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Wed
04
Jan

City enters into arbitration over Regal Marina

Public works department reorganized, polling places to consolidate at Hoffman Hall in 2017

By Correne Martin

The city of Prairie du Chien and Regal Marine Group have entered into arbitration over possible termination of the lease between the city-owned and Regal-leased marina, according to details that emerged from closed session at Tuesday night’s Prairie du Chien Common Council meeting.

A statement released late Tuesday by the council gave some background on the issue, mainly stating, “On Nov. 2, 2016, the city of Prairie du Chien served Regal Marine Group, Inc., with a notice of termination of marina lease. On Dec. 22, 2016, the city received from counsel for Regal Marine Group, Inc., a demand that the termination issues be resolved by arbitration. The city of Prairie du Chien will participate in said arbitration.”

Wed
04
Jan

Chinese Lunar New Year Festival


Teacher Adam Stout talks with Cassandra Mellem and Ben LaHaie as they help to create a dragon costume. (Photos submitted)

The head of a dragon takes shape recently as students worked on costumes for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year Festival.

 

Chinese Lunar New Year Festival 

a family event at Prairie du Chien High School

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Everyone is invited to celebrate the Year of the Rooster at Prairie du Chien’s Fourth Annual Chinese Lunar New Year Festival at Prairie du Chien High School on Jan. 7. 

Wed
28
Dec

Christmas assistance numbers down


Bags for one family sat ready to be picked up at the Prairie du Chien United Methodist Church, the site where the Salvation Army coordinates its annual Christmas program. The program benefits mostly children and some adults who can’t afford to buy Christmas gifts.

Winter clothing and toys were piled high on tables in the basement of Hoffman Hall during the Prairie du Chien Jaycees’ annual Crawford County Operation Santa distribution. Each year, children in need receive a warm winter hat and mittens, along with a toy and/or chamber dollars as part of the program. Each family also receives food items and coupons for free groceries to cook a Christmas dinner.

By Correne Martin

The bell ringers of the Salvation Army have retired to their cozy homes and the enterprise that is Operation Santa has disengaged for yet another year.

For 2016, the Salvation Army Christmas program served 63 families, including 179 children and 84 adults, according to coordinator Jen Kapinus. Each received gifts purchased and wrapped by sponsors. On Dec. 12, the sponsored families picked up their bags and boxes of gifts at the Prairie du Chien United Methodist Church. There were also 13 families that went unsponsored this year, but Kapinus said the 30 children within those families received gifts from Salvation Army’s remaining Red Kettle funds from bell ringing in 2015.

Wed
28
Dec

Man charged with showing sexually explicit material

An 18-year-old Wauzeka man was charged in Crawford County Circuit Court on Dec. 21 with 10 counts of exposing a child to harmful material.

If convicted, Tyler J. Gillitzer faces up to 3.5 years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine for each count.

According to the criminal complaint, Gillitzer is charged with showing sexually explicit materials to high school students on his cell phone.

Wed
28
Dec

New tower along Hwy. 27


A new telecommunication tower has been erected along Highway 27 south of Eastman, next to the Achenbach farm. Space on the tower is leased by NEIT and is likely to include cellular and Internet service.

By Correne Martin

Two new guyed telecommunication towers are in the works in Crawford County.

Cousins Steve Achenbach and David Byer recently formed a partnership, Hy-View Towers, LLC. Their first project is a new tower 310 feet tall, erected a few weeks ago near Achenbach’s farm along Highway 27 south of Eastman. According to Achenbach, space on the tower is currently leased to Northeast Iowa Telephone Company (NEIT), of Monona, Iowa.

The second tower, located off of Tavern Road in the village of Soldiers Grove, is not subject to county review. It’s 250 feet tall on Iverson Trust land and is also expected to benefit NEIT.

Achenbach couldn’t confirm details but said, through the lease, NEIT is looking to provide additional cellular service as well as high-speed Internet service to the area. Steve Hanson, NEIT’s director of business development, could not be contacted by press time to validate the carrier of either service.

