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25
Aug

Resolution officially approved for a $13 million River Ridge referendum

By Correne Martin

The River Ridge School Board met on Wednesday night, Aug. 20, and approved a resolution calling for a $13 million referendum this fall, which would cover the costs associated with moving all staff and students to one facility in Patch Grove and relinquishing the Bloomington facility.

The vote was 5-1 Wednesday, with board member Randy Martin opposed. Board member Dave Breuer, who has voted against the referendum resolution in the past, was absent from the meeting.
Approval of River Ridge’s referendum in the Nov. 4 election would authorize the issuance of general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $13 million.

“Now, as we move forward, we have to educate the public,” stated Lee Pritzl, River Ridge superintendent. “We will have public forums as we move toward November.

“It’s important for people to remember that if we don’t need the whole $13 million, we don’t have to spend it.”

Mon
25
Aug

Fundraising tour to Minnesota supports two PdC non-profits

By Correne Martin

If you’ve been longing to go on a good excursion not too far from home, an opportunity is approaching that will allow you to support the Prairie du Chien Historical Society at the same time. The 2014 Fall Tour to Minnesota, leaving from Prairie du Chien, is Oct. 22-24. This is the 12th fundraising trip to benefit the historical society, as well as the Prairie du Chien Lions Club.

A maximum of 56 passengers may travel on the Warco Bus making the tour. Everyone will stay two nights at the Country Inn and Suites in Shakopee. Included in the price of the tour are two breakfasts, one dinner and all admissions. Deposits are due before Sept. 3, with the final payment expected on Oct. 3. For more information, call Maury Oehler at 326-6036 or email mole6e23@mchsi.com.

Wed
20
Aug

Missing teen returns home

By Correne Martin
 
A 16-year-old local girl who went missing Monday evening returned home early Tuesday morning, according to Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick.

“She is OK and safe,” McCullick confirmed by phone late Tuesday morning. He declined to comment on the girl’s condition upon her return or the cause of her disappearance.

Emily Fishler, who lives in Bridgeport Township, was originally reported missing to the sheriff’s department between 9 and 9:30 p.m. Monday night. The family reported that she had gone out for a run around 4 p.m. and didn’t arrive at her destination. The family also reported that they had seen a suspicious vehicle near their farm earlier in the day. A search immediately ensued and an Amber Alert and CodeRed alert were sent out. Within a couple hours, McCullick said, pictures and a description of the girl were put together and distributed to regional media and businesses as well.

Wed
20
Aug

Veterans memorial spearheaded in Seneca by the late Jerry Johnson


Family members of Jerry Johnson, who passed away Aug. 8, gathered for the groundbreaking of the Seneca Veterans Memorial in his honor. Jerry not only owned and operated Johnson’s One Stop Shopping center in Seneca for many years, he also spearheaded the veterans memorial project. The groundbreaking took place on Thursday, Aug. 14, one day after Jerry’s funeral. Pictured (front row, from left) are Debbie Johnson, Artie Johnson, Trudy Johnson, Brad Johnson, Gretchen Johnson, Julie (Johnson) Wollman; (back row) Jordan, Tommy, and Brandon Johnson. (Photo by Correne Martin)

During a moment of silence in honor of their dear friend, the late Jerry Johnson, who was the driving force behind the startup of Seneca’s veterans memorial project, the memorial committee is pictured with a couple representatives from Krause Monument, who will build the memorial. From left: Ann Winger and Kathy Showen, from Krause; and committee members John Swanson, Bob Ostrander, Cliff Tollefson, Larry Kelley and Tom Olson. (Photo by Correne Martin)

 By Correne Martin
 
The beautiful weather and friendly company were perfectly suited for the day on which a memorable groundbreaking for the Seneca Veterans Memorial took place, Thursday, Aug. 14, across from Greener’s Corner in Seneca. The ceremony came just one day after the funeral of lifelong Seneca resident and businessman Jerry Johnson, the man who spearheaded the memorial project.

Wed
20
Aug

Couleecap report

 

Couleecap continues 

to serve Crawford County well

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Couleecap Executive Director Grace Jones gave a presentation to the Crawford County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning regarding the Couleecap Annual Report and how Couleecap benefits Crawford County residents. 

Wed
20
Aug

Library expansion

 

City asks county for help 

with library expansion project

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Board of Supervisors heard a presentation Tuesday morning by Prairie du Chien City Administrator Aaron Kramer and Librarian Nancy Ashmore asking the county to donate funds to the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library expansion project.

Mon
18
Aug

Driftless Homewrights

Home builders
Members of the Driftless Homewright crew work on the upstairs of a cabin in Grant County.

 

Area energy efficient home builders unique in the Midwest

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
18
Aug

Campion Boat Landing

Boat Landing expansion
Six new parking stalls were added to the Campion Boat Landing this past week. Three new handicapped accessible stalls were also added near the increasingly popular fishing dock.

 

Prairie du Chien’s Campion Boat Landing is expanded

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The various boat landings in Prairie du Chien continue to have improvements made. This past week, more black top was added to the Campion Boat Landing to expand the parking lot and also to complete the area in front of the newest ramp that was added to the north of the other two ramps already in place. The newest boat launch ramp had yellow tape across it and is not quite ready for use. 

Mon
18
Aug

New assistant at chamber office ready to advocate for area businesses

By Correne Martin

There’s a new face in the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce office and tourism and welcome center. Brenda Grondin, of Prairie du Chien, took over duties as administrative assistant to the director just over one month ago. So far, she’s become accustomed to her duties well and she’s ready to cultivate new relationships in her work advocating for area businesses.

Grondin was born and raised in Prairie du Chien. After high school, she went into the Navy and was stationed in Florida. She later moved to Vermont, where she worked in a cheese factory and attended college. Back in Wisconsin, she worked at Prairie Industries for over six years as a lead operator.

Mon
18
Aug

South end of Marquette Road project to open to local traffic in about one month

By Correne Martin

Looking at all of the construction on Marquette Road in Prairie du Chien, you may have wondered when some of the roads will open up again, or when the Blackhawk Avenue intersection will be closed for work on that roundabout. Project coordinators held a meeting for business owners on Aug. 13, addressing their progress and expectations at this time.

“Stages one and two should be done within about four weeks. All the way from Wisconsin Street to Mooney Street will be ready for local traffic prior to the Blackhawk intersection closure,” said Randy Henkel, of H. James and Sons, the project’s general contractor.

As of last week, Henkel felt that the Blackhawk/Marquette intersection would be closed around the third week of September.

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