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Marquette Road project faces major changes

In an effort to keep the Marquette Road project on schedule for completion in 2014, a change in the construction schedule will take place later this month. The project is currently three weeks behind schedule due to adverse weather conditions in the past few weeks. Rain water washing sand into storm sewer pipes has accounted for part of the delay. A delay in the contractor gaining access to BNSF Railroad property adjacent to Marquette Road has also contributed. Portions of the delay also come from unanticipated underground conflicts and complications with utilities.

“The primary reason for this change is to accomplish the goal of completing the project in 2014,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said. “We have heard from impacted businesses and residents that there is little to no support to see this project stretch into 2015. I appreciate the efforts the DOT is making to respond to these concerns.”

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PdC prepares to get CRAZY

By Caitlin Bittner

Ready or not shoppers, Crazy Days is coming to Prairie du Chien.

The annual blowout, arranged in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, will begin Wednesday, July 16 and run through Sunday, July 20. The Chamber encourages everyone to take advantage of the deals and steals at many businesses located throughout Prairie du Chien.

Shoppers and business owners alike find it hard to remember a time without the event, but, what many may be wondering is how will the sales be affected by the recent road construction.
City Administrator Aaron Kramer said that he doesn’t expect the situation to deviate much from its current state. “We pushed back the movement to Stage 4 of the Marquette Road Project specifically to avoid events like Crazy Days, the War of 1812 and Blues Fest.”

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14
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Five run for royalty at this weekend's Blake’s Prairie Fair


Sarah Breuer, Olivia Breuer, Beth Zimmer, Abriana Errthum, Desmond Crapp

Five area high schoolers are competing to become the king and queen of the 2014 Blake’s Prairie Jr. Fair, which will be held at the fairgrounds in Bloomington on July 17-20.

Queen candidate Olivia Breuer, daughter of Lisa Breuer and Raymond Breuer, is sponsored by the Mount Hope Cardinals 4-H Club. Olivia is a five-year member of the 4-H club and has held the offices of club reporter and club president. Some of the projects Olivia has been involved in are photography, home environment, foods and nutrition, arts and crafts, and creative writing. She has also been involved in the foods revue and speaking contest. Olivia has also been active on the Mt. Hope Dairy Day committee.

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14
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River Ridge school board takes steps toward ‘one-site’ referendum

By Correne Martin

“This has been dragging on too long,” River Ridge School Board Clerk Ken Nies contended, in addressing over 50 people present at last Wednesday night’s school board meeting. “I want this school district to be here 50 years from now. We’ve got to get something done soon and done right. I’d move everything [to Patch Grove] and be done with it.”

Nies was, of course, speaking about the highly-debated, drawn out situation the district has faced for nearly two years in determining the future arrangement of its aging school facilities in both Patch Grove and Bloomington.

The school board met for more than two hours Wednesday night, July 9. Almost half of that time was spent by board and community members civilly discussing the next step toward a solution that will ultimately be the best educationally and financially.

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Carl J. Reuter

 

Carl J. Reuter, 93, of Bloomington, passed away on Saturday, July 12, at the Lancaster Care Center, Lancaster. 

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11
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Christina "Chrisy" (Lawrence) West

 

Christina “Chrisy” Jo (Lawrence) West, 46, of Hermitage, Tenn., died unexpectedly at home on April 11, 2014. 

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Audrey Rymarz

 

Audrey A. Rymarz, 75, Prairie du Chien, passed away on July 10. 

She was born Jan. 29, 1939 in Milwaukee, the daughter of Erich and Adeline (Frederich) Krahn.

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09
Jul

Paint bubbles, peels and falls from courtroom ceiling

peeling ceiling
This is the biggest spot so far where paint has fallen from the Crawford County Courtroom ceiling.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Courthouse building renovation was completed in October of 2013, but now problems have surfaced with the main courtroom ceiling. 

 

Wed
09
Jul

Hoppers lose one, tie one

 

Hoppers lose one, 

tie one in twinbill

The La Crosse North Stars defeated the Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers 8-5 in the first game of a doubleheader in Coulee Region Legion baseball Monday in La Crosse. 

Prairie took a 2-1 lead following the first inning. 

Each team scored a run in the third as Prairie held the lead 3-2. 

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Wisconsin Badger Camp Open House scheduled July 13

Wisconsin Badger Camp will host its annual Open House on Sunday, July 13 from 1 to 4 p.m., with tours beginning at 1. The public is welcome to visit and learn more about what makes Wisconsin Badger Camp an enjoyable vacation spot for campers with developmental disabilities.

Visitors are invited to tour Badger Camp facilities, learn more about volunteering, participate in camp activities and share refreshments with campers and staff. Anyone interested in learning more about Wisconsin Badger Camp or experiencing what the program has to offer is encouraged to attend.

“Open House is a great opportunity for us to educate the public about Wisconsin Badger Camp and to encourage visitors to see Badger Camp in action,” Brent Bowers, executive director of Wisconsin Badger Camp, said. “Open House also gives us a chance to celebrate our accomplishments and recognize all of the great supporters of Badger Camp, who have contributed in numerous ways.”

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