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22
Oct

Charges pending in snowmobile theft

On Oct. 5, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department investigated the theft of a 1985 Polaris 440 snowmobile at Homesteaders Trailer Court in Prairie du Chien Township.

On Oct. 14, a deputy conducted an interview with Christopher J. Frihart, 33, Prairie du Chien. Frihart admitted that he took the snowmobile without permission and hauled it to Clayton County Recycling in Monona, Iowa for money.

Charges on this case have been referred to the Crawford County District Attorney’s Office.

Wed
22
Oct

River Ridge voters to decide on $13 million referendum


REPAYMENT SCHEDULE

By Correne Martin

Voters in the River Ridge School District have a supremely consequential task ahead of them. On Tuesday, Nov. 4, they are asked to head to the polls and cast their ballot regarding the 2014 Facility Referendum for River Ridge Schools. Taxpayers must answer “yes” or “no” to whether the school district should be allowed to borrow up to $13 million for the purpose of combining the current district facilities to create one Pre-K–12 campus at the Patch Grove site.

Permission to borrow is good for five years and cannot exceed a total of $13 million, according to Carol Wirth, a Wisconsin Public Finance Professionals adviser contracted by the school. That amount equates to a tax increase of about $200 per $100,000 of fair market property value (or $16.67 per month or $.55 per day).

Mon
20
Oct

Fall Color Run


Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram gets a big dose of bright orange during the inaugural Fall Color Run as part of Oktoberfest 2014 on St. Feriole Island on a great fall Saturday. Many colorful characters ran in the 5K race. (Photos by Randy Paske)
Mon
20
Oct

Attorney general candidates face off in a debate on Wisconsin Public Television

Republican candidate for Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel and Democratic candidate Susan Happ will face off in a debate broadcast live 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT).

The Wisconsin 2014 Attorney General Debate, produced in partnership with Wisconsin Public Radio and The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, airs live 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 on WPT, online at wpt.org and on Wisconsin Public Radio’s (WPR) Ideas Network and News and Classical Network.

The live broadcast of the Wisconsin 2014 Attorney General Debate is part of WPT’s 2014 election coverage, which reports on significant issues facing voters this election season, including key Senate races throughout the state and the latest on the battle over Voter I.D.

Mon
20
Oct

Nerison, Flesch to debate in Viroqua Oct. 30

The Vernon Women’s Alliance (VWA) will host a Candidates Forum on Thursday, Oct. 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the Vernon Memorial Hospital community room in Viroqua. Please join VWA to hear Representative Lee Nerison and challenger Pete Flesch discuss their stance on issues concerning Wisconsin.

All questions will come from members of the audience. If you have any questions please call (608) 606-3920.

Mon
20
Oct

Kind, Kurtz to square off in WPR debate

On Thursday, Oct. 30, U.S. 3rd District Congressman Ron Kind (D-La Crosse) will square off with Republican challenger Tony Kurtz, a small business owner from Prairie du Chien. The debate begins at 7 p.m. at the Dreyfus University Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and will be broadcast live on Wisconsin Public Radio. The one-hour debate will also be  live streamed by WAOW-TV, WSAW-TV and the Wausau Daily Herald.

The debate will be moderated by Wisconsin Public Radio’s Glen Moberg. Candidates will answer questions from a panel of editors and reporters from the Wausau Daily Herald, Stevens Point Journal, WAOW-TV 9 and WSAW-TV 7. The debates are a partnership of the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service, Wisconsin Public Radio, Wausau Daily Herald, Stevens Point Journal Media, WSAW-TV 7 and WAOW-TV 9.

Mon
20
Oct

Scouts will Trick or Treat for Canned

Goods Saturday morning The Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts of Prairie du Chien will once again Trick or Treat for Canned Goods on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Prairie du Chien area.
The community is encouraged to leave items on their doorsteps if unavailable for the collection. Food items are requested from community members for this event.

Each year, the clubs take turns supplying either breakfast or lunch for the event. This year is the Girl Scouts’ year to provide the food.

 
Donations collected during the Trick or Treat for Canned Goods will be taken to the Couleecap office where they will be used for families/individuals in need in the community.

This is a great time of year and a worthy event to help the community. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Trina Skime at (608) 306-0103.

Mon
20
Oct

Woodridge Acres subdivision officially opens in Prairie du Chien

The city of Prairie du Chien’s first-ever municipal subdivision is officially open. Woodridge Acres is located in the southeast section of the city. The nearly 24 acre development contains 36 single-family lots, which have been priced from $11,000 to $25,000, roughly $1 per square foot. The lots range in size from 9,600 square feet to 28,940 square feet.

The lots have been listed with the three realtors whose offices are located within the city of Prairie du Chien:

•Kramer Real Estate – 203 East Blackhawk – 608-326-8108 - kramersales.com.

•Ridge n’ River Realty (Remax) – 934 B South Marquette Road – 608-326-1600 - ridgenriver.com.

•Welter Real Estate (Century 21) – 1501 East Lessard Street – 608-326-0800 - century21welter.com.

All three firms took part in a draft in the summer of 2013, and each has 12 lots available for sale.

Mon
20
Oct

Peoples State Bank turns 100 years old


Peoples State Bank of Prairie du Chien is celebrating 100 years of business in 2014 with an Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 3 to 7 p.m.

By Correne Martin

Peoples State Bank is celebrating 100 years in 2014. On Wednesday, Oct. 22, the bank will host an Open House, from 3 to 7 p.m. at The Dousman House in Prairie du Chien. Customers, current and former staff, friends and the general public are invited to enjoy this special event, with a brief program and recognition ceremony at 5 p.m. Complementary hors d’oeuvres, coffee, punch and a cash bar will be available. A commemorative book has been published and about 1,500 copies will be given out at the open house.

One year ago, when a bank committee started talking about the 100-year anniversary, they commissioned local historian Mary Antoine to write a book of the bank’s history.

“Once we started to research our past and develop that history, the magnitude of being here 100 years really started to set in,” stated Tom Farrell, retired president and CEO, and chairman of the board of directors.

Mon
20
Oct

Prairie du Chien man recounts his journey running for office

By Correne Martin

It’s not very often that a local man runs for a high-profile political office such as United States Congressman. But this year, Prairie du Chien has one of its own in the race for the 3rd District.
Tony Kurtz officially threw his hat into the ring in April, won the three-way GOP primary in August, and is now part of a full-fledged challenge to unseat 18-year veteran Ron Kind in November’s general election.

“I’ve driven over 35,000 miles since January, 7,000 in the last four weeks,” Kurtz said in an interview Oct. 3. “I’ve participated in 55 parades and 16 of the 18 dairy breakfasts. I’ve done county fairs, lots of picnics, veterans affairs, co-op customer appreciation events, town board meetings, civic club meetings, football games. I’ve been to nearly every college campus in our district, except Viterbo, at least five times. The big thing is getting exposure.”

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