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Wed
25
Sep

Chamber unveils new website, effort to bring Junior Achievement to PdC

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce has gone live with a revamped website, and the organization is taking the lead on bringing Junior Achievement to the local school system.

According to Bob Moses, chamber president and CEO, the website features a new video focus and more emphasis on its businesses. 

“We will tie in videos to a monthly spotlight for two businesses each month,” Moses said, noting that the chamber would like to incorporate podcasts next year as well. “I encourage people to log on and check out our new site.”

Wed
25
Sep

Disappearance ends with 15-year-old child in safety

On Tuesday, Sept. 24, at approximately 7:40 a.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department responded to South 6th Street in Prairie du Chien for a report of a missing 15-year-old. Officers responded and met with the family of the juvenile.

It was determined the child was last heard from at about 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 23. Several known associates of the child were identified. Officers also received cell phone and social media account information relating to the child. A search of the home revealed information that clearly indicated the child had left on their own and did not want to be found, according to Police Chief Kyle Teynor. Through the course of the first 30 minutes on-scene, a potential location of the child was determined and officers checked that location. No contact could be made at that residence.

Wed
25
Sep

Fight for veterans exposed to Agent Orange comes to PdC


Vietnam veterans advocate Steven Pape, Richard Lindbeck and Jim Armstrong of River Town Ironworks hold a metal flag to support Vietnam veterans.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

 

Richard Lindbeck, the president of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Wisconsin State Council visited River Town Ironworks Tuesday afternoon. Rivertown has been creating metal flags in an effort to raise funds for veterans.

Mon
23
Sep

Kickapoo hits flood stage, expected to drop quickly


Debris that washed up from the Sept. 12 storms and flash flooding sits at the canoe landing along Plum Creek Road in rural Wauzeka, as the foggy Kickapoo River waters rose to the riverbank edge by Monday morning, Sept. 23, around 7:30 a.m. (Photo by Correne Martin)

 

The Kickapoo River continued to rise in Crawford County due to rains of the past several days.

At Soldiers Grove, the river crested at 12.35 feet on Sept. 22, according to the National Weather Service. Minor flood stage at Soldiers Grove is 13 feet. The river is expected to drop relatively fast.

At Gays Mills, the Kickapoo crested at 13.5 feet on Sept. 23. Flood stage at Gays Mills is 13 feet. The river is expected to recede quickly.

Mon
23
Sep

Crawford, Grant cover crop program a big win for region


A plane from Sky Share LLC of DeWitt, Iowa, applies cover crop seeds to a cornfield in Crawford County in early September. (Photos courtesy of Karyl Fritsche)

This is some of the equipment used to transfer and load the cover crop seed mixture into the planes at Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Anyone driving by the Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport in early September may have noticed three yellow planes along with equipment for loading seed parked near the terminal building.

The planes are owned by Sky Share LLC of DeWitt, Iowa, and were hired by Black Sand Granary of Patch Grove to apply a cover crop seed mixture to farms in Crawford and Grant counties.

Mon
23
Sep

Wauzeka-Steuben taking action toward community revitalization, school referendum

By Correne Martin

Strategic economic development plans have been a focal point for members of the greater Wauzeka community as of late. The most paramount goals are to attract and retain residents and businesses and increase enrollment at the school. Also materializing is a potential referendum for general operations, aimed at April 7, 2020.

Citizens, school leaders, parents and others vested in the villages of Wauzeka and Steuben and the Wauzeka-Steuben School District have formed a collective that has held visioning and marketing meetings as early as February of 2018. Driftless Development, the Crawford County Economic Development organization, as well as CESA have stepped forward to lend expert guidance.

Mon
23
Sep

Pop-Up Shop sign-up urged this week

Ever wanted to start your own business? Now’s the time

 

Prairie du Chien Main Street announced its new Pop-Up Shop program earlier this month. It’s an essentially risk-free, immediate offering to local entrepreneurs who want to open up a business for three months—in October and through Dec. 31.

The program will partner a few local entrepreneurs with downtown commercial landlords, with most supportive costs and marketing assistance falling into the hands of PdC Main Street, in collaboration with Couleecap, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the Viroqua Chamber Main Street. There will be a rent discount offered to landlords, who will benefit by having this three-month “open house” of sorts on their property.

Fri
20
Sep

Klema, Scherer top ‘fair story’ contest

Sue Klema was the Grand Champion winner of the Crawford County Fair’s “Every Person Has a Fair Story” writing contest. Sue’s story will be entered into the state contest at the state fair convention in January.

The Reserve Grand Champion honor went to Wendy Whitney-Scherer.

 

Glory in the Showring

By Sue Klema

I grew up showing Holstein cattle at the Crawford County fair, so when my husband, Arnie, brought home a Jersey cow from the UW-Platteville sale, I didn’t know what to think. Who would have thought that I would fall for this lovely breed? We have had the pleasure of being in the presence of many of these amazing animals with the beautiful eyes and gentle souls.

Thu
19
Sep

Kickapoo predicted to flood

 

The Kickapoo River is expected to have minor flooding in Crawford County within the next few days, according to the National Weather Service in La Crosse.

The river at Soldiers Grove was at 8.63 feet on Sept. 19 and is predicted to reach 14.3 feet on Sept. 21. The river is then expected to recede rapidly. Minor flood stage at Soldiers Grove is 13 feet.

Wed
18
Sep

Work readying new 4th Ward Marina for 2020

Earthmoving and work to reestablish the city of Prairie du Chien’s marina property has been visible at the new 4th Ward Marina over the past few weeks. Blair Dillman has an agreement with the city to offer boating services along the marina. 

According to advertisement in the Courier Press, the marina will have covered boat slips available for the 2020 season and reservations are now being taken. For more information and reservations, contact Barron Dillman at 326-2141. 

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