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Wed
06
Jan

PdC mayor’s race contested, district 5 will need write-in

The nomination papers  have been filed and the names are in for the Prairie du Chien Common Council spring election.

In the mayor’s race, incumbent Dave Hemmer will be contested by newcomer John Chaffee.

No other contested races will be on the ballot. However, a write-in may be named in the fifth district, where incumbent Jean Titlbach has filed a declaration of non-candidacy and will not seek re-election.  

Other names officially on the ballot include: first district, Ron Leys; second district, Mike Jones; third district, Todd Crotty; fourth district, Karen Solomon; sixth district, Todd Myers. All are incumbents except Crotty, who is running in the district seat vacated by Kyle Kozelka.

Wed
06
Jan

Man faces fourth OWI in five years

A 33-year-old New Albin, Iowa man was charged in Crawford County Circuit Court on Dec. 31 of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fourth offense in five years).

Ben Allan Jones faces up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Jones stopped his vehicle well past a stop sign and almost into the middle of an intersection while driving on Nov. 25, 2015 in the city of Prairie du Chien. A police officer turned on his emergency lights and conducted a traffic stop and Jones pulled into a parking lot and ran away from his vehicle.

The officer caught Jones and took him down to the ground. Jones admitted to the officer that he had been drinking a lot, according to the complaint. Field sobriety tests were undertaken and Jones was arrested.

Jones has previously been convicted of OWI three times in Iowa.

Wed
06
Jan

Protesters traveling from Prairie du Chien to Madison for effigy mound protection

A group from the Prairie du Chien area plans to travel to Madison on Tuesday, Jan. 12, to protest a bill that would lift protections on some historic effigy mounds. Concerned citizens are invited to join this “attempt to save Native American burial mounds from further destruction,” according to Prairie du Chien resident Ericka Stubbs. The group will leave Driftless Edibles at 10 a.m. Tuesday for Madison.

According to a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinal article, “landowners could excavate and possibly develop some of the surviving Indian mounds of Wisconsin—many dating back more than a millennium—under legislation by two lawmakers.

“The bill from Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) and Rep. Robert Brooks (R-Saukville) would shift the balance of state law more toward private property rights and away from the preservation of one of the state’s unusual features.

Wed
06
Jan

Prairie du Chien tax bills increase

By Correne Martin

If you’re a taxpayer in the city of Prairie du Chien, your total bill for 2015 went up—on the simple valuation of a $100,000 home—by $27.81, to $2,918.76. Full payment, or at least the first installment of property taxes, should be delivered in person at the city office by Friday, Jan. 29, or postmarked by Monday, Feb. 1.

“Our trend in keeping taxes down has stopped,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said, pointing to a graph showing increases in the school district, technical college, county and state portions from last year, and a small decrease in the city’s share.

“The city’s portion of the local tax bill has been pretty level since 2011. It’s down over $50, per hundred thousand, since I came here (in 2010),” Kramer stated, noting that the city’s change from 2015 was $1.05 less on a $100,000 home. “And that’s including a 30 cent per hour raise across the board.”

Wed
06
Jan

Rezoned Wyalusing site makes way for apartments

By Correne Martin

A request to rezone the former Wyalusing Academy property was granted by the Prairie du Chien Common Council Tuesday night, but not without dispute.

The council approved rezoning from low density residential to high density residential on a 6-1 vote, with Alderman Edward Hayes-Hall opposed, as Commonwealth Development Corporation, of Fond du Lac, hopes to redevelop the facility into an apartment complex. Hayes-Hall wanted to see the 14-acre property divided and only the developed portion rezoned, but his motion for such was never seconded. Alderman Ron Leys eventually proposed approval, which Jean Titlbach seconded, and the council passed.

Wed
06
Jan

Effigy Mounds


The Yellow River Bridge Trail may be the most controversial structure at Effigy Mounds National Monument.

 

Public meetings to be held in 2016 

regarding controversial structures at Effigy Mounds

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A planning exercise will begin sometime in 2016 to decide the future of the Yellow River Boardwalk and other structures at Effigy Mounds National Monument in northeast Iowa. 

Mon
04
Jan

Effigy Mounds plea agreement

 

Former Effigy 

Mounds official enters 

into plea agreement

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
04
Jan

Crawford County Community Fund Advisory Board announces changes


Lori Bekkum will replace friend and outgoing member Eric Frydenlund on the Crawford County Community Fund Advisory Board. (Submitted photo)

The Crawford County Community Fund has announced that Lori Bekkum has joined the fund’s advisory board. Bekkum is a highly respected and well-known for her community commitment in Prairie du Chien, Crawford County and the region.

In commenting on her decision to join the advisory board Bekkum noted, “One of my co-workers has been involved with the CCCF since its inception in 2008. I became aware of the fund and its work through its annual leadership awards program. I believe in our regional community and look forward to working with the fund’s grant and markets care programs as well as the leadership recognition initiative.”

Mon
04
Jan

Burglar takes toilet, shower head, water softener, etc.

A burglar in Crawford County swiped some unusual items from a residence in the town of Freeman in late December, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

On Sunday, Dec. 27, around 8:15 p.m., the sheriff’s department investigated a burglary that occurred at a residence located at 12072 State Highway 35. The following items were removed from the residence: four car rims and tires, two interior doors, a shower head, a water softener and a toilet. There were also several electrical wires and copper pipes cut and removed from the basement of the residence.

Crawford County Crime Stoppers urges anyone having information about this or any other crimes to call 326-8933 or (866) 779-PAYS. Anyone calling either of these numbers with a Crime Stoppers tip will remain anonymous and a reward of up to $1,000 could be paid for a tip that solves a crime.

Mon
04
Jan

Public hearing set on rezoning for Wyalusing Academy land

A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the beginning of the Prairie du Chien Common Council meeting, in consideration of rezoning the former Wyalusing Academy property from low-density residential to high-density residential. Discussion and action is expected. Interested citizens are welcome.

Also at Tuesday night’s meeting, a request to test the siren by the city’s fire station daily will go in front of the council. The public works committee recommended, following its Dec. 15 meeting, the council approve activating the siren at noon each day.

Fire Chief Harry Remz and Steve Rickleff spoke at the committee meeting regarding the proposal, stating that the additional operation will increase the projected life of the siren, according to conversations with the siren’s sales representatives.

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