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06
Jul

Tank at PdC veteran memorial is Top Notch


On Wednesday, July 1, the tank located at the Prairie du Chien veteran’s memorial was given a little spruce up by Top Notch Construction and Design, LLC. Pictured, from left, are City Administrator Aaron Kramer, Top Notch owners Paul Langmeier and Pete Langmeier, and chairman of the veteran’s memorial Dean LaPointe. Top Notch owner Dave Drone is not pictured. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

By Caitlin Bittner

If you’ve been driving on Marquette Road in Prairie du Chien, you may have noticed that the tank at the Prairie du Chien veteran’s memorial has had a bit of a makeover. On Wednesday, July 1, Top Notch Construction and Design, LLC, began the process of repainting the area landmark. “We had four guys out here all day,” said Pete Langmeier, one of the company’s owners.

Afterward, Pete said that he had a new respect for the men who manned the machine in combat. In order to repaint the tank, the Top Notch workers first power-washed and scraped off the old layer of paint. When it was dried off, the crew then put two coats of paint on the machine to finish off the job.

Top Notch donated both the time and materials for the project’s completion. “Prairie has been very good to us,” said Pete. “We wanted to find a way to give something back.”

Mon
06
Jul

Friends of the Mississippi River to hold beach clean up on St. Feriole Island

By Caitlin Bittner

With the beautiful summer weather, many people are spending more time outside along the riverfront. Unfortunately, a time that is meant to be for relaxing and fun is turning into a time spent picking up trash.

“I spend a lot of time down there,” said 29-year-old Desiree Stephenson, organizer of the upcoming community service events to clean up the St. Feriole Island’s Mississippi River beach.

Stephenson said that the desire to do something about the conditions of the beach stemmed from an afternoon with her kids and friends. “We spent about an hour cleaning just so the kids could play. We ended up with a plastic bag full.”

Mon
06
Jul

ATV-UTV Trail

 

ATV-UTV club seeking 

members, designated 

routes in Crawford County

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
06
Jul

Bagley Fourth of July Parade


A pair of patriotic parade pedallers roll along. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

A young parade participant enjoys a relaxing ride.

A happy remote control enjoys the Bagley Parade.

The crowd below appreciates a light spray of cool water on a warm Saturday.

A group of fun refreshments makes its way along the parade route Saturday.

A young cowboy doffs his hat to all those viewing the parade.

 

 

Tue
30
Jun

Local girl a state finalist for Junior Pre-Teen Miss Wisconsin pageant

Junior Pre-Teen Miss Wisconsin
Junior Pre-Teen Miss Wisconsin Pageant state finalist Alexis Feran smiles pretty and stands in her “pretty feet” position. (Photo by Addison Mumm)

By Addison Mumm

With poise and pep, Alexis Feran was named a state finalist for the junior pre-teen age division in the National American Miss Wisconsin Pageant. Her outgoing attitude, sweet demeanor and many talents got her an invitation to participate in this Miss Wisconsin pageant. Alexis is the daughter of Michael Feran and Brittany  Myers, both from Prairie du Chien.

At 8 years old, Alexis will travel to Wisconsin Dells, Aug. 20 and 21, for the state finalist round of the pageant. Already, Alexis completed interviews and volunteered to assist in a presentation in front of the entire pageant group. If Alexis wins the title of National American Miss 2015 Junior Pre-Teen of Wisconsin, she will travel to Hollywood, Calif. and partake in the national level competition.

“She was very outgoing, not like the other contestants there,” said Reni Feran, Alexis’ step-mother.

Mon
29
Jun

Four run for Blake’s Prairie Jr. Fair Royalty, fair is July 16-19

 

Four area high schoolers are competing to become the king and queen of the 2015 Blake’s Prairie Jr. Fair, which will be held at the fairgrounds in Bloomington, July 16-19.

 

Mon
29
Jun

New, safer debit cards to help prevent fraud

 

By Correne Martin

 

Thu
25
Jun

River Ridge graduate named state FFA officer

Beth Zimmer State FFA Officer
River Ridge FFA adviser Kory Stalsberg (left), newly elected Section 4 State FFA Officer Beth Zimmer and 2014-2015 Section 4 State FFA Officer Danielle Jentz, from Platteville, pose after Zimmer was named state FFA officer. (Submitted photo).

By Addison Mumm

Agriculture to some may mean cows, dirt and crops, but to Beth Zimmer, four-year FFA member and recent River Ridge graduate, it means so much more. Her parents are Gerard and Theresa Zimmer. Beth Zimmer joined FFA when she entered high school; her older sister and father were both involved in FFA as well. Zimmer felt it was expected of her to join the club considering her family history, she lives on a farm and has an active love for horticulture.
“I really like horticulture; I have three flower gardens at home,” said Zimmer.

Thu
25
Jun

WE BIKE to come to area this weekend

 

Solo tandem bicyclists, Peter and Tracy Flucke of WE BIKE, etc., LLC, plan to continue their bicycle adventures in 2015. After successfully bicycling 4,362.5 miles across the country in 2014 (WE BIKE Across America Blog) the couple is excited to announce their next adventures.

 

Wed
24
Jun

Tornadoes likely spawned from storm


Clean-up continued Tuesday after a line of powerful thunderstorms with strong winds and hail moved through Wisconsin Monday morning. As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, there were 3,600 customers without power statewide, down from 54,000 at the height of the storm, according to Wisconsin Emergency Management. In Crawford County, one mobile home was destroyed in rural Wauzeka. Another home lost part of the roof and is not inhabitable at this time. Flood water damaged Bob & Lou’s Bar and Grill in Steuben as well. Pictured above, two-inch hail was reported in Steuben, and nearly a mile of trees were wiped out on a hillside on Plum Creek Road, in rural Wauzeka. Below, power poles were snapped at their base along Highway 27 between Eastman and Prairie du Chien. In neighboring Grant County, an estimated 20 homes along with 30 agricultural buildings were destroyed or severely damaged primarily around Cassville, Lancaster, Platteville, and Hazel Green. An additional 300 homes had moderate to minor damage. At this time, emergency declarations have been issued for Cassville, Lancaster, Platteville and Grant County. (Photos by Kim Wagner, Frankie Mezera and Randy Martin)

The National Weather Service of La Crosse reported Tuesday that Monday mornings storms may have also brought along several tornadoes. It said the bulk of the damage in southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa came from strong straight line winds from what’s called a bow echo, named because the shape of the storm on radar resembles a bowling line.

NWS La Crosse Meteorologist Andrew Just said, “Occasionally these bow echoes can produce very brief tornadoes along them.” He noted that there may have been one in Crawford County, based on radar data. “We have not been able to completely verify [this]; we are working with emergency management,” he added.

The NWS planned to survey the damage and conclude its report on Wednesday.

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