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07
May

Pattison Sand commissions new tunnel feeder plant to enhance aggregate production


This new tunnel feeder plant was commissioned at Pattison Sand Company in Clayton, Iowa, to improve quality and response time to the company’s customers, while enhancing its aggregate production as a whole. (Submitted photos)

Pattison Sand Company (PSC) is days away from commissioning a $2.2 million tunnel feeder plant to enhance its aggregate production facility in Clayton, Iowa, while improving quality and response time to customers.

The project has been under development for 16 months. The tunnel feeder idea was born from rapid growth in the company’s aggregate and sand business, resulting in hiring 200 new employees. This brought on new challenges, including a shortage of resources caused by the immediate demand for Pattison’s aggregate materials at its multiple transload sites. This project features a 500-ton-per-hour conveying system that allows Pattison to directly load high quality, dolomitic limestone into rail cars without requiring additional material handling, manpower and equipment. 

Mon
07
May

Freshman earns chance to compete in international HOSA test


Katrina Rodenberg, a freshman HOSA-Future Health Professionals Club member at Prairie du Chien High School, was first in the state in the HOSA behavioral health test. This earned her the right to compete in the international competition in Texas this June, as long as she can raise the funds to travel there. She’s pictured with her medal from the state contest. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A Prairie du Chien High School freshman has realized an academic distinction that could take her to Dallas for further educational competition among her peers internationally. But, to get there, she and her family need to cover at least $800 to $1,000 in expenses associated with the opportunity. 

Mon
07
May

River predicted to crest at 19.3 feet at McGregor


Aiden Martin (white shirt) and Keagan Dull enjoy wade fishing for bass Saturday afternoon in the native prairie on St. Feriole Island. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

One of several kayakers and canoeists has a laid back afternoon on the flood waters of St. Feriole Island Saturday in Prairie du Chien.

A group of kayakers and canoeists enjoy a relaxing Saturday near the St. Feriole Slough Boat Landing.

One of the water-covered areas on St. Feriole Island is behind the Dousman House.

By Ted Pennekamp

According to the National Weather Service, the Mississippi River was at 18.34 feet at McGregor at 6:45 a.m., Monday, May 7. It is predicted to crest at 19.3 feet at 7 a.m. on May 9. It is expected to begin slowly receding on May 11. Minor flood stage at McGregor is 16 feet.

Sun
06
May

Two charges dismissed against former county nurse

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Two misdemeanor counts against former Crawford County Head Nurse Gloria Wall were dismissed on May 2 in Crawford County Circuit Court.

Fri
04
May

Knights of Columbus receive grand honors at state convention


Deputy Grand Knight Scott Kennedy (second from right), of Prairie du Chien, received a plaque for being first in membership in the La Crosse Diocese and second in the state. The honor was presented by State Deputy Tim Guski, of Superior, with other state officers there too.

The state of Wisconsin Knights of Columbus has over 300 local councils, both large and small, including Campion Council 1840 in Prairie du Chien. The local council was recognized and did not go unnoticed when over 700 Knights gathered at the organization’s state convention in Middleton, April 28-29. 

The Prairie du Chien council was recognized for its recruitment of new members, first in the La Crosse Diocese and second in the state. They were presented a check from the state for being the first to achieve over 200 percent of their goals, and their program book of activities won a bronze award. 

Thu
03
May

Sugar Creek Park


The base around existing equipment will be made more resilient to flooding. (Photo submitted)

This is a rendering of what the new piece of park equipment will look like as well as the green base around it.

The Walmart Foundation gave a grant for $1,500 Tuesday morning to the Sugar Creek Park Project in Ferryville. In the front row are Walmart Assistant Manager Katie Fitzwater, Theresa Yaeger of the Ferryville Vision and Promotion Board, Walmart Department Manager Heidi Stoddard, Ferryville Playground Committee Co-Chair Sherry Quamme, Marsha Stross of the Ferryville Vision and Promotion Board and Ferryville Playground Committee Co-Chair Joanne White. Several Walmart associates are in the background. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Ferryville working to make Sugar Creek Park more flood resistant, adding equipment

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
02
May

PdC Jaycees disband, yet leave rich legacy


The Prairie du Chien Jaycees' sandbox fill was a community service provided out of necessity. When the young Jaycees members had kids with sandboxes that needed filled, they found a way to make it happen for everyone—just one example of the organization's dedication to its community. Pictured just a few decades ago (from left) are Ed Hamman from Prairie Sand and Gravel, Gary Howe, Shelby Eastman, Oscar Eastman and Carol Baumeister.

These grease monkeys manned the Jaycees' Rendezvous food stand in 1990: Lynn McCreary (Rider), David Shihata and his dad Moe Shihata. This fundraiser and the Rendezvous flea market were, together, among the largest fundraisers for the Jaycees.

Ready to record the distance, Jaycee John Green watches as a Punt, Pass and Kick participant lofts a long ball. This event was just one of dozens the Jaycees organized over the years.

These Jaycees and Jaycettes had a fun time at Mecca in Milwaukee in 1974.

Prairie du Chien Jaycees alumni Tom Nelson, Gary Howe and Cathie Nelson stand with the current Jaycees' most senior member, Tarah Marx, in front of the Old Rock School, which was most recently home to the local chapter. The Jaycees voted in February to disband the organization after six decades of existence in Prairie du Chien. The move was mainly due to declining membership. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Jaycees are disbanding after six decades of shaping humanity in the community. Though the decision came with heart-rending resolve, a rich legacy is being left behind, the result of purposeful devotion invested by hundreds of local Junior Chamber members. 

As the last line of the Jaycees International Creed states, “That service to humanity is the best work of life.”

“We have a lot of respect for the Jaycees who came before us, and that (is why this decision) has weighed heavily on us,” lamented Treasurer Jamie Stram, a 12-year member.

Mon
30
Apr

Driftless Development striving to build greater Crawford County into vibrant community


This map shows the area Driftless Development targeted for their recent surveys. Driftless Development is working with counties and communities beyond the Crawford County border for the benefit of all.

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Driftless Development Inc., is at a pivotal point as the economic development organization begins to look at the challenges faced by the greater Crawford County area while also starting its shift from a transitional board of directors to a permanent board, aided by several committees.

Mon
30
Apr

Outdoors vital to first grade Arbor Day experience

The Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department invited Prairie du Chien School District first graders (public and private) to the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens Friday for its annual Arbor Day program. Guest speakers included Tom Nelson, who talked about the history of trees on the island; Mike Ulrich, who spoke about the history of how the park setting came to be there; and Mark Pedretti, who discussed the trees, fruits and wildlife around us. Pictured, garden curator Tom Nelson let Zach Quick and all his fellow first graders give their class’ arborvitae tree some “love” before planting it near the intersection of Fourth and Rolette Streets. Former teacher Mark Pedretti let the kids hold and feel some of the branches, nuts, berries and other items found out among nature, including a deer shed.

Mon
30
Apr

Vehicle goes down embankment

On Thursday, April 26, at 11:49 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle accident on Highway 35 in Freeman Township about five tenths of mile north of Old Highway 35. 

Joanna E. Wiese, 36, La Crosse, was traveling southbound on Highway 35 in a 2015 Toyota Camery. The Wiese vehicle was making a right turn onto a pull-off area to turn around and misjudged the turn.  

The Wiese vehicle went off the left side of the pull-off, down an embankment, struck a few trees and came to rest.  

Wiese and her passenger, 59-year-old Teresa E. Schroeder, La Crosse, sustained bumps and bruises but refused medical transport at the scene.  

 

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