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Wed
23
Oct

Violent sex offender caught, ankle device found cut off

On Monday, Oct. 21, at approximately 8 p.m., Willard D. Tyler, 46, a registered violent sex offender, was apprehended by a Crawford County deputy near Dutch Ridge Road and Biederman Hollow. Tyler is now in custody at the Crawford County Jail.

Wed
23
Oct

Rosemary Waltz

 

Rosemary A Waltz, 84, of Boscobel passed away on Sunday Oct. 20, at Boscobel Area Hospital.

She was born April 29, 1929 in Hickory Grove Township, the daughter of Carl and Teresa (Schuhart) Kretschman. She married Joseph Waltz on May 1, 1951 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fennimore. 

Wed
23
Oct

Donald Knapp

 

Donald L. Knapp, 91, of Dubuque, Iowa (formerly of Marquette, Iowa), died Saturday, Oct. 19, at his home in Dubuque, Iowa. 

Donald Leroy Knapp, the son of Archie and Violet (Kohl) Knapp, was born Jan. 21, 1922 in McGregor, Iowa. Donald served as a Sergeant in the United States Army during World War II. He was stationed in Hawaii and the Philippines and worked as a heavy equipment mechanic. Donald was united in marriage with Lois Tindell on June 25, 1946 at the Community Presbyterian Church in Postville, Iowa. He worked as a mechanic at John Deere and H & W Motor Express in Dubuque until he retired in 1987. He and Lois also owned and operated trailer parks in Dubuque, McGregor and Prairie du Chien. 

Wed
23
Oct

LeRoy Trautsch

 

LeRoy L. Trautsch, 64, of Prairie du Chien passed away Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn. 

He was born March 2, 1949 in Prairie du Chien the son of Lyle and Rose (Mezera) Trautsch. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He married Deanna Pulda on Oct. 3, 1987 at St. Wenceslaus Church in Eastman. LeRoy worked at 3M Company in Prairie du Chien for over 30 years. He enjoyed softball, golfing and playing cards. 

Tue
22
Oct

Washington Street Park Grand Opening


Sponsor representatives and Common Council members did a ceremonial "first cast." Sponsors of the park project included 3M, Cabela's Iowa Bass Federation, Wisconsin DNR, ACA/LL Bean, Dutton Federation, PdC Tourism and the PdC Foundation

the marina

walking up the pier

Part of the crowd that gathered

City Administrator Aaron Kramer

The local Boys Scouts may help to staff the kayak/canoe rental next year. Front row: Justice Olmstead, Sam Oates, Robert Groom. Middle Row: Sean Ross, Aaron Stout, Kevin Stout, Adam Anderson, Bryce Priebe. Back Row: Kim Oates, Brian Priebe, Seth Oates, Mike Mara, Marc Steiber, Brenda Anderson

Sponsor representatives and Common Council members did a ceremonial "first cast." Sponsors of the park project included 3M, Cabela's Iowa Bass Federation, Wisconsin DNR, ACA/LL Bean, Dutton Federation, PdC Tourism and the PdC Foundation

The new shelter

The Washington Street Park Grand Opening was held last Wednesday, Oct. 16 and dozens of community members and sponsors came out to officially celebrate the upgrade to this “new” park and check out the new handicapped accessible pier, canoe/kayak launch, outdoor recreation center, trail and more. The Prairie du Chien Fire Department aerial fire truck was utilized to capture the event and the park’s layout from above. More photos from the Grand Opening available on Facebook and at pdccourier.com. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Tue
22
Oct

Jackson Street ditch area improved to alleviate future flooding problems


The Jackson Street Ditch is pictured before and after a recent month-long cleanup project executed by the Prairie du Chien Public Works Department, with assistance from the Crawford County Highway Department and donations from Pattison Sand and Prairie Sand and Gravel.

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien endured significant flood damage in late June and some of the worst water erosion, street flooding and muddy aftermath occurred on the east side of the city, thanks to debris blockage and runoff from property along Highway 27. After a month-long cleanup in the area of the Jackson Street ditch, public works employees completed the undertaking Oct. 10.

Improvements included widening and deepening the ditch, making the berms higher, removing 20-30 trees of various sizes that had the tendency to fall in the ditch, placing riprap and hydroseeding.

“In some areas, the ditch is 12 to 15 feet wider and two to three feet deeper,” Co-Public Works Manager Terry Meyer said. “The changes we made will help to contain a 100-year flood.”

Tue
22
Oct

Prairie du Chien men train together to pilot fighter jets


Second Lieutenants Eric Kordus and Daniel Brom received their Air Force Pilot Wings on Oct. 4. They are pictured next to a T-38 Talon, the fighter/bomber trainer each flew for the past six months of Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training. (Submitted photo)

Imagine graduating from college and commissioning through Air Force ROTC as a brand-new officer, assigned to pilot training at an air force base 1,300 miles from home. Then imagine discovering that in the same squadron, in the same class and in the same flight is someone from your small hometown nestled among the bluffs of the Mississippi River in southwestern Wisconsin.

Then imagine each of you is tracked to fighter/bomber training and ultimately assigned to the fighter jet of your dreams.

The Air Force probably doesn’t keep records on such things, but for Second Lieutenants Daniel Brom and Eric Kordus, the odds seem unlikely if not impossible. Except it happened to them.

Tue
22
Oct

Crawford County Clean Sweep this Friday

The Crawford County Clean Sweep will be accepting chemicals, electronics, light bulbs, prescription drugs and more on Friday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Crawford County Highway Shop, one mile south of Seneca.
Any Crawford County resident, who can provide proof of residency, may participate in the Clean Sweep.

Tue
22
Oct

PDRI takes six-month hiatus

By Correne Martin

The future of Prairie du Chien Downtown Revitalization Inc. (PDRI) is a bit brighter this week following an Oct. 17 meeting of PDRI, city of Prairie du Chien and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation executives.
PDRI will be taking a six-month hiatus in order to restructure and implement fundraising strategies, according to President Kathleen Hein. The concentration will be to ultimately maintain a full-time position focused on promoting the downtown and preserving its historic design and economy.

Tue
22
Oct

Not for the faint of heart: Halls of Terror are worth every scare


Brothers Nick (left) and Nate Gilberts will lead Scream Xtreme through one more weekend and Halloween as Halls of Terror welcomes the public to the Cedar Building on St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien. If you dare seek a fright, you won’t be disappointed. (Photo by Correne Martin)

This skeleton may not seem so scary with the lights on, but take the Halls of Terror challenge and see for yourself if he spooks you in the dark. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Shaking skeletons, a pop-up werewolf, a bloody butcher, a freaky clown, a rattling electric chair, fake explosions, a scary Santa, and a creepy cemetery are among the many reasons to take the dare and enter Scream Xtreme’s Halls of Terror on St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien. The final three days of the haunted house are this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26, and also on Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31. Hours are from 7 to 10 p.m. each night. This year’s Lights on Kid Friendly Haunt is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26, from 2 to 6 p.m.

Last year, over 1,000 people were frightened at the Halls of Terror, which was held at the Cedar Building on St. Feriole Island for the first time in 2012. This is the second year it will take place at the building, and Scream Xtreme just signed a three-year agreement with the city to keep it there.

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