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15
Nov

Jerry Ellis

 

Jerry J. Ellis, 73, of Patch Grove passed away Tuesday, Nov. 12, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Jerry was born on July 25, 1940, in Bloomington, the son of Donald and Tossie (Arnett) Ellis. He married Shirley Haberichter on Oct. 24, 1959 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Bagley.

Jerry was a “small town man” spending his entire life in Patch Grove. He graduated from Patch Grove High School in 1958. Jerry and Shirley raised their family in the home that he built there in 1960. He was a member of Patch Grove Fire Department for 48 years.

Wed
13
Nov

Fallfire Art Contest names winners


Fallfire grand prize winner The digital painting shown, entitled “Burning Bush,” by Lacey McCormick, of Waterville, Iowa, won the 2013 Fallfire grand prize. The 10th annual Fallfire Art Contest is a local contest open to all ages and all mediums. Award winners were named Nov. 8 at Simply in Prairie du Chien. Many of the pieces will be on display, and for sale, at the Fallfire: Retrospectus, a special open house and art gallery show this Friday, Nov. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Knowlton House in Prairie du Chien. The event is free and open to the public. It will also include wine sampling, specialty cheeses and other surprises. For those who cannot attend, the gallery will be open the next day, Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Winners of the 10th annual Fallfire Art Contest, which was open to local artists of any age and in all mediums, have been announced.

A grand prize was awarded, as were prizes in four different categories: photography, two-dimensional art, written works, and other media. This year’s Best of Show winner was “Burning Bush,” a colorful digital painting by Lacey McCormick, of Waterville, Iowa. Winning the Picture This Photography Award was “Glamping Glow,” a photo of a glamorous outdoor camping scene submitted by John D. Ivanko, of Browntown. The Two-Dimensional Art Prize was awarded to “Marina’s House,” a detailed black-and-white, stylized silhouette piece by Patrick Collins, of Prairie du Chien. A poem, titled “They Called Her Fire,” won the Written Works Award for Nicole Lessard, also of Prairie du Chien.

Wed
13
Nov

Celebrate the joy of giving by supporting Operation Santa

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By Correne Martin

It’s time to celebrate the joy of giving. You can help a family in need this holiday season with a small donation toward the Prairie du Chien Jaycees’ Operation Santa program. Non-perishable foods and new or gently used toys are currently being collected at locations across Crawford County and, just before Christmas, the bundles of joy will be distributed to county residents who can use it.

Members of the general public have until Thursday, Dec. 5 to drop of donations at the various places of business around Crawford County who are displaying Operation Santa boxes.

“We push for non-perishables or new toys,” said Tarah Marx, president of the Prairie du Chien Jaycees. “But people can donate anything they think a family can use. Some give clothes, hats, mittens, scarves, blankets, diapers, and monetary donations. We will accept gently used toys, but they must be in nice enough condition to give to the families in need.”

Wed
13
Nov

Marquette Road Project

 

Business owners 

raise concerns over 

Marquette Road Project

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
11
Nov

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Our country’s veterans should be recognized and respected

By Sec. John A. Scocos and Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar
 
Each year on Nov. 11, the country pauses to thank and pay tribute to the men and women who have served our country and to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom and democracy.

Mon
11
Nov

Alternate side parking in effect Nov. 15: Avoid a ticket this winter

By Correne Martin

Don’t let the snow lead to a ticket or a tow. Alternate side parking is in effect in the city of Prairie du Chien from Friday, Nov. 15 through the end of March. And with winter on its way, drivers need to be aware of snow emergencies within the city as well.

If you would like to avoid a ticket or a tow this winter, follow these simple guidelines:

1) Park on the even house numbered side of the street on even numbered days from 1 to 6 a.m.

2) Park on the odd house numbered side of the street on odd numbered days from 1 to 6 a.m.

Some streets in the city are regulated for alternate side parking from 2:30 to 6 a.m. (including the downtown). For specific rules and regulations, visit prairieduchien.info, click on Municipal Code, and then find Chapter 7.05.
According to Sergeant Kyle Teynor, the most common issue in Prairie du Chien involves people parking in a no parking zone.

Mon
11
Nov

Marquette Road construction fast approaching, public meetings set

By Correne Martin

The 2014 Marquette Road project in Prairie du Chien is approaching faster than many may realize. Bids for the project will go out in February of next year, a public meeting titled “Roundabouts 101” will be held in February/March, and the first construction phase will begin the third or fourth week in March.

The project includes nearly one mile of roadway, broken into four phases. Work will be conducted from the south to the north, from the intersections of Mooney Street to Washington Street.

If everything goes according to schedule, construction will be completed the week before Thanksgiving 2014.

“There is a small possibility, if we don’t get good weather, that the project wouldn’t be completed until 2015. We have to be honest about it,” Prairie du Chien City Administrator Aaron Kramer said. “But we’re hopeful that things go our way and it will be done in one summer.”

Mon
11
Nov

Bar owner’s fight to keep railroad crossing open is not over yet

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Despite the ongoing battle over whether the Haydn Street railroad crossing will close or remain open, Keith Coburn, owner of Frazier’s Old Faithful Inn, is not ready to throw in the towel just yet. While the OCR proposed a decision on Oct. 8 to close the crossing, they must first hand down a final decision. After that, options could include an appeal or a re-hearing. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

For those who have closely followed the saga of the Haydn Street railroad crossing in Prairie du Chien, Keith Coburn’s name ought to be rather familiar. The owner of the historic Frazier’s Old Faithful Inn has been involved in the case since it began well over a decade ago.

Now, despite the Office of the Commissioner of Railroads (OCR) handing down a proposed decision Oct. 8 to close the crossing (based on the hearing examiner’s recommendation), Coburn says the fight is not over.  

“The (railroad) commissioner has to make a final decision yet. He’ll have to consider any public comments made since the proposed decision and then explain his conclusion,” Coburn stated. “We’re hopeful the commissioner does the right thing.”

Since the proposed decision, Coburn and his attorney, Gifford M. Collins, of Johns, Flaherty & Collins, S.C., of La Crosse, have written to the OCR.

Mon
11
Nov

Turkey Trot

 

33rd Annual Turkey Trot Nov. 28

Prairie du Chien’s Jack Mulrooney will once again serve as the official starter to get the 33rd annual Turkey Trot off and running on Thursday, Nov. 28 at Hoffman Hall.  

Registration is from 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. and the run-walk starts at 8 a.m. Registration can also be done online at http://pdc.recdesk.com/recdeskportal.

The Turkey Trot will feature:

Mon
11
Nov

Wyalusing Academy for sale

 

Wyalusing Academy 

is looking for buyers

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wyalusing Academy in Prairie du Chien has closed as of Nov. 8 and is now up for sale by its owner Clinicare Corporation, whose corporate office is in West Allis, Wis.

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