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Wed
18
Mar

County road projects

 

Several road projects planned in 

Crawford County for this summer

By Ted Pennekamp

 

With spring on the near horizon, motorists in Crawford County might like to know what they can expect regarding upcoming road construction projects. 

Mon
16
Mar

Parks and rec Drama Hawks Junior put on spring play March 20

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department Drama Club—Drama Hawks Junior—will perform a family friendly play, “The Snow Queen,” on Friday, March 20, at 7 p.m., in the Prairie du Chien High School Theater.

This adaptation of “The Snow Queen,” written by Lynn Brittney, is based on the original fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. The story, according to Director Luana Stiemke, is that of a sun queen who becomes cold and gets a piece of an evil spirit’s mirror in her heart, freezing her heart like a block of ice. There’s a foretelling that a child can help bring her back to her old self again, so she begins looking for a child who can do just that and also put her mirror back together. When one of two siblings, Kai, is taken by the snow queen, his sister Gerda tries to rescue him, going through her share of trials along the way. Overall, the story centers on the struggle between good and evil as experienced by Gerda and Kai.

Mon
16
Mar

Sen. Shilling announces local budget listening sessions

With a looming $2.2 billion deficit, Wisconsin’s upcoming state budget has many families and business owners concerned about the future. In order to provide local residents an opportunity to learn about Governor Walker’s budget and comment on his proposals, Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) will be holding several listening sessions throughout the region.

Prairie du Chien will be one of the host locations where a listening session will be held Friday, March 20, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Prairie du Chien City Hall community room.

Soldiers Grove will also host a listening session on Friday, March 20, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the community center and public library community room.

Mon
16
Mar

City, True Value complete deal for new hardware store


Gathering to make the new Nelson True Value deal official were Duane Rogers, of the Redevelopment Authority; Jacob Kanis, Nelson True Value; City Administrator Aaron Kramer, and Dan Kanis, Nelson True Value.

 The city of Prairie du Chien and Nelson Agri-Center, LLC, officially signed a developer’s agreement and land sale agreement, which will result in a new Nelson True Value hardware store being constructed in the Block 43 site, north of Walgreens, this year. Work on the site will commence as soon as next week, with a targeted completion date of Nov. 1.

Mon
16
Mar

Energy saving projects


The current high school kiln area in the art room is congested with student projects and is unsafe. The new area will allow for a dedicated clay/ceramics area that will give the art program much more flexibility.

 

Several building upgrades 

scheduled for Prairie du Chien School District

The Prairie du Chien Public School District is in the process of doing a number of small projects across the district that will result in the avoidance of, or reduction in, energy costs or operational costs. 

Mon
16
Mar

Special CWD testing hunt ends

 

85 deer sent in for CWD testing,

samples taken from near Harpers Ferry

Final samples are being submitted for testing for Chronic Wasting Disease after the close of a special collection period for whitetail deer in Allamakee County March 15. Landowners and regular season deer hunters took part in the collection over the past three weeks near Harper’s Ferry. That came after three deer from the area tested positive for CWD in the 2014 hunting season. One 2013 sample, from the same area, also showed positive.

Wed
11
Mar

Railroad double crossovers


Employees of Meyer Construction of Maple Grove, Minn. work at the site of a double crossover near Spring Lake Restaurant Tuesday morning. The double crossover will allow for trains to pass each other farther apart and with increased efficiency and safety.

 

High speed crossover being constructed on 

railway near County N to be one of several in the area

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
11
Mar

Summer lessons can teach kids about horses as well as themselves


As the smile on her face can tell, Taylor Kozelka enjoyed basic horse lessons at the Childrens Ranch last season.

By Correne Martin

For parents looking to find the perfect summer activity for their kids, you might consider horse riding lessons at the Childrens Ranch in Prairie du Chien. Held throughout June and July in three-week sessions three days a week, or one-week sessions five days a week (two hours per day), these lessons teach kids not only to ride and interact with horses but also to have self-confidence and be willing to challenge themselves.

“We never lead them. From day one, they ride by themselves on their own,” Childrens Ranch Manager Gracie White said. “The horses I use are kid-safe and kid-broke. Even in the winter, I work with them. They’re perfect horses for these lessons.

“Sometimes the kids are nervous at first, but once they realize they can do it all on their own, they get a huge smile on their faces.”

Wed
11
Mar

Local policemen recognized for lifesaving efforts in 2014


Detective Stacy Polodna (left) and Officer Jeff Henry (far right) received lifesaving award pins recently from Chief Chad Abram for their actions conducted while on duty in 2014.

Officers Ashley Erickson and Josh Hemmer were honored with lifesaving award pins for their actions last year.

Four Prairie du Chien police officers and a detective were recently recognized by the city’s police and fire commission for their lifesaving actions in 2014.

On Feb. 26, during a joint meeting of the police department and the police and fire commission, Officers Ashley Erickson, Steve Herbers, Josh Hemmer and Jeff Henry, as well as Detective Stacy Polodna, were presented lifesaving award pins for their efforts on three separate calls last year.

According to Police Chief Chad Abram, the complete details of each incident could not be revealed due to confidentiality matters. However, the events occurred as follows:

Wed
11
Mar

Prairie du Chien updating municipal major disaster plan

By Correne Martin

Ironically, just two days before a 103-car train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire south of Galena, Ill., the Prairie du Chien Common Council discussed plans March 3 to review and update the municipal major emergency and disaster response plan. Certain city departments regularly update their emergency plans, as they are required to do so. However, the city’s overall plan is about six years old, and local officials believe specific attention should be paid to the portions of the plan dealing with train derailment, evacuation and cleanup procedures.

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