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Aug

Library expansion

 

City asks county for help 

with library expansion project

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Board of Supervisors heard a presentation Tuesday morning by Prairie du Chien City Administrator Aaron Kramer and Librarian Nancy Ashmore asking the county to donate funds to the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library expansion project.

Mon
18
Aug

Driftless Homewrights

Home builders
Members of the Driftless Homewright crew work on the upstairs of a cabin in Grant County.

 

Area energy efficient home builders unique in the Midwest

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
18
Aug

Campion Boat Landing

Boat Landing expansion
Six new parking stalls were added to the Campion Boat Landing this past week. Three new handicapped accessible stalls were also added near the increasingly popular fishing dock.

 

Prairie du Chien’s Campion Boat Landing is expanded

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The various boat landings in Prairie du Chien continue to have improvements made. This past week, more black top was added to the Campion Boat Landing to expand the parking lot and also to complete the area in front of the newest ramp that was added to the north of the other two ramps already in place. The newest boat launch ramp had yellow tape across it and is not quite ready for use. 

Mon
18
Aug

New assistant at chamber office ready to advocate for area businesses

By Correne Martin

There’s a new face in the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce office and tourism and welcome center. Brenda Grondin, of Prairie du Chien, took over duties as administrative assistant to the director just over one month ago. So far, she’s become accustomed to her duties well and she’s ready to cultivate new relationships in her work advocating for area businesses.

Grondin was born and raised in Prairie du Chien. After high school, she went into the Navy and was stationed in Florida. She later moved to Vermont, where she worked in a cheese factory and attended college. Back in Wisconsin, she worked at Prairie Industries for over six years as a lead operator.

Mon
18
Aug

South end of Marquette Road project to open to local traffic in about one month

By Correne Martin

Looking at all of the construction on Marquette Road in Prairie du Chien, you may have wondered when some of the roads will open up again, or when the Blackhawk Avenue intersection will be closed for work on that roundabout. Project coordinators held a meeting for business owners on Aug. 13, addressing their progress and expectations at this time.

“Stages one and two should be done within about four weeks. All the way from Wisconsin Street to Mooney Street will be ready for local traffic prior to the Blackhawk intersection closure,” said Randy Henkel, of H. James and Sons, the project’s general contractor.

As of last week, Henkel felt that the Blackhawk/Marquette intersection would be closed around the third week of September.

Mon
18
Aug

Area family grows non-GMO corn

On Mountain Lane Farm in rural Eastman/Wauzeka, Tom and Sharon Martin are raising the next generation of Crawford County growers. Their boys, Gabe, 13, Zach, 11, Nate, 11, Jacob, 9, and Joshua, 4, are learning the tricks of the trade, so to speak.

The boys have an inherited sense of producing organically, which they gleaned from their parents. With their dad’s help, the boys planted over two acres of non-GMO, organic corn, some of which is an heirloom variety. When asked what they thought was special about their farm, Nate and Zach replied, “We don’t use chemicals.”

The boys help with fences, hay, moving beef cows (there are currently 120 of them), and planting and picking crops. The boys want to raise chickens and sheep one day as well.

When asked if they all get along well, the twins smirked and replied, “sometimes.”

Mon
18
Aug

One site nearly official for River Ridge Schools

By Correne Martin
 
An official vote is yet to take place Wednesday, Aug. 20; however, it became very clear last week that the River Ridge School District is headed toward a referendum this November. Last Tuesday night, Aug. 12, a special school board meeting was held to hear engineers’ reports regarding HVAC findings and costs associated with the district’s two facilities in Patch Grove and Bloomington and to further hone the district’s options of moving everything to one site in Patch Grove or leaving its setup as is.

Wed
13
Aug

Community Service of Remembrance a way to honor loved ones and friends

"Again this year, we invite the community to participate in a Service of Remembrance to celebrate the lives of their loved ones on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 6:30 p.m. The service will be held in the beautiful outdoor setting at St. Feriole Island’s Memorial Gardens in Prairie du Chien,” said Diane Koth, patient family services director at Crossing Rivers Health. “This special interdenominational service is held annually to commemorate loved ones who are no longer with us physically, but remain close in hearts and minds. We gather to remember and honor family members and friends who have helped shape our lives, and we give thanks for the gifts they leave behind.”

The Service of Remembrance is hosted by hospice volunteers and members of Crossing Rivers Health’s Bereavement Team.

Wed
13
Aug

Kurtz will take on Kind in November

Army veteran, farmer and Prairie du Chien resident Tony Kurtz, 47, won Tuesday night’s primary election in the Third Congressional District, defeating his challengers, former Mauston City Council member Ken Van Doren and civil rights attorney Karen Mueller. His victory earned him the Republican nomination to run against nine-term incumbent Democrat Ron Kind, who was unopposed in the primary.

“This was a team effort. The campaign has been so rewarding and humbling,” Kurtz said in an interview with La Crosse’s WKBT-TV Tuesday night.

In his efforts to unseat Kind, Kurtz said he plans to just “talk about the issues.”

“We’re tired of career politicians. We need true change and that’s what I want to bring,” he said.

Wed
13
Aug

Businesses still waiting for cleanup of Slumberland ruins


The remains of the Slumberland Furniture fire from April 13 have yet to be completely torn down and cleaned up four months later. The blaze not only destroyed the store, it also left half of the Blackhawk Junction mall closed down, waiting for cleanup efforts to take place so the rest can be rebuilt. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

It’s been exactly four months since Slumberland Furniture in Prairie du Chien was destroyed by a fire, deemed “undetermined” in its cause. Since then, the charred ruins of the building and its contents have remained nearly the same as they appeared in the weeks following the April 13 blaze. Now, community members are beginning to wonder about the cleanup efforts and the future of the businesses that previously called the west end of Blackhawk Junction their home.

“We have to wait for Slumberland to clean up before we can re-open,” stated Jenny Coleman, owner of Sears Hometown Store, which sustained a total loss due to extensive smoke damage. Sears currently sits gutted from the ceiling tiles and walls to the flooring. Coleman’s second business in the mall, Curves fitness center, also remains closed due to the fire. “There’s no point in opening if they’re just going to stir everything up.”

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