Local News

Mon
05
May

Rep. Kind sets Crawford County listening session

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) will hold a listening session in Prairie du Chien on Monday, May 12 at 2:30 p.m. The session will take place at the Crawford County Administration Building, Room 236, 225 N. Beaumont Rd., and last about one hour.

“Traveling around western and central Wisconsin to hear from constituents is my favorite part of this job,” said Rep. Kind.  “These listening sessions are a great opportunity for me to keep in touch with people across the Third Congressional District, by hearing your views and talking about my work in Washington.”

Mon
05
May

Project is underway on North Marquette Road


The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce has purchased six signs—white signs with black letters and red arrows—that are placed strategically around the Marquette Road construction as a means of navigating travelers to local businesses. This sign is located at the corner of Blackhawk Avenue and Main Street and is intended to direct southbound traffic to Iowa Street, where they can head east to access Marquette Road businesses. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Local business owners and concerned citizens attended a pre-construction meeting Wednesday, April 30, with officials from the city, WisDOT and contractor H. James and Sons. The meeting served as a way of providing the most up-to-date information about the coming weeks of construction on Marquette Road. Those in attendance were also able to ask any last minute questions they had. (Aaron Kramer photo)

By Correne Martin

After years of preparing, the city of Prairie du Chien begins its makeover to the north end of Marquette Road today (May 5).

The $14.2 million project (including land acquisition) consists of roundabouts at Blackhawk Avenue, Wisconsin Street and Iowa Street, street improvements from Mooney Street to Washington Street, utility repairs and streetscape updates. The city of Prairie du Chien’s cost is roughly $1.2 million of the project, while the remainder—about $13 million—is covered by state and federal funds.

According to Jay Adams, Wisconsin DOT project leader, in the first two weeks, the public will see the establishment of the detour route, the removal of concrete pavement, sanitary sewer (Taylor Street), water main (Webster Street and Marquette Road), storm sewer (between Mooney and Taylor) and boring at Mooney. Phases one and two have been combined and are expected to be complete around early August.

Mon
05
May

Slumberland Furniture owner says ‘We will rebuild’


The tarnished ruins of the Slumberland Furniture fire remain three weeks later. Insurance adjusters are expected to investigate the site on May 16 and, as soon as possible after, tear down and clean-up will commence. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The owner of Slumberland Furniture in Prairie du Chien says a new store will be constructed in the community, though no indication of when and where that will take place has been given. This report is the first to come from Owner Rob Dowd since the April 13 fire that devastated the retailer’s Blackhawk Junction location.

“Oh, we will rebuild,” was all Dowd would confirm last week, Thursday. He added that the investigation continues into what may have caused the fire, which broke out around 7:10 p.m. Sunday, April 13, and lasted into Monday morning, April 14. Seven area fire departments assisted the Prairie du Chien Fire Department in battling the blaze.

The Wisconsin State Fire Marshal’s Office responded to investigate soon after the fire was extinguished and spent about a day on scene.

Mon
05
May

Behind the badge with the Prairie du Chien police chief


Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram explained to five attentive kindergarteners at B.A. Kennedy last week about the duties of his job and how he’s available in Crawford County communities to maintain safety. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Pictured after an informative Lunch with the Chief are kindergarteners (from left) Nathan Helgerson, Ashton Landt, Westin Marx, Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram, Portor Kossman and Tegan DuCharme.

By Correne Martin

For any elementary student, the chance to eat lunch with the police chief is quite the experience. It’s an educational and memorable moment, in which a child gets to meet the man behind the badge, with his guard down and his lead vest off.

Last week, five boys in kindergarten at Prairie du Chien’s B.A. Kennedy were afforded this exclusive opportunity. They included Ashton Landt, Portor Kossman, Tegan DuCharme, Westin Marx and Nathan Helgerson.

Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram has visited the school once a month since last fall for his Lunch with the Chief program, which is new this year. As part of the program, five students spend one hour sitting in a front office room, enjoying their lunch alongside the chief. Each month, students from one grade level, kindergarten through fourth grade, are nominated by their teachers for the up-close, casual time with Chief Abram. The grades rotate month to month.

