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Mon
20
Apr

Packers in Prairie du Chien


Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy addresses the crowd and the seven former and current players at the Tailgate Tour Party at the Barn Restaurant Wednesday evening. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

A group of happy Green Bay Packer fans go through the autograph line.

Owen Oldenburg and Westin Marx of Prairie du Chien display their Packer footballs.

 

Packer fans thoroughly enjoy Tailgate Tour event

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Hundreds of diehard and always enthusiastic Green Bay Packers fanatics filled the Barn Restaurant Wednesday evening to meet some of the players, past and present, from their favorite team.

Wed
15
Apr

Prairie Shooting Team


Prairie du Chien team member Ryan Seversen shoots while coaches Mike Christensen and Kevin Doerring (beard) look on. (Photo submitted)

 

Prairie du Chien Shooting Team aiming for success

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The newly formed Prairie du Chien Shooting Team has been practicing and is ready for competition. 

Wed
15
Apr

Citywide cleanup is next week

Next week, the city of Prairie du Chien will once again provide its citywide residential spring cleanup. Pickup dates will be as follows: Blackhawk Avenue North, Monday, April 20; Blackhawk Avenue South (east of Marquette Road), Tuesday, April 21; Blackhawk Avenue South (west of Marquette Road), Wednesday, April 22.

Please place your items out on the curb on the appropriate days, as there will be no return trips. The street crews will pick up brush, appliances and metal recyclables. Town and Country Sanitation will take the remaining items on Saturday, April 25. With questions, call 326-2525.

A list of guidelines for this cleanup follows:

Appliances—Must have doors and locks removed. Appliances and brush must be curbside in the front or alley to the rear of the residence.

Electronics—None will be accepted. Electronic devices must be disposed of at the clean sweep/e-waste collection event, at a future date to be announced.

Wed
15
Apr

Sex offenders may soon be housed at correctional institution

They won’t work outside PDCCI fence

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution may soon house sex offenders among its inmates, according to information presented by Warden Tim Haines to the city council Tuesday night.

“A few months back, I was approached by the central office to have us lift the final restriction on the type of inmates housed at PDCCI. We’re at operating capacity right now, so there’s not a bus of sex offenders ready to come in,” Haines explained. “But this provides more flexibility for the Department of Corrections in terms of bed space. For Prairie du Chien, the more we can do for the department, the more viable we are for the department.”

Haines noted that, with this approved lift on limitations, it does not mean that PDCCI is becoming a sex offender treatment facility. “We focus on education, AODA (alcohol and other drug abuse) programming, domestic violence treatment and cognitive error correction.”

Mon
13
Apr

It’s Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week

Statewide tornado drill, Thursday, April 16, 1 p.m. Mock tornado watch, 1:45 Mock tornado warning

All cities and villages in Crawford County that have outdoor sirens will be testing them at these times. In the case of severe storms, the drill will postponed until Friday.

 

Listen, Act and Live! Those words could protect you and your family during severe storm season. Listening to warnings and seeking shelter immediately will save lives. That’s why Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM), ReadyWisconsin, the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) have teamed up for Wisconsin’s Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week from April 13-17.

Mon
13
Apr

Crash takes life of Soldiers Grove man

A 19-year-old Soldiers Grove man was killed and three other teens  injured in a two-vehicle crash near Readstown early Sunday morning, according to the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the sheriff’s office, Preston D. Nelson, 19, of rural Soldier’s Grove, was driving east around 1:20 a.m. Sunday on U.S. Hwy. 14 when he lost control of his truck. Nelson crossed the center line, made contact with another eastbound vehicle, entered the left ditch and rolled multiple times. Nelson was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

Mon
13
Apr

Garage sale signs should comply with city regulations


This garage sale sign on the corner of Dousman and Blackhawk is in compliance with the city’s sign placement regulations because it sits away from the roadway and out of the boulevard. It is also less than 3 feet in height and less than 3 feet in square size.

By Correne Martin

Citywide garage sales are this weekend in Prairie du Chien. In anticipation of the large number of sales expected, city officials are reminding the community to follow some simple sign placement rules and regulations.

First, signs must be placed at least 15 feet away from the edge of a road surface.

“Basically, don’t put it in the boulevard between the sidewalk and the road. That’s a pretty common mistake people make,” Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram said. “People also like to affix their signs to telephone poles, street signs and trees. That’s illegal, especially if it’s in the right of way.”

Second, signs cannot be posted on city property. They should also not be placed on private property, without consent from the owner. “People need to get permission if they’re going to put a sign in someone’s yard,” Abram said.

Mon
13
Apr

River Ridge welcomes public input on administrator post

The River Ridge School Board spent last week interviewing six candidates for its district administrator position.

As the field narrows, the public is invited to participate in the process on Wednesday, April 15. Citizens will then have the opportunity to meet the finalists and ask questions during a public forum held in the multi-purpose room at the high school in Patch Grove. The forum will start at 6 p.m. Each candidate will meet individually with those in attendance to present their background and take questions for about 45 minutes.

District residents will have the opportunity to complete a feedback form that will be presented to the school board for use in the final selection process.

Mon
13
Apr

Second Fifty offers socialization, entertainment for seniors


Fourth generation commercial fisherman Mike Valley, of Valley Fish and Cheese, Prairie du Chien, was the presenter at March’s Second Fifty senior social gathering. He debuted his locally-produced documentary, “Beneath the Ice,” which showcases his own ice fishing operations of building, setting and raising nets. He talked about commercial fishing history in the area and described his personal daily escapades. He said he typically catches between 3,000 and 4,000 pounds of fish a week. About 800 pounds of live fish equates to 225 smoked. Though carp is his business’ top smoked seller, he said he hasn’t caught one carp all year. Rather, he’s bringing in others such as catfish, buffalo, crappies and perch. He shared his belief that the river is very different today than it used to be and that it is constantly changing, due to the increased number of fishermen and their approach to fishing as well as other factors such as climate and weather patterns, sediment, etc. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

If you’re over the age of 55 and you aren’t a part of the Second Fifty social group in Prairie du Chien, you are missing out.

Second Fifty started over three years ago as a free social activity for area seniors. It branched off from a partnership from Faith In Action, which has since disbanded. Participants themselves voted on the catchy name.

Wed
08
Apr

Mainly familiar faces reclaim Eastman Town Board seats

Race for supervisor a close one

The Eastman Township board will be much the same following Tuesday’s Spring Election.

Reclaiming their seats are Sam Tesar as chairman, David Slaght and Lonnie Achenbach as supervisors and Dale Sprosty as treasurer. Heather Hoffman will be the new face as clerk, taking over for Marlene Simmons who chose not to run for re-election.

In the chairman race, incumbent Tesar won 77 to 62 over challenger Gaylord Kramer.

Four town residents were up for the two supervisor positions. Incumbents Slaght and Achenbach received 86 and 71 votes, respectively, while challenger Michael Higgins narrowly missed out on his bid with 68 votes. Donald Noel received 28 votes in the race.

Sprosty was the sole name on the ballot for treasurer and received 134 votes.

In the race for clerk, Hoffman defeated fellow newcomer Rose Ann Achenbach, 76-53.

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