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Wed
30
Aug

Economic development corporations begin merger

The Crawford County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) and the Prairie du Chien Economic Development Corporation (PdCEDC) boards of directors have voted to begin merging into a single organization serving the entire county and surrounding area. The vote authorizes the creation of a joint committee that will develop recommendations, which will be formally voted upon by the boards later this year. The announcement was made jointly by Pete Flesch, president of the CCEDC; and Dan Kanis, president of the PdCEDC.

The focus of the proposed organization will not only be to attract new manufacturers, but also to retain and expand existing businesses.

“A lot of people think economic development is bringing new manufacturers to the area,” Flesch said. “That’s part of it. The most important part of what we do is business retention and expansion. Most jobs are added through existing businesses. Our job is to be facilitators, to be problem solvers.”

Wed
30
Aug

Experience the annual Carriage Classic at Villa Louis

On Sept. 8-10, the annual Villa Louis Carriage Classic will be held at the Villa Louis mansion, in Prairie du Chien, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. This stylish event, in its 37th year, will once again highlight competitive carriage driving in arena and obstacle classes and is considered one of the Midwest’s most elegant and lavishly-appointed equine sport driving competitions.

“We are excited to welcome competitors from across the United States for this year’s event,” said Susan Caya-Slusser, site director of the Southwest Historic Sites. “This classic event provides a glimpse into what it was like at Villa Louis during the pinnacle of the Dousman era stock farm.”

Wed
30
Aug

Area resident testifies for importance of family farms in the country’s capital

By Rachel Mergen

On July 25, Brenda Kluesner, loan officer and crop insurance banker at Royal Bank in Cassville, was given an opportunity she never expected someone from southwest Wisconsin would receive. Brenda testified at the “Commodities, Crop Insurance and Credit Hearing.” Before the Senate agriculture committee, her purpose was to represent the thoughts and lives of those living in rural communities who require stable politics, so that they can live the best possible lives on their family farms.

“I have a passion for agriculture,” Brenda stated while looking back on what started her love for farming. She has an extensive amount of knowledge about FFA and crop insurance, along with a long history in farming, including owning and operating her own family farm.

Mon
28
Aug

Speakers praise city and partnerships during Lawler School Lofts’ groundbreaking


Kevin McDonell, vice president for development with the Commonwealth Companies, digs in at the groundbreaking ceremony Thursday on the grounds of the former St. Mary’s Academy/Wyalusing Academy. The main building will become a 40-unit apartment building called Lawler School Lofts. Also enjoying the ground-breaking are River to Valley Initiatives (RVI) President Julia Henley, RVI Vice President J.D. Milburn, Chief Operating Officer of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority Brian Schimming, Prairie du Chien Mayor Dave Hemmer, Judy Wall of RVI, Kevin McDonell, Dell McCoy of Chase Bank, Commonwealth Companies President Louie Lange III, and former Director of Wyalusing Academy Mary Beth Specht. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Several attended a ground-breaking ceremony Thursday afternoon at the former St. Mary’s Academy/Wyalusing Academy which will soon become a 40-unit apartment building called Lawler School Lofts in Prairie du Chien. 

Several people spoke about the $8.7 million project prior to using a gold shovel to dig up a piece of ground on the front lawn. Snacks and lemonade were then served.

Mon
28
Aug

Catholic community uneasy about anonymous letters


The letter, in its entirety, appears here.

By Rachel Mergen

 

“Dear Catholic Friend: How are you? I’m writing today concerning Roman Catholicism. I have studied the Holy Bible for over 34 years now. I feel compelled to share my findings here with you in this letter.” This was the opening of a letter  placed on churchgoers cars in the St. Gabriel’s Church parking lot in Prairie du Chien Aug. 20.

Mon
28
Aug

Man cited in one-car crash

An area man was cited after the vehicle he was driving crashed on Highway 35 Saturday evening, Aug. 26, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

At 5:33 p.m., the sheriff department received a report of a one-vehicle accident in Prairie du Chien township, on State Highway 35, about three-tenths of a mile north of Cliffwood Drive. A southbound 2001 Chevy Cavalier, owned and operated by Raymond Torgerson, 57 of Wauzeka, went into the ditch on the east side of the road, came back on the road, crossed the centerline and then left the east side of the highway again. It came to rest in brush on a hillside. Torgerson claimed no injuries, official said.

Torgerson was cited for failure to have vehicle under control. The sheriff’s department said it is not certain how much damage the vehicle received.

Milo’s Towing assisted at the scene.

Mon
28
Aug

Sway bar breaks, vehicle rolls over

On Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 6:53 a.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a one-vehicle crash on Highway 35 a half mile south of County K. Austin Lechnir, 23, rural Prairie du Chien, was driving a 2006 Buick van north on Highway 35 when the vehicle’s sway bar broke. The vehicle went to the left and Lechnir steered back to the right which caused the vehicle to go across the roadway and into the ditch where it overturned once and came to a stop on the vehicle’s wheels.

Lechnir was wearing his seat belt and escaped injury. The vehicle sustained disabling damage and was towed from the scene.

Mon
28
Aug

Soldiers Grove man arrested at horse show

On Aug. 23, at 8 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a 911 call of threats being made at a horse show which was taking place at the arena in the village of Soldiers Grove. The reporting party stated that Daniel E. Smyth, 59, Soldiers Grove, was yelling, “Shoot the horses, shoot the riders, shoot them all.” Smyth was reportedly yelling this from a nearby residence. The spectators at the event consisted of adults and children.  

Mon
28
Aug

Create a ‘Mona Cletus’ masterpiece

The Mississippi River Sculpture Park board is planning a fundraiser paint party, “Mona Cletus,” at Leisure Time bowling alley in Prairie du Chien, Thursday, Sept. 21. The fun begins at 5 p.m.

No painting experience is necessary to participate in the party. Supplies will be provided, and there will be easy, step-by-step instruction given to create an artistic piece called the “Mona Cletus.” It’s what you would get if you cross the locally-famous character, Cousin Cletus, with the Mona Lisa.

The fee to attend and create a personal masterpiece will include not only the night of creativity and amusing socialization, but also a one-year membership to the Friends of the Mississippi River Sculpture Park. Funds raised will help add future statues to the sculpture park.

Advance registration is needed. Payment reserves your seat at the painting party fundraiser. All paintings will be displayed at the organization’s winter Follies fundraising program.

Mon
28
Aug

Display showcases 25 potential statues intended for Mississippi River Sculpture Park


This new display presents the 25 total sculptures, as miniature, acrylic replicas, that may, one fine day, be arranged altogether in the Mississippi River Sculpture Park.

By Correne Martin

Imagine 25 life-sized, historical figures from Prairie du Chien’s past enshrined in bronze statue form, placed carefully in a spacious park setting along the scenic Mississippi River. Doesn’t that sound enchanting? The Mississippi River Sculpture Park, as it sits in Prairie du Chien today, is the beginning of that exact vision. Currently, there are five statues in the free, self-guided park, at Villa Louis Road and Bolvin Streets.

But, to get the full effect of what the sculpture park could be someday, local residents and visitors of all ages and interests are invited to check out a new display that showcases the 20 additional statues planned for the setting in the future. A display cabinet—located in the small, limestone, “Eagles on the River” building as you first access Water Street on the island—presents the 25 total sculptures, as miniature, acrylic replicas, that may, one fine day, be arranged altogether in the park.

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