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Wed
25
Oct

Tire and wheel manufacturing facility coming to Prairie du Chien


The city of Prairie du Chien officially welcomed Moto Race Tire to town last week, as construction on a new tire and wheel factory began Friday in the North Gateway Business Park. Pictured (from left) are Engineer Felix Liu and CEO Mark Thornburg, of MRT, along with Lori Bekkum, Prairie du Chien Economic Development director, and Chad Abram, interim city administrator. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A growing national brand of tires and wheels for off-road vehicles, race cars and trucks is expanding its company by building a new manufacturing/distribution facility in Prairie du Chien’s northern industrial park.

Moto Race Tire is owned by CEO Mark Thornburg, a Prairie du Chien native who played football at and graduated from Prairie du Chien High School, and whose dad started a funeral home here. Mark initially worked for 3M Company in Prairie du Chien, then Minnesota and eventually transferred to California.

“We plan to start construction tomorrow,” an elated Thornburg said Oct. 19. “Our target operating date is March 1.” The facility will be located across the street from Solomon Corporation and behind BoxLogix, in the city’s evolving North Gateway Business Park.

Wed
25
Oct

End of construction nears, River Ridge gets ready for move

The end of the construction for the newly-built middle school wing at River Ridge’s Patch Grove facility is nearly complete. Kraemer Brothers is making the finishing touches between now and Nov. 10. Besides putting in ceilings, installing whiteboards/smartboards, and landscaping/seeding, all the final tasks will be addressed in the next four weeks.

The custodial staff at River Ridge will do some cleaning and preparation of the rooms and offices before the big move, which will take place on Thursday, Nov. 16.

But, as the district looks ahead, teachers both at the Upper Elementary in Bloomington and middle school teachers in Patch Grove have been boxing up the materials in their rooms in anticipation of the move.

Wed
25
Oct

Evers was keynote speaker for Crawford County Dems meeting


Tony Evers (right center), superintendent of public instruction and candidate for Wisconsin governor, spoke to an enthusiastic group at the Crawford County Democratic Party of Wisconsin meeting Oct. 18. This is only about half the crowd who attended. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction and candidate for governor Tony Evers was in Prairie du Chien Oct. 18, for a meeting of the Crawford County Democratic Party.

Evers was the keynote speaker at the meeting, which included a question-and-answer session with the three-term DPI superintendent. Though there was a volume of issues discussed, the key local concerns centered around school vouchers, small businesses, natural resources and the fear that the middle class is disappearing.

Evers said he felt the intimate group at the meeting supported his strategy, as a candidate, to want to invest in the state’s school systems first.

Evers touted his record in elections, noting that he received 70 percent of the vote in the last race, with 70 of the 72 counties voting for him.

Wed
25
Oct

Grant County deputy justified in shooting of suspect

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A Grant County Sheriff’s Department deputy was justified in the fatal shooting of a man near Mount Hope on Sept. 1, concluded Grant County District Attorney Lisa Riniker in a statement on Oct. 23.

Mon
23
Oct

Prairie du Chien Country Club getting new clubhouse


The clubhouse at Prairie du Chien Country Club may soon be coming down to make way for a brand new clubhouse.

 

New clubhouse at Prairie du Chien 

Country Club to open up a lot of possibilities

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien Country Club may soon begin its reconstruction project whereby the entire clubhouse will be replaced with a brand new building. 

Mon
23
Oct

Traffic stop leads to drug bust

On Oct. 17, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 unit was patrolling in the village of Ferryville. The deputy observed a 2007 Toyota Corolla operating southbound exceeding the speed limit. The deputy discovered the registration to not be valid and the registered owner to be revoked.

The Corolla turned off of Highway 35 onto County C and pulled into the yard of a residence on Maple Street to avoid the deputy. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and both male occupants began moving around within the vehicle. Both occupants were removed and detained.

The driver was identified as Justin Ringleman, 31, Cassville, and his passenger was Brooke Nolte, 29, Shullsburg. The deputy observed indicators of narcotics use on the driver and several indicators of drug abuse within the vehicle.

Mon
23
Oct

Cattle at large cause motorcycle crash

On Oct. 19, at 7:10 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a motorcycle versus cow crash on Highway 131 near Del La Mater Road in the village of Gays Mills.

Keith L. Davenport, 57, Soldiers Grove, was operating a 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound on Highway 131. There were several black angus cattle in the roadway. Davenport struck a medium sized black angus calf with his motorcycle. Davenport was transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital for medical treatment. The extent of his injuries are unknown. The motorcycle sustained severe damage and was removed from the scene by Sleepy Hollow Towing.

The owner of the cattle, Richard M. Dudgeon, 69, Eastman, will be issued a municipal citation for animals at large.

Assisting on scene were Ocooch Mountain Rescue, Gays Mills First Responders, Gays Mills Fire Department, the village of Gays Mills and Sleepy Hollow Towing.

Mon
23
Oct

Familiar face slips in as interim city administrator

By Correne Martin

An unexpected change has taken place at Prairie du Chien City Hall. After accepting the city administrator position just four months ago, Art Osten Jr. has parted ways with the city, as both he and the common council determined the job was not a good fit for either of them.

The “separation” was approved by the council Oct. 17, after closed session review of Osten’s goals and work performance.

The council also voted to make an agreement with Police Chief Chad Abram to become the interim city administrator. City Clerk Tina Fuller and City Planner Garth Frable will provide Abram their expertise with financials, projects, debt borrowing and such, while he will take on more of the day-to-day organization, service and management.

Mon
23
Oct

Downtown PdC a sweet spot for trick or treating

Saturday Celebrate family in costume and check out Prairie du Chien’s downtown with the annual Trick or Treat Downtown, Saturday, Oct. 28, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Find the traditional orange pumpkin in each participating business’ window, designating which establishments have agreed to open their doors to young trick or treaters and their families. Participants will hand out candy and other treats. Businesses start at Radio Shack and Nelson True Value and spread down Blackhawk Avenue to Walgreens, Bob’s Bar, The Local Oven, Panka’s Shoe Store, Jim’s Bar, Something for Everyone, JC Party Store, Althof’s, Rockweiler’s, Wall Street, Catholic Charities, A Cut Above, Ideal Decorating/Café Hope, The Pickett Fence, Sports World, Starks Sport Shop, Broken Ladder, Planted Tree, Sawmill, Muddy Waters Pizza Pub, Ft. Mulligan’s, Rowdy’s and AmericInn.

Children should be accompanied by an adult.

Wed
18
Oct

Uncovered decks to be allowed in city residents’ front yards

By Correne Martin

Consideration was given by the Prairie du Chien Common Council to allow uncovered decks in front yards of residential zoning districts. Based upon the city’s plan commission recommendation, the council acted Tuesday night, Oct. 17, and decided to move forward with permitting residents to have uncovered decks in their front yards, as long as they meet the front yard setback (15 feet) requirement.

While this is now acceptable in the city, residents should not have such decks projecting into the setback. They are allowed up to three feet from the side and rear property lines, except in corner lot sideyards where they can be no closer than 15 feet from the property line.

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