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Wed
06
Apr

$18.9 million referendum passes

 

$18.9 million referendum passes 

for Prairie du Chien School District

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien School District will be getting several upgrades to all three schools as a result of the April 5 election. 

Wed
06
Apr

Election compels 60.6 percent of PdC voters


Election worker Ted Finn (left) assists Mike Cowie on the voting machine at Prairie du Chien City Hall Tuesday. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Derrick Kelly presented his driver’s license as a form of voter ID to poll workers Michael Douglass and Friday Wiles to verify prior to allowing him to cast his vote at Prairie du Chien City Hall. Kelly recently moved to Prairie du Chien.

By Correne Martin

Tuesday’s primary election was considered monumental for Wisconsin, not only because of the divisive political climate on the national level, but also from the perspective of major party nominations on both sides of the aisle.

At Prairie du Chien City Hall, around mid-day Tuesday, poll workers noted that voters had been steadily coming through the door, with lines forming at times, though they weren’t surprised by the seemingly higher than normal turnout. Out of 2,788 voters in the city of Prairie du Chien, 1,690 cast their ballots, resulting in an overall voter turnout of 60.6 percent, unofficially, according to poll reports.

Three random voters were chosen for short interviews after voting at city hall, including two middle-aged men—one white and one black—who’ve voted their whole lives, as well as one young, white female voting in her first election.

Wed
06
Apr

Hemmer retains mayor seat in Prairie du Chien

Prairie du Chien Mayor Dave Hemmer will keep his post after receiving 1,036 votes in the spring election. Challenger John Chaffee collected 517 votes, while there was only one write-in vote cast.

Hemmer was the top vote-getter in all six wards within the city: Ward 1—195-79, Ward 2—187-104, Ward 3—137-76, Ward 4—143-92, Ward 5—180-104, Ward 6—194-62.

For all of the Prairie du Chien Common Council seats up for election, none were contested. Ron Leys, Mike “Stubby” Jones, Karen Solomon and Todd Myers were all re-elected. Incumbents and declared write-ins Todd Crotty and Jean Titlbach both were winners as well.

Wed
06
Apr

Schier re-elected, Cathman and Moravits voted in for River Ridge School Board

By Correne Martin

In the River Ridge School Board election, one incumbent was re-elected, while two other newcomers were chosen over the second incumbent in the race. Vying for re-election to her seat, Kerri Schier was the recipient of the second largest number of votes in the district with 927. The highest vote-getter, Jason Cathman, received 989 votes and will be new to the board following this election. Also new to the board will be Cory Moravits, as 823 voters cast their vote for him.

Not making the cut, incumbent Randall Martin netted 570 votes total, ending his time on the board. Also, Nick Kovacs, who, prior to Tuesday, openly encouraged voters to select the three eventual winners, received 167 votes.

Wed
06
Apr

Haydn Street railroad crossing ordered to close, will be by May 2


The Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Railroads handed down an order last week to close the Haydn Street crossing no later than June 30, 2016. The city is expected to install and maintain barricades, signs and markers on each approach to the crossing. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Wisconsin Commissioner of Railroads issued a new written order Friday, April 1, for the closure of the Haydn Street railroad crossing in Prairie du Chien to occur no later than the deadline of June 30, 2016. Then, on Tuesday night, April 5, it was determined by the Prairie du Chien Public Works Committee to follow through with official closure of the Haydn Street crossing, but to do so by May 2.

The city of Prairie du Chien is required to install and maintain barricades, signs and markers on each approach to the Haydn Street crossing, according to the order, which follows through with the Jan. 10, 2014 final decision by the commissioner to grant the June 21, 2012 BNSF Railway Company’s petition to close the public crossing.

Wed
06
Apr

Women retreat to Hoffman Hall for quilting weekend


Helen Croft (right), of Fennimore, displays one of her quilt blocks composed of scraps from her fabric stash as well as her late mother’s stash. She had many varieties of these in pinks, purples, blues and teals she intended to use in creating throw-sized quilts. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Fifty-four women from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois came to Prairie du Chien Friday and Saturday for the sixth annual Quilt the Days Away retreat at Hoffman Hall. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

An estimated 85 percent of the 54 women who attended this year’s Quilt the Days Away retreat, April 1-2, in Prairie du Chien were repeat participants. The camaraderie among the quilters and the pampering they receive are characteristics that keep them coming back to Hoffman Hall for two days of serious quilting, learning and socializing.

Once again this year, for the sixth retreat, women drove from all over Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois to Prairie du Chien, in hopes of focusing on their quilting projects—some they haven’t touched since the last retreat—and enjoying being away from their busy daily lives. Some commuted from a short distance, while others booked hotel rooms locally, only enhancing the getaway value of their experience.

Wed
06
Apr

Local man arrested in meth bust

On April 3, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit initiated a traffic stop in Prairie du Chien on a vehicle being operated by Chris Fernette, 39, Prairie du Chien, for an equipment violation.

Fernette is also on felony bond conditions through Crawford County Circuit Court for narcotic related charges. The deputy made contact with Fernette, and in plain view, observed what appeared to be methamphetamine paraphernalia.

Tue
05
Apr

Patricia E. Wachuta

 

Patricia E. Wachuta, 93, of Prairie du Chien passed away Monday, April 4, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor, Iowa.

She was born March 6, 1923 in Eastman, the daughter of John and Margaret (Wall) Phillip. She married Clifford Wachuta on June 6, 1949 at St. John’s Church in Prairie du Chien. She was a graduate of the La Crosse Teacher’s College and later taught in rural schools near Eastman for 7 years. She and Clifford farmed in rural Prairie du Chien. Her husband preceded her in death on April 24, 1979. Patricia was active in 4H, the Homemaker’s Association, the Head Start Program, Wisconsin First Book, St. Gabriel’s Parish and the Lower Wisconsin River Genealogy Society.

Mon
04
Apr

Clement L. Stram

 

 Clement L. Stram, 83, of Prairie du Chien passed away Sunday, April 3, at his home surrounded by his family after a brief illness. 

He was born Nov. 4, 1932 in Prairie du Chien the son of Leo and Birdie (Koecke) Stram. He served in the US Army during the Korean War. Clem married Jacqueline Kasparek on Sept. 27, 1955 at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. He worked at National Decorated Metals and the FS Plant in Prairie du Chien. He later retired after many years with the Crawford County Highway Department. Clem was a renowned fisherman, hunter and trapper. He was a devoted family man and an active member of St. Gabriel’s Parish. 

Mon
04
Apr

Renee Jean (Horstman) Hampton

 

Renee Jean (Horstman) Hampton, 52, Prairie du Chien, died Friday, March 25, at Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse from injuries received in an automobile accident. 

Renee was born June 27, 1963 to Donald Horstman and Mary (Koch) Horstman in Fort Benning, Ga. Renee attended Guttenberg High School. Renee married William (Bill) Hampton on June 27, 2003. Renee had one son from a previous marriage, Philip Reed.

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