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20
Apr

Projects tackled ahead of schedule, new fire truck purchase planned

By Correne Martin

As has become the trend for the city of Prairie du Chien in recent years, the city has more money remaining in its 2014-2016 capital fund than anticipated for this time of year. This is the result of a number of projects coming in under budget as well as other projects not taking place for various unpredictable reasons. So, administration came to the common council Tuesday night with a list of proposed projects to be completed ahead of schedule, resulting in a decrease to the capital fund’s remaining balance.

The projects, which the council approved, include:

1) Repairs to the aquatic park pool, $10,348,

2) Repairs to Hoffman Hall’s north wall, $11,000, this is in addition to the $10,000 already allocated for this project and will cover the entire building,

3) Electrical improvements on St. Feriole Island, $26,000.

Wed
20
Apr

Inaugural meeting set with hopes of starting local Young Professionals Group

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce is looking to start a Young Professionals (YP) Group.  An inaugural meeting is slated for Thursday, May 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Leisure Time Sports Bar and Bowl. Steve Benzschawel, the program director of Wisconsin Business World, will run the meeting.

Future business and community leaders are invited to this whiteboard session to help map the assets of Prairie du Chien and define what makes this an attractive area to work. Together, attendees will identify opportunities and articulate a clear strategy for developing a YP Group. Goals for the group will be to organize a community of peers under the guidance of the chamber, and provide opportunities for networking, career building, mentoring and leadership development.

Wed
20
Apr

Driftless Wisconsin gets JEM Grant


Driftless Wisconsin receives a check for $15,000 from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism for a Sales Promotion JEM Grant at Prairie Fun Land, one of the promotion’s participating businesses. From left to right are: Paula Sheckler, Prairie Fun Land; Patrick Reinsma and Heidi S. Roekle, Wisconsin Department of Tourism; State Representative Lee Nerison; Rick Kettner, Will Cronin, and Eric Frydenlund, Driftless Wisconsin; and Meaghan Hackett and Kurt Sheckler, Prairie Fun Land. (Photo submitted)

 

Driftless Wisconsin to welcome 

new travelers with help from tourism grant

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
20
Apr

County Board

 

Judge Czajkowski addresses 

County Board about courthouse 

remodeling, drug problems in county

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
20
Apr

New County Building


The footings for the new Crawford County Highway Department salt and sand building will be approximately 10 feet wide.

 

County to get new 

salt, sand storage building

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
20
Apr

Kapanke in Prairie du Chien

 

Kapanke announces 

candidacy, visits Prairie du Chien

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
18
Apr

Peoples State Bank expands presence in Grant County

Peoples State Bank announced last week that it has entered into an agreement to purchase FirstMerit Bank’s Lancaster, Fennimore, Dickeyville, and Potosi branches. The transaction involves the sale of the buildings, loans, and deposits associated with the branches. Pending regulatory approval, it is expected that the sale will close in July.

Mark Forsythe, president of Peoples State Bank, said the acquisition is consistent with the bank’s plan for growth.

“We really appreciate the opportunity to work with FirstMerit Bank on this acquisition and are extremely excited about increasing our bank’s presence in Grant County,” Forsythe added. “Our bank’s history of service in southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa is a great story and we are anxious to begin meeting and working with the farmers, businesses and residents of Lancaster, Fennimore, Dickeyville, and Potosi to write another chapter.”

Mon
18
Apr

PdC High School Class of 2016 val and sal named


Jessica Gutknecht, valedictorian, and Autumn Kohler, salutatorian

Jessica Gutknecht has been named the valedictorian and Autumn Kohler the salutatorian of the Prairie du Chien High School Class of 2016.

Jessica Gutknecht is the daughter of Rick and Joy Gutknecht. She’s grown up in Prairie du Chien and has been an active part of the community. She is a member of St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church and president of the youth council there. Throughout high school, she has been a varsity athlete in gymnastics, golf, and soccer. She’s also participated in Key Club, Science Club, National Honor Society, and a musical production.

After the completion of her senior year, Jessica will have taken seven Advanced Placement classes including calculus AB, calculus BC, statistics, English language, English literature, U.S. history, and music theory. Additionally, she’s taken two Project Lead the Way (PLTW) classes: intro to engineering and design, and civil engineering and architecture.

Mon
18
Apr

Cafe, store in former Kozelka's


Kelly Milbert, Pam Ritchie and Jon Scherbring stand in the former Kozelka’s building.

 

Cafe, adult day care, furniture and 

decorating store to fill former Kozelka’s building

By Ted Pennekamp

 

There’s good news for the former Kozelka’s Men’s Wear building. It will soon be occupied by three new entities. 

Wed
13
Apr

Welcome to Prairie du Chien Prairie du Chien

Mayor Dave Hemmer (right) welcomed Prairie du Chien’s newest business, Solomon Corporation, to the North Gateway Business Park on Tuesday, April 12, following a ribbon cutting at the industrial facility. Tom Hemmer, company president and CEO, said “Prairie feels like home for us. We operate in several small towns and the people and culture here are exactly what we wanted.” Tom’s dad, Gene Hemmer, founded Solomon Corp. 45 years ago in Solomon, Kan. In addition to Kansas and now Wisconsin, the company has regional locations in Colorado, Texas and Tennessee. In total, Solomon has 560 employees, including 16 who started April 7 in Prairie du Chien. The local employees were hired as mechanical and electrical technician work, dismantlement and materials handling, receiving as well as paint and finish work. At least another eight employees are anticipated, as 24 is the number Solomon committed to with respect to incentives it received from the state of Wisconsin.

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