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Wed
23
Aug

Bartlett races toward greatness


Nathan Bartlett is pictured running in the annual Elvelopet 15K which took place July 29 during Decorah’s Nordic Fest. (Submitted photo)

By Rachel Mergen

 

Not many people can say they are capable of running approximately 9.3 miles in one hour and 35 seconds. Few people are able to power through 50 to 60 miles of running each week, pushed by just their own passion.

Nathan Bartlett, 29-year-old middle school cross country coach and high school math teacher in the Prairie du Chien School District, is one of those rare people.

“I have always been kind of a perfectionist,” Nathan stated about his start in running. “I wanted to discover my limits.”

In high school, Nathan found himself participating in cross country competitively. He enjoyed discovering what he was capable of doing.

From that point on, he always had a love for the activity, but held back on competing with others.

Wed
23
Aug

Bloomington American Legion building full of history, home-cooked meals


Mary Adrian opened Ma’s Bakery 23 years ago after having a passion for baking cakes for many years prior. (Photos by Rachel Mergen)

Ma’s Bakery and the American Legion building is located at 450 Canal St., in Bloomington.

By Rachel Mergen

 

In 1880, the American Legion Building in Bloomington was built by Sprague and Holford at 450 Canal St. It was the largest store in the village. Its dimensions were 57 by 60 feet, and it was built to have a hall over the entire building, which is said to be able to contain between 400 and 500 people. The bottom floor included two stores, one being the L.D. Holford’s Drug Store, which was eventually bought by James Hatch in 1898.

Ora Hatch, business partner of James Hatch, took over the Bloomington drug store in 1900, when James went to manage their Lancaster store. In 1905, Ora bought the Bloomington store.

 

The drug store was mentioned many times in local newspapers under headlines like “Hatch has a train” and “A close call for Ora Hatch.”

Wed
23
Aug

‘Flushable’ wipes, other items blamed for clogs

By Rachel Mergen

 

“Its seems like we tend to make lists of things that should not go down a toilet, which leaves us open to getting things that are not on the list down the toilet. For example, how many times have you found a G.I. Joe Doll at your wastewater plant? It obviously was flushed down the toilet, but since it was not on our list of things to not flush down the toilet, (people feel) it’s OK,” stated wastewater trainer Chris Groh, in a letter sent to the Prairie du Chien Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Lately, flushable bathroom wipes have become a trend in society. With buyers not wanting them collected in their garbage cans, they enjoy being able to simply dispose of them with a single flush.

Wed
23
Aug

Bagley Unmoved over Iowa Blast

 

Earth does 

not move in Bagley 

during latest Iowa blast

Seismographs pick up nothing

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
23
Aug

FEMA Meeting

 

FEMA approves 

all Crawford County 

storm damage projects

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
21
Aug

Julia Lansing soon to be honored by Mt. Hope community


Julia Lansing (left) is pictured with her longtime friend and helper Maxine Bauer inside the Lansing Store in Mt. Hope.

By Rachel Mergen

 

A committee of Mt. Hope residents have united to work toward creating a memorial for one of the town’s most revered residents, Julia Lansing, who passed away on June 30.

Dick Lambert, Peg Moore, Marlys Schmitz and Janet Nichols came together to recognize the impact that Julia had on their community throughout her 80 years of life.

Julia was the daughter of George and Deloris Lansing, who, along with Julia’s sister Orlean, moved to Mt. Hope from Ossian, Iowa, to open a general store. Julia was born in the upper level of the store at Centre and Main Street.

Mon
21
Aug

City releases statement on pool investigation

 The city of Prairie du Chien released an update Friday afternoon regarding the Aug. 2 matter at the Wacouta Aquatic Park, where a 4-year-old boy was pulled from the swimming pool unconscious and later died in a hospital.

“The city is taking this matter very seriously and is currently conducting an extensive investigation to identify all facts associated with the drowning,” City Administrator Art Osten said in the press release. “Upon completion of the investigation, the city will take any and all necessary action to attempt to prevent such an incident from occurring again in the future.”

Mon
21
Aug

Kindness Rocks spread messages of inspiration and community warmth


Elouise was among the local children last week who was delighted to find a Prairie du Chien Kindness Rock. She found hers outside Zinkle’s Piggly Wiggly and has been overjoyed to spread the happiness by creating other rocks with her family to hide in Prairie du Chien. (Facebook photos)

Krystal Forde utilized her artistic skills and creative mind to cover these rocks with kindness.

Kris Wagner, of Prairie du Chien, decorated these stones, using kite string and spray paint to create the tie-dyed effect.

Area youth have been the most active in painting rocks for the movement.

This yellow, SpongeBob SquarePants rock was hidden off the beaten path.

A Kindness Rock awaits its curious hunter along the riverfront.

By Correne Martin

If you haven’t noticed the cleverly-decorated rocks hidden sporadically around Prairie du Chien, then you’ve at least seen the Facebook pictures of excited kids posing with painted stones they’ve found.

Prairie du Chien Kindness Rocks started at the beginning of August. The free, family-friendly activity is meant to inspire people to get out and be active together and hopefully bridge the gap between the wealthy and the homeless in the community through altruistic messages.

“We live in a community that has a high percentage of poverty. Simply put, there are many who cannot afford activities,” expressed Cassie Hubanks, who, along with Krystal Forde, started Prairie du Chien Kindness Rocks. “I imagine kindness rocks opening more doors to connect people from all walks of life.”

Mon
21
Aug

Library expansion to begin as soon as well is capped

By Correne Martin

The beloved fountain in front of the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library may soon disappear. But patrons will be happy to know the library’s renovation project includes plans for a representative fountain among landscaping at the new entrance.

Capping the artesian well beneath the fountain essentially begins the construction process, involving the library’s new addition and revamp of its current interior space. A groundbreaking is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 11.

The city has contracted CTW Corporation Water Wells and Pumps, of Baraboo, to abandon the well, because it was found that the “water is flowing somewhere we don’t know,” according to Friends of the Library President Linda Munson.

“We’re fairly confident it must be going to the river, and that there must be some channel built years ago that it’s following,” she explained.

Wed
16
Aug

Mysterious jail once found in Bloomington


Bloomington’s former jail can still be found on South Bowery Street. The village owns the building and uses it for storage. (Photo by Rachel Mergen)

By Rachel Mergen

 

Bloomington’s old jail is a lost memory for the village. The building, which still stands on South Bowery Street, once helped detain those who found themselves being a bit too reckless.

The jail is a mysterious part of history, not specifically mentioned often in newspaper records. Jim Warczak, Bloomington historian, mentioned the possibility that jails were not a widely-accepted topic. With the subject looked down upon, mentions of the confinement area can, for the most part, only be found in village ordinances and treasury reports.

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