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Wed
13
Jan

House fire re-ignites in PdC

Two drivers run over water hoses

On Sunday, Jan. 10, at approximately 9 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Fire Department responded to 329 S. Wacouta Ave. for a house fire.

The fire is believed to have started due to electrical problems that began in the walls of the bathroom on the second floor and went up into the attic before going down to the first floor.
There were no injuries as a result of the fire.

The fire department was on the scene for approximately 2.5 hours.

During the fire, a private vehicle ran over and got hung up on a 5-inch diameter hose that was full of water.

The fire re-ignited on Monday morning at about 10 a.m. and the fire department was once again called to the scene. Firefighters remained on the scene for about three hours.

As a result of the fire, there was quite a bit of damage to the interior walls of the house.

Wed
13
Jan

$25,000 in anonymous donations contributed to animal shelter effort

Decision on shelter’s design expected by spring

 

Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter ended 2015 on a very high note. Two generous donors, both of whom wish to remain anonymous, made substantial donations to the hard-working, non-profit organization tasked with raising funds for a desperately needed animal shelter in the Prairie du Chien area.

A donation of $10,000 was received in mid-December. The second gift of $15,000 was received just before Christmas. Receipt of these two donations brings the total in the group’s bank accounts to $290,000. These donations will put the organization even closer to a functioning shelter in the not-so-distant future.

Last year, RABAS’ building committee visited a number of animal shelters to gather ideas and talk with shelter managers. The committee, with Don Iverson and Paula Gutzmer at its helm, hopes to have a decision on the shelter design by this spring as well as an estimate of construction costs.

Wed
13
Jan

Powerball tickets to paradise

Chances of winning the $1.5 billion grand prize Powerball Wednesday night might only be one in 292.2 million. But, the jackpot is the largest lottery prize in U.S. history and anyone can dream, right? Regular lottery players as well as new hopefuls have been flocking to retail establishments to purchase their tickets since learning that nobody won Saturday’s jackpot. At Kwik Trip North, in Prairie du Chien, an employee said Powerball sales there by mid-day Wednesday were nonstop. "I hope somebody wins it tonight," she said. "It's getting ridiculous." She added that employees have had to assist the majority of customers who have elected to choose their own numbers, as many were not familiar with the process. Admittedly a novice in the lottery, Chasity Allen, of Bloomington, bought nine Quick-Picks at Krachey’s BP in Prairie du Chien Tuesday afternoon. “I’ve never done this before,” she told the clerk.

Wed
13
Jan

Municipal airport getting a new $1.06M terminal


These preliminary architectural drawings, by MSA Professional Services, depict two different views of the new $1.06 million terminal slated for Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport in 2016.

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport is getting a $1.06 million terminal in 2016.

The age of the old terminal is not known, but the Federal Aviation Administration feels it has reached its life expectancy, according to City Administrator Aaron Kramer.

“The mechanicals are inefficient and the technology has become inferior,” he said.

Kramer explained that every so often, the city adopts a seven-year plan for its airport. One such plan was last drawn up in 2013.

“The first thing that came up was the condition of the terminal,” he stated, “as well as new equipment, the runway and the fencing.”

The original budget for the project, from May 2015, was $919,000. But, in November, the budget grew to $1.06 million, of which the city is required to provide 9 percent. The new building, at 2,264 square feet, is larger than the existing space.

Wed
13
Jan

PdC Gymnastics Team


Caitlin Nolan of the Prairie du Chien-Fennimore gymnastics team performs on the balance beam against visiting Southwestern Monday night in the Bluff View gym.

Jesse Gutknecht of the Prairie du Chien-Fennimore gymnastics team enjoys her uneven parallel bars routine in the Bluff View gym on Parents Night against Southwestern Monday night. (Photos by Rose Ziel)

Madyson Boxrucker competes in the floor exercise Monday night at Bluff View.

Sarah-Kate Kenney performs on the uneven parallel bars Monday night.
Wed
13
Jan

School Facilities Upgrades

 

Prairie du Chien School 

District may seek up to $18.4 million in facilities upgrades

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien School Board heard a presentation by FEH Design of Dubuque about the possible referendum for school facilities upgrades at the board’s regular meeting Monday night. 

Tue
12
Jan

Clyde “Bud” Willard

 

Clyde “Bud” Willard, 91, of Prairie du Chien passed away Monday, Jan. 11, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor.  

Tue
12
Jan

Herman Wachter

 

 Herman Wachter, 91, of Woodman, died on Monday evening Jan. 11, at the Fennimore Good Samaritan Society. 

Herman was born on June 2, 1924 in Midland, S. D. to Herman and Mertie (Kaiser) Wachter. He married Bernadine Freymiller on Oct. 20, 1946 in Prairie du Chien. 

Tue
12
Jan

Patti A. Harvat

 

Patti A. Harvat, 52, of Wauzeka, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 10, at Crossing Rivers Health Care in Prairie du Chien, surrounded by her family.

She was born on March 26, 1963 in Boscobel. The daughter of Dale and Bette (Ward) Curtis. She married Patrick Harvat on June 19, 1982 in Boydtown. 

Mon
11
Jan

The best things in life come in small ‘pink’ packages


Josh and Danielle Snyder welcomed their firstborn, a daughter, Kinsley Olivia, on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at 1:45 a.m. She was 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and measured 19 inches long. The happy couple and baby Kinsley were all ready for their first photoshoot as a family of three by early last Wednesday afternoon. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Sweet, tiny and tranquil, with a full head of dark hair, Kinsley Olivia Snyder was the first baby of 2016 born at Crossing Rivers Health medical center in Prairie du Chien.

By Correne Martin

When a happy couple welcomes a healthy, firstborn child into the world, the moment is as endearing and glorious as any miracle imaginable. Those incomparable emotions were evident on the beaming faces of the young Prairie du Chien couple who delivered the New Year’s baby at Crossing Rivers Health on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

With her warm, smooth complexion and full head of dark hair, Kinsley Olivia was born to Josh and Danielle Snyder at 1:45 a.m. under the watchful eye of Dr. Robert Key, of Mayo Clinic, Prairie du Chien. She weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and measured 19 inches long. They were the first of numerous families who filled Crossing Rivers’ birthing suite last week.

Kinsley was the very first grandbaby on Danielle’s side of the family and the first granddaughter for Josh’s family. Grandparents include Shelley Buss, of Cedarville, Ill., Kevin and Donna Buss, of Davis, Ill., and Scott and Crystal Snyder, of Manistique, Mich.

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