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St. Mary’s murals unveiled Thursday

The refinished St. Mary’s Academy murals will be unveiled at a Business After Five Open House at Peoples State Bank’s main office in downtown Prairie du Chien on Thursday, May 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce is also sponsoring the event.

About 1910, Sister Mary Gertrude, a School Sister of Notre Dame, painted several murals. These murals adorned the walls of rooms within the buildings that were part of St. Mary’s Academy (1872-1968).
Two of these murals depicted the natural beauty of the upper Mississippi River valley. The other murals presented a tableau of important events that occurred along the Mississippi River.

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Tax credits allocated for redevelopment of Wyalusing Academy

Commonwealth Development Corporation, of Fond du Lac, has been allocated $479,231 in tax credits to redevelop the former Saint Mary’s Institute/Wyalusing Academy into apartments.

Lawler School Lofts, as the facility will be named, is a historic adaptive reuse project. The transformation into the 40-apartment complex on the 80,000-square-foot property is anticipated to start in the second half of 2016, according to Kevin McDonell, of Commonwealth.

“Commonwealth was selected to develop the property late last fall and has worked closely with all interested stakeholders to bring the project to fruition while preserving the historic details of the property,” McDonell said.

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School Facilities Upgrades

 

Community input sought to fine-tune school upgrades

Work could begin February 2017

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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Local man charged with possession of meth

A 29-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine.

Joshua R. Barrette faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a vehicle was stopped in the city of Prairie du Chien by a police officer because it was traveling without its headlights on at night.

The officer was informed by dispatch that Barrette, who was a passenger in the vehicle, had a warrant for his arrest.

A search of the vehicle revealed four plastic baggies containing a white crystalline substance and three green pills.

Barrette admitted to officers that the baggies contained meth, the complaint said. A chemical field test also revealed the presence of meth, according to the complaint.

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Bloomington resident accused of meth possession

A 32-year-old Bloomington man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine.

Fame Forrest Poole III faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Poole’s vehicle was stopped by a police officer near Wells Street and the Highway 18 Bypass in the city of Prairie du Chien. A search of the vehicle revealed a clear plastic baggie containing a white crystalline product, the complaint said.

Poole admitted to investigators that he uses meth, the complaint said.

An electronic scale was also found.

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May

Lawrence (Larry) Joseph Pelock

 

Lawrence (Larry) Joseph Pelock of Prairie du Chien, died Tuesday, May 11, at Crossing River’s Health hospital in Prairie du Chien.

He was born Dec. 1, 1940 in Prairie du Chien, the son of John (Jack) Joseph and Helen Mary (DuCharme) Pelock. He graduated from Prairie du Chien High school in 1959, joined the Wisconsin Army National Guard serving from 1968 to 1974. In 1968 he married Carol (Titlbach) and later divorced. 

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May

Helen Catherine (Lapp) Lipke

 

Helen Catherine (Lapp) Lipke, 89, passed away peacefully on May 12, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse. 

Helen was born on March 28, 1927, in her home in High Falls, New York at the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Helen spent most of her life in Prairie du Chien, and her last months in Galesville. 

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Doris Johnson

 

Doris Johnson, 93, of Prairie du Chien passed away Wednesday, May 11, at the Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien. 

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May

James A. Sprosty

 

James A. Sprosty, 65, of Batavia, passed away early Tuesday, May 10, at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.

He was born on Jan. 25, 1951, in Prairie du Chien, a son of the late Bernard and Leone (Nolan) Sprosty. He attended Seneca Grade School and graduated from Seneca High School in 1969. 

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May

Roy Wilhelm “Bud” Jamesen Jr.

 

Roy Wilhelm “Bud” Jamesen Jr., 88, of McGregor, Iowa died Sunday, May 8, at Crossing Rivers Health Center, Prairie du Chien. 

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