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‘Buy Nearby’ and support your school Oct. 19-20 through local shopping promotion

By Correne Martin

Support your favorite school and shop for something you desire at this weekend’s We Buy Nearby - Shop for Schools event in downtown Prairie du Chien and McGregor. By making a purchase at any of 15 participating stores Oct. 19-20, a percentage of your expense will be donated to the school of your choice. Schools to pick from include Prairie du Chien public, Prairie du Chien Catholic, Wauzeka-Steuben, Seneca and River Ridge in Wisconsin or MFL Mar-Mac, Clayton Ridge and Central Elkader in Iowa. 

Businesses engaging in this opportunity, and the percentages on purchases they will donate, include:

Prairie du Chien:

Something for Everyone—10 percent

Mon
15
Oct

96th Assembly candidates square off in PdC debate


Loren Oldenburg (R-Viroqua)

Paul Buhr (D-Viroqua)

By Correne Martin

The two candidates for the 96th Wisconsin Assembly district squared off in a one-hour debate Thursday evening, Oct. 11, at the Prairie du Chien City Hall council chambers. Both farmers from Vernon County, Republican Loren Oldenburg and Democrat Paul Buhr pledge to bring a loud voice as well as action back to this district, which encompasses Crawford and Vernon counties and half of Monroe County. 

Republican Lee Nerison has held the 96th Assembly seat since 2005 and is retiring after the coming election. Voters will cast their ballots on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Mon
15
Oct

Satter Building part of Nov. 10 auction


The Satter Building will be part of the Nov. 10 auction for properties that have been foreclosed upon.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Crawford County will be selling the Satter Building property at an auction on Nov. 10 beginning at 10 a.m. at Kramer Real Estate and Auction of Prairie du Chien.

Wed
10
Oct

Crawford County 4th for getting the most value for property taxes

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Budget hearings are coming up for the four school districts in Crawford County as well as the municipalities in the county and with the county board.

Wed
10
Oct

More space improves athletic practice scheduling

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

It was stated at the Prairie du Chien School Board meeting Monday night that due to the increased practice space as part of the school facilities upgrade project, most winter sports practices will be completed by 6 p.m. Also, the gymnastics team will be able to practice in their own school for the first time. Most practices will be for two hours.

Wed
10
Oct

$272,000 in grants received toward Villa Louis Boat Landing project

City listing properties along First Street, including river slough

By Correne Martin

The city of Prairie du Chien recently received a $207,973 Recreational Boating Facilities Grant, and a $65,720 Ready for Reuse Grant to assist in the Villa Louis Boat Landing project on the north end of St. Feriole Island. Community members may begin to see construction happening yet this fall in the area near there, where the National Decorated Metal factory once stood. The work will be to create overflow parking for the boat landing, according to Interim City Administrator Chad Abram.

Wed
10
Oct

PdC man charged with physical abuse

A 43-year-old Prairie du Chien man was charged on Oct. 5 in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of physical abuse of a child - intentionally causing bodily harm, and one count of strangulation and suffocation. In the strangulation and suffocation charge, Butters is accused of squeezing a woman’s throat for several seconds. 

Jeremy Butters faces up to $20,000 in fines and 12 years in prison if convicted of both counts.

Wed
10
Oct

Man charged with burglary

An 18-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of burglary of a building or dwelling. 

Franklin E. Swan Jr. faces up to a $25,000 fine and 12.5 years of imprisonment if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Swan Jr. admitted to investigators that he broke into the DH/BP North in Prairie du Chien with three other individuals. Swan Jr. detailed the items which were stolen, the complaint said.

Video surveillance footage from inside the store showed three people removing items from the shelves and putting them in their pockets. 

Wed
10
Oct

Driver allegedly drives through accident scene, later arrested for fifth offense OWI

An alleged drunken driver was arrested in Mount Hope, for his fifth offense OWI, after he drove through an accident scene Monday night, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department said.

On Oct. 8, just before 7:30 p.m., the sheriff’s department received a call from the Mount Hope Fire Department of a possible intoxicated driver. Traffic was restricted along Pleasant Valley Road, east of South Ridge Road in Little Grant Township, because a semi-truck was being recovered from a slideoff. 

Wed
10
Oct

Oktoberfest a big fall party for all


Trying their hands at the traditional German hammerschlagen, Gail Zirngibl, Joanie Sheriff and Darrell Cooley made some memories at Oktoberfest 2017 on St. Feriole Island.

Gretchen Rickleff, aka the Pretzel lady, served the customary knotted German bread, salted or not, to a couple thousand hungry Oktoberfest-goers last year. (Courier Press file photos)

This year's button

By Correne Martin

You may not think families, senior citizens and those who make a hobby out of consuming alcohol would fit well into one fall party. But they do. It’s Oktoberfest in Prairie du Chien.

The ninth annual revelry will take place next Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Memorial Gardens on St. Feriole Island. For the price of just a dollar button—and a little bit of spending money—people can be entertained with German music, food, beer, contests, crafts and much more. This is the largest event in Prairie du Chien where all the proceeds benefit the Memorial Gardens, according to parks and rec director Mike Ulrich. 

“We had about 3,000 people last year,” he shared, in depicting the size of this growing affair.

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