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Wed
06
Jan

PdC mayor’s race contested, district 5 will need write-in

The nomination papers  have been filed and the names are in for the Prairie du Chien Common Council spring election.

In the mayor’s race, incumbent Dave Hemmer will be contested by newcomer John Chaffee.

No other contested races will be on the ballot. However, a write-in may be named in the fifth district, where incumbent Jean Titlbach has filed a declaration of non-candidacy and will not seek re-election.  

Other names officially on the ballot include: first district, Ron Leys; second district, Mike Jones; third district, Todd Crotty; fourth district, Karen Solomon; sixth district, Todd Myers. All are incumbents except Crotty, who is running in the district seat vacated by Kyle Kozelka.

Wed
06
Jan

Man faces fourth OWI in five years

A 33-year-old New Albin, Iowa man was charged in Crawford County Circuit Court on Dec. 31 of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fourth offense in five years).

Ben Allan Jones faces up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Jones stopped his vehicle well past a stop sign and almost into the middle of an intersection while driving on Nov. 25, 2015 in the city of Prairie du Chien. A police officer turned on his emergency lights and conducted a traffic stop and Jones pulled into a parking lot and ran away from his vehicle.

The officer caught Jones and took him down to the ground. Jones admitted to the officer that he had been drinking a lot, according to the complaint. Field sobriety tests were undertaken and Jones was arrested.

Jones has previously been convicted of OWI three times in Iowa.

Wed
06
Jan

Protesters traveling from Prairie du Chien to Madison for effigy mound protection

A group from the Prairie du Chien area plans to travel to Madison on Tuesday, Jan. 12, to protest a bill that would lift protections on some historic effigy mounds. Concerned citizens are invited to join this “attempt to save Native American burial mounds from further destruction,” according to Prairie du Chien resident Ericka Stubbs. The group will leave Driftless Edibles at 10 a.m. Tuesday for Madison.

According to a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinal article, “landowners could excavate and possibly develop some of the surviving Indian mounds of Wisconsin—many dating back more than a millennium—under legislation by two lawmakers.

“The bill from Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) and Rep. Robert Brooks (R-Saukville) would shift the balance of state law more toward private property rights and away from the preservation of one of the state’s unusual features.

Wed
06
Jan

Prairie du Chien tax bills increase

By Correne Martin

If you’re a taxpayer in the city of Prairie du Chien, your total bill for 2015 went up—on the simple valuation of a $100,000 home—by $27.81, to $2,918.76. Full payment, or at least the first installment of property taxes, should be delivered in person at the city office by Friday, Jan. 29, or postmarked by Monday, Feb. 1.

“Our trend in keeping taxes down has stopped,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said, pointing to a graph showing increases in the school district, technical college, county and state portions from last year, and a small decrease in the city’s share.

“The city’s portion of the local tax bill has been pretty level since 2011. It’s down over $50, per hundred thousand, since I came here (in 2010),” Kramer stated, noting that the city’s change from 2015 was $1.05 less on a $100,000 home. “And that’s including a 30 cent per hour raise across the board.”

Wed
06
Jan

Rezoned Wyalusing site makes way for apartments

By Correne Martin

A request to rezone the former Wyalusing Academy property was granted by the Prairie du Chien Common Council Tuesday night, but not without dispute.

The council approved rezoning from low density residential to high density residential on a 6-1 vote, with Alderman Edward Hayes-Hall opposed, as Commonwealth Development Corporation, of Fond du Lac, hopes to redevelop the facility into an apartment complex. Hayes-Hall wanted to see the 14-acre property divided and only the developed portion rezoned, but his motion for such was never seconded. Alderman Ron Leys eventually proposed approval, which Jean Titlbach seconded, and the council passed.

Wed
06
Jan

PdC-WS Wrestling


Brendan Fleshner (right) gets started in his 160-pound match. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Stephen Ronnfeldt scores a two-point takedown with a fireman’s carry.

Peyton Hall is in position to secure near fall points after digging out an arm bar.

Reid Koenig controls a wrist before securing a two-point takedown.

Blake Garcia looks to break his opponent down with tight waist arm bar.

Chase Watson (left) tries to gain an advantage in his 113-pound match Tuesday night.

Jeremy Lessard (left) won by fall in 49 seconds in the 285-pound match Tuesday night.

 

PdC-WS grapplers come from behind to beat Viroqua

On Tuesday evening, Jan. 5, the PdC/WS wrestlers welcomed Viroqua for a nonconference dual meet.  

Wed
06
Jan

Effigy Mounds


The Yellow River Bridge Trail may be the most controversial structure at Effigy Mounds National Monument.

 

Public meetings to be held in 2016 

regarding controversial structures at Effigy Mounds

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A planning exercise will begin sometime in 2016 to decide the future of the Yellow River Boardwalk and other structures at Effigy Mounds National Monument in northeast Iowa. 

Tue
05
Jan

Benjamin Paul Santosh Combs

 

Benjamin Paul Santosh Combs was born in Satara, Maharashtra State in India on Oct. 4, 1989. He was placed in Preet Mandir orphanage by his birth mother in 1990 and she released him for adoption due to her deteriorating health. 

Benjamin arrived in the United States on April 23, 1993 and was introduced to his adoptive family. He was formally adopted into his new family on April 10, 1994. Ben lived with his family in Portland, North Dakota, Sedan, Kansas, Marshall, Missouri, Waukon, Iowa and then Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin where he graduated from high school in 2008.

Mon
04
Jan

Blackhawks at Concordia


Chas Sagedahl converts a layup for Prairie du Chien against McDonell Central at the Rick Majerus Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout, which was played at Concordia University in Mequon Dec. 30. (Photo by Thomas J. McKillen)

 

McDonell Central nips 

PdC boys

McDonell Central nipped Prairie du Chien 46-44 at Concordia University in Mequon in boys basketball action Dec. 30. 

Prairie led 28-25 at the half but McDonell took the second half 21-16 to edge the Blackhawks in the Rick Majerus Wisconsin Basketball Shootout.

Prairie du Chien is now 6-2 on the season.

Mon
04
Jan

PdC-WS at Bi-State


Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben’s Peyton Hall tries to defend against a single leg takedown by Baraboo’s Nicholas Pierce in a 195-pound wrestleback. (Photo by Nate Beier)

 

PdC-WS wrestlers at Bi-State Classic

Beers places seventh, Garcia is twelfth

On Tuesday, Dec. 29 and Wednesday, Dec. 30, the Prairie du Chien grapplers traveled to La Crosse for the 34th Annual Bi-State Classic hosted by Holmen High School at the La Crosse Center. This event puts 58 teams from all divisions together with more than 600 wrestlers from throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Bi-State Classic is one of the toughest holiday tournaments in the midwest. There were 79 wrestlers in the event who competed in the Wisconsin or Minnesota State Tournaments last year; 31 of them were medalists and 8 of them were state champions.

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