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Wed
27
Aug

Boat landing improved

Parking lots are better
The parking lots on both sides of the tube at the Ambro Slough Landing have been improved through a shared project between the Wisconsin DNR and the Gremore Lake District. Another photo of the project is on page B2.

 

DNR, Gremore Lake Disrict team 

up to improve Ambro Slough Landing

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
25
Aug

Bull Bash held this weekend


The Children’s Ranch Bull Bash is Saturday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. All ages are welcome to check out this high-energy, edge-of-your-seat style event. It’s the only area event offering bull riding, mutton bustin’ and barrel racing all in one night. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

For the third year, thrill seekers will have the opportunity to watch bull riding, mutton bustin’ and barrel racing all in one night at the Children’s Ranch Bull Bash, Saturday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m.

Each year, about 300 spectators experience the bash from the bleachers as about 30 cowboys (adults and juniors), 15 barrel racers and 15 mutton busters demonstrated their riveting skills. All ages are invited to come out and enjoy the event again this year. The Children’s Ranch is located at 61011 Sebastian Lane (off of Vineyard Road), Prairie du Chien.

“Concessions will be available, so make sure you come hungry,” said Gracie White, president of the Children’s Ranch. “All the proceeds go to Children's Ranch's kids programs and other community events.” No carry-ins are allowed.

Tickets for children and adults are sold in advance at BP south or at the gate for an increased admission.

Mon
25
Aug

Stay tuned as radio station embarks on new era


This is what remained of the studio at the former radio station building on St. Feriole Island before it was torn down the week of June 27.

The new Q94/WPRE building at 132 N. Prairie St. is equipped with four studios, two on-air and two production/multi purpose rooms.

Current Q94 staff includes (from left) Kelly Renner, Greg Bender, Dan Moris, Dave Storkson, Laurie Wild, Gabe Buch and Todd Crotty.

By Correne Martin

WQPC and WPRE radio have officially broadcast in their new studios for three months. The staff moved its offices on May 8 and its studios on May 27, without missing a beat on the air. Now it’s time for a grand opening/open house at their new location, at 132 N. Prairie St., Prairie du Chien, and the relaunch of WPRE on 104.3 FM.

The public is welcome to celebrate with the radio station and local dignitaries at the grand opening on Thursday, Aug. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m.

“We’re just happy to be downtown,” said Dan Moris, station manager/news director. “On the island, we were out there enough where we felt disconnected sometimes. We already feel so much more integrated with the town.”

Mon
25
Aug

Energy saving projects

 

PdC School District 

hires CESA 10 to look into energy saving projects

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
25
Aug

Local man charged with possession of methamphetamine

A 35-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine and one count of possession of waste from methamphetamine manufacturing.

Christopher L. Marshall faces up to a total of 9.5 years in prison and fines of $20,000 if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, Marshall admitted to investigating officers that he had previously made methamphetamine in a Gatorade bottle that was in a backpack in the back of the truck he was driving. Numerous items of drug paraphernalia and items consistent with a “one-pot” method for making meth were discovered in the back of the truck, including syringes, needles, used coffee filters, and the Gatorade bottle with plastic tubing, according to the criminal complaint.

Mon
25
Aug

Traffic stop leads to marijuana charge

On Aug. 12, at approximately 4:30 p.m., a Crawford County Sheriff’s deputy initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for operating left of center on Highway 60 near Clear Creek Road in the township of Marietta.
Through the course the traffic stop, it was discovered that the operator of the vehicle, Nickolas Ashman, 33, Prairie du Chien, was in possession of marijuana.

A closer look at Ashman’s record indicated multiple arrests for possession of marijuana in the state of Wisconsin. Based on this information, Ashman was arrested and charged with felony possession of marijuana.
Also present at the scene were the Boscobel Police Department and a Grant County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit.

This incident remains under investigation.

