Courier Press

Wed
19
Feb

Frozen pipes a problem area wide

By Correne Martin and Audrey Posten

Extreme weather conditions and deeply driven frost have been wreaking havoc on water and sewer pipes in communities throughout the region for weeks now. With frost reported to be at least four and a half to five and a half feet deep in areas not covered by snow, these lines, especially those buried shallowly, are susceptible. Area public works employees are working around the clock to help residents unthaw services if they can. However, in some cases, in some communities, unfreezing the line might be impossible, leaving the owner stuck until the spring thaw.

The Courier Press has confirmed that residents in the communities of Prairie du Chien, Wauzeka, Gays Mills, Bloomington, Bagley, Monona and Guttenberg are being advised, until further notice, to run a continuous pencil-sized stream of water in their homes to prevent frozen laterals (pipes) to their homes.

Wed
19
Feb

2019 Hwy. 27 reconstruction project topic of public meeting

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will hold a public involvement meeting to discuss proposed alternatives and improvements for Wisconsin Highway 27 between Prairie du Chien and Eastman. The meeting is scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Friendship Hall in the Salem United Methodist Church, 112 S. Main Street, Eastman.

The project will involve reconstruction and rehabilitation on 9.94 miles of Highway 27 between Cipra Road in the town of Prairie du Chien and Water Street in the village of Eastman. Several horizontal curves in the rural portion will be reconstructed to current standards; the alignment of the remainder of the roadway will generally follow the existing alignment. Side road intersections, driveway entrances, and culverts and storm sewer will be replaced. The project is currently scheduled for 2019.

Wed
19
Feb

Council hears more on Haydn Street, approves North Gateway Park plans

Keith Coburn, of Frazier’s Old Faithful Inn, addressed the Prairie du Chien Common Council Tuesday night regarding his plans to appeal the Office of Commissioner of Railroads’ (OCR) decision to close the Haydn Street railroad crossing, and asked for the council’s support. He said he has asked Crawford County Judge Jim Czajkowski to stay the ruling. Coburn is hopeful his case can be heard in civil court. A hearing on the matter is set for Thursday, Feb. 27.

City Administrator Aaron Kramer explained to the council that the city is preparing to close the crossing on March 1, per the ruling from the OCR. No action was taken.

North Gateway Park
A report and list of proposed projects for the North Gateway Park on the north end of Prairie du Chien was also presented to the council by Kurt Muchow of Vierbicher Associates and approved unanimously. Work will likely be done this spring and summer.

Wed
19
Feb

PdC Cheerleaders go to State

Cheerleaders to State
The cheerleaders are, row 1: Stephanie Elmquist, Nicole Mims, and Allison Lynn. Row 2: Mariah Slaght, Lindsey Ohlert, Jamie Turner, and Becky Welsch.

On Saturday, Feb. 15 the Prairie du Chien basketball cheerleaders competed at the WACPC (Wisconsin Association of Cheer and Pom Coaches) Northern Cheer Regional Competition held at Wisconsin Rapids High School. The team competed in two categories. They placed seventh in the cheer dance category. The girls placed second in the non-stunt category, earning them the opportunity to advance on to state competition in that category at the Alliant Center in Madison on Saturday, February 22.  

Wed
19
Feb

River Restoration Projects

 

Pool 9 and Pool 10 habitat restoration

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The following are some brief updates regarding various habitat restoration projects in the Prairie du Chien area in Pool 9 and Pool 10.

 

Wed
19
Feb

Barbara Petersen

 

Barbara K. Petersen, 74, a longtime Janesville resident, passed away unexpectedly early Wednesday morning, Feb. 12, at Mercy Hospital & Trauma Center Emergency Dept. 

She was born June 9, 1939 in Winona, Minn., the daughter of the late Harold E. and Faye V. (Withey) Clausen. On April 4, 1959 she married Adolph H. Petersen in Lynxville. They moved to Janesville, where they started their family. Barbara had worked at Prent Corp. for 10 years. Her greatest role came as wife and mother, and took great pride in being able to be a stay-at-home mom.

Tue
18
Feb

Daniel B. Garrity

 

 A well known regional businessman, Daniel B. Garrity, 67, of Bloomington, Minn. died unexpectedly Thursday, Feb. 13. 

Tue
18
Feb

Eunice G. Enke

 

Eunice G. Enke, 94, formerly of Prairie du Chien, died Friday, Feb. 14, at St. Anne Extended Healthcare in Winona, Minn. She passed peacefully, surrounded by her loving family.

Mon
17
Feb

RRC wrestling

 

River Ridge-Cassville hosts regional

The River Ridge-Cassville wrestling team took fifth at the River Ridge Regional with 99 points Saturday. 

The following are the River Ridge-Cassville results.

113 - David Seng (22-20) placed 2nd and scored 18 team points.

Mon
17
Feb

PdC-WS wrestlers

PdC-WS wrestling
Prairie du Chien’s Jack Feye applies pressure to Taylor Halverson of Belmont-Platteville in their consolation semifinal match at 170 pounds. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

PdC-WS third in regional wrestling

The Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben wrestling team took third with 182 points at the River Valley Regional Saturday. 

The PdC-WS results are as follows.

106 - Matt Chase (5-11) placed 4th and scored 7 team points.

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