Wed
30
Apr

An evening to remember for area ‘princesses’


Nick Smethurst gives his daughter, Addison, a twirl during Princess for an Evening Saturday night at Huckleberry’s in Prairie du Chien. The event is a yearly fundraiser for the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter organization. See full story on page 5. (Photos by Brian Cipra Photography)

Ken Quick and his daughter, Kailee, have a good time practicing proper dance techniques at the beginning of the night Saturday, during the Princess for and Evening fundraiser.

Dressed in their best attire, the “princesses” and their special gentlemen—dads, grandads, uncles, etc.—posed as a group.

More than 30 “princesses” and their dates danced the night away at Huckleberry’s Banquet Hall on Saturday, April 26.

“Princess for an Evening,” a father/daughter dance, sponsored annually by Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter, provided girls and the gentlemen in their lives an opportunity to spend a special evening together.

Princesses, who dined at Huckleberry’s Restaurant with their dates prior to the dance, were treated to a complimentary Princess Parfait. Juice MC, aka Andy Jones, was the DJ for the evening, playing the latest hits as well as special requests.

Lynn Rider instructed the couples on the proper dance techniques to start the evening off on the right foot. Princesses as well as their dates took part in limbo and hula hoop contests.

Wed
30
Apr

Marquette Road construction starts on Monday, May 5

Work is ready to begin May 5 on the Marquette Road project in Prairie du Chien.

The project will involve the reconstruction of nearly one mile of the four-lane Marquette Road, from Mooney Street north to Washington Street. During the time the project is underway, there will be several detour routes for motorists to follow. Once completed, Marquette Road will feature three roundabouts, at Blackhawk Avenue, Iowa Street and Wisconsin Street. (In 2017, Marquette Road will once again be under construction and become three lanes from Mooney Street south to La Pointe Street.)

For more information, please contact City Administrator Aaron Kramer at 326-6406 or pdcadministrator@mhtc.net.

Wed
30
Apr

Mail carrier food drive May 10

By Correne Martin

Every second Saturday in May, the United States Postal Service puts its best letter forward in an effort to Stamp Out Hunger in our communities.

Once again this year, local mail carriers are asking for help from the public to fill a bag and feed the community.

The Prairie du Chien Post Office will participate in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 10. City residents will receive special bags delivered by mail carriers later this week, according to Postmaster Darryl Martin. They are asked to fill a bag with non-perishable food and leave it by their mailbox prior to 9 a.m. on May 10. If a bag is not delivered in advance of the food drive, residents are encouraged to use their own bags.

Mon
28
Apr

City gets VFW Charter back

 

VFW colors, charter, flag welcomed back to Prairie du Chien

By Ted Pennekamp

 

About a dozen people were on hand Thursday afternoon in the council chambers in City Hall when the city of Prairie du Chien received the McKinney-Tyler-Portwine VFW Post 1945 Charter and flag from the National VFW organization. 

Mon
28
Apr

Asian carp barrier

 

There may be an inexpensive and ‘sound’ way to stop Asian carp

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A new method has now been developed that could help slow down the advance of invasive Asian carp working their way up the Upper Mississippi River. Recently, Bighead and Silver carp eggs and late-stage embryos have been found near Lynxville in Pool 10. Evidence of Asian carp has been found as high up as Lock and Dam 2.

Mon
28
Apr

Sculpture park statues come to life at Sunday event


Chloe Lorenz participated as a living statue of basket maker Emma Big Bear at the 2013 Twilight of the Living Statues event, a historical and interactive event for people of all ages that will take place again this year, on Sunday, May 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. Twilight is free; however donations will be accepted toward the park’s next statue, Aunt Mary Ann LaBuche. (Photo by Randy Paske)

Twilight of the Living Statues is a free event open to all families on Sunday, May 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Mississippi River Sculpture Park (across the street from the Villa Louis on St. Feriole Island) in Prairie du Chien. The event is sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department. Visitors are encouraged to get into the “spirit” and come dressed as their favorite historical figure or persona. Visitors are invited to bring their own snacks and beverages.

The sculpture park is where fine art brings history to life. Life-sized bronze figures from the pages of history and prehistory gather together around a fire-ring, as if meeting for a present day rendezvous. Already installed are: Chief Blackhawk, Dr. Beaumont and son Israel, Victorian Lady, The Voyageur and Emma Big Bear.

Pages

Subscribe to Local News