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Wed
28
May

Glenn Bridge footing found underneath Marquette Road


The remains of the spread footing of the Glenn Bridge, a 20-foot structure that spanned over a drainage ditch built in 1932, was found by construction workers, underground, within the Marquette Road project recently. In 1967, all but the footings of the abutments were removed with the last Marquette Road reconstruction project. Find more Marquette Road construction photos on the Courier Press Newspaper Facebook page. (Submitted photo)

Two more storm sewer structures were delivered last week for the Marquette Road project. These structures are 12 feet wide by 3 feet high with 12-inch thick walls. Nearly 1,000 feet of this precast box culvert will be placed under Marquette Road to manage storm water. These structures are 4 feet deep and weigh nearly 22,000 pounds each. Two workers are shown lowering the first section of the same box culvert into place. (Submitted photo)

 Early last week, construction crews working on the Marquette Road project in Prairie du Chien discovered something of historic proportions underneath the roadway. They found the spread footing of the Glenn Bridge, a 20-foot structure that spanned over a drainage ditch built in 1932.

According to WisDOT Project Leader Jay Adams, in 1967, all but the footing of the bridge abutments were removed with the last Marquette Road reconstruction project.

Adams said the designers were aware that this structure was present and at least partially removed in 1967. Whether it was completely removed or whether it was going to be in conflict with the current storm sewer construction was unknown.

“It was not in the plan to be removed and was one of those surprises you get from time to time in construction when it was found,” Adams stated.

Wed
28
May

100 years of growing leaders in Wisconsin

By Correne Martin

From 100 years ago, when corn, canning and animal clubs cropped up with the intent of achieving better production, to today’s robotics rallies, events designed to increase youths’ knowledge of such programs, 4-H in Wisconsin remains very much the same. The organization continues its focus on growing tomorrow’s leaders, with a strong background of agriculture and admirable family values. The four personal development areas of the organization include the head, heart, hands and health.

“4-H has always offered youth a positive youth development opportunity to explore hobbies and interests,” said Amy Mitchell, Crawford County 4-H youth development agent, who has been in her position for 12 years. “It helps them develop their life skills so that, when they’re out in the workforce, they’re prepared and ready for that environment.”

Wed
21
May

Prairie du Chien Skate Park construction underway

Skate Park
This lift, donated by Novey Construction of Prairie du Chien, is being used to move units onto sub slabs provided by Pellock Construction. (Photo by Mike Ulrich)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien Skate Park is finally becoming a reality much to the delight of local and area skateboarders.

“I’m very excited and the committee is very excited,” said Skate Park Chairwoman Lorie Floyd, who has spearheaded the project for the past 10 years. “It’s been a lot of hard work and we’re thrilled that it’s finally coming together.” 

Wed
21
May

Seneca names top two graduates from Class of 2014


Valedictorian Elizabeth Garfoot and Salutatorian Cacey Ostrander

Seneca High School graduation is scheduled for Friday, May 30, at 8 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Awards and scholarships for the Class of 2014 will be presented during the graduation ceremony.

Elizabeth Garfoot has been named the valedictorian and Cacey Ostrander the salutatorian for the Seneca High School Class of 2014.

Elizabeth Garfoot is the daughter of Susie (Bird) and Scott Garfoot. She is very active in school and in her community.

Wed
21
May

UnitedHealthcare, Hunger Task Force help put breakfast food on the table


Renee Ladewig-Lathrop (left) and her fellow community relations specialists from the statewide UnitedHealthcare organization distributed milk, bread and eggs to community members in the Prairie du Chien area Monday afternoon, with the help of some local volunteers as well. The semi-load of breakfast foods sat in the parking lot behind CouleeCap for two hours, in hopes of providing assistance for people who are food insecure. Free health screenings and informational handouts were also provided. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin
 
UnitedHealthcare and the Hunger Task Force have partnered to help put food on the table for area families. On Monday afternoon, for just two hours, a semi-load of milk, bread and eggs was stationed in the CouleeCap parking lot in Prairie du Chien, where volunteers distributed the breakfast groceries. No eligibility checks were done, though the hope was to serve people who are food insecure.

For the next couple of days, the organizations will hand out food in Crawford, La Crosse, Trempealeau, Monroe and Vernon Counties. There’s enough in the bags for a family of four to eat breakfast for at least one week.

“One of our missions is to help people live healthier lives. We wanted to do breakfast because it’s the most important meal of the day,” said Renee Ladewig-Lathrop, a community relations specialist with UnitedHealthcare.

Wed
21
May

PdC council takes steps toward development agreement with True Value

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council has taken another step toward a proposed development agreement with Nelson True Value to build a new store along Highway 35/Marquette Road, just north of Walgreens.

During the council’s regular meeting Tuesday night, a resolution transferring surplus funds from TID #6 to TID #4 was approved unanimously, completing the final phase of transferring funds related to the settlement between the city and Thomas Gialamas and Martin Rifken.

Wed
21
May

Crawford County hires animal control officer


Christine Reynolds, newly appointed Animal Control Officer for the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, and Sheriff Dale McCullick look forward to working together to address the county’s needs.

Sheriff Dale McCullick is pleased to announce the addition of an animal control officer to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office staff. Seneca resident Christine Reynolds will assume the role of animal control officer as of May 21. She will handle issues in a paid-on-call capacity.

“Our dispatchers receive many calls in the course of a year that do not necessarily require law enforcement intervention, but do require a response. An animal control officer will pick up the responsibility for these types of calls,” Sheriff McCullick said.

Mon
19
May

Prairie du Chien Memorial rebrands itself: CROSSING RIVERS HEALTH

Is Prairie du Chien Memorial merging with or being acquired by another organization?

No. The organization has been and will remain independent, managed by a volunteer board of
directors and governed by an association of members.

 

Why is Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital changing its name?

• Hospital leadership conducted a brand audit in order to measure the perception and level of acceptance of the current brand. The audit included online surveys, external focus groups and internal
focus groups.

• Hospital administrators and the board of directors determined a new brand identity would better represent the hospital’s more than 60 diversified services, geographic service area and philosophy.

• The Community Health Needs Assessment conducted in 2012 reflected the need to shift the focus of area healthcare to a wellness model.

 

Mon
19
May

Court orders frac sand meeting in town of Bridgeport

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Alleged conflict of interest was the topic at a joint meeting of the Bridgeport Town Board and the Bridgeport Planning Commission at the Bridgeport-Rural Prairie du Chien Fire Department Building Thursday evening.

Mon
19
May

River Ridge valedictorian, salutatorian are recognized


Valedictorian Sabrina White and Salutatorian Alex Morgan

River Ridge High School graduation is scheduled for Friday, May 23, at 7 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. The Senior Awards Banquet for the Class of 2014 will be presented at Huckleberry’s Restaurant in Prairie du Chien, Wednesday, May 21, at 7 p.m.

Sabrina White has been named valedictorian and Alexander Morgan the salutatorian for River Ridge’s 2014 senior class.

Sabrina White is the daughter of Doug and Rita White, of Bagley.

Not only is Sabrina at the top of her class, she is also involved in National Honor Society, FFA, Friends Helping Friends, forensics, Spanish Club, basketball and softball. As a school leader, she is captain of her basketball and softball teams.

Sabrina’s future plans are to attend Milwaukee School of Engineering this fall and major in biomedical engineering.

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