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06
Apr

Hemmer retains mayor seat in Prairie du Chien

Prairie du Chien Mayor Dave Hemmer will keep his post after receiving 1,036 votes in the spring election. Challenger John Chaffee collected 517 votes, while there was only one write-in vote cast.

Hemmer was the top vote-getter in all six wards within the city: Ward 1—195-79, Ward 2—187-104, Ward 3—137-76, Ward 4—143-92, Ward 5—180-104, Ward 6—194-62.

For all of the Prairie du Chien Common Council seats up for election, none were contested. Ron Leys, Mike “Stubby” Jones, Karen Solomon and Todd Myers were all re-elected. Incumbents and declared write-ins Todd Crotty and Jean Titlbach both were winners as well.

Wed
06
Apr

Schier re-elected, Cathman and Moravits voted in for River Ridge School Board

By Correne Martin

In the River Ridge School Board election, one incumbent was re-elected, while two other newcomers were chosen over the second incumbent in the race. Vying for re-election to her seat, Kerri Schier was the recipient of the second largest number of votes in the district with 927. The highest vote-getter, Jason Cathman, received 989 votes and will be new to the board following this election. Also new to the board will be Cory Moravits, as 823 voters cast their vote for him.

Not making the cut, incumbent Randall Martin netted 570 votes total, ending his time on the board. Also, Nick Kovacs, who, prior to Tuesday, openly encouraged voters to select the three eventual winners, received 167 votes.

Wed
06
Apr

Haydn Street railroad crossing ordered to close, will be by May 2


The Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Railroads handed down an order last week to close the Haydn Street crossing no later than June 30, 2016. The city is expected to install and maintain barricades, signs and markers on each approach to the crossing. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Wisconsin Commissioner of Railroads issued a new written order Friday, April 1, for the closure of the Haydn Street railroad crossing in Prairie du Chien to occur no later than the deadline of June 30, 2016. Then, on Tuesday night, April 5, it was determined by the Prairie du Chien Public Works Committee to follow through with official closure of the Haydn Street crossing, but to do so by May 2.

The city of Prairie du Chien is required to install and maintain barricades, signs and markers on each approach to the Haydn Street crossing, according to the order, which follows through with the Jan. 10, 2014 final decision by the commissioner to grant the June 21, 2012 BNSF Railway Company’s petition to close the public crossing.

Wed
06
Apr

Women retreat to Hoffman Hall for quilting weekend


Helen Croft (right), of Fennimore, displays one of her quilt blocks composed of scraps from her fabric stash as well as her late mother’s stash. She had many varieties of these in pinks, purples, blues and teals she intended to use in creating throw-sized quilts. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Fifty-four women from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois came to Prairie du Chien Friday and Saturday for the sixth annual Quilt the Days Away retreat at Hoffman Hall. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

An estimated 85 percent of the 54 women who attended this year’s Quilt the Days Away retreat, April 1-2, in Prairie du Chien were repeat participants. The camaraderie among the quilters and the pampering they receive are characteristics that keep them coming back to Hoffman Hall for two days of serious quilting, learning and socializing.

Once again this year, for the sixth retreat, women drove from all over Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois to Prairie du Chien, in hopes of focusing on their quilting projects—some they haven’t touched since the last retreat—and enjoying being away from their busy daily lives. Some commuted from a short distance, while others booked hotel rooms locally, only enhancing the getaway value of their experience.

Wed
06
Apr

Local man arrested in meth bust

On April 3, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit initiated a traffic stop in Prairie du Chien on a vehicle being operated by Chris Fernette, 39, Prairie du Chien, for an equipment violation.

Fernette is also on felony bond conditions through Crawford County Circuit Court for narcotic related charges. The deputy made contact with Fernette, and in plain view, observed what appeared to be methamphetamine paraphernalia.

