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11
Jun

Rotary Club taking over Jaycees' Op Santa

Though the Prairie du Chien Jaycees recently disbanded, the remaining club members realized how important the successful continuation of the Operation Santa project is to the community. With that in mind, the Rotary Club of Prairie du Chien has agreed to take the lead on organizing the event moving forward.

Operation Santa has assisted hundreds of families in the area around Christmas time with a food box, gifts for children, personal hygiene products, hats, mittens, gently-used coats, etc. This community project and the need for it is why many of the Jaycee members were members in the first place. 

Mon
11
Jun

Michigan Street construction underway

The city of Prairie du Chien is beginning the Michigan Street reconstruction project. The project includes street and utility replacement on North Michigan Street, from Blackhawk Avenue to Perry Street; Haydn Street, from Michigan Street to Illinois Street; and Park Street from Michigan Street to Illinois Street. The street construction will include removing the existing street and installing new sanitary sewer, water main, storm sewer, base course, curb and gutter, asphalt pavement, concrete sidewalk and driveway aprons.

Mon
11
Jun

Rendezvous to bring fascinating history alive


All camp participants of the Prairie Villa Rendezvous are dressed in primitive, period attire, from adults to children. The 43rd annual event in Prairie du Chien will once again bring an educational glimpse into the region’s history. (Courier Press file photo)

The Big River Long Rifles will host the 43rd annual Prairie Villa Rendezvous June 14-17 on St. Feriole Island. Admittance is always free.

Lots of great foods like fry bread, kettle korn, homemade rootbeer, Indian tacos and much more are available for purchase. Trader’s row is filled with many period items to see and buy. 

The entire family can enjoy events such as the black powder gun shoot, children’s games, women’s games, primitive bow shoot, flint and steel competition and the knife and hawk throw for men, women and children.

The Rendezvous truly is a family-oriented, learning experience, portraying an educational part of the region’s history. 

Wed
06
Jun

Man injured, arrested for 4th OWI after rollover

On June 2, at 9:41 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a one-vehicle roll over crash on Highway 131 about .3 miles south of County Road S in the township of Haney.

Christopher A. Frey, 36, Gays Mills, was operating a 1997 Chevy K1500 pickup truck northbound on Highway 131. Frey stated he was traveling around 45 to 50 mph when he lost control of the vehicle.  

The vehicle entered the east side ditch and hit a mailbox. Frey’s vehicle then slid up the embankment, damaged a fence, hit a power pole and rolled over multiple times before coming to rest on its tires. Frey’s vehicle was a complete loss and was removed from the scene by Terry’s Tire and Towing.

Wed
06
Jun

River Ridge fair educates both the students and attendees


Pictured is the fifth grade class of 2000 during their state fair while attendees visited their booths. (Submitted photos)

By Rachel Mergen

 

Each year, fifth grade students at River Ridge find themselves faced with the biggest project of their grade level: the state fair. The project began in retired teacher Judy Drone’s social studies classroom around 1992 and has opened students’ eyes to states across the country ever since. 

“The crowds that we get have really increased over the years. We get parents, grandparents and neighbors, which is wonderful. It’s definitely been a good community focus,” noted current fifth grade teacher Kris Petrowitz. Throughout the school year, her students learn about the 50 states. “It’s a good culmination at the end of the year.”

Wed
06
Jun

Dillman Bros., LLC to lease city marina

By Ted Pennekamp

Wed
06
Jun

Prairie du Chien graduate works toward degree to benefit both him and the environment


Adam Rider

By Rachel Mergen

 

Recently, Prairie du Chien High School graduate Adam Rider accepted the Les Woerpel Scholarship from the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation. Rider, 20, is currently studying at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with the intent to earn in the spring of 2019 a Bachelor of Science degree in forest management, a certificate in Geographic Information System (GIS) and spatial analysis and a certificate in environmental ethics.

Wed
06
Jun

PdC leaders called upon to work toward a healthier community

By Rachel Mergen

 

On May 23, Healthy Roots of Crawford County brought community businesses, professionals and officials together to discuss how they could work to push Prairie du Chien and the county as a whole to become a healthier place to live. 

The organization, whose mission statement is “promoting healthy living across the lifespan for all residents,” is attempting to reach its vision of creating a culture rich with wellness and opportunities to be as healthy as possible. Their priorities are “connecting individuals and families to active places and spaces,” “expanding access to healthy foods” and “increasing access to community resources.”

Wed
06
Jun

How can you help limit phosphorus pollution in water

By Correne Martin

 

Fertilizer on the farm and in your lawn, soil erosion, cleaning supplies and animal waste are all sources of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution of our water. In Prairie du Chien, the city water and wastewater departments are starting a seven- to nine-year case study of its phosphorus levels. While the city limits its own pollutants and treats the phosphorus discharged from the wastewater treatment plant, what can community members do to help keep the potential for problematic phosphorus levels to a minimum?

In short, you can:

•use fertilizer responsibly, 

•don’t over water gardens and yards, 

Wed
06
Jun

Construction on Highway 27 project rolling right along


Highway 27 project crew members progress north around the Irish Ridge Road intersection. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

 

The State Highway 27 reconstruction project, from just north of Prairie du Chien through Eastman (April 3-Nov. 21), is about two months in already and seems to be on schedule. The contractor finished roadway grading from Cipra Lane to Irish Ridge Road just prior to Memorial Day, according to project manager Jeremy Krachey. Now it’s on to the next section of grading, which is Radloff Road to Limery Road/Wachuta Road. The current section will take approximately one month to complete. 

The Kraemer Company is placing select crushed subgrade improvement and base aggregate from Cipra Lane to Irish Ridge Road to complete the connection at Irish Ridge Road, Krachey said. They will continue to follow the grading contractor as they progress north to Limery Road/Wachuta Road.

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