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Pick-a-Pack introduced at PdC schools

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Prairie du Chien High School FFA adviser Diane Colburn and the FFA have introduced what they call the Pick-a-Pack program that all students can participate in which will help families with school-aged children during the holiday season and beyond.

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Repairs have begun on Lock 9 near Lynxville


Repair work began on Lock 9 near Lynxville on Dec. 10. The repairs will involve removing old, damaged concrete and replacing it. It will also involve repairs to the tow haul rail system. Last winter, repairs were done to the lock extensions. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

On Dec. 10, repairs began on locks 6, 8 and 9 to ensure they continue working as designed for the next navigation season. Lock and Dam 6 is near Trempealeau, Lock and Dam 8 is near Genoa, and Lock and Dam 9 is near Lynxville. The maintenance work is expected to continue through March 13.

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PdC Historical Society eyes large projects, as Gift Giving Campaign runs


The St. Germain dit Gauthier House, aka Gremore-Coorough House (top), and the Antoine LaChapelle Cabin, aka Erdenberger Cabin (bottom), are both located on St. Feriole Island. They are part of the Prairie du Chien Historical Society’s strategic plan to renovate historic structures within the city of Prairie du Chien.

By Correne Martin

 

The Prairie du Chien Historical Society (PDCHS) has embarked on four monumental projects as part of a 20-year strategic plan to foster perpetual appreciation of historic structures within the city, according to a letter PDCHS submitted to city parks officials Dec. 9. The entity is also looking to draw new advocates of all ages to the museum, as an educational center for local history of the Prairie du Chien area. 

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Dec

Carp Fest a cheerful countdown toward New Year’s


A family enjoys fresh carp samples, while Lucky Carp Jr. stands happy and ready to greet everyone at the Family Droppin’ of the Carp Party last New Year’s Eve. (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

It’s the time of year when even Lucky the Carp, Prairie du Chien’s famous fish, feels frozen. 

But with Carp Fest, community members are invited to warm up with some free or low-cost programs, Dec. 23 and Dec. 26-30 across the city, in celebration of the impending New Year.

“Everybody’s invited, families young and old. Calls are already coming in about Carp Fest,” said Mike Ulrich, Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Director.

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11
Dec

It’s a wonderful Christmas time for children at local library


When browsing the children’s library collection, kids may spy Pippin SugarCookie, a very special elf from the Elf on the Shelf Squad. Be sure to say “hi,” and be good for goodness sake.

When stopping by the PdC library for the upcoming children’s holiday programming, consider taking along some fuzzy hats, mittens, scarves or socks for the giving tree in the front entryway. (Photos by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Hark! The library angels are singing a Christmas tune. The message is that children’s programming for the holidays will help to make the season bright. 

The Prairie du Chien Memorial Library elf librarians and assistants have planned four free events, geared toward tiny tots and their families, that are sure to make their eyes all aglow. 

Thursday, Dec. 12, is A Beary Christmas Sleepover. Oh, what fun children’s teddy bears, action figures, dolls, or plush snowmen and Santas will have at the library. 

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Dec

PdC man arrested on drug possession charges

A Prairie du Chien man is facing multiple drug possession charges after a verbal argument led officers to a residence yielding illegal substances and paraphernalia, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

On Thursday, Dec. 5, at about 9:35 a.m. the police department was notified of a verbal altercation on the 900 block of South 1st Street. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the individuals involved. During the course of the investigation, officers identified a suspect to have a valid warrant through probation and parole. 

A subsequent search of a residence yielded methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and marijuana, authorities said.

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09
Dec

3 county board supervisors file non-candidacy papers

Janet Geisler, Crawford County Clerk, has received a notification of non-candidacy for the position of county board supervisor for the first, second and third districts in the city of Prairie du Chien. The current county board supervisors for the first, second and third districts are Geri Kozelka, Henry “Buzz” Esser and Kersten “Rocky” Rocksvold.

Anyone wishing to run for the position of county board supervisor in those districts should come to the County Clerk’s Office to pick up an election packet. Please call 326-0201 if you have any questions.

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Dec

Become a certified Master Gardener, make a difference in the county

By Correne Martin

 

The weather will soon be more frigid and snow will blanket the ground, making winter the perfect time for indoor activities, personal education and gathering opportunities.

The Level 1 Master Gardener training offered through the Crawford County UW-Extension rolls all that into one 10-week course, from Feb. 4 through April 8.

“You’re not going to leave with a PhD in horticulture, but you’ll leave with research-based knowledge of how to find gardening answers and you’ll be excited about new ideas and volunteering around the county,” said Master Gardener and facilitator Donna Teynor.

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Dec

River Ridge to hold $2.3 million referendum for athletic fields project

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The River Ridge Board of Education voted unanimously at a special meeting Dec. 4 to approve of a referendum not to exceed $2.3 million to go toward the athletic fields project which is still under construction at the Patch Grove site.

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Dec

Mavis M. Jeidy

Mavis M. Jeidy, 92, of Boscobel, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, at Divine Health and Rehab in Fennimore. 

She was born on Sept. 1, 1927, in Crawford County, the daughter of Charles and Sadie (Comstock) McCullick. She married Earl Jeidy on Oct. 16, 1966, in Prairie du Chien. He preceded her in death on Nov. 3, 1980. 

She is survived by several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Max, Fay, Ivan, Arnold and Charles Jr.; three sisters; Naomi, Delores and Betty.

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