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Ohio Street reconstruction to begin July 1

On Wednesday, July 1, a street and utility project slated to primarily take place on Ohio Street in Prairie du Chien will begin. This project will include the reconstruction of Ohio Street from Blackhawk Avenue to Washington Street. The project will consist of the reconstruction of Ohio Street, work on the Washington Street lift station and the reconstruction of Washington Street.

The reconstruction of Ohio Street will consist of work on 32’ wide asphalt pavement, curb and gutter, 5’ wide sidewalk, concrete driveway aprons to the right of way, sanitary sewer, sanitary laterals, the water main, water services and storm sewer.

The work on the Washington Street lift station will include the complete replacement of the lift station and force main. The new station will be located about 30’ west of the existing lift station.

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Jun

Teen escapes injury in crash

On Tuesday, June 9, at 8:30 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle rollover crash on Trout Creek Road approximately two tenths of a mile east of Pansy Lane in the township of Clayton.

Baylee J. Grimsled, 16, of Soldiers Grove, was traveling west on Trout Creek Road when she lost control of her 2001 Chrysler Concorde due to the loose gravel in the roadway. Grimsled lost control, went into the north side shoulder, over corrected, crossed both lanes of travel and struck the embankment causing the vehicle to overturn.

Grimsled claimed no injuries from the crash but was transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital for a medical evaluation. The vehicle sustained severe damage and was towed from the scene by Sleepy Hollow Towing.
Assisting the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department were North Crawford Rescue Squad, Soldiers Grove Fire Department and Sleepy Hollow Towing.

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Jun

Walk With (Mrs.) Walker June 23 at Wyalusing

Wisconsin’s First Lady Tonette Walker will be at Wyalusing State Park on Tuesday, June 23, for a Walk With Walker event, and the public is invited to take part. Sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce, Mrs. Walker will arrive around 10 a.m.

Everyone is asked to park around the Peterson Shelter, where a welcoming ceremony will take place at 10:15 a.m. Remarks will be made by Walker, Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett and Chamber Director Bob Moses. The park will have staff directing everyone to the shelter that morning.

From the Peterson Shelter, participants will take the guided walk down to the Sentinel Ridge Trail and head south to Green Cloud Picnic Area and the Passenger Pigeon Monument. If time permits, all will travel the loop around the Indian mounds and then back to the Peterson Shelter. The walk will be close to two miles in length.

Water, apples and granola bars will be provided at the event.

Mon
15
Jun

Car flips several times in OWI crash

On Sunday, June 7, at approximately 2:37 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle crash on Highway 18, three tenths of a mile east of Ward Road in the township of Bridgeport.  

Marsha M. Scott, 29,  of Bloomington, was operating a 1999 Buick LeSabre eastbound on Highway 18 when she lost control of the vehicle. Scott’s vehicle crossed the centerline and entered the westbound lane of traffic. The vehicle then hit the ditch on the west side of the roadway and flipped approximately three or four times. The vehicle came to rest facing westbound on its roof.

A vehicle following Scott called 911 to report the accident. The witness stated that Scott was traveling at a high rate of speed before the accident.

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15
Jun

PdC Plan Commission approves Leisure Time outdoor seating area upgrade


Since gaining approval for the outdoor seating area, Leisure Time has been busy laying the groundwork for the new expansion. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

A meeting of the City of Prairie du Chien Plan Commission was held on Tuesday, June 2, at City Hall in Prairie du Chien.

The major item on the table during the meeting was the approval of an addition to the Leisure Time Sports Bar and Bowl on Marquette Road. Leisure Time was requesting a Conditional Use Permit to expand their existing conditional use (tavern/bowling alley) in a B-2 Highway Commercial Zoning District for purposes of a fenced outdoor seating area.

The permit they were seeking would not permit outdoor music without further review and approval by the Planning Commission.

The motion for approval was made by Tom Nelson and seconded by Dan Key. The approval for the initial permit was unanimously approved.

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15
Jun

Aquatic invasive species coordinator advises to ‘Inspect, Remove, Drain and Never Move’

By Ted Pennekamp

The Crawford County Land Conservation Department has a new person in its office in the County Administrative Building in Prairie du Chien.