Wed
28
Dec

Bluff View Builds CWD Kiosk


Bluff View technical education students who built a CWD drop-off kiosk are Lexi Petsche, Faith Meyer, Trevor Ziegler, Chandler Farmer and Chazz Farmer.

The CWD drop-off kiosk is in front of NCS Gunsmithing, Sales and Indoor Archery in Prairie du Chien.

Instructions are found on the kiosk.

 

Bluff View students build kiosk to 

collect samples in effort to fight CWD

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Bluff View Intermediate School Technical Education department, along with the school’s “Into the Outdoors” program have teamed up with the Wisconsin DNR to provide a service for Crawford and Grant County deer hunters.

Wed
28
Dec

No need to control your laughter at the Fun Raising Follies


Don’t Worry. Be Happy. Come to the Fun Raising Follies, hosted by the Mississippi River Sculpture Park at Prairie du Chien High School Jan. 6-7, for some joy, happiness and laughter. Who doesn’t need a pick-me-up after Christmas? Besides, Cousin Cletus will be performing, along with many more of your friends, family and neighbors. (File photo)

By Correne Martin

Caution: Exposure to the Fun Raising Follies in Prairie du Chien may cause sudden outbursts of joy, happiness and uncontrollable laughter.

The Mississippi River Sculpture Park is a non-profit organization whose goal is to preserve area heritage and history of Prairie du Chien, Marquette and McGregor. Every year, in January, the sculpture park committee hosts the Fun Raising Follies, a community variety show featuring all local talent.

Wed
28
Dec

Catholic education offered in Prairie du Chien for 150 years


Sisters Angeleen, Therese, Mary Neva and Mary Faith, who are all in their late 80s and early 90s, live at the mother house of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Elm Grove. Recently, Pat Coorough, a Catholic parishioner from Prairie du Chien, visited the sisters and took this picture. All of these sisters once taught at St. John’s School in Prairie du Chien.

The 2016-2017 Prairie Catholic School teachers and staff include (front row, from left) Principal Wade Marlow, Jean Pelleymounter, Michelle Kapfhamer, Mary Huser, Clarissa Russell, Jenni Nack, Mike Wallace; (back row) Connie Lessard, Joahn Post, Julie Schwager, Jennifer Wachuta, Lori Hemmer, Kathy Igou, Rachel Felten, Luana Stiemke, William Huser, Janet Steiner and Judy Gillitzer.

By Correne Martin

A Catholic education was first offered in Prairie du Chien in 1866, through a parochial school at St. Gabriel’s Church. Still, 150 years later, that faith-based light of knowledge has fostered a whole child concept, top-notch academic standards and family values for masses of local students who’ve gone on to become model members of society.

Little information is available about the first years of that Catholic education. But, according to a chronological history of St. Gabriel’s and St. John’s churches in Prairie du Chien, the School Sisters of Notre Dame began 120 years of teaching primary school in the city in 1872. St. Mary’s Academy, a girls school under the direction of Catholic nuns, existed in Prairie du Chien from 1870 to 1968. Campion Jesuit High School was founded in 1880, and operated as a boarding school for boys until 1975.

Wed
21
Dec

Christmas Cards to U.S. Armed Forces


Eighth-grader Abby Feye and seventh-grader Audrey Wayson stand in front of numerous Christmas cards that will be sent to United States Armed Forces personnel. (Photo by Tracy Moravits-Feye)

 

Bluff View students 

send Christmas cards to 

service men and women

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
21
Dec

Crawford County Board


Awards totalling $6,000 were made from the Crawford County Community Fund to four organizations during Tuesday morning’s Crawford County Board meeting. Seated are Rachel Jovi (village of Gays Mills/Stump Dodger Trail); Nancy Ashmore (Ready, Set, Grow/Prairie du Chien Memorial Library); and Rick Lange and Carol Abrahamzon (Kickapoo Indian Caverns/Mississippi Valley Conservancy). Standing are Kile Martz (village of Gays Mills/Stump Dodger Trail); Larry and Sherry Quamme, Jeanne Rutter and Marsha Stross (village of Ferryville/Sugar Creek Playground). (Photo by Barb Daus)

 

County Board authorizes 

$2.04 million in notes to pay for 

several projects and refinance debt

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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