Local News

Mon
29
Sep

PdCHS moves route of Homecoming Parade

By Correne Martin

In an effort to avoid road construction and detour routes in Prairie du Chien’s downtown district, Prairie du Chien High School has moved the location of its yearly Homecoming Parade for 2014.

“We had to make the decision back in August and we really didn’t know, at that time, what roads were going to be open or closed,” High School Principal Andy Banasik said.

This year’s parade will take place on several side streets closer to the high school on Wednesday, Oct. 1, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The parade route will begin at Wolf Machine, travel past the Evergreen Cemetery on 15th Street, turn left onto Wells Street for one block, turn right onto Fremont Street, turn left onto Taylor Street and head toward the high school parking lot.

“I would say 15th and Fremont will be good streets to watch the parade from,” Banasik added.

Mon
29
Sep

Improvements on Brunson Street making way for housing development


Four acres of property located to the north of the Brunson Street and 16th Street intersection in Prairie du Chien, called Brunson Court, is being prepared for a housing development. Badger Environmental & Earthworks has extended storm water, water service and sanitary sewer onto the site. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

By Correne Martin
 
Improvements at the Brunson Court development, formerly the Prairie Maison Nursing Home site, in Prairie du Chien are being accomplished. Badger Environmental & Earthworks, of Westby, was selected through the city’s bidding process to perform the project for about $385,000. The original budget was $458,000.

As the Courier Press first reported last September, the ultimate goal of improving Brunson Court is to make way for “starter” homes and duplexes for single families and elderly citizens who still wish to be independent, a pocket park, a retention pond and a new road winding through the development.

Wed
24
Sep

Courthouse exhibit offers centuries old judicial documents, furnishings


An old map of Crawford County, stamps, a record book, a tumbler used to draw juries and a ballot box are some of the antiques that make up the new, permanent, judicial exhibit at the Crawford County Courthouse.

Ornamental chairs, tin ceiling tiles, glass lamps and pictures of the courthouse are among some of the retired furnishings on display as part of the new “Damn Yankee Court! Changing Laws, Changing Landscapes.” (Photos by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A document detailing the last hanging on the gallows. The original Crawford County courthouse deed, signed by Joseph Rolette in 1822. An article regarding a very prominent citizen’s drunken acts about the town. Maps showing the once larger boundaries of Crawford County, as early as 1818 to the present. Brochures describing the “dungeon” or territorial prison that still exists beneath the courthouse today.

All of these records, pictures, articles and some replicas from the local judicial system are available in a new, permanent exhibit on display in the Crawford County Courthouse: “Damn Yankee Court! Changing Laws, Changing Landscapes.” The gallery, which also includes ornamental artifacts once used within the courthouse itself, is located on the main floor and is open whenever the courthouse doors are open—Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is also expected to evolve as more items of local, historical interest are displayed.

Wed
24
Sep

Whooping cough case confirmed in Crawford County

On Monday, Sept. 22, the Crawford County Public Health Department received information that a school-aged child in the county had been seen and treated by a doctor for whooping cough/pertussis. Other cases have been confirmed in surrounding counties, Director Gloria Wall said.

According to Wall, in the Crawford County case, symptomatic family members were educated properly by their doctor to stay home and treated with antibiotics. Symptoms of whooping cough include cold-like symptoms, with a runny nose, sneezing and dry cough. The cold-like symptoms slowly get worse, marked by coughing spells that are uncontrollable. Between spells, the person may appear well as there is usually no fever. Vaccinated persons may have milder symptoms that appear like bronchitis.

Vaccine is currently available to protect your family from this highly contagious disease, free of charge, at the public health office.

Wed
24
Sep

New Wauzeka trail

 

Wauzeka to have new 

bicycling, walking trail

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The village of Wauzeka will soon have a multi-use trail for the benefit of all citizens. Construction for the approximately half-mile-long trail is expected to begin late this week or early next week. 

Mon
22
Sep

Long lost love letter

Love letter
This is what remains of a letter sent by an unknown man to Miss Loretta Tierney on July 25, 1898. The letter was found in a wall at 241 N. Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien.

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mystery, romance, intrigue, inquiring minds want to know. 

What appears to be a 116-year-old love letter was found recently by Rodney and Rita Jones in a wall of the house they are remodeling at 241 N. Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien. 

Mon
22
Sep

Man charged: operating a car without owner’s consent

A 27-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent.

