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Wed
06
Nov

PdC High ‘Godspell’ cast prepares for production

The Prairie du Chien High School drama department will present the production of “Godspell” Nov. 7-9 and Nov. 15-16. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday matinees begin at 1 p.m.

Wed
06
Nov

‘Robinson Crusoe’ performance of Missoula Children’s Theatre at River Ridge

Join the hula dancing Chameleons and many other original characters at Friday’s Seaside Resort Saturday, Nov. 9, when the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) and more than 50 local students present “Robinson Crusoe.”

Wed
06
Nov

Operation Santa Claus accepting funds and food in River Ridge area

Members of the West Grant Lions Club, which serves the River Ridge area and the communities of Bagley, Bloomington, Glen Haven, Mt. Hope and Patch Grove, are asking for help during November and until Dec. 6 to raise funds as part of the club’s annual Operation Santa Claus.

Funds and foo items donated by residents and organizations of the River Ridge area will be used to help those less fortunate to have a good holiday season.

Lion Bob Wood, chairperson for Operation Santa Claus of the West Grant Lions Club, said, “Money and donations raised during this time will allow Lions to meet pressing needs in the River Ridge communities with food assistance. Contributions to this important work truly help Lions make a difference in our communities.”

Donations may be mailed to the West Grant Lions Club at P.O. Box 77, Patch Grove, WI 53817 or dropped off at River Ridge High School during normal school hours. Food items may also dropped off at the high school.

Wed
06
Nov

Further upgrades to pedestrian safety limited at Wells Street intersection

By Correne Martin

Pedestrian safety at the intersection of Wells Street and Marquette Road was a primary topic of discussion at the Prairie du Chien Common Council meeting once again Tuesday night.

At a regular meeting in August, the council directed City Administrator Aaron Kramer to obtain figures on a High-intensity Activated cross WalK, or HAWK, signaling system, for that intersection. A HAWK system is a combination of a beacon flasher and traffic control signaling system.

Reporting back to the council Tuesday night, Kramer said city officials talked to the Department of Transportation and found out that a HAWK system would cost the city between $120,000 and $160,000. Also, according to the DOT, the intersection’s low pedestrian count would probably not meet pedestrian crossing requirements to get federal and state approval for installing a HAWK system. These factors, as well as the fact that the system would have to be removed prior to road construction in 2017, make this option unfeasible, Kramer stated.

Wed
06
Nov

Minor setback in field improvement

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A construction crew from C.J. Moyna and Sons, of Elkader, has been working this week to fill in a field on Gale Beneker’s property across from Walmart in Bridgeport township. They have been using earth from an adjacent hill to fill the field. This excavator was in the process of removing the top soil so fill could be brought in, when it became stuck and sunk into the soil. According to Beneker, the project’s goal is to eliminate the recurring issue of standing water in the field, which is currently being used for agricultural purposes. Archeological digs were performed in the area this summer, with no significant findings. Also, no business development is planned at this time; however, Beneker wouldn’t rule out future possibilities for his property. “Who knows what could happen,” he stated. (Photo by Gary Howe)

Wed
06
Nov

Veterans encouraged to tell stories of war realities

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Distinguished Service Cross recipient, Medical Specialist Ronald Soppe, of Arlington, Iowa, spoke on camera about his military experiences for a Veterans History Project interview recently. (Travis Bockenstedt photo)

By Correne Martin

This Veterans Day, as military men and women of today’s generations recollect their experiences serving our country, they are encouraged to take advantage of a special opportunity to tell their stories for the generations of tomorrow.
For the first time, tri-state area veterans can video record their personal military memories into the archives of history through the Veterans History Project.

Tue
05
Nov

‘Unforgettable’ documentary about Prairie du Chien native showing in area

“Unforgettable,” the award-winning documentary on the memorable real-life adventures of the man dubbed “the Human Google,” will be shown as part of the 2013 Driftless Film Festival at the Grantland Theatre in Lancaster on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m.

The film is a fascinating and funny portrait of La Crosse radio newsman and Prairie du Chien native Brad Williams, only the second person ever studied for “superior autobiographical memory,” an extremely detailed recall of the events of nearly every day of his life.

Tue
05
Nov

City launches website for 2014 Marquette Road project

In 2014, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) will reconstruct nearly one mile of Marquette Road, from Mooney Street to Washington Street in Prairie du Chien. The project is scheduled to begin in April and conclude in November. During the time the project is underway, there will be several detour routes for motorists to follow.

Once completed, Marquette Road will feature three roundabouts, at Blackhawk Avenue, Iowa Street and Wisconsin Street. This will be the first roundabouts in Prairie du Chien, and both the DOT and City of Prairie du Chien are encouraging motorists to become familiar with the rules and guidelines for navigating roundabouts. The City will host a public information meeting in February or March of 2014 to provide a forum for motorists to learn more about driving through the roundabouts.

Tue
05
Nov

Car chase leads to charges

On Oct. 27, at approximately 5:30 a.m,, a Crawford County Sheriff’s deputy who was finishing a previous call  observed a two-door white Saturn drive through the village of Seneca at an approximate speed of 60 to 75 mph in a 25 mph zone.

The deputy caught up to the vehicle on County E and began to pursue the vehicle operating westbound towards Highway 35. The vehicle failed to yield for the officer’s emergency lights and siren and a pursuit ensued.

Tue
05
Nov

Bloomington community comes together to support shelter


The Village Square Park in Bloomington recently received a shelter, fully equipped with restrooms and electricity. Community members came together on Oct. 26 to put the roof on the facility. This provides another location in the community where events can be held. (Submitted photo)

West Grant Lions Club members, Top Notch Construction workers and community volunteers came together on Oct. 26 to put the roof on the shelter at the Village Square Park.

By Correne Martin

Small towns can come together to do some pretty amazing things. A shining example of that has taken place in Bloomington, where the West Grant Lions Club, with some help from the village board and many community members, recently completed a shelter project at the Village Square Park on the corner of Congress and 3rd Streets. The building includes restrooms, electricity and an adjoining pavilion under which community events can be held.

On Oct. 26, a small group of about 15 individuals from the club, Top Notch Construction, and other volunteers gathered to place a roof on the brand new shelter. Though some finishing work needs to be done next spring, the recent work culminated over a year and a half of engineering and fundraising for the project. Just under $24,000 has been raised toward the concept, and more money will be accepted as the park continues to blossom.

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