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Public info meetings Sept. 19 about Resort Area Sales Tax proposal

By Correne Martin

The city of Prairie du Chien is proposing implementing a Premier Resort Area Sales Tax of 0.5 percent on tourism-related businesses. The public will have the opportunity to ask questions and express concerns about the proposed additional tax at two meetings on Thursday, Sept. 19. Co-hosted by the city and the Chamber of Commerce, the meetings will be held at noon and 6:30 p.m. at City Hall and are scheduled to last about 90 minutes.

“A bill has been drafted for the state legislature to consider, since we need approval through state law before any local action can be taken,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said. “It is our hope that this meeting will allow for residents and merchants to ask questions, clear up any confusion, and help us decide on what future steps we should be taking in regard to the proposed tax.”

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Lawler Park gets three new pieces of playground equipment

Lawler Playground
Children will soon be able to enjoy three new pieces of playground equipment at Lawler Park.

By Ted Pennekamp

The city of Prairie du Chien has recently installed three new pieces of playground equipment in Lawler Park and the equipment will be ready for use as soon as wood chips are laid down for safety.

“This is another upgrade for Lawler Park,” said Parks and Recreation Directory Mike Ulrich, who noted that all of the city’s parks have been upgraded within the last few years. Ulrich said that the new equipment consists of a hex climber/traverse, an arch tire swing and a single post swing. Ulrich also noted that a 40-year-old swing that was in declining shape has been removed.

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16
Sep

Harvest Dinner celebrates local foods and farmers this weekend

By Correne Martin

An opportunity to celebrate and bring awareness to local foods and farmers is coming up Saturday, Sept. 21 as Driftless Wisconsin Grown (DWG) hosts its Harvest Dinner. The event is scheduled to be held at Gatherings on the Ridge, a new event facility, owned by Jeanne Aspenson, located in a barn about a mile and a half north of Eastman at 25941 Hwy. 27.

The Harvest Dinner is the perfect occasion for area residents to get to know their local farmers, sample some of the farmers’ specialties and sit down to a dinner of all-local cuisine. It will also be a fun night of music, drinks and social interaction.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. A cash bar will feature local wine, beer and cider. Guests will have time to meet and talk with local farmers, many of whom have provided stands and familiar foods at Crawford County farmers markets in recent years.

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16
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Ruby Marshall

 

Ruby E. (Revenig) Marshall, 87, of Bloomington, passed away at home on Sunday, Sept. 15, surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. 

Ruby was born on June 8, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Elmer and Marcella (Mueller) Revenig. On September 4, 1948, she was united in marriage to Donald Marshall. Ruby was a devoted housewife and mother. She was employed at Cudahay Cheese Factory in Bloomington, cutting and wrapping cheese from 1966 until 1973. Ruby loved mowing her lawn, gardening of all kinds, occasional gambling, yearly trips, and playing Yahtzee. Ruby was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington.

Wed
11
Sep

PdC, Seneca play in Aquinas volleyball tournament

Prairie volleyball
Prairie du Chien’s Courtney Pattison settles under a passed ball to set up her outside hitter during Saturday’s tournament at Aquinas. (Photo by Nate Beier)

This past Saturday, the Prairie du Chien volleyball team placed third overall in the La Crosse Aquinas Tournament with a 3-2 record. 

Prairie du Chien lost to Holmen by scores of 25-19, 17-25 and 10-15.

The Lady Blackhawks then defeated Greenwood 25-20 and 25-19. 

The team also defeated Seneca 25-19 and 25-20. 

Wed
11
Sep

Seneca JV holds off W-S gridders

W-S vs. Seneca football
Seneca vs. W-S football
Another good gain
The Seneca runner has blockers ahead as he looks to get to the outside against Wauzeka-Steuben Friday, Sept. 6.

 

Seneca JV holds off W-S gridders

The Seneca junior varsity football team edged visiting Wauzeka-Steuben 26-22 Friday night. 

The first quarter ended in an 8-8 tie. Tyler Zach scored on a 65-yard run for Seneca’s score. 

Wauzeka-Steuben scored a touchdown and a 2-point conversion in the second period. Seneca’s second-quarter score came on a 96-yard run by Brady Fernette as the halftime score was 16-14 in favor of Wauzeka-Steuben. 

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11
Sep

Root, Pierce to exchange vows Sept. 28

Root-Pierce Engagement

Emily Rose Root and Anthony Carl Pierce will celebrate their wedding day on Saturday, Sept. 28. Emily is the daughter of Curtis and Shelly Root, Prairie du Chien. Carl is the son of Randall and Vicki Goeke, Waterville, Iowa. Both Emily and Ben are employed at 3M. Their wedding celebration will take place at St. John’s Nepomuc Church of the Holy Family Parish, Prairie du Chien.

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11
Sep

Dakota Unity Ride will be rescheduled

The Dakota Unity Ride scheduled to pass through area communities this month has been postponed until a later date, which is yet to be determined, according to Stephanie Smith, one of the ride’s coordinators.

The Midwestern leg of the Unity Ride was slated to begin Sept. 2 in Davenport, Iowa, travel through various Mississippi River communities, and conclude Sept. 19 at Fort Snelling State Park in Mendota Heights, Minn.—the site of the Dakota concentration camp of 1862-63.

Many of the participants in the Davenport ride were coming straight from a month-long Unity Ride from Albany, N.Y., to Newtown, Conn. Due to excessive heat and sheer exhaustion of the horses and riders, organizers have decided to postpone the remainder of the ceremony, which was planned in honor and memory of the Dakota men and families who were imprisoned following the Dakota-U.S. War of 1862.

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11
Sep

Crawford County emergency communication towers to be upgraded

FEMA Grant
Pictured (from left) are Crawford County 911 Director Julie Cipra, Eastman Fire Chief and President of the Crawford County Fire Officers Association Adam Trautsch, Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick, Crawford County Emergency Management Director Roger Martin, Congressman Ron Kind, Prairie du Chien Fire Chief Harry Remz, Senator Jennifer Shilling, Grant County Deputy Nate Gallagher, Prairie du Chien Mayor Dave Hemmer and Grant County Emergency Management Director Steve Braun.

By Correne Martin

The Crawford County Fire Officers Association has received an Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to improve communication between dispatch and emergency personnel during emergencies. The grant for $237,025 will be used to upgrade communication towers for fire, EMS and law enforcement in the county.

According to Crawford County Emergency Management Director Roger Martin, the county will pay an additional $12,475, or 5 percent, toward the project.

“Our towers have not been reaching to all areas of the county,” Martin said. “We have issues with static and interference, and the range isn’t very good at all.”

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11
Sep

New Soldiers Grove Public Library offers modern, comfortable space

Cele Wolf
Director Cele Wolf is shown seated in one of the cozy new chairs in the reading room of the recently renovated and expanded Soldiers Grove Public Library. See more pictures of the library at pdccourier.com. (Photo by Correne Martin)
Library
Children's section

By Correne Martin

The “Little Library That Could” in Soldiers Grove raised more than $680,000 to renovate and expand its space into more of a community center where all ages can learn, study, and delve into important information from the past and present.

Now, the impressive “new” bi-level library welcomes visitors with its warm color palette, expansive shelves of intriguing materials and computer space for adults and children, modern technology, plentiful and comfortable seating, locally-created artwork and furniture and much more.

The facility was formerly both the library and the adjoining pharmacy (which has moved to a different location).

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