Courier Press

Mon
07
Apr

Hospital progress benefits the local economy

crane
Six air-handling units were crane-set on the rooftops of Prairie du Chien’s new health care center a little more than one week ago. The largest weighed around 27,000 pounds and measured 50 feet by 20 feet. The units were custom-fabricated and delivered from Michigan. They will provide an economical way of heating, cooling and humidifying the facility. Also, by being on the rooftops, they will not take up square footage inside the facility. (Provided photos)

In quite the impressive site, one of the air-handling units for the hospital was loaded onto a crane recently so it could be set on the rooftop of the facility.

The back of the new health care center shows varying heights and depths, which add to the appeal of the design. The Medical Office Building, where the professional office space of the hospital will be located, is shown encapsulated in plastic on the north end of the facility.

By Correne Martin

The new, state-of-the-art hospital in Prairie du Chien will be quite the statement piece when it’s completed around late February of 2015. The local workforce behind the $50 million construction effort has been a strong part of creating that eventual statement—an attractive and modern health care center that will significantly transform the visual landscape and the resources of the community.

General contractor Market & Johnson, and its subcontractors—many of which are locally established or hire local labor—have made it through the hard winter in stride with the project schedule.

Mon
07
Apr

Road work ahead

Highway 35 project
Near Picatee Creek Road on Friday afternoon, a truck drives over one of the bridges that will be repaired on Highway 35 from Prairie du Chien to Lynxville this summer. The bridgework is needed because of damage caused by flash flooding last year. The project began on Monday, April 7. The highway will be one lane at the project sites. The Wisconsin DOT is doing the project.

 

Spring road 

projects ahead

By Ted Pennekamp

 

In addition to the Marquette Road project in the city of Prairie du Chien, there will be various other road projects in Crawford County this spring. 

Fri
04
Apr

Bernice Theresa Schaefers

 

Bernice Theresa Schaefers, 79, of Monona, Iowa died Thursday, April 3, at the Great River Care Center, McGregor, Iowa. 

She was born on April 15, 1934 to Casper and Mary (Lucher) Schaefers in Clayton, Iowa. Bernice was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Garnavillo. She attended St. Joseph Catholic School in Garnavillo, Iowa.

Fri
04
Apr

Reed F. Lestina

 

Reed F. Lestina, 70, of Muscoda and formerly of Prairie du Chien passed away unexpectedly Friday, April 4, at the Richland Hospital in Richland Center. 

He was born March 10, 1944 in Giard, Iowa, the son of Floyd and Alma (Cunningham) Lestina. He married Carol “Sue” Cejka in Monona, Iowa in 1976 and she preceded him in death in 2007. Reed worked as a logger and was an avid fisherman. He enjoyed his CB Radio where he was known as the “Iowa Bullfrog.” 

Thu
03
Apr

Jim E. Teynor

 

Jim E. Teynor, 40, of Wauzeka, died suddenly Tuesday, April 1, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. 

He was born June 20, 1973 in La Crosse, the son of Clarence and Janice (Furr) Teynor. Jim was currently working as a correctional officer for the Prairie du Chien Correctional Institute. He loved horses and Harleys, and was an avid hunter. He was always the life of the party and was described by friends and family as being truly happy.

Wed
02
Apr

Prairie du Chien alderman race still remains undetermined

By Correne Martin

Who will take the Prairie du Chien Common Council seat in the first aldermanic district remains to be seen, according to the April 1 election results reported late Tuesday night. Write-ins Ron Leys and Mark Oehler received two votes apiece in the first ward.

According to rule, the eligible person who receives the highest number of write-in votes in a vacant district is declared the winner after the Board of Canvassers meets and confirms the election. If that person declines the position, the vacancy goes to the common council to be filled.

However, that rule hasn’t exactly given city officials a clear-cut answer on how to proceed. Prairie du Chien City Clerk Barb Elvert conferred with the Government Accountability Board Wednesday morning for clarification on the city’s next step.

Wed
02
Apr

National Guard Armory in Prairie du Chien undergoing renovation


The National Guard Armory in Prairie du Chien was built in 1956. A major renovation is underway to update the interior. Work is expected to be complete in June. (Photos by Correne Martin)

A pile of equipment and noticeable construction gear sits in the main room of the Prairie du Chien Armory. Some of the major points of the renovation are upgrading the building’s boiler system from steam to water, improving the electrical system and installing air conditioning.

By Correne Martin

For the first time since the National Guard Armory was built at 601 N. Marquette Rd., in Prairie du Chien, in 1956, a major renovation has begun inside the facility. The Department of Military Affairs is funding the $1.5 million project, which started in late 2013. The 229th Engineer Company is anticipating the construction at its readiness center to be complete by this summer.

“Aesthetically, it will look much different,” said Chad Smethurst, 229th horizontal construction engineer. “It will give us the ability to work in a more professional environment.”

A majority of the project’s costs will involve updating the boiler system from steam to water, improving the electrical system and installing air conditioning. The heating and electrical systems at the Armory were 20 to 30 years old, failing and costly to operate, according to the Department of Military Affairs.

Wed
02
Apr

CRR girls win

 

Cassville-River 

Ridge girls beat Fennimore

The Cassville-River Ridge High School softball team beat visiting Fennimore 11-3 on March 31.

CRR scored a run in the bottom of the first, the bottom of the third and the bottom of the fourth to take a 3-0 lead. 

Wed
02
Apr

Saferide Program

 

Crawford County Tavern 

League hopes to start Saferide

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Members of the Crawford County Tavern League have been working hard toward implementing the Saferide Program in order to make the county’s roads safer. 

Tue
01
Apr

Loren D. Sullivan

 

Loren D. Sullivan, Plano, Texas died March 12, at the age of 84. Services were held March 25 at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

 

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