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Family memorializes matriarch’s love of Hoffman Hall with donation

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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.

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Hwy. 27 project slated for 2019

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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.”

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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.

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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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Janice R. Jacobs

 

Janice R. Jacobs, 81, of Prairie du Chien and formerly of Bagley passed away Friday, Feb. 28, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse. 

She was born April 26, 1932 in Bagley the daughter of Ray and Leila (Kipper) Trine. She married Dean Jacobs on December 30, 1953 in Prairie du Chien. Together they farmed near Bagley for many years and enjoyed flea markets in the region. Dean preceded her in death on October 16, 2008.

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Dolores Ann Elliott Wilkinson

 

Dolores Ann Elliott Wilkinson, 86, of Vancouver, Wash., was surrounded by family in the days prior to her return to the loving arms of her Heavenly Father on Jan. 29. 

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Reception will welcome home Matt Antoine


Matt Antoine

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce and the city of Prairie du Chien are co-sponsoring an Open House Reception for 2014 Winter Olympic bronze medalist Matt Antoine. Antoine, 28, won the bronze in the men’s skeleton in Sochi, Russia. 

The reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 14 in the Dousman House on St. Feriole Island. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Chamber of Commerce Director Robert Moses said, “Everyone in Prairie du Chien and the surrounding area is invited to come to the reception and show your hometown spirit in congratulating Matt.” 

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New field house at PdC High School

 

New auditorium, field house at PdC High School being considered

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Meetings were held at City Hall and at Prairie du Chien High School Wednesday night to get public input regarding a possible expansion project at  the high school. 

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Elliott second at State

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Taylor Elliott of Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben battles against Rice Lake’s Luke Schroeder Friday morning. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Elliott second at State

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Taylor Elliott, the first four-time state qualifier in Prairie du Chien history, took second place at the State Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison this past weekend. 

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Man arrested after high-speed chase

On Feb. 25, at 1:46 a.m., officers of the Prairie du Chien Police Department were notified of a hit and run traffic accident at the intersection of South Marquette Road and East Iowa Street. An officer arrived at the scene and observed damage to road signs. Officers were given a description of the suspect vehicle by witnesses and began searching the area.

A short time later, a Clayton County, Iowa deputy, who was monitoring radio traffic of the hit and run, advised that he had located a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle. The Clayton County deputy initiated a traffic stop and the suspect vehicle then fled Iowa at a high rate of speed back to Prairie du Chien. An officer from the MarMac Police Department joined the pursuit as the suspect vehicle left Iowa and officers from the Prairie du Chien Police Department took over the pursuit as the vehicle entered Wisconsin.

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