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Thu
05
Dec

Prairie du Chien man gets 15 years for manslaughter

 

A 19-year-old Prairie du Chien man was sentenced Dec. 3 to 15 years in prison for his role in the beating death of a Decorah, Iowa man.

Dalton Adam was convicted on Nov. 4 of voluntary manslaughter in a Chickasaw County, Iowa court, where his trial had been moved to. Adam had been charged with first degree murder, but the jury convicted him of the lesser crime. 

Wed
04
Dec

Making the season bright


Randy Ludvik (top) and Rich Stovey help to string up Christmas tree lights on a flag pole at the south end of Lawler Park Tuesday afternoon. Street Superintendent Dan Titlbach said the department is continuing its tradition of making everyone’s spirits brighter for the holiday season by putting up the lights. It is the first time a Christmas tree of lights has been put up at this location. The other tree of lights was put up recently in the middle of the Marquette Road and Blackhawk Avenue roundabout. “The Public Works Department would also like to thank Novey Construction for the use of their Skytrak lull,” said Titlbach, who noted there are 3,600 multi-colored lights on the new tree. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The tree of lights offers a unique perspective.
Wed
04
Dec

City eager to move forward with Blackhawk Junction Mall


The city of Prairie du Chien would like to move forward with plans for Blackhawk Junction Mall. (Courier Press file photo)

 

Parties 

interested in buying parts of property

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The city of Prairie du Chien would like to get started on plans for Blackhawk Junction Mall as soon as the property can be purchased from Crawford County.

Wed
04
Dec

Employers invited to talk about hiring students with special needs

All Prairie du Chien area employers are invited to a community conversation with the Prairie du Chien School District about student employment. The conversation will happen over breakfast on Monday, Dec. 16, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the upstairs conference room at Prairie du Chien City Hall.

The purpose of this event is to provide employers with information about hiring students with special needs. 

RSVPs are requested by Friday, Dec. 6, to Cathy Reed, special education director at Prairie du Chien Schools, 326-3742 or reedca@pdc.k12.wi.us.

Wed
04
Dec

PdC common council approves 2020 budget, releases 2019 tax bill

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council approved the 2020 city budget during a special meeting Nov. 26. The city portion of taxes for Prairie du Chien taxpayers has gone down slightly from last year, by $22.14, on the standard $100,000 home. The whole tax bill for 2019 also reflects a decrease for most taxpayers.

Mon
02
Dec

Ringing the bell gives you a sense of what the season is all about


Whether you’re like Mason and Charlotte Kussmaul (pictured) and ring the Salvation Army bell with your parents, or like Denise Rod and Rodney “Toby” Howell and plan to ring by yourself, volunteering will touch your heart this holiday season.

By Correne Martin

Two local residents have become familiar faces at the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle bell ringing locations in Prairie du Chien over the past half-dozen years or so. Denise Rod and Rodney “Toby” Howell, both believe in the cause and couldn’t imagine the Christmas season without fulfilling their volunteer time for the organization’s only fundraiser of the year.

Toby started manning the Red Kettle after his retirement just as a way to give back to the community. And he certainly gave his share. In 2018, he rang the bell for a total of 74.5 hours.

Mon
02
Dec

Parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus coming to downtown Prairie du Chien

Prairie du Chien is ready for its annual Holiday Parade downtown Friday, Dec. 6, at 5:30 p.m. 

Sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce, don’t miss Santa and Mrs. Claus making their way along Blackhawk Avenue, along with their friends from local businesses, organizations and dignitaries. Spend your time before and after shopping local for the holidays. 

Mon
02
Dec

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stopping in Marquette Sunday

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, adorned with tens of thousands of lights, will transport holiday cheer, Santa and a stage for live musical performances, into Marquette’s Riverfront Marina on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2:45 p.m.

The brightly decorated Canadian Pacific train will stop for all to experience, with the intention of also helping the community and surrounding area collect food and money for the Clayton County Food Shelf.

Last year, the local Canadian Pacific stop netted the Clayton County Food Shelf $11,053.99 and 2,935 pounds of food.

The Holiday Train is in high demand. The communities of Marquette, McGregor and Prairie du Chien are fortunate to have it stop in this area. 

Mon
25
Nov

Ferryville plans Christmas Tree Lighting community celebration on Dec. 2


Santa Claus himself will make a special visit to Ferryville’s Christmas Tree Lighting celebration Dec. 2, to meet with the good girls and boys and give them treats. (Submitted photo)

On Monday, Dec. 2, in Ferryville, the ninth annual Christmas Tree Lighting will happen and everyone is invited. Santa hears children’s Christmas wishes and all sing Christmas carols and enjoy treats as the lights of the holiday season are lit. The event takes place at the observation deck of River View Park in the center of the village of Ferryville.

Santa will arrive at 5:30 p.m. to hear what children want for Christmas and, then, at 6 p.m., the elves will light the Christmas tree for the season. The Ferryville Tourism Council will lead everyone in Christmas carols while all can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and have holiday cookies and treats. Plus, there are gift bags for children. This is a fun time for all so don’t miss out. 

Mon
25
Nov

The Sweet Tooth opens pop-up candy shop in downtown PdC


Crystal Priebe is the owner of The Sweet Tooth at 127 W. Blackhawk Ave. (recently vacated by The Broken Ladder). She will offer many varieties of nostalgic candies bulk and by the piece, in addition to her homemade chocolates, gourmet popcorn and soda by the glass bottle. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The shining star of Prairie du Chien’s Pop-Up Shop Program for the Christmas season is The Sweet Tooth, a new candy shop at 127 W. Blackhawk Ave. (recently vacated by The Broken Ladder). A grand opening is planned for Saturday, Nov. 30, in association with Small Business Saturday and the local Santa Shops Small promotion. 

With the support of Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Entrepreneurial Support Grant funding, Crystal Priebe is the young entrepreneur taking a shot at her dream to be in the candy business. 

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