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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.

Mon
28
Dec

The Follies


Prairie du Chien teacher Mike McCoy as “Cousin Cletus” is one of the fan favorites at The Follies. (Courier Press file photo)

 

 

The Follies in Prairie du Chien offer fun-filled entertainment

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Everyone is bound to have a side-splitting, slap-happy good time at three fun-filled entertainment events in Prairie du Chien on Jan. 8-9 known as The Follies.

Mon
28
Dec

Volunteers bring Christmas dinner to community


Tammy Smith (left) and Jayne Prew have coordinated the Community Christmas Dinner in Prairie du Chien for the past three years. For a behind-the-scenes video of preparations, visit the Courier’s Facebook page. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Trina Springsteen dumps precooked and cubed squash into a roaster with butter.

After a machine peeled the 200 pounds of potatoes, Bob Hamann (left) and Denny Kirschbaum, along with a few other assistants, cut the eyes from the potatoes and diced them prior to their cooking.

Curt Kramer and his excited little helpers, Carly, Josie and Sam, placed table cloths on the dining tables on Christmas Eve. Curt was happy to get his kids involved in such spirited community volunteerism.

By Correne Martin

Twenty turkeys, 14 hams, 200 pounds of potatoes, 600 dinner rolls, over 100 pies, four roasters each of squash, green bean casserole and stuffing, an industrial-sized bowl of cranberry sauce, and 32 pounds of butter. That’s how much food was prepared for the 500 to 600 diners who enjoyed the free Community Christmas Dinner in Prairie du Chien, Friday. About half of those people ate the home-cooked meal at St. Gabriel’s School basement, where the tables were decorated beautifully for Christmas, and the other half took carryouts or delivery.

Mon
28
Dec

PdC’s third council district will have a name on the spring ballot, fifth district still open

Todd Crotty, a resident of Prairie du Chien’s third aldermanic district, has filed a declaration of candidacy and a campaign registration form to run for election in the common council’s third district seat, which will be vacated by Kyle Kozelka upon his resignation from the council Dec. 31.

Crotty has also applied to fill the vacancy and could be appointed as soon as the council’s Jan. 5, 2016, meeting. Crotty’s application is the only one received by the city at this time. Applications for filling the vacancy should be submitted to the office of City Administrator Aaron Kramer no later than Monday, Jan. 4 at 4 p.m.

While the third district will have a name on the ballot in the spring, as of press time, the fifth aldermanic district looks as though it may not. Jean Titlbach, who currently holds the seat, has decided not to seek re-election.

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