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Mon
23
May

Eastman Wastewater Upgrade

 

Eastman wastewater treatment 

facility project moving forward

By Ted Pennekamp

 

In March, the village of Eastman requested approval from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to upgrade its wastewater treatment facility. Approval has been granted and the project is moving forward.

Wed
18
May

Military History Gallery of Crawford County


This is a Bronze Star that was donated to the Military History Gallery of Crawford County. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

These are just a few of the artifacts and photos that will be a part of the Military History Gallery of Crawford County in the Crawford County Administration Building.

 

Gallery to share story of Crawford County’s military

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A new permanent gallery coming to the Crawford County Administration Building will offer visitors an insight into the rich military history of the county. 

Wed
18
May

Prairie du Chien man charged with intent to deliver methamphetamine

A 34-year-old Prairie du Chien man was charged May 16 in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine.

Eric Allen Schultz faces up to 25 years in prison and a $100,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, following a traffic stop on April 25 near the intersection of Highway 18 and Vineyard Road in the town of Bridgeport, a search was conducted of the vehicle Schultz was driving.

Among the items seized were several individual bags, each containing a quantity of crystalline substance, the complaint said. A small digital scale was also seized. A chemical field test on a portion of the suspected methamphetamine tested positive.

Wed
18
May

Train derailment outside Wauzeka

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train carrying corn on Wisconsin Southern rail line derailed Tuesday evening about two miles east of the village of Wauzeka, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department. Just after 8:30 p.m., the sheriff’s office was notified of the four rail-car derailment, in which an estimated 150 to 200 tons of corn were spilled onto the ground and river bank. The Department of Natural Resources was contacted to determine any hazard to the Wisconsin River. It was determined that the corn poses no threat to humans or wildlife. A cleanup plan is set in place and should be completed within 72 hours. The cause of the derailment is under investigation. (Photo provided by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department)

Wed
18
May

Hundreds attend PdC Main Street’s ‘Journey’


Judy Wall gives a tour of Wyalusing Academy/St. Mary's Academy to Journey Through Time visitors.

Rachel Standorf, PdC Main Street volunteer guide, took Journey Through Time visitors through the old Crawford County Jail, aka the dungeon.

At the Dousman House, Mark Twain impersonator Jim Post drew a nice crowd to culminate the downtown open house. (Photos by Marlene Dyer)

By Correne Martin

For a first-time event, it’s often hard to know what to expect. PdC Main Street, Prairie du Chien’s refortified downtown group, understood that in the planning stages of the recent Journey Through Time downtown open house. But the organization was pleasantly surprised by the number of people who came out with interest in the community’s fascinating history.

“It was a much better turnout that we expected,” said Marlene Dyer, PdC Main Street president. “The former Wyalusing Academy property was probably the biggest draw. We’ve estimated about 500 people went through there Saturday.”

Costumed PdC Main Street guides led event-goers through the storied building, which was St. Mary’s Academy before it was Wyalusing Academy. Former students also shared their experiences from classes at St. Mary’s in the late 1960s.

Wed
18
May

FirstMerit Bank’s local branch closing in July

By Correne Martin

FirstMerit Bank announced last month that, as of July 22, at 5:30 p.m., its branch at 300 E. Blackhawk Ave., in Prairie du Chien, will permanently close. Accounts will be moved to the FirstMerit Darlington branch, located at 207 Wells St.

Customers of the Prairie du Chien branch were notified of its upcoming closure via an April 19 mailed letter, signed by Doug Young, senior vice president and director of retail banking, at FirstMerit. The letter explained that, with banking features such as online bill pay, paperless statements, external transfers, mobile deposits and person-to-person payments, access to customers’ needs would remain at people’s fingertips.

Wed
18
May

PdC K9 unit starting in 2017, pedestrian/bike path expanding

By Correne Martin

The addition of a K9 unit to the Prairie du Chien police force is anticipated next year. Police Chief Chad Abram and Officer Casey Cox, the intended K9 officer, made a presentation to the Prairie du Chien Common Council during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

According to Cox, the dog, Rico, is being trained to begin fulfilling his duties with the department in the spring of 2017.

