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New PdC greenhouse to help student growth


Senior Syd Kossman attends to some poinsettias that will soon be delivered to the customers of the FFA Poinsettia Sale. Plant science students such as Kossman also earn credit at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College for taking the course. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Senior Korbin Bachman shows the cutting of a wandering yew.

Joshua Kotte, a senior, tries to find some germination in several containers of herbs.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Agriculture teacher and FFA Advisor Diane Colburn said Prairie du Chien High School students and staff are looking forward to getting the school’s new greenhouse up and running in full growing mode soon.

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Dec

Marquette Road road is open


Attending the ribbon cutting were Paul Ginkel, Dave Hemmer, Nate Bremmer, Allie Thornton, Nate Gilberts, Roy George, Aaron Palmer, Bob Sutton, Jennifer Shilling, Nick Brey, Kevin Mulrooney, Lee Nerison, Bob Standorf, Loren Oldenburg, Brooke Mitchell, J.J. Jackson, Lou Davis, Ken Mitchell, Jeff Bowar, Ron Overlien, Patrick Nagovan, Tom Nelson, an unknown well-wisher, Cathie Nelson and Bob Moses. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Interim City Administrator Chad Abram waves to the first vehicle that passes onto the newly-opened Marquette Road Friday. Standing in the background are DOT project leader Nick Brey (left) and Ron Overlein, from Gerke Excavating, the project's general contractor.

The first few vehicles buzz down the new section of Highway 35 in Prairie du Chien.

Mayor Dave Hemmer (left) shared his gratitude for all the hard work and sacrifices put in for this project. Also pictured are chamber, city and business representatives Kevin Mulrooney, Paul Ginkel, Roy George and Nate Bremmer.

By Correne Martin

 

It was a long spring, summer and fall in Prairie du Chien, with Marquette Road/Highway 35 construction making travel difficult and giving businesses a challenge, from April 2 through Nov. 30. Yet, the new highway is finally open and traffic can proceed with a better flow now. 

At the official ribbon cutting Friday afternoon at the intersection of La Pointe Street and Marquette, about two dozen city, chamber, business and legislative dignitaries gathered for a short ceremony and ribbon cutting. Then, barricades were removed and the small crowd cheered as the first vehicles passed onto the new roadway. 

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03
Dec

Grand opening held at library


The Cat in the Hat, aka Caroline Bosley, popped out of a box during Saturday’s library grand opening, ready to take on all the fun activities the new facility has in store for its future. Pictured in the background are Library Director Nancy Ashmore and Librarian Assistant Caitlin Bittner. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Mayor Dave Hemmer addressed a crowd of nearly 100 for the library grand opening ceremony. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Also pictured, Nancy Ashmore presented a special plaque to Linda Munson.

Library board member Norb Ashchom speaks with community members Bob and Diane Witt.

A few young patrons check out the children’s section.

One of the youngest patrons of the day making her way through the spacious new hallways of the library.

Right inside the children's library sits this unique bench donated by the Brian Dillman family.

By Correne Martin

Some special touches were added to the nooks and crannies of the redesigned Prairie du Chien Memorial Library just in time for its grand opening and ribbon cutting Saturday, Dec. 1.

Swarms of curious patrons joined library and city representatives as well a donors for a ribbon cutting, appreciation ceremony, tours, music, refreshments and kids activities in honor of the completion of the $3.578 million renovation and expansion project. 

Ground was broken for the project Oct. 16, 2017. The new facility officially opened to the public for the first time on Oct. 15, 2018.

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Stolen car results in meth bust, additional charges

On Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 9:50 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a stolen vehicle from La Crosse. The stolen vehicle was located by a Crawford County deputy at a residence off of State Highway 35, in the township of Freeman.

A 2005 Chevy Cobalt owned by Mark D. Olson, 39, La Crosse, was taken from his residence. Michelle L. Peck, 35, La Crosse, was found to be in possession of the stolen car. 

During the investigation multiple items of drug paraphernalia were found throughout the car. More than 50 used hypodermic needles were found in the car. Needles were found throughout the front of the car as well as a container in the rear of the car which was more than half full of used needles. Tests showed a positive result for methamphetamine. 

