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20
Jun

Leases drafted for Blackhawk Junction tenants as development talks continue

County board learns $64M spent in local tourism in 2018

By Correne Martin

Four public property leases will be extended to the current tenants at Blackhawk Junction Mall in Prairie du Chien for consideration, according to Crawford County Board corporation counsel Mark Peterson. The attorney updated the supervisors at their regular meeting Tuesday morning, June 18, about the foreclosure site. 

“After talking with the public property department, I drafted four property leases, month-to-month, with a 90-day notice required for eviction. Rent is based on $.55 per square foot. They were sent out last Thursday and Friday,” Peterson informed the board. 

Thu
20
Jun

Fourth Street, Villa boat landing project start in July

By Correne Martin

St. Feriole Island may have just emerged from under water, but the Prairie du Chien Common Council is talking about the city’s planned construction there, beginning in July. 

Fourth Street in front of the Memorial Gardens, will be reconditioned, with work slated to start July 29, right after the Prairie Dog Blues Festival. The job is expected to be complete by Sept. 4, city officials said at Tuesday’s council meeting. 

Additionally, the Villa Louis Boat Landing project will start along Water Street and the historic site property July 8. Its completion is also targeted for Sept. 4.

Thu
20
Jun

Rock bands coming to PdC to be part of something bigger than themselves

By Peyton Meisner

The 2019 Music Fights Back Festival will take place this Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22. This year’s lineup will be headlined by such bands as: Hinder, Smile Empty Soul, Powerman 5000 and SAUL. There will also be other rock bands from around the country. Below is a preview of some of this year’s featured bands.

For a complete list of the bands and the performance times, visit www.musicfightsback.com/2019-mfb-festival

Hinder

Hinder is a rock band from Oklahoma City. They were formed in 2001 by Joe “Blower” Garvey, Cole Parker, Cody Hanson and Austin Winkler.

Wed
19
Jun

Scoutmaster invites Boy Scouts back for 35-year picnic


Mike Mara has been Scoutmaster of Prairie du Chien Boy Scout Troop 320 for 35 years. He would like to celebrate this milestone with a Boy Scout Reunion Picnic, Saturday, July 27, from 12 to 4 p.m., at the La Riviere Farm Park. All former Scouts, parent volunteers and their families are invited to attend. RSVPs are requested. (Submitted photo)

Mike Mara is pictured with some of his Boy Scouts at Camp Decorah in Holmen years ago. With him (far left) are (from left) Tony Roh, Jason Moris, Eric Lathrop, Jay Dickey, Eric Atkins, Tom Swenson and Michael Douglass.

By Correne Martin

In his 35 years as Scoutmaster, Mike Mara has ushered close to 250 Boy Scouts through Prairie du Chien Troop­ 320. He’s done so much more than just adventuring alongside them; he’s also unwaveringly prepared them for life. 

“It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long,” said the modest leader. 

Mike was subdued and understated in his expression about the three and a half decades he’s faithfully worn the tan shirt and olive pants that have become synonymous with the Boy Scouts of America organization. He grinned ever so slightly in thinking about some of the memories he and his family of Scouts, parents and volunteers have experienced during that time.

Mon
17
Jun

Whirligigs a-whirlin' at Ft. Crawford


Clay Hanson got a kick out of watching his whirligig spin during the Fridays at the Fort old time programming at Fort Crawford June 14. He attended the free weekly activity with his grandmother and other family, and all enjoyed making these whirligigs out of buttons and some string, thanks to direction from Madame Friday Wiles. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Laura Sturmer (right) and her friends practiced changing a bed during last week’s Fridays at the Fort program, centered around the theme of Living on the Frontier. Just as their foremothers used to do, they removed straw from inside a sheet so the cloth could be washed.
Mon
17
Jun

