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Mon
05
May

Behind the badge with the Prairie du Chien police chief


Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram explained to five attentive kindergarteners at B.A. Kennedy last week about the duties of his job and how he’s available in Crawford County communities to maintain safety. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Pictured after an informative Lunch with the Chief are kindergarteners (from left) Nathan Helgerson, Ashton Landt, Westin Marx, Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram, Portor Kossman and Tegan DuCharme.

By Correne Martin

For any elementary student, the chance to eat lunch with the police chief is quite the experience. It’s an educational and memorable moment, in which a child gets to meet the man behind the badge, with his guard down and his lead vest off.

Last week, five boys in kindergarten at Prairie du Chien’s B.A. Kennedy were afforded this exclusive opportunity. They included Ashton Landt, Portor Kossman, Tegan DuCharme, Westin Marx and Nathan Helgerson.

Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram has visited the school once a month since last fall for his Lunch with the Chief program, which is new this year. As part of the program, five students spend one hour sitting in a front office room, enjoying their lunch alongside the chief. Each month, students from one grade level, kindergarten through fourth grade, are nominated by their teachers for the up-close, casual time with Chief Abram. The grades rotate month to month.

Wed
30
Apr

PdC track meet

 

Prairie du Chien 

hosts track meet

Prairie du Chien hosted a track meet on a rainy Tuesday afternoon versus Richland Center and River Valley. River won the boys meet with 102 points. Prairie du Chien had 38 and Richland Center 22. 

Nate Nichols won the 1600-meter run in 5:23.5. Nathan Banasik was second in 5:34.59. 

Wed
30
Apr

Pike research

Pike transmitter
This radio transmitter will be surgically implanted into a northern pike. The fish needs to weigh four pounds or more.

 

Iowa DNR uses radio transmissions to monitor pike

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Iowa DNR fisheries personnel are using an innovative radio technology to monitor and improve the northern pike population in Pools 10 and 11. 

Wed
30
Apr

An evening to remember for area ‘princesses’


Nick Smethurst gives his daughter, Addison, a twirl during Princess for an Evening Saturday night at Huckleberry’s in Prairie du Chien. The event is a yearly fundraiser for the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter organization. See full story on page 5. (Photos by Brian Cipra Photography)

Ken Quick and his daughter, Kailee, have a good time practicing proper dance techniques at the beginning of the night Saturday, during the Princess for and Evening fundraiser.

Dressed in their best attire, the “princesses” and their special gentlemen—dads, grandads, uncles, etc.—posed as a group.

More than 30 “princesses” and their dates danced the night away at Huckleberry’s Banquet Hall on Saturday, April 26.

“Princess for an Evening,” a father/daughter dance, sponsored annually by Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter, provided girls and the gentlemen in their lives an opportunity to spend a special evening together.

Princesses, who dined at Huckleberry’s Restaurant with their dates prior to the dance, were treated to a complimentary Princess Parfait. Juice MC, aka Andy Jones, was the DJ for the evening, playing the latest hits as well as special requests.

Lynn Rider instructed the couples on the proper dance techniques to start the evening off on the right foot. Princesses as well as their dates took part in limbo and hula hoop contests.

Wed
30
Apr

Marquette Road construction starts on Monday, May 5

Work is ready to begin May 5 on the Marquette Road project in Prairie du Chien.

The project will involve the reconstruction of nearly one mile of the four-lane Marquette Road, from Mooney Street north to Washington Street. During the time the project is underway, there will be several detour routes for motorists to follow. Once completed, Marquette Road will feature three roundabouts, at Blackhawk Avenue, Iowa Street and Wisconsin Street. (In 2017, Marquette Road will once again be under construction and become three lanes from Mooney Street south to La Pointe Street.)

For more information, please contact City Administrator Aaron Kramer at 326-6406 or pdcadministrator@mhtc.net.

Wed
30
Apr

Mail carrier food drive May 10

By Correne Martin

Every second Saturday in May, the United States Postal Service puts its best letter forward in an effort to Stamp Out Hunger in our communities.

Once again this year, local mail carriers are asking for help from the public to fill a bag and feed the community.

The Prairie du Chien Post Office will participate in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 10. City residents will receive special bags delivered by mail carriers later this week, according to Postmaster Darryl Martin. They are asked to fill a bag with non-perishable food and leave it by their mailbox prior to 9 a.m. on May 10. If a bag is not delivered in advance of the food drive, residents are encouraged to use their own bags.

Tue
29
Apr

Richard J. "Dick" Cherrier

 

Richard J. “Dick” Cherrier, 76, of Prairie du Chien passed away unexpectedly Sunday, April 27, at his home. 

He was born Oct. 24, 1937 in Prairie du Chien the son of Clarence and Anastasia (Phillip) Cherrier. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He married Jackie Selheim on Jan. 24, 1959 at St. Bernard’s Church in Madison. Dick worked as an electrician for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad which would later become the Union Pacific. He retired after over 30 years of service in 2000. Dick enjoyed working on cars and motorcycles and spending time on the Mississippi River. 

Mon
28
Apr

Golfers host SWC meet

 

Golfers host SWC meet

The Prairie du Chien boys golf team hosted an SWC meet on the par 36 front nine at Prairie du Chien Country Club Friday afternoon.

Team scores were Lancaster 166, Dodgeville 168, River Valley 172, Platteville 185, Prairie du Chien 195, and Richland Center incomplete.

Prairie scores were Dan Adamany 45, Pierce Lach 47, Nate Stram 51, Asa White 52, and Tyler Mason 55.

Mon
28
Apr

City gets VFW Charter back

 

VFW colors, charter, flag welcomed back to Prairie du Chien

By Ted Pennekamp

 

About a dozen people were on hand Thursday afternoon in the council chambers in City Hall when the city of Prairie du Chien received the McKinney-Tyler-Portwine VFW Post 1945 Charter and flag from the National VFW organization. 

Mon
28
Apr

Asian carp barrier

 

There may be an inexpensive and ‘sound’ way to stop Asian carp

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A new method has now been developed that could help slow down the advance of invasive Asian carp working their way up the Upper Mississippi River. Recently, Bighead and Silver carp eggs and late-stage embryos have been found near Lynxville in Pool 10. Evidence of Asian carp has been found as high up as Lock and Dam 2.

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