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Wed
18
Oct

Biking for a cause, men stay in PdC along journey to New Orleans


Geoff Clark, Jim Frey and Dick Bartz stayed at the Country Inn & Suites in Prairie du Chien Tuesday night, after three days of biking an average of 95 miles per day. They are riding 1,600 miles from Minneapolis to New Orleans on a mission to raise funds to fight cancer. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A small group of bicycling business executives are at the beginning of a journey that will challenge their physical and mental limits, with a goal to raise awareness and $200,000 to detect and treat cancer in underdeveloped countries.

At the ages of 50-plus, five Columbus, Ohio, men started a 1,600-mile, 17-day trip from Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 15, through eight states to New Orleans. They stayed overnight at the Country Inn & Suites in Prairie du Chien Tuesday. Wednesday, they set out for their next stop in Dubuque.

Wed
18
Oct

Ground broken for library expansion in Prairie du Chien


Library Board President Linda Munson (left) and Library Director Nancy Ashmore share a laugh as they test their strength and attempt the ceremonious first dig into the site where the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library will expand. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Here is a rendering model depicting how the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library will appear upon completion, which currently, is slated for late July 2018.

By Correne Martin

Ground was ceremoniously broken Monday morning at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library. A crowd of about 50 gathered to celebrate the long-awaited moment.

“I started in 2001,” Library Director Nancy Ashmore said. “Lois Gilberts was here for five years before me and she said this project was in the works then. I’m so happy we’re finally making this happen. I’m so proud of Prairie du Chien for taking this step.”

The $3.578 million library renovation and expansion became an official commitment for the city, upon approved resolution, in 2014. In 2015, financing, capital campaign and architectural plans were announced to the public.

Bids were expected to be let for the project in late 2016, as the Courier Press reported; however, an issue with the artesian well in front of the library arose. The 1860 well was leaking at an unknown location and needed to be capped prior to any construction.

Wed
18
Oct

Won’t you brave the halls?


Freakish ghoul Hannah Belle can be witnessed swaying back and forth above her latest victim inside the 2017 Halls of Terror. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Nate and Nick (right) Gilberts, brothers and partners in Scream Xtreme, stand inside one of two buses featured with this year’s Halls of Terror. Blood and gore is a common theme throughout the haunted house.

By Correne Martin

The first weekend for the annual Halls of Terror in Prairie du Chien was not a wash, despite the downpour of rain making for a soggy couple of nights. Some 278 people went through Prairie du Chien’s haunted house, at the cedar building on St. Feriole Island, and according to Scream Xtreme’s Nick and Nate Gilberts, all reviews were positive.

To keep thrill seekers out of the rain, a large tent standing outside the facility was put to good use for the first time, possibly ever. It will remain on site throughout the rest of the Halls of Terror season. However, a few adjustments to the haunted house entryway have been made since this past weekend’s weather soaked the grounds.

Event-goers can still brave the halls Oct. 20-21 and 27-28 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. both nights. A kid-friendly, lights-on haunt will be Saturday, Oct. 28, from 2 to 6 p.m., at a reduced admission cost. On Halloween night, hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m.

Wed
18
Oct

Income, living cost statistics given at county board meeting

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The executive director of Couleecap, Hetti Brown, gave a presentation at the Crawford County Board meeting Tuesday morning in Prairie du Chien. 

Brown told board members that Couleecap serves more than 27,000 residents per year across a region including Crawford, Monroe, Vernon and La Crosse counties. She said that 92 percent of Couleecap’s donations-funding goes directly to helping clients.

Mon
16
Oct

Runde Acquitted

 

Dubuque man found 

not guilty of attempted homicide

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
16
Oct

Numbers continue to show need for annual Clean Sweep


This photo from the 2015 Clean Sweep shows just how many TVs and monitors piled up for disposal. The cause of such a large spike in collection of TVs, from 23,822 pounds in 2014 to 49,253 pounds in 2015, is undetermined. Another big year of 41,293 pounds of TVs happened in 2016. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Crawford County collected 41,293 pounds of televisions alone at its 2016 Clean Sweep collection. The year before that, 49,253 were accrued, according to the Crawford County Land Conservation Department (LCD).

