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12
Feb

Crawford County Drones On


Crawford County Emergency Management Director Jim Hackett sits behind the drone which will be used by emergency management and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department. The drone can take off from almost any small flat surface, including its carrying case. Once airborne, the drone automatically expands to about four feet across for a more stable flight.

 

Crawford County gets law enforcement, emergency drone

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Crawford County is now the proud owner of a state-of-the-art drone that will be deployed in various ways for emergency situations and for law enforcement.

Wed
07
Feb

Prairie du Chien businesses make it easy for community to support animal shelter


Aron Cavanaugh, of Prairie du Chien, took his pup to the Pet Expo, sponsored by Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter at Nelson True Value, Feb. 3. True Value recently started its Partnering for Pets program, which gives 10 percent to the shelter for all pet products and Wild Bird Food products purchased at the store. (Nelson True Value photo)

By Correne Martin

Two local businesses are making it easy for community members to support the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter in Prairie du Chien and shop at their retail establishments at the same time.

Nelson True Value has begun an ongoing program, Partnering for Pets, through which shoppers can help support the animal shelter. According to Bev Pozega, RABAS vice-president, customers at True Value who purchase pet products or store brand Wild Bird Food products will have 10 percent of those purchases gifted to the shelter.

“They’ve been trying to come up with a way to help us and we’re so grateful,” Pozega said. “This is a great way for customers who already buy their pet products from True Value to give back to us at the same time.”

Wed
07
Feb

PdC river wall damage to be assessed

By Correne Martin

Damage sustained to the river wall at Prairie du Chien’s Lawler Park last fall will be assessed by an engineering firm experienced in port facility repair needs, since the Prairie du Chien Common Council approved a professional services agreement (PSA) with the company Tuesday night.

According to City Planner Garth Frable, last year, a tow boat had docked along the river wall to take on water, which is a relatively common occurrence.

“The boat was tied to one of the large bollards affixed to the wall. After the tow boat left, city staff noted that the bollard had been partially pulled from the wall, which resulted in the wall bowing out,” Frable said.

Wed
07
Feb

Addiction Town Hall Event

 

Public encouraged 

to attend Addiction Town Hall Tuesday

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Everyone is invited to an Addiction Town Hall event which will be held on Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m., in the George Family Education Center at Crossing Rivers Health.

Mon
05
Feb

Lessons in Learning - Copsey

“I feel such a close connection with my students and their families.  I want to see them succeed here at St. Mary’s and beyond.  They are all a huge part of my life,” Kelly Copsey, St. Mary’s teacher of 11 years, exclaimed.

Copsey, a native of Bloomington, attended St. Mary’s and River Ridge. She remembers having several teachers who brought positivity to her years of schooling, inspiring her to teach also.

She recalled, “During my senior year of high school, I did my school-to-work in the River Ridge Elementary. I knew at that point that I wanted to work with kids and help them to have a positive school experience just as I had.” Copsey attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to receive her teaching degree.

Mon
05
Feb

Lessons in Learning - Tolle

Originally from Nekoosa, Laura Tolle’s top priorities in life today are her family, which includes her husband and their seven children, and her career as an educator at St. Mary’s School in Bloomington.

“When I graduated from [the University of Wisconsin-Platteville], I had a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I worked at James River in Green Bay as a Maintenance Project Engineer. I planned on designing and repairing paper machines for a few years. However, God had other plans for my life. I met Darren Tolle,” she told her story leading up to her career at St. Mary’s.

Mon
05
Feb

Associated Bank donates $15,000 to support public library


Associated Bank donated $15,000 towards the Prairie du Chien Public Library. Shown with the check are, from left, Marketing Manager Tim Medinger, Mayor Dave Hemmer, Branch Manager Mary Sweezey, Library Board President Linda Munson and City Administrator Chad Abram.

On Feb. 1, Associated Bank announced a $15,000 gift to support the renovation and expansion of the Prairie du Chien Library. Ground breaking for the project occurred on Oct. 16, 2017, and construction is well underway with completion scheduled for late 2018.

“Fundraising continues for the project and Associated Bank’s generous donation moves the library that much closer to its goal,” said City Administrator Chad Abram.

Local citizens, businesses, industries and institutions have so far pledged more than $1.3 million toward the project, which will more than double the library’s size as well as expand its resources and programs.

Mon
05
Feb

Marquette Road project will change 4 lanes to 3 from Mooney to LaPointe


Community members attending the Marquette Road project’s public information meeting got a look at plans for Mooney Street through LaPointe Street. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Aaron Palmer, project leader from Westbrook Engineering, explained the detour route and temporary driveway access to business owners and managers at the meeting.

By Correne Martin

Marquette Road construction will take place early April through November this year, from Mooney Street to LaPointe Street, and involve reconstructing the existing four-lane undivided highway into a modified three-lane roadway with a two-way left-turn lane (TWLTL) and widened, 8-foot shoulders for bicyclists and right-turning vehicles, according to Ryan McKane, design project manager from Knight Engineers & Architects. He and several members of the project's design and construction team spoke and answered questions from business owners and community members during a public involvement meeting Thursday, Feb. 1.

Mon
05
Feb

Antoine Ready For Olympics


Matt Antoine proudly displays his bronze medal which he won in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mary Antoine)

 

Antoine excited about his second Olympic Games

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Most people in Prairie du Chien and the surrounding area have been showing a keen interest of late regarding hometown athlete Matt Antoine and his quest for a second Winter Olympic medal in men’s skeleton.

Wed
31
Jan

Golden Eagles Winter in Area


A few golden eagles are found each winter in Crawford, Vernon and Allamakee counties. (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

 

Some golden eagles 

winter in area counties

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The golden eagle is one of the largest, fastest, nimblest raptors in North America. Lustrous gold feathers gleam on the back of its head and neck. A powerful beak and talons advertise its hunting prowess.

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