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Wed
06
May

Steuben boy confesses to burglaries

On Wednesday, April 29, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received reports of three residential burglaries in the township of Seneca. One burglary occurred on Duha Lane and the other two occurred on Fawn Drive.

Several items were stolen from the dwellings such as tools, CDs, a firearm, a cellphone, and other items.

Members of the sheriff’s department investigated the burglaries and obtained a confession to all three burglaries from a 14-year-old boy from Steuben. The juvenile confessed that he gained entry by breaking windows and once inside he stole several items from each home.  The stolen items from have been recovered and will be returned to the victims.  

The boy will be referred on criminal charges of burglary to a dwelling and criminal damage to property.

Wed
06
May

PdC eighth graders pass down gardening enthusiasm, knowledge


The kindergarteners at Prairie du Chien Public Schools enjoyed hands-on gardening alongside their eighth grade counterparts last week. The group of students worked together to spiff up the gardens behind B.A. Kennedy for another season. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Eighth grader Hunter Davis shows kindergartener Aiden Knight how to weed a garden bed.

Collin Seeley follows Sheila Nagel as she delivers some winter garden debris to the compost pile.

Alex McNerney carries dead foliage away from the gardens.

 By Correne Martin

The kindergarteners at Prairie du Chien Public Schools rolled up their sleeves and got dirty, under the guidance oftheir eighth grade counterparts, last week. The two grades worked together on Wednesday, April 29, to spiff up the gardens behind B.A. Kennedy—a project that hasn’t been seriously tended to in several years.

The eighth graders are the class that actually built the gardens and began maintaining them when they were in second grade. This spring, they passed down their enthusiasm and knowledge to the next batch of amateur horticulturists. In last Wednesday’s sunshine, the students cleaned out old winter debris, scrubbed down the wooden garden boxes, refreshed the paint on the boxes, weeded the gardens, and started planting flower and vegetable seeds in the beds.

Wed
06
May

Prairie du Chien council approves financing plan for library expansion


The base of the river wall on St. Feriole Island is deteriorating, and a sinkhole along the pathway was found by the mayor a few weeks ago. The sinkhole has since been fixed, but the city is now considering what kind of a major overhaul can be done to repair the problems and improve the riverfront for the future.

By Correne Martin

A $2.9 million financing plan for expanding the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library was given consent by a unanimous common council vote Tuesday night—about $1.45 million of which the city will contribute, leaving the other half to be raised through a capital campaign. Bids are expected to be let for the project in late 2016, at which time a more accurate project cost will be determined.

Tuesday night’s council action permits city staff to negotiate a capital campaign contract with the Sweeney Group. That contract is estimated to cost between $3,000 and $4,000 per month for 14 months (or $56,000 max) for consulting and liaison services between the city and potential donors. The expense would likely come from the city’s contingency fund. The official agreement will come back for council approval within one month.

Wed
06
May

Historical display pays tribute to Prairie du Chien VFW


Proudly standing by the new tribute display to the Prairie du Chien VFW Post 1945 at city hall are (from left) Rich Stovey, city employee; Eugene L. LaPointe, Korean War veteran and former post commander; Dean L. LaPointe, Desert Gulf War veteran and former post quartermaster/adjutant; Dirk Steiner, city employee; and Aaron Kramer, city administrator. Both Stovey and Steiner constructed the case for the post’s flag. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Just in time for Memorial Day, a patriotic and historical tribute display of the Prairie du Chien Veterans of Foreign Wars has been assembled in the main hallway at city hall. It salutes the McKinney-Tyler-Portwine Post No. 1945, whose charter was surrendered to the national headquarters in 2011 after the post disbanded due to lack of membership.

“We got the flag back from the state after the charter was surrendered,” explained Dean L. LaPointe, a Desert Gulf War veteran and former post quartermaster/adjutant. “We were able to obtain it on a permanent lending basis.”

The vast navy blue and gold VFW flag is encased in a wooden frame, covered with glass. This presentation was carefully constructed by city employees Dirk Steiner and Rich Stovey. It is intended to secure and preserve the vibrant flag for the future.

Wed
06
May

Crawford County Board opposes dismantling ADRC

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Aging and Disability Resource Center in Crawford County, and all ADRCs throughout the state are threatened, and in fact could be gutted or just plain done away with if a proposal in Governor Scott Walker’s State Biennial Budget is approved. 

Mon
04
May

Citizens Academy to give insight into police officer duties

Interested individuals must apply by May 25

 

By Correne Martin

 

Mon
04
May

Enjoy a night out and help kick cancer to the curb


Jaaren Riebe (left), representing the Prairie du Chien Class of 1986, recently presented a donation for $500 to Mary Ann Heisz, of the Great River Relay For Life to be used toward the Cancer Kickin’ Concert on May 9 in Prairie du Chien.

By Correne Martin

 

The Great River Relay For Life is hosting a Cancer Kickin’ Concert Saturday, May 9, from 7 to 11 p.m., at Huckleberry’s Banquet Facility in Prairie du Chien. The Back Home Boys will entertain the crowd throughout the evening and, about halfway through their set, there will be an auction. The highlight of the auction is a 2014-15 Wisconsin Badgers men’s autographed basketball. 

 

Mon
04
May

Help those in need via P.O. food drive

By Correne Martin

 

Support the local food pantry and help “Stamp Out Hunger” again this year by donating a bag of non-perishable food to the Letter Carriers Food Drive Saturday, May 9. Sponsored by the United States Postal Service, National Association of Letter Carriers and Feeding America, residents of southwest Wisconsin are encouraged to give what they can to help those in need.

 

Wed
29
Apr

Sand Loading Site


The Wisconsin and Southern Railroad has been constructing a sand loading facility that will be used by the Pattison Sand Company. The two silos in the upper left portion of the photo can hold 250 tons of sand each. The new equipment being installed will be inside a building when the project is complete. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

WSOR building a sand loading facility for Pattison

By Ted Pennekamp

 

There has been a lot of activity and several new structures installed in recent weeks at the Pattison Sand Company loading site along the Highway 18 Bypass in Prairie du Chien.

Wed
29
Apr

Take your pick from the Memorial Gardens Plant Sale


You too can have a “garden of dreams” if you stop by the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens on Saturday, May 9 to take your pick from a variety of plants and flowers available at the annual Plant Sale. While you’re there, take a seat on this bench and ask questions of the local gardeners there too. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Whether you’re looking to fill a whole garden, find some blooms to complement a couple pots, or pick up that perfect Mother’s Day gift, the annual Memorial Gardens Plant Sale will offer a beautiful variety of flowers for everyone. On Saturday, May 9, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Prairie du Chien’s Memorial Gardens on St. Feriole Island, the public is invited to browse through the loads of colorful flowers and plants and purchase their favorites. All proceeds will go back into the Memorial Gardens.

A wide assortment of blossoms such as coneflowers, sedum, lilies—Stella De Oro daylilies and tiger lilies—hostas, different types of groundcover and more will be sold at various prices. As many as 400 lilies are expected. Many of the flowers and plants will even be potted and ready to go, or you can bring your own pots, containers or leaf bags and fill them on site. Wood chips in natural colors can also be purchased at the sale.

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