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PdC’s side streets experiencing increased traffic during construction

Former Hess Auto demolished
Demolition of the former Hess Auto and Tire building at the corner of Marquette Road and Wisconsin Street started Tuesday, June 3, and finished up last week. The structure is the last business facility to be torn down as part of the Marquette Road reconstruction efforts, making way for three roundabouts at the intersections of Iowa Street, Wisconsin Street and Blackhawk Avenue. Last fall, Ken Hess and his business moved to 200 S. Marquette Road, still in Prairie du Chien. Because the former location was needed for the 2014 construction project, the new Hess Auto building was constructed for him based on an arrangement with the Department of Transportation. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The increased amount of traffic continues to be a concern for the city of Prairie du Chien, as the Marquette Road construction project is one month in now.

“We are very aware of the increased amount of traffic on side streets. We’re very aware of the issues with semis in neighborhoods,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said Wednesday, at the bi-monthly business owners meeting at City Hall.

The Prairie du Chien Police Department has conducted traffic studies the last few weeks on Ohio Street, determining that an average of 10,000 cars a day have traveled the road. The police department will soon use its speed board to conduct studies on some of the other side streets experiencing heavier traffic since the start of construction. Main Street is one of the next roadways to be studied.

Mon
09
Jun

Rendezvous a yearly reenactment of pre-1840s fur trade

The Big River Long Rifles, Inc., invite the public to St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien, June 11-15, for the 39th Annual Prairie Villa Rendezvous. This event, in cooperation with the city of Prairie du Chien, is held every Father’s Day weekend.

The organization’s participants enjoy providing this yearly reenactment of a pre-1840 fur trade rendezvous for the public. The event includes demonstrations as well as a variety of period items for sale.

Vendors offer tasty and unique food, drinks and treats. There is also a wide range of competitions, including a black powder rifle shoot, hawk and knife throw, cooking and games for children and adults.
This year, the Long Rifles welcome Richard (Blackhawk) Kapusta, who plans to entertain by singing, playing the Indian flute and perhaps telling a few stories.

Mon
09
Jun

Council taking applications for PdC third district vacancy

 

The City of Prairie du Chien is accepting applications through Friday, June 27 at 4 p.m. for those residents interested in filling a vacancy in the Third Aldermanic District. Applicants must be a resident of the district. The vacancy was created when Alderwoman Jamie Wagar recently announced her resignation, which took effect on June 6.

 

The term will run through April 2015, at which point the seat will be eliminated as part of a Council reduction approved earlier this year. The Council will choose the person to fill the vacancy at its July 1st meeting.

Mon
09
Jun

Rollover results in injuries, 3rd offense OWI

An Eastman man was transported by medical helicopter to La Crosse for treatment following a one-vehicle rollover on Highway 27 Sunday night, June 8, according to Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick.

The sheriff’s department was notified of the rollover crash on Highway 27 near County N at about 8:10 p.m. Pete Sturmer, 42, was traveling north in his 2006 Dodge Ram at what witnesses describe as a high rate of speed. Sturmer failed to negotiate a curve in the road, lost control of his vehicle and rolled it several times.

The truck came to rest in the opposite lane with severe damage to all areas of his vehicle. According to McCullick, Sturmer was extricated from his vehicle by the Jaws of Life and transported to Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. He was later transported by Med Link Air to Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse with serious injuries.

Mon
09
Jun

Dairy Day parade in Mt. Hope set for June 20

The Mount Hope Cardinal 4-H Club is planning the annual Mount Hope Dairy Day Parade to be held Friday night, June 20. The activities will start with the Ice Cream Social at the Mount Hope Fire Station at 6 p.m. Club members will serve sandwiches, cheese, pie, ice cream and milk throughout the evening.

The parade line up will take place on the hill around 7 p.m., with judging to take place at 7:30 p.m.

Mon
09
Jun

Several murals recovered from Wyalusing Academy

Murals removed from Wyalusing
This painting is “Burial of De Soto 1542.”

By Ted Pennekamp

 

With the closing of Wyalusing Academy, ownership of a series of murals in the academy has been transferred to the Prairie du Chien Historical Society along with three murals which were removed from the academy several years ago. 

Wed
04
Jun

Main Entrance being torn down

Demise of Main Entrance
Francis Carlson hauls part of a wall from the back of the Main Entrance building Tuesday afternoon.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A longtime building in downtown Prairie du Chien will be no more. The building at 215 W. Blackhawk Ave., which most recently housed the Main Entrance, is being torn down and will become a beer garden for City Sounds. 

Wed
04
Jun

Construction Cash winner - week 2

Kristy Nelson, of Prairie du Chien, was the Courier Press’ Construction Cash winner for week two of the promotion. She registered at Kwik Trip. Store leaders Tiffany Stevens and Sally Berns, of Kwik Trip, presented Nelson with $50 in Construction Cash to be spent at any of the 27 participating businesses. Nelson also received Kwik Trip pizza and gift certificate. Be sure to register at one of the local Construction Cash participating businesses, and you could be our next winner.

Wed
04
Jun

K-9 dog and officer on duty this fall in Crawford County

By Correne Martin

Growing up in other communities and working as a police officer in the area, Deputy Joe Breeser has seen the effects of drugs on our communities. Soon, he will get the opportunity to make more of a difference, as Crawford County’s first K-9 officer.

Deputy Breeser was recently selected for the new position by Sheriff Dale McCullick. He will attend six weeks of handler training with a one-year-old Belgian Malinois at Southern Police Canine in Nashville, N.C., July 21, before the pair take active duty locally in mid-September.

“He will still be a traffic officer, but will basically be hauling around a partner now,” McCullick said of Breeser, who has worked part-time for Crawford County since 2009 and full-time since 2011. “We felt the county had a need for a K-9. Most other counties our size have one. Vernon and Grant Counties both have two, and Richland and Clayton Counties each have one.”

Wed
04
Jun

Addition desired at PdC regional tourism center, chamber offices

By Correne Martin

A desired expansion to the Prairie du Chien Regional Tourism Center and Chamber of Commerce offices was presented to the Prairie du Chien Common Council Tuesday night. The city of Prairie du Chien has learned that it has a budget surplus of $178,316 from 2013, and the expansion is one of the options for spending that money. No formal approval of the expansion was given Tuesday night, however, as bid specifications and a lease agreement will come before the council at a future meeting.

The intention for the expansion would be to add a conference and community room in which the chamber, tourism council and community could hold meetings and small gatherings. The room would be constructed to the west of the current structure, on land owned by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, so the DOT’s permission would be needed also. (The city owns the building and the DOT the land, according to an original agreement between the two.)

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