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Wed
04
Nov

City agrees to discuss Bridgeport border agreement, new Eagles Club possible

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council has decided to accept an invitation from the Bridgeport Town Board for city representatives to meet and discuss a border agreement and related matters. After closed session during Tuesday night’s council meeting, the vote was 7-0 in agreement to meeting with the board. But the council wishes to hold the meeting in open session at a time and place to be agreed upon, versus the closed session the town board requested. The council also directed Mayor Dave Hemmer to appoint council members, city staff and/or residents to represent the city of Prairie du Chien at the meeting. A date has yet to be set for that discussion between the two governmental bodies.

Mon
02
Nov

Open house scheduled for Bluff Haven Assisted Living expansion project

An open house is being held at Bluff Haven Assisted Living, 720 S. Fremont St., in Prairie du Chien on Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 3 to 7 p.m. The community is invited to celebrate this $1.6 million expansion project, which will include tours of this state-of the-art 14-bed addition.

There will be an apple pie and pumpkin pie bar social with ice cream. There will also be prize drawings for homemade pies made by the Bistro.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 5 p.m.

According to Alesha Erdenberger, vice president of operations, the project will expand needed resident capacity of the assisted living community and will help serve the needs of this community. The community has been requesting this type of expanded healthcare services, and we are excited to provide this new space.

Mon
02
Nov

Pedestrian struck in downtown Prairie du Chien

Halloween night A Prairie du Chien man was seriously injured when he was struck by a vehicle in downtown Prairie du Chien Halloween night, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

At about 10:40 p.m., the police department was notified that a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle at the intersection of East Blackhawk Avenue and Michigan Street. Officers responded to the location and found a man on the roadway who was being attended to by a citizen.

According to witnesses, a dark-colored Ford truck was traveling east on East Blackhawk Avenue and failed to yield to the victim in the crosswalk. The suspect vehicle struck the pedestrian and left the scene, heading east on Blackhawk Avenue. The suspect’s vehicle was last seen by witnesses traveling south on Marquette Road. Further witness statements led officers to request assistance in locating the suspect’s vehicle in Clayton County, Iowa.

Mon
02
Nov

Substantial personal donation given for new library


Sue Tiller, of Tiller’s Furniture in Prairie du Chien, donated $50,000 last week to the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library fundraising campaign. She is shown seated in one of two chairs she and her siblings donated to the library in 1999 in honor of the 50th anniversary of her parents, Franklin and Patricia Tiller. Also pictured are Library Director Nancy Ashmore (back, left) and Library Board President Linda Munson. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Prairie du Chien’s Memorial Library Capital Campaign received a generous personal donation of $50,000 from Major Sue Tiller.

Earlier this year, the city announced a $1.5 million Capital Campaign to match a $1.5 million contribution to the project by the common council. The project, estimated at $3 million, is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2017.

“I remember walking, so many times, straight down Minnesota Street to the library, and then coming home with all my many borrowed treasures,” said Tiller, a local business leader, proud 20-year Army veteran and past president of the Friends of the Library. “I was introduced to so much growing up from the library but, most of all, I remember how safe and warm I felt just being there, reading there, among all the books. So, I can’t think of a better place to give support to than our little library, because it’s time to make it even bigger and better.”

Mon
02
Nov

PdC School Board asks residents to submit survey regarding facilities upgrades

Survey questions published in Monday’s Courier Press (Nov. 2)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Though the Prairie du Chien Schools Advisory Task Force Community Meetings have recently concluded, the Prairie du Chien Board of Education still has more information gathering and planning to do. 

Mon
02
Nov

Burgess in Book


Prairie du Chien’s Phil Burgess holds a copy of “Stromatolites: Ancient, Beautiful, and Earth-Altering.” (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Local rock collector part of new book

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A Prairie du Chien rock collector is featured in a new book “Stromatolites: Ancient, Beautiful, and Earth-Altering.” 

Wed
28
Oct

Prairie du Chien School Budget

 

Prairie du Chien Public 

School tax rate is the same 

despite $334,264 drop in state aid

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
28
Oct

Anytime Fitness coming

Anytime Fitness is coming to Prairie du Chien. Josh Blietz, franchisee, signed a lease for a 4,900-square-foot space for the new gym at Riverside Square. Construction will begin immediately, as the target date for the club’s grand opening is after the first of the year.

“Our gym will be small enough that we can provide personalized attention for all of our members,” Blietz said. “Whether weight-loss is your goal, or increased strength or improved balance and flexibility—or a combination—we’re committed to helping you acheive those goals.”

For the most up-to-date information on this coming business, find Anytime Fitness-Prairie du Chien, WI on Facebook.

Anytime Fitness will be staffed roughly eight hours a day, but members can access the club whenever they like—even during unstaffed hours—using a computerized key-fob system.

At the new club, members will have full use of top-quality equipment and amenities, including:

Wed
28
Oct

Stark joins over 130 Midwest builders in representing Wick Buildings


Kent Stark (right), of K Starky Enterprises, constructed the Valley Fish and Cheese store on Iowa Street in 2004, which was eventually named Building of the Year by Wick Buildings. Stark is getting back into the business as a builder for Wick. He is pictured with Mike Valley at the former Building of the Year. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Kent Stark, of K Starky Enterprises, dba Stark Engineering, in Prairie du Chien, recently graduated from the Wick Buildings Builder Orientation School, and has joined over 130 builders in the Midwest who proudly represent Wick Buildings. Stark completed a session Oct. 13-15 at the Wick Buildings headquarters in Mazomanie to learn about high quality post-frame engineering and construction techniques, as well as building systems for the professional builder.

“Our builders are learning the best practices in pre-engineered post-frame construction and customer service to ensure that buyers are getting the maximum value for every dollar they spend,” said Jeff Farquhar, president and general manager of Wick Buildings.

Wed
28
Oct

Cattle struck by vehicle

On Saturday, Oct. 24, at  10:52 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of an accident that took place on Oct. 23 at 10:45 p.m.

A 2004 Jeep Liberty owned and operated by Sandy Gillespie, 55, of Ferryville, was westbound on County B near Dog Hollow Road.

Weather conditions were foggy. Several black Angus ran onto the highway and were struck. There were no injuries.

The vehicle had moderate damage and was driven from the scene by the operator.

The owner of the cattle could not be determined.

The accident remains under investigation.

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