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Wed
04
Apr

Public listening sessions to focus on Driftless growth

Driftless Development, Inc., the newly-formed area economic development organization in Crawford County, is leading a strategic visioning process called “Forward Together” to facilitate growth and prosperity for the greater Crawford County area. The organization will use a method developed by the Purdue Center for Regional Development called Strategic Doing, which links community networks across organizational and political boundaries to quickly translate ideas into action.

Wed
04
Apr

Hird takes W-S school board position

Mara Hird will be the new Wauzeka-Steuben School District board member, as the district continues discussions of a referendum. 

Hird, a People’s State Bank loan officer, won Tuesday’s spring election with 184 votes, defeating Kathleen Schwartz, a De Soto school teacher, who garnered 138 votes. She will step into the shoes of outgoing board president Bill Marfilius, who lost in February’s primary election.

Hird won the majority vote in all of the district’s wards except two—the town of Eastman, which Schwartz won 23-17, and in the town of Haney, where the women tied. Otherwise, Mara’s victory was secured mostly by the Wauzeka village electorate, which gave her 81 votes over Schwartz’s 49. 

Wed
04
Apr

Incumbent unseated in PdC council Ward 1

New representation will be seated at the Prairie du Chien Common Council first ward chair at future meetings, as a result of Tuesday’s election. Newcomer Nathan Bremmer, a Crawford County Deputy Sheriff, clinched the race with 88 votes, while three-term incumbent, Ron Leys, a retired journalist, received 50 votes, according to city election results. 

Bremmer is a 2005 Prairie du Chien High School graduate. He told the Courier Press last month that, despite having little government politics experience, he has always been greatly interested in the various levels of public policy.

Wed
04
Apr

Morals, humor, action make ‘Robin Hood’ a must-see play


Dylan Skime (center) and Derick Spiller (right) practiced a fight sequence Monday with “Robin Hood” play assistant Jason Tipsword. This year’s spring play at Prairie du Chien High School will be presented April 12-14, at 7 p.m. each night. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Prairie du Chien High School student Derick Spiller attempts a lift under the instruction and on the back of mentor Jason Tipsword inside the Little Theater. Next week’s production of “Robin Hood” will be not only humorous, but action-packed.

By Correne Martin

With more young men involved in the Prairie du Chien High School theater production than anticipated for awhile, “Robin Hood,” and all its merry adventures, was the perfect selection for this year’s spring stage play. Three performances are scheduled for April 12-14, at 7 p.m. each night.

Past assistant and middle school lead director, Dale Hanson is this season’s high school director. He feels play-goers will be enraptured by the show’s humor and the moral of the story of the legendary heroic outlaw who is Robin Hood: Rob from the rich and give to the poor. 

Wed
04
Apr

Incumbents re-elected to Crawford County Board

 

All 17 incumbents on the Crawford County Board of Supervisors won re-election to the board in the April 3 Election. All 17 incumbents ran unopposed. Incumbent Kersten “Rocky” Rocksvold was a write-in candidate.

Wed
04
Apr

Higgins, Peterson, Achenbach elected to PdC School Board

 

One incumbent and two newcomers won election to the Prairie du Chien School Board as a result of the April 3 Election.

Incumbent Lonnie Achenbach, and newcomers Thomas Peterson and Michael Higgins each won three-year terms on the board.

Incumbent Board President Christine Panka, who ran as a certified write-in candidate, was not re-elected. Incumbent Duane Rogers was also defeated.

Wed
04
Apr

Delinquent Property Taxes

 

County making 

strides regarding 

delinquent property taxes

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Crawford County continues to make strides in catching up with resolving its delinquent property tax concerns and attempting to collect those taxes.

Mon
02
Apr

Dancing with the Hawkettes to benefit Rivers and Bluffs shelter, Music Fights Back

The Hawkettes Dance Team is volunteering its off-season time to raise funds for two great organizations. Dancing with the Hawkettes will take place on Sunday, April 15, at the Dousman House in Prairie du Chien. This year’s proceeds from Dancing with the Hawkettes will benefit Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter and the Music Fights Back Foundation.

This year’s Dancing with the Hawkettes will include a dessert auction. Curt Kramer will be the auctioneer. A 50/50 raffle will also be held, benefitting the Hawkettes Dance Team for costumes and competition expenses. 

The roster of dancing partners includes:

•Jade Afroukh and Bjorn Thompson

Mon
02
Apr

It's not a party unless there are horses


The Childrens Ranch in rural Prairie du Chien hosted its annual Easter Party on Saturday. As always, a long line of children formed for the horse rides, which offered each child two sets of rides around the arena. Families also enjoyed painting, petting and getting their pictures taken with horses, like Comet below, as well as the Easter bunny. (Photos by Correne Martin)
Mon
02
Apr

Time to take Fort Crawford Museum Challenge


Kathy Koch grew up in Prairie du Chien and her husband, Gary, met her after college while working at Wyalusing Academy. For years, they’ve invested in the betterment of the Prairie du Chien community. They believe the Fort Crawford Museum’s role in preserving the area’s history is so important that they challenge the public to consider donating to the museum, and they plan to match those contributions up to $3,000. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Museum season is about to begin and Fort Crawford Museum volunteers are challenging the community to help inject more enthusiastic financial support into the site’s revenue stream.

Overseen by the Prairie du Chien Historical Society (PDCHS), Fort Crawford’s 2018 budget is $85,000. Those dollars sustain facility and grounds maintenance, exhibit creation and conservation, collection cataloguing and preservation, and other general operation costs. 

The museum is open seven days a week from May 1 through Oct. 31. 

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