Abram said about $44,000 of the needed $74,000 has been raised through donations and in-kind gifts. Alderman Edward Hayes-Hall said he fully supported the campaign, and pledged to donate $500 to the effort. No action was taken.

Wed
18
May

Prairie du Chien students learn valuable lesson about respect


Bluff View School fifth grader Breanna Smithson was one of six classmates who painted over graffiti underneath the Blackhawk Avenue bridge in Prairie du Chien Tuesday. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The proud Bluff View School fifth grade special education class, that worked on the project, included (front row, from left) Bryce Priebe, Connor Olson, Jon Gobin, Maliki Ray; (back row) Morgan Heins and Breanna Smithson.

Fifth graders Bryce Priebe, Connor Olson and Jon Gobin paint a couple coats of gray overtop the graffiti. They said the project was fun and something they will remember for a lifetime.

This is how the graffiti underneath the Blackhawk Avenue bridge appeared last week, prior to the students’ painting project. Some of the obscenities have been Photoshopped from the picture, but the crux of the infuriating vandalism remains. It’s what inspired teacher Jim Shilling to create a valuable lesson for his students.

By Correne Martin

Six fifth grade students in Jim Schilling’s Bluff View School special education class have learned an important lesson about what’s right and what’s wrong in the world. They spent Tuesday afternoon painting over graffiti on the cement underneath the Blackhawk Avenue bridge.

The obscene, painted vandalism infuriated Schilling, a fisherman who noticed the graffiti as well as trash and broken beer bottles recently upon visiting the tucked away spot. He was so greatly bothered by the inscriptions that he decided to create an opportunity for his students to learn from others’ wrongdoing and also participate in bettering the community.

“They’re here to make the community a better place, but I have them here to teach them a very valuable lesson,” Schilling stated.

Mon
16
May

Journey Through Time


A group enjoys riding along Blackhawk Avenue in a horse-drawn carriage Saturday morning as part of the Journey Through Time Downtown Open House in Prairie du Chien. The horse-drawn rides were sponsored by Peoples State Bank. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Wind In the Barley performed lively Irish songs with fine pickin’ and blended harmonies next to Lori Knapp Companies at the corner of Blackhawk Avenue and Beaumont Road.

A sharply attired Chuck Dyer greeted guests and gave tours of the former Fort Crawford Hotel in downtown Prairie du Chien Saturday. The land for the hotel was purchased in 1864 and the hotel was built sometime between 1864 and 1870.

This is the former ballroom of the Fort Crawford Hotel in downtown Prairie du Chien. Plans have been underway by the owners, The Crawford Preservation Group, to restore the hotel to its historical splendor but with modern amenities in 20 guest rooms.

Area musician Denny Garcia got toes-a-tappin’ and put smiles on faces in front of Driftless Edibles Saturday at the Journey Through Time Downtown Open House.

 

People take a ‘Journey Through Time’ Saturday

Prairie du Chien was one of 16 Wisconsin communities participating in the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s first-ever Downtown Open House promotion. The purpose of the event called “A Journey Through Time” was to bring tourists and locals to the city to shop, dine, stay and learn, at their own pace, from period-costumed volunteer guides, about 12 historic buildings, churches, museums and interesting sites.

Mon
16
May

Electrical violations result in cut power at Regal Marina


Because state code violations caused electricity to be disconnected at the Regal Marina in Prairie du Chien, many boats still sit awaiting their first dip in the water for the 2016 boating season. Around a dozen boats were put in at the marina by Friday. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Electricity to the docks at the Regal Marina in Prairie du Chien has been disconnected. Depending on when electrical is brought up to state standards, it is unknown when power will resume.

On May 1, the city was directed to cut power to docks A, B, C and D as well as the gas dock because several state electrical code violations were uncovered by state inspectors Anthony Tadysac and Char Martin, according to City Administrator Aaron Kramer.

“The conditions are so dangerous, the city simply had to do something to assure safety,” City Attorney Lara Czajkowski Higgins said. “[The Regals] have to complete the repairs in order for the electricity to be turned back on.”

The Courier Press has made numerous attempts, since May 3, in person and by phone, to reach Dennis Regal Sr., president of Regal Marine Group, which leases the marina from the city. However, all have gone unanswered.

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