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Dec

Temporary stop signs now permanent

PdC council denies residential accessory structure regulations

By Correne Martin

The city of Prairie du Chien has a number of new, permanent stop signs in place following common council review and action Tuesday night. During the Marquette Road construction project this summer, signs were installed temporarily on several main streets to aid in traffic safety. Since the project’s completion, the public works committee and council needed to decide whether they should remain indefinitely.

The council approved permanent stop signs at the following intersections: South Dousman and East Iowa, South Dousman and East Crawford, West Blackhawk and Main, and West Washington and North Main. The council also chose to remove the temporary signs at North Ohio and Haydn.

Wed
17
Dec

Time for lights and time for cheer


On the west side of the Highway 18 Bypass in Prairie du Chien, a huge, festive display of Christmas lights by Jerry Krachey is sure to brighten your spirits. Among the spectacle are Santas, snowmen, trees of various colors, penguins, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, a train and much more. (Photo by Correne Martin)
Wed
17
Dec

Carp Fest


John Rook and Erin Paske, who were visiting from the Netherlands, puckered up to kiss Lucky the Carp last year on New Year’s Eve in Lucky Park at the entrance to St. Feriole Island. (Courier Press file photo)

 

 

Bigger and better Carp Fest fast approaching

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
15
Dec

Driftless Land Stewardship


The prescribed fire crew works at the Riverland Conservancy’s Merrimac Preserve in May of 2014. (Photo submitted)

 

Driftless Land Stewardship, a unique specialty business

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A rather unique business has been operating near Bagley since 1997, yet many area residents are probably unaware of exactly what this business does. 

Mon
15
Dec

City, chamber to host public meeting on 2017 Marquette Road work

The city of Prairie du Chien and the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce will host a public information meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 13 to present the preliminary plans, detour routes and construction schedule for the next phase of the Marquette Road reconstruction, scheduled for 2017. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the community room of City Hall. Representatives from the city, the Wisconsin DOT, Knight Engineering and Architects, and the Chamber will be in attendance.

The project is tentatively scheduled to begin in April or May of 2017, and be completed in October. The work will be done in three segments (the order of the segments is yet to be determined) based on construction of the storm sewer:

Segment one (southern storm sewer trunk) - La Pointe to 10th Street

Segment two (middle storm sewer trunk) - 10th to south of Parrish Street, Parrish Street intersection, and north of Parrish Street to Wells Street

Mon
15
Dec

15 local storage units burglarized

By Correne Martin

About 15 storage units located near Cleary Building Corp., in Bridgeport township, were broken into sometime on Tuesday, Dec. 9 or during the morning hours of Wednesday, Dec. 10, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department. CT Investments owns the units.

The sheriff’s department first received a report of the burglaries on Wednesday, Dec. 10, just after 10:30 a.m. According to Sheriff Dale McCullick, of the 15 units broken into, only some had belongings stolen.
One storage unit renter, who just moved to the area, called the Courier Press to share that she and her husband “are out several thousand dollars worth of stuff,” including ice fishing and fresh water fishing equipment, power tools, a tool chest, a $1,200 bow and more.

Mon
15
Dec

Crawford County K-9 team settling in


Deputy Joe Breeser and 20-month-old Belgian Malinois, Breck, have been patrolling Crawford County as a unit since earlier this fall. You may have noticed them in their new squad, complete with an Ultimate K-9 Kennel, which keeps the dog’s space cooled and warmed in the back of the vehicle. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Crawford County Sheriff’s Department’s first K-9 team, Deputy Joe Breeser and Breck, a 20-month-old Belgian Malinois, have been on duty since mid-September and, so far, hard-core activity has been slow but their days have been full of learning opportunities.

Breeser and Breck first met at Southern Police Canine in Nashville, N.C., during six weeks of handler training, which started in July. Breck was 14 months old at the time.

“The first couple weeks were rough,” Breeser said. “There was a lot of bonding with the dog. He  was already well-trained when I got there, but working with me was what he needed to learn.”

Wed
10
Dec

Annual Wake Up Santa is fun for area children


Santa Claus goes over Lacey Skime’s good girl list with her, regarding all the good things she’s done this past year and what she wants for Christmas. For a minimal fee, children attending Wake Up Santa every December have the opportunity for such a one-on-one experience with Santa. (Photos by Brian Cipra Photograhy)

Katie Rogers wasn’t afraid at all to pose with Santa Claus (aka Randy Paske) at the annual Wake Up Santa fundraiser, Dec. 6, for Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter.

Santa Claus has been so busy this year that he fell asleep on the job. But on Dec. 6, local youths, with their parents and grandparents, participated in the annual Wake Up Santa event at City Hall. Shaking noisemakers as loud as they could, they shouted “Wake Up, Santa!” and the jolly, old elf himself woke with a cheery greeting in front of everyone in attendance.

Saturday, Dec. 6 was a special day for many local children. News of a slumbering Santa in the community room of Prairie du Chien City Hall spread quickly in the early hours of the morning. Children, afraid that Santa would sleep through Christmas, arrived at city hall with their parents and grandparents. Armed with an assortment of noisemakers, they silently tiptoed into the Community Room precisely at 8:30 a.m. At the count of three, they excitedly shouted “Wake Up, Santa!” accompanied by the noisemakers. A sleepy and surprised Santa awoke from his nap and invited the children to spend the morning with him.

Wed
10
Dec

Foodbank distributes to families experiencing any financial stress

The Second Harvest Foodbank’s mobile food pantry will visit Gays Mills earlier than normal in December. Food will be distributed from 212 Main St., on Friday, Dec. 19, from 2-3 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to arrive for registration no later than 2:30 p.m. People wishing to take advantage of Second Harvest’s services but unable to come to the mobile pantry themselves may have someone pick up their allotment for them.

Second Harvest’s mobile food pantries distribute food to households experiencing financial stress. Patrons must initial a sheet indicating that they need food assistance. They also need to provide the check-in volunteer with the number of people (including children and senior citizens) in the household and the name of the post office that delivers mail to the household. First-time patrons will be asked how they learned about the mobile food pantry.

Wed
10
Dec

Clay Target Team

 

Prairie students 

may be part of new clay target league

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Beginning in April, students at Bluff View and Prairie du Chien High School may be able to compete on a clay target shooting team. 

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