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16
Apr

Bridge work on Highway 35 in northbound lanes

Bridge work on State Highway 35 from Prairie du Chien to Lynxville began on April 7. The bridges will include Picatee Creek Bridge, Du Charme Bridge, Leitner Hollow Bridge and Morgan Hollow Bridge.

The schedule is as follows: Begin construction work April 7, with work beginning on Picatee Creek Bridge and Leitner Hollow Bridge on the northbound lane and then following with the southbound lanes on both bridges ending around May 9. Then beginning May 9, work will begin on Du Charme Bridge and Morgan Hollow Bridge in the northbound lanes and then following with southbound lanes on both bridges ending in early August of 2014.

Travelers will be guided through the construction areas by temporary traffic lighting signals. Picatee Road will remain open.  Road speed will be reduced in the construction areas.

Wed
16
Apr

Crawford County Fair Books available

The 2014 Crawford County Fair Books are now available. The 2014 Fair Book includes all the information you need to enter projects and to enter the Buckets of Blooms and the Fifth Annual Crawford County on the Move.

Anyone can enter projects in the Crawford County Fair, scheduled this year Aug. 6-10. Youth in kindergarten through age 19 who are involved in any Crawford County youth organization, whether it is 4-H, FFA, Scouts, summer recreation, church group, etc., are invited to enter in the Junior Division. The Open Division is just that—open to anyone who would like to enter. The opportunities to enter items are nearly unlimited. There are over 15 categories of projects, from beef cattle to cultural arts and from computers to photography and antiques to communications.

Fair entries will be accepted online until Friday, June 27, on or before 9 p.m. and paper entries will be accepted until Friday, May 9.

Wed
16
Apr

Jaycees’ annual Sandbox Fill scheduled

Mark Saturday, May 10, on your calendars for this year’s Sandbox Fill, sponsored by the Jaycees of Prairie du Chien.  Volunteers from Prairie Sand and Gravel, together with the Jaycees, will visit your home and fill your family’s sandbox at no cost to you. Registration ends May 7.

Sign up locations include the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library, Family Resource Center, First Merit Bank and Piggly Wiggly of Prairie du Chien.  Donations are also accepted with all proceeds going to the Prairie du Chien Skate Park.

For an entire summer of fun in the sun—and sand—register now for the annual Prairie du Chien Sandbox Fill.

Wed
16
Apr

Merchants start to pick up the pieces after Sunday’s fire


The back side of Slumberland Furniture at Prairie du Chien’s Blackhawk Junction mall still stood late Tuesday afternoon after Sunday night’s devastating fire. Police tape surrounds the building, to address safety concerns, until it can be razed. Police Chief Harry Remz said late Tuesday that he was still waiting for a determination from the state fire marshal about what may have caused the blaze. More information will be released in the paper and on the Courier Press’ Facebook page as soon as those details become available.

By Correne Martin

“It’s sad to see what has happened.”

Those were the words of Dan Kanis, owner of Nelson True Value Hardware, Monday afternoon, April 14.

“We’re in a lot better position than our neighbors, who haven’t been as fortunate. Our hearts go out to them,” he added, talking about Slumb-erland Furniture, which was completely engulfed in a fire that started Sunday around 7:10 p.m.

Slumberland Furniture Owner Robert Dowd wished not to speak about the events that occurred at his business Sunday night. His store manager Suzanne Kramer said customers, who may have purchased items from the furniture store and are inquiring about their order, are asked to call (608) 326-1500 with questions. They will be directed Dubuque Slumberland.

Wed
16
Apr

County board swears in its members, approves of seeking Japanese hops grant

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The 17 county board supervisors took the oath of office during the regular Crawford County Board meeting Tuesday morning. 

In addition, Pete Flesch was nominated and approved by the board to remain as county board chairman. Tom Cornford was approved as vice chairman. 

Wed
16
Apr

Labradorite: Madagascar’s fiery new gemstone

Gem stone
This large free form-polished Labradorite display gem weighs approximately 20 pounds and was obtained at a show recently. Laser-like flashes of red, blue, green and yellow literally leap out of the stone at the observer.

 

By Phil Burgess

 

The mineral world realm continues to offer new, stunning gemstone varieties. In 2010 a major deposit of Labradorite, a gem-quality variety of the mineral feldspar, was discovered in southern Madagascar. Labradorite has been known for some time, having originally been discovered in Labrador, Canada but also occurring in several other countries, including the U.S. A related gem, moonstone, can be collected in the stone fence rows in the Wausau, Wisconsin area.

Mon
14
Apr

Russian roulette

 

Man 

killed 

playing 

Russian 

roulette

On April 11, at approximately 3:50 a.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a residence in the village of Gays Mills. The caller, 44-year-old Branston Haggerty, stated he needed medical attention for his friend who had shot himself. 

Mon
14
Apr

Plans for Prairie du Chien library expansion presented


Shown is the view of the proposed expanded Prairie du Chien Memorial Library, from the northeast (Wacouta Avenue). Large posters of these conceptual drawings are available at the library and at Prairie du Chien City Hall. Interested individuals may also access them online via the city’s website, library’s website or on their Facebook pages.

View of the meeting room/display cases.

This view shows the children’s area.

This view is looking from the teen area toward the circulation desk.

 By Correne Martin

A conceptual design of the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library expansion project—which would double the size of the current facility—was presented to the library board and city council last week by David Cameron and Patrick Cleary, of Cameron Aslaksen Architects, Reedsburg.

According to Cameron’s and Cleary’s synopsis, the project is targeted to cost about $2.92 million, which is expected to be funded in two parts. One part should come from one-and-a-half to two years of a fundraising campaign, to include grant applications, conducted by the Friends of the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library and the library board. The city will look to borrow the other half.

Renovation of the current square footage of 5,094, which is in good overall condition, will be accompanied by a new addition of 6,718 square feet. Depending on the success of the fundraising campaign, optional possibilities include:

Mon
14
Apr

PdC water staff devoted 1,000 hours to frozen pipes, water main breaks

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien Public Works officials are describing this winter as one of the worst the city has ever seen regarding frozen pipes and water main breaks. Frost levels reached approximately seven feet deep and the first residential water freeze-up of the season occurred Jan. 10, when the high temperature was 26 and the low was 15 below zero.

“I’ve never dealt with this number of issues in the 15 years I’ve been with the city or in the 23 years I’ve worked in the water profession,” said Larry Gates, Prairie du Chien’s co-manager of public works and water department supervisor.

Mon
14
Apr

Flames destroy Slumberland

By Correne Martin

One of the biggest business fires Prairie du Chien has ever witnessed occurred at Blackhawk Junction Sunday night, leaving Slumberland Furniture completely destroyed and the remaining businesses in the mall with a great degree of smoke damage. Eight fire departments responded and about half a million gallons of water were expended. No injuries were reported.

The state fire marshal was scheduled to arrive mid-morning Monday to assist in determining the cause of the fire; that determination wasn’t available at press time.

The Prairie du Chien Fire Department received the first call about the fire on the city’s northeast end at 7:09 p.m. Sunday.

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