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LED lights in downtown Prairie du Chien paying for themselves


Energy-saving LEDs were installed in October on 85 streetlights in Prairie du Chien’s historic downtown district. They have a more natural glow to them, as compared to the yellow glow of the former metal halide fixtures.

By Correne Martin

The city of Prairie du Chien has been recouping the cost of the recent conversion to LED lights in the downtown district so rapidly that Alliant Energy has taken notice and sent a letter questioning the recorded reduction in electricity.

“The letter asked us to notify them of the reason for the change in usage,” stated Terry Meyer, co-manager of public works. “Our normal usage for two meters was about 6,400 killowatt hours (kwh) per month, but November’s usage (thanks to the LEDs) was under 2,000 total, between the two meters.”

Indeed, Alliant was correct. The city made the change in October, converting 85 street lights from 150-watt metal halide fixtures to LEDs, on Blackhawk Avenue from Marquette Road to Main Street, and on Main Street from Blackhawk to Iowa Street. Meyer applied for and received a $10,000 clean energy grant from the Wisconsin State Energy Office this fall. That was used toward the expenses of the project, leaving the total out-of-pocket cost for the city at $19,155 out of $29,155. The funds have been secured by 2014-2016 Capital Improvement Plan borrowing.

“The expected payback from energy savings is three years but I think it might be even sooner than that,” Meyer explained.

According to Meyer, the changeover has the potential to save the city about 54,728 kilowatt hours per year, equalling an annual savings of about $7,052. The LEDs have a five-year warranty and a life expectancy of 50,000 hours of on-time use, Meyer added. Estimates are that each light would be on approximately 4,300 hours per year. Considering those numbers, the lights should last about 11 and a half years. In total, the overall cost savings during that time period could be around $78,000. The city has been working with E3 Energy Coalition, of Viroqua, on energy-saving projects like this one. (In 2013, the wastewater facility lighting was upgraded with grant funding.)

The next LED conversion project on the city’s list is to install them on St. Feriole Island and the Highway 18 Bypass.

Mon
22
Dec

Wrestling


MFL MarMac’s Nicholas Larson (right) gets his game face on as he battles Clayton Boeke of host Clayton Ridge in a 220-pound match Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

MarMac’s Bryce Decker (top) looks for an advantage against Clayton Ridge’s Logan Peterson in their 138-pound match.

 

Clayton Ridge hosts MFL 

MarMac and River Ridge-Cassville

Clayton Ridge of Guttenberg, Iowa hosted MFL MarMac and River Ridge-Cassville in a high school wrestling meet Thursday night. 

MFL MarMac defeated River Ridge-Cassville 69-6. Match results are as follows.

285: Gatlin Keehner (MFLM) received a bye 

Mon
22
Dec

Clay Target Team


Sixth graders Max Clanton and Conner Martin show the muskrat trap that they built Thursday afternoon in Mr. Kohler’s Into the Outdoors class.

 

Clay target team newest addition to outdoor ed in PdC

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Come April, the Prairie du Chien School District will join the Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League. Bluff View science teacher Kirby Kohler said that the new Prairie du Chien Clay Target Team is expected to have about 25-30 members from sixth through 12th grade. Most team members will be high school students, said Kohler, who will be the coach. 

Mon
22
Dec

Santa Claus chats about Christmas

Christmas is a very busy time of year for Santa Claus and everyone else at the North Pole. Santa graciously took time out of his hectic schedule, bright and early Monday morning, Dec. 22, to call the Courier Press Associate Editor Correne Martin from his mobile phone and answer a few questions she had for him. As Christmas nears, Santa has a lot on his mind and he wanted to share some of his thoughts with all the little boys and girls who are very anxious and full of holiday spirit. A bit of the chat with Santa follows.

Mon
22
Dec

David Howard Clarke

 

David Howard Clarke, 67, formerly from Waukon, Iowa died peacefully at his home in Mocksville, N.C. on Dec. 14. 

Brother Clarke served in the full time ministry for forty years throughout the central United States, and parts of the South.

He is survived by his wife Mary of Mocksville; his mother Clarice Olga Balk of Eastman; a brother James of Waukon; a brother Charlie of Ferryville; and a sister Susie of Eastman.

Mon
22
Dec

Mary Lois (Meyers) Mink

 

Mary Lois (Meyers) Mink, 84, of Prairie du Chien, formerly of Patch Grove, was given her angel wings on Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Prairie Maison Nursing Home.

Mary was born on May 23, 1930 in Underwood, N. D., to Henry and Iva (Hinch) Meyers. The family moved to Beetown in 1937.

Fri
19
Dec

Kevin David May

 

Kevin David May, 38, of Janesville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital LaCrosse. 

He was born Dec. 6, 1976, in Prairie du Chien, to Patrick and Betty (Arnold) May. He was a 1995 graduate of Prairie du Chien High School.

Thu
18
Dec

Cathryn Ann Bouska Webster Vondrum

 

Cathryn Ann Bouska Webster Vondrum, 72, of Prairie du Chien passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17, at her home following an extended illness. 

She was born Sept. 19, 1942 in Prairie du Chien the daughter of Arnold and Agnes (Miller) Bouska. She attended St. John’s Grade School and later graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Prairie du Chien in 1960. Cathy married Vern Webster in September of 1960. Vern preceded her in death in May of 2000. She later married Loren Vondrum in November of 2003. Her family and faith were very important to her. She enjoyed being with friends – coffee clutching and crafting. Cathy loved people and was loved back. 

Thu
18
Dec

Mae P. Cox

 

Mae P. Cox, 90, of Prairie du Chien passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

She was born Aug. 13, 1924 in Boscobel, the daughter of William and Nellie (Huffman) Radloff. She married Allen Cox on May 11, 1949 in Edgerton. He preceded her in death on July 8, 1968. Mae worked for Fairbanks and Morris Ordnance in Beloit, and later for Nunn Bush Shoes in Edgerton, retiring after 36 years. 

Wed
17
Dec

Temporary stop signs now permanent

PdC council denies residential accessory structure regulations

By Correne Martin

The city of Prairie du Chien has a number of new, permanent stop signs in place following common council review and action Tuesday night. During the Marquette Road construction project this summer, signs were installed temporarily on several main streets to aid in traffic safety. Since the project’s completion, the public works committee and council needed to decide whether they should remain indefinitely.

The council approved permanent stop signs at the following intersections: South Dousman and East Iowa, South Dousman and East Crawford, West Blackhawk and Main, and West Washington and North Main. The council also chose to remove the temporary signs at North Ohio and Haydn.

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