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Thu
01
Aug

Construction at Washington St. Park underway, starts soon at Campion Landing

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Employees of Linden Construction of Linden, work on the new kayak and canoe rental building in Washington Street Park Tuesday morning. The new building is part of the $175,197 Washington Street Park improvement project.

By Ted Pennekamp

The river has gone down enough so that construction has begun on the Washington Street Park improvement project. The lower river level also means that the Campion Street Boat Landing project will also soon begin.
The primary contractor for both projects is Rule Construction of Dodgeville. The Washington Street Park project will cost $175,197 and the Campion Street Boat Landing project will cost $238,694 for a total of $413,891. City funds will pay for $195,141.55 while funds from other sources will be $218,749.45.

Thu
01
Aug

Calf born with five legs

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This past weekend, Eric Nolan and two of his friends were helping Eric’s father Patrick with the milking chores. When they went to the maternity pen in the freestall, they noticed two cows calving. After assisting the delivery by pulling it, they discovered a unique story to share. The newborn calf was born with a fifth leg, which stemmed from the front left leg and does not touch the ground. The calf isn’t at all perturbed by the extra limb and she is perfectly healthy otherwise. (Photo submitted)

Thu
01
Aug

Skate Park construction has begun, funds still needed

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Construction of the Prairie du Chien Skate Board Park has begun near Fort Fun. See page 4 for full story. (Photo by Justin Howe)

Construction of a permanent skate board park near Fort Fun in Prairie du Chien began on Saturday. Phase I of the project will be the construction of the concrete skate park. Phase II will be future expansion. An amount of $33,447, which was raised for the park, will go toward equipment. It is expected to cost $10,000 for 4,399 square feet of concrete at cost. Re-bar and mesh is expected to cost $3,000. Freight is expected to cost $1,707, and supervised installation $3,244.

Skate Park Committee members have been asking businesses, organizations and individuals for donations. Any extra money raised will go toward Phase II.

Thu
01
Aug

Construction in the works on Overview Court & W. Glenn St.

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The sanitary sewer and water main should be completed this week on West Glenn Street (pictured) and Overview Court in Prairie du Chien, according to Co-Manager of Public Works Terry Meyer. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Overview Court (pictured) and West Glenn Street in Prairie du Chien have been under construction since July 22. According to Co-Manager of Public Works Terry Meyer, the project includes sanitary sewer and water main replacements, storm water improvements, street reconstruction including curb and gutter, and replacement of existing and installation of new sidewalk. Gerke Excavating, Tomah, is the general contractor, and subcontractors include Augeli Concrete, Richland Center, and Iverson Construction, Platteville. The nearly $280,000 project is expected to take 60 days, although Meyer said construction is well ahead of schedule already. The city’s 2013 budget included funds from the water department, street department and capital improvements for this project. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Thu
01
Aug

Prairie du Chien band director elected to national association

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By Caitlin Bittner

For Prairie du Chien High School band director Matt Lenz, the summer is always busy with the plans for the new school year—what music will pump up the crowd at Homecoming, or garner the band high praise during the concert season? Luckily, he now has a new not-so-secret weapon.

In mid-June, Lenz was informed of his election to the American School Band Directors’ Association (ASBDA). “It’s an honor to be recognized by this community; it’s kind of the place to be,” said Lenz.
In order to be considered for election, Lenz was required to fill out an application about his teaching experiences and success of the music programs he has directed. Lenz also needed to receive the recommendation of three current board members. Chris Simonson, of the Riverdale band program, Matt Snow, of the  River Valley band program, and Monte Dunham, of various band programs in Westby, all were willing to give recommendations on his behalf, said Lenz.

Thu
01
Aug

Man injured at festival still in critical condition

The Dubuque man who sustained a head injury at the Rock on the River campground on July 13 remains in critical condition at Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department. Authorities said Tuesday that his condition was improving, but they could not elaborate on his specific injuries or about when he would be out of the hospital.

Joshua Milligan, 28, was injured late on the evening of July 13, at the Bridgeport festival grounds. According to the sheriff’s department, authorities were notified around 10:45 p.m. that an unconscious male was lying near the bathrooms in the campground area. Deputies and emergency medical staff working on the grounds responded and found Milligan lying face down, unconscious in the gravel with apparent head wounds. Milligan was taken to Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital and later transported by med flight to Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse.

Wed
31
Jul

A good day for disc golf

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Brady Fernette of Seneca “putts” during a round of disc golf on St. Feriole Island Tuesday morning. Fernette said that he hopes that some tournaments can be scheduled in the future. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

 

Wed
31
Jul

Enid Spaight

 

Enid E. Spaight, 89, of Burlington passed away on Monday, July 29, at the Zilber Family Hospice Center in Wauwatosa. 

She was born May 5, 1924 to Robert and Florence (nee Goetsch) Olson in Racine. She attended East Cape Graded School and graduated from Waterford High School. On September 20, 1947 she was united in marriage to the late Colin Spaight. Together with her husband, Enid once owned and operated the Dover Inn. She lived in many areas before calling Burlington her home. Enid proudly served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and participated in the Honor Flight in November 2011.

Tue
30
Jul

Frances Blum

 

Frances M. Blum, 73, passed away Monday, July 29, at her residence, surrounded by her family. 

She was born May 14, 1940 the daughter of Edward and Frances (Crubel) Weber. Frannie graduated from Bloomington High School in 1958. She was united into marriage to James J. Blum on May 27, 1959 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington. Together they farmed hand in hand on the Blum Family farm in Glen Haven Township. Frannie was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Glen Haven, its altar society and served on the parish council. She was very devoted to her family. Frannie loved to play cards, cheering on the Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packers, and the fun of having family and friends around her house.

Tue
30
Jul

Emma Gunther

 

Emma R. Gunther, 93, of Eastman, passed away on Monday, July 29, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. 

She was born February 29, 1920 the daughter of George and Albena (Stluka) Blazek.

She is survived by her daughter, Nancy (William) Hausheer of Safety Harbor, Fla.; and one grandson, Steven Hausheer. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Ted Blazek.

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