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16
Oct

Eyeing the pigskin

A group of sixth grade boys from Bluff View Intermediate School took some time out from their Wyalusing State Park outdoor education last Friday, Oct. 11, to play the football game, 500. It was a beautiful fall day to engage in a little competitive fun. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Wed
16
Oct

River Ridge district poses operational and facilities referendums

By Correne Martin

Just as the River Ridge School District may face an operational referendum in February of 2014, taxpayers could also be asked to consider a facilities referendum in August of 2014.

The educational facilities in the River Ridge School District are over 50 years old and aging fast. The infrastructure and finishes are worn out, the HVAC systems and air quality are poor, there are asbestos and mold issues in some areas, many windows are not energy efficient ... and the list goes on.

The Building and Grounds Committee realized its many problems in the fall of 2012 when the boilers in the Bloomington school building needed repair, “to the tune of $50,000,” according to Bob Mathre, school board member.
“So we took a tour of both facilities and quickly discovered discrepancies in both (the Bloomington and Patch Grove) buildings,” Mathre stated. “As a committee, our goals are to update the buildings, save money where we can and provide the best learning environment possible.”

To reach those goals, Architectural Design Group (ADG) of Eau Claire was hired in early 2013 and tasked with inspecting the buildings and providing recommendations. Also, as an extension of the school board, a dozen taxpayers formed a Community Communication Group (CCG) in March to increase communication with the public.

On Oct. 9 in Bloomington and on Oct. 14 in Patch Grove, a pair of three-hour public workshop meetings were held to explain the history and background of how the district got to this point, and to present the operational referendum and facilities scenarios to the community. The school board and CCG also wanted to gather input and direction for the future. Over 50 people attended each meeting.

Wed
16
Oct

City to request delay of RR crossing closure

At Tuesday night’s regular meeting of the Prairie du Chien Common Council, the group approved a letter of opposition to last week’s proposed decision from the Office of the Commissioner of Railroads, which is to close the Haydn Street railroad crossing in the city no later than Jan. 15, 2014. The letter, drafted by city staff, will specifically request a delay of the closing until after the Marquette Road project is completed.

Before a final ruling is issued, written comments filed with the railroad commissioner in support of or in opposition to the decision are allowed until Oct. 23. (Contrary to previous information provided to the Courier Press), the public as well as the parties involved in the case may all submit written comments to: Jeff Plale, commissioner, 610 N. Whitney Way, P.O. Box 7854, Madison, WI 53707-7854.  

Tue
15
Oct

Marian Foley

 

Marian E. Foley, 74, of Prairie du Chien passed away Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. 

She was born in Honeycreek Township, on Sept. 9, 1939. She married William Foley on Oct. 22, 1955. He preceded her in death on Dec. 4, 2004. Marian was a devoted mother and grandmother, enjoying her time spent with family. She was an avid sports fan, especially the Brewers and Packers. She also liked watching golf and going fishing. 

Tue
15
Oct

Jaycees sponsor costume contest

The Prairie du Chien Jaycees are hosting a Halloween Costume Contest Saturday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. outside the Halls of Terror cedar building across from the St. Feriole Island ball park. Registration starts at 12:30 p.m.

Children ages 0-12 are invited to participate. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. All participants will receive a special gift. For more information, call the Jaycees at 326-2280 or email pdcjaycees@yahoo.com.

Tue
15
Oct

Traffic stop on Hwy. 61 leads to alcohol arrest

On Oct. 8, at 12:47 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a 2002 Mitsubishi Galant operated by April M. Kester, 18, Readstown. Kester was traveling southbound on Highway 61 near County X in the township of Clayton. The Kester vehicle was stopped for having an obstructed view.

During the stop, it was found that passenger Ashley M. Goodwin, 19, Viroqua, had an open intoxicant. Further into the investigation it was found that Kester was in violation of absolute sobriety. Kester was placed under arrest and transported to the Crawford County Jail. Goodwin was issued a citation for underage drinking and a warning was issued for the open intoxicants.

Tue
15
Oct

Man arrested following accident

On Oct. 8, at 3:55 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle traffic crash near Homesteader Avenue and Swingle Drive in the township of Prairie du Chien.

On scene, deputies found Jeffery A. Meyer, 35, Prairie du Chien, passed out behind the wheel of a 2006 Dodge Ram. Meyer was attempting to make a right turn when the vehicle struck a post and multiple mailboxes.

During the investigation of the traffic crash, an odor of intoxicants was smelled coming from Meyer. Meyer was placed under arrest for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence (second offense) and transported to Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital for a legal blood draw.

The Meyer vehicle sustained minor damage and was towed from the scene by Bob’s Towing of Prairie du Chien. The post and mailboxes also had minor damage and the owner was notified.

The accident currently remains under investigation.

Tue
15
Oct

South 15th Street closed for three days

The Prairie du Chien Public Works Department will be closing South 15th Street from Campion Boulevard, north to East Wells Street all day on Thursday, Oct. 17 and again on Friday, Oct. 18.

The road will be closed to vehicular traffic so Iverson Construction can mill the existing asphalt off the road prior to re-paving the street. The road will be re-opened to traffic as soon as possible.

On Monday, Oct. 21 the street will again be closed for the paving portion of the project.

Travel on the east/west streets from Campion to Wells will be affected during these operations. Please plan an alternate route to school and work for the duration of the project.

The city appreciates the public’s cooperation and patience during the work as city staff makes this much needed improvement to the street. Please call City Hall at 326-6406 with questions about the project.

Tue
15
Oct

Whites generously give to health center


Sally White is joined by Fred Huebsch (left), foundation board president, and Tom Farrell, capital campaign co-chair.

The Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital Foundation received a gift in the amount of $10,000 from Sally White, and her late husband, Tom. This contribution will be used to help build the new state-of-the-art health center for the people of southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa.

Fred Huebsch, foundation board president, noted the significance of this donation: “The Whites have been long-time community supporters. This donation to the hospital’s foundation continues the Whites’ legacy of generosity to worthy causes. We’re honored to have their support and to be able to see their names on the Donor Wall in the new health center for decades to come.”

Tue
15
Oct

Fire Prevention Week presentations


During Fire Prevention Week Oct. 6-12, B.A. Kennedy students enjoyed a presentation by the Prairie du Chien Fire Department. In one portion of the show, they learned not to be afraid of the “friendly firefighters.” Pictured with her classmates is kindergartener Bobbi Finney greeting firefighters Ben Pintz (left) and Tim Deluhery Jr. (Photos by Correne Martin)

During Fire Prevention Week Oct. 6-12, B.A. Kennedy students enjoyed a presentation by the Prairie du Chien Fire Department. In one portion of the show, they learned not to be afraid of the “friendly firefighters.” Pictured with her classmates is kindergartener Bobbi Finney greeting firefighters Ben Pintz (left) and Tim Deluhery Jr.  (Photos by Correne Martin)The Prairie du Chien Fire Department presented its annual Fire Prevention Week show to students at B.A. Kennedy (kindergarten pictured), Bluff View Intermediate School and St. Gabriel’s School last Thursday. The fun and interactive performances carried a theme of “Prevent Kitchen Fires” and included information about “Stop, Drop and Roll,” calling 911 in an emergency, staying away from a hot stove, not playing with a stove, and being prepared for exit drills in the home. Pictured, three clowns led the show (from left) “Fireball”-Matt Stubbe, “Firepit”-Farshaun Ardestani and “Firecracker”-Mike Anthony.

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