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Thu
24
Oct

Abuse is all around us: Domestic violence and sexual assault

By Correne Martin

“Everyone just assumes domestic violence is physical abuse. But, it’s also financial abuse, sexual abuse, power and control, verbal abuse, elder abuse—anything intended to hurt or humiliate someone. 

“It is all around us. It’s in our circles of family and friends.”

These unwanted acts may be happening out of sight and go unnoticed to most citizens; however, domestic abuse and sexual assault are here in Crawford County, according to Glenda and Becky, two local support services advocates who requested their last names be kept from the public as a safety measure. 

Wed
23
Oct

Bridgeport looking into renovation of Town Hall


The Bridgeport Town Hall might be getting a new roof and other improvements to make it more energy efficient.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Bridgeport Town Board is looking into the possibility of renovating the Town Hall, located at 38446 Old School Lane, which is near Prairie du Chien Country Club.

During a recent Town Board meeting, it was noted that the town would like to keep the cost around $40,000 if they decide to renovate.

Wed
23
Oct

County N project a little behind schedule

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The $3.8 million Famechon Hill Project on County N in Crawford County is an estimated two weeks behind schedule due to damage caused by the heavy rain and flash flooding of Sept. 12, along with other relatively heavy rains in the weeks since.

Mon
21
Oct

Rotary Club acts to eradicate polio

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Rotary Club members in Prairie du Chien are taking action on World Polio Day (Oct. 24) to raise awareness, funds, and support to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.

Mon
21
Oct

Terrifying tales told at Villa After Dark Saturday


Things are about to get a little spooky. Take a tour, hear scary folklore, collect clues and solve a puzzle at the Villa After Dark event at Prairie du Chien’s Villa Louis Historic Site Saturday night, Oct. 26. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Follow a lamp-lit pathway through the Villa Louis mansion and other buildings and watch for scary sights along the way. Get vamped up for Halloween by attending Villa After Dark on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Take a self-guided tour through the grounds and be greeted by five aptly-dressed characters from Prairie du Chien’s past. They will be waiting inside five of the historic site’s buildings, including the rarely-opened blockhouse, with terrifying tales to tell. Stories will include folklore like the Loup-Garou (a French-Canadian werewolf legend) and the Wendigo (an Ojibwe legend) as well as true accounts like that of the murders at Fort Crawford, said Wisconsin Historical Society Southwest Sites Interpretation Manager Samantha Matern.

Mon
21
Oct

Hocus Pocus: Halloween Fun Guide for PdC area

Halloween falls on Thursday, Oct. 31, this year. 

Official trick-or-treat hours in Prairie du Chien are from 5 to 8 p.m. the evening of Halloween. The city siren will blow at the beginning and end of these hours.

During this time, local kids are also welcome at the Prairie du Chien High School parking lot where the annual Trunk or Treat will happen. The time is also from 5 to 8 p.m.

Marquette trick-or-treat hours have been planned for 4 to 7 p.m., also on Halloween. McGregor’s hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Bagley trick-or-treating will be from 5 to 7 p.m.

Mon
21
Oct

Trick-or-treat in Prairie du Chien Saturday

The coming weekend is Prairie du Chien’s big weekend to celebrate Halloween, trick-or-treating, costume contests, fun and games.

Bring the kids to Blackhawk Avenue on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 1 to 3 p.m., for the city’s annual trick-or-treating at downtown businesses. Orange pumpkins will be in the windows of participating  merchants.

The route starts with Mississippi Meats, Radio Shack and True Value, then passes through small business row, up and down Blackhawk Avenue. It also includes Backstage Pass on Wacouta Avenue, A Cut Above and Café Hope on North Beaumont Road and the River District Inn and Waterfront Hotel on Main Street.

Wed
16
Oct

High school friends take on Air Force adventures together


Friends Nick Weber and Andrew Scott enlisted in the Wisconsin National Guard after graduating from Prairie du Chien High School in 2016. (Submitted photos)

Andrew Scott and Nick Weber are on a base classified as a Forward Operating Base (FOB). They are both E-4 ranked senior airmen in the Air Force and are responsible for maintenance and oversight of F-16 fighter jet systems.

This is an example of the F-16 fighter jet the Prairie du Chien airforcemen work on at their Madison Air Force base and during their current deployment in Afghanistan.

By Correne Martin

High school friends Andrew Scott and Nick Weber are airmen in the Air Force National Guard and have been deployed in Afghanistan together since July. The pair of 2016 Prairie du Chien High School graduates perform maintenance on and oversee systems within F-16s, the wildly-utilized fighter jets.

Now E-4 ranked senior airmen in the Air Force, Drew and Nick started their adventures as a dynamic duo in high school. They were teammates on the Prairie du Chien football and basketball teams. They even got a chance to play together when the varsity basketball team went to state in 2016, according to Scott.

Wed
16
Oct

City, property owners discuss remediation for flash flooding


The aftermath of the Sept. 12 heavy rain event left behind a discouraging amount of mud and debris in the eastern neighborhoods of Prairie du Chien.

By Correne Martin

A small representation of homeowners impacted by Prairie du Chien’s bluff-side flash flooding incident of Sept. 12 spoke at Tuesday’s city council meeting, after hearing what plans city officials have to make adjustments for the future. 

The storm brought three inches of rain in about 15 minutes, pushing mud, branches and other rubble from the 730 acres of land atop the bluffs down the Highway 27 corridor into the eastern neighborhood of the city beneath the bluffs.

“It came down fast and inundated the system,” said City Administrator Chad Abram, noting that by the time city officials could get on scene, it was too late to unplug the system.

Wed
16
Oct

WEDC CEO hears about Crawford County economic environment


Driftless Development Director Jim Bowman and WEDC CEO Missy Hughes chat before entering Cafe’ Hope in Prairie du Chien Monday afternoon.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Missy Hughes, the CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), visited Prairie du Chien Monday afternoon for a meeting with economic development officials in Peoples State Bank. Hughes then toured Cafe’ Hope and the newly opened Waterfront Hotel.

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