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Wed
08
Apr

Gilberts, Hayes-Hall now represent whole city on Prairie du Chien council

The Prairie du Chien Common Council will officially be condensed from 12 members to eight by the April 21 council meeting. The new council will consist of six district representatives and two at-large aldermen.

Nate Gilberts and Edward Hayes-Hall, who formerly represented the second and third districts, respectively, ran for election on Tuesday to the new at-large positions. Both were unopposed. Gilberts received 509 votes from the city’s electorate, and Hayes-Hall received 302. The unofficial results also showed 13 votes going for write-ins and 132 being undervotes (no selection made or unclear marking).

A total of 956 voters cast a ballot in this spring Election.

Wed
08
Apr

52 percent vote ‘no’ in River Ridge school facility referendum

Raisbeck, Mumm make school board

By Correne Martin

For the second time in five months, the voters of the River Ridge School District turned down a facility referendum—this time a $9.9 million proposal that would have created one PreK-12 campus at the Patch Grove site and included additions, remodeling and health and security improvements.

In Tuesday’s Spring Election, 731 residents (or 52 percent) voted no, while 668 (or 48 percent) voted yes—a difference of 63 votes. These are unofficial results as of Wednesday morning. Canvassing will be done on Monday.

This referendum was significantly closer upon the final tally than the one held in November, which asked the electorate to approve spending $13 million. In that election, 64 percent of the constituents disagreed with the referendum, while 36 percent voted in favor.

Wed
08
Apr

Dr. Garrity honored with first-ever Legacy Award


Dr. Mike Garrity and his wife Mary Ann, of Prairie du Chien, were among the guests of honor at the World Services of La Crosse’s Citizen Diplomacy Celebration March 26. Dr. Garrity was recognized with the first-of-its-kind Legacy Award for dedicating his life to improving health care, not just for people in Crawford County and St. Clare Health Mission in La Crosse, but also for countless people in Ukraine. (Photos by Annette Mikat of Mikat Public Relations)

Dr. Mike Garrity delivered his acceptance remarks to the crowd after receiving the Legacy Award from World Services. Pictured in the background is Dr. Kermit Newcomer, a retired physician from Gundersen Health System who worked closely with Dr. Garrity in his international work.

Dr. Mike Garrity received the Legacy Award from Sandra McCormick, president and CEO of World Services of La Crosse.

By Correne Martin

“The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.” This quote, from British Conservative politician, writer and aristocrat Benjamin Disraeli, fits perfectly with the health care endeavors Dr. Mike Garrity, of Prairie du Chien, instituted in Ukraine more than a decade ago. On March 26, Garrity was presented the first-ever Legacy Award from World Services of La Crosse for his lifetime achievements in Prairie du Chien, La Crosse and internationally.

Prior to Garrity’s retirement as a family physician from Gundersen-Lutheran (now Gundersen Health System) on Jan. 28, 2000, he was asked by the president of World Services if he would be interested in dedicating a couple weeks of his time and expertise each year toward improving health care in Ukraine. He agreed and, just weeks after his last day on the job, Garrity found himself on a plane to Eastern Europe.

Mon
06
Apr

Sheriff’s deputy intervened with potential crime spree Saturday

A Crawford County Sheriff’s Department deputy intervened with a potential crime spree Saturday, April 4, in Prairie du Chien. His actions not only solved one burglary but they also resulted in the prevention of others as well as the recovery of a stolen vehicle.

According to the sheriff’s department, at 3:25 a.m. Saturday, Deputy Kyle Mezera was patrolling on South Marquette Road when he observed what he felt was a suspicious vehicle parked next to the main entrance of the China Café Restaurant, located at 1224 South Marquette Rd. Mezera drove around the back side of the restaurant, where he then observed a male subject standing outside of the building.

