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Mon
17
Oct

Detention basins, debris catchers anticipated to mitigate flooding issues


Grading work was done last week along Highway 27, just east of Prairie du Chien, as part of the flood mitigation project the city of Prairie du Chien is completing to potentially slow rainwater and debris flowing down from the bluffs, thus alleviating flood damages when heavy rain events occur. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Flood mitigation work has recently changed the landscape significantly along Mondell Hill, just east of Prairie du Chien beside Highway 27. Trees were removed, grading is being done, and two detention basins and a bypass storm sewer are being built. The hope is for this municipal project to slow rainwater and debris flowing down from the bluffs, thus alleviating runoff flood damage when heavy rain events occur.

According to Matt Muchow, professional engineer and on-site manager for Vierbicher Associates, crews moved the earth for a north bypass, from Webster Street to Godden Pit, over the past few weeks. Last week, work consisted of mostly grading along Highway 27.

“We just started making basin 1 [last] week,” Muchow said. “We’ll put the trash rack and pond outlet in, in about a week. The grading for basin 2, by Jackson Street, and the trash rack and pond outlet there will also be done soon.”

Mon
17
Oct

Rivers and Bluffs to break ground, kick off capital campaign


This sign, made by Design Homes, will be erected along Cliffwood Drive, at the building site for the animal shelter.

By Correne Martin

It’s been nine years in the making.

The Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter board and volunteers are ready to break ground for their highly-anticipated animal shelter at 460 Cliffwood Dr. on the north side of Prairie du Chien. The official groundbreaking will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 2:30 p.m. Cake and coffee will be served; parking will be allowed along Cliffwood for the event.

Plans are for Top Notch Construction to build the exterior shell of the shelter in the coming months on 3.4 acres of property in the city’s business park.

Simultaneously, RABAS is also embarking on a capital campaign Nov. 1, 2016 through Jan. 31, 2017, from which they hope to raise funds toward furnishing the interior of the facility.

“We need to raise another $400,000 for the interior of the building,” said Cheryl Statz, RABAS president.

Mon
17
Oct

Soccer Wins Title


Evan Teynor gets ready for the pass from Nathaniel Oehler. (Photos by Rose Ziel)

Tanner Bollman jostles with a River Valley player Thursday evening.

Nolan Stram of Prairie du Chien gets ahead of the River Valley player Thursday.

 

Prairie 

takes SWC title

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawk soccer team captured the Southwest Wisconsin Conference title on Thursday night with a decisive 6-0 victory over River Valley.  

It was the final regular season game with special recognition to the seniors.  

Fri
14
Oct

Gemma K. “Jimmy” Wilcox

 

Gemma K. “Jimmy” Wilcox age 73 of Lancaster, passed away Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at the Grant Regional Hospital in Lancaster. 

She was born December 22, 1942 in Prairie du Chien, WI the daughter of James and Belva (Gobin) Lenzendorf.  She married Carl Balk in 1961 and he preceded her in death in 1995.  She later married Leo Wilcox in 2001 and he preceded her in death in 2012.  Jimmy worked in several nursing facilities in Prairie du Chien and later, she and Carl owned and operated a bakery for several years in Bloomington, WI. 

Fri
14
Oct

William Daniel McCoy

 

William Daniel McCoy, 91, of Prairie du Chien passed away Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the Crossing River’s Hospital.

Wed
12
Oct

Halls of Terror


Prairie du Chien Librarian Nancy Ashmore holds two copies of the book “The Fright Seeker’s Guide to Random Haunts and Other Horrific Things” donated by Nate Gilberts and Nick Gilberts of Scream Xtreme Monday. The Halls of Terror is one of two Wisconsin attractions featured in the book.

 

So good it’s scary

Horrifying Halls of Terror awaits for those who dare

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
12
Oct

River Ridge Volleyball


River Ridge’s Skylar White smashes the ball past Grace Morgan of Potosi Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Grace Mergen finesses the ball over to the Potosi side in the first game Tuesday night.

Rachael Herrick deftly pops the ball past the Potosi defender.

Skylar White (9) and Lexi Harper (6) go up for the block in first-game action.

River Ridge’s Taylor Langmeier pounds a winner against visiting Potosi.

Karli Jandro of River Ridge makes a good return against Potosi in the second game.

 

River Ridge 

girls beat Potosi

The River Ridge volleyball team hosted Potosi Tuesday night and won with scores of 25-20, 21-25, 25-22, and 25-18. It was Senior Night for River Ridge.

Stats include:

 Kills - Taylor Langmeier 21, Skylar White 17

Wed
12
Oct

It’s time to spread a little Fallfire

With the support of several area businesses, cartoonist John Mundt, Esquire, of Prairie du Chien, is hosting the 13th annual Fallfire Art Contest now through Saturday, Nov. 5. Open to artists of any age, and in all mediums, Fallfire is now accepting submissions.

Inspired by the sights and sounds of autumn, Mundt, illustrator of “The Collected Short Stories of L. Frank Baum,” founded the contest in 2004 to challenge artists to “flex their creative muscles.” Participants are asked to create a work inspired by the word “fallfire.”

“Fall always puts me in a very creative mood. I hope to share that feeling with this creativity-inducing exercise,” Mundt said.

Wed
12
Oct

Oktoberfest: A ‘gute zeit’ for the whole family


As you and your family enjoy Oktoberfest on St. Feriole Island Saturday, you will likely see and hear the festive presence of Fred Isaak, accordion player for River City Ruckus, one of the bands performing again this year. You can find him, along with plenty of activities, and authentic German food and beer, under the big top tent in the Memorial Gardens. (Courier Press file photo)

“Bunny,” the French bulldog, attracted plenty of children wanting to pet the cute puppy, who was one of the winners of the 2015 Oktoberfest canine costume contest.

By Correne Martin

Talk about authentic German cuisine! The 2015 Oktoberfest crowd devoured 435 brats, 240 pork loins, 120 jumbo hot dogs, 80 knackwurst, 150 soft jumbo pretzels, 180 bread pudding muffins, 108 pumpkin bars and 12 loaves of German bread. Plus, over 2,000 attendees consumed limitless pints of German beers.

To help provide such a “gute zeit” for event-goers of all ages, 15 committee members plan and organize Oktoberfest, along with assistance from more than 40 volunteers, working on 17 different activities offered at this true family affair.

“What sets us apart from other Oktoberfests is that we want it to be family-oriented. We want to have authentic foods and beers, music and activities for the whole family,” declared Mike Ulrich, Prairie du Chien parks and recreation director.

Wed
12
Oct

Learn all about cancer in ‘clear and simple’ series


Lynn Groom, Crossing Rivers Health education coordinator, presents the Cancer Clear and Simple program to the hospital’s partners group. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Cancer. What happens when you are diagnosed? What does it all mean? Can we prevent it and how can we do so?

A free, two-part educational cancer series designed to build health knowledge and improve health-related decision making is offered in Crawford County this month. Cancer Clear and Simple spans the topics of cancer basics, prevention, causes, self-care, and finding it early. There will be discussion, videos and interactive activities, as well as demonstrations on how cancer spreads and how to create your own healthy SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time specific) goals.

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