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Apr

Possible inappropriate conduct by Crawford County employee being investigated

During an emergency meeting of the Crawford County Personnel Committee April 2, the committee voted unanimously to hire Attorney William E. Morgan to investigate allegations of conduct by a county employee that may be contrary to county personnel policies, or otherwise inappropriate. Morgan is to report his investigative findings to the Personnel Committee along with any recommendation he may have for corrective action.

Personnel Committee members present were Greg Russell, Wade Dull and Mary Jane Faas. County Board Chairman Pete Flesch, along with Finance Committee members Duane Rogers and Tom Cornford were also present.

Mon
07
Apr

Traffic stop leads to cocaine arrest

On April 2 at 11:45 p.m., a Crawford County Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with expired registration plates.  

This vehicle was stopped at East Blackhawk Avenue and Saint Lo Drive in the city of Prairie du Chien. Driving the vehicle was Erin M. Peterson, 22, McGregor, and her passenger Nathaniel Bueno, 29, Postville. Deputies located drug paraphernalia on Bueno’s person, that he admitted he used for smoking “crack” cocaine. Bueno was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cocaine.  

Assisting the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department were the Prairie du Chien Police Department and Clayton County’s K9 Unit.

Mon
07
Apr

Prairie du Chien man announces run against Ron Kind

Tony Kurtz, of Prairie du Chien, has announced that he has filed to run as a Republican in Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District, which runs across western Wisconsin. Kurtz said he is motivated to run due to the incumbent Representative Ron Kind’s (D, La Crosse) inability to address job creation, quality health care, a balanced budget, and deficit reduction.

“I am running for a few simple reasons. For the past few years, like so many others, I believe that our federal government has not been working for the people of western Wisconsin. Too many special interest groups have soured our political process and have made our federal government, for lack of a better term, dysfunctional,” Kurtz stated. “This is not targeted at a specific party. Both parties have caused this tone in Washington to deteriorate to such a point that our nation stands still, waiting for the next political shoe to drop. Frankly, I am tired of these games and am ready to get some work done.”

Mon
07
Apr

Hospital progress benefits the local economy

crane
Six air-handling units were crane-set on the rooftops of Prairie du Chien’s new health care center a little more than one week ago. The largest weighed around 27,000 pounds and measured 50 feet by 20 feet. The units were custom-fabricated and delivered from Michigan. They will provide an economical way of heating, cooling and humidifying the facility. Also, by being on the rooftops, they will not take up square footage inside the facility. (Provided photos)

In quite the impressive site, one of the air-handling units for the hospital was loaded onto a crane recently so it could be set on the rooftop of the facility.

The back of the new health care center shows varying heights and depths, which add to the appeal of the design. The Medical Office Building, where the professional office space of the hospital will be located, is shown encapsulated in plastic on the north end of the facility.

By Correne Martin

The new, state-of-the-art hospital in Prairie du Chien will be quite the statement piece when it’s completed around late February of 2015. The local workforce behind the $50 million construction effort has been a strong part of creating that eventual statement—an attractive and modern health care center that will significantly transform the visual landscape and the resources of the community.

General contractor Market & Johnson, and its subcontractors—many of which are locally established or hire local labor—have made it through the hard winter in stride with the project schedule.

Mon
07
Apr

Road work ahead

Highway 35 project
Near Picatee Creek Road on Friday afternoon, a truck drives over one of the bridges that will be repaired on Highway 35 from Prairie du Chien to Lynxville this summer. The bridgework is needed because of damage caused by flash flooding last year. The project began on Monday, April 7. The highway will be one lane at the project sites. The Wisconsin DOT is doing the project.

 

Spring road 

projects ahead

By Ted Pennekamp

 

In addition to the Marquette Road project in the city of Prairie du Chien, there will be various other road projects in Crawford County this spring. 

Wed
02
Apr

Prairie du Chien alderman race still remains undetermined

By Correne Martin

Who will take the Prairie du Chien Common Council seat in the first aldermanic district remains to be seen, according to the April 1 election results reported late Tuesday night. Write-ins Ron Leys and Mark Oehler received two votes apiece in the first ward.

According to rule, the eligible person who receives the highest number of write-in votes in a vacant district is declared the winner after the Board of Canvassers meets and confirms the election. If that person declines the position, the vacancy goes to the common council to be filled.

However, that rule hasn’t exactly given city officials a clear-cut answer on how to proceed. Prairie du Chien City Clerk Barb Elvert conferred with the Government Accountability Board Wednesday morning for clarification on the city’s next step.

Wed
02
Apr

National Guard Armory in Prairie du Chien undergoing renovation


The National Guard Armory in Prairie du Chien was built in 1956. A major renovation is underway to update the interior. Work is expected to be complete in June. (Photos by Correne Martin)

A pile of equipment and noticeable construction gear sits in the main room of the Prairie du Chien Armory. Some of the major points of the renovation are upgrading the building’s boiler system from steam to water, improving the electrical system and installing air conditioning.

By Correne Martin

For the first time since the National Guard Armory was built at 601 N. Marquette Rd., in Prairie du Chien, in 1956, a major renovation has begun inside the facility. The Department of Military Affairs is funding the $1.5 million project, which started in late 2013. The 229th Engineer Company is anticipating the construction at its readiness center to be complete by this summer.

“Aesthetically, it will look much different,” said Chad Smethurst, 229th horizontal construction engineer. “It will give us the ability to work in a more professional environment.”

A majority of the project’s costs will involve updating the boiler system from steam to water, improving the electrical system and installing air conditioning. The heating and electrical systems at the Armory were 20 to 30 years old, failing and costly to operate, according to the Department of Military Affairs.

Wed
02
Apr

Saferide Program

 

Crawford County Tavern 

League hopes to start Saferide

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Members of the Crawford County Tavern League have been working hard toward implementing the Saferide Program in order to make the county’s roads safer. 

Mon
31
Mar

3M has manufactured for 50 years in Prairie du Chien

3M celebrates 50 years
A group of 3M of Prairie du Chien employees show their appreciation for our troops overseas.

3M is celebrating 50 years of manufacturing in Prairie du Chien. On April 1, 1964, 3M purchased the Burgess Cellulose sponge making operation and expanded it later that same year. 3M manufactures Scotch-Brite abrasive products, Safety Walk traction and Nomad matting products, Sandblaster sanding sponges, and acoustic and thermal Thinsulate at their operations located on Marquette Road. A number of celebratory events are planned, including an anniversary celebration in-plant in April followed by more formal events and an open house in September.

Mon
31
Mar

River Ridge District looks ahead to the possibility of facility needs referendum


These four preliminary concept drawings were handed out at a school board meeting last week, during which the board, the Community Communication Group and members of the public discussed their options regarding the possibility of a facility needs referendum. A survey is being done at this time, as those involved consider a possible referendum in the fall. These drawings are only serving as a point of information at this time; the final concept and costs could look very different.

By Correne Martin

A voter-approved operational referendum in February has put the River Ridge School District in a position to continue offering a quality education for many years to come. Yet, infrastructure needs at both the Patch Grove and Bloomington facilities have moved to the forefront of current discussions, and talks of safety, security and out-of-date systems are now high priority.

“The operational referendum set us up for success,” Superintendent Lee Pritzl said following a series of school board and committee meetings last Wednesday, March 26. “Now, what we’re trying to do is not just survive, but thrive, and that includes creating a good learning environment.”

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