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23
Jul

George P. Jansen

 

George P. Jansen, 51, of Bagley passed away in his sleep at home on Wednesday, July 22. 

He was born July 15, 1964 in Cuba City, the son of George and Cecelia (Hoelker) Jansen. 

He is survived by his mother Cecelia Jansen of Benton, his significant other, Kim Reed of Bagley; his children, George, Corey, Lori and Katie; a sister Vicki Weber of Benton and a grandson Archie. He was preceded in death by a son Benjamin; his father, along with an infant brother and sister.

Thu
23
Jul

Pete’s Hamburger Stand provides helping hand


As a result of its annual Memorial Day fundraiser, Pete’s Hamburger Stand, in downtown Prairie du Chien, was able to raise over $3,000 dollars for charitable organizations. Anne Saxer (left) represented the CouleeCap Food Pantry and received a $500 donation from Mary Huser of Pete’s Hamburger Stand. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)

Jamie Stram, treasurer of the Prairie du Chien Jaycees, accepted a $500 donation from Paul Gokey of Pete’s Hamburger Stand. Stram said that the money would go to funding Operation Santa drive where the Jaycees provide assistance to over 200 families in need each year.
Thu
23
Jul

Aug. 31 deadline set for adding veterans’ names to Seneca area Veterans Memorial

The date for the grand opening of the Seneca area Veterans Memorial is set for Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The memorial site is on Highway 27/Main St. in Seneca, directly across from Greener’s Corner, and work is being done weekly to have it completed before the opening date.

Names to be inscribed on the wall need to be submitted to the monument company by the Memorial Committee no later than Aug. 31. Names received by the end of August will be inscribed with no charge to the submitter. As of Sept. 1, there will be a charge for inscription. Dates of service are needed to ensure the names go on the correct wall.

Thu
23
Jul

Operation Troop Aid partners with COTR

Operation Troop Aid (OTA), the esteemed national, non-profit military care package charity, has received an invitation from Country on the River (COTR) to participate in its upcoming August events as the official military charity of choice.

For the fourth consecutive year, OTA will partner with COTR. The three-day country music festival will take place Thursday, Aug. 6, through Saturday, Aug. 8.

As part of the mutual endeavor, OTA and COTR will generate care packages to send to troops overseas. Charitable donations will also be encouraged throughout the duration of the festival.

“We are honored to have Operation Troop Aid join us once again at Country on the River,” said festival organizer, Scott Sheckler. “The support that OTA brings to our troops is invaluable; Country on the River is committed to the Operation Troop Aid mission and we support its efforts fully. We look forward to OTA’s awesome display of patriotism at our event.”

Thu
23
Jul

Routine traffic stop leads to meth bust in PdC

On Wednesday, July 15 at approximately 4:20 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle that was being operated by a revoked driver.

 
During the traffic stop while the officer was issuing a citation, Crawford County Deputy Joe Breeser and his K9 Breck arrived at the scene. K9 Breck was utilized and indicated to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted.  

As a result of the search, the operator, Quinn A. Echard, 35, Luana, Iowa, was arrested and transported to the Crawford County Jail. Tentative charges include possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine drug paraphernalia.

Thu
23
Jul

Citywide revaluation to begin, home visits to commence July 29

The city of Prairie du Chien has contracted with Accurate Appraisal, LLC to conduct a full revaluation of property in the city over the next four years. The purpose of the revaluation is to ensure that properties are assessed on a fair and equitable basis. The goal is to bring assessments to fair market value for the entire city. The last complete physical revaluation of the city took place in 1997. Starting later this month, Accurate Appraisal will begin the process of doing physical inspections of approximately 25 percent of the residential, commercial and industrial properties. Properties will be chosen on a random basis.

Thu
23
Jul

Prairie du Chien among 18 communities accepted into WEDC Downtown Revitalization Program

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has accepted 18 municipalities into its Connect Communities Program, an initiative that works with communities to advance downtown and urban corridor revitalization efforts.

With the latest members, there are now 43 participants in the Connect Communities Program, which provides access to resources and training to help downtown organizations pursue revitalization and redevelopment efforts. Since the program was launched in January 2014, participating communities have reported adding 175 net new businesses and more than 500 jobs, as well as $30 million in private investment.

 The new Connect Communities participants are:

•City of Ashland (Ashland County)

•Village of Balsam Lake (Polk County)

•City of Boscobel (Grant County)

•Village of De Forest (Dane County)

•East Troy Economic Development Alliance (Walworth County)

Thu
23
Jul

Wauzeka-Steuben District Administrator resigns

The Wauzeka-Steuben School Board accepted the resignation of district administrator Michael S. Garrow at its regular meeting Monday night.

Garrow had been district administrator at Wauzeka-Steuben for the past two years.

Garrow will become the new district administrator for the Fall River School District in Fall River.

Thu
23
Jul

FEH Associates hired to work possible PdC referendum

FEH Associates Inc. from Dubuque, Iowa, has been selected by the Prairie du Chien Area School Board to lead an extensive study and community process to gather information on possible referendum ideas for both operating and building needs. This process will include community research and surveying. In addition, they will facilitate individual and group meetings that will lead to a community task force. FEH has developed and refined a Charrette process which is a public workshop to work directly with stakeholders on idea development.

FEH is a firm that is more than 100 years old and specializes in working with school districts. They have worked with more than 500 school districts across a nine-state area in the last 30 years. The school board will meet later this month with FEH on contractual details, scope of work, and the timeline.

Thu
23
Jul

Special meeting of River Ridge School District July 29

The annual meeting of the River Ridge School District will be held on July 29 at the high school at 8 p.m.

One or more taxes may be voted on at the meeting, including:

A. Tax for sites, buildings and maintenance

B. School Debt Service Fund

C. School Capital Expansion Fund.

The School Capital Expansion Fund projects include: Heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems improvements and enhancements for buildings and sites; buildings and sites renovation, restoration and expansion/addition; buildings and sites structural improvements and enhancements necessary to comply with government regulations and violation notices; secure entrances and other structural security support modalities for buildings and sites; portable-type buildings for sites for the specific purposes of academic and other instruction, office space, and/or support for co-curricular and extracurricular activities and events to include athletics.

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