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Tue
02
May

Prairie du Chien begins ‘automated’ garbage and recycling collection program


The new recycling toters were assembled last week, in preparation for the beginning of recycling using them Monday, May 1. Recycling is now every two weeks and materials can be mixed and unsorted when placed in the bin. For more information, contact Town and Country Sanitation at (608) 375-5856, (800) 626-1915 or kristis@tcsanitation.com, or City Hall at 326-6406.

Editor's note: This article first appeared in the Monday, April 10 issue of the Courier Press, on page 8. It is being shared on our website due to the large number of questions regarding the new recycling system.

 

The city of Prairie du Chien, in conjunction with the city’s contractor, Town and Country Sanitation, began the new one-pass automated collection for refuse and recycling Monday, May 1. As part of the program, city residents received recycling toters over the past few weeks. These toters are lidded, wheeled containers similar to the containers now used for refuse. Recycling will now be collected once every two weeks.

Mon
01
May

Fire Training

 

Fire department training

Mon
01
May

New Fish and Wildlife Service Manager

 

New McGregor District fish 

and wildlife manager settling in

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a new manager for the McGregor District of the Upper Mississippi National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Brandon Jones began his duties in January and has been settling into his new position.

Mon
01
May

Gays Mills man charged with 4th OWI

A 40-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fourth offense).

Kenneth A. Mickelson faces up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Mickelson admitted to officers during the investigation that he drank about a 12-pack of beer earlier in the day.

Mickelson has previously been convicted of OWI three times.

Mon
01
May

Man gets 6th OWI

A 52-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fifth or sixth offense).

Lawrence W. Nelson Jr. faces up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Nelson was driving 67 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone when a state trooper activated his emergency lights. Nelson continued on and then pulled into a driveway, the complaint said.

Nelson was then placed under arrest for OWI and transported to Crossing Rivers Health where he submitted to a chemical test of his blood.

Nelson has previously been convicted of OWI five times.

Mon
01
May

Different recycling toters distributed in Prairie du Chien


Town and Country and city of Prairie du Chien personnel assembled and distributed new, recycling toters to city residents Thursday last week. The organized duties took place in the Blackhawk Junction parking lot. The new pickup started May 1 and will be every two weeks. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Town and Country and city of Prairie du Chien personnel assembled and distributed new and different recycling toters to city residents Thursday last week.

As part of the new, one-pass automated collection program, which started May 1, recycling materials are now collected once every two weeks.

A wide range of recyclables will continue to be collected, including aluminum containers; corrugated paper and other container board; glass containers; magazines; newspaper; officer paper; rigid plastic containers, including those made of PETE, HDPE, PVC, LDPE, PP, PS and other resins; steel containers; and bi-metal containers. These are to be put into the recycling toters and do not need to be sorted or bundled separately.

The automated process is hoped to improve recycling in the city, as the new bins have lids, are larger than previous containers and allow for pieces to be mixed without sorting.

Mon
01
May

Couple finishes Boston Marathon


Husband and wife runners Patrick and Alli Klein, of Prairie du Chien, participated in the Boston Marathon April 17. He finished as the first Wisconsin male runner and 111th overall. Alli crossed the finish line 324th among females and 3,196th overall. She bested her personal record by two minutes.

Alli Klein, a kindergarten teacher at Prairie du Chien’s B.A. Kennedy, waves to her sister around mile 21 of the Boston Marathon two weeks ago.

Patrick Klein (in blue) comes off the starting line at the Green Bay Marathon, at which he qualified for the Boston Marathon.

By Correne Martin

You may have seen them running around town. In fact, they’ve run long distance nearly all their lives.

Husband and wife duo Patrick and Alli Klein, of Prairie du Chien, both completed the illustrious Boston Marathon on Patriots’ Day, April 17. Patrick finished as the first Wisconsin male, taking 111th overall, while Alli achieved a two-minute personal record, earning 324th among females and 3,196th overall. She was the fourth Wisconsin female. In total, over 32,000 athletes participated.

Patrick and Alli met while running cross country and track and field at UW-Platteville. They come from families of runners—his from Monroe and hers from Dodgeville. They’ve both coached other enthusiasts and literally put in years of their own training for moments like Boston.

“My mom ran it in 2003. It was something that motivated me to get there myself someday,” Alli shared.

Mon
01
May

One of Eastman’s oldest buildings comes down


An excavator knocks down the final walls of the bar that stood at 113 Main St., Eastman. This view is from behind the building. (Photo by Correne Martin)

The front of the building comes down.

Piece by piece, the bar was demolished.

The living quarters came down

Rubble remains.

By Correne Martin

The former KC’s Bar and Grill at 113 Main St., in Eastman, was demolished Tuesday, April 25, by West End Salvage, of Lancaster. After Corey and Kally Hammond closed their business, the building, said to be one of the oldest in Eastman, sat vacant for three years and was in declining shape.

Leanne Colsch, who owns the Main Street Bar across the road, purchased the building through a foreclosure sale nearly a month ago. She intends to rebuild a bar and reception hall on the site, which she and her son, Larry Jr., will own. She said the new facility is going to be the same width as the previous structure but extend to the back of the lot about 72 feet.

Colsch said all the work is being locally-contracted. Tug Sprosty Construction, of Steuben, will be the builder. Swats Concrete, of Eastman; Lomas Electric and D.A. Digger Excavating, both of Wauzeka, are also working on the project.

Wed
26
Apr

Family copes with loss of home, possessions in fire


Gerard and Barbara Sprosty sit outside of Country Inn & Suites with their dog Raiden. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

The inside of the Sprosty’s home sustained heavy smoke and water damage. The vinyl siding and the outside of the back portion of the house was also damaged greatly. (Photo by Donna Reed)

One of the two surviving cats received oxygen immediately following the house fire. (Photo by Donna Reed)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Gerard and Barbara Sprosty lost their house, nearly all of their possessions and two cats when their house caught fire the morning of April 17. Fortunately, nobody was hurt and the family has each other. 

“It was the worst day of our lives, very traumatic,” said Barbara. “But, thank God we have each other. That’s the main thing.”

Wed
26
Apr

Friends of the Library discuss a few construction expectations


Friends of the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library Mary Novey (left), president, and Terri Connell, talk about the undesirable necessity of the artesian well being capped.

A popular and distinguishing feature of the library is its artesian well, which must now be capped because of leaking issues. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)

By Caitlin Bittner

“It’s important to see this library sustained,” said Karen Badzinski, treasurer of Friends of the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library at their spring social Meet and Greet Tuesday night, April 25.

At the meeting, members recalled cherished memories of libraries, noting they saw them as places to go for growth, learning and exploration.

With the current library looking toward its future expansion, Friends of the Library President Mary Novey spoke about the recent success of the library’s book sale, which raised $700 in funds. She added that the library was grateful for all of the book donations and support they received for the sale, and is hopeful for that generosity to continue. “We’ll be having another one for Crazy Days,” noted Novey.

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