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Wed
19
Apr

Southwest Tech and Workforce Connections open facility as one


The April 11 ribbon cutting and open house at 1304 S. Marquette Rd., made the new facility official for Southwest Tech and Workforce Connections. The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and the Prairie du Chien School District congratulated both entities. Pictured (from left) are Paul Ginkel, Kiel Fritz, Christine Panka, Bob Standorf, Tom Nelson, Tyler Diktanas, Char Bender, Mike McCoy, Kevin Mulrooney, Frankie Mezera, Peg Baxter, Roy George, Teresa Pierce, Drew Johnson, Jason Wood, Julie Pluemer and Bob Moses. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Southwest Tech and Workforce Connections have both held offices in Prairie du Chien for a number of years. On April 11, they made their presence more prominent in the community by holding a ribbon cutting and open house at a new facility at 1304 S. Marquette Rd. Together, the two will continue to connect people, training and employment, while advancing self-sufficiency for area citizens.

The reason for the more visible location is because both entities had outgrown their former spaces near one another in the Crawford County Administration Building.

“About a year ago, we made the decision to leave. Because of the awesome partnership we have, we asked the technical college to go with us,” stated Teresa Pierce, Workforce Connections executive director. “We provide services in nine counties. The college provides the training part of it and we provide the employment part.”

Wed
19
Apr

Construction underway at Prairie du Chien High School


Excavation and the installation of footings has begun on the east side of Prairie du Chien High School. The gymnasium and greenhouse addition will be 31,170 square feet. (Photos by Luke Lucas)

A rooftop view of the construction shows busy crews moving earth. (Photo by Luke Lucas)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Construction has begun on the $18.9 million facilities upgrade project that will involve Prairie du Chien High School, Bluff View Intermediate School and B. A. Kennedy Elementary School.

Wed
19
Apr

Street department workers help get family out of burning house


The house at 710 N. Wacouta Ave., Prairie du Chien sustained heavy damage.

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Two members of the Prairie du Chien Street Department may have saved the lives of four people sleeping in a house that caught fire Monday morning. 

Wed
19
Apr

Crawford County Board

 

New supervisor 

appointed to county board

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A new Crawford County Board Supervisor was sworn in and began his duties at Tuesday morning’s board meeting at the County Administration Building.

Mon
17
Apr

Prairie du Chien House Fire


Prairie du Chien firefighters spray the back of a house at 710 N. Wacouta Ave. in Prairie du Chien Monday morning. The Fire Department was called to the scene at about 8:45 a.m. The back porch was fully engulfed upon arrival. The Prairie du Chien Police Department assisted with traffic control. The cause of the fire was unknown as of presstime. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The back porch and the back of the house sustained heavy damage.

 

 

Mon
17
Apr

Regal Marina family shares its side of the story


The Regal family—Jesse, Josh, Sue and Dennis Jr.—feel they have been personally wronged by the city of Prairie du Chien over how they’ve run the marina for over 33 years. Arbitration is presently underway between both parties. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The Regal family is pictured with some of their friends, aka their extended marina customer family. (Front row, from left) Jesse Regal, Josh Regal, Ed Erdos III; (back row) Chuck Shover, Doc and Juanitta Kilby, Everett Rowland, Patricia and Cletus Cooley, Sue and Dennis Regal Jr.

By Correne Martin

It’s business as usual this boating season at Regal Marina. At least, it’s mostly as usual, considering electricity to the docks was disconnected by the city of Prairie du Chien, upon state recommendation, one year ago in May and has not been restored. (Boaters can use on board generators and the buildings still have power for service needs.)

It’s well-known in Prairie du Chien area communities that the Regal family and the city government have been at odds for years. Only in the last few years have their disagreements become news. In January, the contention turned into a legal battle.

The generations of Regals who have stake in the marina business have remained quiet about their side of the story—until now. The family requested an opportunity to tell their story and, alongside a half-dozen loyal boaters, April 5, they sat down to do so.

Mon
17
Apr

Here a ‘neigh,’ there a ‘neigh’ for Easter

Avery Kilburg was one of many young girls and boys who enjoyed pony rides at the Children’s Ranch’s annual Easter Party Saturday. In addition to the glory of sitting atop the majestic animals, the youngsters petted, brushed and fed some of the horses, colored Easter eggs and crafts and visited with the Easter bunny. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Mon
17
Apr

2016 walleye 'young of year' numbers low, but big 2015 will help maintain population

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Traditionally, as the weather warms up, more and more anglers take to their area waters to test their skills and try their luck. Each year is a bit different, but Mississippi River anglers in Pools 9 and 10 should expect a healthy fishery in 2017 despite relatively low numbers of certain species netted by DNR electrofishing crews this past fall.

Wed
12
Apr

Fish and Wildlife Hearings

 

Crawford County citizens give 

input on fish and wildlife rules

High-capacity wells, railroads part of discussion

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
12
Apr

Man’s small gesture of kindness helps out another

By Correne Martin

The world can seem like an unfriendly place at times. Still, a man from the Seneca area has a story that not only brightened his day but might also encourage others to pay it forward.

Rick Lakin was at the Prairie du Chien Public Library on April 7, working on the Internet and trying to post his bicycle for sale on Craigslist. He was talking to the kind librarian about his personal experiences as a 15-year throat cancer survivor and about how he’s now healthy, but having difficulty finding a job due to his health history.

“I was telling her how I was broke and want to get a job, but nobody will hire me because they don’t want me on their insurance,” said Lakin, who was a machine automation sales representative for 40 years.

As he was talking, a gentleman who had been reading the newspaper in the library came walking past, held out a 100 dollar bill and said, “You dropped this,” and kept on walking, out of the library.

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