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Mon
23
Oct

Prairie du Chien Country Club getting new clubhouse


The clubhouse at Prairie du Chien Country Club may soon be coming down to make way for a brand new clubhouse.

 

New clubhouse at Prairie du Chien 

Country Club to open up a lot of possibilities

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien Country Club may soon begin its reconstruction project whereby the entire clubhouse will be replaced with a brand new building. 

Mon
23
Oct

Traffic stop leads to drug bust

On Oct. 17, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 unit was patrolling in the village of Ferryville. The deputy observed a 2007 Toyota Corolla operating southbound exceeding the speed limit. The deputy discovered the registration to not be valid and the registered owner to be revoked.

The Corolla turned off of Highway 35 onto County C and pulled into the yard of a residence on Maple Street to avoid the deputy. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and both male occupants began moving around within the vehicle. Both occupants were removed and detained.

The driver was identified as Justin Ringleman, 31, Cassville, and his passenger was Brooke Nolte, 29, Shullsburg. The deputy observed indicators of narcotics use on the driver and several indicators of drug abuse within the vehicle.

Mon
23
Oct

Cattle at large cause motorcycle crash

On Oct. 19, at 7:10 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a motorcycle versus cow crash on Highway 131 near Del La Mater Road in the village of Gays Mills.

Keith L. Davenport, 57, Soldiers Grove, was operating a 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound on Highway 131. There were several black angus cattle in the roadway. Davenport struck a medium sized black angus calf with his motorcycle. Davenport was transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital for medical treatment. The extent of his injuries are unknown. The motorcycle sustained severe damage and was removed from the scene by Sleepy Hollow Towing.

The owner of the cattle, Richard M. Dudgeon, 69, Eastman, will be issued a municipal citation for animals at large.

Assisting on scene were Ocooch Mountain Rescue, Gays Mills First Responders, Gays Mills Fire Department, the village of Gays Mills and Sleepy Hollow Towing.

Mon
23
Oct

Familiar face slips in as interim city administrator

By Correne Martin

An unexpected change has taken place at Prairie du Chien City Hall. After accepting the city administrator position just four months ago, Art Osten Jr. has parted ways with the city, as both he and the common council determined the job was not a good fit for either of them.

The “separation” was approved by the council Oct. 17, after closed session review of Osten’s goals and work performance.

The council also voted to make an agreement with Police Chief Chad Abram to become the interim city administrator. City Clerk Tina Fuller and City Planner Garth Frable will provide Abram their expertise with financials, projects, debt borrowing and such, while he will take on more of the day-to-day organization, service and management.

Mon
23
Oct

Downtown PdC a sweet spot for trick or treating

Saturday Celebrate family in costume and check out Prairie du Chien’s downtown with the annual Trick or Treat Downtown, Saturday, Oct. 28, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Find the traditional orange pumpkin in each participating business’ window, designating which establishments have agreed to open their doors to young trick or treaters and their families. Participants will hand out candy and other treats. Businesses start at Radio Shack and Nelson True Value and spread down Blackhawk Avenue to Walgreens, Bob’s Bar, The Local Oven, Panka’s Shoe Store, Jim’s Bar, Something for Everyone, JC Party Store, Althof’s, Rockweiler’s, Wall Street, Catholic Charities, A Cut Above, Ideal Decorating/Café Hope, The Pickett Fence, Sports World, Starks Sport Shop, Broken Ladder, Planted Tree, Sawmill, Muddy Waters Pizza Pub, Ft. Mulligan’s, Rowdy’s and AmericInn.

Children should be accompanied by an adult.

Wed
18
Oct

Uncovered decks to be allowed in city residents’ front yards

By Correne Martin

Consideration was given by the Prairie du Chien Common Council to allow uncovered decks in front yards of residential zoning districts. Based upon the city’s plan commission recommendation, the council acted Tuesday night, Oct. 17, and decided to move forward with permitting residents to have uncovered decks in their front yards, as long as they meet the front yard setback (15 feet) requirement.

While this is now acceptable in the city, residents should not have such decks projecting into the setback. They are allowed up to three feet from the side and rear property lines, except in corner lot sideyards where they can be no closer than 15 feet from the property line.

Wed
18
Oct

Biking for a cause, men stay in PdC along journey to New Orleans


Geoff Clark, Jim Frey and Dick Bartz stayed at the Country Inn & Suites in Prairie du Chien Tuesday night, after three days of biking an average of 95 miles per day. They are riding 1,600 miles from Minneapolis to New Orleans on a mission to raise funds to fight cancer. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A small group of bicycling business executives are at the beginning of a journey that will challenge their physical and mental limits, with a goal to raise awareness and $200,000 to detect and treat cancer in underdeveloped countries.

At the ages of 50-plus, five Columbus, Ohio, men started a 1,600-mile, 17-day trip from Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 15, through eight states to New Orleans. They stayed overnight at the Country Inn & Suites in Prairie du Chien Tuesday. Wednesday, they set out for their next stop in Dubuque.

Wed
18
Oct

Ground broken for library expansion in Prairie du Chien


Library Board President Linda Munson (left) and Library Director Nancy Ashmore share a laugh as they test their strength and attempt the ceremonious first dig into the site where the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library will expand. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Here is a rendering model depicting how the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library will appear upon completion, which currently, is slated for late July 2018.

By Correne Martin

Ground was ceremoniously broken Monday morning at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library. A crowd of about 50 gathered to celebrate the long-awaited moment.

“I started in 2001,” Library Director Nancy Ashmore said. “Lois Gilberts was here for five years before me and she said this project was in the works then. I’m so happy we’re finally making this happen. I’m so proud of Prairie du Chien for taking this step.”

The $3.578 million library renovation and expansion became an official commitment for the city, upon approved resolution, in 2014. In 2015, financing, capital campaign and architectural plans were announced to the public.

Bids were expected to be let for the project in late 2016, as the Courier Press reported; however, an issue with the artesian well in front of the library arose. The 1860 well was leaking at an unknown location and needed to be capped prior to any construction.

Wed
18
Oct

Won’t you brave the halls?


Freakish ghoul Hannah Belle can be witnessed swaying back and forth above her latest victim inside the 2017 Halls of Terror. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Nate and Nick (right) Gilberts, brothers and partners in Scream Xtreme, stand inside one of two buses featured with this year’s Halls of Terror. Blood and gore is a common theme throughout the haunted house.

By Correne Martin

The first weekend for the annual Halls of Terror in Prairie du Chien was not a wash, despite the downpour of rain making for a soggy couple of nights. Some 278 people went through Prairie du Chien’s haunted house, at the cedar building on St. Feriole Island, and according to Scream Xtreme’s Nick and Nate Gilberts, all reviews were positive.

To keep thrill seekers out of the rain, a large tent standing outside the facility was put to good use for the first time, possibly ever. It will remain on site throughout the rest of the Halls of Terror season. However, a few adjustments to the haunted house entryway have been made since this past weekend’s weather soaked the grounds.

Event-goers can still brave the halls Oct. 20-21 and 27-28 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. both nights. A kid-friendly, lights-on haunt will be Saturday, Oct. 28, from 2 to 6 p.m., at a reduced admission cost. On Halloween night, hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m.

Wed
18
Oct

Income, living cost statistics given at county board meeting

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The executive director of Couleecap, Hetti Brown, gave a presentation at the Crawford County Board meeting Tuesday morning in Prairie du Chien. 

Brown told board members that Couleecap serves more than 27,000 residents per year across a region including Crawford, Monroe, Vernon and La Crosse counties. She said that 92 percent of Couleecap’s donations-funding goes directly to helping clients.

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