Mon
04
Apr

Alliant Energy plans Grant County electrical outage early on April 7

Alliant Energy has scheduled an electrical outage from midnight to 5 a.m. on Thursday, April 7, affecting these communities: Bagley, Bloomington, Glen Haven, Mount Hope, North Andover and Patch Grove.

Alliant Energy is preparing for a major upgrade to its Bloomington Substation, located on the south side of the village of Bloomington. The company is investing about $3 million into the substation to increase reliability and cover any future growth within Bloomington and surrounding area.

In order to perform the upgrade, Alliant Energy needs to de-energize the substation and transfer the existing customer load to a portable substation. The planned outage is necessary to make this transfer possible.

About 1,650 Alliant Energy electric customers will be impacted by the outage. The company expects the substation project to start in early April with a scheduled completion date in the middle of August.

Mon
04
Apr

Seneca teen injured in crash

Last Monday, March 28, at 10:43 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle crash on Benhardt Ridge Road just east of Trout Pond Road in Seneca Township.

Noah Allen, 16, of Seneca, was traveling west on Benhardt Ridge Road in a 2006 Chevrolet Colorado when he lost control while negotiating a curve due to sand and gravel in the roadway. The vehicle went off the road, struck the north side embankment and overturned before coming to a rest on its tires in the road, blocking both lanes of traffic.

Allan’s vehicle sustained severe damage and was towed from the scene. He sustained minor injuries and was transported by family to Vernon Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The Seneca Fire Department and First Responders, Tri-State Ambulance, Seneca Township and Bob’s Towing assisted.

Mon
04
Apr

PdC Police Department presents annual awards


Chief Chad Abram (front, white) and Lt. Terry Sprosty (back, white) presented Life Saver Awards to these officers (from left): Tony Berg, Ashley Erickson, Gerald Tippery, Kyle Teynor, Josh Hemmer, Max Erickson and Casey Cox. (Submitted photos)

Pictured presenting the Community Partnership Award to Walt Zehr (second from left), supervisor from Gundersen Tri-State EMS, are Lt. Terry Sprosty, Chief Chad Abram and Sgt. Kyle Teynor.

The Prairie du Chien Police and Fire Commission met Wednesday, March 30. As part of the meeting’s business, an awards presentation of the city’s police department took place.
Awards given included:

Officer of the Year—Tony Berg

Life Saver Awards—Josh Hemmer, Gerald Tippery, Kyle Teynor, Ashley Erickson, Max Erickson, Casey Cox and Tony Berg

Community Partnership Award—Gundersen TriState EMS

Mon
04
Apr

Local man dies day after crash from injuries

A Prairie du Chien man died Saturday after he was involved in a rollover crash on the Mondell Hill in Bridgeport Township Friday afternoon, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

On April 1, at about 4:10 p.m., Merrill McMillin, 83, was driving his 2006 Jeep Liberty south on Highway 27 when he drove off the roadway near Log House Lane, striking the end of a guardrail along the southbound lane, and continued traveling along a steep embankment. The SUV struck the top of a concrete culvert retaining wall, then rolled three times end over end before coming to rest on its wheels in the ditch. McMillin was injured in the crash and transported by Tri-State Ambulance to Crossing Rivers Health.

According to the sheriff’s department, McMillin died the next day in a La Crosse hospital from injuries sustained in the crash.

Mon
04
Apr

Historic walking tour of local sites includes some not usually accessible

By Correne Martin

A brand new PdC Main Street event, Journey Through Time, will offer local citizens, tourists, history lovers and families a free opportunity to walk through many historical buildings in Prairie du Chien, some of which haven’t been open to the public for decades.

Journey through Time is scheduled for Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., during which Prairie du Chien will be one of 16 Wisconsin communities participating in the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s first-ever Downtown Open House promotion. The purpose of the event is to bring tourists and locals to the city to shop, dine, stay and learn, at their own pace, from period-costumed volunteer guides, about 12 historic buildings, churches, museums and interesting sites.

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