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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. 

Mon
07
Apr

Burke and other Democratic candidates featured at forum April 16 in Wauzeka

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke will be accompanied by a host of other Democratic candidates at a public forum on Wednesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. at Century Hall, 213 E. Front St., Wauzeka. The public is welcome to attend this South West Education Association hosted event.

Prior to the forum, attendees are invited to enjoy a brat feed at 5 p.m. and socialize with the candidates, including Burke. The forum will start at 6 and is anticipated to last a couple of hours.
In addition to Burke, those sharing in the rally will include:

Senator Jennifer Shilling, District 32;
Pete Flesch, candidate for Assembly District 96;
Pat Bomhack, candidate for Assembly District 51;
Ernie Wittwer, candidate for Senate District 17; and
All three Democrats running for Attorney General: Ismael Ozanne, Jon Richards and Susan Happ.

For more information, please call (608) 348-2234, ext. 3.

Mon
07
Apr

Possible inappropriate conduct by Crawford County employee being investigated

During an emergency meeting of the Crawford County Personnel Committee April 2, the committee voted unanimously to hire Attorney William E. Morgan to investigate allegations of conduct by a county employee that may be contrary to county personnel policies, or otherwise inappropriate. Morgan is to report his investigative findings to the Personnel Committee along with any recommendation he may have for corrective action.

Personnel Committee members present were Greg Russell, Wade Dull and Mary Jane Faas. County Board Chairman Pete Flesch, along with Finance Committee members Duane Rogers and Tom Cornford were also present.

Mon
07
Apr

Traffic stop leads to cocaine arrest

On April 2 at 11:45 p.m., a Crawford County Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with expired registration plates.  

This vehicle was stopped at East Blackhawk Avenue and Saint Lo Drive in the city of Prairie du Chien. Driving the vehicle was Erin M. Peterson, 22, McGregor, and her passenger Nathaniel Bueno, 29, Postville. Deputies located drug paraphernalia on Bueno’s person, that he admitted he used for smoking “crack” cocaine. Bueno was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cocaine.  

Assisting the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department were the Prairie du Chien Police Department and Clayton County’s K9 Unit.

Mon
07
Apr

Prairie du Chien man announces run against Ron Kind

Tony Kurtz, of Prairie du Chien, has announced that he has filed to run as a Republican in Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District, which runs across western Wisconsin. Kurtz said he is motivated to run due to the incumbent Representative Ron Kind’s (D, La Crosse) inability to address job creation, quality health care, a balanced budget, and deficit reduction.

“I am running for a few simple reasons. For the past few years, like so many others, I believe that our federal government has not been working for the people of western Wisconsin. Too many special interest groups have soured our political process and have made our federal government, for lack of a better term, dysfunctional,” Kurtz stated. “This is not targeted at a specific party. Both parties have caused this tone in Washington to deteriorate to such a point that our nation stands still, waiting for the next political shoe to drop. Frankly, I am tired of these games and am ready to get some work done.”

Mon
07
Apr

Hospital progress benefits the local economy

crane
Six air-handling units were crane-set on the rooftops of Prairie du Chien’s new health care center a little more than one week ago. The largest weighed around 27,000 pounds and measured 50 feet by 20 feet. The units were custom-fabricated and delivered from Michigan. They will provide an economical way of heating, cooling and humidifying the facility. Also, by being on the rooftops, they will not take up square footage inside the facility. (Provided photos)

In quite the impressive site, one of the air-handling units for the hospital was loaded onto a crane recently so it could be set on the rooftop of the facility.

The back of the new health care center shows varying heights and depths, which add to the appeal of the design. The Medical Office Building, where the professional office space of the hospital will be located, is shown encapsulated in plastic on the north end of the facility.

By Correne Martin

The new, state-of-the-art hospital in Prairie du Chien will be quite the statement piece when it’s completed around late February of 2015. The local workforce behind the $50 million construction effort has been a strong part of creating that eventual statement—an attractive and modern health care center that will significantly transform the visual landscape and the resources of the community.

General contractor Market & Johnson, and its subcontractors—many of which are locally established or hire local labor—have made it through the hard winter in stride with the project schedule.

Mon
07
Apr

Road work ahead

Highway 35 project
Near Picatee Creek Road on Friday afternoon, a truck drives over one of the bridges that will be repaired on Highway 35 from Prairie du Chien to Lynxville this summer. The bridgework is needed because of damage caused by flash flooding last year. The project began on Monday, April 7. The highway will be one lane at the project sites. The Wisconsin DOT is doing the project.

 

Spring road 

projects ahead

By Ted Pennekamp

 

In addition to the Marquette Road project in the city of Prairie du Chien, there will be various other road projects in Crawford County this spring. 

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