Local News

Error message

  • Warning: array_merge(): Argument #1 is not an array in _simpleads_render_ajax_template() (line 133 of /home/pdccourier/public_html/sites/all/modules/simpleads/includes/simpleads.helper.inc).
  • Notice: Trying to get property of non-object in _simpleads_adgroup_settings() (line 343 of /home/pdccourier/public_html/sites/all/modules/simpleads/includes/simpleads.helper.inc).
  • Warning: array_merge(): Argument #1 is not an array in _simpleads_render_ajax_template() (line 157 of /home/pdccourier/public_html/sites/all/modules/simpleads/includes/simpleads.helper.inc).
Mon
15
Aug

Sheriff’s department warns about online scam

Over the past couple of months, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department has investigated an online scam. As a result of this investigation, thousands of dollars worth of merchandise has been recovered and seized. Seized items included tablets, smart phones, jewelry, watches, MP3 players, shoes, clothes, etc.

Mon
15
Aug

Grant County has second drowning in two weeks

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Woodman Boat Landing Saturday afternoon, Aug. 13, just before 4 p.m., for a report of a possible drowning. Witnesses stated a man identified as Sherik Shah, 28, of Saginaw, Mich., originally from India, was on a sandbar kneeling in the water when the sandbar gave way. The male did not know how to swim and was calling out for help. His friend heard the yell for help and entered the water in an attempt to save him.

A female kayaker saw the friend struggling in the water and was able to get the friend aboard her kayak, according to witness statements. She saw the Shah go under water and be swept away by the current.

Mon
15
Aug

City to consider Country on the River relocation

Festival could move back to St. Feriole Island

Townsquare Live Events Wisconsin has made a request to the city of Prairie du Chien to relocate the Country on the River music festival to St. Feriole Island for 2017. The common council will consider the request at its regular meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m., at city hall.

Country on the River, currently held in the town of Bridgeport, was first held on St. Feriole Island in 2010 and 2011 before moving to Bridgeport.

According to a letter from Townsquare, the organizers are requesting the relocation due to an easement on the Bridgeport property that will not allow the festival to utilize the entire property in the future, making that location insufficient for space. Townsquare said it was unaware of this issue until recently and was able to obtain a variance to allow the 2016 festival to occur there; however, they have been informed no further variances will be permitted.

Mon
15
Aug

New school year, new gymnasium


The process of transitioning from the old 1940s gym to the new one was called “bittersweet” by both Rev. James Weighner and Principal Wade Marlow. (Photo courtesy of the Prairie du Chien Catholic School & Holy Family Parish Facebook page)

While the old gym was infamous to visiting basketball teams for its small size, the new gym is much bigger and more accommodating. “We have a new drop-down screen that we can even use to section off part of the gym,” said Principal Wade Marlow. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

This is a first look at the giant, new 3K and day care space. “The 3K and day care are going to be very fluid spaces that teachers can use for the children,” noted Principal Wade Marlow. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

An exterior view of the gym

Holy Family Parish looks ahead to future

By Caitlin Bittner

As a seven-year project comes to a close, there are a few bittersweet emotions circling Holy Family Parish. Principal Wade Marlow said that the project will “bring the building and school into the 21st century.”

In July, the old gymnasium and day care at St. Gabriel’s school was torn down to make way for the completion of the new school facilities. Once finished, St. Gabriel’s will have a new gym, a new year-round day care, new administrative offices, a new cement pavilion and new landscaping. The Austin and Justin Nolan Memorial Playground will also find itself a new home in the space once occupied by the old gym.

“The building is a gift from the community. The town and parish really stepped up to invest in the school and we, as the administration and faculty, are not going to take it for granted,” said Marlow.

Mon
15
Aug

Land and Water Resources

 

Crawford County’s Land and Water Resource 

Plan approved by state, to go before County Board

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The state of Wisconsin has recently approved Crawford County’s 10-year Land and Water Resource Management (LWRM) Plan which will go before the County Board for final approval on Aug. 16. 

Wed
10
Aug

Friends remember missing woman


Virginia Aberle, 29, of Chicago, Ill., went missing Aug. 3 during an early morning swim at the Wyalusing Beach. (Submitted photo)

By Kate Bowen

Early Wednesday morning, Aug. 3, our beloved friend Virginia Aberle went missing on the Mississippi River. She was an experienced camper on a canoe and camping trip with friends from Chicago. She was last seen on a dock at Wyalusing Beach around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Her fellow campers immediately notified authorities, who were on the scene by 3 a.m. A massive search and rescue effort was coordinated by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, which entailed hundreds of volunteers from over 30 local emergency organizations and fire departments searching both water and land.

Wed
10
Aug

Music Fights Back, one punch at a time


Did you know... The Music Fights Back Foundation logo, designed by Kaci George was inspired by the movie “Fight Club?”

Jeremy Cuff (right) and Julie Simon (left) help Shaun Mohs fight back with a new iPod. Shaun, 9, is currently working through his second battle with a brain tumor, but with the support of the MFL MarMac community. (Photo submitted)

By Caitlin Bittner

On Aug. 27, a gauntlet will be thrown and a battle will begin. From noon to midnight, music will throw a few punches in cancer’s direction thanks to Jeremy Cuff and the Music Fights Back Foundation.
“It started because I had cancer in 2014. I was kind of down in the dumps, and one of the things I would do on the way to treatment was listen to music,” said Cuff. “During that time, I had a lot of people who supported me. This is my way of giving back. And, me being a  musician, I wanted to take music and use it to help people.”

Last year, during the first Music Fights Back event, the group was hoping to raise enough money to donate 10 to 12 iPods to people with cancer. But, due to overwhelming support, the organization was able to raise enough money to purchase and give away 20 iPods.

Wed
10
Aug

Car rear ends highway department vehicle

On Monday, Aug. 8, at 8:49 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of an accident in Seneca Township on Highway 171 approximately .7 miles east of Stoney Point Road.   

A 1999 Nissan owned and operated by Haley Dougherty, 28, of La Crosse, was eastbound.

A 2008 Ford F350, pulling an air compressor, owned by the Crawford County Highway Department and operated by county employee Michelle Jones, 48, Mount Sterling, was also eastbound. Jones activated her amber warning lights and stopped to place cautionary traffic warning signs along the highway. Jones saw the approaching Dougherty vehicle and waited in her truck cab for the vehicle to pass. However, the Dougherty vehicle rear ended the county truck and trailer.

The crash’s impact spun the Dougherty vehicle around and it came to rest about 35 feet past the highway department truck, facing west in the westbound lane.

Wed
10
Aug

No surprises locally in Primary Election

By Correne Martin

There were no big surprises in Wisconsin’s Primary Election Tuesday, Aug. 9, and Crawford County tended to follow along with state trends in voting.

On the Democratic side, Congressman Ron Kind slid through to the November ballot with 851 votes from Crawford County electors, though his challenger Myron Buchholz garnered a respectable 169 votes.

In the race for U.S. Senate, incumbent Ron Johnson and former Senator Russ Feingold moved ahead toward a familiar battle in November’s General Election. Unopposed Republican Johnson received 497 votes in Crawford County. The Democrats cast 915 votes for Feingold, while his challenger Scott Harbach recorded 62.

Wed
10
Aug

UW-P requests state funding for two construction projects


Chancellor Dennis Shields

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Prospective University of Wisconsin-Platteville (UW-P) students and their families might be interested to know that the university has made a request as part of the proposed UW System Budget for two major construction projects to improve their engineering and biology programs. 

Pages

Subscribe to Local News
Comment Here