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Jul

Blake’s Prairie Fair July 12-15

Three area high schoolers are competing to become the king and queen of the 2018 Blake’s Prairie Jr. Fair, which will be held at the fairgrounds in Bloomington July 12-15.

Queen candidate Katelyn Quick, daughter of Roy and Mickey Quick, of Bagley, is sponsored by the River Ridge FFA. Katelyn has been an active member of the FFA for four years, was her FFA chapter’s reporter and is the current vice-president. She has served on the Safety Day committee, livestock contest, greenhouse and banquet committee. She placed first at the Wisconsin soils contest in 2016 and also received the Star Chapter Award that same year. Katelyn has been awarded the Greenhand Award and the Chapter Degree. She volunteers at the Blake’s Prairie Jr. Fair by taking tickets, cleaning up the fairgrounds, parking cars and helping with the chicken barbecue.

Wed
27
Jun

Prairie du Chien Main Street Program seeks more volunteers

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien Main Street Program has been around for years, but over the past several months it has been making a resurgence now that it has merged with the Driftless Development Corporation.

Mon
25
Jun

County park violation leads to alcohol, drug charges

On June 14, at about 6:30 a.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s Department was notified of individuals camping at the Wyalusing Beach on County X. A sheriff deputy responded and, upon arrival, several alcohol containers littered the beach near two tents. The deputy made contact with Chance Jones, 21, of Prairie du Chien and a 17-year-old juvenile female in a tent. As the deputy was speaking with them, a marijuana smoking device was visible inside the tent. In the second tent, the deputy made contact with a 14-year-old male and a 17-year-old female. During the investigation, it was discovered the individuals were consuming alcohol and smoking marijuana at the beach.

Mon
25
Jun

Prairie Maison receives safety equipment grant


Pictured at Safe Resident Assistance Endowment Grant presentation are (from left) Denise May, LeadingAge Wisconsin; Mari Beth Borek, Samaritan Campus; Kim Gochanour, North Central Health Care; Rebecca Meyer, Pigeon Falls Health Care Center; Shannon Landt, Prairie Maison Nursing Home; Kathleen Spott, Cedar Community; and Dave Nettum, Argent.

Prairie Maison Nursing Home, in Prairie du Chien, was recently announced the winner of a Safe Resident Assistance Endowment Grant from West Bend Mutual Insurance Company. This is in partnership with LeadingAge Wisconsin, established with the intent to provide state-of-the-art equipment to improve transferring or transfer assistance for residents and caregivers of long-term care facilities across Wisconsin, while easing the financial burden for facilities. Since the Endowment’s creation in 2014, West Bend has awarded more than $125,000 in grants to over 30 Wisconsin facilities. 

Mon
25
Jun

Budweiser, Frito-Lay trucks damaged, products stolen

On Tuesday, June 19, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of theft and criminal damage to property in the township of Bridgeport. Sometime between 3:45 p.m. on Monday, June 18 and 3:52 a.m. on Tuesday, June 19, entry was forcefully gained into a Budweiser cargo trailer and a Frito-Lay cargo truck. The trailer and truck were parked on property located behind the Bridgeport Inn Hotel. A padlock was cut on the Budweiser cargo trailer and cases of beer were stolen from within and a window was smashed out of the Frito-Lay cargo truck. 

Mon
25
Jun

Crossing Rivers to close Assisted Living, Family Resource Center


Crossing Rivers Health Assisted Living, on Beaumont Road in Prairie du Chien, will soon close its doors, as assisted living, home care and personal home services and the Family Resource Center have been discontinued by the organization.

The Crossing Rivers Health Family Resource Center on Taylor Street is closing as part of the recent administrative and board of directors decision. The center’s few employees are among 36 impacted throughout Crossing Rivers as a result, though 16 will keep positions elsewhere within the organization. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Crossing Rivers Health’s administration and Board of Directors have announced the decision to discontinue the organization’s assisted living services, closing what is formerly known as Walter Schmidt Assisted Living in Prairie du Chien. With this, home health and personal home services, in addition to the Family Resource Center, will be discontinued as well.

Mon
25
Jun

What is your vision for downtown? Numerous suggestions given during City Hall meeting

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

“This is your downtown! What is your vision?” was the theme Thursday night at a meeting in the Prairie du Chien City Hall that drew 25 people to discuss ways to improve the downtown and the local economy.

Wed
20
Jun

Michigan Street: Tieing in sewer, water laterals

The Michigan Street project within the city of Prairie du Chien is underway. A good portion of the roadway is torn up and, according to the city, workers are currently tieing sewer and water laterals in near the Washington Street intersection. This was the view Tuesday afternoon from Washington Street, looking north on Michigan. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Wed
20
Jun

Phase 1 of Marquette open

Stage two of construction on Marquette Road started this week, after the first phase of road—now featuring two lanes of traffic and one center turning lane—opened to travelers Tuesday. Pictured is stage 1 before the highway markings were placed late last week. Also, topsoil was graded and seeding and erosion matting was placed next to the new sidewalk along the highway. For stage 2, crushing of the former roadway is currently underway. City officials recommend local traffic take 11th Street when trying to maneuver around the closed portion of highway, accessing businesses. This is because there are mostly controlled intersections on 11th Street. The city police department also continues to work to restrict semi truck traffic in the residential areas, though some are allowed to pass through in order to make deliveries to the businesses in the vicinity.

Wed
20
Jun

Audited finances show healthy general fund balance for city of Prairie du Chien

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien’s government leaders were informed about the city’s 2017 audited financial statements, thanks to highlights presented by Brent Nelson, of Johnson Block and Company, at Tuesday night’s council meeting. Overall, the general fund balance is healthy, he said. 

Nelson made several recommendations to the council based on the status of the general, reserves and TIF funds.

“The general fund decreased by $107,000. Revenue exceeded expenses and was more than budgeted. The biggest component of that was the library campaign fund,” the certified accountant explained. 

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