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Wed
20
Dec

PdC looks at overhauling Marquette Road, Villa Louis boat landing, marina

By Rachel Mergen

On Tuesday night, the Prairie du Chien Common Council met to discuss the 2018 Marquette Road Project, North Michigan Street Project, the Villa Louis Boat Landing Project, the marina and salaries and compensations.

A public information meeting for the 2018 Marquette Road Project is scheduled for Feb. 1. It is expected that work will begin in the spring. The council clarified that the frequently used, paved recreational trails within the construction area will remain after construction.

North Michigan Street
The North Michigan Street Project will include work on the entire sewer system. Additionally, driveways and sidewalks will be redone in the process, along with other fixtures. The base bid, which will open in January, is to include North Michigan Street with two alternatives. These alternatives are from the Haydn Street alley to Illinois Street and on Park Street from Michigan Street to Illinois Street.

Wed
20
Dec

Board chair gives statement on nurses’ termination

Combined health and human services department created

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Crawford County Board Chairman Tom Cornford gave an opening statement about the recent termination of two county nurses at the beginning of the County Board meeting Tuesday morning. 

Cornford said, “We are going to have a discussion in reference to the rumors and paper articles about the two nurses.

Mon
18
Dec

Fisherman falls through on Gremore Lake

 

An area fisherman was rescued after falling through thin ice Saturday in rural Prairie du Chien.

According to the Crawford County Sheriff's Department, at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, the county dispatch center was notified that a man had fallen through the ice on Gremore Lake. Roger Swatek, 65, of Wauzeka, was ice fishing when the ice gave way and he fell into the water. Other fishermen attempted to help Swatek when they became stranded in their ice fishing sleds in the open water. Another fisherman came and assisted the Bridgeport Fire Department with the rescue by utilizing his air boat. Swatek was taken to shore and transported to Crossing Rivers Health for medical evaluation.

Mon
18
Dec

Lawler School Lofts

 

Construction progressing at Lawler School Lofts

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Construction is moving right along on the Lawler School Lofts project at the former Wyalusing Academy main building at 601 S. Beaumont Road in Prairie du Chien.

Mon
18
Dec

Soldiers Grove man charged with fifth OWI

A 66-year-old Soldiers Grove man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fifth or sixth offense), and one count of possession of marijuana.

Mark B. Sherry faces up to 10.5 years in prison and $26,000 in fines if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, a state trooper was on duty in the village of Soldiers Grove when he noticed a vehicle with too dark of window tint than is allowed by law. The trooper pulled the vehicle over and smelled the odor of intoxicants when he made contact with the driver.

Mon
18
Dec

Community members can eat together this Christmas Day


Bob Hamann (left) and Dennis Kirschbaum are a good example of the many volunteers who give their time to prepare and cook the Community Christmas Dinner. They are pictured a couple years ago cutting the eyes from the potatoes and dicing them. (Courier file photo)

‘Tis the season of togetherness. Such holiday spirit will be bountiful at the Community Christmas Dinner at Prairie du Chien High School on Monday, Dec. 25. Dine in at noon, pick up carryouts between 1 and 2 p.m., or deliveries will be available throughout Prairie du Chien until 2 p.m. as well.

A traditional Christmas dinner will be served, including turkey and ham, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, squash, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and dessert. The meal is available to all, free of charge, and is furnished by community donations and volunteers.

Deliveries must be ordered in advance by calling 326-8321. Reservations for those eating in as well as those taking carryouts are appreciated by calling the same number.

Due to the construction at the high school, community members are asked to enter through the back parking lot, door H.

Mon
18
Dec

Couleecap Food Pantry to distribute 200 meal baskets to people in need Dec. 21


Pictured is an example of one of the holiday meal baskets the Couleecap Food Pantry will be providing free on Thursday to people in need.

By Correne Martin

The Couleecap Food Pantry in Prairie du Chien is assembling enough holiday meal baskets this season to provide a Christmas dinner and all the trimmings for 200 households in need, according to Jann Sturmer, Couleecap clothing center and food programs coordinator.

Food pantry clients, families or individuals who find themselves in need for any reason are invited to stop by the food pantry on Thursday, Dec. 21, at 10 a.m., to pick up a meal basket. The offering will be available until all 200 are gone.

Each meal basket will include a choice of meat (ham or pork roast), a bag of fresh potatoes, fresh oranges, the ingredients to make green bean casserole and other side dishes, and a dessert.

The inmates from the Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution have been enlisted to volunteer with distributing the meals to those visiting the pantry Thursday morning.

Wed
13
Dec

Driftless Development

 

Driftless Development forms with mission of enhancing area economy

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
11
Dec

River Ridge Open House


Several River Ridge School District residents take a look at the middle school section of the new library Saturday afternoon.

 

River Ridge District 

residents tour new school facilities

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Many citizens, school officials, staff and students attended the open house Saturday afternoon for the new addition and other facilities upgrades to River Ridge Schools. 

Mon
11
Dec

PdC native, canine find talent in search and rescue


Adam Kelly and his adopted dog Zephyr conduct search and rescue missions together in Michigan. (Submitted photos)

Adam Kelly and Zephyr make a discovery on one of their missions.

Zephyr gets some training done on the water.

The search and rescue dog has plenty of time to play too. Here she is dashing through the snow.

By Rachel Mergen

Adam Kelly, a Prairie du Chien native, has lived the vast majority of his life with man’s best friend loyally at his side. For as long as Adam can remember, his family has been the proud owners of a furry companion, and the longest gap he has ever experienced without a dog was his time working toward bachelor’s and master’s degrees. One of the most exciting moments to him was just being able to have a dog once again when he went to Florida for further education.

Adam’s family dog, Zephyr, isn’t exactly the average pet though. Zephyr, now living in Michigan, finds herself as a well-trained, search-and-rescue (SAR) canine.

Zephyr’s life was given a second chance when rescued as a stray and put up for adoption at a Florida PetSmart. Adam accidentally came across the German Shepherd mix puppy, when he had casually stepped into the store to find some treats for his lapdog, Roxie.

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