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Man arrested following accident

On Friday, Nov. 14, at approximately 11:50 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department was notified of a vehicle crash with possible injuries near the 100 block of North Michigan Street.

While the officers were driving to the crash, they noticed an SUV near the intersection of North Michigan and East Park Street with moderate front end damage driving away from the crash site.  
An officer then initiated a traffic stop on the SUV on North Wacouta Avenue while the other officer continued to the crash site.  

During the traffic stop the officer was able to determine the driver of the SUV, Nicholas A. Pecinovsky, 22, Prairie du Chien, struck another SUV that was occupied. Pecinovsky continued to drive away from the scene, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

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Nov

As Heart and Cancer telethon approaches, Class of ‘86 challenges community

By Correne Martin

The Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon might be two months away yet, but plans are already underway to make this 40th year more special than ever. A new donor recognition program, called the Hearty Donors, is being introduced for the Jan. 31, 2015, telethon in Prairie du Chien. It is for those organizations, businesses or individuals who give $1,000 or more.

The idea for the Hearty Donors classification came about when Jaaren Riebe, of the Prairie du Chien High School Class of 1986, approached telethon co-host Tom Stram about how the class could contribute a significant amount to the telethon.

So how does a class that graduated high school 28 years ago still have money in the bank?

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Nov

Good nourishment for your soul offered at Thanksgiving Eve Service

By Correne Martin

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, you may be anticipating a day of nourishment for your body. But have you considered feeding your soul as well? There is an opportunity to open up your spirit and experience an evening of uplifting scripture, prayer and music for the soul at the annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve Service in Prairie du Chien. This year’s ritual will be held at the Cornerstone Foursquare Church in Bridgeport at 7 p.m. The clergy will offer valet parking.

“Ecumenical means community, but it also means family. The service is open to everybody,” said Pastor Mike Christensen, of the Prairie du Chien United Methodist Church, one of the organizers of the service.

“It’s obviously Christian-based and for all faith families, but it’s also for folks who are not tied to God in any way.”

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19
Nov

Prairie du Chien’s proposed budget calls for 0.75 percent levy increase

By Correne Martin

The proposed 2015 budget for the city of Prairie du Chien calls for a 1.5 percent increase in expenditures and a 0.75 percent increase in the levy. The common council reviewed the suggested budget Tuesday night and set a public hearing for Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m., at which time citizens will have the opportunity to comment or ask questions.

According to City Administrator Aaron Kramer, the final numbers for the lottery, first dollar and school credits were not in as of Tuesday night, but based on the tentative numbers, the city portion of the tax bill on a $100,000 property would go up 52 cents.

“This is a pretty flat budget compared to what we did last year,” Kramer stated.

One specific aspect of the budget discussed at length Tuesday night was proposed funding for PdC Main Street, the new organization working to continue the efforts of the disbanded Prairie du Chien Downtown Revitalization Inc. (PDRI).

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Nov

One-mile, six-month, multi-million dollar road project—Done!

By Correne Martin

The residents and businesses of Prairie du Chien can collectively sigh in relief now that the one-mile, six month, multi-million dollar Marquette Road infrastructure project was completed Monday, Nov. 17. More than 60 signs, barricades, drums and other orange construction materials were cleared from the highway, detour route and adjacent streets on Monday, as the city’s main thoroughfare officially reopened to the public, introducing the series of three roundabouts to drivers for the first time.

“The big thing that sticks out in my mind is that [the contractor, H. James and Sons] said they were going to be done Nov. 16, and the road was open Nov. 17. That’s nearly unheard of for a project of this magnitude,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said.

Following Monday’s ribbon cutting, several officials expressed the communal sense that the local business owners are certainly the unsung heroes of the project.

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Nov

‘Tis the season of the red kettle campaign


The Salvation Army in Prairie du Chien participates in the annual red kettle campaign in order to continue providing its social services to citizens in need. The organization also helps distribute Christmas presents to families who cannot afford to purchase their own. Hats, mittens, coats and boots as well as toys are on the list of presents given. Jen Kapinus coordinates the Salvation Army’s local efforts through her office at the United Methodist Church in Prairie du Chien. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

If you’ve ever slipped a dollar bill into a red kettle around the holidays and wondered how your donation was used, rest assured that 90 percent of the money raised each year in Prairie du Chien assists local people in need of emergency lodging, rent, utilities, gas, groceries, hygiene supplies, meals, prescriptions, clothing and more. The other 10 percent helps those passing through with similar needs.

In 2013, $14,000 was raised strictly through the Salvation Army’s local kettle campaign at the bell ringing stations of Zinkle’s Piggly Wiggly and Walmart in Prairie du Chien, at kettles around the city and through mailed donations. Since 2002, the campaign has raised around $100,000, and every dollar has been spent locally to help individuals and families in need.

Each year, the red kettle campaign occurs the last 10 days of November through Christmas Eve. This year’s bell ringers will start Friday, Nov. 21.

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Nov

Be safe over holidays

 

A friendly reminder 

to be safe over the holidays

By Ted Pennekamp

 

With the holidays coming up soon, the good folks at Villa Succes of Prairie du Chien wish to remind everyone to enjoy themselves with friends and family but to also please drink responsibly if imbibing. 

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Nov

Prairie du Chien police report thefts

Early Sunday morning, Nov. 16, officers from the Prairie du Chien Police Department responded to the area of South 16th Street in the city for a report that a citizen left their home to leave for work and found unwelcomed guests inside their vehicle attempting to remove property from inside. Officers searched the area and found that approximately 20 houses, garages and vehicles were entered or attempted to be entered by the same suspect.

No suspect was located during the search, but an item of clothing believed to belong to the suspect was recovered.

The police department wants to remind citizens to lock vehicles, garages and home doors. Make sure exterior motion lights are working or consider installing some if your property doesn’t currently have them. Most of all, report all suspicious people immediately to the police department. These cases are difficult to solve without the assistance of the public.

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Nov

Local woman charged with burglary

A 37-year-old Prairie du Chien woman has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of burglary to a building or dwelling and one count of forgery.

Jill Marie Schroeder faces up to 18.5 years in prison and $35,000 in fines if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, Schroeder was questioned by police and admitted going into a Prairie du Chien man’s apartment on two separate occasions and stealing a laptop computer, a Nook reader, a Garmin GPS, coins, several power cords and a check which she cashed in the victim’s name. Many of the stolen items were sold at area pawn shops and the money from the check was used to buy drugs and personal items the complaint said.

Schroeder is also charged with stealing a check from another Prairie du Chien resident, forging the check in the victim’s name and cashing it for $300, the complaint said.

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Catholic Charities takes on former Faith In Action services

By Correne Martin

Eight months after the closure of Faith In Action, another non-profit has stepped forward to revitalize many of its assistance programs to fill a need in the area. Though the services will be virtually the same, the program has a new name, Hands of Hope, and Catholic Charities is the organization coordinating the mainly volunteer effort.

“When Faith In Action closed, our phone started ringing,” said Geri Russell, representative payee in the Prairie du Chien Catholic Charities office. “I know there was a real void in our communities.”

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