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17
Apr

Here a ‘neigh,’ there a ‘neigh’ for Easter

Avery Kilburg was one of many young girls and boys who enjoyed pony rides at the Children’s Ranch’s annual Easter Party Saturday. In addition to the glory of sitting atop the majestic animals, the youngsters petted, brushed and fed some of the horses, colored Easter eggs and crafts and visited with the Easter bunny. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Mon
17
Apr

2016 walleye 'young of year' numbers low, but big 2015 will help maintain population

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Traditionally, as the weather warms up, more and more anglers take to their area waters to test their skills and try their luck. Each year is a bit different, but Mississippi River anglers in Pools 9 and 10 should expect a healthy fishery in 2017 despite relatively low numbers of certain species netted by DNR electrofishing crews this past fall.

Wed
12
Apr

Fish and Wildlife Hearings

 

Crawford County citizens give 

input on fish and wildlife rules

High-capacity wells, railroads part of discussion

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
12
Apr

Man’s small gesture of kindness helps out another

By Correne Martin

The world can seem like an unfriendly place at times. Still, a man from the Seneca area has a story that not only brightened his day but might also encourage others to pay it forward.

Rick Lakin was at the Prairie du Chien Public Library on April 7, working on the Internet and trying to post his bicycle for sale on Craigslist. He was talking to the kind librarian about his personal experiences as a 15-year throat cancer survivor and about how he’s now healthy, but having difficulty finding a job due to his health history.

“I was telling her how I was broke and want to get a job, but nobody will hire me because they don’t want me on their insurance,” said Lakin, who was a machine automation sales representative for 40 years.

As he was talking, a gentleman who had been reading the newspaper in the library came walking past, held out a 100 dollar bill and said, “You dropped this,” and kept on walking, out of the library.

Wed
12
Apr

Firefighters association donates toward Prairie du Chien’s new fire truck

The Prairie du Chien Firefighters Association was represented at the Prairie du Chien Common Council meeting Tuesday, April 11, to present a donation of $11,600 to the city toward the purchase of the new fire truck, which is currently being built. $10,000 was raised by the association and the additional funds were contributed by an anonymous family that wanted to pay for a bell to be added to the truck for nostalgic reasons. The family will receive the bell back once the truck has reached its service capacity in Prairie du Chien. The money donated was raised through the association’s fundraisers—mainly Christmas tree sales, pancake breakfasts and chili suppers—at which the community generously showed its support. Since there were certain “bells and whistles” desired by the fire department above and beyond the city’s budget for the new truck, the donation will be used toward those features. Pictured (from left) are Jaaren Riebe, Wayne Koecke, Mayor Dave Hemmer and Derek Eastman.

Wed
12
Apr

Mere idea of third railroad track could stall 2018 Marquette Road project again

By Correne Martin

Reconstruction of Marquette Road, from Mooney Street to La Pointe Street, in Prairie du Chien, is on schedule for 2018. The project, which was originally scheduled for 2017, flip-flopped years several times due to the question of state funding. However, as the construction season begins, it appears 2018 is the plan.

While the Department of Transportation’s plans include the road and storm sewer, part of the city’s responsibility is to determine Community Sensitive Design (CSD) amenities, which aesthetically dress up the roadway. The DOT will reimburse the city 100 percent for its CSD expenses that include a 10-foot asphalt trail, 5-foot chain-link fence alongside the railroad tracks, and trees, among other items. The proposed designs were submitted to the DOT in August 2016, by the city’s engineer, Vierbicher Associates.

Wed
12
Apr

Preliminary hearing set for driver involved in double-fatal crash

By Correne Martin

The driver who was involved in the accident that killed Kirk U’Ren and Jenni Steiner in Madison Feb. 12, is expected in Dane County Court for his preliminary hearing, Thursday, April 20, at 9 a.m. Charges against Brandon Ballweg were filed in Dane County Monday, according to Wisconsin Circuit Court Access. (A request for the criminal complaint was made to the Dane County Clerk of Circuit Court Tuesday, though processing could take as many as 10 business days.)

Ballweg faces two counts of second-degree reckless homicide, two charges of homicide by vehicular use-controlled substance, three counts of second-degree recklessly endangering safety, one count of reckless driving causing bodily harm and one count of causing injury while operating-controlled substance (PAC <0.15). These include seven felony charges, of varying degrees, and two misdemeanors.

Tue
11
Apr

BoxLogix Expanding


BoxLogix of Prairie du Chien has relocated to a nice, new building in the North Gateway Business Park. The storage shed behind the new building should be complete by the end of May. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Corey Anderson and Cory Raisbeck are the founders of BoxLogix.

 

BoxLogix excited about new location and brisk business

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Anyone traveling on Cliffwood Drive north of Prairie du Chien is sure to have noticed a nice, new, rustic looking building near Dyesport.

Mon
10
Apr

‘Egg’static hunters

“Egg”cited children and their parents made a mad dash for Easter eggs at the Knights of Columbus Easter Egg Hunt at Cecil Smith Park Sunday morning. The traditional colored plastic eggs disappeared within less than a minute from the start. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Mon
10
Apr

Tribute to a true public servant

Crawford County emergency vehicles came together for a proper sendoff for Roger Martin, 63, of Eastman, who passed away April 3. Martin was the county’s emergency management director for 16 years. He was also an active member of the Eastman Fire Department, where he served as fire chief, and belonged to the Eastman First Responders and served as the village board president and the fire warden. Nearly every fire, EMS and law enforcement department in the county had a vehicle representing it in the funeral processional Thursday morning, from Prairie du Chien to his final resting place in Eastman. (Photo by Correne Martin)

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