Courier Press

Wed
20
Nov

Prairie du Chien Common Council approves proposed 2014 budget, Public hearing set for Tuesday, Dec. 3

The Prairie du Chien Common Council approved its proposed 2014 budget at the council meeting Tuesday night, leaving the tax levy increase at 1.5 percent. The council also set a date for a public hearing to be Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers. Earlier in the evening, the finance committee recommended the final changes to the budget:

1) An additional contribution to the Chamber of Commerce of $2,500 to provide additional funds for the 2014 fireworks presentation. This would bring the city’s contribution level to the amount requested by the Chamber ($4,000).
2) An additional contribution to the Prairie du Chien Economic Development Corporation of $3,750. This would bring the total contribution to $7,500 to fund a re-use study for the current Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital site.
3) An additional contribution to the Ft. Crawford Museum of $500. This would bring the city’s total contribution to $3,500.
4) Four protective plate carriers  for the police department costing $784 total.
5) Four level four rifle graded plates for the police department costing $1,392 total.
6) A purchase of one set of turnout gear for the fire department costing $2,000.

Wed
20
Nov

Leamys donate shelter for Mississippi River Sculpture Park

SHELTER
The Patrick and Janet Leamy Shelter, named for the local couple who contributed the funds for the project, was constructed at the Mississippi River Sculpture Park on St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien recently. Since this photograph, the concrete floor has been poured. In the spring, stone will be added to the four posts, which will visually tie the shelter in with the look of the headstone and fireplace already standing in the sculpture park. Electricity and water will be hooked up in the spring as well.

By Correne Martin

The Mississippi River Sculpture Park has a grand design plan. And though it may be years before all 26 bronze statues of historical figures fill the St. Feriole Island tourist attraction, a new shelter has brought greater visibility to the storied setting.

Construction on the Patrick and Janet Leamy Shelter started in early October and was recently finished for the season. By next spring, the 20x35 shelter will be fully equipped with electricity, ready and waiting for crockpots, coffeepots and other appliances needed by people gathering with family and friends. Users will also appreciate the addition of water for drinking and cleaning up.

Also in the spring, stone will be added halfway up the four posts, in order to tie the shelter in with the look of the headstone and fireplace already standing in the sculpture park. The shelter was built flood resistant and for year-round accessibility. The Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department will take care of shelter reservations.

The best part about this new facility for public use is that it has cost the city of Prairie du Chien very little, because the Leamys donated the funds for the structure and its installation. They have been significant donors to the park since its inception.

Wed
20
Nov

Time running out to complete GED before changes in 2014, SWTC’s PdC Outreach Site offers test preparation

By Correne Martin

The current 2002 Series General Educational Development (GED)/High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) Tests will be replaced with a new series of tests that is entirely computer based in 2014. Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, is the deadline to complete the current GED Test series. If all five tests from the 2002 Series GED Test are not completed, the entire series will be voided at the end of 2013. The change also affects the Spanish version of the GED Test.

“A GED opens doors to college, better jobs, the respect adults deserve, and the satisfaction of earning a high school credential,” State Superintendent Tony Evers said. “We want to be sure that anyone who started the current GED Tests finishes before Dec. 13. GED test-takers who don’t complete and pass the five-test series before the deadline will have to start over with new assessments in 2014.”

Southwest Tech offers GED/HSED testing services in Fennimore and Richland Center. The college also offers free GED/HSED preparation at Outreach Sites in Prairie du Chien and Boscobel (as well as Fennimore, Richland Center, Darlington, Dodgeville and Platteville).

Only four testing dates remain through Southwest Tech. They include Wednesday, Nov. 27 at the Fennimore campus; Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the Richland Center Outreach Site; Thursday, Dec. 5 in Fennimore; and Wednesday, Dec. 11 in Fennimore.

To sign up, interested individuals have until Monday, Nov. 25 for the Nov. 27 test date or Wednesday Nov. 24, for those dates following. Call 326-1132 or visit the Southwest Tech Outreach Site, in Room 125 of the Crawford County Administration Building in Prairie du Chien (lower level) on Mondays and Tuesdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Otherwise, call Southwest Tech toll-free at (800) 362-3322.

