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Closure of 3 city TIF districts will put money back on tax roll

By Correne Martin

Two of Prairie du Chien’s six tax increment financing (TIF) districts are expected to close at the end of 2015 and a third in the first half of 2016, putting about $3.5 million back on the local levy for city taxpayers.
“We still have to go through the official audit and notify the state that they’re being closed,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said. “But it’s essentially like we’re closing out a checking account.”

To realize the impact of this, it’s important for taxpayers to understand the complexity that is a TIF or a TID, aka, a tax increment financing district.

Here’s an explanation.

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Michael K. Thompson

 

Michael K. Thompson, 80, of Prairie du Chien passed awy Thursday, Aug. 27, at his home surrounded by his family. 

He was born April 20, 1935 in Ann Arbor, Mich. the son of John and Fern (Bourassa) Thompson. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Mary Balk on June 9, 1960 in Phoenix, Ariz. Mike worked as a barber and later became a plumber. He held other various jobs until his retirement in 1997. 

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Judy K. Paulus

 

Judy K. Paulus, 59, of Bloomington, passed away Saturday, Aug. 29, at UW Hospital & Clinics in Madison. 

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Roger B. Helgerson Sr

 

Roger B. Helgerson Sr., 79, of Prairie du Chien passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, at his home. 

He was born Dec. 5, 1935 in Westby, the son of Otto and Della (DeWitt) Helgerson. After his graduation from high school Roger entered the US Army and served during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War before retiring from service. He also farmed near Brodtville. 

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Evelyn C. Oliver

 

Evelyn C. Oliver, 93, of Prairie du Chien passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, at the Atrium Care Center in Lancaster. 

She was born Nov. 24, 1921 in Vernon County, the daughter of Edward and Virginia (Taylor) Sletten. She married Merlin Oliver on Feb. 27, 1943 in Waukon, Iowa. He preceded her in death on Sept. 15, 1987. Together they farmed tobacco in the Bad Axe River Valley. Evelyn was an active member of the Bad Axe Lutheran Church. 

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Patrica A. Smith

 

Patrica A. Smith, 72, of Prairie du Chien, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, at her residence in Prairie du Chien. 

Pat was born Feb. 23, 1943, in Lancaster, the daughter of Harley and Esther (Brandemuehl) Foster. On April 2, 1977, she married Dr. Clifford Smith. Together they spent many years raising Appaloosa horses in rural Prairie du Chien. Clifford preceded her in death on May 11, 2010. In later years, she enjoyed planting flowers, watching the birds and other wildlife that visited her home. Pat also enjoyed scrapbooking, card stamping, relaxing in the pool, and camping parties with her family at her home. 

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Get ‘Circus, Circus’ entries ready for McGregor-Marquette Labor Day parade

On Saturday, Sept. 5, the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its annual Labor Day parade. This year’s theme is once again “Circus, Circus” in celebration of the upcoming 150th birthday of John Ringling, co-founder of the Ringling Bros., and later co-owner of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. The parade steps off at 11 a.m., beginning near St. Mary’s in McGregor and continuing north on Main Street.

“Come line up on Main Street for the fun, stay for the Hole in the Sock Gang’s theatrical performance in front of Uncle Sam’s at 1 p.m., enjoy lunch at one of many eateries, enjoy a historical boat tour and get in some shopping while in town. There is plenty of fun and activities for everyone,” Chamber of Commerce Director Carolyn Gallagher said.

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RR versus W-S volleyball scrimmage


Grace Mergen of River Ridge hits the ball back to the Wauzeka-Steuben side.

The action was good at the scrimmage Tuesday with both teams starting to round into form as they prepare for the regular season.

River Ridge hosted Wauzeka-Steuben in a volleyball scrimmage Tuesday evening. There was action on two courts, a varsity court and a court for those players with less experience. The varsity court at times had a mixture of varsity and junior varsity players. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Wauzeka-Steuben smashes the ball to the River Ridge side at the scrimmage on Tuesday evening on the varsity court.

Hunter Kisting (3) of River Ridge battles at the net against two Wauzeka-Steuben players.
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River Ridge presents new staff

New staff in the River Ridge School District for 2015-2016 gathered recently for a group picture. From left: Clay Koenig, high school principal; Samantha Jung, grade 3; Bret Iverson, high school ag; Deb Martell, administrative secretary; Linda Moser, middle/high school math; Tina Dilley, middle/high school business and career education; Katrina Ellis, high school math; Trudy DeSimons, special education director; Dr. Jeff Athey, superintendent/elementary principal.

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Trailer and $19,000 of tools stolen in PdC

A United Expressline trailer was stolen from the area of the 400 block of South Main Street and the Highway 18 Bypass in Prairie du Chien sometime between 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 23 and 6:15 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 24. The trailer is black and gray with hail damage and no license plate. It is large enough to hold a full-size car. At the time of the crime, the trailer was full of construction tools, valued at around $19,000, that have the contractor’s initials, “RS,” engraved on them. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (866) 779-7297.

The trailer was reportedly seen on the bypass heading south out of Prairie du Chien around the times above. The Prairie du Chien Police Department is asking anyone who had a video camera recording traffic, or saw this trailer, to contact them via Crimestoppers.

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