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94 years experience resigning from city

On Jan. 6, the Prairie du Chien city office will see 94 years of experience and service walk out the door, as two employees retire and another moves on to a new opportunity. City Clerk Barb Elvert (right) is retiring after 42 years working for the city. She started her duties at the old city hall down Blackhawk Avenue. Terry Meyer, wastewater treatment manager and public works co-manager, is also retiring after 28 years. He started with the city driving the sludge hauler and worked his way into administration. Zoning Administrator Julie Jackson (left) is leaving her position with the city after 24 years to take a different position with Crawford County. “It is with a great sense of sadness that we bid Barb, Terry and Julie farewell. It is not just the loss of their experience and professionalism that will be felt, but more importantly their sense of dedication to the residents of the city that we will hope to carry forward,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said.

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Dec

Christmas tree pickup Jan. 13, city takes over for the Jaycees

By Correne Martin

Christmas tree pickup in Prairie du Chien will have a new crew of workers behind the project this January, since the Prairie du Chien Jaycees have decided not to continue organizing the endeavor.

Instead, this year, the Prairie du Chien Public Works Department will take care of picking up Christmas trees on Friday, Jan. 13, weather permitting. Residents and businesses who wish to have their real trees picked up are asked to place them at the curb by Jan. 13 and the city will take care of disposal. The city requests trees are not put out sooner than Jan. 11. In the event of inclement weather, the pick-up will be done on Friday, Jan. 20.

Jaycees’ member Ryan Kiester said the club’s membership has declined in recent years and that getting enough volunteers together to pick up Christmas trees has been difficult.

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Dec

Music, movement focus of interactive Kindermusik classes


In every Kindermusik class, children are welcomed into a playful and nurturing environment where they have fun singing, moving, playing instruments, and hearing stories—while simultaneously developing social skills, problem-solving skills, pre-math skills, and a foundation for reading. (Submitted photo)

Kindermusik is a researched, whole child, music and movement program that started in 1978. It provides the beginning of important learning skills that will last a child their lifetime. It is being offered locally, starting in January at Hoffman Hall.

By Correne Martin

When music and movement are combined, it inspires a delightful learning environment for young children. A unique opportunity for parents and their little ones, called Kindermusik, is being offered via a series of interactive classes in Prairie du Chien, Jan. 4 through March 28. Classes will take place at Hoffman Hall  at various weekly times for children birth to 18 months, 18 months to 3 years old, and 4 to 5 years old.

Kindermusik, which will be taught locally by licensed instructor Debbie Johnson, has been a nationally-researched curriculum since 1978 that uses music and movement to promote whole child development.

Wed
14
Dec

American Queen makes requests of city benefactors

American Queen Steamboat Company representatives were in Prairie du Chien Nov. 29 to discuss with city benefactors the future opportunities of hosting tourist stops of the cruise boat.

“They’re wanting to bring more boat visits here, but Prairie du Chien is semi-dysfunctional, so they want to know who is in charge,” tourism council chair Mary Antoine said.

This information was shared at a tourism council meeting Dec. 8. The American Queen’s off-shore tour coordinator communicated at the Nov. 29 meeting that he wishes to be in contact with only one person instead of, as it has been, many from city government, the chamber, the main street organization, the tourism council and the museums.

“We need to talk and determine who is in charge if we’re going to try to feed into their on-board programs as well,” Antoine added.

Wed
14
Dec

Road closed for cleanup after semi rollover

State Highway 27 near the Utica church was closed Wednesday morning, Dec. 14, for several hours for cleanup and removal of a semi that rolled over in an accident just north of Helland Road in Utica Township Tuesday evening, Dec. 13.

According to Crawford County authorities, at about 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Shawn Marx, 41, of Westby, was traveling north on Highway 27 in a 2006 International semi, owned by Cashton Farm Supply, of Cashton, hauling grain. The semi got onto the right shoulder of the road, was unable to pull back onto the road, continued off the right shoulder, rolled and came to rest on the driver’s side. The entire  semi and trailer went off the roadway into a field.

Marx refused medical transport at the scene but was checked out on the scene for minor cuts and scrapes.

The road was not closed Tuesday night as the roadway was clear from debris. But the road needed to be closed to pull the semi up and out of the field.

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Dec

Person killed in Monona

One person is dead after being struck by a vehicle while crossing Highway 18 in Monona, Iowa, Tuesday night, Dec. 13.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, Abraham Cordero-Alvarado, 36, of Postville, Iowa, was driving westbound on Highway 18, just before 5:30 p.m., when he struck a pedestrian crossing the road at Falcon Avenue, near Kwik Star.
The report said Cordero-Alvarado’s vehicle was towed from the scene, but he was uninjured.

The name of the person who died has not yet been released, pending notification of the family.

Assisting at the scene were the Iowa State Patrol, Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, Monona Police Department, Mar-Mac Police Department, Monona Fire Department and MFL Ambulance Service.

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14
Dec

Tourism council was not running under right formalities

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce and the Prairie du Chien Tourism Council are in a state of transition.

The two entities share office space at the tourism information center, 211 S. Main St., and a mutual mission to enhance the quality of life and business growth in Prairie du Chien. Though the chamber has paid staff leading its charge, there is no tourism coordinator and there hasn’t been one since mid-July.

Patti Wacker served as the tourism coordinator for 15 years, from 2001 until she resigned in April. Then, Anna Troester was hired, but left after just one month in the position. Since then, chamber CEO Bob Moses and assistant Brenda Grondin have filled in the gaps, and have been compensated accordingly, while design work has been outsourced. The tourism council, in closed session Dec. 8, began considering how to move forward with that position and plans to make a recommendation to the chamber board soon.

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Dec

A Coach for Your Life

 

Life coach 

helps clients achieve their goals

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Most people associate the word “coach” with someone who helps athletes to reach their goals and their full potential. 

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Dec

Monona woman charged with possession of meth

A 24-year-old Monona, Iowa woman has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine and one count of operating a motor vehicle while revoked.

Taylor M. Knockel faces up to 4.5 years in prison and $12,500 in fines if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, a Crawford County Sheriff’s deputy made a traffic stop on the Knockel vehicle. Knockel was arrested for driving after revocation and transported to the Crawford County Law Enforcement Center.

A search of Knockel’s purse revealed a plastic baggie containing meth, the complaint said.

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PdC man, Iowa woman charged with meth possession

A 30-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine (repeater).

Kyle L. Vanderbilt faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

A 35-year-old Garber, Iowa woman has also been charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine arising from the same incident.

Tamara Messler faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, the vehicle Messler was driving was stopped by a Prairie du Chien police officer because Messler’s driving privileges were suspended. Vanderbilt was a passenger in the Messler vehicle.

Vanderbilt was searched and a baggie with meth residue was found, according to the complaint. Messler was also searched and a baggie containing meth residue was found, the complaint said.

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