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18
Mar

Mississippi River headwater reservoirs being drawn down


Water goes over Ambro Road near the intersection of County K Sunday. The Mississippi River was at 15.9 feet at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, March 18. It is predicted to reach 17.3 feet by March 21. Minor flood stage at McGregor is 16 feet. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

River flow continually monitored

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, continues to lower water elevations within its six Mississippi River headwaters reservoirs in anticipation of spring snow melt.

Mon
18
Mar

Prairie Motor Sports under new ownership


Rod and Manette Hall are the new owners of Prairie Motor Sports in Prairie du Chien. They will be selling and servicing mainly Kawasaki and CFMoto UTVs, ATVs, jet skis and motorcycles. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

New owners took over Prairie Motor Sports on Jan. 1, and this week, they will officially celebrate with an open house March 15-23. 

Rod and Manette Hall, who also own Rod’s Ride On Powersports in La Crosse, purchased the business on La Pointe Street in Prairie du Chien, from Erich and Meghan Welter, who owned and operated it for 15 years. They will continue selling Kawasaki side-by-sides/UTVs and ATVs but have brought on jet skis and motorcycles as well. They’re also introducing the brand CFMoto locally. This summer, they hope to offer jet ski rentals. They intend to keep the name, Prairie Motor Sports. 

Mon
18
Mar

Communities proactively prepare for high water, challenging spring ahead

By Correne Martin and Audrey Posten

The combination of snowmelt and rainfall is causing flooding along the Mississippi and Kickapoo Rivers. The typical high water communities in southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa are on alert and proactively preparing for a projected 17.7-foot crest of the Mississippi, at McGregor, starting early Thursday, March 21. The Kickapoo crested Saturday morning more than 2 feet above flood stage, at 15.54 feet, in Gays Mills.

Thu
14
Mar

Birch bark canoe loaned


Prairie du Chien city employees Mike Anthony, Todd Clanton and Rich Stovey worked carefully to install an authentic birch bark canoe at the Tourist Information Center March 11. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Editor's note: This article includes additional information than what was published in our Wednesday, March 13, issue.

 

By Correne Martin

A traditional Ojibwe birch bark ceremonial canoe, donated to the Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum in Spooner by Rochelle Lamm in 2017, is being loaned to the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce for display at the local Travel Wisconsin Welcome Center for two years.

Thu
14
Mar

Bagley man arrested for methamphetamine possession

On March 11, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 Unit initiated a traffic stop on a 2008 GMC Acadia being operated by Jason Udelhofen, 41, Bagley, in the township of Freeman. During the course of the traffic stop, the deputy observed Udelhofen to be exhibiting several indicators of the use of controlled substances. 

Udelhofen was asked to step out of the vehicle, at which time he attempted to conceal a small plastic bag containing several grams of crystal substance from the deputy. The bag was seized and later field tested positive for methamphetamine. A glass smoking device with brunt white residue was located in the vehicle. 

Wed
13
Mar

PdC Police promote new sergeant, lieutenant resigns


Tara Henry’s parents pinned her new sergeant badge on after she was promoted to the position.

By Correne Martin

A new sergeant has taken her position at the Prairie du Chien Police Department, while some other shuffling has happened within the department, including two key resignations. 

Tara Henry, who has worked for the department for over 10 years, was officially promoted to sergeant March 6, based on the approval of the city’s police and fire commission. 

The commission also accepted, at the same meeting, the resignations of Lieutenant Terry Sprosty and Officer Tony Berg. Sprosty, whose last day will be March 19, has dedicated over 20 years of his career toward serving the Prairie du Chien community. 

Wed
13
Mar

Local and area contractors say they have not been paid for work done on Lawler School Lofts


The former St. Mary’s Academy and Wyalusing Academy main building has been converted into Lawler School Lofts, a 40-unit apartment complex.

 

Commonwealth Development says they will make 

payments when due and consistent with legal obligations

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
11
Mar

New county health educator focuses on vaping, other programs


Vaping devices are being manufactured to look like flash drives or other computer related devices.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The new Crawford County Health Educator began her duties on Feb. 11 and has been assessing the health education needs of the county in order to help prepare programs.

Mon
11
Mar

Come on out and be ‘Irish for the day’: Wisconsin’s ‘tourism queen’ will be parade grand marshal


Courier Press file photo

The grand marshal for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is Stephanie Klett—the former Wisconsin Secretary of Tourism (2011-2018), longtime Discover Wisconsin host and 1992 Miss Wisconsin—who announced last week she’ll start in April as the CEO of Visit Lake Geneva. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Celebrate the green in Prairie du Chien on Saturday, March 16, at the 26th annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Sponsored by the chamber of commerce, the parade will kick off the fun along the packed streets of the downtown at 10 a.m. A continuous stream of entrants will share the shenanigan spirit, tossing out candy, beads, trinkets and other goodies—even potatoes have been doled out in recent years. 

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. 

St. Patrick himself will lead the parade, followed by this year’s royalty. 

Mon
11
Mar

City receives $250,000 state grant to support development of hotel


Joining Waterfront Hotel entrepreneurs Brian and Brittany Nichols (far right) for the announcement of the $250,000 WEDC Community Development Investment Grant were (from left) WEDC Regional Economic Development Director Mark Tallman, 96th Assembly Rep. Loren Oldenburg, WEDC Chief Operating Officer Tricia Braun, Driftless Development President Duane Rogers and Mayor Dave Hemmer. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The city of Prairie du Chien is receiving a $250,000 state grant to fund the construction of the Waterfront Hotel downtown—a $3.8 million project expected to be completed in August. The developers are Brian and Brittany (Sheckler) Nichols, of Sheckler Development LLC.

A Community Development Investment (CDI) Grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will support the three-story, 57-room hotel project, located on Main Street. This new 30,000-square-foot undertaking will help fill a gap in downtown lodging, which was determined by an October 2018 market analysis of Prairie du Chien. 

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