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Two vacant seats on Prairie du Chien city council ballot

The Prairie du Chien Common Council will have two seats in the April 1 election with no names on the ballot. The current holders of the seats in the First and Third Aldermanic Districts (Ron Leys and Kyle Kozelka, respectively) have filed declarations of non-candidacy and are not seeking re-election next week, thus leaving the ballots empty for those positions.

This means that voters will be asked to write in their choice of a resident in that district.

According to City Administrator Aaron Kramer, in each of the two districts, “the eligible person who receives the highest number of write-in votes in the district will be declared the winner after the Board of Canvassers meets and confirms the election. If that person declines the position, the vacancy will go to the common council to be filled.”

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Many attend Friends of the Villa Louis dinner, get a peek at War of 1812 artifacts


Leslie Bellais (left), of the Wisconsin Historical Society, and Villa Louis Site Director Susan Caya-Slusser showed off a few early-1800s artifacts at the Friends of the Villa Louis Annual Dinner, including a high-wasted, simple wedding dress.

The artifacts shared at the annual dinner last week also included a child’s dress and an artillery jacket from the early 1830s.

By Correne Martin

The Friends of the Villa Louis Annual Dinner was held on March 18, at The Barn Restaurant. Around 90 members of the organization and associates of the historic site attended and enjoyed a social hour, music, dinner and guest speaker Leslie Bellais, the Wisconsin Historical Society’s curator of social history.

Site Director Susan Caya-Slusser reminded all that 2014 is going to be a great season for the Villa Louis, as it is the 200th anniversary year of the War of 1812 Battle of Prairie du Chien (1814) and many events are being planned by the Villa, the Fort Crawford Museum, the library and the community.

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Declared write-in candidate seeks to unseat fourth district alderwoman

By Correne Martin

There is one contested race for the Prairie du Chien Common Council’s April 1 election in the fourth aldermanic district. Incumbent Karen Solomon is seeking re-election and her name will appear on the election ballot. Daniel Jones filed a campaign registration statement with the city clerk March 6 announcing his intentions to run as an official write-in candidate for the council seat.

When asked to discuss their intentions, both Solomon and Jones were eager to provide more information about themselves, their experiences and their goals, in order to inform the voting public.

 

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Local teacher recipient of Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship award

Karen Sjoberg, a business educator at Wauzeka-Steuben High School and a Prairie du Chien resident, has been named a 2014 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship recipient. She was one of only two public school teachers in CESA 3 recognized with the honor—in addition to Cathy Jones, from Mount Horeb Pecatonica Elementary.

Annually, the foundation awards 100 Wisconsin teachers with $1,000 Kohl Fellowship grants, and each Kohl Fellowship recipient’s school receives a matching $1,000 grant.

“I’m very appreciative of this honor, and grateful to the people who wrote such wonderful recommendations,” Sjoberg said. “During a time when being a teacher is often difficult, the best part of the day is being in the classroom with students—just me and them.”

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Copper Creek

 

Grant will help 

combat Japanese hops along Copper Creek

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Crawford County with help from the Southwest Badger Resource Conservation and Development Council, which is based in Platteville, is seeking a Wisconsin DNR Rapid Response Grant in order to fight the invasive species Japanese hops which has proliferated along Copper Creek. 

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PdC man beaten, left in the woods to die

An attempt at online dating proved to be almost fatal for a 40-year-old Prairie du Chien man. 

Four Wabeno, Wis. residents were charged in Forest County Circuit Court March 19 with attempted first degree intentional homicide and numerous other charges following a bizarre incident in which Steven Roberts was beaten and left in the woods to die. 

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Francois Warchala

 

Francois S. “Fran” Warchala, 70, of Marquette, Iowa, passed away Sunday, March 16, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. 

He was born July 31, 1943 in Belgium, the son of Stephan and Katherine (Muzynski) Warchala. Fran owned and operated Warchala Electronics in Stevens Point and later Warchala Video Systems. He was currently employed at Design Homes in Prairie du Chien as a satellite technician. 

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Mary Markham

 

Mary Chalone Courtney Terry Markham passed away with family members by her side, Thursday, March 13. 

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Janet Easton

Janet E. Easton, 74, from Eastman, Wisconsin formerly from Lost Nation, Iowa passed away March 13, 2014. Graveside Services will held on March 22,2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Lost Nation Cemetery. A luncheon followed after the service at The Pub Club in Lost Nation.

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Mutual aid very valuable

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“It was terrible,” Marquette Hardware Store owner Mary Jo Pirc explained. “I’ve never seen such a ball of flames. They were bigger than the trees, burning bright and hot. But no one got hurt. That’s the main thing.” (Photos provided by the MarMac Rescue Squad)
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Prairie du Chien’s aerial fire truck allowed for water to be shot down into the flames that engulfed a historic part of Marquette’s North Street Monday morning.
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McGregor Hook and Ladder was assisted by the fire departments from Garnavillo, Monona, Elkader, Harpers Ferry, Prairie du Chien and Bridgeport at the North Street fire on Monday. The MarMac Rescue Squad, MFL Ambulance Service and Harpers Ferry EMS also assisted, along with the Mar-Mac Police Department and Clayton County Sheriff’s Office. Pictured, men from several of the departments stand, side by side, watching the aftereffects of the disastrous fire, which likely started electrically in the back of the historic Marquette Hardware Store.

By Correne Martin

Nearly all of the Prairie du Chien Fire Department’s engines, equipment and manpower were on scene in Marquette fighting the Monday morning fire that destroyed the Marquette Hardware Store and three other downtown buildings. Alongside their fellow hometown heroes from many different fire and EMS units, about 22 firemen from Prairie du Chien provided mutual aid from about 1:30 to 5:30 a.m. at one of the largest fires this area has seen since the blaze at the former Lochner Motors building on Blackhawk Avenue.

“McGregor Hook and Ladder did a great job; they did an outstanding job. Everybody helped each other. They came and were a big help to us when we had the Lochner fire. That’s what mutual aid is for, for us to work together,” Prairie du Chien Fire Chief Harry Remz said.

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