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Behind the badge with the Prairie du Chien police chief


Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram explained to five attentive kindergarteners at B.A. Kennedy last week about the duties of his job and how he’s available in Crawford County communities to maintain safety. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Pictured after an informative Lunch with the Chief are kindergarteners (from left) Nathan Helgerson, Ashton Landt, Westin Marx, Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram, Portor Kossman and Tegan DuCharme.

By Correne Martin

For any elementary student, the chance to eat lunch with the police chief is quite the experience. It’s an educational and memorable moment, in which a child gets to meet the man behind the badge, with his guard down and his lead vest off.

Last week, five boys in kindergarten at Prairie du Chien’s B.A. Kennedy were afforded this exclusive opportunity. They included Ashton Landt, Portor Kossman, Tegan DuCharme, Westin Marx and Nathan Helgerson.

Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram has visited the school once a month since last fall for his Lunch with the Chief program, which is new this year. As part of the program, five students spend one hour sitting in a front office room, enjoying their lunch alongside the chief. Each month, students from one grade level, kindergarten through fourth grade, are nominated by their teachers for the up-close, casual time with Chief Abram. The grades rotate month to month.

Wed
30
Apr

An evening to remember for area ‘princesses’


Nick Smethurst gives his daughter, Addison, a twirl during Princess for an Evening Saturday night at Huckleberry’s in Prairie du Chien. The event is a yearly fundraiser for the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter organization. See full story on page 5. (Photos by Brian Cipra Photography)

Ken Quick and his daughter, Kailee, have a good time practicing proper dance techniques at the beginning of the night Saturday, during the Princess for and Evening fundraiser.

Dressed in their best attire, the “princesses” and their special gentlemen—dads, grandads, uncles, etc.—posed as a group.

More than 30 “princesses” and their dates danced the night away at Huckleberry’s Banquet Hall on Saturday, April 26.

“Princess for an Evening,” a father/daughter dance, sponsored annually by Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter, provided girls and the gentlemen in their lives an opportunity to spend a special evening together.

Princesses, who dined at Huckleberry’s Restaurant with their dates prior to the dance, were treated to a complimentary Princess Parfait. Juice MC, aka Andy Jones, was the DJ for the evening, playing the latest hits as well as special requests.

Lynn Rider instructed the couples on the proper dance techniques to start the evening off on the right foot. Princesses as well as their dates took part in limbo and hula hoop contests.

Wed
30
Apr

Marquette Road construction starts on Monday, May 5

Work is ready to begin May 5 on the Marquette Road project in Prairie du Chien.

The project will involve the reconstruction of nearly one mile of the four-lane Marquette Road, from Mooney Street north to Washington Street. During the time the project is underway, there will be several detour routes for motorists to follow. Once completed, Marquette Road will feature three roundabouts, at Blackhawk Avenue, Iowa Street and Wisconsin Street. (In 2017, Marquette Road will once again be under construction and become three lanes from Mooney Street south to La Pointe Street.)

For more information, please contact City Administrator Aaron Kramer at 326-6406 or pdcadministrator@mhtc.net.

Wed
30
Apr

Mail carrier food drive May 10

By Correne Martin

Every second Saturday in May, the United States Postal Service puts its best letter forward in an effort to Stamp Out Hunger in our communities.

Once again this year, local mail carriers are asking for help from the public to fill a bag and feed the community.

The Prairie du Chien Post Office will participate in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 10. City residents will receive special bags delivered by mail carriers later this week, according to Postmaster Darryl Martin. They are asked to fill a bag with non-perishable food and leave it by their mailbox prior to 9 a.m. on May 10. If a bag is not delivered in advance of the food drive, residents are encouraged to use their own bags.

Mon
28
Apr

City gets VFW Charter back

 

VFW colors, charter, flag welcomed back to Prairie du Chien

By Ted Pennekamp

 

About a dozen people were on hand Thursday afternoon in the council chambers in City Hall when the city of Prairie du Chien received the McKinney-Tyler-Portwine VFW Post 1945 Charter and flag from the National VFW organization. 