Tue
19
Nov

Florence Kozelka

 

Florence Nettie Kozelka, 98, of Prairie du Chien passed away Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

She was born on the family farm in Patch Grove, on July 4, 1915 to Frank and Alta (Pendleton) Ellis. She married Adolph (Oddie) Kozelka on May 31, 1939 in Waukon, Iowa. He preceded her in death on Oct. 23, 1985. Florence did clerical work most of her married life. She was an active member of the Eagles Club Auxiliary and also played in the Ding-a-Ling Musical Band for 38 years. 

Tue
19
Nov

Joan Dean

 

Joan M. Dean, 75, of Cassville, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Monday, Nov. 18, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster.

Mon
18
Nov

Carrier in NFL

Small school star makes it to NFL
Derek Carrier, shown here making a play as a wide receiver for the Beloit College Buccaneers, played in his NFL regular season debut against the New Orleans Saints Sunday.

 

Small college 

standout makes jump to NFL

By Ted Pennekamp

 

All of his hard work has paid off and Derek Carrier is now on an NFL active roster. The San Francisco 49ers promoted tight end Carrier from the practice squad to the 53-man roster Saturday afternoon in anticipation of the 49ers versus New Orleans Saints football game. Carrier wears number 46. 

Mon
18
Nov

'River Rats'

television show
Brent Jenks, Mike Valley and Brooks Niedziejko stand outside of Valley Fish and Cheese of Prairie du Chien.

 

Television show featuring 

local commercial fishermen to become a reality

By Ted Pennekamp

 

It’s now official, the much-talked-about television show featuring area commercial fisherman Mike Valley and his employee Brooks Niedziejko will be a reality. 

Mon
18
Nov

New Crawford County plat book is available

Who owns Crawford County? Thousands of people have a piece of it, and they are listed in the new plat book published by the Crawford County Fair and the Crawford County UW-Extension, with assistance from Mapping Solutions. The 2013 book is available for purchase at the UW-Extension Office, 225 North Beaumont Rd., Suite 240, Prairie du Chien (326-0224) and the Fairgrounds Office, 120 Sunset Ridge, Suite 114, Gay Mills (608-735-4379). Premium wall maps are also available to order. Pricing information is available online at crawfordcountywisconsinfair.com.

Mon
18
Nov

Tractor driver dies of apparent heart attack

On Nov. 12, at approximately 5 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a possible tractor rollover with a possible injured subject on Badger Road in Marietta Township.  

Sheriff’s deputies, fire department personnel and EMS personnel responded. Upon arrival, it was learned that the tractor had not rolled over but had rolled into the woods and struck a tree. The tractor was still on its wheels and still running.  

The operator of the tractor, Dean Harris, 70, Blue River, was picking corn when he had an apparent heart attack and the tractor slowly rolled into the woods, struck a tree and stopped. Harris was still seated on the tractor when emergency personnel arrived but he was deceased. Harris was pronounced dead at the scene by Crawford County Coroner Joe Morovits.  

Assisting at the scene were the Boscobel Fire Department, the Boscobel Rescue Squad, the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Steuben First Responders.

Mon
18
Nov

Two from De Soto arrested in meth bust

On Nov. 13, at approximately 9:42 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was attempting to locate two wanted subjects at 11736 Highway 35, Lot 12 in Freeman Township.  

While attempting to make contact with the subjects, the deputies observed items related to the manufacturing of methamphetamine. While deputies were securing the scene, one subject identified as John C. Haggerty, 48, De Soto, ran out the rear exit of the residence. Deputies placed Haggerty into custody. Deputies also placed Jody R. Boardman, 56, De Soto, into custody. The residence was secured by deputies and a search of the residence was conducted the morning of Nov. 14.

Several items associated with the manufacturing, use of and delivery of methamphetamine were found during the search.  

Haggerty and Boardman are being held at the Crawford County Jail. Charges are being referred to the Crawford County Cistrict Attorney’s Office.

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