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Wed
04
Apr

Incumbents re-elected to Crawford County Board

 

All 17 incumbents on the Crawford County Board of Supervisors won re-election to the board in the April 3 Election. All 17 incumbents ran unopposed. Incumbent Kersten “Rocky” Rocksvold was a write-in candidate.

Wed
04
Apr

Higgins, Peterson, Achenbach elected to PdC School Board

 

One incumbent and two newcomers won election to the Prairie du Chien School Board as a result of the April 3 Election.

Incumbent Lonnie Achenbach, and newcomers Thomas Peterson and Michael Higgins each won three-year terms on the board.

Incumbent Board President Christine Panka, who ran as a certified write-in candidate, was not re-elected. Incumbent Duane Rogers was also defeated.

Wed
04
Apr

Delinquent Property Taxes

 

County making 

strides regarding 

delinquent property taxes

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Crawford County continues to make strides in catching up with resolving its delinquent property tax concerns and attempting to collect those taxes.

Mon
02
Apr

Dancing with the Hawkettes to benefit Rivers and Bluffs shelter, Music Fights Back

The Hawkettes Dance Team is volunteering its off-season time to raise funds for two great organizations. Dancing with the Hawkettes will take place on Sunday, April 15, at the Dousman House in Prairie du Chien. This year’s proceeds from Dancing with the Hawkettes will benefit Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter and the Music Fights Back Foundation.

This year’s Dancing with the Hawkettes will include a dessert auction. Curt Kramer will be the auctioneer. A 50/50 raffle will also be held, benefitting the Hawkettes Dance Team for costumes and competition expenses. 

The roster of dancing partners includes:

•Jade Afroukh and Bjorn Thompson

Mon
02
Apr

It's not a party unless there are horses


The Childrens Ranch in rural Prairie du Chien hosted its annual Easter Party on Saturday. As always, a long line of children formed for the horse rides, which offered each child two sets of rides around the arena. Families also enjoyed painting, petting and getting their pictures taken with horses, like Comet below, as well as the Easter bunny. (Photos by Correne Martin)
Mon
02
Apr

Time to take Fort Crawford Museum Challenge


Kathy Koch grew up in Prairie du Chien and her husband, Gary, met her after college while working at Wyalusing Academy. For years, they’ve invested in the betterment of the Prairie du Chien community. They believe the Fort Crawford Museum’s role in preserving the area’s history is so important that they challenge the public to consider donating to the museum, and they plan to match those contributions up to $3,000. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Museum season is about to begin and Fort Crawford Museum volunteers are challenging the community to help inject more enthusiastic financial support into the site’s revenue stream.

Overseen by the Prairie du Chien Historical Society (PDCHS), Fort Crawford’s 2018 budget is $85,000. Those dollars sustain facility and grounds maintenance, exhibit creation and conservation, collection cataloguing and preservation, and other general operation costs. 

The museum is open seven days a week from May 1 through Oct. 31. 

Mon
02
Apr

Crawford County leaders to be honored

Seven awards will be presented at the eighth annual Crawford County Leadership Awards program, organized by the advisory board to the Crawford County Community Fund. The event, honoring the awardees, will be held on Thursday, April 19, in Prairie du Chien at Crossing Rivers Health Center. It will begin with an hors d’oeuvres and dessert reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend and is asked to RSVP by Friday, April 13, to Camille Smith, Crawford County Community Fund Advisory Board chair (608-769-2503 or camillemsmith@icloud.com). 

Those being honored in their respective categories include: 

Business Development Award: Pam Ritchie for her work with Café Hope and the Opportunity Center;

Mon
02
Apr

White nose syndrome continues to spread


White nose syndrome is named for the powdery white fuzz that develops on hibernating bats’ noses, ears and wings. (Wisconsin DNR Photo)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The recent discovery of white nose syndrome in bats in Spook Cave in Iowa shows that the disease is continuing to spread relatively rapidly.

In 2016, the number of bats in Spook Cave near McGregor surpassed 300. In 2017 only eight bats were found. In 2018, just four bats were located.

Wed
28
Mar

PdC City Council District 1 candidates


Ron Leys and Nathan Bremmer

A retired three-term incumbent is being challenged by a full-time law enforcement officer who’s new to politics in the city of Prairie du Chien’s first district common council election, Tuesday, April 3. Ron Leys is opposed by challenger Nathan Bremmer in the race. The two will appear in a candidate debate Tuesday, March 27, at 6 p.m., at city hall. Both took some time last week to answer a series of questions regarding city issues. Their responses follow. 

 

RON LEYS

¬What is your educational, political and community background that you feel qualifies you to serve? 

Wed
28
Mar

Primary winners vie for W-S School Board seat

Political newcomers Mara Hird and Kathleen Schwartz will face off in the April 3 spring election to the Wauzeka-Steuben School Board. The two women earned the right to contest one another for the seat by receiving more votes than incumbent and board president Bill Marfilius in the Feb. 20 primary. 

Hird is a lifelong district resident and People’s State Bank consumer loan officer in Wauzeka. She is married with two young children.

Schwartz has lived 10 years in the district and is a De Soto Middle School teacher. She is married with two adult children.

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