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Mon
02
Apr

White nose syndrome continues to spread


White nose syndrome is named for the powdery white fuzz that develops on hibernating bats’ noses, ears and wings. (Wisconsin DNR Photo)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The recent discovery of white nose syndrome in bats in Spook Cave in Iowa shows that the disease is continuing to spread relatively rapidly.

In 2016, the number of bats in Spook Cave near McGregor surpassed 300. In 2017 only eight bats were found. In 2018, just four bats were located.

Wed
28
Mar

PdC City Council District 1 candidates


Ron Leys and Nathan Bremmer

A retired three-term incumbent is being challenged by a full-time law enforcement officer who’s new to politics in the city of Prairie du Chien’s first district common council election, Tuesday, April 3. Ron Leys is opposed by challenger Nathan Bremmer in the race. The two will appear in a candidate debate Tuesday, March 27, at 6 p.m., at city hall. Both took some time last week to answer a series of questions regarding city issues. Their responses follow. 

 

RON LEYS

¬What is your educational, political and community background that you feel qualifies you to serve? 

Wed
28
Mar

Primary winners vie for W-S School Board seat

Political newcomers Mara Hird and Kathleen Schwartz will face off in the April 3 spring election to the Wauzeka-Steuben School Board. The two women earned the right to contest one another for the seat by receiving more votes than incumbent and board president Bill Marfilius in the Feb. 20 primary. 

Hird is a lifelong district resident and People’s State Bank consumer loan officer in Wauzeka. She is married with two young children.

Schwartz has lived 10 years in the district and is a De Soto Middle School teacher. She is married with two adult children.

Wed
28
Mar

Referendum question asks about elimination of state treasurer post

One referendum question voters in the April 3 election might be surprised to see is regarding the “elimination of state treasurer.”

According to a Feb. 28 public notice in the Courier Press, the question, on all ballots Wisconsin wide, asks if sections of the constitution should be amended and created to “eliminate the office of state treasurer from the constitution and to replace the state treasurer with the lieutenant governor as a member of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands?”

This referendum is a result of 2017 Enrolled Joint Resolution 7, a copy of which can be viewed or downloaded from the Wisconsin Elections Commission website at http://elections.wi.gov/elections-voting/2018/spring. 

Wed
28
Mar

158 marijuana plants found, two men arrested in Crawford County

During the early afternoon hours of March 19, the Boscobel Fire Department and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resourses were dispatched to a wildfire on a hillside near 23600 Byers Road in the township of Marietta, Crawford County. 

As fire personnel attempted to extinguish the fire, they observed items they deemed suspicious and possibly associated with the manufacturing and use of illegal narcotics.

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, along with a Wisconsin DNR conservation warden, began investigating the scene. While doing so, they noticed approximately 10 live and growing marijuana plants in the front window of the above address.

Wed
28
Mar

Teenage contest winner treats Villa Louis guests to recital


Tristan Anderson, 15, of New Lisbon, played a short concert Sunday on the Villa Louis' fully-restored Steinway Centennial D grand piano, for family, friends and historic site staff. He was the winner of a recent Facebook video contest. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Playing classical and contemporary songs with no sheet music, Tristan Anderson delighted a small group gathered in the parlor of the Villa Louis.

By Correne Martin

A 15-year-old pianist shared his awe-inspiring gift of melodies on the Villa Louis Historic Site’s fully-restored Steinway Centennial D grand piano Sunday, March 25.

Tristan Anderson, of New Lisbon, treated a dozen parlor guests to an hour of classical and contemporary tunes, playing about 15 songs by memory with no sheet music in sight. His smooth movements at the keys created both gentle and intense tones on the Steinway. 

Wed
28
Mar

Fire inside Waste Management's Bridgeport transfer station building

On March 28, at 4:48 a.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a fire at Waste Management, 62949 Vineyard Road, in the township of Bridgeport.

It was determined that a large pile of garbage was on fire inside a building referred to as the transfer station. The extent of the damage caused to the building has not been determined at this time. However, the Waste Management office building was not damaged. There were no injuries as a result of this incident. 

Assisting on scene were the Bridgeport Fire Department, Prairie du Chien Fire Department, Tri-State Regional EMS and the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

Wed
28
Mar

Accident results in 7th OWI arrest for De Soto man

On March 27, at 8:25 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a two-vehicle traffic crash on Highway 82 (Lansing Dike), one mile west of Highway 35, in the township of Freeman.

Elijah A. Bark, 31, Gays Mills, was operating a 1986 Freightliner dump truck, loaded with approximately 55,000 pounds of sand, eastbound on Highway 82. Christopher J. Konichek, 61, De Soto, was following behind the dump truck, operating a 2002 Chrysler Voyager van. 

While both vehicles were traveling eastbound, Konichek struck the rear driver’s side of the dump truck with the passenger side of his vehicle. The dump truck sustained moderate damage and the van sustained severe front-end damage.

Wed
28
Mar

Highway 27 work begins on Tuesday


Jack Kramer (center), of Kramer Construction, addresses a question at the Highway 27 public information meeting Monday night in Eastman. He’s also pictured with Peter James (left) , of H. James & Sons, and DOT Project Leader Tim Maedke. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Bruce Richardson asked meeting officials how his wife is going to get to work in Boscobel, from their home on the southern County N. He was told she should be able to cross Highway 27, from County N (on the south) to County N (on the north) for all except about three weeks this summer.

DOT Project Manager Jeremy Krachey (right) and Wayne Scherer, who drives bus for the Prairie du Chien School District, put their minds together during the meeting to determine how the school children living on Highway 27 and in Eastman may be transported during construction, from April 3 until classes are out for the summer.

By Correne Martin

The Highway 27 road construction project, from Prairie du Chien through Eastman, will begin April 3 and end around Nov. 21, according to information shared at a Monday evening meeting at the Salem United Methodist Church hall in Eastman. 

Around 45 people attended to hear a summary of the project and to ask questions of the officials from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and contractors The Kraemer Company and H. James & Sons. 

The work will start April 3 with milling in the area of Cipra Road, nearest Prairie du Chien. Then it will continue linearly from the south to the north, all the way to East Meadow Lane in Eastman. 

Wed
28
Mar

Hwy. 35 road work within city of PdC starts Monday

Area residents have shared their confusion at recent road construction meetings regarding the Highway 35 construction starting Monday, April 2. It seems signs north of Prairie du Chien regarding the closure have caused the uncertainty. 

To clarify, the construction in question on Highway 35 has to do with the Marquette Road work within the city of Prairie du Chien. The project will occur between La Pointe and Mooney Streets, better known as, from Culver’s Restaurant to Eddie’s Irish Pub.

A public info meeting was held Wednesday, March 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the community room at Prairie du Chien City Hall. 

Staging locations and tentative time frames for the Marquette Road/Highway 35 project are as follows: 

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