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Oct

Kind, Kurtz to square off in WPR debate

On Thursday, Oct. 30, U.S. 3rd District Congressman Ron Kind (D-La Crosse) will square off with Republican challenger Tony Kurtz, a small business owner from Prairie du Chien. The debate begins at 7 p.m. at the Dreyfus University Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and will be broadcast live on Wisconsin Public Radio. The one-hour debate will also be  live streamed by WAOW-TV, WSAW-TV and the Wausau Daily Herald.

The debate will be moderated by Wisconsin Public Radio’s Glen Moberg. Candidates will answer questions from a panel of editors and reporters from the Wausau Daily Herald, Stevens Point Journal, WAOW-TV 9 and WSAW-TV 7. The debates are a partnership of the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service, Wisconsin Public Radio, Wausau Daily Herald, Stevens Point Journal Media, WSAW-TV 7 and WAOW-TV 9.

Mon
20
Oct

Scouts will Trick or Treat for Canned

Goods Saturday morning The Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts of Prairie du Chien will once again Trick or Treat for Canned Goods on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Prairie du Chien area.
The community is encouraged to leave items on their doorsteps if unavailable for the collection. Food items are requested from community members for this event.

Each year, the clubs take turns supplying either breakfast or lunch for the event. This year is the Girl Scouts’ year to provide the food.

 
Donations collected during the Trick or Treat for Canned Goods will be taken to the Couleecap office where they will be used for families/individuals in need in the community.

This is a great time of year and a worthy event to help the community. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Trina Skime at (608) 306-0103.

Mon
20
Oct

Woodridge Acres subdivision officially opens in Prairie du Chien

The city of Prairie du Chien’s first-ever municipal subdivision is officially open. Woodridge Acres is located in the southeast section of the city. The nearly 24 acre development contains 36 single-family lots, which have been priced from $11,000 to $25,000, roughly $1 per square foot. The lots range in size from 9,600 square feet to 28,940 square feet.

The lots have been listed with the three realtors whose offices are located within the city of Prairie du Chien:

•Kramer Real Estate – 203 East Blackhawk – 608-326-8108 - kramersales.com.

•Ridge n’ River Realty (Remax) – 934 B South Marquette Road – 608-326-1600 - ridgenriver.com.

•Welter Real Estate (Century 21) – 1501 East Lessard Street – 608-326-0800 - century21welter.com.

All three firms took part in a draft in the summer of 2013, and each has 12 lots available for sale.

Mon
20
Oct

Peoples State Bank turns 100 years old


Peoples State Bank of Prairie du Chien is celebrating 100 years of business in 2014 with an Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 3 to 7 p.m.

By Correne Martin

Peoples State Bank is celebrating 100 years in 2014. On Wednesday, Oct. 22, the bank will host an Open House, from 3 to 7 p.m. at The Dousman House in Prairie du Chien. Customers, current and former staff, friends and the general public are invited to enjoy this special event, with a brief program and recognition ceremony at 5 p.m. Complementary hors d’oeuvres, coffee, punch and a cash bar will be available. A commemorative book has been published and about 1,500 copies will be given out at the open house.

One year ago, when a bank committee started talking about the 100-year anniversary, they commissioned local historian Mary Antoine to write a book of the bank’s history.

“Once we started to research our past and develop that history, the magnitude of being here 100 years really started to set in,” stated Tom Farrell, retired president and CEO, and chairman of the board of directors.

Mon
20
Oct

Prairie du Chien man recounts his journey running for office

By Correne Martin

It’s not very often that a local man runs for a high-profile political office such as United States Congressman. But this year, Prairie du Chien has one of its own in the race for the 3rd District.
Tony Kurtz officially threw his hat into the ring in April, won the three-way GOP primary in August, and is now part of a full-fledged challenge to unseat 18-year veteran Ron Kind in November’s general election.