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Stolen car results in meth bust, additional charges

On Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 9:50 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a stolen vehicle from La Crosse. The stolen vehicle was located by a Crawford County deputy at a residence off of State Highway 35, in the township of Freeman.

A 2005 Chevy Cobalt owned by Mark D. Olson, 39, La Crosse, was taken from his residence. Michelle L. Peck, 35, La Crosse, was found to be in possession of the stolen car. 

During the investigation multiple items of drug paraphernalia were found throughout the car. More than 50 used hypodermic needles were found in the car. Needles were found throughout the front of the car as well as a container in the rear of the car which was more than half full of used needles. Tests showed a positive result for methamphetamine. 

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Dec

Handgun stolen, man arrested, investigation ongoing

On Nov. 28, the Prairie du Chien Police Department responded to the 1000 block of East Wisconsin Street for a report of a theft of a firearm. 

Officers were told that a Taurus 9mm handgun was removed from a residence without the owner’s consent. A short list of individuals who would have known about the handgun was presented by the victim. Multiple valuable items were not removed from the residence in favor of the handgun.

During the course of the investigation, evidence was obtained and Brandon Jacobson, 27, Harpers Ferry, was interviewed by police. Jacobson denied any involvement in the theft of the firearm. 

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Nov

Court dismisses drowning lawsuit on recreational immunity

By Correne Martin

A wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Prairie du Chien and the Prairie du Chien Area School District for the Aug. 2, 2017, drowning of a 4-year-old boy in the city’s outdoor swimming pool was dismissed in Crawford County court Monday.

Based on Wisconsin Recreational Immunity laws, substitute judge Craig Day ruled to dismiss the claims, brought by Rachael and Kurt Warrington Jr., parents of Kashton, (and the North Central Regional Council of Carpenters Health Fund), against both defendants. Day also ruled the case dismissed since the school district was not properly served court documents.

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Nov

PdC graduate involved with InSight landing on Mars


The Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC), located on the robotic arm of NASA's InSight lander, took this picture of the Martian surface on Nov. 26, 2018, the same day the spacecraft touched down on the Red Planet. The camera's transparent dust cover is still on in this image, to prevent particulates kicked up during landing from settling on the camera's lens. This image was relayed from InSight to Earth via NASA's Odyssey spacecraft, currently orbiting Mars. (NASA/JPL-Caltech photo)

By Correne Martin

A part of Prairie du Chien landed on Mars this week.

Mitch Nelson, a 1990 Prairie du Chien graduate, is a quality assurance engineer for NASA at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Calif. He had the honor of participating in the InSight mission to Mars, Monday, Nov. 26. The probe, which NASA launched in early May, landed safely Monday at 1:52 p.m. (central standard time) 

In addition to working on the project, Nelson bought “tickets to Mars.” Along with 14,000 other people who had their names land on the Red Planet Monday, the names of Mitch Nelson and his nephew, A.J. Nelson, also made the trip. 

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Nov

Dental screenings, fluoride varnish, education, provided to county students

Crawford County is a rural county with no fluoridated public water available. Poverty estimates, according to the 2017 Wisconsin Public Health profiles, are 20.6 percent for ages 0-17 and 14.5 percent for all ages. According to 2018 countyhealthrankings.org, 44 percent of the county population has had no recent dental visits and 57 percent of the children are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches in the schools. Many of these children are insured by Medicaid or have no dental health coverage. With the children covered by Medicaid, it is an ongoing struggle to find a dentist in the area who will see these children. Many of these children are at-risk children.

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Nov

Internet co-op to build fiber infrastructure for rural Crawford County

Recently-incorporated Crawford County Communications Cooperative (3C Co-op) intends to build the fiber optic infrastructure to provide Fiber To The Home (FTTH) gigabit service for the under-served rural residents of Crawford County. 

This will provide symmetrical gigabit service, with upload and download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps (megabits/second), to all of the 3,605 locations that have no broadband access, requiring over 1,000 miles of fiber optic cable to be buried.

On Monday, Nov. 19, with the assistance of Andre Boening, Wisconsin Field Rep for the Rural Utility Service Telecommunications Program, the board of 3C Co-op met with cooperative development specialists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utility Service (RUS) and the University of Wisconsin’s Cooperative Center.

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