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Wed
14
Nov

Hoffman Hall work to be done

By Correne Martin

The council also authorized repair work to be done on the Hoffman Hall north wall and acceptance of a bid from Darold Berger Masonry, of Waukon, Iowa, in the amount of $16,600. The work  would be completed yet under 2017-2018 capital funds, according to Parks and Recreation Director Mike Ulrich. Berger Masonry provided work at the new library and, according to City Planner Garth Frable, the company’s workmanship was excellent and recommended, especially since it is able to do the job still this year.

Sun Environmental Group, of Waukesha, reviewed the issue at Hoffman Hall, finding that the 4-inch face brick veneer wall is out of plumb to a degree that has resulted in a minor safety concern. 

Wed
14
Nov

Scoreboards, bleachers and theater director position topics at school board meeting

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

At the Prairie du Chien School Board meeting Monday night, the board approved of having High School Principal Andy Banasik pursue funding options for the purchase of scoreboards and bleachers for the new, big gymnasium that was part of the $19.7 million facilities upgrade project.

Wed
14
Nov

Satter Building sold at auction

 

County gets $285,750 for 

31 tax delinquent properties

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
14
Nov

County tax levy goes down

 

Equalized property valuation 

is up, so tax rate goes down

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
12
Nov

Disaster Recovery Center reopens in Crawford County for an additional 3 days

A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will reopen on Wednesday, Nov. 14 until Friday, Nov. 16 in Crawford County to help renters, homeowners and businesses in Wisconsin affected by the severe storms and flooding of Aug. 17 through Sept. 14.

The DRC will be located at the Gays Mills Community Center, 16381 Highway 131, Gays Mills. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. all three days. 

At the DRC, representatives from FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration, Wisconsin Emergency Management and other state of Wisconsin agencies will be available to explain disaster assistance programs, answer questions about written correspondence and provide literature about repairs and rebuilding to make homes more flood resistant.

Mon
12
Nov

Crawford County murder told in new book


A posse of searchers found Clara Olson’s body near Rising Sun in 1926.

Pictured is the 1926 burial site and some of the posse that searched for her. Also shown is how it looks today: a depression Larry Scheckel outlined with sticks.

By Correne Martin

Ninety-two years ago, a young woman was tragically murdered in Crawford County. She was pregnant with her lover’s child and the couple planned a secret elopement, when, suddenly, she disappeared. 

This story has the makings of a novel. It happened in 1926 near Rising Sun in the northern part of the county. It was worldwide news at the time, especially for rural Wisconsin. It happened before the Lindbergh kidnapping and murder of 1932, and before the criminal villainy of Baby Face Nelson and Bonnie and Clyde in the 1930s.

Mon
12
Nov

Crawford County youth justice social worker presented state honor


Maura Garrity (center) was given the Wisconsin Juvenile Court Intake Association Recognition Award Sept. 19 at a ceremony at the Kalahari Convention Center. She is pictured with Kathy Quamme, juvenile court worker; son Bob Brinckman; daughter Bridget Brinckman; and Nancy Dowling, register in probate at Crawford County Circuit Court.

Maura Garrity, Crawford County youth justice social worker, received the Wisconsin Juvenile Court Intake Association Recognition Award, Sept. 19, at the Kalahari Convention Center. 

The board of directors for the Wisconsin Juvenile Court Intake Association realizes those who work in the challenging and ever-demanding system of juvenile court services often do so with little recognition for the outstanding service they provide to the agencies and communities in which they serve. With this in mind, the board of directors annually recognizes one of many outstanding WJCIA members, and this year’s recipient was Garrity. 

Mon
12
Nov

‘Fallfire: Eternal’ concludes 15 years of art contest


John Mundt, founder and organizer of Fallfire describes the 15 years of the Prairie du Chien area art contest and the hundreds of creators and artwork that was submitted over the years. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The 15th and final Fallfire art contest concluded with an open house celebrating and opening the exhibit “Fallfire: Eternal,” at the new Prairie du Chien High School performing arts center gallery Saturday, Nov. 10. Thirty-three entrants submitted pieces in four categories: two-dimensional art, photography, written works and other media. Several dozen people attended the exhibit opening, hosted by Fallfire organizer John Mundt.

Mon
12
Nov

Bridging the Gap?


Lance Wamsley (standing) and Keegan Morley of the Badger-Hawkeye Bridge Coalition give a presentation in the Cassville Elementary School gymnasium Wednesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

There was a good crowd to listen to ideas and also give ideas about a bridge across the Mississippi River between Cassville and Guttenberg.

 

Turnout good at meeting for proposed Cassville-Guttenberg bridge

By Ted Pennekamp

 

People filled a good portion of the bleachers in one half the Cassville Elementary School gymnasium on Wednesday night for an informational meeting about the proposed Cassville-Guttenberg bridge.

Wed
07
Nov

Mingle and Jingle while you shop PdC, Marquette, McGregor Nov. 16-17

The Mingle and Jingle downtown shopping promotion in 2017 was such a huge success for Prairie du Chien that organizers have decided to do it again a second year. Join in the fun-filled weekend with lots of great specials and door prizes. Two lucky winners, who visit all participating businesses, will win $150 in gift cards. 

Organizers are happy to announce that McGregor and Marquette area businesses will also be participating this year and, because there are so many businesses on board, Mingle and Jingle will be a two-day event on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17.

This is how the promotion works: 

1) Look for the Red Santa in the window.

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