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Wed
14
Mar

Treatment Court

 

Crawford County 

anticipates benefits 

of treatment court

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
12
Mar

Prairie Rod and Gun Club

 

Prairie Rod and Gun Club very active since 1948

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie Rod and Gun Club held its annul Deer Show at the National Guard Armory in Prairie du Chien on Feb. 17. The show is the club’s only fundraiser, which raises money for the numerous other programs and activities the club conducts every year to promote and improve outdoor recreation opportunities for all.

Mon
12
Mar

Prairie du Chien Knights of Columbus schedule community Easter Egg Hunt

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Knights of Columbus will host this year’s Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 25 (Palm Sunday), at 11:30 a.m., at the Cecil Smith athletic fields. Over 5,000 eggs will be filled with candy and divided in areas of the fields based upon three different age groups: infant to 3, 4-7 and 8-12. 

Within each age group, there will be two grand prize eggs. The child who tosses those eggs in particular into their basket or bucket will win either a bike or an Easter basket filled with various goodies. Knights of Columbus and Prairie Catholic School Jaywalkers volunteers will be manning the festivities. 

Mon
12
Mar

St. Patrick’s Day parade, festivities March 17


Stacy Polodna (back row, left) will be this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade grand marshal. Pictured with his family, he was a member of the Prairie du Chien Police Department since 1999, before retiring in 2017 due to health reasons. (Photo by Lindsey Ludvik Photography)

St. Patrick himself will lead the parade on March 17 in downtown Prairie du Chien, where there will be no lack of green or Irish spirit. (Courier Press file photo)

Kids and adults alike are bound to bring out their inner leprechaun for the St. Patty’s Day celebration this Saturday. (Courier Press file photo)

Celebrate the green in Prairie du Chien on Saturday, March 17, as the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The fun begins along the packed streets of the beautiful, historic downtown, as the parade kicks off at 10 a.m. The seemingly never-ending stream of entrants will be led by Prairie du Chien’s own St. Patrick, followed by this year’s royalty. 

The grand marshal for the 2018 parade is Stacy Polodna. Layne and Susan David will preside as this year’s king and queen of the parade. 

All parade participants are asked to assemble on St. Feriole Island, beginning at 9 a.m. The parade will start from the island and go east on Blackhawk Avenue, then north on Michigan Street and back to the island. 

Wed
07
Mar

CWD Response Plan

 

Wisconsin DNR 

announces updated 

CWD Response Plan

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Wisconsin DNR has recently announced its updated Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Response Plan. 

Wed
07
Mar

Decoding the Driftless


Tim Jacobson adjusts the GoPro camera on the helmet of John Howe in 2016. Howe is the executive director of the Raptor Resource Project. (Photo by David Noble)

 

Rough cut of Decoding the Driftless completed

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Filming for a natural history documentary about the Driftless Region began in 2016 and was also done in the Prairie du Chien and Bagley areas this past June. The project has since come a long way.

Wed
07
Mar

Boy injured when kicked in head by horse

On March 4, at 5:42 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a 911 call about an 11-year-old boy who had been kicked in the head by a horse at 41278 Hilltop Lane in the township of Scott. 

An investigation was conducted and determined the horse was tied up inside a barn on the property. The boy was riding a stand up scooter behind the horse when it became spooked. The horse backed up and kicked, striking the boy in the head above his right eye. The blunt force initially knocked the boy unconscious but he eventually regained consciousness while on scene. 

The boy was transported by Med Flight to UW–Madison. The extent of his injuries are unknown.

Wed
07
Mar

Soldiers Grove fireman named Crawford County Firefighter of the Year


The 2017 Firefighter of the Year John Young (center) accepts the honor from Todd Krachey, Wauzeka Fire Chief and Crawford County Fire Association president (left), and Todd Fischer, Boscobel Fire Chief and Crawford County Fire Association vice president. (Submitted photo)

The 2017 Crawford County Firefighter of the Year award was recently awarded to John Young, of the Soldiers Grove Fire Department. 

Young is one of the department’s most senior members. He’s served as a Soldiers Grove firefighter for over 53 years.

He and his family moved to Soldiers Grove in 1955. He was instrumental in starting the dental clinic and still-operating Kickapoo Valley Medical Clinic. He was involved in the beginning of the North Crawford Rescue Squad in 1972. 

Wed
07
Mar

Public hearing set for city of PdC water rate increase

The Prairie du Chien Common Council’s Tuesday night meeting involved a number of informational items as well as some technicalities to approve.

First, it was noted that a public hearing regarding a probable water rate increase is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, at 10 a.m., in conference room no. 2 at city hall. The city has filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to increase the water rates. According to a notice to water customers, the increase is necessary due to a 54.61 percent increase in gross plant investment and a 31.99 percent increase in operating expenses since the last water rate case was completed in 2009.

Wed
07
Mar

Improvements to be made at Villa Louis Boat Landing, nearby railroad crossing

By Correne Martin

Improvements lay ahead for the Villa Louis Boat Landing in Prairie du Chien. As part of the project, the adjacent railroad crossing at North Water Street will become publicly designated, according to an Office of the Commissioner of Railroads (OCR) decision made on the city’s petition to create these changes.

According to a final decision document, Wisconsin and Southern Railroad (WSOR) and the city of Prairie du Chien will work together to upgrade the crossing. Though, all construction costs will be the city’s responsibility to pay or reimburse to WSOR.

The city owns, operates and maintains the Villa Louis Boat Landing on the west side of the tracks.

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