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Kaye Stiff

Kaye Stiff
Kaye Stiff

 

Kaye Louise Stiff, MD, 59, passed away peacefully on Nov. 22, in Westminster, Colo. after a short illness. 

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Richard Blodgett

 

 Richard Blodgett, 85, of Prairie du Chien, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at his home. 

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Dec

City to host Marquette Road project meeting for local businesses Dec. 10

A public informational meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 10, at noon, in the Community Room of City Hall, as part of an ongoing effort for the city of Prairie du Chien to work with local businesses that will be impacted by the Marquette Road project, which is scheduled to begin in March 2014. The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce will be co-sponsoring the meeting. Representatives from the city, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Chamber of Commerce will be present to discuss the project and answer questions from the local business community.

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05
Dec

Prairie du Chien plans info meeting on Safe Routes to Schools program

The city of Prairie du Chien will host a public information meeting on Thursday, Dec. 12 to review and discuss the proposed route and scope of work for the Safe Routes to School program (SRTS). The meeting will be held in the Community Room of City Hall from 6 to 7 p.m. Representatives from the city, Community Development Alternatives and Delta 3 Engineering will be present to discuss the proposed route and answer questions from concerned residents.

This work is scheduled to be done in 2014. The route is as follows:

Thu
05
Dec

Granny Basketball earns Silver Star for Prairie du Chien Parks and Rec

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Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Director Mike Ulrich (far left) is pictured among the other Silver Star Award winners at the Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association’s 48th Annual Conference and Trade Show in Green Bay Nov. 7.

The Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department received a Silver Star Award for its Granny Basketball program at the Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association’s 48th Annual Conference and Trade Show at the Kl Convention Center in Green Bay Nov. 7. The Silver Star Award is an award for excellence in programming given by the Recreation Section Board of the Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association. To receive the award, an agency must submit an entry form where their program is judged on specific categories that comprise programming. Programs are then judged by the Recreation Section Board and awards are given out to those that score high.

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05
Dec

Prairie du Chien serviceman helps purify water in Philippines

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Marine Kyle Hedeman (second from left), a Prairie du Chien native, is pictured with a couple of his fellow Marines as well as a member of the Philippine military (far left).

Kyle A. Hedeman, a 2011 graduate from Prairie High School, joined the Marine Corps in Sept. of 2012. He left for Boot Camp in Jan. of 2013 and graduated on April 5 at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, Calif. After finishing MCT back in San Diego, he was then sent to Camp Lejeune, in Jacksonville, N.C., where he graduated from his MOS training as a hygiene equipment operator.

Upon returning home in October of 2013 for a short five-day leave, he was sent to Okinawa, Japan, where he will be stationed for two years. While in Okinawa, he is assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Support Battalion (ESB) Unit, where he will be a part of many deployments as needed.

Recently, he served on a humanitarian deployment to the Philippines to serve the people suffering from the devastating typhoon. There, he employed his skills to purify water and help the people of the Philippines drink and use clean and safe water once again.

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05
Dec

Collection underway for brothers who lost home in fire

The three Southwick brothers who lost their rural McGregor home to a fire Nov. 29 have been provided temporary shelter by the American Red Cross. In this time of need for the Southwicks, Mayor Gay Hallberg is organizing a drive to collect necessities for them, including everything from clothing, furniture and beds to kitchen supplies, household items, bathroom essentials and toiletries.

If you would like to donate, please contact Hallberg at (563) 873-2761 or lngrh@alpinecom.net. You can also contribute to the Southwick Fire Benefit fund at Central State Bank in McGregor.

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05
Dec

Prairie du Chien council approves 2014 budget

The Prairie du Chien Common Council approved the city’s 2014 budget Tuesday night, which includes a decrease in the city’s tax bill.

The regular council meeting started off with a public hearing during which City Administrator Aaron Kramer reviewed the budget. He said the projected 2014 tax bills for Prairie du Chien taxpayers would be down $2.19 on a home assessed at $100,000. The city’s portion of that tax bill, which includes a 1.5 percent increase in the tax levy, is down $11.89 per $100,000 due to the property growth in the city. According to Kramer, all of the other taxing jurisdictions were up from their 2013 numbers.

Kramer said another large factor in the overall decrease was a $28.13 increase in the state lottery credit. Alderman Frank Pintz asked what future budgets look like, and Kramer said the council should not expect a similar large increase in property values in the future. He added that, in general, the city’s finances are in good shape.

Kramer said the Ft. Crawford Museum requested an additional $500 for a total of $4,000 from the city in the 2014 budget. He supported the request, and said the funds could come from the Contingency Fund, which is currently $107,886.

Following the public hearing, the council unanimously approved the 2014 budget with an additional $500 for the Ft. Crawford Museum.  

Godden Pit analysis
Kurt Muchow, of Vierbicher Associates, presented to the council the analysis of the Godden Pit watershed. The purpose of the analysis was to document the existing condition of the pit, analyze future storm water needs and make recommendations for improvements to Godden Pit.

Muchow noted that the pit has an infiltration problem due to a buildup of clay and sediment at the base, which is increasing the time it takes for the water to drain. He said the June 2013 storms brought the pit within nine feet of overflooding, but that there was still considerable capacity at the time to take on additional water.

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04
Dec

Crestwood over Prairie du Chien

Crestwood tops Prairie du Chien
Prairie’s Katie Check drives the left baseline against Crestwood Tuesday night.

 

Crestwood over 

Prairie du Chien

Crestwood defeated host Prairie du Chien 43-33 in nonconference girls basketball action Tuesday night. 

The game was tied at 10-10 after the first period. 

By halftime, Crestwood had taken a 20-17 lead. 

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Dec

Coaching milestone

Coaching milestone
River Ridge Athletic Director Wade Winkers presents Coach Caron Townsend with a plaque to commemorate her 400th coaching victory.

 

River Ridge coach gains 400th career victory

On Nov. 26, Caron Townsend reached a career milestone. With a 43-40 victory over Fennimore, Coach Townsend became the 24th girls basketball coach to reach the 400-win total, according to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association website.  

Before Monday night’s victory over North Crawford, Townsend was presented a plaque recognizing the milestone. The plaque was presented by River Ridge Athletic Director Wade Winkers, and was provided by the River Ridge Athletic Boosters.

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