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Wed
06
Apr

Local man arrested in meth bust

On April 3, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit initiated a traffic stop in Prairie du Chien on a vehicle being operated by Chris Fernette, 39, Prairie du Chien, for an equipment violation.

Fernette is also on felony bond conditions through Crawford County Circuit Court for narcotic related charges. The deputy made contact with Fernette, and in plain view, observed what appeared to be methamphetamine paraphernalia.

Mon
04
Apr

Alliant Energy plans Grant County electrical outage early on April 7

Alliant Energy has scheduled an electrical outage from midnight to 5 a.m. on Thursday, April 7, affecting these communities: Bagley, Bloomington, Glen Haven, Mount Hope, North Andover and Patch Grove.

Alliant Energy is preparing for a major upgrade to its Bloomington Substation, located on the south side of the village of Bloomington. The company is investing about $3 million into the substation to increase reliability and cover any future growth within Bloomington and surrounding area.

In order to perform the upgrade, Alliant Energy needs to de-energize the substation and transfer the existing customer load to a portable substation. The planned outage is necessary to make this transfer possible.

About 1,650 Alliant Energy electric customers will be impacted by the outage. The company expects the substation project to start in early April with a scheduled completion date in the middle of August.

Mon
04
Apr

Seneca teen injured in crash

Last Monday, March 28, at 10:43 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle crash on Benhardt Ridge Road just east of Trout Pond Road in Seneca Township.

Noah Allen, 16, of Seneca, was traveling west on Benhardt Ridge Road in a 2006 Chevrolet Colorado when he lost control while negotiating a curve due to sand and gravel in the roadway. The vehicle went off the road, struck the north side embankment and overturned before coming to a rest on its tires in the road, blocking both lanes of traffic.

Allan’s vehicle sustained severe damage and was towed from the scene. He sustained minor injuries and was transported by family to Vernon Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The Seneca Fire Department and First Responders, Tri-State Ambulance, Seneca Township and Bob’s Towing assisted.

Mon
04
Apr

PdC Police Department presents annual awards


Chief Chad Abram (front, white) and Lt. Terry Sprosty (back, white) presented Life Saver Awards to these officers (from left): Tony Berg, Ashley Erickson, Gerald Tippery, Kyle Teynor, Josh Hemmer, Max Erickson and Casey Cox. (Submitted photos)

Pictured presenting the Community Partnership Award to Walt Zehr (second from left), supervisor from Gundersen Tri-State EMS, are Lt. Terry Sprosty, Chief Chad Abram and Sgt. Kyle Teynor.

The Prairie du Chien Police and Fire Commission met Wednesday, March 30. As part of the meeting’s business, an awards presentation of the city’s police department took place.
Awards given included:

Officer of the Year—Tony Berg

Life Saver Awards—Josh Hemmer, Gerald Tippery, Kyle Teynor, Ashley Erickson, Max Erickson, Casey Cox and Tony Berg

Community Partnership Award—Gundersen TriState EMS

Mon
04
Apr

Local man dies day after crash from injuries

A Prairie du Chien man died Saturday after he was involved in a rollover crash on the Mondell Hill in Bridgeport Township Friday afternoon, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

On April 1, at about 4:10 p.m., Merrill McMillin, 83, was driving his 2006 Jeep Liberty south on Highway 27 when he drove off the roadway near Log House Lane, striking the end of a guardrail along the southbound lane, and continued traveling along a steep embankment. The SUV struck the top of a concrete culvert retaining wall, then rolled three times end over end before coming to rest on its wheels in the ditch. McMillin was injured in the crash and transported by Tri-State Ambulance to Crossing Rivers Health.

According to the sheriff’s department, McMillin died the next day in a La Crosse hospital from injuries sustained in the crash.

Mon
04
Apr

Historic walking tour of local sites includes some not usually accessible

By Correne Martin

A brand new PdC Main Street event, Journey Through Time, will offer local citizens, tourists, history lovers and families a free opportunity to walk through many historical buildings in Prairie du Chien, some of which haven’t been open to the public for decades.

Journey through Time is scheduled for Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., during which Prairie du Chien will be one of 16 Wisconsin communities participating in the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s first-ever Downtown Open House promotion. The purpose of the event is 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
04
Apr

George Family Foundation contributes $50,000 to library campaign

The Prairie du Chien Memorial Library’s capital campaign has taken another step forward toward raising $1.5 million, thanks to a $50,000 contribution from the George Family Foundation. The project, estimated at $3 million, is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2017. Last year, the city announced a $1.5 million capital campaign to match a $1.5 million contribution to the project by the common council.

“Sometimes, you just have to sit back, when you receive news like this, and realize just how blessed the city of Prairie du Chien and the surrounding area is to have such outstanding philanthropic organizations such as the George Family Foundation,” said City Administrator Aaron Kramer. “Their generous donation has moved us that much closer to our ultimate goal, with groundbreaking approximately one year away. We continue to welcome contributions of any amount to turning this dream into brick, mortar, books and more.”

Fri
01
Apr

PdC School Referendum


School Board President Christine Panka (center) answers questions and uses the various charts to further explain the referendum to some district residents Thursday afternoon at an informal meeting at Bluff View Intermediate School.

 

School tax rate to stay the same whether 

referendum passes or not, say school representatives

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Thu
31
Mar

Eastman seeks DNR approval for wastewater treatment upgrade

The village of Eastman has requested approval from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to upgrade its existing wastewater treatment facility.

The village’s treatment facility has historically performed adequately and complied with DNR discharge standards. The facility, however, is approximately 25 years old and various unit treatment processes need to be rehabilitated, replaced and upgraded to accommodate projected future residential growth and help maintain overall system performance reliability over the next 20 years. Also, the village is required to comply with new effluent standards for phosphorus for continued discharge to Pine Creek.

Wed
30
Mar

Building inspectors tour River Ridge facilities

By Correne Martin

The River Ridge Building and Grounds Committee held a special three-hour facilities tour Tuesday morning of both its Patch Grove and Bloomington sites. The three school board members on the committee as well as two other individuals running for board attended. Also touring were three state building inspectors, District Administrator/Elementary Principal Jeff Athey and representatives from contractor McKinstry and one from the community.

The tour served two purposes, according to Athey: 1) It covered the annual walk-through of both buildings with maintenance supervisor, Troy Marshall, and addressed the need to determine what projects the district may want to tackle during the summer, and 2) it allowed the building inspectors to see what’s happened at the facilities since state code updates were mandated.

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