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Trumpeter swans near Prairie du Chien


These are six of the eight trumpeter swans that were in a cornfield along Stuckey Road near Prairie du Chien Tuesday afternoon. Trumpeter swans can be seen in Wisconsin during the spring and fall migrations. They mate for life and part of the courtship ritual is when the males and females spread their wings simultaneously. The trumpeter swan is the heaviest living bird native to North America. It is also the largest extant species of waterfowl with a wingspan that may exceed 10 feet. By 1933, fewer than 70 wild trumpeters were known to exist, and extinction seemed imminent, until aerial surveys discovered a Pacific population of several thousand trumpeters around Alaska’s Copper River. Careful reintroductions by wildlife agencies and the Trumpeter Swan Society gradually restored the North American wild population to over 46,000 birds by 2010. Adults usually measure 4 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 5 inches long, though large males can exceed 5 feet 11 inches in total length. The weight of adult birds is typically 15–30 pounds. It is one of the heaviest living birds or animals capable of flight. The largest known male trumpeter attained a length of 6 feet, a wingspan of 10 feet 2 inches and a weight of 38 pounds. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)
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Healthy Roots of Crawford County promoting wellness in the workplace


The Crawford County Board of Supervisors ‘Took the Pledge’ at their February meeting. The board also passed a resolution making a commitment to the health and well-being of county employees.

 

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Healthy Roots of Crawford County, an organization that began in 2012, has recently been focusing on a relatively new program designed to get employees of businesses throughout the county to become healthier and happier.

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Hitting gas instead of brake causes chain reaction crash

On Monday, March 18, at 7:57 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a multi-vehicle accident on Water Street in Seneca, with no blockage and no injuries.

Lucija F. Nickels, 64, Eastman, was pulling over on Water Street in Seneca to park behind three other vehicles.  The Nickels’ vehicle accelerated instead of stopping, rear-ending a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado owned by Brandon A. Grimsled, 37, Boscobel. This caused the Grimsled vehicle to rear-end a 2005 Chrysler van owned by Nathan A. Mormann, 39, Gays Mills, which caused the Mormann vehicle to rear-end a 2013 Jeep owned by Lisa J. Cornwell, 40, Seneca.  

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Mar

Make way for Casey’s


Demolition of the former Shelly’s Diner drew a lot of attention Tuesday. This was all that was left standing around 4 p.m. (Photo by Correne Martin)

The former Shelly’s Diner at 525 S. Marquette Rd., in Prairie du Chien, came down Tuesday. Ralston Construction, of Palo, Iowa, has been contracted by Casey’s General Store to tear down the old facility to make way for a new Casey’s, according to one of the site workers. He said their goal was to have most of the structure down that day, though additional deconstruction might happen today (Wednesday) because sorting through the materials for recycling would be time consuming. For another look near the end of demolition, see page 2. (Photo by Correne Martin)

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Remodeling project starts at ALDI, store to close for month


Construction on the exterior of the Prairie du Chien ALDI store began last month. The store remains open to customers, with some changes to layout, at this time. It will close for about a month in late May. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien ALDI store is currently under remodel but it remains open to shoppers. Work along the exterior began in late February. Plans are for the store to close for renovations in late May and reopen too customers toward the end of June, according to ALDI Oak Creek Division Vice President Atty McGrath. 

“We can’t wait to bring the new look of ALDI to our Prairie du Chien shoppers,” McGrath said. 

Once remodeled, the new Prairie du Chien ALDI store layout will provide an improved in-store experience and feature additional refrigeration space to accommodate even more fresh, healthy and convenient products. More retail space will allow the grocery store  to carry more of the items included in its fresh product expansion, where 20 percent of products in every ALDI store will be new compared to last year. 

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City, county administration continue to discuss high water

 By Correne Martin

City of Prairie du Chien administration is continuing to meet with county and local emergency management teams, with a focus on the potential of higher than usual river levels, due to above average winter precipitation and still-frozen ground. 

“We are looking at a crest of 17.7 feet,” City Administrator Chad Abram said Tuesday just after 11 a.m., “and [weather officials] are not even beginning to forecast levels after the winter snowpack melts” on the northern Mississippi River and its tributaries.

As of press time Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service of La Crosse was forecasting a peak of 17.6 feet by late Friday, and expecting it to stay around that level through next Wednesday. 

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Mar

Family of 6 loses home in County K fire

On Monday, March 18, around 11:05 a.m., the Rural Bridgeport and Prairie du Chien Fire Department was called to a double wide trailer house on fire, with smoke coming out of the roof, on County K. No one was in the house at the time of the fire. The fire department was on scene for just over an hour.

The Crawford County Salvation Army is assisting the young family who lived there and lost everything in the fire. 

“We are accepting donations to help this family of six out,” stated a post on the Salvation Army’s Facebook page. 

A list of basic needs follows:

•Food and toiletries

•Girls clothes size 4T and size 5

Wed
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Mar

Pinewood Derby ignites innovation, sportsmanship in local Cub Scouts


2018 Pinewood Derby Cars by second graders

Asher Thomas, Eric Anderson and Tanner Johll were in third grade at the 2018 Pinewood Derby. (Submitted photos)

Bradley Anderson was in second grade at the 2018 Pinewood Derby.

By Correne Martin

The annual Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby will take place Saturday, March 23, at Bluff View School, in Prairie du Chien. The event may be a fast race featuring some pretty cool cars, at first glance, but to the Scouts and their families, it’s much more than that. It’s a chance to build something with their hands alongside a loved one, learn how to graciously win and lose, and delve into STEM principles. 

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Mississippi River headwater reservoirs being drawn down


Water goes over Ambro Road near the intersection of County K Sunday. The Mississippi River was at 15.9 feet at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, March 18. It is predicted to reach 17.3 feet by March 21. Minor flood stage at McGregor is 16 feet. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

River flow continually monitored

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, continues to lower water elevations within its six Mississippi River headwaters reservoirs in anticipation of spring snow melt.

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Prairie Motor Sports under new ownership


Rod and Manette Hall are the new owners of Prairie Motor Sports in Prairie du Chien. They will be selling and servicing mainly Kawasaki and CFMoto UTVs, ATVs, jet skis and motorcycles. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

New owners took over Prairie Motor Sports on Jan. 1, and this week, they will officially celebrate with an open house March 15-23. 

Rod and Manette Hall, who also own Rod’s Ride On Powersports in La Crosse, purchased the business on La Pointe Street in Prairie du Chien, from Erich and Meghan Welter, who owned and operated it for 15 years. They will continue selling Kawasaki side-by-sides/UTVs and ATVs but have brought on jet skis and motorcycles as well. They’re also introducing the brand CFMoto locally. This summer, they hope to offer jet ski rentals. They intend to keep the name, Prairie Motor Sports. 

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