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Wed
07
Sep

Second middle-income apartment complex proposed to Prairie du Chien Common Council

Developer Luke Pelton, of 22nd Street LLC, approached the city late in 2015 about the feasibility of constructing a new apartment complex on the land owned by the city adjacent to Woodridge Acres and Universal Forest Products.

Pelton has since drafted a pro forma financial plan to build three, 16-unit apartment buildings, which he would like operational by Jan. 1, 2018. The complex would include a mix of one- and two-bedroom units, each with its own garage, and they would be market-rate apartments on an average rental of $650, with no subsidized tenants. If market conditions warranted, Pelton has indicated a desire to construct up to as many as 96 units.

Wed
07
Sep

Brothers’ memorial playground in need of funds for rebuild


Austin and Justin Nolan died in a tragic ATV accident near their home in rural Prairie du Chien in August 2005.

The playground is pictured in its previous location, before it was taken down in April 2015 to make way for necessary additions to Prairie Catholic Schools

A beautiful picture of the playground equipment, with St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in the background.

By Correne Martin

A memorial playground honoring two brothers, who died in an ATV accident in 2005, has befittingly brought joy to hundreds of kids for the better part of a decade. So, when the Austin and Justin Nolan Memorial Playground was taken down from the Prairie Catholic School grounds in April 2015, to make way for a new gymnasium, it was difficult for parents Carrie and John Nolan to see happen. Thankfully, the deconstruction was not permanent.

The Nolans were assured by the school and parish administration that the play equipment would be rebuilt elsewhere on the grounds. The way Carrie understood it, at the time, was that it would be erected once again by means of a community build—just as it happened over the course of two days in July 2006. However, a month and a half ago, Carrie learned otherwise.

Wed
07
Sep

Few comments about COTR move are split in opinion

By Correne Martin

The public was given its time to share comments with the Prairie du Chien Common Council, regarding support or opposition to the relocation of Country on the River, from Bridgeport to St. Feriole Island. However, those representing the public and vocalizing their opinions, at the council meeting Tuesday night, included only a small percentage of community stakeholders.

Two spoke in person and five more provided emails and letters, which were read into the record at the meeting. A half-dozen others attended the meeting but did not comment. The council only listened to the viewpoints, as it will make a decision on the matter at its Sept. 20 meeting.

Wed
07
Sep

People in crash injured, lie about man with a gun

On Sunday, Aug. 28 at 6:21 a.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s Office took a report from Crawford County dispatch of a number of individuals receiving care at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien.  

It was initially reported that three subjects received a ride from a bar in Platteville, as the driver lost his keys to his vehicle. The men said the unknown driver took a person to Prairie du Chien, dropped that person off and then started taking them back to Avoca. During the trip to Avoca, the driver showed the trio a gun and told them to get out of the vehicle. They said they all jumped from the vehicle as it was moving.  

Wed
07
Sep

Man charged with his seventh OWI

A 58-year-old Soldiers Grove man was charged Sept. 1 in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (seventh offense).

Thomas E. Finley faces up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Finley was pulled over by a Crawford County Sheriff’s Deputy in the village of Soldiers Grove at 11:40 p.m. on Aug. 22, on suspicion of OWI.

Finley was arrested and taken to Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien. Finley had six prior convictions for OWI and therefore his blood alcohol content was restricted to .02 in order to legally drive.

Finley refused to submit to a chemical test of his blood, so a search warrant was obtained and Finley’s blood was drawn. Samples were labeled, sealed and sent to the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene in Madison.

Wed
07
Sep

Crawford County drug abuse roundtable discussion announced

The fourth event in a series of roundtable discussions regarding opioid and illegal drug abuse has been announced by Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) for Friday, Sept. 9, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., at the county administration building in Prairie du Chien. These events have brought together community members who share ideas for combatting the growing epidemic of illegal drug abuse.

Area health officials, law enforcement, local elected officials and members of addiction recovery organizations will be in attendance to discuss community challenges and solutions to the increasing rates of methamphetamine, heroin and opioid addiction in western Wisconsin. This events is open to the public. No RSVP is required.

Previous roundtable discussions were held in La Crosse, Viroqua and Tomah. For more information, individuals can contact Sen. Shilling’s district office at (608) 782-2785 or Sen.Shilling@legis.wi.gov.

Wed
07
Sep

Experience nation’s largest carriage driving competition at the Villa Louis


Mallory Gorman, of Oregon (Wis.), prepared to navigate the your route/my route obstacles in the pairs pony division during the 2015 Carriage Classic at the Villa Louis in Prairie du Chien. (Courier Press file photo)

Held annually, the Villa Louis Carriage Classic highlights competitive carriage driving in arena and obstacle classes. Experience this elegant event, which is the largest carriage driving competition in the nation, on Sept. 9-11.

“This stylish event recalls the brief heyday of the Dousman family’s famed trotting horse operation, the Artesian Stock Farm, a Standardbred training facility,” said Susan Caya-Slusser, Villa Louis site director. ”The Carriage Classic celebrates the pinnacle of the stock farm and allows guests to experience this great tradition.”

More than 100 drivers will hitch finely-trained horse of many breeds to new and restored carriages in several different events. Events will take place in a fenced arena as well as on the lawns and grounds surrounding the Villa Louis estate.

Tue
06
Sep

Gilbert E. “Gib” Weber

 

Gilbert E. “Gib” Weber, 86, of Glen Haven passed away Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in LaCrosse, after an extended illness. Gib was surrounded by his wife and family at the time of his passing. 

He was born Feb. 24, 1930 in Bloomington, the son of Anton and Frances (Wegmann) Weber. He married Phyllis Wright on June 12, 1950 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington. Together he and his wife farmed near Beetown. Gib served on the Beetown Town Board and as a chairman for many years. Gib enjoyed family gatherings, playing cards and deer hunting. 

Tue
06
Sep

Paul Philip Jackley

 

Paul Philip Jackley, 89, of Bagley passed away on Sunday, Sept. 4, at his home following an extended illness. 

Tue
06
Sep

Beba B. Cecka

 

Beba B. Cecka, 93, of Prairie du Chien passed away Sunday, Sept. 4, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Appleton.

She was born May 31, 1923 in Richland Center, the daughter of William and Leona (Hillesheim) Durnford. She married William “Tony” Cecka on May 13, 1944. He preceded her in death on May 31, 1997. Beba worked as a beautician in Madison and later assisted her husband in operating the family business, Tony’s Grill in Prairie du Chien, for many years. She was an active member of St. John’s Church in Prairie du Chien. 

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