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Wed
19
Oct

Tranel, Bennett to engage in Boscobel forum

The two candidates to represent the 49th District in the Wisconsin Assembly are expected to attend a forum in Boscobel one week before Election Day.

Republican incumbent Travis Tranel and Democratic challenger Jesse Bennett face off in the Nov. 8 election for the district that includes all of Grant County and a small portion of Lafayette County.

Boscobel Public Library and GFWC Boscobel Women’s Club will host a question-and-answer forum for the candidates at 7 p.m., Nov. 1, at the library. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Wed
19
Oct

Gain strength together with new cancer support group


Christine Carlson (left), a breast cancer survivor and champion behind the new cancer support group in Prairie du Chien, is pictured with social worker and friend Tara Nalepinski, of Crossing Rivers Health. The first support group for individuals touched by any type of cancer, is Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the hospital’s Polodna Room. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

For cancer sufferers and survivors, family members, friends and caregivers, it’s so important to know there are others out there going through similar disheartening circumstances. Just being in the company of those individuals who have been touched by any type of cancer is comforting and motivating.

Because of the reassurance she’s personally felt while working with the most compassionate, Christine Carlson, a breast cancer survivor, wants to channel her energy into starting a cancer support group in Prairie du Chien.

The first meeting will be Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Polodna Room at Crossing Rivers Health. The free meetings will follow the third Wednesday of every month at that same time. Individuals touched by any form of cancer are welcome.

Wed
19
Oct

Clean Sweep Friday, Oct. 28

Friday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the 2016 Crawford County Clean Sweep event will once again take place at the Crawford County Highway Shop, one mile south of Seneca. All county residents who can provide proof of residency may participate in the event.

Chemicals accepted include:

•Unused, damaged, canceled, banned, or otherwise unwanted agricultural chemicals, including herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides, and wood preservatives.

•Other agricultural chemicals including veterinary supplies, lead paint, acid washes, wood finishes, solvents and engine cleaners.

•Household chemicals including paint, stain, used oil, oil filters, and antifreeze.

Household CFL bulbs and fluorescent tubes will be accepted (for quantities over 50 bulbs/tubes, a $.25/bulb charge will apply).

Wed
19
Oct

Crawford County will likely get FEMA funding for roads, bridges

By Ted Pennekamp

Crawford County Emergency Government Director Jim Hackett told the Crawford County Board Tuesday morning that the county will almost certainly get FEMA assistance for the flood and rain damages caused by the storms of Sept. 21 and 22.

“We will reach the threshold,” said Hackett, who noted that the threshold for the 12-county area that sustained damages to roads, bridges and other public infrastructure is $8.5 million. Hackett said  Vernon County will go over $6 million. An estimate, as of Sept. 29, for Crawford County was $3,463,950. “It’s a matter of when, not if,” said Hackett about the possibility of receiving FEMA funding.

The 12 counties include Adams, Chippewa, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Eau Claire, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Vernon and Wood.

Due to heavy rain on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22, there was a train derailment with no injuries, widespread damage and two fatalities in southwest Wisconsin.

Wed
19
Oct

Dubuque man charged with attempted homicide for beating at Rock on the River in 2013

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Charges have been officially filed in Crawford County Circuit Court regarding a three-year investigation into the assault of a man at Rock on the River in the town of Bridgeport.

Wed
19
Oct

Man charged in local homicide

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A Hampton, Ga., man accused of murdering his girlfriend in the town of Bridgeport, was charged with first degree reckless homicide in Crawford County Circuit Court Monday afternoon, Oct. 17.

Jimmy D. McDaniel, 49, appeared via video at his initial court appearance and began crying as Judge Lynn Rider read the charge to him. McDaniel continued to cry throughout most of the hearing. 

Mon
17
Oct

FWS Looks for Property


The temporary home of the McGregor District Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is located at 470 Cliff Haven Road, Prairie du Chien, across from Cabela’s.

 

McGregor District Office of the FWS 

actively seeking permanent location

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
17
Oct

Detention basins, debris catchers anticipated to mitigate flooding issues


Grading work was done last week along Highway 27, just east of Prairie du Chien, as part of the flood mitigation project the city of Prairie du Chien is completing to potentially slow rainwater and debris flowing down from the bluffs, thus alleviating flood damages when heavy rain events occur. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Flood mitigation work has recently changed the landscape significantly along Mondell Hill, just east of Prairie du Chien beside Highway 27. Trees were removed, grading is being done, and two detention basins and a bypass storm sewer are being built. The hope is for this municipal project to slow rainwater and debris flowing down from the bluffs, thus alleviating runoff flood damage when heavy rain events occur.

According to Matt Muchow, professional engineer and on-site manager for Vierbicher Associates, crews moved the earth for a north bypass, from Webster Street to Godden Pit, over the past few weeks. Last week, work consisted of mostly grading along Highway 27.

“We just started making basin 1 [last] week,” Muchow said. “We’ll put the trash rack and pond outlet in, in about a week. The grading for basin 2, by Jackson Street, and the trash rack and pond outlet there will also be done soon.”

Mon
17
Oct

Rivers and Bluffs to break ground, kick off capital campaign


This sign, made by Design Homes, will be erected along Cliffwood Drive, at the building site for the animal shelter.

By Correne Martin

It’s been nine years in the making.

The Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter board and volunteers are ready to break ground for their highly-anticipated animal shelter at 460 Cliffwood Dr. on the north side of Prairie du Chien. The official groundbreaking will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 2:30 p.m. Cake and coffee will be served; parking will be allowed along Cliffwood for the event.

Plans are for Top Notch Construction to build the exterior shell of the shelter in the coming months on 3.4 acres of property in the city’s business park.

Simultaneously, RABAS is also embarking on a capital campaign Nov. 1, 2016 through Jan. 31, 2017, from which they hope to raise funds toward furnishing the interior of the facility.

“We need to raise another $400,000 for the interior of the building,” said Cheryl Statz, RABAS president.

Wed
12
Oct

Halls of Terror


Prairie du Chien Librarian Nancy Ashmore holds two copies of the book “The Fright Seeker’s Guide to Random Haunts and Other Horrific Things” donated by Nate Gilberts and Nick Gilberts of Scream Xtreme Monday. The Halls of Terror is one of two Wisconsin attractions featured in the book.

 

So good it’s scary

Horrifying Halls of Terror awaits for those who dare

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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