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Thu
05
Dec

Prairie du Chien serviceman helps purify water in Philippines

military members
Marine Kyle Hedeman (second from left), a Prairie du Chien native, is pictured with a couple of his fellow Marines as well as a member of the Philippine military (far left).

Kyle A. Hedeman, a 2011 graduate from Prairie High School, joined the Marine Corps in Sept. of 2012. He left for Boot Camp in Jan. of 2013 and graduated on April 5 at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, Calif. After finishing MCT back in San Diego, he was then sent to Camp Lejeune, in Jacksonville, N.C., where he graduated from his MOS training as a hygiene equipment operator.

Upon returning home in October of 2013 for a short five-day leave, he was sent to Okinawa, Japan, where he will be stationed for two years. While in Okinawa, he is assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Support Battalion (ESB) Unit, where he will be a part of many deployments as needed.

Recently, he served on a humanitarian deployment to the Philippines to serve the people suffering from the devastating typhoon. There, he employed his skills to purify water and help the people of the Philippines drink and use clean and safe water once again.

Thu
05
Dec

Collection underway for brothers who lost home in fire

The three Southwick brothers who lost their rural McGregor home to a fire Nov. 29 have been provided temporary shelter by the American Red Cross. In this time of need for the Southwicks, Mayor Gay Hallberg is organizing a drive to collect necessities for them, including everything from clothing, furniture and beds to kitchen supplies, household items, bathroom essentials and toiletries.

If you would like to donate, please contact Hallberg at (563) 873-2761 or lngrh@alpinecom.net. You can also contribute to the Southwick Fire Benefit fund at Central State Bank in McGregor.

Thu
05
Dec

Prairie du Chien council approves 2014 budget

The Prairie du Chien Common Council approved the city’s 2014 budget Tuesday night, which includes a decrease in the city’s tax bill.

The regular council meeting started off with a public hearing during which City Administrator Aaron Kramer reviewed the budget. He said the projected 2014 tax bills for Prairie du Chien taxpayers would be down $2.19 on a home assessed at $100,000. The city’s portion of that tax bill, which includes a 1.5 percent increase in the tax levy, is down $11.89 per $100,000 due to the property growth in the city. According to Kramer, all of the other taxing jurisdictions were up from their 2013 numbers.

Kramer said another large factor in the overall decrease was a $28.13 increase in the state lottery credit. Alderman Frank Pintz asked what future budgets look like, and Kramer said the council should not expect a similar large increase in property values in the future. He added that, in general, the city’s finances are in good shape.

Kramer said the Ft. Crawford Museum requested an additional $500 for a total of $4,000 from the city in the 2014 budget. He supported the request, and said the funds could come from the Contingency Fund, which is currently $107,886.

Following the public hearing, the council unanimously approved the 2014 budget with an additional $500 for the Ft. Crawford Museum.  

Godden Pit analysis
Kurt Muchow, of Vierbicher Associates, presented to the council the analysis of the Godden Pit watershed. The purpose of the analysis was to document the existing condition of the pit, analyze future storm water needs and make recommendations for improvements to Godden Pit.

Muchow noted that the pit has an infiltration problem due to a buildup of clay and sediment at the base, which is increasing the time it takes for the water to drain. He said the June 2013 storms brought the pit within nine feet of overflooding, but that there was still considerable capacity at the time to take on additional water.

Wed
04
Dec

Crestwood over Prairie du Chien

Crestwood tops Prairie du Chien
Prairie’s Katie Check drives the left baseline against Crestwood Tuesday night.

 

Crestwood over 

Prairie du Chien

Crestwood defeated host Prairie du Chien 43-33 in nonconference girls basketball action Tuesday night. 

The game was tied at 10-10 after the first period. 

By halftime, Crestwood had taken a 20-17 lead. 

Wed
04
Dec

Coaching milestone

Coaching milestone
River Ridge Athletic Director Wade Winkers presents Coach Caron Townsend with a plaque to commemorate her 400th coaching victory.

 

River Ridge coach gains 400th career victory

On Nov. 26, Caron Townsend reached a career milestone. With a 43-40 victory over Fennimore, Coach Townsend became the 24th girls basketball coach to reach the 400-win total, according to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association website.  

Before Monday night’s victory over North Crawford, Townsend was presented a plaque recognizing the milestone. The plaque was presented by River Ridge Athletic Director Wade Winkers, and was provided by the River Ridge Athletic Boosters.

Wed
04
Dec

Food Pantry, CouleeCap

Food Pantry
Assistant Food Coordinator Karen Redman stands next to some of the items currently stored in the Food Pantry.

 

Generous donations to Food Pantry, 

CouleeCap create need for more volunteers

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien Food Pantry has gotten a big boost in the month of November and is now at about 50 percent capacity as Christmas approaches. 

Mon
02
Dec

Redevelopment plans arise for St. Feriole site

construction work
Prairie du Chien public works employees work to remove the fence on the Northern Engraving property on St. Feriole Island recently.
drawing
The above rendering of the former Northern Engraving - National Decorated Metals property, with proposed future additions, was provided by Kyle Shauf, of HSR Associates. The city of Prairie du Chien and the redevelopment committee for the site are hopeful this and other drawings can serve as a blueprint for repurposing the former industrial site on St. Feriole Island for green space, recreational and environmental uses.

By Correne Martin

Major redevelopment of the former Northern Engraving-National Decorated Metals property on St. Feriole Island is in the plans for the future in Prairie du Chien. By the year 2020, the public could see a bandshell and performing arts complex, an urban forest and outdoor classroom, improvements to the Villa Louis boat landing, a dog park, a splash park with a patio and pavilion, an overlook, historical storyboards and more.

“This is probably a 10-year process and it could cost about $1.3 million to do everything proposed,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said. “The finished project may not be exactly what we’re proposing today.”

According to City Planner Garth Frable, much of the redevelopment depends upon grants acquired, organizations that might step forward to take on specific projects and what opportunities donors would like to see there.

Mon
02
Dec

Boscobel over Wauzeka-Steuben

 

Boscobel bests Wauzeka-Steuben

Boscobel bested host Wauzeka-Steuben 56-48 in nonconference boys basketball Tuesday night, Nov. 26. 

 The Bulldogs jumped out to a 12-3 first-quarter lead and kept the momentum to build a 33-16 halftime advantage. 

The Hornets outscored the Bulldogs 16-12 in the third period and 16-11 in the fourth but it wasn’t enough as Boscobel took the win. 

Mon
02
Dec

River Ridge defeats Seneca

 

River Ridge 

boys defeat Seneca

River Ridge defeated host Seneca 39-33 in nonconference boys basketball action Tuesday night, Nov. 26. 

The Timberwolves took an 11-8 lead after one period and increased the margin to 20-14 at the half. 

The Indians pulled to within 29-24 after three quarters. 

Mon
02
Dec

River Ridge wins

 

River Ridge tops Fennimore

River Ridge topped host Fennimore 43-40 in girls basketball action Tuesday night, Nov. 26. 

Fennimore took a 12-7 lead after the first quarter, but River Ridge went on a 16-9 run in the second period to take a 23-21 halftime advantage. 

River Ridge outscored Fennimore 17-8 in the third quarter to increase the margin to 40-29.

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