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12
Mar

St. Patrick’s Day parade, festivities March 17


Stacy Polodna (back row, left) will be this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade grand marshal. Pictured with his family, he was a member of the Prairie du Chien Police Department since 1999, before retiring in 2017 due to health reasons. (Photo by Lindsey Ludvik Photography)

St. Patrick himself will lead the parade on March 17 in downtown Prairie du Chien, where there will be no lack of green or Irish spirit. (Courier Press file photo)

Kids and adults alike are bound to bring out their inner leprechaun for the St. Patty’s Day celebration this Saturday. (Courier Press file photo)

Celebrate the green in Prairie du Chien on Saturday, March 17, as the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The fun begins along the packed streets of the beautiful, historic downtown, as the parade kicks off at 10 a.m. The seemingly never-ending stream of entrants will be led by Prairie du Chien’s own St. Patrick, followed by this year’s royalty. 

The grand marshal for the 2018 parade is Stacy Polodna. Layne and Susan David will preside as this year’s king and queen of the parade. 

All parade participants are asked to assemble on St. Feriole Island, beginning at 9 a.m. The parade will start from the island and go east on Blackhawk Avenue, then north on Michigan Street and back to the island. 

Wed
07
Mar

CWD Response Plan

 

Wisconsin DNR 

announces updated 

CWD Response Plan

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Wisconsin DNR has recently announced its updated Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Response Plan. 

Wed
07
Mar

Decoding the Driftless


Tim Jacobson adjusts the GoPro camera on the helmet of John Howe in 2016. Howe is the executive director of the Raptor Resource Project. (Photo by David Noble)

 

Rough cut of Decoding the Driftless completed

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Filming for a natural history documentary about the Driftless Region began in 2016 and was also done in the Prairie du Chien and Bagley areas this past June. The project has since come a long way.

Wed
07
Mar

Boy injured when kicked in head by horse

On March 4, at 5:42 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a 911 call about an 11-year-old boy who had been kicked in the head by a horse at 41278 Hilltop Lane in the township of Scott. 

An investigation was conducted and determined the horse was tied up inside a barn on the property. The boy was riding a stand up scooter behind the horse when it became spooked. The horse backed up and kicked, striking the boy in the head above his right eye. The blunt force initially knocked the boy unconscious but he eventually regained consciousness while on scene. 

The boy was transported by Med Flight to UW–Madison. The extent of his injuries are unknown.

Wed
07
Mar

Soldiers Grove fireman named Crawford County Firefighter of the Year


The 2017 Firefighter of the Year John Young (center) accepts the honor from Todd Krachey, Wauzeka Fire Chief and Crawford County Fire Association president (left), and Todd Fischer, Boscobel Fire Chief and Crawford County Fire Association vice president. (Submitted photo)

The 2017 Crawford County Firefighter of the Year award was recently awarded to John Young, of the Soldiers Grove Fire Department. 

Young is one of the department’s most senior members. He’s served as a Soldiers Grove firefighter for over 53 years.

He and his family moved to Soldiers Grove in 1955. He was instrumental in starting the dental clinic and still-operating Kickapoo Valley Medical Clinic. He was involved in the beginning of the North Crawford Rescue Squad in 1972. 

Wed
07
Mar

Public hearing set for city of PdC water rate increase

The Prairie du Chien Common Council’s Tuesday night meeting involved a number of informational items as well as some technicalities to approve.

First, it was noted that a public hearing regarding a probable water rate increase is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, at 10 a.m., in conference room no. 2 at city hall. The city has filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to increase the water rates. According to a notice to water customers, the increase is necessary due to a 54.61 percent increase in gross plant investment and a 31.99 percent increase in operating expenses since the last water rate case was completed in 2009.

Wed
07
Mar

Improvements to be made at Villa Louis Boat Landing, nearby railroad crossing

By Correne Martin

Improvements lay ahead for the Villa Louis Boat Landing in Prairie du Chien. As part of the project, the adjacent railroad crossing at North Water Street will become publicly designated, according to an Office of the Commissioner of Railroads (OCR) decision made on the city’s petition to create these changes.

According to a final decision document, Wisconsin and Southern Railroad (WSOR) and the city of Prairie du Chien will work together to upgrade the crossing. Though, all construction costs will be the city’s responsibility to pay or reimburse to WSOR.

The city owns, operates and maintains the Villa Louis Boat Landing on the west side of the tracks.

Wed
07
Mar

Achievements create bee-autiful academic ‘Storie’


Storie Recker, an eighth grade student at Seneca Schools, has earned her way to both the state spelling and geography bee competitions, for the third consecutive year. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Seneca eighth grader Storie Recker is creating quite a story for herself in academics. 

For the third consecutive year, Storie has won not only the local spelling bee, but also the sectional spelling bee—meaning she’ll compete at the Wisconsin State Scripps National Spelling Bee, this year, for the third time. 

As if that isn’t enough of an accomplishment, she’s achieved an incredible three-peat in National Geographic Bee contests as well, having won the local and sectional geography bees for three years in a row. Yet again, she’s earned her spot in the state geography bee this year. 

Mon
05
Mar

Prairie du Chien Coach Paul Bebow leaves lasting legacy


Coach Paul Bebow was a motivator and an inspiration to many.

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Former Prairie du Chien High School Coach Paul Bebow was an inspiration and a motivator for many students during his coaching and teaching career.

Mon
05
Mar

Donation equips all Prairie du Chien squads with less-lethal beanbag shotguns


Duane, Misty and Kirsten Rogers, of Prairie du Chien, recently made a donation to the Prairie du Chien Police Department that has equipped all of the department’s squad cars with less-lethal 12 gauge shotguns that shoot beanbag rounds. (Submitted photos)

The Prairie du Chien Police Department now has all of its squad cars equipped with less-lethal 12 gauge shotguns that shoot beanbag rounds. They are categorized and impact munitions and are the equivalent of using a baton, but at a greater distance. 

The purchase and upgrade to existing equipment was made possible by a financial donation from the Rogers Family—Duane, Misty and Kirsten. Misty attended the department’s 2017 citizens academy and inquired about its less lethal options at that time. When she learned that only Prairie du Chien supervisors were equipped and trained to use the previous options, the Rogers family stepped forward and made this possible. 

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