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Oct

Jackson Street ditch area improved to alleviate future flooding problems


The Jackson Street Ditch is pictured before and after a recent month-long cleanup project executed by the Prairie du Chien Public Works Department, with assistance from the Crawford County Highway Department and donations from Pattison Sand and Prairie Sand and Gravel.

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien endured significant flood damage in late June and some of the worst water erosion, street flooding and muddy aftermath occurred on the east side of the city, thanks to debris blockage and runoff from property along Highway 27. After a month-long cleanup in the area of the Jackson Street ditch, public works employees completed the undertaking Oct. 10.

Improvements included widening and deepening the ditch, making the berms higher, removing 20-30 trees of various sizes that had the tendency to fall in the ditch, placing riprap and hydroseeding.

“In some areas, the ditch is 12 to 15 feet wider and two to three feet deeper,” Co-Public Works Manager Terry Meyer said. “The changes we made will help to contain a 100-year flood.”

Tue
22
Oct

Prairie du Chien men train together to pilot fighter jets


Second Lieutenants Eric Kordus and Daniel Brom received their Air Force Pilot Wings on Oct. 4. They are pictured next to a T-38 Talon, the fighter/bomber trainer each flew for the past six months of Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training. (Submitted photo)

Imagine graduating from college and commissioning through Air Force ROTC as a brand-new officer, assigned to pilot training at an air force base 1,300 miles from home. Then imagine discovering that in the same squadron, in the same class and in the same flight is someone from your small hometown nestled among the bluffs of the Mississippi River in southwestern Wisconsin.

Then imagine each of you is tracked to fighter/bomber training and ultimately assigned to the fighter jet of your dreams.

The Air Force probably doesn’t keep records on such things, but for Second Lieutenants Daniel Brom and Eric Kordus, the odds seem unlikely if not impossible. Except it happened to them.

Tue
22
Oct

Crawford County Clean Sweep this Friday

The Crawford County Clean Sweep will be accepting chemicals, electronics, light bulbs, prescription drugs and more on Friday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Crawford County Highway Shop, one mile south of Seneca.
Any Crawford County resident, who can provide proof of residency, may participate in the Clean Sweep.

Tue
22
Oct

PDRI takes six-month hiatus

By Correne Martin

The future of Prairie du Chien Downtown Revitalization Inc. (PDRI) is a bit brighter this week following an Oct. 17 meeting of PDRI, city of Prairie du Chien and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation executives.
PDRI will be taking a six-month hiatus in order to restructure and implement fundraising strategies, according to President Kathleen Hein. The concentration will be to ultimately maintain a full-time position focused on promoting the downtown and preserving its historic design and economy.

Tue
22
Oct

Not for the faint of heart: Halls of Terror are worth every scare


Brothers Nick (left) and Nate Gilberts will lead Scream Xtreme through one more weekend and Halloween as Halls of Terror welcomes the public to the Cedar Building on St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien. If you dare seek a fright, you won’t be disappointed. (Photo by Correne Martin)

This skeleton may not seem so scary with the lights on, but take the Halls of Terror challenge and see for yourself if he spooks you in the dark. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Shaking skeletons, a pop-up werewolf, a bloody butcher, a freaky clown, a rattling electric chair, fake explosions, a scary Santa, and a creepy cemetery are among the many reasons to take the dare and enter Scream Xtreme’s Halls of Terror on St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien. The final three days of the haunted house are this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26, and also on Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31. Hours are from 7 to 10 p.m. each night. This year’s Lights on Kid Friendly Haunt is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26, from 2 to 6 p.m.

Last year, over 1,000 people were frightened at the Halls of Terror, which was held at the Cedar Building on St. Feriole Island for the first time in 2012. This is the second year it will take place at the building, and Scream Xtreme just signed a three-year agreement with the city to keep it there.

Tue
22
Oct

Prairie du Chien salon participates in Cut-A-Thon, TODAY, Oct. 22

 On Tuesday, October 22, more than 380 salons across the U.S. will participate in a haircut marathon organized by hair care manufacturer Sexy Hair in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. During the Cut-A-Thon, salons will offer haircuts with a percentage of all proceeds benefiting the nonprofit organization Look Good Feel Better, a selfhelp beauty charity dedicated to improving the self-image of those undergoing cancer treatment.

HS Salon, located inside Hair Play (near Southwest Vet) in Prairie du Chien is participating in today's Cut-A-Thon. Caring customers looking to participate in the Cut-A-Thon should call the sdalon at (608) 412-2157 or visit the salon today.

Mon
21
Oct

Mary Thomas

 

Mary Lana Malcom Wendel Thomas, 73, of Prairie du Chien, (formerly of Decatur, Ill.) passed away on Oct. 17. 

Lana was the oldest daughter of Wayne R. Malcom and Margie M. (Penn) Malcom. She was a graduate of the “Class of ‘57,” Lakeview High School. Throughout the years she worked at Soy Capitol Bank, Muellers, Clyde Dial Construction Company and retired from Caterpillar. She enjoyed fishing, NASCAR races, favorites Kenny Schrader, Bill Elliott, Dale Earnhart and watching her grandchildren grow up. Lana was married to E. Neil Wendel and had two daughters, Trisha Wendel-Hooth and Tracy Wendel-Coffman.

Mon
21
Oct

Debra Gucciardo

 

Debra Jean Gucciardo, 59 of Wauzeka ended a long battle with Lupus and related complications on Thursday, Oct. 17, at Gundersen Medical Center.

She was born Feb. 22, 1954 to Ernest and Shirley Swanson in Oak Park Ill., and was a graduate of Belvidere High School. Debra was the beloved wife of Vincent Gucciardo for thirty-seven years. She was fun-loving and proud mother to her three children, Christopher Norem (Nancy McKeown), Sarah (Michael) Chomiak and Emily (David) Bouzek. She was the cherished grandmother of Genevieve, Cecilia and Lillian Bouzek; Megan, Kaitlyn and Colin Norem; and Elizabeth and Amelia Chomiak.

Mon
21
Oct

Keith Nichols

 

Keith Floyd Nichols, 93, died on Tuesday morning Oct. 15, at his residence in Mt. Hope. 

He was born on Dec. 16, 1919 in Mt. Hope Township, the son of Wilbur and Carrie Belle (Cairns) Nichols. Keith graduated from Mt. Hope High School in 1937. He furthered his education at the Platteville Mining School until returning home to help his father on the farm. 

Keith married Edna Rewey on Jan. 1, 1940 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They started farming side by side in Mt. Hope until her death on Oct. 21, 1990.

Mon
21
Oct

Violet Bischoff

 

Violet Alice Bischoff, 96, a resident at Walter Schmidt Assisted Living in Prairie du Chien, died Thursday, Oct. 17, at Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. 

She was born on Aug. 18, 1917 in Bagley, to Verdie and Amelia “Millie” (Cathman) Clark. Violet was united in marriage with Ervin Bischoff on Aug. 17, 1940 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Dubuque, Iowa. 

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