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Mon
14
Oct

County N beginning to take shape, Spring Lake Inn doing well despite construction


County N at the intersection with Highway 35 and going up the hill is beginning to take shape. The new turnoff onto County N from Highway 35 will be behind the Spring Lake Inn Motel. Customers of Spring Lake Inn Restaurant can turn off of Highway 35, drive into the construction zone (above) for a short distance behind and around the motel and into the normal parking area. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The County N reconstruction project in Crawford County is beginning to take shape, especially at its intersection with Highway 35 and going up the hill.

Mon
14
Oct

Shops may still ‘pop up’ this holiday season

By Correne Martin

The opportunity to have a Pop-Up Shop or two in downtown Prairie du Chien this holiday season is still a possibility. 

Prairie du Chien Main Street, Crawford County Community Development, Couleecap and Wisconsin Economic Development are working intensely—with two landlords and three entrepreneurs who’ve submitted applications—toward getting one or a couple small businesses in place as soon as possible, according to Jessica Spayde, Crawford County Community Development Extension Educator.

The goals would be to not only provide a solid support system for a determined entrepreneur and secure income for a landlord, but to also add to the current local shopping options and stimulate commerce in the downtown.

Mon
14
Oct

Shop in Prairie, McGregor Oct. 18-19, earn easy money for your school

By Correne Martin

Get easy money for your school, while buying Christmas presents and shopping local, this Friday and Saturday in Prairie du Chien and McGregor.

If you were planning to make a large purchase—such as a new appliance, cell phone, home decor or Packer apparel—this is the weekend to do it. 

The We Buy Nearby-Shop for Schools promotion is happening once again and 15 local merchants are generously offering to donate a percentage of most sales to the school of your choice. The business community urges participating schools to spread the word and remind families to get going on those holiday purchases.

Mon
14
Oct

10th year for PdC Oktoberfest

By Correne Martin

Whether you’re German in ethnicity or only for the day, the 10th Annual Oktoberfest is a must-see growing celebration of German heritage in Prairie du Chien.

A parade, live music, family-friendly activities and contests, authentic beer and food highlight the fun at the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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.  Average attendance is over 3,000 people. 

Wed
09
Oct

Eastman Locker drop-off point for Deer Donation Project

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wildlife Damage Technician for Crawford County, Greg Cerven, told the County Soil and Water Committee Tuesday morning that Eastman Locker will once again be the drop-off location for deer hunters wishing to donate to those less fortunate.

Wed
09
Oct

Bridgeport, hospital work on settlement of up to $30K for ‘pond’

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

At its September meeting, the Bridgeport Town Board approved of negotiating and entering into a settlement agreement with Crossing Rivers Health Medical Center and Rural Mutual Insurance Company with the town contributing up to $30,000 toward the settlement.

Wed
09
Oct

One injured in crash

On Oct. 5, at 2:56 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of State Highway 35 and County Road C in the village of Ferryville.

Bud Powell, 45, Ferryville, was stopped on Highway 35 in his 2019 Honda CRV waiting for traffic to clear to turn left onto County C. Kaitlyn Buenzli, 18, Prairie du Chien, was southbound on Highway 35 operating her 2006 GMC Seirra pickup truck. Buenzli stated she did not notice Powell’s vehicle stopped in the southbound lane in time and hit the rear end of Powell’s vehicle.

Powell claimed minor injuries from the crash and went by private vehicle to a medical center to be checked out.  Buenzli claimed no injuries from the crash.

Assisting on scene was Milo’s Towing.

Wed
09
Oct

Man found hiding in basement after crash

On Oct. 6, at 9:15 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle traffic crash. The caller stated the vehicle was driven back home on a flat tire.  

Deputies responded and spoke with Catherine Stevenson, 58, who stated she was the driver of a 2007 Toyota Camry on Highway 131 near County X, when she was forced off the road by another vehicle, causing her to crash. She stated the other vehicle didn’t stop. Stevenson also said her daughter, Cheyenne Stevenson, 20, was the passenger.

Wed
09
Oct

Halls of Terror volunteers ready to have some fun


No one else is home right now! The crazy clowns and chainsaw master have yet to arrive! But this unhappy couple from the crypt has been working late nights in the lonely cedar building on Prairie du Chien’s St. Feriole Island. They stand with broken hearts and oozing guts, ready to startle, scratch and chill you to the bone at the Halls of Terror, which begins Friday. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The men behind the deranged masks and wicked makeup at the Halls of Terror haunted house in Prairie du Chien find it fun to scare people. 

Many have been helping for years and—with opening night this Friday, Oct. 11—they’re preparing to strike again.

“I like to be loud, jump out, scare and chase people,” said Mike Anthony, who acts as a clown in the Halls of Terror’s quintessential clown room. “Then, I’ll run to the next room and say to the other [scarers], ‘Did you hear that?’”

Wed
09
Oct

Regional housing study to be presented

A presentation of the Regional Housing Study for Crawford County will take place on Monday, Oct. 21 at the Leisure Time Sports Bar and Bowl. A free social half-hour and buffet dinner will commence at 5 p.m., with the presentation starting at 5:30, followed by a discussion and Q&A. An RSVP is required to attend.

The event will provide information from the Crawford County Housing Study that Driftless Development Inc. commissioned in collaboration with Prosperity Southwest Wisconsin and Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Plan Commission (SWWRPC), who conducted the study. Troy Maggied, Executive Director of SWWRPC, will present the findings and guide a discussion on the next steps to seek residential development solutions. 

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