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Wed
07
Jan

Slippery conditions are a factor in accident

On Saturday, Jan. 3, Crawford County roads had scattered slippery spots.

At 8:45 a.m., the Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle accident in Eastman Township on Prew Hill approximately 1/4 mile north of County Road D.

A 2005 Chrysler van owned by David Skemp Jr. and operated by Olivia Skemp, 19, of rural Eastman, was southbound on Prew Hill when control was lost.

The vehicle left the east side of the road and came to rest against a tree.

There were no injuries.

Wed
07
Jan

Pickup slides off road and rolls over

On Jan. 3 at 9:17 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle accident with injuries on Highway 61 in Scott Township.

Hannah E. Robertson, 22, Boscobel, was traveling northbound on Highway 61 in a 2004 GMC truck just south of Childs Hollow Road. The truck was negotiating a curve, started to slide on the slippery roadway, slid off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment, rolled once and came to rest back on its wheels.  

Robertson and her passenger Tammy L. Brand, 40, Boscobel, were both transported to Boscobel Area Hospital by the Boscobel EMS to be treated for injuries sustained in the accident.

Robertson and Brand were issued citations for failure to fasten seat belts.  

The vehicle was towed from the scene by Fry’s Repair.

Assisting at the scene were the Wisconsin State Patrol, and the Crawford County Highway Department.

Wed
07
Jan

City of PdC receives flood control grant for Jackson Street mitigation project

The Wisconsin DNR has awarded the city of Prairie du Chien a Municipal Flood Control Grant for $436,050, which will require a match of $255,000 from the city. The funds will be used toward the flood mitigation project involving the area near Godden pit and the Jackson Street ditch. During its regular meeting Tuesday night, the common council discussed the proposed plans and funding, which will be finalized by the council at its Feb. 3 meeting.

The proposal involves the construction of two detention basins and a secondary ditch from the Jackson Street ditch to Godden Pit. Roger Kordus, a South Jackson Street resident, asked several questions about the proposal and asked the council to consider a land swap between him and the city related to the secondary ditch. No formal action was taken Tuesday night.

Wed
07
Jan

Unwind to the hysterics of the ‘Fun’ Raising Follies this weekend


The “Fun” Raising Follies fundraiser for the Mississippi River Sculpture Park will take place this weekend in the Little Theater at Prairie du Chien High School. According to Organizer Cindy Hertrampf, “Mike McCoy’s interpretation of Lambeau Field and the Packers as Cousin Cletus is worth the price of admission alone.” (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

What could be more amusing than a show full of sarcastic songs, zany dances, hysterical jokes, exaggerated stories and riotous skits put on by your friends, neighbors and local celebrities?

For the second year in a row, the “Fun” Raising Follies, a variety-show fundraiser for the Mississippi River Sculpture Park, will offer a uniquely good time that’s sure to evoke plenty of laughter and side-splitting entertainment. Brought back due to the overwhelming response from last year’s audience of around 400, the Follies will once again be held in the Little Theater at Prairie du Chien High School.

Three performances are scheduled for this weekend: Friday, Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The “Fun” Raising Follies are presented by the Mississippi River Sculpture Park Board as well as the Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department.

Mon
05
Jan

City of Prairie du Chien signs a new contract with its police chief

Also makes hires in water and fire department, seeks new city attorney

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien’s police chief has signed a five-year employment contract with the city, which runs through Dec. 31, 2019, to remain the local police chief.

Chief Chad Abram’s position was solidified following the Dec. 16 common council meeting, during which the council elected, after closed session, to direct the city attorney to draw up the new contract.

This ended any speculation that Abram would be going elsewhere at this time. He was recently the city of Sparta’s first choice for its new police chief (to replace the former chief who left for a Milwaukee suburb), picked from a pool of about 40 applicants. However, he turned that offer down to stay in Prairie du Chien.

Mon
05
Jan

Christmas tree pick-up slated for Jan. 10

By Caitlin Bittner

Now that the holidays have come and gone, the time has come to take down your Christmas tree, but, then what? Well, if you’re in the Prairie du Chien area, your Christmas clean-up solution comes on Saturday, Jan. 10.

Bright and early Saturday morning, at 8 a.m., some volunteers from the Prairie du Chien Jaycees and drivers from the city of Prairie du Chien will drive around town to help remove residents’ holiday burdens.

Jaycees president Tori Pettera said the event is collaboratively sponsored by the Jaycees and the city of Prairie du Chien. “The city provides the trucks and the drivers and we provide the volunteers.”

The Jaycees ask that all trees be bag-less and that all decorations be removed prior to pick-up.

If you would like to have your Christmas tree removed for free, all you need to do is take it out to the closest corner of your block on Friday night, Jan. 9, said Pettera.

Mon
05
Jan

More good news for the Opportunity Center

By Correne Martin

The Opportunity Center has had its share of good news lately. Aside from being allowed to continue serving people with disabilities, the center recently learned that it received a substantial grant to build two new greenhouses.

Thanks to ORC Industries, an independent organization from La Crosse that serves people withdisabilities, two 30-foot by 100-foot hydroponic greenhouses providing fresh fruits and vegetables year-round will be constructed in Prairie du Chien. The amount of the grant is not being disclosed by ORC.

In addition to the ORC dollars, a number of sources are also providing funding for the project: USDA—$47,000, private donor—$20,000, Opportunity Center golf outing fundraiser—$10,000.
“We will be financing the rest,” Opportunity Center Director Pam Ritchie said.

“The project will hopefully start in the spring,” Program Director Angie Engrav noted.

Mon
05
Jan

Opportunity Center will continue with business as usual

By Correne Martin

Employees, clients and supporters of the Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien can collectively breathe a sigh of relief. Operations will continue as usual thanks to recent federal and state declarations that have allowed services in center settings to carry on for people with disabilities.

“The federal government—Center for Medicaid Services (CMS)—and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) have heard our voices loud and clear. And our voices made a difference,” wrote Pam Ritchie, executive director of the Opportunity Center, in a Dec. 23 memo to those directly affected by the decision. “I want to thank this community for standing up for people with disabilities. It is humbling to see the number of people who have supported us. I don’t know that we can provide any further evidence that the programs and services we deliver here are making a positive impact.”

Mon
05
Jan

New Year's Eve smooch

Gettin' Lucky
Pamela Olson of Guttenberg, Iowa will have one year’s worth of good luck after being one of the first people to pucker up and give Lucky the Carp a big smooch on New Year’s Eve in Lucky Park at the entrance to St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien Wednesday night during the 14th Annual Droppin’ of the Carp festivities. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)
Mon
29
Dec

Birding in Ferryville


Visitors enjoy a hike for River Bluff Daze. The guide is Mike Ripp, retired superintendent of Wyalusing State Park. He guided the hikers along the trail and pointed out flowers, caterpillars, butterflies and birds. (Submitted photo)

 

Ferryville continues to 

make strides as a birding destination

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The village of Ferryville continues to work hard to expand birding activities and to remain a birding destination for visitors from throughout the region. 

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