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Wed
17
Oct

Diggin’ in the Driftless


Students take soil samples and record data in one of the four pits of different soil types on the Mark and Kati Forsythe property on Forst Road north of Prairie du Chien Thursday morning. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Michelle Cliff, a UW-Platteville student from Patch Grove and a former River Ridge student, evaluates and records information about her samples from one of the pits. Cliff finished second in the individual contest.

 

Region 3 Collegiate Soils 

Contest held near Prairie du Chien

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
17
Oct

County board hears about energy efficiency program for businesses as well as Couleecap annual report

 

Sheriff’s union contract a 2.5 percent raise

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Board heard a presentation by Jon Hochkammer about the PACE Program at its regular meeting Tuesday morning. 

Mon
15
Oct

PdC Fire Prevention Program


B.A. Kennedy Elementary School student Korrie Johnson helped lead a 3-year-old kindergarten 9-1-1 chant, with assistance from firefighter Joe Johnson. This was just one of several activities the Prairie du Chien Fire Department presented to the students at BAK, Bluff View and Prairie Catholic schools Oct. 11 during a Fire Prevention Week. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Braxton Bahls was so excited to meet the department’s mascot, Fire Pup, that he just couldn’t go take a seat for the program.

Eva Pitzer, in her fire pup hat, listened intently to the messages the Prairie du Chien Fire Department had for her about fire prevention and fire safety.

Lieutenant Ben Pintz gives B.A. Kennedy students high fives after demonstrating how he gets into his gear before a fire call.

Some of the 3K students at B.A. Kennedy, along with fireman Derek Eastman, practice a “Stop, Drop and Roll” drill, as other members of the department look on.
Mon
15
Oct

‘Buy Nearby’ and support your school Oct. 19-20 through local shopping promotion

By Correne Martin

Support your favorite school and shop for something you desire at this weekend’s We Buy Nearby - Shop for Schools event in downtown Prairie du Chien and McGregor. By making a purchase at any of 15 participating stores Oct. 19-20, a percentage of your expense will be donated to the school of your choice. Schools to pick from include Prairie du Chien public, Prairie du Chien Catholic, Wauzeka-Steuben, Seneca and River Ridge in Wisconsin or MFL Mar-Mac, Clayton Ridge and Central Elkader in Iowa. 

Businesses engaging in this opportunity, and the percentages on purchases they will donate, include:

Prairie du Chien:

Something for Everyone—10 percent

Mon
15
Oct

96th Assembly candidates square off in PdC debate


Loren Oldenburg (R-Viroqua)

Paul Buhr (D-Viroqua)

By Correne Martin

The two candidates for the 96th Wisconsin Assembly district squared off in a one-hour debate Thursday evening, Oct. 11, at the Prairie du Chien City Hall council chambers. Both farmers from Vernon County, Republican Loren Oldenburg and Democrat Paul Buhr pledge to bring a loud voice as well as action back to this district, which encompasses Crawford and Vernon counties and half of Monroe County. 

Republican Lee Nerison has held the 96th Assembly seat since 2005 and is retiring after the coming election. Voters will cast their ballots on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Mon
15
Oct

Satter Building part of Nov. 10 auction


The Satter Building will be part of the Nov. 10 auction for properties that have been foreclosed upon.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Crawford County will be selling the Satter Building property at an auction on Nov. 10 beginning at 10 a.m. at Kramer Real Estate and Auction of Prairie du Chien.

Wed
10
Oct

Crawford County 4th for getting the most value for property taxes

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Budget hearings are coming up for the four school districts in Crawford County as well as the municipalities in the county and with the county board.

Wed
10
Oct

More space improves athletic practice scheduling

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

It was stated at the Prairie du Chien School Board meeting Monday night that due to the increased practice space as part of the school facilities upgrade project, most winter sports practices will be completed by 6 p.m. Also, the gymnastics team will be able to practice in their own school for the first time. Most practices will be for two hours.

Wed
10
Oct

$272,000 in grants received toward Villa Louis Boat Landing project

City listing properties along First Street, including river slough

By Correne Martin

The city of Prairie du Chien recently received a $207,973 Recreational Boating Facilities Grant, and a $65,720 Ready for Reuse Grant to assist in the Villa Louis Boat Landing project on the north end of St. Feriole Island. Community members may begin to see construction happening yet this fall in the area near there, where the National Decorated Metal factory once stood. The work will be to create overflow parking for the boat landing, according to Interim City Administrator Chad Abram.

Wed
10
Oct

PdC man charged with physical abuse

A 43-year-old Prairie du Chien man was charged on Oct. 5 in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of physical abuse of a child - intentionally causing bodily harm, and one count of strangulation and suffocation. In the strangulation and suffocation charge, Butters is accused of squeezing a woman’s throat for several seconds. 

Jeremy Butters faces up to $20,000 in fines and 12 years in prison if convicted of both counts.

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