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Sign up for No Call List prior to quarterly deadline this Saturday

The Labor Day weekend is almost here and the school year is about to start again but don’t forget to add one more item to that “back-to-school” list: sign up for Wisconsin’s No Call List.

The next quarterly deadline for registrations is Saturday, Aug. 31, and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is reminding Wisconsin residents to add their numbers to the list or to renew their registrations if it has been more than two years since the number was added.

The free no call service, offered through DATCP, covers residential land and cell phone lines. Consumers must re-register every two years to stay active.

To add your residential landline, cell phone or VoIP number(s) to the list, visit http://nocall.wisconsin.gov or dial 866-9NO-CALL (866-966-2255).

Mon
26
Aug

Children’s Ranch to host annual Bull Bash

By Caitlin Bittner

Break out your cowboys boots and get ready for good old-fashioned rodeo fun with the second annual Bull Bash. It will take place on Saturday, Aug. 31, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Children’s Ranch.

The event was first thought out by Curt Check, who came to the Children’s Ranch with the idea of partnering on the project. “It’s about half and half for the organization of the bash, but it’s his rodeo and we’re hosting,” said Gracie White, manager of the Children’s Ranch

The bash will feature both bull riding and barrel racing. “The first group of bull riders will be 16 to 18 year olds, and there will be six of them,” said White.

After the young bull riders, there will be 15 barrel riders and 20 to 25 professional bull riders competing for a chance to be the best.

Mon
26
Aug

Drink more fluids, stay indoors, check on your neighbors during extreme heat

Crawford County Public Health Director Gloria Wall and Crawford County Emergency Managemetn Director Roger Martin are advising the public to pay attention to the warm weather advisories this week as the high humidity will make the temperatures feel up to 10 degrees higher than the actual temperatures.

People suffer heat-related illness when their bodies are unable to properly cool themselves. Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs. Older adults, young children, and persons with chronic medical conditions are particularly susceptible to these illnesses and are at high risk for heat-related death. Those who work in the heat must take special precautions.

Temperatures that hover 10 degrees or more above the average high temperature for the region and last for several days are defined as extreme heat. That is what is occurring now. When temperatures are extremely high, take these steps to protect yourself and your loved ones:

Mon
26
Aug

Dogs rule the pool at Puppy Paddle


Tristan Pozega and his dog Vegas enjoy the Sixth Annual Prairie Pool Puppy Paddle at the Wacouta Aquatic Park in Prairie du Chien Saturday. (Photos by Randy Paske)
Mon
26
Aug

Aug. 29 early morning outage in Grant County communities

Alliant Energy is planning an electric outage for several Grant County communities this Thursday, Aug. 29, from 1 to 5 a.m. as it upgrades its Bloomington Substation. The impacted communities include Bagley, Bloomington, Glen Haven, Mount Hope, North Andover and Patch Grove as well as Wyalusing State Park.

The Bloomington Substation requires new equipment and the only way to install the parts is to temporarily shut down the substation, which supplies power to several Grant County communities. The outage was scheduled from 1 to 5 a.m. so as to minimize the inconvenience to customers.

The substation upgrade will increase the reliability of the electric distribution system serving several parts of Grant County.

Mon
26
Aug

Local radio station relocation underway

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By Caitlin Bittner

Since the 1950’s, St. Feriole Island has been home to Prairie du Chien’s own WQPC-FM/WPRE-AM radio stations, but soon, the station will find a new place to call home. While moving may be a tedious job, the change is welcomed by general manager Jeff Robinson and local station manager Dan Moris.

“The flood of 1965 was the first time the station was forced to broadcast somewhere else,” said Moris. “The 1965 flood prompted the addition of a second level to the building in order to help keep the equipment dry and in working order, but now we have computers [on the first level] so it’s kind of a moot point.”

With its current location, the radio station has been the victim of countless flooding. In 2001, the water was six to eight inches over the floor and employees were required to boat in to work. Moris admitted that he is sorry he missed his chance. “I’ve always wanted to be boated in,” he laughed.

Mon
26
Aug

CSP files lawsuit against frac sand mine

The Crawford Stewardship Project and neighbors have filed a lawsuit in Crawford County Circuit Court asking to void two permits granted by the town of Bridgeport for the proposed frac sand mine.

The lawsuit alleges that two members of the town of Bridgeport Planning Commission have a conflict of interest because the two members have family members working for Pattison Sand Company, who is proposing the mine.

The lawsuit also alleges that the town’s zoning ordinances were violated because the town did not consider any negative effects of the project, such as possible lower property values for neighbors of the mine.

Mon
26
Aug

A line in the sand: Riverway Board votes 6-2 to deny permits for Bridgeport sand mine

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This is just part of the crowd, which was estimated at about 180, on hand Thursday night to hear the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board’s decision regarding the permit applications for a sand mine within the Riverway Boundary in the town of Bridgeport. (Photo courtesy of Friends of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway)

By Ted Pennekamp

After the dust had settled, the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board had drawn a line in the sand by voting 6-2 to deny permits to four landowners and the Pattison Sand Company for frac mining within the Riverway Boundary at a mine site near the Wisconsin River in the town of Bridgeport.

There was a huge applause from the vast majority of the nearly 180 people present when the voting was concluded during the Riverway Board meeting in the Crawford County Administrative Building Thursday night.

Fri
23
Aug

Richard Mason

 

 Richard “Rick” Mason, 66, passed away Saturday, July 6, in Empangeni, South Africa from complications from surgery.

He was born Oct. 9, 1946, the son of Nickolas Mason and Sylva (Davis) Day. He graduated from West Grant High School in 1964. Following high school he served in the United States Air Force as an air-craft Mechanic. He worked mainly in Alaska and Hawaii, but loved sailing and was on his second time around of the world at the time of his passing.

Thu
22
Aug

Harley C. Scherrer

 

Harley C. Scherrer, 75, a loving husband and father, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster, after a long and difficult battle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS).

Harley was born on Jan. 21, 1938, in Rock Island, Ill. to Charles and Meta Scherrer. He married Rosalie A. McDowell on March 14, 1959. Harley graduated from Rock Island High School in 1956. He began his long career as a carpenter with an apprenticeship at Greenleaf Construction. He worked many years as a carpenter in and around the Quad City area. Harley worked for Russell Construction for 16 years as a superintendent, retiring in 2000.

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