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2,000 feet of Vineyard Road to be reconstructed starting today

The town of Bridgeport, city of Prairie du Chien and TEAM Engineering is announcing the start of a construction project on Vineyard Road located in the town of Bridgeport, Crawford County. The project is a complete reconstruction of 2,000 feet of Vineyard Road from Seymour Drive to Hillview Drive.

Hillview Drive will remain open at all times and is not impacted by the project.

The project will start today (July 18) and has an anticipated completion date of Sept. 30.

Vineyard Road will be closed to through traffic for the duration of the project starting July 20. The project will be broken into two stages in order to accommodate local traffic and businesses affected by the project and to reduce impact to those individuals as best as possible.

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Party Mardi Gras style in support of library expansion


Support the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library expansion by attending this upcoming family event.

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Memorial Library is hosting a Mardi Gras party on Sunday, July 24, from 1 to 4 p.m., on the street between the library and city hall. This event is planned as an enjoyable promotion to highlight the library expansion fundraising efforts.

The fun scheduled for the afternoon includes music by local favorites Don and Shirley Harwood and Mike McCoy, as well as River City Ruckus. Also, food will be served, bean bag games will take place, John Mundt will do caricature drawings and the Prairie du Chien High School Hawkettes are expected to dance on the street. A tent will be set up in the city parking lot. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Sponsors of the Mardi Gras party, in part, are Kwik Trip and True Value.

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18
Jul

New tourism coordinator ready to bring people to city of Prairie du Chien


Anna Troester started as the new tourism coordinator for Prairie du Chien on June 20. She replaced longtime coordinator Patti Wacker. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Anna Troester is a new face among the tourism team in Prairie du Chien. As the new tourism coordinator, she’s enthusiastic about working with the public as well as promoting and marketing the community in an effort to bring people to Prairie du Chien.

Born and raised in northeast Iowa on a dairy farm, Troester currently lives in rural Garnavillo along the Great River Road. She is a 2007 graduate of Central Community School, of Elkader, and a 2011 graduate of UW-Platteville.

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Jul

Bloomington Fire Department celebrates 100 years of bravery


This was the first fire truck purchased by the Bloomington Fire Department. The 1930 model was bought for $1,500 “new” in 1935.

The Bloomington Fire Department building was constructed in 2002-2003.

Commemorative ceramic plates have been created by Fire Department member Tim Senn of Taft’s Mill Pottery. The plates will be auctioned off as part of the 100th Anniversary celebration.

By Ted Pennekamp

The Bloomington Fire Department is celebrating “100 Years of Bravery” this year having officially been formed as a department in 1916.

In fact, everyone is invited to join the Bloomington Fire Department for a day of fun activities for the whole family on Saturday, July 23 in celebration of the department’s 100th Anniversary.

There will be a 5K run-walk at 8:30 a.m. at the Bloomington Village Park. Registration begins at 7:30. All participants will receive a free Bloomington Fire Department T-shirt.

The Fire Truck Parade will begin at 11 a.m. and will travel through Main Street in Bloomington.

In addition, there will be a Fire Truck Display and more at the Blake’s Prairie Fairground on Mill Street. Along with the trucks on display, there will be a drone demonstration, historians talking about the fire department, bounce houses for kids, face painting, concessions, and live music from 1 to 4 p.m.

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Jul

PdC to host state American Legion baseball tournament


The Prairie du Chien Varsity American Legion Baseball Team is, front row: Chad Mara, Andrew Waller, Brogan Potter, Casey Hogenson, Dylan Yeomans, Hunter Sheckler and Drake Coleman. Back row: Coach Kris Graewin, Brian McNett, Gavin Gillitzer, Brady Fernette, Zach Nesius, Chas Sagedahl, Cory Check, Jon Dyer, Gavin Gillitzer, Coach Joey Renner and Coach Dan Shickert. (Photo submitted)

By Ted Pennekamp

The Class ‘A’ State American Legion Baseball Tournament will be hosted by Prairie du Chien from July 27 through July 31 at St. Feriole Island Ballpark. It is the second time Prairie du Chien has been the host.

