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Thu
26
Jan

Animal shelter receives largest donation to date


With the bluff in the background, this slightly aerial picture shows the southwest end of the new Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter building. The shelter is located behind Country Inn and Suites and is being built by Top Notch Construction.

An anonymous $100,000 donation toward the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter has given its capital campaign the boost it needed to begin phase two of its shelter project in Prairie du Chien’s North Gateway Business Park.

“An anonymous donor gifted $100,000 to the animal shelter, making this donation the largest one-time donation to date,” RABAS Vice-President Bev Pozega said in a press release Tuesday.

Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter volunteers are beginning their 10th year of fundraising. Construction on phase one of the building started in early November and is nearing completion. Phase one consists of the exterior of the building, storage garage, foundation and utility location. The group is still in need of additional funds to finish phase two and provide for operations for the first year.

Thu
26
Jan

New terminal brings modern look to municipal airport


The Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport’s new $1.06 million terminal structure is up, right next to the old facility, as viewed from Highway 18 on the south end of the city. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport’s new $1.06 million terminal on the south side of the community is very close to completion. Wieser Brothers, of La Crescent, Minn., has constructed the modern-looking structure and completed a good share of the exterior concrete and brick facade. Roofing and edge metal work is needed yet. Inside, crews are working on finishes, doors, casework, heating, plumbing and electrical work.

“Most of the construction will be completed about mid-February,” said Al Szymanski, team leader for MSA professional Services.

“The terminal should be operational in late spring or early summer, City Administrator Aaron Kramer said.

At that time, site work, such as landscaping and seeding, will be done, Szymanski said.

The city is currently accepting bids for the removal of the current terminal building, though if no bids are received, the building could be torn down at a later date.

Wed
25
Jan

River Ridge FFA Project

 

River Ridge FFA 

working on large 

and exciting project

By Ted Pennekamp and River Ridge FFA reporter Katelyn Quick

 

Mon
23
Jan

Sand bags deployed for flooded homes due to rain

At least two reported homes in Crawford County experienced flooding due to rain water last week, according to the Crawford County Sheriff's Office.

On Tuesday, Jan. 17, at about 8 p.m.,  the sheriff’s office was informed of a residence that had a basement actively flooding due to rain water. The Crawford County Emergency Management Office and the Prairie du Chien Police Department obrained, filled and deployed sandbags. Some 10 to 20 sand bags filled for the residence.

“It was very nice to have the support of the police department to assist in filling the bags,” said Emergency Management Director Jim Hackett.

Mon
23
Jan

Woman injured in Grant County rollover

A Bloomington woman was seriously injured in a one-vehicle rollover in Grant County Thursday morning, Jan. 19, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

Just after 7 a.m., the sheriff’s office was notified of the crash at the intersection of Highway 18 and Fairground Road. Driver Janelle Crubel, 60, was trapped in her vehicle. Emergency services were dispatched to the scene, Crubel was freed from the vehicle by the Jaws of Life and transported to Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien with serious but non-life threatening injures. According to the family, she was later taken to Gundersen hospital in La Crosse for treatment of a broken back and leg.

Crubel was wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash. No charges have been filed, according to the sheriff’s department. The vehicle was a total loss and was removed from the scene by B&M Towing, of Bloomington.

Mon
23
Jan

K-9 unit aids in meth arrest

On Jan. 19, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit conducted a vehicle contact in the parking lot of Wal-Mart located in Bridgeport Township.

 
The passenger in the vehicle exited and approached two other occupied parked vehicles. After identifying the parties in all three vehicles, K-9 Breck was utilized for open free air sniffs of all the vehicles. K-9 Breck alerted to the presence of one or more controlled substances on a 1993 Chevrolet pickup occupied by Dillan Boydtson, 34, Decorah, Iowa. A probable cause search of Boydston’s vehicle was conducted and a hypodermic needle loaded with liquid methamphetamine was located in the vehicle.

Boydtson was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and operating a motor vehicle with a restricted controlled substance.

Assisting the sheriff’s department was the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

Mon
23
Jan

Relay For Life kick-off celebration offers public enjoyable evening out to share ideas


With the annual relay coming in May 2017, the public is invited to a casual kick-off celebration at The Barn, Thursday, Jan. 26, at 5 p.m. (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

The Great River Relay For Life is planning a new location and a new format for 2017. This year’s annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society will take place at Hoffman Hall in Prairie du Chien on Friday, May 19, from 5 to 11 p.m.

To kick off the fundraising season, Relay For Life is hosting a casual celebration for people interested in gathering to ask questions, provide suggestions, learn more details or simply observe the achievements the local relay has made in the past. On Thursday, Jan. 26, beginning at 5 p.m., The Barn Restaurant in Prairie du Chien will host the informal event. Cancer survivors, past and present, family and friends, as well as supportive area community members are invited to come together, order a good meal from The Barn’s menu and enjoy the evening out. The Barn is generously donating a percentage of the night’s proceeds toward the relay.

Mon
23
Jan

Celebrate Prairie du Chien telethon tradition Saturday


The Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon is here again. It will take place at Bluff View School Saturday, Jan. 28, from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Participate in person or watch it on TV or online. Pictured, two of the co-hosts, Tom Nelson and Dan Moris, talk about the Tree of Hope, which recognizes people currently battling heart disease or cancer. (Photos by Randy Paske)

The co-hosting crew includes Dan Moris, Tom Nelson, Natalie Stram and Tom Stram.

By Correne Martin

The 42nd annual Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon is Saturday, Jan. 28, from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., at Bluff View School in Prairie du Chien. It will be broadcast live on local Mediacom channel 6 and online (link will be available on Facebook: Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon PDC).

In 2016, a record-setting $43,700 was raised, taking the total over the past four decades to $810,566.

“The telethon’s roots are in our ability to put on a television show and we encourage people to get on their telephone and make a pledge,” said co-host Nelson, who has been a driving force of the telethon from nearly the beginning. “That’s what our grassroots past is all about. Local talent is our focus and it’s entirely Prairie du Chien’s own. Our community is what adds character to this project and it doesn’t take away from the mission of what we’re doing.”

Mon
23
Jan

Winter Road Maintenance Cost


There were several accidents during the ice storm of Jan. 16, 17 and 18. This Crawford County tri-axle plow truck slid off of Newby Hollow Road on Jan. 16. (Photo courtesy of Dennis Pelock)

 

Crawford County winter road 

maintenance has cost $823,000

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
23
Jan

Local man guilty of homicide by drunken driving

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A former Prairie du Chien man was found guilty Friday in Crawford County Circuit Court of homicide by the intoxicated use of a motor vehicle and homicide by the use of a vehicle with a prohibited alcohol concentration.

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