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Wed
22
Apr

The Bridges of Crawford County


The above photo shows cracking on a bridge on County U in the town of Clayton. Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock told the county board that the walls of the bridge have moved in an inch. This is not one of the four to be worked on this year, but it is one of 17 that will need to be reconstructed in the coming years and illustrates the problem that the county is facing.

 

County to use reserves to 

pay for four bridge projects

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
22
Apr

Local entities making joint plans for current hospital facility’s future


The future state of the current Crossing Rivers Health facility (formerly Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital) at 705 East Taylor Street is unknown at this time. But the hospital is banding together with the city, school and local economic development groups to create a plan for promoting economic and community development at that location. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The new eight-person Prairie du Chien Common Council decided, Tuesday night, to partner with four other entities, including Crossing Rivers Health, to create a plan to redevelop the current hospital facility at 705 East Taylor Street. The council will join forces with the hospital, the Prairie du Chien and Crawford County economic development corporations, and the Prairie du Chien Area School District in encouraging the hospital facility’s reuse in a manner that promotes economic and community development. If their efforts are unsuccessful, the collaboration may resolve to raze the facility and redevelop the site in a way that would complement the surrounding neighborhood and also encourage economic and community development.

Wed
22
Apr

Wauzeka-Steuben names top seniors

Kelsey Kapinus has been named the valedictorian and Alexis Bird the salutatorian of the Wauzeka-Steuben High School graduating class of 2015.

Kelsey is the daughter of Bill and Lisa Wallin-Kapinus. She has been a very active, goal-oriented student throughout her high school career, earning academic honors all four years. In addition, Kelsey has earned four academic letters/pins for her excellence in the classroom. Kelsey has been actively involved in a number of extra-curricular activities over the past four years.

Mon
20
Apr

Man hit by train, medflighted

A 22-year-old Prairie du Chien man was hit by a train at the Blackhawk Avenue railroad crossing early Saturday morning, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

Officers responded to the scene at about 1:20 a.m. Saturday, April 18, to find that a southbound Burlington Northern train had struck Daniel M. Gillitzer, who had been walking east on Blackhawk Avenue. From the initial investigation, officers learned that the train had been traveling at a reduced speed after conducting a crew change about a mile and a half from the scene of the accident.

Gillitzer was transported to Crossing Rivers Health by Tri-State Ambulance and later flown to Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse by Medlink Air, according to the police department.

The incident remains under investigation. Police Chief Chad Abram said he was meeting with Burlington Northern officials Monday morning.

Mon
20
Apr

$1.6M assisted living project underway at Bluff Haven complex


A concrete patio to the east of the current Bluff Haven/Prairie Maison complex has been removed to make way for 12 additional assisted living studio apartments. The $1.6 million project is slated for completion by November or December 2015.

Crews work to compact water main at the site of the Bluff Haven studio apartment addition.

By Correne Martin

Twelve additional assisted living studio apartments are coming soon to the Bluff Haven complex in Prairie du Chien. The $1.6 million project will be constructed to the east of the existing facility and is anticipated for completion in November or December 2015.

The project is a solution to a need determined by Community Health Services Corporation (CHSC), the non-profit organizatoin which owns senior citizen facilities in Prairie du Chien and Soldiers Grove, based on an increased number of calls looking for these types of services and a growing waiting list that has about 30 names on it now.

“It’s a sign of the demographics of this area. The people are getting older, said Alesha Erdenberger, administrator of Bluff Haven Assisted Living and CHSC senior vice president of operations.

Mon
20
Apr

Packers in Prairie du Chien


Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy addresses the crowd and the seven former and current players at the Tailgate Tour Party at the Barn Restaurant Wednesday evening. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

A group of happy Green Bay Packer fans go through the autograph line.

Owen Oldenburg and Westin Marx of Prairie du Chien display their Packer footballs.

 

Packer fans thoroughly enjoy Tailgate Tour event

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Hundreds of diehard and always enthusiastic Green Bay Packers fanatics filled the Barn Restaurant Wednesday evening to meet some of the players, past and present, from their favorite team.

Wed
15
Apr

Prairie Shooting Team


Prairie du Chien team member Ryan Seversen shoots while coaches Mike Christensen and Kevin Doerring (beard) look on. (Photo submitted)

 

Prairie du Chien Shooting Team aiming for success

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The newly formed Prairie du Chien Shooting Team has been practicing and is ready for competition. 

Wed
15
Apr

Citywide cleanup is next week

Next week, the city of Prairie du Chien will once again provide its citywide residential spring cleanup. Pickup dates will be as follows: Blackhawk Avenue North, Monday, April 20; Blackhawk Avenue South (east of Marquette Road), Tuesday, April 21; Blackhawk Avenue South (west of Marquette Road), Wednesday, April 22.

Please place your items out on the curb on the appropriate days, as there will be no return trips. The street crews will pick up brush, appliances and metal recyclables. Town and Country Sanitation will take the remaining items on Saturday, April 25. With questions, call 326-2525.

A list of guidelines for this cleanup follows:

Appliances—Must have doors and locks removed. Appliances and brush must be curbside in the front or alley to the rear of the residence.

Electronics—None will be accepted. Electronic devices must be disposed of at the clean sweep/e-waste collection event, at a future date to be announced.

Wed
15
Apr

Sex offenders may soon be housed at correctional institution

They won’t work outside PDCCI fence

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution may soon house sex offenders among its inmates, according to information presented by Warden Tim Haines to the city council Tuesday night.

“A few months back, I was approached by the central office to have us lift the final restriction on the type of inmates housed at PDCCI. We’re at operating capacity right now, so there’s not a bus of sex offenders ready to come in,” Haines explained. “But this provides more flexibility for the Department of Corrections in terms of bed space. For Prairie du Chien, the more we can do for the department, the more viable we are for the department.”

Haines noted that, with this approved lift on limitations, it does not mean that PDCCI is becoming a sex offender treatment facility. “We focus on education, AODA (alcohol and other drug abuse) programming, domestic violence treatment and cognitive error correction.”

Mon
13
Apr

It’s Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week

Statewide tornado drill, Thursday, April 16, 1 p.m. Mock tornado watch, 1:45 Mock tornado warning

All cities and villages in Crawford County that have outdoor sirens will be testing them at these times. In the case of severe storms, the drill will postponed until Friday.

 

Listen, Act and Live! Those words could protect you and your family during severe storm season. Listening to warnings and seeking shelter immediately will save lives. That’s why Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM), ReadyWisconsin, the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) have teamed up for Wisconsin’s Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week from April 13-17.

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