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Wed
20
Mar

City, county administration continue to discuss high water

 By Correne Martin

City of Prairie du Chien administration is continuing to meet with county and local emergency management teams, with a focus on the potential of higher than usual river levels, due to above average winter precipitation and still-frozen ground. 

“We are looking at a crest of 17.7 feet,” City Administrator Chad Abram said Tuesday just after 11 a.m., “and [weather officials] are not even beginning to forecast levels after the winter snowpack melts” on the northern Mississippi River and its tributaries.

As of press time Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service of La Crosse was forecasting a peak of 17.6 feet by late Friday, and expecting it to stay around that level through next Wednesday. 

Wed
20
Mar

Family of 6 loses home in County K fire

On Monday, March 18, around 11:05 a.m., the Rural Bridgeport and Prairie du Chien Fire Department was called to a double wide trailer house on fire, with smoke coming out of the roof, on County K. No one was in the house at the time of the fire. The fire department was on scene for just over an hour.

The Crawford County Salvation Army is assisting the young family who lived there and lost everything in the fire. 

“We are accepting donations to help this family of six out,” stated a post on the Salvation Army’s Facebook page. 

A list of basic needs follows:

•Food and toiletries

•Girls clothes size 4T and size 5

Wed
20
Mar

Pinewood Derby ignites innovation, sportsmanship in local Cub Scouts


2018 Pinewood Derby Cars by second graders

Asher Thomas, Eric Anderson and Tanner Johll were in third grade at the 2018 Pinewood Derby. (Submitted photos)

Bradley Anderson was in second grade at the 2018 Pinewood Derby.

By Correne Martin

The annual Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby will take place Saturday, March 23, at Bluff View School, in Prairie du Chien. The event may be a fast race featuring some pretty cool cars, at first glance, but to the Scouts and their families, it’s much more than that. It’s a chance to build something with their hands alongside a loved one, learn how to graciously win and lose, and delve into STEM principles. 

Mon
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

 

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