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Wed
04
Sep

Let the school bells ring


School bells rang across Wisconsin Tuesday, as most public school students celebrated the beginning of the 2013–2014 school year. You could see the look of apprehension on the fresh faces of these young students, accompanied by their excited parents, at B.A. Kennedy in Prairie du Chien. They are pictured making their way through the front hallway toward their classrooms. See more photos at pdccourier.com. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Students in B.A. Kennedy's 3-year-old kindergarten class got busy building first thing in the morning as they awaited the arrival of the rest of their classmates.

Louise Wachter helps a few of her 3-year-old kindergarteners hang up their book bags on the first day of school at B.A. Kennedy.
Wed
04
Sep

Million dollar building proposed to enclose sand loading operations


This illustration (looking north) shows the $1 million, 5,090-square-foot facility proposed by Wisconsin & Southern Railroad to be located along the Highway 18 bypass, where Pattison Sand Company conducts its sand transloading operations. Construction would begin this fall or in early spring.

By Correne Martin

Wisconsin & Southern Railroad (WSOR) proposed to the Prairie du Chien Common Council Tuesday night the construction of a $1 million building to enclose the Pattison Sand Company (PSC) transloading operations along the Highway 18 Bypass. The building would be 5,090 square feet and construction would begin late this fall or by the spring of 2014.

Ken Lucht, director of government relations for WSOR, and Beth Regan, permits and compliance for PSC, gave a Power Point presentation to the council. Mike Murphy, PSC general manager, addressed the council. Owner Kyle Pattison was also present but did not speak. No action was taken, as the proposal was informational only.

Community members John Lochner and Norma Lochner, Prairie du Chien; Ethel Drengberg; and Edie Ehlert, of the Crawford County Stewardship Project, spoke in opposition to the proposal.

Wed
04
Sep

Millville struggling as DNR purchases more property in township

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Millville resident Dick Redman (right) listens intently as Senator Dale Schultz shares his perspective about the increasing amount of DNR land ownership in Millville Township and the burden it has had on the town. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The property tax base in Millville Township is shrinking, landowners’ shares are rising, and there may not be much residents can do about it. That was the message clearly heard by the 20 people attending a listening session with Senator Dale Schultz in Millville’s one-room town hall the morning of Aug. 27.

Recently, the Department of Natural Resources paid appraised value to purchase 146.5 acres from owner Jo Ann Shea, at 14246 Campbell Ridge Rd., Millville. The purchase brings the DNR’s total land ownership in Millville to about 4,200 acres out of 13,000, and the department is seeking another 500 acres, which would put 36 percent of the township’s land in the hands of the DNR.

The amount of land owned by the DNR is creating serious tax burden issues for the township, since the DNR is not subject to the same taxes as local landowners.

Wed
04
Sep

Anna Freidel

 

Anna M. Freidel, 81, passed away on Monday, Sept. 2, at Agrace HospiceCare Inc. in Fitchburg. 

Tue
03
Sep

Carol King

 

Carol A. King, 68, of Prairie du Chien passed away Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. 

She was born Nov. 17, 1944, the daughter of Austin and Eunice (Heins) Newcomb. She grew up on the family dairy farm and later worked for 3M Company in Prairie du Chien. 

Tue
03
Sep

Robert Cooley

 

Robert L. “Bob” Cooley, 79, of Bloomington passed away Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. 

He was born Feb. 17, 1934 in Grant County, the son of Archibald and Dorothy (Birch) Cooley. He served in the U.S. Army. Bob married Delores DuCharme on July 23, 1955, at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. Together they farmed in the Mt. Hope area for many years. Bob was quite a “horseman” and was an avid coon hunter. 

Fri
30
Aug

Earl Whittle

 

 Earl G. Whittle, 91, of Prairie du Chien and formerly of Elkader passed away Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

He was born Jan. 16, 1922, in Elkader, the son of Clem and Elsie (Kopp) Whittle. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Earl married Ruth Hamilton on Oct. 14, 1950, at St. Rafael’s Cathedral in Dubuque, Iowa. She preceded him in death on their 60 year anniversary on Oct. 14, 2010. Together they farmed in the Elkader, Iowa area for over 30 years before moving to Prairie du Chien in 1980. Earl enjoyed fishing on the Mississippi and was an avid gardener, especially tending his tomatoes. Recently Earl was proud to have participated in the Freedom Flight. 

Fri
30
Aug

Dennis Lippman

 

 Dennis Lippman, 67, passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 25 at Agrace Hospice Care Inc in Fitchburg. 

He was born in Boscobel Aug. 22, 1946 to Harold and Gertrude (Lenz) Lippman. He graduated from Wauzeka High School in 1964. He was a veteran having served with the U.S. Navy as a communication specialist. He worked for Oscar Mayer for 32 years until his retirement in 2000. He then began working for UW Hospital and retired from there in Oct. 2012.

Fri
30
Aug

Orlie Baker

 

Orlie T. Baker, 98 of Ferryville passed away on Tuesday Aug. 27, at his home in rural Ferryville. 

He was born on Sept. 14, 1914 in Seneca, The son of Clarence and Belle (Taylor) Baker. He married Anne Preston on April 6, 1939 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua Iowa. She preceded him in death on March 28, 2006. 

Fri
30
Aug

Ella Lynn Mezera

 

 

Ella Lynn Mezera, infant daughter of Jesse and Crystal (Oswald) Mezera of Boscobel passed away Wednesday, Aug. 28.

A private family interment will be in the Wauzeka Cemetery, with Rev. Victor Feltes officiating. The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family.  

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