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Wed
25
May

Invasive Species


This is an example of Japanese hops.

 

Didymo, Japanese hops discussed in first of series about invasive species

By Ted Pennekamp

 

June is invasive species awareness month, so now is a good time to begin a series of articles about the many invasives found in Crawford County and what citizens can do to help get rid of or prevent them. 

Wed
25
May

Crawford County Dairy Breakfast at Achenbach farm June 4


Owners of Achenbach Hy-View Farms in rural Eastman include Steve and Terri Achenbach and Matt and Keri Achenbach. Also pictured are Owen, Keaton, Emory and Briggs. Not pictured are Steve and Terri’s other children: Angie, Adam, Jenni and Megan. (Submitted photo)

June is Dairy month and that means the Crawford County Dairy Breakfast is upon us. This year’s breakfast will be Saturday, June 4, from 6 to 10 a.m. at the Achenbach Hy-View Farms,  29243 State Highway 27, between Prairie du Chien and Eastman. As always, for a couple dollars per plate, breakfast-goers will enjoy a fresh and filling meal as well as the unique farm experience. Children under 12 eat at a discounted price, and children under 5 eat free.

The farm is owned and operated by Steve and Terri Achenbach and son Matt and Keri Achenbach.

Wed
25
May

Vandalism investigated at Kembles Greenhouse

Kembles Greenhouse, in Prairie du Chien, reported thousands of dollars in vandalism to its plants and trees last week, according to Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram.
On Saturday, May 21, a city police officer was dispatched to Kembles and, upon arrival, learned that all of the business’ trees, valued at about $3,500, had been cut in half and ruined. The officer was called back another day, after some other trees and plants were possibly sprayed with an unknown chemical, as they were starting to wilt. The case remains under investigation.

Wed
25
May

Construction on multi-use path to begin early July


The Safe Routes to School grant will allow for a 10-foot, asphalt, multi-use path to be constructed, beginning in July, on the north side of Wells Street, from 19th Street east to 22nd Street—near Bluff View Intermediate School. This will connect into other paths/sidewalks in the city of Prairie du Chien. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The Safe Routes to School path will also be constructed this summer on the south side of Campion Boulevard, from 18th Street west to 10th Street, near the Prairie Health chiropractic office. This will aso connect into other paths/sidewalks, which will ultimately provide a six-mile public trail around the city.

By Correne Martin

A 10-foot-wide, asphalt, multi-use path will be constructed this summer on parts of Wells Street and Campion Boulevard in Prairie du Chien, as part of a Safe Routes to School project that’s been more than a decade in the making. The city, Delta 3 Engineering and New Age Construction, the bid-winning company from Muscoda, are hosting a public information meeting on Tuesday, June 21, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., to discuss the proposed route and scope of work and answer questions from concerned residents. The meeting will take place in the community room at city hall.

“If anyone has questions about sod, trees, sprinkler system modifications, etc., they would want to voice their opinion,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said.

Mon
23
May

Memorial Day ceremonies planned in four communities

Ceremonies planned in four communities Several Memorial Day observances are scheduled in area communities next week, including Prairie du Chien, McGregor, Wauzeka and Bloomington-Glen Haven.

Prairie du Chien
The annual Memorial Day parade will kick off Prairie du Chien’s observance of the holiday on Monday, May 30, at 10:30 a.m. The marching units will proceed from the intersection of Blackhawk Avenue and Michigan Street to Beaumont Road and then south to the Fort Crawford Military Cemetery.

All marching units, including the honor guard, Legionnaires, VFW members and all ex-servicemen, Legion and VFW Auxiliaries, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, patriotic organizations, school children carrying flowers and flags, Bluff View School band and the Prairie du Chien High School band are requested to assemble at the FirstMerit Bank parking lot no later than 10:15 a.m. Monday.

Mon
23
May

Dairy royalty to be named


Crawford County Dairy Royalty judging took place at Peoples State Bank in Prairie du Chien May 14. Pictured are 2015-16 Present Dairy Royalty (front row, from left) Crawford County Dairy Princess Attendant Amari McCarthy, Crawford County Dairy Little Miss Squirt Lindsey Nolan and Crawford County Dairy Princess Mary Jo Cody; (back row) Dairy Princess candidate Emily Steger, Little Miss Squirt candidates Grace Callahan and Darci Jelinek and Dairy Princess candidate Brooke Nagel. (Photo by Tammy Nolan)

The Crawford County June Dairy Month Kick-Off Banquet will be held on Sunday, May 29 at the United Methodist Fellowship Hall, Eastman. The night will kick off at 7 p.m., with a cheese and cracker social where attendees can meet the candidates for the Crawford County Dairy Royalty contests. A spaghetti and chicken Alfredo dinner prepared by the Eastman United Methodist Church will follow at 7:30 p.m.

The program is filled with lots of delightful dairy tidbits, from the dairy promotion report, the introduction of the dairy breakfast host family and the honorary Dairy Month chairpersons, to the final messages from the 2015 Crawford County Dairy Royalty. This year’s candidates will present their prepared dairy speech as they are introduced, followed by the coronation of the 2016 Crawford County Dairy Princess and Little Miss Squirt, along with their attendants.

Mon
23
May

Eastman Wastewater Upgrade

 

Eastman wastewater treatment 

facility project moving forward

By Ted Pennekamp

 

In March, the village of Eastman requested approval from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to upgrade its wastewater treatment facility. Approval has been granted and the project is moving forward.

Wed
18
May

Military History Gallery of Crawford County


This is a Bronze Star that was donated to the Military History Gallery of Crawford County. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

These are just a few of the artifacts and photos that will be a part of the Military History Gallery of Crawford County in the Crawford County Administration Building.

 

Gallery to share story of Crawford County’s military

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A new permanent gallery coming to the Crawford County Administration Building will offer visitors an insight into the rich military history of the county. 

Wed
18
May

Prairie du Chien man charged with intent to deliver methamphetamine

A 34-year-old Prairie du Chien man was charged May 16 in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine.

Eric Allen Schultz faces up to 25 years in prison and a $100,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, following a traffic stop on April 25 near the intersection of Highway 18 and Vineyard Road in the town of Bridgeport, a search was conducted of the vehicle Schultz was driving.

Among the items seized were several individual bags, each containing a quantity of crystalline substance, the complaint said. A small digital scale was also seized. A chemical field test on a portion of the suspected methamphetamine tested positive.

Wed
18
May

Train derailment outside Wauzeka

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train carrying corn on Wisconsin Southern rail line derailed Tuesday evening about two miles east of the village of Wauzeka, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department. Just after 8:30 p.m., the sheriff’s office was notified of the four rail-car derailment, in which an estimated 150 to 200 tons of corn were spilled onto the ground and river bank. The Department of Natural Resources was contacted to determine any hazard to the Wisconsin River. It was determined that the corn poses no threat to humans or wildlife. A cleanup plan is set in place and should be completed within 72 hours. The cause of the derailment is under investigation. (Photo provided by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department)

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