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Wed
16
Apr

Public meeting set for Highway 18 project

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Southwest Region will hold a public information meeting to discuss the preliminary project improvements for the reconstruction of US Highway 18 from South Town Lane to Highway 60 in Crawford County. The meeting is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30 in the Community Room at the Bridgeport Fire Station, 63176 Vineyard Road, Prairie du Chien. The meeting will follow an open house format.

The proposed improvements include reconstructing US 18 between South Town Lane and WIS 60. Preliminary plans have the highway widened from the existing 2-3 lane roadway to a 4 lane divided roadway. The intersection of US 18 and WIS 60 would be upgraded and side road access points reduced by realigning and combining various side roads before connecting to US 18. Construction is currently scheduled for 2016. The project will be constructed in stages while remaining open to traffic.

Wed
16
Apr

Bridge work on Highway 35 in northbound lanes

Bridge work on State Highway 35 from Prairie du Chien to Lynxville began on April 7. The bridges will include Picatee Creek Bridge, Du Charme Bridge, Leitner Hollow Bridge and Morgan Hollow Bridge.

The schedule is as follows: Begin construction work April 7, with work beginning on Picatee Creek Bridge and Leitner Hollow Bridge on the northbound lane and then following with the southbound lanes on both bridges ending around May 9. Then beginning May 9, work will begin on Du Charme Bridge and Morgan Hollow Bridge in the northbound lanes and then following with southbound lanes on both bridges ending in early August of 2014.

Travelers will be guided through the construction areas by temporary traffic lighting signals. Picatee Road will remain open.  Road speed will be reduced in the construction areas.

Wed
16
Apr

Crawford County Fair Books available

The 2014 Crawford County Fair Books are now available. The 2014 Fair Book includes all the information you need to enter projects and to enter the Buckets of Blooms and the Fifth Annual Crawford County on the Move.

Anyone can enter projects in the Crawford County Fair, scheduled this year Aug. 6-10. Youth in kindergarten through age 19 who are involved in any Crawford County youth organization, whether it is 4-H, FFA, Scouts, summer recreation, church group, etc., are invited to enter in the Junior Division. The Open Division is just that—open to anyone who would like to enter. The opportunities to enter items are nearly unlimited. There are over 15 categories of projects, from beef cattle to cultural arts and from computers to photography and antiques to communications.

Fair entries will be accepted online until Friday, June 27, on or before 9 p.m. and paper entries will be accepted until Friday, May 9.

Wed
16
Apr

Jaycees’ annual Sandbox Fill scheduled

Mark Saturday, May 10, on your calendars for this year’s Sandbox Fill, sponsored by the Jaycees of Prairie du Chien.  Volunteers from Prairie Sand and Gravel, together with the Jaycees, will visit your home and fill your family’s sandbox at no cost to you. Registration ends May 7.

Sign up locations include the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library, Family Resource Center, First Merit Bank and Piggly Wiggly of Prairie du Chien.  Donations are also accepted with all proceeds going to the Prairie du Chien Skate Park.

For an entire summer of fun in the sun—and sand—register now for the annual Prairie du Chien Sandbox Fill.

Wed
16
Apr

Merchants start to pick up the pieces after Sunday’s fire


The back side of Slumberland Furniture at Prairie du Chien’s Blackhawk Junction mall still stood late Tuesday afternoon after Sunday night’s devastating fire. Police tape surrounds the building, to address safety concerns, until it can be razed. Police Chief Harry Remz said late Tuesday that he was still waiting for a determination from the state fire marshal about what may have caused the blaze. More information will be released in the paper and on the Courier Press’ Facebook page as soon as those details become available.

By Correne Martin

“It’s sad to see what has happened.”

Those were the words of Dan Kanis, owner of Nelson True Value Hardware, Monday afternoon, April 14.

“We’re in a lot better position than our neighbors, who haven’t been as fortunate. Our hearts go out to them,” he added, talking about Slumb-erland Furniture, which was completely engulfed in a fire that started Sunday around 7:10 p.m.

Slumberland Furniture Owner Robert Dowd wished not to speak about the events that occurred at his business Sunday night. His store manager Suzanne Kramer said customers, who may have purchased items from the furniture store and are inquiring about their order, are asked to call (608) 326-1500 with questions. They will be directed Dubuque Slumberland.

Wed
16
Apr

County board swears in its members, approves of seeking Japanese hops grant

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The 17 county board supervisors took the oath of office during the regular Crawford County Board meeting Tuesday morning. 

In addition, Pete Flesch was nominated and approved by the board to remain as county board chairman. Tom Cornford was approved as vice chairman. 

Wed
16
Apr

Labradorite: Madagascar’s fiery new gemstone

Gem stone
This large free form-polished Labradorite display gem weighs approximately 20 pounds and was obtained at a show recently. Laser-like flashes of red, blue, green and yellow literally leap out of the stone at the observer.

 

By Phil Burgess

 

The mineral world realm continues to offer new, stunning gemstone varieties. In 2010 a major deposit of Labradorite, a gem-quality variety of the mineral feldspar, was discovered in southern Madagascar. Labradorite has been known for some time, having originally been discovered in Labrador, Canada but also occurring in several other countries, including the U.S. A related gem, moonstone, can be collected in the stone fence rows in the Wausau, Wisconsin area.

Mon
14
Apr

Judith Louise "Judy" Isen

 

Judith Louise “Judy” Isen, 76, of Lynxville, passed away Friday, April 11, at her home. 

She was born in Racine, on Feb. 17, 1938 to Leroy and Catherine (nee: Rieter) Cramer. She attended Holy Name Grade School and St. Catherine’s High School. In 1960, she married Daniel L. Vertz and they had five children. Judy was employed at Ametek-Lamb Electric for 30 years. It was at Ametek that she met Allen F. Isen and they were wed on Aug. 31, 1990. In 2002, Judy and Al moved permanently to Lynxville, and Judy became a member of the St. Patrick Catholic Parish in Seneca.

Mon
14
Apr

Margaret V. "Vi" Atkins

 

Margaret V. “Vi” Atkins passed away Sunday, April 13, at the Prairie Maison Healthcare Center in Prairie du Chien. 

She was born Oct. 20, 1919 the daughter of Fred and Viola (Gremore) Berger. She worked as a clerk for Gambles. She married Floyd Atkins on April 16, 1941. He preceded her in death July 19, 1981. She worked in the laboratory for Burgess Cellulose and later as a bookkeeper for Steiner Brothers Construction. Vi then began working at 3M Company and retired after 20 years service. She was an active member at St. Gabriel’s, an avid golfer and loved traveling and playing cards.

Mon
14
Apr

Roger Osterhaus

 

Roger P. Osterhaus, 85, of Bloomington, WI went home to our Lord on April 11. 

He was born March 16, 1929 to Joseph and Rose (Wegmann) Osterhaus. Roger had a long career in farm implement sales and service. He was co-owner and operator of Farmers Implement Company of Bloomington. Though his career was in the implement dealership, his true love, besides his family, was farming. He continued to enjoy farming after his retirement until a couple of years ago. He was a member of the board of directors for Peoples State Bank for over 25 years. Roger was also a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 50 years.

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