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Wed
20
Nov

Thanksgiving meal served, all welcome

A free Thanksgiving dinner will be served to area community members at the Apostalic White House Church in Prairie du Chien on Thursday, Nov. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Dine in at 1300 S. Marquette Rd., take carryouts or order in-town deliveries by calling (608) 306-0469. The church can accommodate about 40 people inside its facility.

All are welcome to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, sweet potatoes, green beans, dessert, coffee, tea, milk and water. Thanks to church and community volunteers, as well as a main donation from Zinkle’s Piggly Wiggly, about 20 people will come together in the days leading up to and the day of Thanksgiving to cook and provide the free meal and opportunity for fellowship. 

Wed
20
Nov

Car flies over a creek, teenager injured

On Nov. 18, at 7:41 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a one-vehicle rollover crash on State Highway 171 just west of Trout Drive in Clayton Township. 

Wyatt Mickelson, 18, Gays Mills, was westbound on Highway 171 in a 2004 Buick LeSabre. His vehicle left the right side of Highway 171, drove through three fences and went airborne over a creek before coming to rest. Mickelson had to be extricated from the vehicle and was transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital by Tri-State EMS.

Assisting at the scene were the Wisconsin State Patrol for crash investigation, the Crawford County Highway Department, the Soldiers Grove Fire Department, the Gays Mills Fire Department, North Crawford EMS, Ocooch Mountain Rescue and Fry’s Towing.

Wed
20
Nov

Knife allegedly displayed in confrontation

On Saturday, Nov. 16, at approximately 8:49 p.m., the Marquette–McGregor Police Department responded to the parking lot of Casino Queen, in Marquette, Iowa, pertaining to a theft which resulted in a knife being displayed.

An officer observed the vehicle involved and initiated a high risk traffic stop at the intersection of Marquette Drive and First Street. Additional officers from the Prairie du Chien Police Department responded and assisted in securing the occupants of the stopped vehicle.

During the investigation, Brandon L. Burdick, of Prairie du Chien, was accused of stealing money from Derek D. White. White confronted Burdick in the Casino Queen parking lot. During their confrontation, White was accused of displaying a knife. White was located in the Casino Queen parking lot and immediately detained.

Wed
20
Nov

RDA proceeds toward blight determination in case of Blackhawk Junction purchase

By Correne Martin

As the city of Prairie du Chien and Crawford County governments negotiate a potential sale of the Blackhawk Junction property—with the city’s Redevelopment Authority (RDA) as the purchaser—the common council took the first step Tuesday night in authorizing the RDA to proceed with obtaining a blight determination for the property. Making such a determination is necessary in order to carry out redevelopment plans and eliminate the blight, and toward the receipt of a $35,000 cleanup grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

“If the RDA and the county cannot come to an agreement on the property, the process would stop,” said City Planner Garth Frable, during the regular common council meeting. 

Wed
20
Nov

K9000 Dog Wash: From Australia to PdC


Birdie the black lab enjoyed a warm bath in the convenient new, self-serve K9000 Dog Wash, as a demonstration for those attending the chamber ribbon cutting there Nov. 15. Birdie has been to the wash before and was loving the additional pampering. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Pictured at the K9000 Dog Wash during the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors’ ribbon cutting Nov. 15 were (from left) Bob Moses, Tricia Landt, Bob Sutton, Kathy Pettit with Birdie the labrador, Shannon Landt, Sandy and Shane Landt, Jamie Stram, Bob Standorf, Char Bender and Paul Ginkel. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The K9000 Dog Wash is the first of its kind in the area, installed along Highway 18 in Prairie du Chien and opened in September. 

Shane and Sandy Landt, of Monona, Iowa, made a deal with Gary Welter, of Quality Beverage, to establish the new small business on the south end of the liquor store’s parking lot—between there and Computer Support Plus.

There are two self-serve, user-friendly dog wash bays that make up the interior of the trailer. 

Wed
20
Nov

City RDA, county negotiating over Blackhawk Junction Mall


The west side of Blackhawk Junction Mall houses Suppz Gym, Mississippi Meats, H&R Block and Associated Bank. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien Redevelopment Authority (RDA), through the city attorney’s office, made a formal, written offer to buy Blackhawk Junction Mall from Crawford County during the county’s Delinquent Tax Committee meeting Monday morning.

Mon
18
Nov

Schools could once again exceed revenue limits for energy efficiency


The 20 solar panels at Prairie du Chien High School produce “green” electricity that saves the district $8,000-$10,000 per year. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Wisconsin Legislature has been reviewing a bill that would once again allow school districts to exceed the revenue limit without a referendum for energy efficiency projects. Assembly Bill 553 would reverse a line-item veto in the 2017-2019 state budget in which then Governor Scott Walker instituted a 1,000-year moratorium on the practice.

Mon
18
Nov

Caregivers: Register for ‘Day Out’

By Correne Martin

Caregivers know it’s just as important to take care of themselves as it is their loved ones. But finding the best time and back-up caretaker to make that happen is never easy. 

To help area guardians get the respite they need, a Caregivers Day Out is being offered Saturday, Dec. 7. From 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the Aging and Disability Resource Center, of Prairie du Chien, will give caregivers that necessary time away to do whatever they choose, whether it’s to go Christmas shopping, grab lunch with friends, catch a movie at the theater, take a nap, etc. 

Mon
18
Nov

Long Rifles seek plan B for 2020 Rendezvous

Group working in advance so high river won’t mean cancelation entirely

By Correne Martin

Having no Rendezvous in Prairie du Chien this past June resulted in more lasting effects than the general public may have realized. But the Big River Long Rifles are working to secure a back-up site in advance of next year’s Prairie Villa Rendezvous so that, even if the river is high again in 2020, they can swiftly move the event, rather than cancel it altogether. 

“We’ve heard enough from the local people about what was lost. We don’t want to have to cancel again,” explained BRLR club member Julie Warrington. “We want to reach out and get the community’s support. In order to have a Rendezvous next year, we need to have a really solid plan B.”

Wed
13
Nov

PdC RDA makes verbal offer to buy Blackhawk Junction Mall

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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