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Mon
14
Apr

Flames destroy Slumberland

By Correne Martin

One of the biggest business fires Prairie du Chien has ever witnessed occurred at Blackhawk Junction Sunday night, leaving Slumberland Furniture completely destroyed and the remaining businesses in the mall with a great degree of smoke damage. Eight fire departments responded and about half a million gallons of water were expended. No injuries were reported.

The state fire marshal was scheduled to arrive mid-morning Monday to assist in determining the cause of the fire; that determination wasn’t available at press time.

The Prairie du Chien Fire Department received the first call about the fire on the city’s northeast end at 7:09 p.m. Sunday.

Thu
10
Apr

Watch out for road workers


Traci Lund helped control traffic while working for the Crawford County Highway Department. April 7-11 was National Work Zone Awareness Week but construction season lasts all summer long. Everyone is reminded to be careful on the roadways, especially in work zones.

National Work Zone Awareness Week was observed April 7-11, but construction season lasts all summer long. In it second decade, the effort for work zone awareness provides an opportunity for the highway industry to remind the public along with its employees about safety in work zones.

The Crawford County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution at a recent session in support of awareness through work zones.

Work zone crashes kill hundreds and injure thousands of roadway workers, motorists and passengers every year. Drivers must be attentive to changing conditions and exercise caution when they approach and travel through a work zone.

Wed
09
Apr

Prairie du Chien street department to hold citywide cleanup

The Prairie du Chien Street Department is gearing up for its annual spring citywide cleanup, open to residents within the city. This year’s schedule is as follows:

Blackhawk Avenue north, Monday, April 14
Blackhawk Avenue South (east of Marquette Road), Tuesday, April 15
Blackhawk Avenue South (west of Marquette Road), Wednesday, April 16.

Appliances: Must have doors and locks removed. Appliances and brush must be curbisde in front or in alley to rear of residence.

Electronics: None accepted. No electronic devices will be picked up. They must be disposed of at Clean Sweep/e-waste collection held in Prairie du Chien on April 12.

Brush: Must be piled parallel to the curb or alley so it can be scooped up easily or it will not be picked up.

Construction and remodeling material: Will NOT be picked up. It must be put in a dumpster.

Wed
09
Apr

Meth labs found in local residence

On Saturday, April 5 at approximately 9:30 a.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department responded to a call of suspicious activity at 918 South Marquette Rd. During the investigation, three “one pot” methamphetamine labs were discovered at the residence.

Officers notified appropriate personnel for the investigation and secured the area for the investigation.  

The police department was assisted at the scene by the Prairie du Chien Fire Department, the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Crawford County Public Health and Chicago Crime Scene Cleanup.  

The incident remains under investigation. Charges are pending with the Crawford County District Attorney’s Office.

Wed
09
Apr

Prairie du Chien council updated on SMRT Bus, future library expansion

By Correne Martin

Though there is standing room only on some of the SMRT (Scenic Mississippi Regional Transit) Bus routes in southwest Wisconsin, the Prairie du Chien-Viroqua route was recently eliminated by the operation, the Prairie du Chien Common Council learned Tuesday night.

Because the city uses federal aid for the three-county commuter bus service, City Planner Garth Frable, who helped achieve grants for the bus system, presented feedback on the elimination. Frable also talked about the increase in the frequency of the Prairie du Chien-La Crosse and Viroqua-La Crosse routes.

According to Frable, since the SMRT Bus started in 2012, the direct Prairie du Chien-La Crosse route has been added and the frequency of that route has increased. In 2013, 250,000 miles were driven for the service.

Wed
09
Apr

Membership to historical society important to Fort Crawford Museum

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien’s heritage is deeply rooted in Wisconsin military history, frontier fur trading, Midwestern river town relics, longtime businesses, the rise of the railroad and more.

For instance, did you know Army surgeon Dr. William Beaumont pioneered the study of human digestion through his experiments at the Fort Crawford Military Hospital?

Have you learned that troops from Fort Crawford, under the command of Zachary Taylor, were involved in the Black Hawk War?

Did you know that, after the massacre at Bad Axe, the Sauk leader Black Hawk surrendered and was imprisoned at Fort Crawford in Prairie du Chien?

Were you aware that the St. Mary’s Institute for young women was built on the Fort Crawford campus in 1872?

Wed
09
Apr

Hoopin’ Grannies win faceoff with Lansing


Prairie du Chien Hoopin’ Granny Joanne Burr (center) looked to the hoop, as a few colorful Lansing Great Dame defenders contested her shot in the teams’ competition April 6 at Hoffman Hall. Ultimately, Prairie du Chien won the annual game, 54-44. For the full story and a photo of the winners with their trophy, see page 5. (Photo by Randy Paske)

Hoopin' Granny Jackie Frederich puts up a strong defense against her Lansing Great Dames counterpart in the recent faceoff between the two local granny basketball teams.

Members of the Prairie du Chien Hoopin’ Grannies championship team include: (front row, from left) Tina Hendrix, Coach Monica Olmstead, Joanne Burr, Judy Kelly; (back row) Sally Marshal, Mert Meyers, Jackie Frederich and Donna Matti.

On Sunday, April 6, the annual border battle game pitting Wisconsin’s and Iowa’s top granny basketball teams was played at Hoffman Hall in front of a roaring crowd.

The Granny Cup saw the Prairie du Chien Hoopin Grannies defeat the Northeast Iowa Great Dames, 54-44, in a fun and entertaining game of basketball that utilized rules from the 1920s. This game went back and forth; however, because of some strategic coaching by Monica Olmstead, in the end, Prairie emerged the winner.

Judy Kelley was too much for the Great Dames as she pumped in 22 points with Jackie Frederich adding for 9 points. Tina Hendrix and Joanne Burr each scored 6 points, including some great underhand granny 3-pointers.

Phyllis White led the Great Dames by knocking down a game-high 30 points.

Wed
09
Apr

Prairie du Chien hopping with Easter activities

By Correne Martin

Hunting for colored eggs, eating candy and posing with the Easter bunny are opportunities that offer a lot of excitement for youth at Easter time. Prairie du Chien has a number of events planned this weekend and next weekend that will have kids jumping for joy.

UMC Easter Egg Hunt
The United Methodist Church will host a community-wide Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 12, at 1 p.m. The hunt is open to parish families and friends as well as the whole community. All ages are welcome; all kids will be broken into age groups. “There will be tons of candy, prizes and other fun items, like coupons to restaurants,” said Jen Kapinus, UMC office manager. “The Easter bunny will also be there, so bring your camera.”

Wed
09
Apr

City, WisDOT at odds about 2017 Marquette Road improvements

By Correne Martin

They didn’t necessarily come right out and say it, but three members of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation made one notion pretty clear at Tuesday night’s Prairie du Chien Common Council meeting. Regarding the scheduled 2017 Marquette Road improvements, from Mooney Street to La Pointe Street, if Prairie du Chien stakeholders want to keep that section of roadway at four lanes, the city may not receive state and federal funding for the roadway to be fixed at all.

According to City Administrator Aaron Kramer, the city doesn’t have that kind of money to perform a project such as reconstruction on Marquette Road on its own.

Wed
09
Apr

Shrubs suffer winter kill

Shrubs turn brown
Numerous shrubs in and around Prairie du Chien have turned brown due to winter kill, especially those on the south side of buildings.

 

A lot of shrubs in the area sustained winter kill

By Ted Pennekamp

 

For anyone driving around Prairie du Chien in recent days it becomes readily apparent that there are numerous shrubs that are brown and appear to be dead. 

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