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Mon
23
Mar

Spring ‘snow’ showers stun the region


Bill Rodenkirch of the Prairie du Chien Water Department clears snow from the sidewalk near the Prairie du Chien Public Library Monday morning.

This was the view of South Beaumont Road Monday morning.

Citizens had more serious concerns, but area trees and shrubs did produce a “winter wonderland” setting.

City plows as well as private plows were commonly seen Monday morning in Prairie du Chien as residents and businesses dug themselves out.

Vehicles buried in about 13 inches of snow were a common sight in Prairie du Chien and the surrounding area.

The roof of this vehicle on Blackhawk Avenue gives an estimate of how much snow was dumped upon Prairie du Chien.

Among the most traditional signs of spring, a robin, found refuge from the unexpected mound of snow on one of a few clear branches.

Plum Creek Road in rural Wauzeka depicted a snow-packed yet pretty sight that was familiar for other side road travelers Monday morning.

By Correne Martin

Just two days after spring officially began, a foot of snow socked most of Crawford County, beginning Sunday and continuing into Monday.

Prairie du Chien received 13 inches of snow as of 7 a.m. Monday, according to the reports from the National Weather Service of La Crosse. Lynxville and Steuben both received 10 inches. Other regional snowfall totals, as of Monday morning, included: Fennimore, 15;  Marquette, 12; Lancaster, 11; Monona, 10.8; De Soto, 9.8; Gays Mills, 8.8; La Crosse,  5.0; Volga, 3.3; Elkader, 1.8; Cassville, 1.5; and Guttenberg, 0.7. The contrast of snowfall amounts demonstrated the narrow band of locally higher amounts in certain communities.

The snow was expected to taper off by mid-morning Monday.

Wed
18
Mar

Lowest bid more than double tourism info center addition budget

Outdoor pool rates to decrease at Wacouta Aquatic Park in hopes of spurring more attendance

By Correne Martin

With the lowest bid coming in more than double the budget of building an addition to Prairie du Chien’s tourism information center, the Prairie du Chien Common Council has voted to reject all bids for the project and release its designated funds back to the city’s cash reserve account.

Public Works Chairman Kyle Kozelka informed the council during its regular meeting Tuesday night that the budget for the project was $50,000 but the lowest bid was $106,439.

“A lot of people we expected to bid were just busy for other work, which is good, though not necessarily for us,” Kozelka said. “Don’t be surprised if this comes back in the fall for a bid.”

Wed
18
Mar

Area man charged with theft of vehicle

House burglarized and items stolen

On March 7, at 5:26 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a stolen vehicle from a residence located at 10214 State Highway 27 in the township of Utica.

The owner of the stolen vehicle later discovered that someone had forcefully entered their residence by breaking the glass window out of the back door. While deputies investigated the stolen vehicle and burglary, the Crawford County Communications Center sent messages out to surrounding agencies for assistance with locating the stolen vehicle.

At 9:17 p.m, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department located the stolen vehicle on State Highway 133 and initiated a traffic stop on Circle Drive. The driver of the vehicle, Paul D. Germundson, 18, Soldiers Grove, was taken into custody. Germundson was later booked into the Crawford County Jail.

Wed
18
Mar

Remembrance photography captures the sensitive moments of infant loss


The Dodgeville-based Babies Gone Too Soon organization recently presented local photographer Lindsey (Ludvik) Bedward with an appreciation plaque and a $1,000 award she has donated to Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. Bedward has been working with NILMDTS for six years, as a volunteer providing remembrance photography to families who’ve experienced the loss of a baby. Babies Gone Too Soon members pictured with Bedward (center) are Morgan Leix, Brenda White, Amy Michek and Liz Green.

Local photographer volunteers her time and talents

By Correne Martin

For parents suffering the loss of a baby, memories, pictures and a few belongings are the only mementos they will have to remember forever the love and bond they shared with their little sweetheart.

Ten years ago, an organization called Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS) introduced remembrance photography to the world, offering the free gift of professional portraiture to parents going through the inconceivable tragedy of losing a tiny life. Since 2005, the work of this unique entity has been to train, educate and mobilize professional quality, volunteer photographers to provide beautiful heirloom portraits to families facing the untimely death of an infant. It is the hope of NILMDTS that these images serve as an important step in the family’s healing process by honoring the child’s legacy.

Wed
18
Mar

County road projects

 

Several road projects planned in 

Crawford County for this summer

By Ted Pennekamp

 

With spring on the near horizon, motorists in Crawford County might like to know what they can expect regarding upcoming road construction projects. 

Mon
16
Mar

Parks and rec Drama Hawks Junior put on spring play March 20

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department Drama Club—Drama Hawks Junior—will perform a family friendly play, “The Snow Queen,” on Friday, March 20, at 7 p.m., in the Prairie du Chien High School Theater.

This adaptation of “The Snow Queen,” written by Lynn Brittney, is based on the original fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. The story, according to Director Luana Stiemke, is that of a sun queen who becomes cold and gets a piece of an evil spirit’s mirror in her heart, freezing her heart like a block of ice. There’s a foretelling that a child can help bring her back to her old self again, so she begins looking for a child who can do just that and also put her mirror back together. When one of two siblings, Kai, is taken by the snow queen, his sister Gerda tries to rescue him, going through her share of trials along the way. Overall, the story centers on the struggle between good and evil as experienced by Gerda and Kai.

Mon
16
Mar

Sen. Shilling announces local budget listening sessions

With a looming $2.2 billion deficit, Wisconsin’s upcoming state budget has many families and business owners concerned about the future. In order to provide local residents an opportunity to learn about Governor Walker’s budget and comment on his proposals, Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) will be holding several listening sessions throughout the region.

Prairie du Chien will be one of the host locations where a listening session will be held Friday, March 20, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Prairie du Chien City Hall community room.

Soldiers Grove will also host a listening session on Friday, March 20, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the community center and public library community room.

Mon
16
Mar

City, True Value complete deal for new hardware store


Gathering to make the new Nelson True Value deal official were Duane Rogers, of the Redevelopment Authority; Jacob Kanis, Nelson True Value; City Administrator Aaron Kramer, and Dan Kanis, Nelson True Value.

 The city of Prairie du Chien and Nelson Agri-Center, LLC, officially signed a developer’s agreement and land sale agreement, which will result in a new Nelson True Value hardware store being constructed in the Block 43 site, north of Walgreens, this year. Work on the site will commence as soon as next week, with a targeted completion date of Nov. 1.

Mon
16
Mar

Energy saving projects


The current high school kiln area in the art room is congested with student projects and is unsafe. The new area will allow for a dedicated clay/ceramics area that will give the art program much more flexibility.

 

Several building upgrades 

scheduled for Prairie du Chien School District

The Prairie du Chien Public School District is in the process of doing a number of small projects across the district that will result in the avoidance of, or reduction in, energy costs or operational costs. 

Mon
16
Mar

Special CWD testing hunt ends

 

85 deer sent in for CWD testing,

samples taken from near Harpers Ferry

Final samples are being submitted for testing for Chronic Wasting Disease after the close of a special collection period for whitetail deer in Allamakee County March 15. Landowners and regular season deer hunters took part in the collection over the past three weeks near Harper’s Ferry. That came after three deer from the area tested positive for CWD in the 2014 hunting season. One 2013 sample, from the same area, also showed positive.

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