Mon
06
Apr

Ground broken for new True Value store


Store owners, city officials, construction managers and other stakeholders involved in bringing to fruition the new Nelson True Value project on North Marquette Road manned the golden shovels April 1 during the ceremonial groundbreaking at the site. Plans are for the store to be open by October or November 2015. Pictured (from left) are Dan Kanis, Nelson True Value co-owner; Dave Hemmer, mayor; Aaron Kramer, city administrator; Scott Truehl, Friede and Associates co-owner; Duane Rogers, city redevelopment authority; Jacob Kanis, Nelson True Value partner; Mark Brueggen, Nelson True Value general manager; Jeff Behnke, Friede and Associates senior estimator; Marvin Bengtson, Friede and Associates project superintendent; Bob Standorf, chairman of the city redevelopment authority; Bob Moses, chamber of commerce CEO/president; Bob McDonald, Prairie du Chien Economic Development Corporation president; Steve Shulfer, Shulfer Architects CEO; and Gina Keenan, DNR remediation and redevelopment agent. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A retail project that’s been 10 years in the making finally broke ground last week in Prairie du Chien. Nelson True Value will relocate to a new state-of-the-art store on North Marquette Road upon its completion in October/November 2015. The site is located just north of Walgreens.

During the groundbreaking Wednesday afternoon, April 1, Owner Dan Kanis talked about the excitement of the day.

“This is overwhelming. I didn’t expect so many people here,” he said, acknowledging the 100 or so in attendance, including his family, business representatives and area citizens. “It shows how much of a community effort this really was. We’ve been at the same location for the past 40-plus years. There’s a little bit of emotion today, but we’re extremely excited to relocate and to be here on Marquette Road.”

Mon
06
Apr

Vest-A-Dog memorial donation given to sheriff’s department


The family of the late Kevin May, who passed away in December, recently provided a donation to Crawford County Sheriff’s Department in his honor. The near $1,000 contribution was used toward purchasing a bullet- and stab-proof vest for K9 Officer Breck. The family is pictured with members of the sheriff’s department (front, from left): Sheriff Dale McCullick, mom Betty May, Austin May, Cadence May, Hailey May, Carolyn May, Deputy Joe Breeser and K9 Officer Breck, and dad Patrick May; (back) brothers Jon May, Brian May and Jason May, and friend and retired longtime sheriff’s department officer Jerry Barrette. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Longtime Prairie du Chien resident Kevin May passed away Dec. 16 at the young age of 38. The way he lived his life with compassion and a strong motivation to help others will continue to make an impact on Crawford County for many years.

On Friday, Kevin’s parents, brothers and other family members met with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K9 team, Deputy Joe Breeser and K9 Officer Breck, the recipient of a bullet- and stab-proof vest from Wisconsin Vest-A-Dog, in Kevin’s memory. The family donated nearly $1,000 to cover the cost of the new gear.

Mon
06
Apr

New downtown business


Patrick Igou and Ryan Fox welcome one and all to their new downtown Prairie du Chien establishment “The Tavern.”

 

‘The Tavern’ opens in downtown Prairie du Chien

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A new business has recently opened in downtown Prairie du Chien in the former Fort Crawford Hotel building. “The Tavern” first opened its doors on Saturday, March 28 and has been welcoming customers ever since into its rustic, down-to-earth atmosphere. 

Thu
02
Apr

Prairie du Chien School Board election

 

Seven candidates vie for Prairie du Chien School Board

There are seven candidates for the Prairie du Chien Board of Education election on April 7.

Candidates will vie for four seats on the board. The term of office for three of the seats will be three years beginning April 2015 and going through April 2018. The term of office for the completion of the unfilled term for Tracy Morovits-Feye is one year beginning April 2015 and running through April 2016. The top four vote-getters will be elected. The fourth-place candidate will be elected to the one-year term.

Wed
01
Apr

New Fellowship Hall


It is hoped that the new 7,000-square-foot Community Fellowship Hall being constructed next to St. John’s Catholic Church will be completed in the fall.

 

New Community Fellowship Hall 

being constructed next to St. John’s

By Ted Pennekamp

 

As anyone traveling along the 700 block of S. Wacouta Avenue would have noticed, there will soon be a big, new Community Fellowship Hall next to St. John’s Catholic Church. 

Wed
01
Apr

Prairie du Chien Common Council will be reduced to 8 members after election

By Correne Martin

The time has come for the Prairie du Chien Common Council to be reduced in size, from 12 members to eight. The new council will be composed of six aldermen representing the city’s six individual wards and two at-large aldermen. Three current members are bowing out from their seats, one vacant seat is simply going away, and two other current members will be named on the spring election ballot Tuesday, April 7 for the at-large positions.

“Last spring, it was determined that the six seats up for election, in the next city election following the vote to downsize, would be discontinued,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer explained, “and two citywide, at-large positions would be created.”

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