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23
Jul

Operation Troop Aid partners with COTR

Operation Troop Aid (OTA), the esteemed national, non-profit military care package charity, has received an invitation from Country on the River (COTR) to participate in its upcoming August events as the official military charity of choice.

For the fourth consecutive year, OTA will partner with COTR. The three-day country music festival will take place Thursday, Aug. 6, through Saturday, Aug. 8.

As part of the mutual endeavor, OTA and COTR will generate care packages to send to troops overseas. Charitable donations will also be encouraged throughout the duration of the festival.

“We are honored to have Operation Troop Aid join us once again at Country on the River,” said festival organizer, Scott Sheckler. “The support that OTA brings to our troops is invaluable; Country on the River is committed to the Operation Troop Aid mission and we support its efforts fully. We look forward to OTA’s awesome display of patriotism at our event.”

Thu
23
Jul

Routine traffic stop leads to meth bust in PdC

On Wednesday, July 15 at approximately 4:20 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle that was being operated by a revoked driver.

 
During the traffic stop while the officer was issuing a citation, Crawford County Deputy Joe Breeser and his K9 Breck arrived at the scene. K9 Breck was utilized and indicated to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted.  

As a result of the search, the operator, Quinn A. Echard, 35, Luana, Iowa, was arrested and transported to the Crawford County Jail. Tentative charges include possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine drug paraphernalia.

Thu
23
Jul

Citywide revaluation to begin, home visits to commence July 29

The city of Prairie du Chien has contracted with Accurate Appraisal, LLC to conduct a full revaluation of property in the city over the next four years. The purpose of the revaluation is to ensure that properties are assessed on a fair and equitable basis. The goal is to bring assessments to fair market value for the entire city. The last complete physical revaluation of the city took place in 1997. Starting later this month, Accurate Appraisal will begin the process of doing physical inspections of approximately 25 percent of the residential, commercial and industrial properties. Properties will be chosen on a random basis.

Thu
23
Jul

Prairie du Chien among 18 communities accepted into WEDC Downtown Revitalization Program

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has accepted 18 municipalities into its Connect Communities Program, an initiative that works with communities to advance downtown and urban corridor revitalization efforts.

With the latest members, there are now 43 participants in the Connect Communities Program, which provides access to resources and training to help downtown organizations pursue revitalization and redevelopment efforts. Since the program was launched in January 2014, participating communities have reported adding 175 net new businesses and more than 500 jobs, as well as $30 million in private investment.

 The new Connect Communities participants are:

•City of Ashland (Ashland County)

•Village of Balsam Lake (Polk County)

•City of Boscobel (Grant County)

•Village of De Forest (Dane County)

•East Troy Economic Development Alliance (Walworth County)

Thu
23
Jul

Wauzeka-Steuben District Administrator resigns

The Wauzeka-Steuben School Board accepted the resignation of district administrator Michael S. Garrow at its regular meeting Monday night.

Garrow had been district administrator at Wauzeka-Steuben for the past two years.

Garrow will become the new district administrator for the Fall River School District in Fall River.

Thu
23
Jul

FEH Associates hired to work possible PdC referendum

FEH Associates Inc. from Dubuque, Iowa, has been selected by the Prairie du Chien Area School Board to lead an extensive study and community process to gather information on possible referendum ideas for both operating and building needs. This process will include community research and surveying. In addition, they will facilitate individual and group meetings that will lead to a community task force. FEH has developed and refined a Charrette process which is a public workshop to work directly with stakeholders on idea development.

FEH is a firm that is more than 100 years old and specializes in working with school districts. They have worked with more than 500 school districts across a nine-state area in the last 30 years. The school board will meet later this month with FEH on contractual details, scope of work, and the timeline.

Thu
23
Jul

Special meeting of River Ridge School District July 29

The annual meeting of the River Ridge School District will be held on July 29 at the high school at 8 p.m.

One or more taxes may be voted on at the meeting, including:

A. Tax for sites, buildings and maintenance

B. School Debt Service Fund

C. School Capital Expansion Fund.

The School Capital Expansion Fund projects include: Heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems improvements and enhancements for buildings and sites; buildings and sites renovation, restoration and expansion/addition; buildings and sites structural improvements and enhancements necessary to comply with government regulations and violation notices; secure entrances and other structural security support modalities for buildings and sites; portable-type buildings for sites for the specific purposes of academic and other instruction, office space, and/or support for co-curricular and extracurricular activities and events to include athletics.

Thu
23
Jul

Cassville teen shot accidentally, dies from injuries

A Cassville teen was accidentally shot and killed Monday evening while he was participating in target practice with his friends, according to a release from the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

Jared Winkers, 17, of Cassville, was found dead at his residence at 9:07 p.m. Monday. Deputies said Winkers was shot after a weapon held by a friend accidentally discharged.

According to the release, Winkers and “several of his friends” were shooting targets at Winkers’ residence. Deputies said they were using long guns and pistols.

Deputies were told that “there was an accidental discharge” from a weapon held by Dillon Vogt, 19, of Cassville. Winkers was fatally wounded as a result, according to the release.

No charges have been filed. Currently, “all indications are pointing toward a tragic accident,” according to the release.

Thu
23
Jul

Essential Health Clinic: New name, same great care

It’s time to refocus on what’s essential for great reproductive healthcare.

Essential Health Clinic, formerly Options Clinic, is launching its new name to refresh its image and position in the communities it serves.

“We’re changing the conversation and focusing on what’s ‘essential’ for our clients,” explained Chrissy Feine, interim executive director, Essential Health Clinic. “This change allows us to strengthen the message that reproductive health clinics are essential to the health of the community. By helping our clients avoid unintended pregnancies and providing STD prevention education, testing and treatment, we are saving more than $7 for every $1 invested.” Essential Health Clinic also provides more than 300 community presentations annually, which provide education to nearly 8,000 individuals.

Thu
23
Jul

City Council talks city revaluation, library expansion and more to come

By Caitlin Bittner

The Prairie du Chien Common Council met on Tuesday, July 21, at 7 p.m.

The first order of business was to hold a public hearing about a potential change to the library expansion project. City Planner Garth Frable outlined the proposed addition of a safe room below the library. “The idea is that there is a grand opportunity to provide safety in case of a tornado or high winds, and include a basement in the library,” Frable explained.

With this plan, it would also be possible for the library to construct an elevator, which would be paid for by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant.

The room, according to Frable, would be 1,800 square feet and be able to hold 300 people. “This project would cost $350,000 and 25 percent of that would be the responsibility of the city. It’s only an application at this point and the [funding] match would be the responsibility of the library capital campaign,” said Frable.

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