“I’ve driven over 35,000 miles since January, 7,000 in the last four weeks,” Kurtz said in an interview Oct. 3. “I’ve participated in 55 parades and 16 of the 18 dairy breakfasts. I’ve done county fairs, lots of picnics, veterans affairs, co-op customer appreciation events, town board meetings, civic club meetings, football games. I’ve been to nearly every college campus in our district, except Viterbo, at least five times. The big thing is getting exposure.”

Thu
16
Oct

Halls of Terror opens in Prairie du Chien this weekend

This year, an all new layout and special effects will add to the horrifying shaking skeletons, werewolves, bloody butchers, freaky clowns, electric chair antics, fake explosions, scary Santa, and creepy cemetery on display  at Scream Xtreme’s Halls of Terror on St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien. Enter if you dare, but the 2014 haunt is not for the faint of heart or the timid.

This year’s dates are Oct. 17-18, 24-25 and 31 as well as Nov. 1. Hours are from 7 to 10 p.m. each night. There is an admission fee to attend.

This year’s Lights on Kid Friendly Haunt is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 25, from 2 to 5 p.m. Bring a canned good for a discount off the already reduced admission.

Thanks to the covered and lighted waiting area, the event goes on rain or shine.

In recent years, over 1,000 people have become accustomed to being frightened at the Halls of Terror, which is held at the Cedar Building on St. Feriole Island.

Wed
15
Oct

Wauzeka man charged with marijuana possession

A 28-year-old Wauzeka man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of marijuana (second and subsequent offense), and one count of operating a motor vehicle while revoked.

Brian Lee Geisler faces up to $12,500 in fines and 4.5 years imprisonment if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, a Crawford County Sheriff’s deputy initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle Geisler was driving in the village of Wauzeka. After talking with Geisler, the deputy retrieved a ziplock baggie of marijuana and a smoking device from Geisler’s vehicle, the complaint said.

Geisler’s driving record from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation showed his operating privileges had been revoked.

Wed
15
Oct

High speed chase leads to charges

A 17-year-old Gays Mills boy has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer.

Colton A. Frazier faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Frazier was involved in a high-speed chase in Grant and Crawford counties when the vehicle he was driving crashed in Crawford County.

Frazier told a Crawford County Sheriff’s deputy he had fled because he was afraid that if he was stopped, he would lose his driver’s license, the complaint said. Frazier admitted that his vehicle had reached speeds of 120 miles per hour while being pursued in Crawford County, according to the complaint.

Wed
15
Oct

Boscobel man charged with hit and run (great bodily harm)

A 22-year-old Boscobel man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of hit and run causing great bodily harm.

Alex M. Groom faces up to 15 years in prison and a $50,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, law enforcement personnel responded to a two-vehicle accident on County E in the town of Marietta at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 22, 2013.

Groom was the driver of one of the vehicles involved in the accident, according to witnesses at the scene, the complaint said. Groom left the area before law enforcement arrived, according to the complaint.

The driver of the other vehicle was taken to Boscobel Area Health Care by ambulance and then Med-Flighted to University Hospital in Madison.

Wed
15
Oct

Eastman and Wauzeka postmasters retire


Galen Freymiller served as the postmaster of the Wauzeka Post Office for 18 years and gave the USPS over 34 years as a whole. He retired on Sept. 30.

By Correne Martin

Just as the old Bob Dylan song goes: The times, they are a-changin’. The United States Postal Service has seen its fair share of changes through the years with regard to automation, variety of mailings, technology, office hours and personnel. Recently, the post offices in Eastman and Wauzeka have experienced yet another change, with the retirement of their postmasters, Marcia Clark and Galen Freymiller, respectively. Both completed their three-decade careers with the postal service on Sept. 30.

“The postal service has been a great place to work. I enjoyed mail distribution and interacting with the people,” said Clark, a McGregor resident who was postmaster in Eastman for 23 years. “The many changes through the years have made it challenging. But the people of Eastman welcomed me into their community and my co-workers made my job easier.”

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