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Plenty to get fired up about this Fourth of July

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Rail storage yard proposed at sand loading site in PdC


Illustrated here, Wisconsin Southern Railroad proposed this drawing of a $1 million facility, yet to be constructed at the unloading site utilized by Pattison Sand Company on the Highway 18 Bypass in Prairie du Chien. Now, WSOR is also proposing the addition of a seven-track rail engine and car storage yard to the north of the building on the property.

By Correne Martin
 
On Tuesday, July 1, at 7 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Common Council will hear a proposal from Wisconsin Southern Railroad (WSOR) regarding an expansion to its unloading site where Pattison Sand Company conducts work along the Highway 18 Bypass in the city. The proposal is an informational presentation only and does not require council approval for WSOR to move forward, as all track and building improvements will be done on the state-owned railroad right-of-way.

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Kayla Taylor single No. 1 on new country artist radio show


Kayla Taylor (Vorwald), of Prairie du Chien, is headed to Nashville again this August to continue pursuing a career in the country music industry.

By Correne Martin

For the third straight week, the single “See You In Summer,” by Prairie du Chien’s own Kayla Taylor, was voted by worldwide listeners as the best song on the online country radio show, Iceman’s Radio Cavern Top 40 Countdown. Between 200 and 300 songs are submitted by about 180 up-and-coming country artists to the show and then Iceman himself makes 40 nominations. From those, listeners can vote for their favorites (one vote every 24 hours).

If Kayla’s song remains among the most popular on the countdown, she could become eligible to perform at CMA Fest 2015 in Nashville, for free, in the Iceman’s showcase. And you could help her achieve this dream by voting for “See You In Summer” at one of three websites: bestcountryradio.com, the icemanscavern.com or cmafest2015.com.

“I just want to thank everyone so much for their votes and support. I have no idea where I would be without my fans,” Kayla said.

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Varsity Legion team tramples Bi-State Bulldogs, 13-4

Chad Mara
Catcher Chad Mara takes a generous lead off of first base, eyeing second for an opportunity to steal. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)
Casey Hogensen
Relief pitcher Casey Hogensen fires down the middle, offering an appealing target to the waiting Bulldogs.
Peyton Hall
Coach Renner (left) tells Peyton Hall to hold on third after a hit by Ryan Garrity.
Ryan Garrity and Chad Mara
Ryan Garrity (right) goes for home during a Chad Mara attempted bunt. Although the ball was hit foul, the action still proved to be a very intense moment for players and fans.
Tanner Heisel
Opening pitcher Tanner Heisel swings for the fences during the second inning of Sunday’s game against Bi-State at St. Feriole Island ballpark. For this at bat, Heisel was able to earn himself a double, later scoring during a Taylor Elliot sacrifice. The Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers would go on to win 13-4.

 

On Sunday, June 29, at 4 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers took on the Bi-State Bulldogs in American Legion baseball action at St. Feriole Island ballpark.

 

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Charles "Pat" Schreck

 

Charles “Pat” Schreck, 84, of Gays Mills and formerly of Prairie du Chien, passed away on June 27, at the Bland Bekkedal Hospice House in Viroqua.

Charles was born to Charles and Katherine (Williams) in Steuben on Sept. 7, 1929. He married Jeannine (Larmore) on June 30, 1952. They farmed for 30 years in the Seneca area and later moved to Prairie du Chien where he was employed as the maintenance supervisor at Martin Luther Preparatory School for 25 years before retiring. Charles enjoyed playing Euchre, watching the Cubs and Badgers, reading, and doing jigsaw puzzles. He disliked talking on the telephone.

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Dale Edward Bittner

 

Dale Edward Bittner, 61, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Saturday, June 28, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor, Iowa, after a courageous and hard fought battle with cancer. 

He was born Jan. 20, 1953, in Eldora, Iowa, the son of Dale and Gretchen (Bolich) Bittner. Dale and Theresa Mezera committed their marriage to paper on March 4, after being married in their hearts for nearly 25 years. He worked as a draftsman for Dillman Equipment, Gencor Bituma, and various other locations throughout Wisconsin and Iowa. 

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Beverly A. Kelley

 

Beverly A. Kelley, 87, of Prairie du Chien passed away Friday, June 27, at her home surrounded by her family after a brief illness. 

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Judgment obtained against Viroqua farm for dumping manure in stream

VIROQUA—Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s office has obtained a judgment and order against Lehmann Farms for violating state water pollution control laws by intentionally discharging manure from its storage facility into a ravine that led to a stream and by failing to report the discharge.

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Hamburglar thwarted in Prairie du Chien

On June 20, at 2:14 a.m. the Prairie du Chien Police Department interrupted a burglary in progress at Pete’s Hamburger Stand in downtown Prairie du Chien.

While checking the downtown area, an officer noticed lights on inside Pete’s Hamburger Stand. Upon further investigation the officer located a window on the East side of the business was forced open and heard someone moving around inside the business. The officer attempted to make contact with the occupant of the business and the occupant refused to come out. Additional officers were called to the scene and were able to arrest Damien Prew, age 25, of Wauzeka.

Officers located cash and coupons inside of Prew’s pockets that came from the business. Prew was also found to be under the influence of intoxicants at the time. Prew was arrested and burglary charges are currently pending with the Crawford County District Attorney’s Office.

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CORRECTED: Bridgeport township to hold recall elections July 1 and 15

Two recall elections in the town of Bridgeport will be held on July 1 and July 15, due to the controversial frac sand mine issue.

The Tuesday, July 1 election involves current Town Board Chairperson John Karnopp running against challenger Arnold Steele. A separate election on that ballot involves Town Supervisor Mike Steiner running  against challenger Greg Webster.

Karnopp and Steiner voted to approve the conditional use permit for a sand mine between Highway 60 and the Wisconsin River. Steele has been opposed to the mine and in favor of requiring the mine to comply with zoning ordinances and laws of the township. From the beginning, Webster has stated that he is "not against the mine itself but rather is disappointed in the town board for not doing all it could to ensure that not only the residents, but the landowners as well, are protected for the life of the mine and any mines that may occur in the future."

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