The locations of the 2016 Class AAA, Class AA and Class A State Tournaments were selected by the regional directors at their annual midwinter meeting in Wisconsin Dells on Jan. 17.
Directors also announced that the Class A and AA champions will participate in the Division 2 National Regionals.

This year, the nationals are at Lesueur and Henderson, Minn., and will include 12 teams from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Illinois, Michigan and Nevada. The teams will be split into three pools for the first two days of the nationals.

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Prairie du Chien police test skills in simulation training


Prairie du Chien Police Officer Jeremy Cliff reacts to a domestic disturbance scenario in which a woman pulls a gun on a man. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Officer Kyle Mezera of the Crawford County Sheriff's Department tries to calm down a man he suspected was trying to steal a bicycle, before the man "attacked" the officer with his bolt cutters.

A school shooting scenario ended with two shooters firing back at the officers involved in the training.

By Correne Martin

In an effort to reinforce Prairie du Chien police officers’ training on marksmanship skills, judgmental training objectives, concealed carry, less lethal and general weapons familiarization skills, the police department and BNSF Railway Police offered a one-day, virtual training simulation exercise, Tuesday at city hall.

A single screen was set up and showed videos of various scenarios officers may encounter while on duty, from a school shooting and a domestic abuse situation to interaction with a mentally-disturbed individual carrying a knife as well as someone attempting to commit a theft. About 15 officers—including one from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department—went through the simulation individually and faced about six videos apiece.

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Jul

Blackhawk Motors nets nearly $6K for K9

Blackhawk Motors in Prairie du Chien hosted a Ford Drive 4 UR Community event recently for the Prairie du Chien K9 unit fundraising efforts. For every valid test drive taken in a Ford vehicle, Ford donated $20 up to $6,000. Blackhawk Motors Owner Randy Imoehl (center) presented a donation check for $5,960 to Police Chief Chad Abram (left) and K9 handler Casey Cox. (Submitted photo)

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MG&E Foundation donates $2,500 toward library campaign

The city of Prairie du Chien’s Memorial Library Capital Campaign recently received a $2,500 donation from the Madison Gas and Electric Foundation. This donation is in addition to a previous $10,000 donation from the foundation.

“The Madison Gas and Electric Foundation has a tradition of contributing to causes which benefit the communities they serve,” said City Administrator Aaron Kramer. “We are extremely excited with this second contribution to the campaign.”

The Capital Campaign is also currently accepting participants in the 100 Families program. Donors will be asked to contribute $1,000 over a five-year period, to be paid in monthly ($16.67), quarterly ($50), or annual ($200) tax-deductible payments. The 100 Families initiative has the potential to raise over $100,000 toward the entire campaign. In addition, each family will have their names listed in the children, teen, or adult reading areas.

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Motorcyclist escapes injury

A motorcycle rider escaped serious injury in a crash last week in Glen Haven Township.

According to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, on Sunday, July 3, at about 4:45 p.m., Robert Liverant, 57, of Racine, was traveling south on County VV on his 1995 Honda motorcycle when he failed to negotiate a corner and left the roadway. He was located by Wyalusing State Park Ranger Chad Breuer, who called in the accident.

Liverant was transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries, according to authorities. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

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Jul

Third offense OWI the result of boat landing crash

A two-vehicle crash in the Glen Haven boat landing resulted in an arrest for third offense operating while intoxicated as well as other charges for a Potosi man July 5.

Just after 4:30 p.m. that Tuesday, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department took a report about the crash. The investigation determined that Jeremy Kedley, 37, ran into a boat that was being trailered in the parking lot. Kedley was arrested for OWI third offense, according to authorities. There were no injuries. Kedley was transported to the Grant County Jail.

Kedley was also issued citations for no insurance and open intoxicants in a motor vehicle, according to the sheriff’s department.

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