Mon
25
Aug

Resolution officially approved for a $13 million River Ridge referendum

By Correne Martin

The River Ridge School Board met on Wednesday night, Aug. 20, and approved a resolution calling for a $13 million referendum this fall, which would cover the costs associated with moving all staff and students to one facility in Patch Grove and relinquishing the Bloomington facility.

The vote was 5-1 Wednesday, with board member Randy Martin opposed. Board member Dave Breuer, who has voted against the referendum resolution in the past, was absent from the meeting.
Approval of River Ridge’s referendum in the Nov. 4 election would authorize the issuance of general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $13 million.

“Now, as we move forward, we have to educate the public,” stated Lee Pritzl, River Ridge superintendent. “We will have public forums as we move toward November.

“It’s important for people to remember that if we don’t need the whole $13 million, we don’t have to spend it.”

Mon
25
Aug

Fundraising tour to Minnesota supports two PdC non-profits

By Correne Martin

If you’ve been longing to go on a good excursion not too far from home, an opportunity is approaching that will allow you to support the Prairie du Chien Historical Society at the same time. The 2014 Fall Tour to Minnesota, leaving from Prairie du Chien, is Oct. 22-24. This is the 12th fundraising trip to benefit the historical society, as well as the Prairie du Chien Lions Club.

A maximum of 56 passengers may travel on the Warco Bus making the tour. Everyone will stay two nights at the Country Inn and Suites in Shakopee. Included in the price of the tour are two breakfasts, one dinner and all admissions. Deposits are due before Sept. 3, with the final payment expected on Oct. 3. For more information, call Maury Oehler at 326-6036 or email mole6e23@mchsi.com.

Wed
20
Aug

Missing teen returns home

By Correne Martin
 
A 16-year-old local girl who went missing Monday evening returned home early Tuesday morning, according to Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick.

“She is OK and safe,” McCullick confirmed by phone late Tuesday morning. He declined to comment on the girl’s condition upon her return or the cause of her disappearance.

Emily Fishler, who lives in Bridgeport Township, was originally reported missing to the sheriff’s department between 9 and 9:30 p.m. Monday night. The family reported that she had gone out for a run around 4 p.m. and didn’t arrive at her destination. The family also reported that they had seen a suspicious vehicle near their farm earlier in the day. A search immediately ensued and an Amber Alert and CodeRed alert were sent out. Within a couple hours, McCullick said, pictures and a description of the girl were put together and distributed to regional media and businesses as well.

Wed
20
Aug

Veterans memorial spearheaded in Seneca by the late Jerry Johnson


Family members of Jerry Johnson, who passed away Aug. 8, gathered for the groundbreaking of the Seneca Veterans Memorial in his honor. Jerry not only owned and operated Johnson’s One Stop Shopping center in Seneca for many years, he also spearheaded the veterans memorial project. The groundbreaking took place on Thursday, Aug. 14, one day after Jerry’s funeral. Pictured (front row, from left) are Debbie Johnson, Artie Johnson, Trudy Johnson, Brad Johnson, Gretchen Johnson, Julie (Johnson) Wollman; (back row) Jordan, Tommy, and Brandon Johnson. (Photo by Correne Martin)

During a moment of silence in honor of their dear friend, the late Jerry Johnson, who was the driving force behind the startup of Seneca’s veterans memorial project, the memorial committee is pictured with a couple representatives from Krause Monument, who will build the memorial. From left: Ann Winger and Kathy Showen, from Krause; and committee members John Swanson, Bob Ostrander, Cliff Tollefson, Larry Kelley and Tom Olson. (Photo by Correne Martin)

 By Correne Martin
 
The beautiful weather and friendly company were perfectly suited for the day on which a memorable groundbreaking for the Seneca Veterans Memorial took place, Thursday, Aug. 14, across from Greener’s Corner in Seneca. The ceremony came just one day after the funeral of lifelong Seneca resident and businessman Jerry Johnson, the man who spearheaded the memorial project.

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