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Dec

Community Christmas dinner at high school

Prairie du Chien’s free Community Christmas Dinner will be held on Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, at noon, at the Prairie du Chien High School, 800 E. Crawford St. On the holiday menu will be turkey and ham, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, squash, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and homemade pies. There will be plenty of Christmas decorations and good company for families of all sizes, regardless of need.

Dine in or carry out. Reservations are appreciated either way. Carry-outs will be available for pick-up between 11:30 a.m.and 1 p.m. Deliveries are also available and must be ordered in advance by calling 326-8321.

For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, call 326-8321, (608) 306-6120 or (563) 880-8469.

Mon
19
Dec

Driftless Documentary


Duke Welter fly fishes on a Driftless Region trout stream as part of the filming of Decoding the Driftless. (Photos courtesy of Sustainable Driftless)

Academy Award winning Prairie du Chien area cinematographer Neil Rettig films a scene.

 

Driftless Region documentary raising funds

Filming nearly half finished

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
19
Dec

Vehicle goes over embankment in snowstorm

The beginning of the snow storm Friday evening appeared to be a factor in a one-vehicle crash on Shortcut Road, about a mile off Highway 27, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

On Dec. 16, at 5:22 p.m., the snowstorm was in progress, making for poor road and weather conditions. Chad Jelinek, of Seneca, was northbound on Shortcut Road when he saw headlights lights over a steep embankment. He notified the sheriff’s department and checked on the driver.

A 2003 Ford F-150, owned and operated by Donald Gantz, 67, of rural Eastman, had run off the south side of the road and came to rest against a group of trees. Gantz declined medical treatment. The vehicle had heavy damage.

Seneca First Responders, Ocooch Mountain Rescue and Bob’s Towing assisted at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.

Mon
19
Dec

Driver hits utility pole

A local woman was arrested for operating while under the influence, among other charges, after she crashed her vehicle into a utility pole in Prairie du Chien Friday evening, Dec. 16, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.
The sheriff’s department and Prairie du Chien Police Department responded to the scene just after 7:30 p.m., and found a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix with heavy front end damage as a result of striking a utility pole, along the northbound shoulder of County K, just south of Cliffwood Drive. The driver, Sandra Guritz, 55, of Prairie du Chien, and passenger, Gregg Johnson, 52, of Onalaska, had left the scene and were later located at a nearby residence.

Guritz had been driving south on County K when her vehicle began sliding sideways across the northbound lane of traffic, exited the roadway and struck a utility pole. There were no injuries and both occupants were wearing their seat belts.

Mon
19
Dec

94 years experience resigning from city

On Jan. 6, the Prairie du Chien city office will see 94 years of experience and service walk out the door, as two employees retire and another moves on to a new opportunity. City Clerk Barb Elvert (right) is retiring after 42 years working for the city. She started her duties at the old city hall down Blackhawk Avenue. Terry Meyer, wastewater treatment manager and public works co-manager, is also retiring after 28 years. He started with the city driving the sludge hauler and worked his way into administration. Zoning Administrator Julie Jackson (left) is leaving her position with the city after 24 years to take a different position with Crawford County. “It is with a great sense of sadness that we bid Barb, Terry and Julie farewell. It is not just the loss of their experience and professionalism that will be felt, but more importantly their sense of dedication to the residents of the city that we will hope to carry forward,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said.

Mon
19
Dec

Christmas tree pickup Jan. 13, city takes over for the Jaycees

By Correne Martin

Christmas tree pickup in Prairie du Chien will have a new crew of workers behind the project this January, since the Prairie du Chien Jaycees have decided not to continue organizing the endeavor.

Instead, this year, the Prairie du Chien Public Works Department will take care of picking up Christmas trees on Friday, Jan. 13, weather permitting. Residents and businesses who wish to have their real trees picked up are asked to place them at the curb by Jan. 13 and the city will take care of disposal. The city requests trees are not put out sooner than Jan. 11. In the event of inclement weather, the pick-up will be done on Friday, Jan. 20.

Jaycees’ member Ryan Kiester said the club’s membership has declined in recent years and that getting enough volunteers together to pick up Christmas trees has been difficult.

Mon
19
Dec

Music, movement focus of interactive Kindermusik classes


In every Kindermusik class, children are welcomed into a playful and nurturing environment where they have fun singing, moving, playing instruments, and hearing stories—while simultaneously developing social skills, problem-solving skills, pre-math skills, and a foundation for reading. (Submitted photo)

Kindermusik is a researched, whole child, music and movement program that started in 1978. It provides the beginning of important learning skills that will last a child their lifetime. It is being offered locally, starting in January at Hoffman Hall.

By Correne Martin

When music and movement are combined, it inspires a delightful learning environment for young children. A unique opportunity for parents and their little ones, called Kindermusik, is being offered via a series of interactive classes in Prairie du Chien, Jan. 4 through March 28. Classes will take place at Hoffman Hall  at various weekly times for children birth to 18 months, 18 months to 3 years old, and 4 to 5 years old.

Kindermusik, which will be taught locally by licensed instructor Debbie Johnson, has been a nationally-researched curriculum since 1978 that uses music and movement to promote whole child development.

Wed
14
Dec

American Queen makes requests of city benefactors

American Queen Steamboat Company representatives were in Prairie du Chien Nov. 29 to discuss with city benefactors the future opportunities of hosting tourist stops of the cruise boat.

“They’re wanting to bring more boat visits here, but Prairie du Chien is semi-dysfunctional, so they want to know who is in charge,” tourism council chair Mary Antoine said.

This information was shared at a tourism council meeting Dec. 8. The American Queen’s off-shore tour coordinator communicated at the Nov. 29 meeting that he wishes to be in contact with only one person instead of, as it has been, many from city government, the chamber, the main street organization, the tourism council and the museums.

“We need to talk and determine who is in charge if we’re going to try to feed into their on-board programs as well,” Antoine added.

Wed
14
Dec

Road closed for cleanup after semi rollover

State Highway 27 near the Utica church was closed Wednesday morning, Dec. 14, for several hours for cleanup and removal of a semi that rolled over in an accident just north of Helland Road in Utica Township Tuesday evening, Dec. 13.

According to Crawford County authorities, at about 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Shawn Marx, 41, of Westby, was traveling north on Highway 27 in a 2006 International semi, owned by Cashton Farm Supply, of Cashton, hauling grain. The semi got onto the right shoulder of the road, was unable to pull back onto the road, continued off the right shoulder, rolled and came to rest on the driver’s side. The entire  semi and trailer went off the roadway into a field.

Marx refused medical transport at the scene but was checked out on the scene for minor cuts and scrapes.

The road was not closed Tuesday night as the roadway was clear from debris. But the road needed to be closed to pull the semi up and out of the field.

Wed
14
Dec

Person killed in Monona

One person is dead after being struck by a vehicle while crossing Highway 18 in Monona, Iowa, Tuesday night, Dec. 13.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, Abraham Cordero-Alvarado, 36, of Postville, Iowa, was driving westbound on Highway 18, just before 5:30 p.m., when he struck a pedestrian crossing the road at Falcon Avenue, near Kwik Star.
The report said Cordero-Alvarado’s vehicle was towed from the scene, but he was uninjured.

The name of the person who died has not yet been released, pending notification of the family.

Assisting at the scene were the Iowa State Patrol, Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, Monona Police Department, Mar-Mac Police Department, Monona Fire Department and MFL Ambulance Service.

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