Mon
28
Apr

Asian carp barrier

 

There may be an inexpensive and ‘sound’ way to stop Asian carp

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A new method has now been developed that could help slow down the advance of invasive Asian carp working their way up the Upper Mississippi River. Recently, Bighead and Silver carp eggs and late-stage embryos have been found near Lynxville in Pool 10. Evidence of Asian carp has been found as high up as Lock and Dam 2.

Mon
28
Apr

Sculpture park statues come to life at Sunday event


Chloe Lorenz participated as a living statue of basket maker Emma Big Bear at the 2013 Twilight of the Living Statues event, a historical and interactive event for people of all ages that will take place again this year, on Sunday, May 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. Twilight is free; however donations will be accepted toward the park’s next statue, Aunt Mary Ann LaBuche. (Photo by Randy Paske)

Twilight of the Living Statues is a free event open to all families on Sunday, May 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Mississippi River Sculpture Park (across the street from the Villa Louis on St. Feriole Island) in Prairie du Chien. The event is sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department. Visitors are encouraged to get into the “spirit” and come dressed as their favorite historical figure or persona. Visitors are invited to bring their own snacks and beverages.

The sculpture park is where fine art brings history to life. Life-sized bronze figures from the pages of history and prehistory gather together around a fire-ring, as if meeting for a present day rendezvous. Already installed are: Chief Blackhawk, Dr. Beaumont and son Israel, Victorian Lady, The Voyageur and Emma Big Bear.

Mon
28
Apr

Man charged with marijuana possession

A 37-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of the possession of marijuana.

Robert V. Cooper faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a Prairie du Chien police officer stopped at Cooper’s residence, and when the office entered he noticed a plastic baggie containing a green plant substance and a black and blue smoking device. Cooper admitted that the items were his and the officer then seized them, the complaint said.

A chemical test later revealed that the green plant substance was marijuana.

Mon
28
Apr

CORRECTED: McGregor man faces meth charge

Thomas D. Wiemerslage Jr., 23, of McGregor, faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine after being charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine.

According to the criminal complaint, a Prairie du Chien police officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Following a search of the vehicle, Wiemerslage admitted to the investigating officer that a white powdery substance found in a folded dollar bill was methamphetamine and that it was his, the complaint said.

Mon
28
Apr

Trail of Presidents dedicated on Arbor Day


Tom and Cathie Nelson and John and Vickie Mundt led the Arbor Day dedication of the Trail of Presidents, north of the Mississippi River Sculpture Park in Prairie du Chien on Friday, April 25. Local Boy Scouts, first graders and members of the high school music group, “Out to Lunch,” joined in the historic celebration, in addition to area dignitaries and community members who purchased the trees. It was a gorgeous day, perfect for such an important event. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting at the Trail of Presidents dedication Friday. Pictured (from left) are Paul Ginkel, Roy George, Luke Brom, Connor Wittrig, John Howe, Bob Sutton, Tom Nelson, Char Bender, Andrew Nelson, Bob Standorf, Vickie Mundt, John Mundt, Cathie Nelson, John Holley, Jamie Stram, Jack Peterson (Mike Mara behind him) and Bob Moses.

By Correne Martin

The Trail of Presidents trees were dedicated on a sunny Friday, April 25—Arbor Day—on the north side of St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien.

Organizers John Mundt and Tom Nelson presented the ceremony in front of local dignitaries, community members, Boy Scouts, high school music students and first graders. The Pledge of Allegiance and Star Spangled Banner, performed by the PdCHS music group, “Out to Lunch,” preceded introductions. Senator Jennifer Shilling and Assemblyman Lee Nerison were in attendance, in addition to city and Chamber of Commerce officials.

Partners of the park, who purchased the trees representing 22 presidents who have lived in or visited Prairie du Chien, were recognized. Then, they were led to their trees, marked with plaques explaining the presidents’ ties to Prairie du Chien. The school children walked the path and learned about the connections between nature and history as the pleasant event came to a close.

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