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Mutual aid very valuable

blaze
“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.

Wed
19
Mar

Prairie du Chien Common Council goes back and forth on reducing its size

The Prairie du Chien Common Council revisited the issue of reducing its own size from 12 members to eight, during Tuesday night’s bi-monthly meeting. The item had been tabled at the March 4 meeting on a 6-5 vote with council members Kyle Kozelka, Karen Solomon, Jean Titlbach, Nate Gilberts and Jamie Wagar opposed to the tabling.

Following the March 4 meeting, councilwoman Sharon Boylen contacted the city administrator and asked that her vote be changed from a “yes” to either “no” or “abstain.” Per Robert’s Rules of Order, a member can make the change only by permission of the assembly. If objection is made, a motion may be made to grant the permission, and that motion is then non-debatable.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Mayor Dave Hemmer asked if there was any objection from the council to Boylen changing her vote. Frank Pintz stated he was opposed. Hemmer asked for a motion. Kozelka motioned and Solomon seconded that motion to allow Boylen to change her vote.

Wed
19
Mar

American Hazelnut Company

 

American Hazelnut Company on 

the drawing board for area growers

By Ted Pennekamp

 

For those who love hazelnuts, there is a new collaboration in the works by which hazelnut products might be produced in Vernon and Crawford counties as early as the fall of 2014.

Mon
17
Mar

Shamrock Shuffle

Shamrock Shuffle
Riley Hubanks, 11, had a time of 25 minutes and 13 seconds in the inaugural Shamrock Shuffle. (Photos by Aaron Lyons)

 

Shamrock Shuffle 5K fun run-walk proves a success

A first-time event pulled together in just less than four weeks, Prairie du Chien’s Shamrock Shuffle 5k fun run-walk, can call itself a success.  At 7:45 a.m., on Saturday, March 15, it was a chilly 25 degrees, but that didn’t stop more than 100 runners and walkers from beginning their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with a heart-healthy and family-friendly activity.  

Mon
17
Mar

Antoine reception

Congratulations Matt
Olympic bronze medalist Matt Antoine of Prairie du Chien receives a plaque from Governor Scott Walker Friday evening during a reception and welcome home for Antoine in the Dousman House on St. Feriole Island. Several hundred people attended the event to congratulate Antoine, to see his bronze medal, and to get autographs. State representatives Jennifer Schilling, Lee Nerison, Prairie du Chien Mayor Dave Hemmer, and Prairie du Chien Chamber Director Robert Moses also spoke before Antoine took the podium and addressed the crowd to a standing ovation. Antoine won the bronze medal in the men’s skeleton at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in February, culminating nearly 12 years of hard work. He said he will go for the gold in four more years. The reception was put on by the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)
Mon
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Mar

Irish recipe for a good time


Like many others, Jessica Mezera donned her Irish green while tossing out candy for True Value during the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Prairie du Chien’s Blackhawk Avenue Saturday morning. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Fans, young and old alike, waved, cheered, clapped and shook the hand of Prairie du Chien’s own Olympian Matt Antoine, as he served as Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day parade Saturday.

Whether it was Peoples State Bank, the McCoy, McGinley and McClure families, the school’s marching band or the line of fire trucks, Irish colors and spirit were everywhere on Saturday in Prairie du Chien, for the community’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Many businesses, civic organizations and Irish families filled the parade route, while hundreds of fun-loving people stood two or three deep along the sidelines. The weather was a bit on the chilly side, but overall, the day seemed to be a success for the parade and many local businesses. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Mon
17
Mar

asian carp

 

Asian carp eggs, 

embryos found near Lynxville

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Asian carp eggs, including late-stage embryos nearly ready to hatch from the egg, were recently identified in samples collected by U.S. Geological Survey scientists in 2013 from the Upper Mississippi River as far north as Lynxville.

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17
Mar

Marquette Hardware destroyed

An early morning fire burned Marquette Hardware to the ground Monday, taking with it two additional buildings nearby and displacing five families. There were no injuries, according to authorities, who say the fire started around 1 a.m. at the back of the building. The historical structure, which dates back to the 1880s, also had a beauty parlor and four apartments, two of which were rented out. The raging flames caused the Marquette Hardware building to collapse, and the blaze quickly spread to surrounding homes. Mary Jo Pirc and her family have owned Marquette Hardware for 69 years. (Photo by Correne Martin)

More information will be available as reports come in from our sister publication, the North Iowa Times.

Mon
17
Mar

Huebsch hangs up keys to 75-year career in auto sales


Fred Huebsch sold this Camaro brand new in 1968 to a customer who still has the vehicle today. Upon hearing of Fred’s retirement, the man looked him up and offered him a ride in the blue beauty last month.

Fred Huebsch is retiring March 29 after 75 years in the automotive business.

Seeing many amazing changes to the automotive industry over his 75 years in the business, Fred Huebsch said some of the most astounding changes have been the advances in technology, the fewer but larger dealerships, less loyalty, and the advent of Internet sales.

By Correne Martin

In his distinctly calm and slightly raspy voice, Fred Huebsch sat back in his sport coat and slacks to narrate his own personal story of 75 years as a car salesman: “I started sweeping floors, washing windows and washing cars at the age of 9, so I get to brag that I had a 75-year career in the business.”

Fred, a Prairie du Chien resident, has announced his retirement from Brown’s Sales and Leasing in Elkader, Iowa. His last day will be Saturday, March 29. Owner Forest Brown has planned a open house in Fred’s honor for March 28 and 29. All of his customers and friends, past and present, are invited to stop by and wish Fred all the best in his retirement, or take one last test drive with the trusted salesman.

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Mar

Lorain Adney

 

Lorain E. Adney, 91, of Prairie du Chien, died Wednesday, March 12, at Prairie Maison, Prairie du Chien, where she had made her home for the past five years. 

Lorain was born on Jan. 6, 1923, in Watson, Iowa, to Adam and Lulu (Stiles) Sawvell. She attended rural country school in the Watson, Iowa, area. Lorain was a wonderful mother and had everlasting memories of raising her eight children. She enjoyed country music, craft activities at the nursing home and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

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