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30
Jan

Conversion of former Wyalusing Academy starts soon


The remnants of two recently demolished storage sheds and their former contents sit south of the former Wyalusing Academy building, soon to become Lawler School Lofts apartment complex. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Activity at the former Wyalusing Academy property in Prairie du Chien may have caught the attention of anyone taking notice recently. Two storage sheds on the south end of the main structures were disassembled and discarded. Commonwealth Corporation is preparing to start construction inside the historic facility as soon as spring arrives.

The future apartment complex, Lawler School Lofts, is expected to be open within one year of the construction beginning, according to Kevin McDonell, vice president of development, Commonwealth Development Corporation of America.

River to Valley Initiatives, the current owner, removed the old sheds, which will be replaced with a couple new garages for parking, McDonell said.

“Our construction team is doing its preliminary due diligence on the inside of the facility. We’re hoping as soon as things dry up, construction can start,” McDonell stated.

Mon
30
Jan

PdCHS provides variety of courses for college credit


Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram shows his Intro to Criminal Justice students a slideshow, which covered the foundation of criminal justice, politics in policing, the municipal code, enforcement and low-level offenders. The transcripted credit class is one of 25 at Prairie du Chien High School that offers students high school as well as college credit. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Pictured is the group of students who participated in the first semester Intro to Criminal Justice class. These juniors and seniors include (front row, from left) Ethan Swiggum, Cody Cauffman, Annalisa Velasco; (middle row) Kaitlyn Knapp, Katie Zahara, Dayton Fleshner, Eleora Ready, Tajah Eades; (back row) Spencer Pedretti, Spencer Becwar, Katie Licht, Hope Meyer, Kama Tesar, Anna McDuffey, Cassandra Brainard, Chief Chad Abram and Ethan Cummuta. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien High School had 194 students enrolled in transcripted credit courses through Southwest Tech for the first semester of the 2016-2017 academic year. Those students earned 875 college credits, saving themselves a total of $123,882.25 and gaining valuable time spent taking those courses at a two- or four-year post-secondary institution.

Transcripted credit courses are technical college courses taught at the high school, by a high school instructor certified as a technical college instructor, using technical college books and materials. Credits are earned for both high school and technical college simultaneously and earned at no cost to the student, according to Southwest Tech’s credit transfer options report. They are also transferable to all schools within the technical college system and may be transferable to four-year colleges. The grade received in the class is what appears on the student’s college transcript.

Thu
26
Jan

Eye exams with dilation important to prevent glaucoma, potential blindness


Dr. Brad Collins, of Gundersen Eye Clinic-Prairie du Chien, shows what he sees in his patients with glaucoma, when pressure has built up in the eye. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the United States. Yet, if the eye disease is caught early, through a dilated eye exam, it is one of the most manageable vision threatening conditions. It is incurable and often unnoticeable by the person suffering from the disease.

“It’s a progressive condition that causes gradual degeneration of the cells that make up the optic nerve,” explained Dr. Brad Collins, of Gundersen Eye Clinic-Prairie du Chien. “The only thing we know about the cause is that fluid buildup in the eye’s anterior chamber creates pressure, which becomes too high for the optic nerve.”

The optic nerve carries visual information from the eye to the brain. As nerve cells die, unless the pressure is controlled, vision is slowly lost.

Thu
26
Jan

Two women taken into custody after meth bust

A traffic stop in Prairie du Chien led to a drug bust on two area residents, Thursday evening, Jan. 19, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

At about 6:30 pm., an officer initiated a traffic stop on a 1999 Ford Taurus for a suspended operator of the vehicle. Upon further investigation, baggies of methamphetamine, numerous controlled substances in pill form, methamphetamine paraphernalia, THC paraphernalia and suspected stolen property were located.

Subsequently, Kimberly Sheehan, 46, of Viroqua, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The passenger, Julie Knoble, 32, of Seneca, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia and possession of a schedule II narcotic.

