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Wed
07
Mar

Soldiers Grove fireman named Crawford County Firefighter of the Year


The 2017 Firefighter of the Year John Young (center) accepts the honor from Todd Krachey, Wauzeka Fire Chief and Crawford County Fire Association president (left), and Todd Fischer, Boscobel Fire Chief and Crawford County Fire Association vice president. (Submitted photo)

The 2017 Crawford County Firefighter of the Year award was recently awarded to John Young, of the Soldiers Grove Fire Department. 

Young is one of the department’s most senior members. He’s served as a Soldiers Grove firefighter for over 53 years.

He and his family moved to Soldiers Grove in 1955. He was instrumental in starting the dental clinic and still-operating Kickapoo Valley Medical Clinic. He was involved in the beginning of the North Crawford Rescue Squad in 1972. 

Wed
07
Mar

Public hearing set for city of PdC water rate increase

The Prairie du Chien Common Council’s Tuesday night meeting involved a number of informational items as well as some technicalities to approve.

First, it was noted that a public hearing regarding a probable water rate increase is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, at 10 a.m., in conference room no. 2 at city hall. The city has filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to increase the water rates. According to a notice to water customers, the increase is necessary due to a 54.61 percent increase in gross plant investment and a 31.99 percent increase in operating expenses since the last water rate case was completed in 2009.

Wed
07
Mar

Improvements to be made at Villa Louis Boat Landing, nearby railroad crossing

By Correne Martin

Improvements lay ahead for the Villa Louis Boat Landing in Prairie du Chien. As part of the project, the adjacent railroad crossing at North Water Street will become publicly designated, according to an Office of the Commissioner of Railroads (OCR) decision made on the city’s petition to create these changes.

According to a final decision document, Wisconsin and Southern Railroad (WSOR) and the city of Prairie du Chien will work together to upgrade the crossing. Though, all construction costs will be the city’s responsibility to pay or reimburse to WSOR.

The city owns, operates and maintains the Villa Louis Boat Landing on the west side of the tracks.

Wed
07
Mar

Achievements create bee-autiful academic ‘Storie’


Storie Recker, an eighth grade student at Seneca Schools, has earned her way to both the state spelling and geography bee competitions, for the third consecutive year. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Seneca eighth grader Storie Recker is creating quite a story for herself in academics. 

For the third consecutive year, Storie has won not only the local spelling bee, but also the sectional spelling bee—meaning she’ll compete at the Wisconsin State Scripps National Spelling Bee, this year, for the third time. 

As if that isn’t enough of an accomplishment, she’s achieved an incredible three-peat in National Geographic Bee contests as well, having won the local and sectional geography bees for three years in a row. Yet again, she’s earned her spot in the state geography bee this year. 

Mon
05
Mar

Prairie du Chien Coach Paul Bebow leaves lasting legacy


Coach Paul Bebow was a motivator and an inspiration to many.

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Former Prairie du Chien High School Coach Paul Bebow was an inspiration and a motivator for many students during his coaching and teaching career.

Mon
05
Mar

Donation equips all Prairie du Chien squads with less-lethal beanbag shotguns


Duane, Misty and Kirsten Rogers, of Prairie du Chien, recently made a donation to the Prairie du Chien Police Department that has equipped all of the department’s squad cars with less-lethal 12 gauge shotguns that shoot beanbag rounds. (Submitted photos)

The Prairie du Chien Police Department now has all of its squad cars equipped with less-lethal 12 gauge shotguns that shoot beanbag rounds. They are categorized and impact munitions and are the equivalent of using a baton, but at a greater distance. 

The purchase and upgrade to existing equipment was made possible by a financial donation from the Rogers Family—Duane, Misty and Kirsten. Misty attended the department’s 2017 citizens academy and inquired about its less lethal options at that time. When she learned that only Prairie du Chien supervisors were equipped and trained to use the previous options, the Rogers family stepped forward and made this possible. 

Mon
05
Mar

River Ridge District looks to sell Bloomington school site

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The River Ridge School District is looking to sell the former Bloomington school building and grounds. The district has posted a request for bids on its website and also in the Courier Press and Grant County Herald Independent. 

Mon
05
Mar

Local woman’s life saved by good Samaritans


Donna Teynor had a tragic experience Sept. 15, 2017, when she crashed her 1971 three-wheeled Cushman Truckster. Police Chief Chad Abram was one of several good Samaritans who was there immediately after the crash, and utilized life-saving measures to assure Donna’s didn’t lose her right leg or her life. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Donna Teynor is still alive, and she still has her right leg, because the finest Samaritans showed up at the right place and time, Sept. 15, 2017.

It was a seasonal fall day on St. Feriole Island. Donna had been at the county building in Prairie, tending to flowers, as she does for many of the area’s beautiful parks. She was driving her 1971 three-wheeled Cushman Truckster west on Washington Street toward the city’s Memorial Gardens. She attempted to make a left-hand turn toward the Moore building and, as she rounded the corner, the steering wheel snapped hard to the left.

Mon
05
Mar

Pedretti credits ‘home base’ for hall of fame nod


Mark Pedretti enters his 27th season coaching Blackhawk baseball this spring. He was recently inducted into the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. (Courier file photo)

By Correne Martin

 

Prairie du Chien varsity baseball coach Mark Pedretti has never wavered from his philosophy: “Give me nine kids who wanna play ball and we’ll win more than we lose.”

That conviction has been proven over 26 seasons by the coach’s 393 career victories, 18 conference championships, nine regional championships, four state-tournament berths and one state championship. 

Now he can add Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association (WBCA) Hall of Fame inductee to that list of accomplishments. 

If you ask Pedretti though, his success and hall of fame nod, in particular, are attributed to more than just his own strategies, skills and love for the game.

Wed
28
Feb

In-town bus stop moved due to behavior

A bus stop in the city of Prairie du Chien has been moved by the school district due to behavior that did not adhere to the school’s rules of conduct, according to a public letter written by Superintendent Robert Smudde, dated Feb. 26.

The Prairie du Chien Area School District was informed earlier this year that there were continued concerns with both behavior and parking at the in-town bus stop no. 2, on the corner of Perry Street and Beaumont Road (in front of the child care center). Efforts to address and correct the issues were made but the behavior did not improve, so the district has chosen to move stop no. 2, effective Monday, March 5, to the corner of Court Street and Beaumont Road, in front of the police station. 

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