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Wed
03
May

River Ridge School Addition


The walls of the addition behind the River Ridge School building continued to go up Tuesday morning. The addition will house eight classrooms and a gymnasium. The gymnasium is designed mostly for middle school students. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Walls going up on 

River Ridge addition

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
03
May

Swim lessons and recreation program sign-up is May 10

Also, get your pool passes

 

Prairie du Chien summer swim lessons/recreation programs sign-up will be Wednesday, May 10, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., at Hoffman Hall.

Swim lessons sign-up thereafter will be at the Wacouta Aquatic Park when the pool opens June 10, during pool hours.

Pool passes will also be sold during sign-up or from thereafter through June 9 at city hall during business hours. Otherwise, passes can be purchased at the outdoor pool beginning June 10. Proof of residence is required.

Also, sign up or get more information about joining swim team by emailing Waterhawks pdc@gmail.com.

Call Hoffman Hall with questions at 326-2985.

Wed
03
May

Fighter pilot’s parents take Navy cruise of a lifetime


The USS John C. Stennis was completing deployment in the Western Pacific, when Brian and Mary Edwards were invited aboard for a rare and memorable cruise. The Stennis encompasses about 6,000 personnel and carries about 10 helicopters, 70 fighter jets and other support aircraft.

Brian, Nate and Mary Edwards posed in front of an FA-18 Super Hornet, the one and only jet that display’s Nate’s name.

By Correne Martin

Brian and Mary Edwards had the distinct opportunity to be guests of the U.S. Navy, and join their son, Lt. Nate Edwards, on the combat-ready, nuclear-powered aircraft super carrier, the USS John C. Stennis, last fall, during its return five-day voyage from Pearl Harbor to San Diego.

The Stennis (CVN-74) was completing a seven-month deployment in the Western Pacific, including the South China Sea and Sea of Japan. The Stennis carrier strike group included the Stennis and its escorts: two destroyers, a cruiser, and an unseen and unknown number of nuclear-powered submarines. The Stennis crew encompasses Air Wing 9, of about 6,000 personnel, and carries about 10 helicopters, 70 fighter jets and other support aircraft.

Tue
02
May

Brian Robert Harwood

 

Brian Robert Harwood, 45, passed away on April 8, in San Bernardino, Calif.

 

He was born on Sept. 22, 1971, to Steve and Charlotte (Emard) Harwood. Brian graduated from high School, in Prairie du Chien. 

 

Tue
02
May

Prairie du Chien begins ‘automated’ garbage and recycling collection program


The new recycling toters were assembled last week, in preparation for the beginning of recycling using them Monday, May 1. Recycling is now every two weeks and materials can be mixed and unsorted when placed in the bin. For more information, contact Town and Country Sanitation at (608) 375-5856, (800) 626-1915 or kristis@tcsanitation.com, or City Hall at 326-6406.

Editor's note: This article first appeared in the Monday, April 10 issue of the Courier Press, on page 8. It is being shared on our website due to the large number of questions regarding the new recycling system.

 

The city of Prairie du Chien, in conjunction with the city’s contractor, Town and Country Sanitation, began the new one-pass automated collection for refuse and recycling Monday, May 1. As part of the program, city residents received recycling toters over the past few weeks. These toters are lidded, wheeled containers similar to the containers now used for refuse. Recycling will now be collected once every two weeks.

Mon
01
May

Fire Training

 

Fire department training

Mon
01
May

New Fish and Wildlife Service Manager

 

New McGregor District fish 

and wildlife manager settling in

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a new manager for the McGregor District of the Upper Mississippi National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Brandon Jones began his duties in January and has been settling into his new position.

Mon
01
May

Gays Mills man charged with 4th OWI

A 40-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fourth offense).

Kenneth A. Mickelson faces up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Mickelson admitted to officers during the investigation that he drank about a 12-pack of beer earlier in the day.

Mickelson has previously been convicted of OWI three times.

Mon
01
May

Man gets 6th OWI

A 52-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fifth or sixth offense).

Lawrence W. Nelson Jr. faces up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Nelson was driving 67 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone when a state trooper activated his emergency lights. Nelson continued on and then pulled into a driveway, the complaint said.

Nelson was then placed under arrest for OWI and transported to Crossing Rivers Health where he submitted to a chemical test of his blood.

Nelson has previously been convicted of OWI five times.

Mon
01
May

Different recycling toters distributed in Prairie du Chien


Town and Country and city of Prairie du Chien personnel assembled and distributed new, recycling toters to city residents Thursday last week. The organized duties took place in the Blackhawk Junction parking lot. The new pickup started May 1 and will be every two weeks. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Town and Country and city of Prairie du Chien personnel assembled and distributed new and different recycling toters to city residents Thursday last week.

As part of the new, one-pass automated collection program, which started May 1, recycling materials are now collected once every two weeks.

A wide range of recyclables will continue to be collected, including aluminum containers; corrugated paper and other container board; glass containers; magazines; newspaper; officer paper; rigid plastic containers, including those made of PETE, HDPE, PVC, LDPE, PP, PS and other resins; steel containers; and bi-metal containers. These are to be put into the recycling toters and do not need to be sorted or bundled separately.

The automated process is hoped to improve recycling in the city, as the new bins have lids, are larger than previous containers and allow for pieces to be mixed without sorting.

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