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Wed
07
May

Win cash and prizes at Prairie du Chien merchants throughout construction

Detour routes were established Monday and Tuesday, and road work on Marquette Road was expected to commence today (Wednesday).

In a proactive effort to maintain and attract business during Prairie du Chien’s 2014 Marquette Road construction project, the Courier Press is running a weekly “Construction Cash” promotion along with participating merchants (see full page ad each week).

Throughout the construction period, while customers are shopping and getting service in the construction zone, they can register at the various merchants to win cash and prizes. Each week, one winner will receive $50 in Construction Cash and a special gift from one of the local businesses. Construction Cash may be redeemed at any of the participating merchants.

Pictures of the lucky winners will be taken, published in the newspaper, and posted on the Courier Press’ website and Facebook page.

Businesses partaking in the promotion include:

Wed
07
May

Council says passing out candy will be safer

By Correne Martin

Throwing of candy from parade participants to spectators will no longer be allowed at parades in Prairie du Chien. The Prairie du Chien Common Council unanimously passed an ordinance at Tuesday night’s meeting banning such action at parades. Participants will instead be encouraged to hand out or lightly toss candy, which the council believes is a safer alternative.

According to the ordinance, the city prohibits “the throwing of candy, gifts, favors or other objects from parade participants to spectators, from a motor vehicle, parade vehicle or parade animal.” But it still allows “dispensing of candy, gifts, favors or other objects by hand from parade participants to spectators, except in those circumstances where the parade participant’s action would encourage spectators to enter the public roadway.”

Wed
07
May

May means the blooming of farmers market season


Just like these radiant gerbera daisies and other spring flowers, farmers market season is blooming around the area. Stop by your local market and support the businesses who offer fresh flowers, produce, baked goods, crafts and so much more. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin and Audrey Posten

The arrival of May means the opening of farmers markets. With weekly markets in Prairie du Chien, Gays Mills, Ferryville, Marquette, McGregor and Monona, area locals and visitors alike will have plenty of opportunities to purchase fresh, locally-grown and made products.

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Prairie du Chien offers three options: West Side Farmers Market, Prairie Street Farmers Market and Blackhawk Junction Farmers Market.

Mon
05
May

American River Renegades

 

‘American River Renegades’ stars are from 

Wisconsin, Alaska, Louisiana, South Carolina

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
05
May

Mississippi River predicted to crest at 18.1

The Mississippi River continues to rise. According to the National Weather Service, the river at McGregor was at 16.38 feet at 7 a.m. on Monday, May 5. The river is predicted to crest at 18.1 feet on Thursday, May 8. Flood stage is 16 feet.  

The Kickapoo River at Steuben was at 8.19 feet at 6:45 a.m. on May 5 and is dropping. Flood stage at Steuben is 12 feet.

The Wisconsin River was at 6.34 feet at Muscoda at 7 a.m. May 5 and is dropping. Flood stage at Muscoda is 9 feet.

Mon
05
May

Rep. Kind sets Crawford County listening session

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) will hold a listening session in Prairie du Chien on Monday, May 12 at 2:30 p.m. The session will take place at the Crawford County Administration Building, Room 236, 225 N. Beaumont Rd., and last about one hour.

“Traveling around western and central Wisconsin to hear from constituents is my favorite part of this job,” said Rep. Kind.  “These listening sessions are a great opportunity for me to keep in touch with people across the Third Congressional District, by hearing your views and talking about my work in Washington.”

Mon
05
May

Project is underway on North Marquette Road


The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce has purchased six signs—white signs with black letters and red arrows—that are placed strategically around the Marquette Road construction as a means of navigating travelers to local businesses. This sign is located at the corner of Blackhawk Avenue and Main Street and is intended to direct southbound traffic to Iowa Street, where they can head east to access Marquette Road businesses. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Local business owners and concerned citizens attended a pre-construction meeting Wednesday, April 30, with officials from the city, WisDOT and contractor H. James and Sons. The meeting served as a way of providing the most up-to-date information about the coming weeks of construction on Marquette Road. Those in attendance were also able to ask any last minute questions they had. (Aaron Kramer photo)

By Correne Martin

After years of preparing, the city of Prairie du Chien begins its makeover to the north end of Marquette Road today (May 5).

