadcasted Sunday mornings on the air.

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Restorative justice program facilitates dialogue between victims and offenders

By Audrey Posten

The term restorative justice is a theory that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by crime. In order to do so, programs focus on the needs of both victims and offenders, as well as the community involved.

For the past 13 years, the Ridge and Valley Restorative Justice program (formerly Crawford County Restorative Justice) has facilitated dialogue between crime victims and offenders, allowing victims to speak candidly with offenders and ask questions that were not answered through the justice system.

Coordinator Robin Cline said the program deals with roughly 20 adult and juvenile cases each year. Most referrals come from the court or the Department of Human Services, and are usually in addition to a fine or jail sentence.
“It’s not a way to get off easy,” Cline said. “It holds the offender accountable in ways the courts can’t.”

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Preserving the mark of history

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Six of the eight crypts at the Fort Crawford National Cemetery Soldiers’ Lot in Prairie du Chien are being perpetuated by Conservation Solutions, a company with offices in Washington D.C. and New Mexico. Employees Chris Isaacs (left) and Tim Ramsey came from Maryland to Wisconsin for about three weeks to perform the preservation work, which has involved tearing down the vaults, installing new foundations, cleaning off the bio-growth, and performing pointing and patchwork. The cemetery is one of the nation’s smallest, with eight crypts and 56 markers—10 of which are known and 46 which are unknown. The lot was established in 1829, at which time the first interment was for Lt. John Mackenzie, of the First Regiment U.S. Infantry. Originally only officers serving at Fort Crawford and their families were buried there. Later soldiers were moved from the enlisted man’s plot and from Evergreen. Unfortunately, their names were lost.

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Vada Schwantes

 

Vada M. Schwantes, 92, of Glen Haven, passed away surrounded by her family on Monday, July 22, Orchard Manor Nursing Home, Lancaster. 

She was born on October 3, 1920, the daughter of Lewis and Leta (Miles) Mayne. Vada graduated from Lancaster High School in 1938. On October 31, 1942, she was united in marriage to Roy C. Schwantes at the Methodist Parsonage in Lancaster. After their marriage, the couple farmed. She always raised a large vegetable and flower garden and was known for her green thumb when it came to growing African violets. Vada was a member of the Beetown United Methodist Church, Beetown Ladies Aide, Sew Sew Club, and longtime member of the West Grant Saddle Club.

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Not worth getting steamed

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Most everyone who has detoured Highway. 35 because of the storm damage has seen this steam tractor on Highway. 27 at the Chuck and Barb Fisher farm north of Eastman.

(Photo by Gloria Derksen)

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Hay available to local farmers on state land

 

Farmers can harvest hay from selected state-owned lands in counties where Gov. Scott Walker declared a state of emergency as a result of flooding and where the U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared a natural disaster as a result of winter-kill and excessive rain and snow, Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp announced today. Farmers may also graze cattle on state-owned land, although they will be responsible for setting up temporary electric fencing and watering tanks to facilitate grazing. 

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Hoppers battle La Crosse A’s

Tanner Heisel
Tanner Heisel reaches to catch the ball and tag the runner out at first base. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)
Ryan Garrity
Short stop Ryan Garrity catches a rival stealing just in time to cover second base.
Dillon Mezera
Dillon Mezera stands ready to defend first base against rival La Crosse on St. Feriole Island.
Ryan Garrity at bat
Ryan Garrity hits a triple at the bottom of the second inning, helping two runners make their way across home plate.
Brad Jones
Brad Jones launches pitch after pitch to strike out members of the La Crosse A's team.
Mike Garrity
Mike Garrity gets a good leap off first before successfully stealing second.

 

On Sunday, July 21, the Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers faced off against the La Crosse A’s in their final regular season game.

La Crosse started out the game scoring two in the first inning, which the Hoppers answered at the bottom of the second with two runs of their own.

The bottom of the fourth and fifth also saw the Hoppers scoring two runs each inning, and leaving the final score of the game at 2-6.

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