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Wed
08
Jan

Frigid temps cause water burst


PdC firemen work to squeegee water from inside the Dousman House.

Jerry Jones squeegeed standing water out the front door of the Dousman House in Prairie du Chien Tuesday afternoon, following a sprinkler system burst. Just before 4 p.m. Tuesday, the Prairie du Chien Fire Department was called to the vacant facility, where the freezing cold temperatures had caused the sprinkler system to rupture through the ceiling in the bar room. Spraying water covered the wood flooring, but about a dozen firemen worked diligently to move furniture out of the room before it could be damaged. According to Kyle Kozelka, an employee of owner Blair Dillman’s, dehumidifiers and fans were being brought in to further remove the moisture from the flooring. He said he was thankful there was only minor damage. This was the second occurrence of a sprinkler system burst in PdC on Tuesday. The first occurred at the condos on South Wacouta Avenue. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Wed
08
Jan

Wedding and Party Extravaganza Jan. 19


Dorothy Reed (right), of Kozelka’s Dress Wear in Prairie du Chien, consults with a potential customer at the Wedding and Party Extravaganza last year. (Photo by Gloria Derksen)

By Correne Martin

If you are planning a wedding or any type of party in the coming year, the Wedding and Party Extravaganza in McGregor, sponsored by Nelson True Value-Nelson Rental Center, is your guide to all the services, rental equipment, decorations and other personal touches you will need.

In its fifth year, the Wedding and Party Extravaganza, which moves its location around to reception halls in the Prairie du Chien area each year, will take place at McGregor’s Landing Event Center in McGregor, Iowa, on Sunday, Jan. 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free afternoon of fun and enthusiasm focused on everything related to party planning.

Wed
08
Jan

Showcase your talents for a good cause at 39th annual Heart and Cancer Telethon

By Caitlin Bittner
 
Over the years, many area residents have been able to enjoy quality local entertainment from the comfort of their own homes thanks to the annual Heart and Cancer Telethon.

“It features a variety of music, singing, dancing, poetry readings and lots of other performances,” said Tom Nelson, who hosts to the event.

If you’ve got a talent you’d like to share, the event organizers want to know! Whether it’s a performance featuring only yourself or a big group of people, the telethon is the place to strut your stuff. “This is a great opportunity for people to showcase their talents and help raise money and awareness about a good cause,” noted Nelson. “It’s really nice to see talent come forward and each year we’re looking for new acts to go along with our old favorites.”

Wed
08
Jan

Differing minds consider holiday decoration costs, City also votes to extend weekend taxi hours

By Correne Martin

‘Tis the season to purchase holiday decorations at discounted prices. Prairie du Chien Mayor Dave Hemmer showed interest in taking advantage of the lower priced decorations and presented the idea of updating the city’s, to the tune of $30,000, to the Common Council Tuesday night.

The proposal for new decorations would be included in the 2014-2016 Capital Budget, but could be amended prior to any purchases. Council action eventually approved further investigation into short-term and long-term plans regarding replacement of the decorations.

“In my travels around the area, I’ve seen some very nice Christmas lights and decorations, and I feel ours are kind of lacking,” he told the council. Though it was noted that the current decorations and lights are getting “old,” their exact age was not noted.

Wed
08
Jan

Seneca girls at Riverdale

 

Riverdale 

defeats Seneca girls

Riverdale defeated visiting Seneca 50-46 in nonconference girls basketball action Tuesday night. 

Seneca led 8-6 following one quarter. 

Riverdale came back to take a 21-18 lead at the half. 

Mon
06
Jan

Wesley Heiar

 

Wesley “Wes” Heiar, 91, of Prairie du Chien passed away Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. 

Mon
06
Jan

Recognition for 30 years of service

recognition

George Sutton (right) recently received recognition from the city and the Prairie du Chien Housing Authority for serving 30 years as a board of commissioner member. He is retiring from the board. Pictured with Dale Huston (center), president of the board, and Aaron Kramer, Prairie du Chien City Administrator, Sutton was presented a letter of appreciation for his commitment to the housing authority. The letter was given to him during an appreciation lunch Thursday at Blackhawk Apartments. (Submitted photo)

Mon
06
Jan

PdC Chamber’s holiday promotions bring big dollars to local cash registers

Retail members of the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce received a great boost in their holiday sales, as receipts for the fourth annual Santa Sleigh Give-A-Way promotion have been calculated. Promotional receipts collected from participating retail member businesses were up 12 percent from 2012, resulting in $172,300 spent locally!

“It is great to see local residents from Prairie du Chien and the surrounding communities participate in the Chamber’s holiday retail promotion, and it is great to see how the Chamber’s programs add to the economic impact of our Chamber members,” Chamber President and CEO Robert Moses said.

Mon
06
Jan

A double pucker for Lucky

carp kiss

John Rook and Erin Paske, who are visiting from the Netherlands, pucker up to kiss Lucky the Carp on New Year’s Eve during the 13th annual Droppin’ of the Carp in Lucky Park at the entrance to St. Feriole Island. (Photo by Randall Paske)

Mon
06
Jan

Life-threatening temperatures blast the region

By Correne Martin

The coldest air in nearly two decades is impacting the Midwest, causing all schools and dozens of businesses and government offices around the region to be closed Monday due to temperatures in the 20os below zero and wind chills in the 40o to 60o below range.

The Upper Mississippi River Valley region hasn’t seen temperatures this freezing since Feb. 2-3, 1996, according to the National Weather Service of La Crosse. The frigid air invaded the area on Sunday and is expected to last through Tuesday morning.

Residents have hunkered down following plenty of meteorologists’ warnings about the life-threatening temperatures and their potential ramifications. (Prairie du Chien High School cafeteria and courtyard are open today (Monday) for those seeking shelter from the frigid temperatures.)

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