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02
Nov

Substantial personal donation given for new library


Sue Tiller, of Tiller’s Furniture in Prairie du Chien, donated $50,000 last week to the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library fundraising campaign. She is shown seated in one of two chairs she and her siblings donated to the library in 1999 in honor of the 50th anniversary of her parents, Franklin and Patricia Tiller. Also pictured are Library Director Nancy Ashmore (back, left) and Library Board President Linda Munson. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Prairie du Chien’s Memorial Library Capital Campaign received a generous personal donation of $50,000 from Major Sue Tiller.

Earlier this year, the city announced a $1.5 million Capital Campaign to match a $1.5 million contribution to the project by the common council. The project, estimated at $3 million, is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2017.

“I remember walking, so many times, straight down Minnesota Street to the library, and then coming home with all my many borrowed treasures,” said Tiller, a local business leader, proud 20-year Army veteran and past president of the Friends of the Library. “I was introduced to so much growing up from the library but, most of all, I remember how safe and warm I felt just being there, reading there, among all the books. So, I can’t think of a better place to give support to than our little library, because it’s time to make it even bigger and better.”

Mon
02
Nov

PdC School Board asks residents to submit survey regarding facilities upgrades

Survey questions published in Monday’s Courier Press (Nov. 2)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Though the Prairie du Chien Schools Advisory Task Force Community Meetings have recently concluded, the Prairie du Chien Board of Education still has more information gathering and planning to do. 

Mon
02
Nov

Burgess in Book


Prairie du Chien’s Phil Burgess holds a copy of “Stromatolites: Ancient, Beautiful, and Earth-Altering.” (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Local rock collector part of new book

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A Prairie du Chien rock collector is featured in a new book “Stromatolites: Ancient, Beautiful, and Earth-Altering.” 

Wed
28
Oct

Prairie du Chien School Budget

 

Prairie du Chien Public 

School tax rate is the same 

despite $334,264 drop in state aid

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
28
Oct

Anytime Fitness coming

Anytime Fitness is coming to Prairie du Chien. Josh Blietz, franchisee, signed a lease for a 4,900-square-foot space for the new gym at Riverside Square. Construction will begin immediately, as the target date for the club’s grand opening is after the first of the year.

“Our gym will be small enough that we can provide personalized attention for all of our members,” Blietz said. “Whether weight-loss is your goal, or increased strength or improved balance and flexibility—or a combination—we’re committed to helping you acheive those goals.”

For the most up-to-date information on this coming business, find Anytime Fitness-Prairie du Chien, WI on Facebook.

Anytime Fitness will be staffed roughly eight hours a day, but members can access the club whenever they like—even during unstaffed hours—using a computerized key-fob system.

At the new club, members will have full use of top-quality equipment and amenities, including:

Wed
28
Oct

Stark joins over 130 Midwest builders in representing Wick Buildings


Kent Stark (right), of K Starky Enterprises, constructed the Valley Fish and Cheese store on Iowa Street in 2004, which was eventually named Building of the Year by Wick Buildings. Stark is getting back into the business as a builder for Wick. He is pictured with Mike Valley at the former Building of the Year. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Kent Stark, of K Starky Enterprises, dba Stark Engineering, in Prairie du Chien, recently graduated from the Wick Buildings Builder Orientation School, and has joined over 130 builders in the Midwest who proudly represent Wick Buildings. Stark completed a session Oct. 13-15 at the Wick Buildings headquarters in Mazomanie to learn about high quality post-frame engineering and construction techniques, as well as building systems for the professional builder.

“Our builders are learning the best practices in pre-engineered post-frame construction and customer service to ensure that buyers are getting the maximum value for every dollar they spend,” said Jeff Farquhar, president and general manager of Wick Buildings.

Wed
28
Oct

Cattle struck by vehicle

On Saturday, Oct. 24, at  10:52 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of an accident that took place on Oct. 23 at 10:45 p.m.

A 2004 Jeep Liberty owned and operated by Sandy Gillespie, 55, of Ferryville, was westbound on County B near Dog Hollow Road.

Weather conditions were foggy. Several black Angus ran onto the highway and were struck. There were no injuries.

The vehicle had moderate damage and was driven from the scene by the operator.

The owner of the cattle could not be determined.

The accident remains under investigation.

Wed
28
Oct

Car blocks intersection

On Saturday, Oct. 24, at approximately 12:45 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle crash on State Highway 35 at State Highway 82 in the township of Freeman.  

A 1997 Honda was southbound on Highway 35 attempting to turn onto Highway 82. The vehicle struck the guardrail on the south side of Highway 82. The vehicle had severe damage and was left blocking the intersection. It is unknown at this time who the driver of the vehicle was. The owner of the vehicle has been identified. This crash remains under investigation.

Wed
28
Oct

De Soto gas station burglarized

On Oct. 24, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a break in at the Pronto gas station in De Soto. The caller stated that the glass entrance door to the Pronto had been broken open. The caller advised that a brick was thrown through the window. It is estimated that $195 was taken from the business. This occurred between the hours of 10 p.m. on Oct. 23 and 1:27 a.m. on Oct. 24.

Wed
28
Oct

Vehicle strikes guardrails

On Monday, Oct. 19, at 4:13 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a disabled vehicle on State Highway 60 near Hummingbird Lane in the township of Wauzeka. It was reported that the vehicle was stopped in the middle of the westbound lane of traffic.

The driver was Jessica H. Leprich, 27, of Richland Center. Leprich was operating a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier when she lost control of the vehicle and struck a guardrail on Highway 60 near Georgetown Road.

Leprich drove for another 95 yards off the north shoulder before she got the vehicle back on the roadway. Next, the vehicle crossed both lanes of traffic and struck the guardrail on the south side of the roadway.

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