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Wed
06
Sep

PdC Woman Helps Texas Friend


Kathleen Kalina

Jo Arispe’s trailer was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. (Photo submitted)

Jo Arispe bringing Daisy to rehab to see Kathleen Kalina while Kathleen was recovering from a stroke in Rockport, Texas in May of 2016. (Photo submitted)

 

Local woman helping her friend, a Hurricane Harvey victim

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A Prairie du Chien woman is helping out in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey with more than just donations. Kathleen Kalina is helping to get her friend, Jo Arispe, to Prairie du Chien from Rockport, Texas and is also aiding in finding Arispe a place to live at Rivercrest Villages, an apartment complex. 

Fri
01
Sep

Shooting Near Mount Hope Updated

 

45-year-old suspect 

shot to death by Grant County deputy

DCI continues to investigate

Wed
30
Aug

Chinese Musicians Coming to Prairie du Chien


The five members of Manhu play such instruments as Sani bamboo flute, leaf, moon lute, xianzi, moon lute percussion and others. (Contributed photo)

 

Chinese musical group to have 

residency and perform in Prairie du Chien

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A group of musicians from China will be the first of four cultural programs sponsored by Arts Midwest World Fest that will perform in Prairie du Chien over the next two school years. 

Wed
30
Aug

Council gives Regals three-week extension

New alderperson sworn in, fire chief position being advertised

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council conducted a short, special meeting Tuesday night, Aug. 29, to take care of a couple of items of important business.

Representatives for the Dennis Regal family requested a two-to three-week extension to the legally-determined eviction date of Aug. 31, at which time the family was supposed to have its personal belongings and buildings removed from the city-owned marina premises. Due to an accident in late July, resulting in Dennis Regal Jr. having his left leg amputated, they appealed to the council for a bit more time to fulfill the duties. According to City Administrator Art Osten, the council decided to grant a three-week extension from Aug. 31, thus giving them until Sept. 21 for complete removal.

Wed
30
Aug

PdC chamber highlights its functions as Chamber of Commerce Month begins


The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed and hosted Stephanie Klett and her Travel Wisconsin tourism team while they spent several days in Prairie du Chien in early June. The purpose of the visit was for the 20-plus person team to visit, learn and understand the destinations in the area that they commonly promote via Travel Wisconsin. Klett is pictured with PdC chamber CEO Bob Moses in front of the chamber office and tourism information center. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

What does the Chamber of Commerce do for the community?

According to a proclamation declaring September Chamber of Commerce Month, signed by Gov. Scott Walker, this organization provides a variety of services to its business members, including advocacy and economic development. The proclamation says chambers also:

•promote tourism, community events and prosperity,

•advertise in print, radio and TV across the tri-states, from Green Bay and Milwaukee, to the Quad Cities and Chicago, to La Crosse and farther up the Mississipppi,

•work to solve critical economic challenges, including the labor shortage,

•encourage entrepreneurship,

•solve problems with the unique ability to work with stakeholders from both the private and public sectors,

•and, in general, make the community a better place to live, work and play.

Wed
30
Aug

Prairie man charged with meth possession

A 40-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine.  Christopher Fernette faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, during a narcotics investigation, Prairie du Chien police made contact with Fernette and he consented to police entering his residence. The officers observed several syringe needle caps in his bedroom, the complaint said. The officers also saw other items consistent with drug paraphernalia. During a search of Fernette’s bedroom, the officers seized a clear plastic container with meth inside.

Wed
30
Aug

Man gets 4th OWI charge

A 53-year-old Gays Mills man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fourth offense). Larry Paul Blaha faces up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a Wisconsin state trooper stopped the Blaha vehicle because he was not wearing a seat belt and the vehicle had a cracked windshield. During the traffic stop, Blaha was arrested for OWI.

Wed
30
Aug

Local woman accused of cocaine possession

An 18-year-old Prairie du Chien woman has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of cocaine, one count of possession of marijuana and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Goldie L. Farmer faces up to $6,500 in fines and one year and seven months in jail, if convicted of all three counts. According to the criminal complaint, during a traffic stop, Prairie du Chien police discovered a baggie of marijuana and a baggie of cocaine in the vehicle Farmer was driving.

Wed
30
Aug

Woman charged with stealing car

A 31-year-old Onalaska woman has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent.

Heather Wangen faces up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Prairie du Chien police received a call about a vehicle being stolen from the McDonald’s parking lot. A woman was sitting in McDonald’s when she saw Wangen get into her vehicle, start it up and drive away. The vehicle had been unlocked and the keys were in the cup holder.

A short time later, the vehicle was stopped by police on South Marquette Road. Wangen admitted to police that she had used methamphetamine earlier in the day and didn’t feel good. She said she looked around for a car with keys in it so she could drive herself to the hospital.

Wed
30
Aug

McGregor, Wauzeka celebrating Labor Day with plenty of activities

By Audrey Posten and Correne Martin

McGregor will host its annual Labor Day parade Saturday, Sept. 2.

The McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce board members have selected this year’s theme: McGregor Strong.

Saturday’s parade will begin at 11 a.m., traveling down Main Street toward the river. Line up will begin at 10 a.m., at the middle school. Individuals, organizations and businesses are still welcome to participate. Contact the chamber for more information.

While you’re waiting for the parade to begin, stop by Triangle Park. The McGregor Ecumenical Church Council will be selling coffee and sweet rolls from 9 a.m. to noon. All proceeds will go toward tornado relief efforts.
After the parade, stick around downtown McGregor for a jazz music performance in Triangle Park.

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