The $14.2 million project (including land acquisition) consists of roundabouts at Blackhawk Avenue, Wisconsin Street and Iowa Street, street improvements from Mooney Street to Washington Street, utility repairs and streetscape updates. The city of Prairie du Chien’s cost is roughly $1.2 million of the project, while the remainder—about $13 million—is covered by state and federal funds.

According to Jay Adams, Wisconsin DOT project leader, in the first two weeks, the public will see the establishment of the detour route, the removal of concrete pavement, sanitary sewer (Taylor Street), water main (Webster Street and Marquette Road), storm sewer (between Mooney and Taylor) and boring at Mooney. Phases one and two have been combined and are expected to be complete around early August.

Mon
05
May

Slumberland Furniture owner says ‘We will rebuild’


The tarnished ruins of the Slumberland Furniture fire remain three weeks later. Insurance adjusters are expected to investigate the site on May 16 and, as soon as possible after, tear down and clean-up will commence. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The owner of Slumberland Furniture in Prairie du Chien says a new store will be constructed in the community, though no indication of when and where that will take place has been given. This report is the first to come from Owner Rob Dowd since the April 13 fire that devastated the retailer’s Blackhawk Junction location.

“Oh, we will rebuild,” was all Dowd would confirm last week, Thursday. He added that the investigation continues into what may have caused the fire, which broke out around 7:10 p.m. Sunday, April 13, and lasted into Monday morning, April 14. Seven area fire departments assisted the Prairie du Chien Fire Department in battling the blaze.

The Wisconsin State Fire Marshal’s Office responded to investigate soon after the fire was extinguished and spent about a day on scene.

Mon
05
May

Behind the badge with the Prairie du Chien police chief


Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram explained to five attentive kindergarteners at B.A. Kennedy last week about the duties of his job and how he’s available in Crawford County communities to maintain safety. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Pictured after an informative Lunch with the Chief are kindergarteners (from left) Nathan Helgerson, Ashton Landt, Westin Marx, Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram, Portor Kossman and Tegan DuCharme.

By Correne Martin

For any elementary student, the chance to eat lunch with the police chief is quite the experience. It’s an educational and memorable moment, in which a child gets to meet the man behind the badge, with his guard down and his lead vest off.

Last week, five boys in kindergarten at Prairie du Chien’s B.A. Kennedy were afforded this exclusive opportunity. They included Ashton Landt, Portor Kossman, Tegan DuCharme, Westin Marx and Nathan Helgerson.

Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram has visited the school once a month since last fall for his Lunch with the Chief program, which is new this year. As part of the program, five students spend one hour sitting in a front office room, enjoying their lunch alongside the chief. Each month, students from one grade level, kindergarten through fourth grade, are nominated by their teachers for the up-close, casual time with Chief Abram. The grades rotate month to month.

Wed
30
Apr

An evening to remember for area ‘princesses’


Nick Smethurst gives his daughter, Addison, a twirl during Princess for an Evening Saturday night at Huckleberry’s in Prairie du Chien. The event is a yearly fundraiser for the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter organization. See full story on page 5. (Photos by Brian Cipra Photography)

Ken Quick and his daughter, Kailee, have a good time practicing proper dance techniques at the beginning of the night Saturday, during the Princess for and Evening fundraiser.

Dressed in their best attire, the “princesses” and their special gentlemen—dads, grandads, uncles, etc.—posed as a group.

More than 30 “princesses” and their dates danced the night away at Huckleberry’s Banquet Hall on Saturday, April 26.

“Princess for an Evening,” a father/daughter dance, sponsored annually by Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter, provided girls and the gentlemen in their lives an opportunity to spend a special evening together.

Princesses, who dined at Huckleberry’s Restaurant with their dates prior to the dance, were treated to a complimentary Princess Parfait. Juice MC, aka Andy Jones, was the DJ for the evening, playing the latest hits as well as special requests.

Lynn Rider instructed the couples on the proper dance techniques to start the evening off on the right foot. Princesses as well as their dates took part in limbo and hula hoop contests.

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