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Wed
06
Jun

Dillman Bros., LLC to lease city marina

By Ted Pennekamp

Wed
06
Jun

Prairie du Chien graduate works toward degree to benefit both him and the environment


Adam Rider

By Rachel Mergen

 

Recently, Prairie du Chien High School graduate Adam Rider accepted the Les Woerpel Scholarship from the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation. Rider, 20, is currently studying at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with the intent to earn in the spring of 2019 a Bachelor of Science degree in forest management, a certificate in Geographic Information System (GIS) and spatial analysis and a certificate in environmental ethics.

Wed
06
Jun

PdC leaders called upon to work toward a healthier community

By Rachel Mergen

 

On May 23, Healthy Roots of Crawford County brought community businesses, professionals and officials together to discuss how they could work to push Prairie du Chien and the county as a whole to become a healthier place to live. 

The organization, whose mission statement is “promoting healthy living across the lifespan for all residents,” is attempting to reach its vision of creating a culture rich with wellness and opportunities to be as healthy as possible. Their priorities are “connecting individuals and families to active places and spaces,” “expanding access to healthy foods” and “increasing access to community resources.”

Wed
06
Jun

How can you help limit phosphorus pollution in water

By Correne Martin

 

Fertilizer on the farm and in your lawn, soil erosion, cleaning supplies and animal waste are all sources of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution of our water. In Prairie du Chien, the city water and wastewater departments are starting a seven- to nine-year case study of its phosphorus levels. While the city limits its own pollutants and treats the phosphorus discharged from the wastewater treatment plant, what can community members do to help keep the potential for problematic phosphorus levels to a minimum?

In short, you can:

•use fertilizer responsibly, 

•don’t over water gardens and yards, 

Wed
06
Jun

Construction on Highway 27 project rolling right along


Highway 27 project crew members progress north around the Irish Ridge Road intersection. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

 

The State Highway 27 reconstruction project, from just north of Prairie du Chien through Eastman (April 3-Nov. 21), is about two months in already and seems to be on schedule. The contractor finished roadway grading from Cipra Lane to Irish Ridge Road just prior to Memorial Day, according to project manager Jeremy Krachey. Now it’s on to the next section of grading, which is Radloff Road to Limery Road/Wachuta Road. The current section will take approximately one month to complete. 

The Kraemer Company is placing select crushed subgrade improvement and base aggregate from Cipra Lane to Irish Ridge Road to complete the connection at Irish Ridge Road, Krachey said. They will continue to follow the grading contractor as they progress north to Limery Road/Wachuta Road.

Tue
05
Jun

Open intoxicants loophole in state law to be examined

By Rachel Mergen

 

With utility task vehicles (UTVs) and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) being a focus of discussion within the Grant County Board, it is important to keep in mind the ordinances of Crawford County and the laws of Wisconsin. 

According to the Department of Natural Resources' pamphlet on Wisconsin’s all-terrain and utility-terrain vehicle laws, “It is illegal to operate an ATV/UTV under the influence of alcohol or other drugs while on any property that is open to the public (generally this means trails, routes, lakes/rivers or corridors). Being under the influence is a condition in which a person’s ability to operate an ATV/UTV is impaired due to the consumption of drugs and/or alcoholic beverages to the extent that the person’s decision making ability is negatively affected as well as their balance and reaction time.” 

Thu
31
May

Amundson bound over for trial


Prairie du Chien Police Department Detective Ashley Erickson (far left) and Crawford County Circuit Court Judge Lynn Rider listen to a question from District Attorney Amy Forehand Thursday afternoon.

By Ted Pennekamp

Wed
30
May

Strong feelings regarding Amundson


A march in a show of support for the Bluff View student who was burned began Wednesday afternoon, May 30, near the high school grounds. A dozen people marched.

Amundson supporters have come out in force at his court appearance and at a recent school board meeting.

Signs such as this one have popped up in and around Prairie du Chien.

 

Simmering near the surface

Feelings of district residents split regarding Amundson

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
30
May

High speed chase leads to drug bust

On May 27, at 8:30 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department was notified by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Department about a pursuit in progress involving a motorcycle traveling east on Highway 18 at a high rate of speed.

The motorcycle crossed into Crawford County. Prairie du Chien police officers attempted to conduct a maneuver to direct the motorcycle onto the Highway 18 Bypass and away from the city.

The motorcycle drove around the squad cars in excess of 100 mph and continued east on Iowa Street. Officers continued pursuit. After several minutes, the driver crashed in a drainage ditch on the east side of town.

Wed
30
May

Man arrested for stealing truck, OWI

On May 28 at 3:13 a.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a motor vehicle theft from 32319 County K, Lot #79, in the township of Prairie du Chien. 

The stolen vehicle was a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck. The owner of the pickup truck stated that a man attempted to gain entry into his trailer house at which time the man was told to leave. Minutes later, the owner of the pickup truck heard his vehicle start up and observed his pickup truck travelling northbound on County K. The owner of the stolen truck said the doors were unlocked and the keys were left inside.

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