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Nov

Lawsuit filed in 2013 vehicle versus bicyclist incident

By Correne Martin

A Prairie du Chien teenager and her parents filed a lawsuit on Oct. 28 against the city of Prairie du Chien and local resident Denise Barrett, alleging negligence in a pedestrian versus vehicle accident that occurred on July 18, 2013, at the intersection of Marquette Road and East Wells Street in Prairie du Chien. According to circuit court documents from La Crosse County, where the case was filed, Hailey Seitz and her parents, Roger and Sara Seitz, allege the city was negligent in regard to its maintenance of the crosswalk at the intersection and Barrett was negligent in waiving Hailey across the road without ensuring it was safe for her to cross.

The driver who hit Hailey Seitz, Rose Stram, is not named in the lawsuit.

Wed
05
Nov

Blackhawk Avenue roundabout is slated to open on Wednesday


Landscaping, signs and pavement markings were completed this week for the Blackhawk Avenue roundabout, the third and final roundabout of the Marquette Road project. Some construction on the north end of the project remains, but the completion for the entire project is anticipated by Nov. 16. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The third and final roundabout of the Marquette Road project, at the intersection of Blackhawk Avenue, is scheduled to open Wednesday, Nov. 5, as landscaping, signs and pavement markings were completed early this week. The Highway 27 detour will also end Wednesday, according to Wisconsin Department of Transportation Project Leader Jay Adams.

However, the railroad company has yet to repair its crossings at Washington and Blackhawk, leaving those crossings closed until further notice.

“People traveling on Highway 27 will be able to turn south on Marquette and continue on like they used to,” Adams said, noting that customers of the businesses near the Blackhawk intersection will now be able to access them regularly, though some sidewalk, curb and additional concrete pavement work will remain. “But drivers won’t be able to cross the railroad tracks on Blackhawk or head north yet.”

Wed
05
Nov

$13 million referendum denied by River Ridge voters

By Correne Martin

River Ridge School District’s $13 million referendum to combine all students and staff under one facility in Patch Grove failed to pass in Tuesday’s election.

The unofficial vote totals were 995 against the referendum to 556 in favor, according to Adminstrative Secretary Sue Gotto Wednesday morning. This means 64 percent of the voters cast a “no” vote, while 36 percent cast a “yes” vote. The district’s canvassing board will validate the votes on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 4:15 p.m. at the River Ridge Middle/High School.

An article regarding the school board’s plans following the failed referendum, and any possible action regarding state orders pertaining to building code violations, will be published in an upcoming issue of the Courier Press.

Wed
05
Nov

Crawford County chooses Democrats for majority of races

By Correne Martin

Wisconsin voters leaned Republican in the races pertaining to southwest Wisconsin for this election, yet Crawford County voters chose Democrats in five of the six races reported at the top of today’s front page.

With all eyes on the battle for governor, incumbent Republican Scott Walker won his third election (including the 2012 recall) and will take on a second term leading the state. He received 52 percent of the vote in the state, while his challenger, Democrat Mary Burke ,earned 47 percent. Crawford County demonstrated a different opinion of the governor’s race, giving 3,221 votes to Burke, or 52 percent, and 2,972 to Walker.

Wed
05
Nov

Deer hunting accident

 

Prairie du Chien 

woman severely injured in deer hunting accident

Contributions for family welcome

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
03
Nov

Wauzeka youth group fundraising for 2015 mission trip


Members of the Mission Possible Youth Team and Wauzeka community who took a mission trip to Dallas, Texas, in the summer of 2014 included (front row, from left) Phyllis Groom, Macy Curtis, Jadyn Sander, Siena Krachey; (back row) Sammi Groom, Nicole Dable, Jerica Rush, Avery Wilepski, Allison Oswald, Dayne Krachey, Nellie Groom and Lynn Schreck.

By Correne Martin

For eight years, youth from the Wauzeka Methodist Church have taken summer mission trips around the United States to help repair and reconstruct property damaged by natural disasters. By partnering with Sidekick Missions, they have been assigned to Mississippi, Montana, Kentucky twice, Georgia, West Virginia, Arkansas and Texas to assist homeowners in mostly low-income neighborhoods. The summer of 2015 will be the group’s ninth mission.

Mon
03
Nov

Updated schedule on Blackhawk Junction cleanup released

By Correne Martin

Little action toward the clean up of the fire ruins at Blackhawk Junction in Prairie du Chien took place last week. According to the most up-to-date schedule from the project manager, parking lot light installation was to occur last week through today (Nov. 3).

Posts on a Facebook page dedicated to “Gialamas’ mess at the Slumberland site” noted that trenching was done last week for the parking lot lights.

As of Friday, approximately 625 people followed the Facebook page, where visitors can also link to a petition at www.change.org asking Gialamas to get the site cleaned up as soon as possible. The page was started by Joey and Leah Renner, residents who live adjacent to the site.

Also according to the most recent schedule, abatement work is expected Nov. 3 through Nov. 14, while the building demolition is slated for Nov. 17 through Friday, Dec. 26.

Mon
03
Nov

Operation Santa accepting donations for families in need

The Prairie du Chien Jaycees are sponsoring Operation Santa once again this year, with generous support from the public.

In 2013, over 200 Crawford County families in need were served. Each family receives toys (or chamber bucks) for each of their children. Each child receives a toothbrush, a blanket, hat, mittens, scarf and either a coat or some new clothing. Each family receives fresh oranges and apples, butter and free coupons for bread, milk and a ham. These items helped to make their holidays a little brighter.

Please consider making a donation to Operation Santa 2014 this holiday season. Monetary donations help with the cost of providing fresh food items and purchasing toys and chamber bucks. Non-perishable food items; new or gently used coats, hats, mittens, scarves, and snow pants; and new or gently used toys, are also good donations.

Wed
29
Oct

Godden Pit dredging is underway

Construction on the dredging of Godden Pit in Prairie du Chien is underway this week.

With the amount of water still located in the pit, the contractor, Rule Construction, will need to pump some of the water out prior to starting excavation in the low areas. The plan is to pump water out of Godden Pit to Taylor Street, just west of the Fremont/Taylor intersection. The water will drain west along the curb and gutter until it reaches the storm inlets at the Ohio/Taylor intersection (and continue heading west in the storm sewer). The pumping will be done at a low rate so the water stays mostly within the curb and gutter and does not cause any drainage issues at the Taylor/Dousman intersection. No pumping will occur while it is raining.

Wed
29
Oct

Longtime U.S. House Rep. Kind challenged by Army veteran Kurtz


Ron Kind and Tony Kurtz

The race for U.S. House of Representatives District 3 is intensifying as Ron Kind, a Democrat incumbent from La Crosse who is seeking a 10th term, is challenged by Tony Kurtz, a Republican Army veteran from Prairie du Chien. The two were recently asked the same set of questions and their responses follow.

 

RON KIND

Why are you running for a 10th term?
I still feel there’s unfinished business, work that needs to be done. I want our children’s future to be as bright as what you and I dreamed of as kids. We need to strengthen and grow the middle class. We need to make sure we can compete globally in areas such as affordable quality health care, education and personal safety. I’m very concerned about the hyper-partisanship we are experiencing. I would like us to find common ground; I know it exists. This “my way or no way” attitude is not the way to approach politics. We need compromise.

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