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Wed
06
Jun

PdC leaders called upon to work toward a healthier community

By Rachel Mergen

 

On May 23, Healthy Roots of Crawford County brought community businesses, professionals and officials together to discuss how they could work to push Prairie du Chien and the county as a whole to become a healthier place to live. 

The organization, whose mission statement is “promoting healthy living across the lifespan for all residents,” is attempting to reach its vision of creating a culture rich with wellness and opportunities to be as healthy as possible. Their priorities are “connecting individuals and families to active places and spaces,” “expanding access to healthy foods” and “increasing access to community resources.”

Wed
06
Jun

How can you help limit phosphorus pollution in water

By Correne Martin

 

Fertilizer on the farm and in your lawn, soil erosion, cleaning supplies and animal waste are all sources of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution of our water. In Prairie du Chien, the city water and wastewater departments are starting a seven- to nine-year case study of its phosphorus levels. While the city limits its own pollutants and treats the phosphorus discharged from the wastewater treatment plant, what can community members do to help keep the potential for problematic phosphorus levels to a minimum?

In short, you can:

•use fertilizer responsibly, 

•don’t over water gardens and yards, 

Wed
06
Jun

Construction on Highway 27 project rolling right along


Highway 27 project crew members progress north around the Irish Ridge Road intersection. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

 

The State Highway 27 reconstruction project, from just north of Prairie du Chien through Eastman (April 3-Nov. 21), is about two months in already and seems to be on schedule. The contractor finished roadway grading from Cipra Lane to Irish Ridge Road just prior to Memorial Day, according to project manager Jeremy Krachey. Now it’s on to the next section of grading, which is Radloff Road to Limery Road/Wachuta Road. The current section will take approximately one month to complete. 

The Kraemer Company is placing select crushed subgrade improvement and base aggregate from Cipra Lane to Irish Ridge Road to complete the connection at Irish Ridge Road, Krachey said. They will continue to follow the grading contractor as they progress north to Limery Road/Wachuta Road.

Tue
05
Jun

Mary JoAnne Carl

Mary JoAnne Carl, 77, of La Crosse, lost her battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease on May 29.

She was born Feb. 2, 1941, in Prairie du Chien, to Marlowe and Ann (Richter) Waller.  She grew up in Prairie du Chien and graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in 1958. On Nov. 7, 1959, she married Melvyn F. Carl. They promptly started a family and moved to La Crosse.

Mary Jo was a phenomenal woman. She was admired for her ambitiousness and her ability to create beautiful things. Examples of her artistic flare in the form of ceramics, restored furniture, sewing and quilting projects, scrumptious deserts and holiday decorations, could always be found throughout her home she somehow found time to keep spotless.

Tue
05
Jun

Matthew G. Harris

Matthew G. Harris, 52, of Bagley, and formerly Garnavillo, Iowa, passed away Friday, June 1, at the Crossing Rivers Hospital due to stage four metastatic colon cancer. 

He was born Aug. 30, 1965, in Racine, the son of John and Martha (Salisbury) Harris. He married Michelle Adams on Sept. 7, 1996, at Pike’s Peak State Park in McGregor, Iowa. Matthew enjoyed faming and spending time with his grandchildren. He loved participating in Mini Rod Pulling. 

He is survived by his wife Michelle, of Bagley; his children, Nathan Bode, of Cuba City, Darien (Natalie) Adams, of Millville, Iowa, and Nicole (Daniel) Bohr, of Spillville, Iowa; his sister-in-law Debbie Harris, of Oaktown, Ill.; his grandchildren, Lyle Spiker, Piper Adams, Evan Harris, Vivian and Donovon Bohr. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Cyndy Harris-Bohringer; a brother John Harris Jr.; and his stepfather James Mitsch.

Tue
05
Jun

Open intoxicants loophole in state law to be examined

By Rachel Mergen

 

With utility task vehicles (UTVs) and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) being a focus of discussion within the Grant County Board, it is important to keep in mind the ordinances of Crawford County and the laws of Wisconsin. 

According to the Department of Natural Resources' pamphlet on Wisconsin’s all-terrain and utility-terrain vehicle laws, “It is illegal to operate an ATV/UTV under the influence of alcohol or other drugs while on any property that is open to the public (generally this means trails, routes, lakes/rivers or corridors). Being under the influence is a condition in which a person’s ability to operate an ATV/UTV is impaired due to the consumption of drugs and/or alcoholic beverages to the extent that the person’s decision making ability is negatively affected as well as their balance and reaction time.” 

Mon
04
Jun

Area athletes at State Track and Field competition


River Ridge's Taylor Langmeier hands to Riley Klein in the 3200 relay Friday at the State Track and Field Meet in La Crosse. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge's Skylar White runs the first leg of the 3200 relay at the State Track and Field Meet Friday in La Crosse. White also took eighth in the Division 3 pole vault at 9-6 and was 14th in the 800-meter run in 2:29.83.

Wauzeka-Steuben's Drew Zimmerman competes in the 110-meter high hurdles at the State Track and Field Meet Friday afternoon.

Several area high school athletes competed in the State Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium in La Crosse.
Prairie du Chien junior Gabby Ritchie finished in 10th place in the Division 2 shot put with a toss of 36-3.5.
The River Ridge girls scored 1 point as a team in Division 3.
Sophomore Skylar White scored the point by finishing eighth in the pole vault at 9-6. White also finished 14th in the 800-meter run in 2:29.83.
The River Ridge 3200 relay team of White, Taylor Langmeier, Riley Klein and Faith Schier took 11th in a time of 10:30.71.
Wauzeka-Steuben’s Allison Oswald, unfortunately, was disqualified in the preliminaries of the 300 hurdles in Division 3.
Wauzeka-Steuben senior Drew Zimmerman finished 16th in the preliminaries of the 110-meter high hurdles in a time of 17.25.

Fri
01
Jun

Catherine A. “Cathie” McGuire

 

Catherine A. “Cathie” McGuire, 60, of McGregor, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, May 29, at her home following a brief illness. 

 

She was born Sept. 26, 1957, in Marietta, Ga., the daughter of Joseph and Cecelia (Goltz) McGuire. Cathie had recently worked as a caregiver for Scenic Acres in Elkader, Iowa. 

Fri
01
Jun

Charles Albert Walker

 

Charles Albert Walker, 70, of Eastman, died Monday, May 28, at his home in Eastman. 

 

Charles was born May 31, 1947, to Charles and Anna (Mara) Walker in Prairie du Chien. He attended Wauzeka High School. Charles proudly joined and served in the U.S. Army, serving two tours in Vietnam.

Thu
31
May

Amundson bound over for trial


Prairie du Chien Police Department Detective Ashley Erickson (far left) and Crawford County Circuit Court Judge Lynn Rider listen to a question from District Attorney Amy Forehand Thursday afternoon.

By Ted Pennekamp

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