Courier Press

Wed
02
Apr

Prairie du Chien alderman race still remains undetermined

By Correne Martin

Who will take the Prairie du Chien Common Council seat in the first aldermanic district remains to be seen, according to the April 1 election results reported late Tuesday night. Write-ins Ron Leys and Mark Oehler received two votes apiece in the first ward.

According to rule, the eligible person who receives the highest number of write-in votes in a vacant district is declared the winner after the Board of Canvassers meets and confirms the election. If that person declines the position, the vacancy goes to the common council to be filled.

However, that rule hasn’t exactly given city officials a clear-cut answer on how to proceed. Prairie du Chien City Clerk Barb Elvert conferred with the Government Accountability Board Wednesday morning for clarification on the city’s next step.

Wed
02
Apr

National Guard Armory in Prairie du Chien undergoing renovation


The National Guard Armory in Prairie du Chien was built in 1956. A major renovation is underway to update the interior. Work is expected to be complete in June. (Photos by Correne Martin)

A pile of equipment and noticeable construction gear sits in the main room of the Prairie du Chien Armory. Some of the major points of the renovation are upgrading the building’s boiler system from steam to water, improving the electrical system and installing air conditioning.

By Correne Martin

For the first time since the National Guard Armory was built at 601 N. Marquette Rd., in Prairie du Chien, in 1956, a major renovation has begun inside the facility. The Department of Military Affairs is funding the $1.5 million project, which started in late 2013. The 229th Engineer Company is anticipating the construction at its readiness center to be complete by this summer.

“Aesthetically, it will look much different,” said Chad Smethurst, 229th horizontal construction engineer. “It will give us the ability to work in a more professional environment.”

A majority of the project’s costs will involve updating the boiler system from steam to water, improving the electrical system and installing air conditioning. The heating and electrical systems at the Armory were 20 to 30 years old, failing and costly to operate, according to the Department of Military Affairs.

Wed
02
Apr

CRR girls win

 

Cassville-River 

Ridge girls beat Fennimore

The Cassville-River Ridge High School softball team beat visiting Fennimore 11-3 on March 31.

CRR scored a run in the bottom of the first, the bottom of the third and the bottom of the fourth to take a 3-0 lead. 

Wed
02
Apr

Saferide Program

 

Crawford County Tavern 

League hopes to start Saferide

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Members of the Crawford County Tavern League have been working hard toward implementing the Saferide Program in order to make the county’s roads safer. 

Tue
01
Apr

Loren D. Sullivan

 

Loren D. Sullivan, Plano, Texas died March 12, at the age of 84. Services were held March 25 at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

 
Tue
01
Apr

Richard "Dick" Loren Tyler

 

 Richard “Dick” Loren Tyler, 71, of La Crosse and formerly of Prairie du Chien passed away on Sunday, March 30, in his home. 

He was born June 8, 1942 to Richard and Alice (Stein) Tyler. Dick enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching animals, baking donuts and bread and especially spending time with his family.

Tue
01
Apr

Betty Miller

 

Betty Miller, 84, of Red Wing formerly from Luana, Iowa, died peacefully Saturday, March 29, at St. Brigid’s in Red Wing. 

Betty was born to Eliza and Bert Bruehahn on the family farm outside of Monona, Iowa on May 23, 1929. Betty grew up and attended school in Monona. She married Merle Miller on July 23, 1948 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Luana. They farmed north of Luana for more than 30 years. Betty also worked outside of the home at Luana Tap and Monona Wire. In addition, she sewed beautiful western wear for River Junction Trading Company in McGregor, for many years. Betty also enjoyed ceramics, creating many beautiful pieces for us to remember her by. 

Tue
01
Apr

James Ole Peterson

 

James Ole Peterson, 92, passed away peacefully March 27, at the Waunakee Manor. 

Mon
31
Mar

3M has manufactured for 50 years in Prairie du Chien

3M celebrates 50 years
A group of 3M of Prairie du Chien employees show their appreciation for our troops overseas.

3M is celebrating 50 years of manufacturing in Prairie du Chien. On April 1, 1964, 3M purchased the Burgess Cellulose sponge making operation and expanded it later that same year. 3M manufactures Scotch-Brite abrasive products, Safety Walk traction and Nomad matting products, Sandblaster sanding sponges, and acoustic and thermal Thinsulate at their operations located on Marquette Road. A number of celebratory events are planned, including an anniversary celebration in-plant in April followed by more formal events and an open house in September.

Mon
31
Mar

River Ridge District looks ahead to the possibility of facility needs referendum


These four preliminary concept drawings were handed out at a school board meeting last week, during which the board, the Community Communication Group and members of the public discussed their options regarding the possibility of a facility needs referendum. A survey is being done at this time, as those involved consider a possible referendum in the fall. These drawings are only serving as a point of information at this time; the final concept and costs could look very different.

By Correne Martin

A voter-approved operational referendum in February has put the River Ridge School District in a position to continue offering a quality education for many years to come. Yet, infrastructure needs at both the Patch Grove and Bloomington facilities have moved to the forefront of current discussions, and talks of safety, security and out-of-date systems are now high priority.

“The operational referendum set us up for success,” Superintendent Lee Pritzl said following a series of school board and committee meetings last Wednesday, March 26. “Now, what we’re trying to do is not just survive, but thrive, and that includes creating a good learning environment.”

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