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CORRECTED: McGregor man faces meth charge

Thomas D. Wiemerslage Jr., 23, of McGregor, faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine after being charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine.

According to the criminal complaint, a Prairie du Chien police officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Following a search of the vehicle, Wiemerslage admitted to the investigating officer that a white powdery substance found in a folded dollar bill was methamphetamine and that it was his, the complaint said.

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Apr

Trail of Presidents dedicated on Arbor Day


Tom and Cathie Nelson and John and Vickie Mundt led the Arbor Day dedication of the Trail of Presidents, north of the Mississippi River Sculpture Park in Prairie du Chien on Friday, April 25. Local Boy Scouts, first graders and members of the high school music group, “Out to Lunch,” joined in the historic celebration, in addition to area dignitaries and community members who purchased the trees. It was a gorgeous day, perfect for such an important event. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting at the Trail of Presidents dedication Friday. Pictured (from left) are Paul Ginkel, Roy George, Luke Brom, Connor Wittrig, John Howe, Bob Sutton, Tom Nelson, Char Bender, Andrew Nelson, Bob Standorf, Vickie Mundt, John Mundt, Cathie Nelson, John Holley, Jamie Stram, Jack Peterson (Mike Mara behind him) and Bob Moses.

By Correne Martin

The Trail of Presidents trees were dedicated on a sunny Friday, April 25—Arbor Day—on the north side of St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien.

Organizers John Mundt and Tom Nelson presented the ceremony in front of local dignitaries, community members, Boy Scouts, high school music students and first graders. The Pledge of Allegiance and Star Spangled Banner, performed by the PdCHS music group, “Out to Lunch,” preceded introductions. Senator Jennifer Shilling and Assemblyman Lee Nerison were in attendance, in addition to city and Chamber of Commerce officials.

Partners of the park, who purchased the trees representing 22 presidents who have lived in or visited Prairie du Chien, were recognized. Then, they were led to their trees, marked with plaques explaining the presidents’ ties to Prairie du Chien. The school children walked the path and learned about the connections between nature and history as the pleasant event came to a close.

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24
Apr

Joseph Balk

 Joseph B. Balk, 86, of Dodgeville, passed quietly at Siena Crest Assisted Living in Mineral Point on April 21, 2014.

He was born of Joseph and Anna Balk on May 23, 1927,  in Prairie du Chien.

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24
Apr

Kathryn Evan

Kathryn M. Evans, age 93, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Sunday, December 29,  (see full obituary in Dec. 30, 2013 Courier Press).

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Gabriel’s Church of the Holy Family Parish with interment in the Calvary Cemetery both in Prairie du Chien.  Friends may call on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at the Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien from 10:30 a.m. until the time of departure for the church.  www.garrityfuneralhome.com

 
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23
Apr

Orva Payne

Orva E. Payne age 80 of Prairie du Chien passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital.  She was born December 28, 1933 in Seneca, WI the daughter of William and Elnora (Tyrer) Payne.  Orva worked for many years as a waitress in Madsion, WI.  She is survived by her sisters, Elaine Gaston of Waterloo, IA, Delena Spink of Stoughton, WI and Norma (Donald) Richmond of Oregon, WI, her brothers, Wayne Payne of Livingston, WI and Stephen (Connie) Payne of Pine, CO along with many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Vilas and Arley, her sisters, Nola Jean and Lorraine, brothers in law, Donald Gaston and Louie Spink along with a sister in law Janet Payne.

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23
Apr

Chamber of commerce, police department sponsor meth presentation

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce and the Prairie du Chien Police Department are co-sponsoring a methamphetamine presentation on Tuesday, April 29 at the Crawford County Administration Building at 1 p.m.  Chamber President and CEO Robert Moses said the reason the  Chamber is sponsoring the event is to take a proactive approach to this ongoing problem and to bring an awareness of the problem to Chamber members and local citizens of Prairie du Chien.

The 90-minute presentation will be given by Lieutenant Terry Sprosty and Sergeant Kyle Teynor and will also cover the dangers associated with the use and manufacturing of meth, the effects on citizens, potential dangers and costs to businesses owners, and to bring awareness to what the businesses and citizens can do. The presentation will conclude with a question-and-answer session from the audience.

Wed
23
Apr

Business meetings set before and during Marquette Road Project

The city of Prairie du Chien, along with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) and Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce, will be hosting a series of public information meetings, starting later this month, as work is set to commence May 5 on the Marquette Road project. All meetings will be open to the public, and businesses impacted by the project are encouraged to attend. The meeting schedule is as follows:

Initial meeting
Wednesday, April 30, 1 p.m.

This pre-construction meeting will be held in the Community Room of City Hall. Representatives from the city, the DOT, and the contractor, H. James and Sons, will be present to address the revised construction schedule, the construction timetable, detour concerns, and other issues related to the project.

Wed
23
Apr

Democratic candidates rally in Wauzeka


Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Mary Burke walks to the podium at Century Hall April 16 as Senator Jennifer Shilling and a room full of ralliers applaud. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

About 175 people filled Century Hall in Wauzeka on the evening of April 16 for a Democratic Candidate Forum, featuring Mary Burke, Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate. Additional dignitaries included 32nd District Senator Jennifer Shilling, who emceed the event; 96th Assembly candidate Pete Flesch, who hails from Crawford County; three candidates for attorney general, Ismael Ozanne, Jon Richards and Susan Happ; and 51st Assembly candidate Pat Bomhack.

Each of the speakers addressed the group—as citizens applauded, cheered and shouted comments—during the one-and-a-half hour rally. The South West Education Association sponsored the event, which also offered a brat feed and social hour.

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23
Apr

Marquette Road, from Mooney to La Pointe, will become three lanes

By Correne Martin

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation was noticeably absent at the Prairie du Chien Common Council meeting Tuesday night, in spite of council action to amend a contract for the 2017 Marquette Road project, calling for a three-lane road to be constructed from Mooney Street to La Pointe Street. The section of road will include two driving lanes and a center turn lane, along with eight-foot shoulders for right-hand turns.

“The DOT does not plan to have anyone at tonight’s meeting, as they feel they’ve made their case,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said.

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23
Apr

Bicentennial Celebration to honor the War of 1812 Battle of Prairie du Chien


The War of 1812 Battle of Prairie du Chien is commemorated every year on the historic Villa Louis grounds on St. Feriole Island. This year, in celebration of the bicentennial of the 1814 battle, the historic re-enactment will take place (July 19-20) at the Villa Louis once again. But also, a multitude of unique and historical events are being planned or restructured this year to honor the bicentennial and involve the public in the enjoyment.

By Correne Martin

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Prairie du Chien (1814), which was the only battle of the 32-month War of 1812 to be fought on Wisconsin soil. The British won the battle but eventually lost the territory that became the state of Wisconsin.

“This is one important aspect of our state history that the residents should be proud of and should want to honor,” said Susan Caya-Slusser, site director of the Villa Louis Historic Site in Prairie du Chien.

To commemorate the city’s role in this historic conflict, a local Bicentennial Committee is planning events and awareness efforts for the public to enjoy this spring, summer and fall. The committee consists of officials from the Fort Crawford Museum, Villa Louis, Prairie du Chien Memorial Library, City of Prairie du Chien, Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Council, and Parks and Recreation Department.

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