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Recall petition

 

Citizens seeking recall 

of Bridgeport officials

By Ted Pennekamp

 

This week, some residents from the town of Bridgeport began circulating a recall petition aimed at recalling two Bridgeport Town supervisors. 

Mon
10
Mar

Flood potential

 

Flood potential slightly above normal in Wisconsin

It’s been a long, cold winter and everyone is looking forward to spring. The upcoming spring thaw, however, has many people thinking about how high area rivers might get. 

Predicting the potential for spring floods can be tricky and takes into account numerous factors. According to the hydrologic outlook issued by the La Crosse Office of the National Weather Service on March 6, the flood potential across Wisconsin is a little above normal. For Northeast Iowa, the potential is near normal. 

Fri
07
Mar

Cappie Eugene Millin

 

Cappie Eugene Millin, 91, Prairie du Chien, died Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. 

He was born on July 12, 1922 to Dwight and Edith (Andrews) Millin in Patch Grove. Cappie graduated Valedictorian from Patch Grove High School in 1940. He entered the United States Navy in 1940, served as an Airplane Mechanic in World War II, and was honorably discharged on Nov. 27, 1946.

Fri
07
Mar

Todd Allen Infield

 

Todd Allen Infield, 44, passed away on Monday, March 3, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. 

Wed
05
Mar

Wauzeka-Steuben wins

W-S girls upset Seneca
Seneca’s Elizabeth Garfoot grabs a rebound in heavy traffic. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Wauzeka-Steuben 

girls upset Seneca

The 12th seeded Wauzeka-Steuben girls basketball team (5-15) upset host and number 5 seed Seneca (15-8) 37-35 in a hotly contested Division 5 Regional Tuesday night. 

Wauzeka-Steuben led 5-4 after the first period, but Seneca came back to tie the game at 11-11 at the half. 

Wed
05
Mar

knife maker

knife maker
Phil Toberman holds one of his antler-handled knives.

 

Local man enjoys being on the cutting edge

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Since about 1990, a rural Prairie du Chien man has enjoyed the artful, yet practical hobby of knife making. 

Wed
05
Mar

Family memorializes matriarch’s love of Hoffman Hall with donation

donation
In memory of Virginia Eichman, a Prairie du Chien resident and patron/volunteer at Hoffman Hall, her family contributed over $6,400 to the Hoffman Hall Capital Campaign recently. Pictured (from left) are Parks and Recreation Director Mike Ulrich, staff member Janet Paulson, family members Jarod Bufe, Carol Eichmann-Bufe holding Jackson Bufe, Edgar Eichmann, Mary Byron, Laura Eichmann, staff member Megan Pedretti and staff member Suzette Cunningham. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The family of Virginia Eichmann, a longtime Hoffman Hall patron and volunteer who passed away in January, presented a donation in her memory recently to be used toward continued improvements at the recreation center. Eichmann, who was a Prairie du Chien resident, participated in many water aerobics classes as well as arts and crafts shows at the facility, while also volunteering her time as a staff member there.

Virginia’s husband, Edgar, as well as three of her kids and a grandson, informally presented over $6,400 to Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Director Mike Ulrich Feb. 21 at Hoffman Hall. The money came from her memorial service, with a match from the investment banking firm, Goldman Sachs, where one of the daughters is employed. A plaque on the donor wall memorializes Eichmann.

Virginia and Edgar, a retired librarian and heavy equipment mechanic, moved to Prairie du Chien from Postville, Iowa, in 2007.

Wed
05
Mar

Hwy. 27 project slated for 2019

meeting
DOT and Eastman officials discuss the preliminary design plans of the 2019 Highway 27 improvement project, which includes 9.94 miles from Cipra Road to Eastman, as well as the main street in the village of Eastman. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Over 40 community members attended an open house meeting Feb. 27 at Friendship Hall in Eastman, regarding the 2019 Highway 27 improvement project. Exhibits revealed plans to recondition the roadway and upgrade several deficient areas on 9.94 miles between Cipra Road in the Prairie du Chien township and Meadow Lane Street on the south limits of the village of Eastman. Significant work will be done in the village as well.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Eastman officials were present to explain to the public the preliminary plans, answer questions and obtain input.

“We’re basically letting people know there is a project,” said Jeremy Krachey, the project engineer from WisDOT’s Southwest Region, noting that plans are very basic at this time. “There will be another meeting like this in one year, where we’ll present more detailed proposals.”

Wed
05
Mar

City battling the DOT over 2017 Marquette Road project

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council is at a crossroads with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, which wants to reduce the proposed 2017 Marquette Road project, involving the section of highway from La Pointe Street to Mooney Street, from the previously intended five lanes to three (two traffic lanes and one center turn lane). The DOT cites significantly lower traffic counts as the reason behind the change and requested Tuesday night that the council approve an amended contract, including the three-lane design.

A public hearing on the proposed $10.6 million in improvements was the centerpiece of Tuesday’s common council meeting, involving nearly an hour of discourse. Yet, no action was taken.

Other than Craig Fisher, who represented the DOT at the meeting, no one seemed to support having fewer lanes in that stretch of roadway.

Wed
05
Mar

Early morning fire destroys area workshop

By Correne Martin

A rural Eastman agricultural mechanics workshop and the majority of equipment and tools inside were completely destroyed by a fire that broke out early Wednesday morning, according to Eastman Fire Chief Adam Trautsch.

The workshop at 57348 Swatek Ridge Rd., owned by Charlie Linder, was fully engulfed in flames when the Eastman Fire Department arrived on scene shortly after 4 a.m. Wednesday. The blaze was called in by a township plow driver who was clearing the roads after around six inches of snow fell on the area overnight.

“It was hard to maneuver around in the snow. Thankfully, the patrolman plowed us a path, but it was difficult (to fight the fire),” Trautsch said.

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