Even at $5 per TV disposed, collection of these and other electronics to be scrapped and recycled has become a need for county consumers. That’s why the chemical clean sweep, electronics recycling and household prescription drug collection has become such a desired event for over a decade in Crawford County.

For 2017, the Clean Sweep will be Friday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Crawford County Highway Shop, one mile south of Seneca. This offering is essentially free to county residents who can provide proof of residency.

What’s accepted?
Chemicals acceptable include:

Mon
16
Oct

‘Two ways out’ the focus of fire safety, prevention this year


Fireman Ben Pintz walks his way through a group of B.A. Kennedy students, always a very popular part of the program.

Kindergartener Westen Wall holds up a number in the ‘911 chant.’

Ms. O’Brien’s 3K students listen intently to a few of the puppets who helped the fire department share its message.

Interim Fire Chief Tim Deluhery Sr. speaks to the young crowd.

By Correne Martin

Fire prevention and safety are important topics for young children to learn and understand. Doing their part to ensure local youth are aware, the Prairie du Chien Fire Department visits Prairie du Chien public and private elementary students every Fire Prevention Week to present a light-hearted yet straightforward program. The hope is that the opportunity can help remind children and their families about smoke alarm battery changing, not playing with matches or lighters, dialing 911, home escape planning and practicing, and other critical, potentially life-saving matters.

The theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8-14, is “Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out.” According to the National Fire Prevention Association, nearly half of all Americans have not developed a home fire escape plan. Of those that have, one-quarter have never practiced it.

Mon
16
Oct

National polka star coming to PdC


Mollie B, at the Frankenmuth Summer Music Fest 2016, will be showcasing her vocal talents, dancing and performing on the button accordion, trumpet, banjo, bass horn and drums while in Prairie du Chien for Oktoberfest.

Mollie is pictured in 1984 (with brother Chad playing drums in the background) singing with the Jim Busta Band.

By Correne Martin

The musical entertainment at this year’s Oktoberfest is bigger and better than ever. The lineup is so top-notch that plans for Saturday’s festival at the Memorial Gardens include a music tent, where national polka star Mollie B will be the headliner. She will join her father’s ensemble, the Jim Busta Band, and they will trade the stage with the 20-member La Crosse Oktoberfest Singers throughout the day.

Mollie Busta is the host of RFD-TV’s “Mollie B Polka Party,” in which she sings, dances and plays  a variety of different instruments. The “Mollie B Polka Party” currently airs in over 55 million homes on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.and Saturdays at 9 p.m.

Thu
12
Oct

Two-vehicle crash on Hwy. 61

On Friday, Oct. 6, at 1:10 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a two-vehicle accident on Highway 61 with no injuries and no blockage in Scott Township.

Jean G. Troxel, 49, Soldiers Grove, was traveling southbound on Highway 61 in a 2004 Buick. The Troxel vehicle was traveling behind a 2013 Subaru being operated by Brenda A. Foust, 52, East Dubuque, Ill. The Foust vehicle was slowing down for a vehicle making a left turn onto Long Ago Lane. The Troxel vehicle was unable to avoid the Foust vehicle rear-ending it.  

Both drivers claimed no injuries at the scene and both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene.

Wed
11
Oct

Crawford County to get FEMA funding


Steuben received major flooding following the July 19 storm. A county road in Steuben was just one item of public infrastructure that was severely damaged in the county. President Trump on Tuesday gave his major disaster declaration for Crawford and 10 other counties.

 

County to get FEMA storm damage funding

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Crawford County will receive $353,476 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding to help cover the costs of damage to public infrastructure as a result of the severe storm of July 19.

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