Thu
26
Jan

Local man charged with intent to deliver meth and marijuana

A 52-year-old Prairie du Chien man was charged on Jan. 17 in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana (less than or equal to 200 grams).

Steven Lee Gauger faces up to 28.5 years in prison and $110,000 in fines if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, approximately 28 grams of meth was found in a search of Gauger’s vehicle. Four ounces of marijuana, a digital scale and several unused plastic baggies were also found, along with two ledgers containing the names of different taverns which were coupled with numbers associated with each tavern.

Thu
26
Jan

Powerball ticket for $50,000 sold at Krachey’s BP in Prairie du Chien

One lucky Powerball player is holding a $50,000 winning ticket, purchased in Prairie du Chien, for the Saturday, Jan. 2,1 Powerball drawing. The winner matched four out of five numbers plus the Powerball. Saturday’s winning Powerball numbers were 23, 25, 45, 52 and 67 with a Powerball of 2. The Power Play number was 2.

The lucky winner purchased his or her ticket at Krachey’s BP at 1910 South Marquette Rd., Prairie du Chien. This person has 180 days from the drawing to claim the prize in person at the Wisconsin Lottery’s Madison or Milwaukee offices.

Wisconsin retailers who sell winning tickets over $599 receive an incentive of 2 percent of the winning ticket amount (up to $100,000), which, for Krachey’s BP will be $1,000.

Thu
26
Jan

Animal shelter receives largest donation to date


With the bluff in the background, this slightly aerial picture shows the southwest end of the new Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter building. The shelter is located behind Country Inn and Suites and is being built by Top Notch Construction.

An anonymous $100,000 donation toward the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter has given its capital campaign the boost it needed to begin phase two of its shelter project in Prairie du Chien’s North Gateway Business Park.

“An anonymous donor gifted $100,000 to the animal shelter, making this donation the largest one-time donation to date,” RABAS Vice-President Bev Pozega said in a press release Tuesday.

Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter volunteers are beginning their 10th year of fundraising. Construction on phase one of the building started in early November and is nearing completion. Phase one consists of the exterior of the building, storage garage, foundation and utility location. The group is still in need of additional funds to finish phase two and provide for operations for the first year.

Thu
26
Jan

New terminal brings modern look to municipal airport


The Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport’s new $1.06 million terminal structure is up, right next to the old facility, as viewed from Highway 18 on the south end of the city. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport’s new $1.06 million terminal on the south side of the community is very close to completion. Wieser Brothers, of La Crescent, Minn., has constructed the modern-looking structure and completed a good share of the exterior concrete and brick facade. Roofing and edge metal work is needed yet. Inside, crews are working on finishes, doors, casework, heating, plumbing and electrical work.

“Most of the construction will be completed about mid-February,” said Al Szymanski, team leader for MSA professional Services.

“The terminal should be operational in late spring or early summer, City Administrator Aaron Kramer said.

At that time, site work, such as landscaping and seeding, will be done, Szymanski said.

The city is currently accepting bids for the removal of the current terminal building, though if no bids are received, the building could be torn down at a later date.

Wed
25
Jan

River Ridge FFA Project

 

River Ridge FFA 

working on large 

and exciting project

By Ted Pennekamp and River Ridge FFA reporter Katelyn Quick

 

Mon
23
Jan

Sand bags deployed for flooded homes due to rain

At least two reported homes in Crawford County experienced flooding due to rain water last week, according to the Crawford County Sheriff's Office.

On Tuesday, Jan. 17, at about 8 p.m.,  the sheriff’s office was informed of a residence that had a basement actively flooding due to rain water. The Crawford County Emergency Management Office and the Prairie du Chien Police Department obrained, filled and deployed sandbags. Some 10 to 20 sand bags filled for the residence.

“It was very nice to have the support of the police department to assist in filling the bags,” said Emergency Management Director Jim Hackett.

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