Donald J. Tweedy faces up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted. According to the criminal complaint, Tweedy drove off in his mother’s vehicle without her consent on June 3, sometime between 6:30 and 8 p.m.

On June 4, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was informed by the Grant County Sheriff’s Department that a vehicle matching the description of the stolen vehicle was involved in a high-speed chase in Grant County and was stopped by the use of stop sticks in the city of Platteville. The occupants of the vehicle fled the scene on foot and were not located, according to the complaint.

On June 11, a Crawford County Sheriff’s Department deputy interviewed Tweedy who admitted he had taken his mother’s car, a 1998 Mustang, without her consent, the complaint said.

Mon
22
Sep

Local man charged with his fifth OWI

A 61-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fifth or sixth offense).

Donald D. Lasse faces up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, on Aug. 26 at 11:53 p.m., a Prairie du Chien police officer saw a car traveling north on Marquette Road with no front or back license plates. The vehicle’s lights also went off for about five seconds and then came back on. The officer stopped the vehicle, which was being driven by Lasse. Lasse was subsequently placed under arrest for OWI.

Lasse has previously been convicted of OWI four times.

Mon
22
Sep

Fifty years of natural gas service in Prairie du Chien


On Vineyard Coulee Road, eight-inch steel natural gas main is installed in 1964. This picture looks east in the vicinity of the current South Marquette Road and Vineyard Road intersection.

In 1989, Wisconsin Southern Gas celebrated the 25th anniversary of local natural gas service in Prairie du Chien. Shown giving away a deluxe gas grill are Patricia Hill, Mark Oehler (current district manager-Prairie du Chien for MGE), Ross Bushnell (retired, former district manager), Elmer Wisnefsky (retired) and Bob Valley (former district manager). Pat Hill and Robert Valley are now deceased.

The gas company’s office is shown five years after it opened at the former Commerce Court Mall (now Blackhawk Junction) in 1964.

An unknown individual is shown installing gas main in Prairie du Chien in 1964.

Fifty years ago, on July 23, 1964, natural gas turn-on ceremonies were held at the Wisconsin Southern Gas Company gate station on Vineyard Coulee Road. In attendance (pictured, from left) were former Prairie du Chien Mayor Edward Farrell; the company’s former president Kenneth D. Knoblock (deceased); and now retired Prairie du Chien manager for propane operations Alex McEwan.

This was some sort of celebration at the WIscosnin Propane Gas Corp. office on Blackhawk Ave. Names of the individuals are not known.

Bill Wachuta, serviceman for Wisconsin Propane Gas Corp. and eventually Wisconsin Southern Gas, is pictured by an old pump.

This summer marked 50 years of natural gas service in Prairie du Chien. While a lot has changed since 1964, the reliable natural gas service that comes with friendly customer service has withstood the test of time.

“Congratulations to the people of Prairie du Chien on 50 years of natural gas. MGE is happy to be a part of that history, and we take great pride in bringing a safe, reliable and affordable energy source, to customers in Prairie du Chien and the surrounding area,” said John Yogerst, assistant vice president of gas operations, for MGE.

At the time of the turn-on ceremony on July 23, 1964, there were 1,055 residential and commercial customers signed up for natural gas service in Prairie du Chien.

Wed
17
Sep

Vermin complaints at Blackhawk Junction addressed


Complaints of vermin, such as rats and skunks, at Blackhawk Junction mall due to the remaining debris from the April 13 Slumberland fire are being addressed by the Crawford County Public Health Department and other local authorities. The vermin have yet to be substantiated but are said to be nesting in the fire debris. The mall’s owner, Thomas Gialamas, said he is seeking exterminators and a definite start date for cleanup. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Complaints of a vermin problem at the Blackhawk Junction mall in Prairie du Chien prompted the Crawford County Public Health office to send a letter of concern to Thomas Gialamas, the owner of the mall, earlier this month.

The letter, dated Sept. 5, inquired about the cleanup efforts of the fire debris and informed the owner of the possibility of vermin, referring to both as environmental hazards. Gialamas responded to the letter on Sept. 9, noting that exterminators are being sought and cleanup of the debris should begin within weeks.

Crawford County Public Health Director Gloria Wall confirmed last week that her department has received several complaints of rats and skunks going in and out of the debris that remains from the April 13 fire, which destroyed Slumberland Furniture and caused smoke and soot damage to a number of other businesses in the mall.

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