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Mail carrier food drive May 10

By Correne Martin

Every second Saturday in May, the United States Postal Service puts its best letter forward in an effort to Stamp Out Hunger in our communities.

Once again this year, local mail carriers are asking for help from the public to fill a bag and feed the community.

The Prairie du Chien Post Office will participate in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 10. City residents will receive special bags delivered by mail carriers later this week, according to Postmaster Darryl Martin. They are asked to fill a bag with non-perishable food and leave it by their mailbox prior to 9 a.m. on May 10. If a bag is not delivered in advance of the food drive, residents are encouraged to use their own bags.

Mon
28
Apr

City gets VFW Charter back

 

VFW colors, charter, flag welcomed back to Prairie du Chien

By Ted Pennekamp

 

About a dozen people were on hand Thursday afternoon in the council chambers in City Hall when the city of Prairie du Chien received the McKinney-Tyler-Portwine VFW Post 1945 Charter and flag from the National VFW organization. 

Mon
28
Apr

Asian carp barrier

 

There may be an inexpensive and ‘sound’ way to stop Asian carp

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A new method has now been developed that could help slow down the advance of invasive Asian carp working their way up the Upper Mississippi River. Recently, Bighead and Silver carp eggs and late-stage embryos have been found near Lynxville in Pool 10. Evidence of Asian carp has been found as high up as Lock and Dam 2.

Mon
28
Apr

Sculpture park statues come to life at Sunday event


Chloe Lorenz participated as a living statue of basket maker Emma Big Bear at the 2013 Twilight of the Living Statues event, a historical and interactive event for people of all ages that will take place again this year, on Sunday, May 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. Twilight is free; however donations will be accepted toward the park’s next statue, Aunt Mary Ann LaBuche. (Photo by Randy Paske)

Twilight of the Living Statues is a free event open to all families on Sunday, May 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Mississippi River Sculpture Park (across the street from the Villa Louis on St. Feriole Island) in Prairie du Chien. The event is sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department. Visitors are encouraged to get into the “spirit” and come dressed as their favorite historical figure or persona. Visitors are invited to bring their own snacks and beverages.

The sculpture park is where fine art brings history to life. Life-sized bronze figures from the pages of history and prehistory gather together around a fire-ring, as if meeting for a present day rendezvous. Already installed are: Chief Blackhawk, Dr. Beaumont and son Israel, Victorian Lady, The Voyageur and Emma Big Bear.

Mon
28
Apr

Man charged with marijuana possession

A 37-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of the possession of marijuana.

Robert V. Cooper faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a Prairie du Chien police officer stopped at Cooper’s residence, and when the office entered he noticed a plastic baggie containing a green plant substance and a black and blue smoking device. Cooper admitted that the items were his and the officer then seized them, the complaint said.

A chemical test later revealed that the green plant substance was marijuana.

Mon
28
Apr

CORRECTED: McGregor man faces meth charge

Thomas D. Wiemerslage Jr., 23, of McGregor, faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine after being charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine.

According to the criminal complaint, a Prairie du Chien police officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Following a search of the vehicle, Wiemerslage admitted to the investigating officer that a white powdery substance found in a folded dollar bill was methamphetamine and that it was his, the complaint said.

Mon
28
Apr

Trail of Presidents dedicated on Arbor Day


Tom and Cathie Nelson and John and Vickie Mundt led the Arbor Day dedication of the Trail of Presidents, north of the Mississippi River Sculpture Park in Prairie du Chien on Friday, April 25. Local Boy Scouts, first graders and members of the high school music group, “Out to Lunch,” joined in the historic celebration, in addition to area dignitaries and community members who purchased the trees. It was a gorgeous day, perfect for such an important event. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting at the Trail of Presidents dedication Friday. Pictured (from left) are Paul Ginkel, Roy George, Luke Brom, Connor Wittrig, John Howe, Bob Sutton, Tom Nelson, Char Bender, Andrew Nelson, Bob Standorf, Vickie Mundt, John Mundt, Cathie Nelson, John Holley, Jamie Stram, Jack Peterson (Mike Mara behind him) and Bob Moses.

By Correne Martin

The Trail of Presidents trees were dedicated on a sunny Friday, April 25—Arbor Day—on the north side of St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien.

Organizers John Mundt and Tom Nelson presented the ceremony in front of local dignitaries, community members, Boy Scouts, high school music students and first graders. The Pledge of Allegiance and Star Spangled Banner, performed by the PdCHS music group, “Out to Lunch,” preceded introductions. Senator Jennifer Shilling and Assemblyman Lee Nerison were in attendance, in addition to city and Chamber of Commerce officials.

Partners of the park, who purchased the trees representing 22 presidents who have lived in or visited Prairie du Chien, were recognized. Then, they were led to their trees, marked with plaques explaining the presidents’ ties to Prairie du Chien. The school children walked the path and learned about the connections between nature and history as the pleasant event came to a close.

Wed
23
Apr

Chamber of commerce, police department sponsor meth presentation

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce and the Prairie du Chien Police Department are co-sponsoring a methamphetamine presentation on Tuesday, April 29 at the Crawford County Administration Building at 1 p.m.  Chamber President and CEO Robert Moses said the reason the  Chamber is sponsoring the event is to take a proactive approach to this ongoing problem and to bring an awareness of the problem to Chamber members and local citizens of Prairie du Chien.

The 90-minute presentation will be given by Lieutenant Terry Sprosty and Sergeant Kyle Teynor and will also cover the dangers associated with the use and manufacturing of meth, the effects on citizens, potential dangers and costs to businesses owners, and to bring awareness to what the businesses and citizens can do. The presentation will conclude with a question-and-answer session from the audience.

Wed
23
Apr

Business meetings set before and during Marquette Road Project

The city of Prairie du Chien, along with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) and Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce, will be hosting a series of public information meetings, starting later this month, as work is set to commence May 5 on the Marquette Road project. All meetings will be open to the public, and businesses impacted by the project are encouraged to attend. The meeting schedule is as follows:

Initial meeting
Wednesday, April 30, 1 p.m.

This pre-construction meeting will be held in the Community Room of City Hall. Representatives from the city, the DOT, and the contractor, H. James and Sons, will be present to address the revised construction schedule, the construction timetable, detour concerns, and other issues related to the project.

Wed
23
Apr

Democratic candidates rally in Wauzeka


Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Mary Burke walks to the podium at Century Hall April 16 as Senator Jennifer Shilling and a room full of ralliers applaud. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

About 175 people filled Century Hall in Wauzeka on the evening of April 16 for a Democratic Candidate Forum, featuring Mary Burke, Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate. Additional dignitaries included 32nd District Senator Jennifer Shilling, who emceed the event; 96th Assembly candidate Pete Flesch, who hails from Crawford County; three candidates for attorney general, Ismael Ozanne, Jon Richards and Susan Happ; and 51st Assembly candidate Pat Bomhack.

Each of the speakers addressed the group—as citizens applauded, cheered and shouted comments—during the one-and-a-half hour rally. The South West Education Association sponsored the event, which also offered a brat feed and social hour.

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