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Wed
19
Sep

FEMA assessments to be conducted in 17 counties

Gov. Scott Walker has announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct a preliminary damage assessment (PDA) next week in 17 Wisconsin counties hit hard by flooding and tornadoes. FEMA officials will begin looking at flood-damaged homes and public infrastructure on Sept. 24.

“I look forward to having FEMA in our state next week to assess damages as we take the first step to request a federal disaster declaration,” Walker said. 

Wed
19
Sep

Anticipated Prairie du Chien cigar factory exhibit in need of information, artifacts

Over the winter, the education committee of the Prairie du Chien Historical Society will construct a new exhibit at Fort Crawford Museum to be unveiled in 2019. It will feature the cigar factories in Prairie du Chien in the mid 1800s through the early 1900s. Committee members have asked historical society members to help gather information and artifacts for this exhibit. While there are a number of wonderful artifacts to use, the committee wonders if there are more out there. 

The committee is especially interested in what is known about:

•the Avia Cigar Factory

•the White Owl Cigar Warehouse

Wed
19
Sep

County considers splitting Satter Building property in PdC for sale purposes


This building behind the Satter Building might end up being sold separately from the Satter Building.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Delinquent Tax Committee is considering having a certified survey done of the Satter Building property in Prairie du Chien. It is also pondering splitting the buildings on the site for possible sale purposes.

Tue
18
Sep

Man injured in semi versus car accident

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 4:04 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a semi versus car accident in Marietta Township on Highway 60 approximately 1/2 mile east of Highway 61. 

A westbound 2016 Nissan owned by Jane Yahn of rural Boscobel, and operated by Brian K. Yahn, 46, rural Boscobel, was stopped in traffic, waiting for oncoming traffic so he could complete a left turn into a wayside. 

A westbound 2012 Kenworth semi owned and operated by Michael L. Oberbroeckling, 63, Garnavillo, pulling an empty 2008 tanker owned by Tim Neubauer Trucking of Sparta, rear-ended the Yahn vehicle. 

The impact shoved the Yahn vehicle approximately 270 feet until it came to rest against a tree. 

Tue
18
Sep

Semi snags power line

On Thursday, Sept. 14, at 2:20 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle traffic crash on East Third Street at Talbot Street in the village of Wauzeka.

A 2014 International semi operated by Luke C. Kilmer, 21, Stoddard, struck a low hanging line from an overhead power pole. Kilmer and his passenger, Jeremy J. Hershey, 40, La Crosse, were eastbound on East Third Street when the trailer on the semi got hooked on a low hanging phone cable. The cable hooked onto the trailer as they were driving which caused the light pole to fall on top of the semi. Live power lines were then lying near the top of the semi and trailer. The semi was leaving from a delivery at the Wauzeka-Steuben School. 

Tue
18
Sep

Man hurt when his motorcycle hits deer

On Sept. 13, at 6:22 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a motorcycle versus deer crash with injuries on County Highway C at Chellevold Road in the township of Freeman. 

Mark C. Tallman, 54, La Crosse, was operating a 2000 Honda Goldwing motorcycle westbound on County Highway C at Chellevold Road when a deer entered the roadway. Tallman struck the deer with his motorcycle and was ejected into the eastbound lane of traffic. Tallman was wearing a helmet. Tallman sustained serious injuries and was transported to Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse. 

Assisting on scene were the Ferryville First Responders, Ocooch Mountain Rescue and the Gays Mills Fire Department.

Mon
17
Sep

Prairie du Chien chamber presents annual awards


Carl Colsch (right) and Chris Herbst represented Mississippi Meats as the Business of the Year. (Photos by Gary Howe)

The Chamber honored Shihata’s Orchard and Check’s Antiques with Golden Anniversary Awards for 50 years in business. Pictured (from left) are Dave and Linda Shihata, Mark and Ronna DuCharme, Ruth Check-Gates and Renee Martin.

Representing the Jaycees, which earned the Outstanding Service Award, were Tarah Marx, Brianna Mullikin and Tori Varo.

Lori Bekkum received the Chamber President's Award.

Drs. Mark Fohey and Steve Kurth have run Dental Associates in Prairie du Chien for 25 years, which earned them recognition from the chamber last week.

Justin, Jen and Jason Cathman, owners of Culver’s in Prairie du Chien, were awarded honors at the chamber banquet for investing in their business and community in 2018.

The Prairie du Chien Country Club was recognized for its business investment. Pictured are Jeff Panka, country club board chair, and food beverage manager Karen Moravits. (Photo by Correne Martin)

A number of deserving businesses, individuals and civic organizations were honored at the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation Sept. 13, at the Prairie du Chien Country Club.

Mississippi Meats was named Business of the Year, at the Prairie du Chien Country Club. Carl Colsch and Chris Herbst opened the specialty meat and grocery store at Blackhawk Junction in January 2017. They felt the community was the perfect, friendly, small town and tourist destination in which to do so. Both had experience in running a meat distribution company and also working in grocery stores for years. The store has only grown and continues to deliver great products coupled with top-notch customer service. It has become a staple in Prairie du Chien’s business community. 

Mon
17
Sep

Prairie du Chien parks and rec activities roll into fall


Water aerobics is one of the most popular programs available at Hoffman Hall in the fall and winter. Arlene Fernberg teaches the class, which has three different sessions available each week. (Submitted photo)

This year's parks and rec activity guide for the fall and winter.

By Correne Martin

There should be no complaints about not finding anything to do in Prairie du Chien this fall and winter. The city parks and recreation department has put together a lineup of activities for the whole family, for all interests. Check out the 2018-2019 activity guide, sponsored by Peoples State Bank and available at various community locations, for complete details. 

Mon
17
Sep

Competitive state-wide grant awarded to Prairie du Chien District

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien School District is one of 20 schools that received the maximum amount of $75,000 from a highly competitive state-wide grant from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). 

The Prairie du Chien Healthy Children and Families Project 2018-19 will deliver sustainable mental health services for students and families of the Prairie du Chien School District.

“The grant is just awesome. It’s so exciting. I can’t wait,” said Prairie du Chien School Counselor Adrienne Udelhoven, who helped apply for the non-matching grant.

Key Elements

Key elements of the Prairie du Chien Healthy Children and Families Project include:

Wed
12
Sep

Bluff View to have assistant principal, District also receives many donations

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

At its regular meeting Monday night, the Prairie du Chien Board of Education accepted numerous donations to the district from various businesses and organizations.

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