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Dec

Local photographer


This cover image for Viroqua trout fishing writer Jay Ford Thurston’s newest book, “Spring Creek Reward” was made by Prairie du Chien photographer Jerry Cummings of Cummings Photography. Thurston is shown fishing the West Fork of the Kickapoo River in Vernon County.

 

Local photographer published in trout fishing book

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Longtime local photographer Jerry Cummings has recently lent his talents to something new. Cummings has combined his love of trout fishing and photography by having several of his photos published in the new book “Spring Creek Reward” by author and trout angler Jay Ford Thurston of Viroqua. In fact, one of Jerry’s photos adorns the complete cover of the book, front and back. 

Thu
04
Dec

PdC council narrowly denies WSOR rezoning

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council voted 6-5 Tuesday night to deny a rezoning request from Wisconsin and Southern Railroad (WSOR). The request would have rezoned the railroad’s loadout location along the Highway 18 Bypass (700 to 900 block of South Main Street) from R-2 medium density residential to I-2 industrial/manufacturing. The narrow margin of the vote seemed to be indicative of just how controversial a topic this has been for the council and area community members. It comes after several years of intense debates over the operations conducted there, which have mainly involved Pattison Sand Company.

Thu
04
Dec

Brother donating kidney to sister


Tim Nagel will donate a kidney to his sister, Racheal (Nagel) Breuer, on Dec. 10 at UW-Hospital in Madison. Racheal was diagnosed with lupus at the age of 17. The disease eventually became systemic (internal) and, now, with stage 5 chronic kidney disease, Racheal’s kidneys have weakened and are only functioning at around 8 to 10 percent. The siblings’ blood types are identical matches and the kidney transplant is expected to go well.

By Correne Martin

Racheal Breuer has been on the waiting list for a kidney at the UW Hospital in Madison for the past three years. But she doesn’t have to wait for a perfect match anymore because, on Dec. 10, she will receive a kidney donation from her brother, Tim Nagel.

Racheal, 53, is a Crawford County native who now farms in rural Glen Haven with her husband, Stan Breuer. She is one of many Nagels originally from the Eastman area. She has been a familiar face among the staff at Spring Lake Inn in Prairie du Chien for the past 21 years (bartending, waitressing, etc.).

Racheal was diagnosed with lupus, a chronic, autoimmune disease, at the age of 17.

“I had a skin rash and then, one day, I couldn’t straighten my elbow. My muscles were tight and it was very painful,” she recalled. “So I went to the chiropractor and he actually found [the lupus].”

Wed
03
Dec

Prairie restoration


This is the beginning of the public hiking trail through a 23-acre property along County C in the town of Millville that is being restored to native prairie, oak woodland and oak savannah. A small sign on a tree in the background helps to mark the beginning of the trail.

 

Two prairie restoration 

projects in town of Millville

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board recently approved permits for two prairie restoration projects in the town of Millville in Grant County. 

Mon
01
Dec

Wyalusing goats


A group of Hazelton Brush Goats move and graze in a field at Driftless Land Stewardship along County X near Wyalusing State Park in Grant County.

 

They’re solar-powered, quiet and effective

Goats help clear brush and

invasive species from Wyalusing State Park

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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01
Dec

Holiday Train will roll into Marquette Dec. 6


The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will once again stop in Marquette at the marina parking lot on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 3:30 p.m. All attendees are asked to make a monetary donation or bring non-perishable food items, paper products or toiletries, which will go to the Clayton County Food Shelf. (North Iowa Times file photo)

By Audrey Posten

Adorned with thousands of lights depicting holiday designs on 14 rail cars and equipped with a stage for musical performances, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will make quite a sight as it rolls into Marquette at the marina parking lot on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 3:30 p.m.

But the train, which celebrates its 16th anniversary this year, is about much more than a dazzling light display. For the Clayton County Food Shelf, the Holiday Train is one of its biggest donation campaigns. Since 1999, the Holiday Train has raised over $9 million and more than three million pounds of food for North American food banks. Last year, Clayton County’s stop netted the Food Shelf $7,515.75 and 5,515 pounds of food.

Mon
01
Dec

Carbon monoxide issue closes PdC library temporarily


The Prairie du Chien Memorial Library has been closed since Monday, Nov. 24, as the furnace’s heat exchange is broken. Parts are on order but were delayed last week due to the holiday. Reopening of the library will hopefully be early this week, but a date is not known at this time. Visit pdclibrary.org or the library’s Facebook page for immediate updates.

By Correne Martin

When staff of the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library went to work last Monday, Nov. 24, they smelled an unusual odor, which prompted a call to the local gas company and eventually caused closure of the library for the week. It was found that the furnace had a broken heat exchanger and that was the origin of the carbon monoxide.

“They called us as soon as they smelled the odor,” said Shelly Mergen, of MG&E, Prairie du Chien. “Whenever someone calls with that, I ask a series of questions and tell them to open windows and evacuate immediately. Then we send someone out right away to make sure it is safe.”

Mon
24
Nov

First Impressions


Lake Mills has a very nice and interesting looking city council chamber. (Photos submitted)

This clock tower in Lake Mills draws the eye.

 

PdC, Lake Mills do ‘First Impressions’ exchange activity

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The cities of Prairie du Chien and Lake Mills are engaged in a “First Impressions” program by which each city is trying to find ways to improve. Several residents of Lake Mills toured Prairie du Chien in early October and representatives of Prairie du Chien went to Lake Mills on Nov. 11. 

Mon
24
Nov

Man arrested following accident

On Friday, Nov. 14, at approximately 11:50 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department was notified of a vehicle crash with possible injuries near the 100 block of North Michigan Street.

While the officers were driving to the crash, they noticed an SUV near the intersection of North Michigan and East Park Street with moderate front end damage driving away from the crash site.  
An officer then initiated a traffic stop on the SUV on North Wacouta Avenue while the other officer continued to the crash site.  

During the traffic stop the officer was able to determine the driver of the SUV, Nicholas A. Pecinovsky, 22, Prairie du Chien, struck another SUV that was occupied. Pecinovsky continued to drive away from the scene, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

Mon
24
Nov

As Heart and Cancer telethon approaches, Class of ‘86 challenges community

By Correne Martin

The Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon might be two months away yet, but plans are already underway to make this 40th year more special than ever. A new donor recognition program, called the Hearty Donors, is being introduced for the Jan. 31, 2015, telethon in Prairie du Chien. It is for those organizations, businesses or individuals who give $1,000 or more.

The idea for the Hearty Donors classification came about when Jaaren Riebe, of the Prairie du Chien High School Class of 1986, approached telethon co-host Tom Stram about how the class could contribute a significant amount to the telethon.

So how does a class that graduated high school 28 years ago still have money in the bank?

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