Ben Wegleitner is an aquatic invasive species coordinator with the Southwest Badger Resource Conservation and Development Council. Ben will be working to control aquatic invasive species in Crawford, Vernon, La Crosse, Richland and Sauk counties.

“Crawford County’s Land Conservation Department has been one of our partners in the last few years,” said Ben. “Dave Troester (County Conservationist) has been a big help.” Ben noted that Southwest Badger and the Land Conservation Department have helped each other out on various invasive species control efforts, including efforts to get rid of Japanese hops at sites within the county.

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15
Jun

PdC School District considers possible referendum to assist with costs

The Prairie du Chien Public School has been discussing and exploring facility options for years. Prairie du Chien is only one of a few schools that has not gone to referendum to ask for the ability to increase the allowed revenue limit per student. Because of this, the school has been locked in at a low revenue limit level that is far below the average school. District Administrator Drew Johnson stated, “The school has made many cuts over the past years to stay within the revenue as allowed, but there are no more places to cut.”

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Jun

After 58 years, hospital makes historic move


A total of three inpatients were stabilized and transported, with nurses by their side in ambulances, from the old hospital to the new medical center on Thursday, June 11—moving day for Crossing Rivers Health. Pictured, the last patient left around 8:40 a.m. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Near the operating room nurses station, Crossing Rivers Health and Hawkeye Movers staff work together to unwrap, wipe down, sanitize and put away equipment.

Crossing Rivers staff readies equipment to be arranged in their new home.

Hawkeye Movers crew members arrange a double-door refrigerator in the kitchen at the new Crossing Rivers Health medical center.

Lab workers test their equipment and supplies to make sure they're ready to be used in the new hospital.

By Correne Martin

Plans were first announced in 2011 to build a cutting-edge, new medical facility in Prairie du Chien. The Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital board then decided, after establishing a master faculty plan, that it wasn’t feasible to remodel its 58-year-old Taylor Street facility or add onto it for the 12th time. So land was purchased and sights were set on a new location at 37868 Highway 18, where a grandiose medical center, rebranded Crossing Rivers Health (CRH) in 2014, now welcomes people in from the south side of the community.

After years of preparation, last Thursday, June 11, was a highly-anticipated and precisely-orchestrated day for Crossing Rivers. It was moving day, from the outdated and landlocked old facility to the $50 million, 25-bed, 137,000-square-foot new facility. The three-day move, a majority of which happened Thursday, was something a hospital committee has been planning for about a year and a half.

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Jun

Forever part of the Rendezvous family


Buckskinner Bob Zuidema (left) browses some of the wares at the 2014 Prairie Villa Rendezvous.

Josie Kramer takes her turn at “nails” while Karly Kramer looks on at the Rendezvous last year. (Courier Press file photos)

Lindsey Nolan and Madeline Fisher, of Prairie du Chien, enjoy a unique tug of war Friday afternoon. The girls were evenly matched, with each winning about half the time.

By Addison Mumm

The Rendezvous may bring vendors to the flea market side, but the buckskinners side was the origin of the Prairie Villa Rendezvous. Celebrating the trades between settlers and Native Americans, the Rendezvous originated in 1976, in McGregor, Iowa, where men with similar interests–and only men–drank beer around the fire and enjoyed conversing. The buckskinners, and other campers who dress the part at the Rendezvous, celebrate pre-1840s living with reenactments, sports such as shooting or throwing, and dressing as they did then.

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Jun

Vehicle overturns, man escapes injury

An Iowa man avoided injury in a one-vehicle rollover just north of Prairie du Chien Monday morning, June 8, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

On Monday, at 8:30 a.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of the rollover crash on State Highway 35 at Frederich Street in Prairie du Chien Township.

Benjamin McCready, 29, Clermont, Iowa, was driving a 1994 Dodge Shadow north on Highway 35 when he went onto the right shoulder of the roadway. The vehicle then crashed into a sign post causing the vehicle to overturn in the ditch.

McCready was wearing his seat belt and escaped injury. His vehicle sustained heavy damage a was towed from the scene.

Assisting at the scene were the Bridgeport/Prairie du Chien Fire Department, Tri-State Ambulance, the Prairie du Chien Police Department, the Crawford County Highway Department and Bob’s Towing.

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