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Mon
08
Oct

Auditorium, school upgrade almost done


Details are being finished on the inside of the new auditorium and the outside is almost done as well. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The new 766-seat auditorium is considered a state-of-the-art facility.

 

 

4.5 percent over budget is said to be typical for a project of this scale

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
08
Oct

High-speed chase results in Mount Hope man’s arrest

An area man was arrested Oct. 1, on narcotics-related charges, following a high-speed chase and crash, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

At about 1:30 a.m., last Monday, a Prairie du Chien police officer observed a vehicle driving east on West Blackhawk Avenue, with an equipment violation. When the officer turned around in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop, the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Christopher Easterling, 29, of Mount Hope, increased his speed. The vehicle turned south into an alleyway, then west on East Wisconsin Street, and a vehicle pursuit began. Speeds reached around 100 mph near the Highway 18 bridge, and the vehicle began passing other vehicles.

Mon
08
Oct

Crawford County plat book updated, for sale


On the front cover of the Crawford County plat book are pictures of the county fair, which is the recipient of the proceeds from book sales.

By Correne Martin

The Crawford County plat book is updated and for sale to interested hunters, property owners, emergency service departments and citizens in general. Proceeds from the booklet benefit the Crawford County Fair, according to fair coordinator, Amanda Griswold.

Updated every five years, a plat book consists of maps showing rural property outlines of parcels over five acres, the number of acres and the name of the landowner. Locally-owned, state and federal lands are shown. Township names, section numbers, range numbers, lakes and rivers are included as well. 

Wed
03
Oct

Moving day coming for PdC library


The front desk area of Prairie du Chien's new state-of-the-art library depicts the sophisticated feel that the entire facility now has, thanks to the warm and rich colors and textures of the woodwork, paint, light fixtures, carpeting and other finishes. (Photos by Correne Martin)

It was easy to see Tuesday that the final touches are being done inside the new library, involving mainly cleaning. This picture looks down the hallway between the teen and adult spaces. The library is tentatively slated to open Oct. 15.

Standing inside the front entry, patrons can walk straight (to the right in this photo) to access the checkout desk, left to enter the children's library, right to enter the adult and teen space, or take an immediate left and open another door to enter the meeting room, which is open after hours by appointment.

This counter is in vicinity of the children's library.

The large children's library area, meant to accommodate a large number of visitors for children's programming.

Exterior landscaping is about the last task that needs to be done around the new library. Here is the front entryway.

Parker's parking lot is being prepped for public and library patron parking behind the new library. Entrance to the lot will be off Beaumont Road. The library is in the background here.

For months, the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library has been waiting to return to its home at 125 S. Wacouta Ave. Tentatively, on Oct. 5, at 5 p.m., the temporary location at St. John’s school will be closing. Then, the newly-renovated facility will open its doors to patrons on Monday, Oct. 15.

To make the conversion, the library (both locations) will be closed, Oct. 6-14, in order to make the move. 

The good news is, with the extended closure in mind, the library staff and board encourage everyone to come in and check out a ton of books and materials. Not only will you be helping them out, but there’s also no limit, so you will be able to check out as many books as you wish. 

Wed
03
Oct

Marine purchase of Old National Bank will be official soon

Old National building for sale, 3 branch employees retained

By Correne Martin

Marine Credit Union has provided financial services for clients in the Prairie du Chien area since 2001. Having grown its customer base in the market, Marine feels the community is a great place to further expand. Its recent regulatory approval to acquire the local Old National Bank branch validates that commitment.

This means the Old National Bank branch, at 600 E. Blackhawk Ave., in Prairie du Chien, will permanently shut down at the close of business on Friday, Oct. 26. Then, on Monday, Oct. 29, former Old National customers will begin banking at Marine Credit Union, which is located at 1415 S. Marquette Rd.

Wed
03
Oct

Variance OK’d for 24-hour crushing to accommodate road work

By Correne Martin

Contractors for the Marquette Road project in Prairie du Chien are operating on a tight schedule, as most construction work goes. In order for the main contractor, Gerke Excavating, to keep up with the project, the company requested and the city council granted a variance of the municipal code for loud and unnecessary noise. 

The code prohibits anyone, except for city employees, between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., from performing construction work or operating any loud machinery, according to Interim City Administrator Chad Abram. However, upon application to the council, the code can be waived for good cause for any period of time. 

Wed
03
Oct

La Riviere bird blind offers great viewing, photographing


A new bird blind and a silhouette deflector behind it were constructed near a bird bath in La Riviere Park near Prairie du Chien. A bird feeder may soon be put up nearby. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Eight bat houses are near the barn at La Riviere Park. Five more are in the grasslands. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Joe Prew, left, and Mike Hazen put up bat houses in April of 2017. (Photo submitted)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A bird viewing and photographing blind was completed in mid August at La Riviere Park of Prairie du Chien and is open for use by the public.

Mon
01
Oct

New deer carcass transport rules are in effect

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Governor Scott Walker approved and signed new emergency rules Sept. 5 regarding the transporting of deer carcasses. The new rules went into effect Oct. 1, and will last for nine months. All hunters and other interested persons are encouraged to read the new rules on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website (dnr.wi.gov).

Mon
01
Oct

Driver arrested, passenger airlifted

The driver of a vehicle was arrested for an OMVI, causing injury, after a crash that occurred Saturday morning that sent her passenger by MedLink for treatment, according to the Crawford County Sheriff's Department.

On Sept. 29, just before 3 a.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a 911 call of a one-vehicle rollover with injuries on Quarry Road, just off County Road B, in the town of Freeman.

Mon
01
Oct

Meet historic people at Visiting Our Ancestors cemetery tour


At St. Gabriel’s Cemetery, which began in 1840, some of the community’s finest memorials stand, including this one for John Lawler. (Submitted photo)

The nights are cool and the leaves are turning color, so it is time for the popular event, Visiting Our Ancestors, sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Historical Society. This event is a Tour of Prairie du Chien’s six historic cemeteries.

On Saturday, Oct. 6, the tour begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Fort Crawford Museum, located at 717 S. Beaumont Rd. All will gather at the museum, then board vans to travel to the cemeteries, beginning with the Old French Cemetery and ending at the Brisbois Cemetery high above on the bluffs. At each cemetery, the costumed host of the tour will give a short history of the burying grounds and then introduce the resident. 

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