Library: A universe of reading and learning


Bradley Anderson was among the kids at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library’s “A Universe of Stories” Storytime Friday morning. With the moon as his backdrop, he completed an electronic snap circuit, which made a little flying saucer go high into the sky. Assistant Librarian Caitlin Bittner read “What If Mercury Had Marshmallows?” and then more than 30 kids enjoyed games, crafts and a couple experiments, including a volcanic eruption. Youth attending storytime at 9:30 a.m. Fridays or at 5 p.m. Wednesdays can gain 30 minutes on their summer reading time logs, as well as a stamp for their universe cards. If you haven’t already, stop into the library and sign up for the summer reading program. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The programming at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library children’s library is “out of this world” this summer. Pictured, some of the young Storytime attendees Friday morning were mesmerized by the different objects that could be used to make “craters” in a box of glittery sand. For more details about upcoming programs, find the library on Facebook.
Mon
17
Jun

Middle schoolers clean up ‘their corner of the world’


These Prairie du Chien middle schoolers spent some time cleaning the wheelchair ramp at the Cold Springs fishing locale above Lynxville last week. Pictured with some of the equipment used are Aydan, Landon and Aiden.

Aiden and Landon helped remove sticks, mud and other debris from the path. (Photos by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Three summer school students in Mr. Jim Schilling’s class at Bluff View jumped into flood cleanup action a couple mornings last week. They spent a few hours each day picking up sticks, shoveling mud and blowing debris off the wheelchair ramp at the Cold Springs fishing spot north of Lynxville.

“I wanted them to do this so they understand they can clean up their little corner of the world,” Schilling said. 

One student, Aiden, said, he was proud to do his part “so people in wheelchairs can go fishing too.”

These three young men are part of Schilling’s school activities for six weeks of morning classes, Monday through Friday, this summer.

Mon
17
Jun

Woman charged with distracted driving

On Saturday, June 8, at 12:35 p.m., Alice Westgard, 58, of Monroe, was driving her 2010 Jeep Liberty and pulling a 2019 Jayco Camper, east on Hwy. 18 in the Village of Monfort. Westgard was turning south onto Hwy. 80 when Elizabeth Brokkmann, 25, of Patch Grove, was looking at her GPS on her cell phone and did not see Westgard slowing to make a right turn. Brokkmann struck the rear end of the camper and caused moderate damage to Brokkmann’s 2007 Chevy Equinox and the camper. 

Brokkmann was cited for Inattentive Driving. All parties involved were evaluated by Monfort EMS at the scene.

Mon
17
Jun

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day highlighted at People’s State Bank


Pictured are some of the representatives of the Crawford County Adult Protective Services Interdisciplinary Team (I-Team). Each pinwheel represents a case of elder abuse or an adult-at-risk of abuse that was investigated in 2018 by Crawford County Health and Human Services. (Photo by Peyton Meisner)

By Peyton Meisner

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is recognized each year on June 15. To highlight the day and issue, members of the Crawford County Adult Protective Services I-Team took a photo at Peoples State Bank with a banner to raise awareness of the issue. 

The purpose of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is to promote awareness of the issue and to encourage citizens to report suspected incidents of elder abuse.  Abuse can include physical, sexual and emotional acts, financial exploitation, neglect, and self-neglect.  

Elder fraud takes place an estimated 5 million times a year in the U.S., with losses possibly up to $27.4 billion, according to a report by the tech website, Comparitech.

Mon
17
Jun

Music Fights Back Festival to be held this Friday and Saturday

By Peyton Meisner

The 5th annual Music Fights Back Music Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22 at St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien.

The Festival helps raise money to purchase Amazon Tablets for children with cancer so they can listen to their favorite musicians. The festival also sponsors the Prairie du Chien youth baseball and football teams. The Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution’s project crew is assisting with setup and cleanup. 

This year’s festival will be headlined by Hinder, Powerman 5000, Smile Empty Soul and SAUL. The music will start at 3:45 on Friday and 2:00 on Saturday.

Jeremy Cuff, President and Founder of Music Fights Back, as well as, a former cancer survivor is very excited for the upcoming festival. “The festival has been continuing to get bigger and bigger each year and I can’t wait to see how this year’s concert turns out,” he said.

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