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Wed
28
Mar

Accident results in 7th OWI arrest for De Soto man

On March 27, at 8:25 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a two-vehicle traffic crash on Highway 82 (Lansing Dike), one mile west of Highway 35, in the township of Freeman.

Elijah A. Bark, 31, Gays Mills, was operating a 1986 Freightliner dump truck, loaded with approximately 55,000 pounds of sand, eastbound on Highway 82. Christopher J. Konichek, 61, De Soto, was following behind the dump truck, operating a 2002 Chrysler Voyager van. 

While both vehicles were traveling eastbound, Konichek struck the rear driver’s side of the dump truck with the passenger side of his vehicle. The dump truck sustained moderate damage and the van sustained severe front-end damage.

Wed
28
Mar

Highway 27 work begins on Tuesday


Jack Kramer (center), of Kramer Construction, addresses a question at the Highway 27 public information meeting Monday night in Eastman. He’s also pictured with Peter James (left) , of H. James & Sons, and DOT Project Leader Tim Maedke. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Bruce Richardson asked meeting officials how his wife is going to get to work in Boscobel, from their home on the southern County N. He was told she should be able to cross Highway 27, from County N (on the south) to County N (on the north) for all except about three weeks this summer.

DOT Project Manager Jeremy Krachey (right) and Wayne Scherer, who drives bus for the Prairie du Chien School District, put their minds together during the meeting to determine how the school children living on Highway 27 and in Eastman may be transported during construction, from April 3 until classes are out for the summer.

By Correne Martin

The Highway 27 road construction project, from Prairie du Chien through Eastman, will begin April 3 and end around Nov. 21, according to information shared at a Monday evening meeting at the Salem United Methodist Church hall in Eastman. 

Around 45 people attended to hear a summary of the project and to ask questions of the officials from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and contractors The Kraemer Company and H. James & Sons. 

The work will start April 3 with milling in the area of Cipra Road, nearest Prairie du Chien. Then it will continue linearly from the south to the north, all the way to East Meadow Lane in Eastman. 

Wed
28
Mar

Hwy. 35 road work within city of PdC starts Monday

Area residents have shared their confusion at recent road construction meetings regarding the Highway 35 construction starting Monday, April 2. It seems signs north of Prairie du Chien regarding the closure have caused the uncertainty. 

To clarify, the construction in question on Highway 35 has to do with the Marquette Road work within the city of Prairie du Chien. The project will occur between La Pointe and Mooney Streets, better known as, from Culver’s Restaurant to Eddie’s Irish Pub.

A public info meeting was held Wednesday, March 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the community room at Prairie du Chien City Hall. 

Staging locations and tentative time frames for the Marquette Road/Highway 35 project are as follows: 

Wed
28
Mar

Lawler School Lofts


Work continues on the third floor hallway. The original tin ceiling has been scraped, primed and painted and will add to the historic character of the building. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

This apartment will have an interesting archway and windows. The apartments of Lawler School Lofts are of varying sizes and shapes.

A 31-vehicle garage is being built behind Lawler School Lofts.

 

Some apartments in Lawler School Lofts nearing completion

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Some of the apartments which will be part of Lawler School Lofts should be nearly completed in two to three weeks, especially those on the third floor.

Mon
26
Mar

Prairie du Chien man enjoys making maple syrup


Ben Hoksch strains some sap while cooking Friday afternoon. A jar of sweet syrup rests upon one of the cinder blocks. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The cooking of the sap is done over several hours.

The sap from a nearby maple tree is poured into a five-gallon bucket.

Ben watches over his homemade cooker.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

It’s maple syrup season and Prairie du Chien’s Ben Hoksch is one who enjoys creating the tasty treat each year with a little help from his friends.

“It’s a lot of work,” said Ben. “But, I have fun doing it.”

Wed
21
Mar

Nerison will not seek re-election

State Representative Lee Nerison (R-Westby) announced Monday that he is not running for re-election in 2018 and will be retiring from the legislature at the end of his term. 

“I remember stopping by the State Capitol as a kid with my family on the way back from a Milwaukee Braves game. I keep the family picture we took that day in my Capitol office to remind me as a legislator of what a privilege it is to serve in the legislature. I never dreamed I would end up here, but it has been such an honor to work and serve with so many great people,” Nerison said. 

Wed
21
Mar

Forum rallies legislators to save the farm industry


Rural Prairie du Chien dairy farmer John Nolan put the farm forum panel members’ feet to the fire, asking them questions and sharing his personal story of doing everything he possibly can to make ends meet. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Farmers, processors, FFA students and ag industry professionals made up the 150 concerned citizens in attendance at Friday’s Farm Forum in Seneca.

Sen. Jennifer Shilling fervidly addresses a remark from the farm forum crowd that hypothetically asked what politicians are going to do about the current farm crisis issues. She said, during a farm tour that morning, she made notes of all the areas she’s going to get to work in to help out struggling farmers. Also pictured are Frank Friar (left), Wisconsin Farm Center economic specialist, and Ryan Cornett, regional representative for Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

Matt Achenbach explains to Sen. Jennifer Shilling and 96th Assembly candidate Paul Buhr how the cows on Achenbach Hy-View Farms are monitored electronically. A special collar informs him how much each cow is eating and even if she’s eating at all. He said the system will notify him if she’s not eaten in four hours’ time, something the farm workers may not have noticed for a whole day or more without the technology. The Achenbachs were one of two Crawford County dairy farms toured by politicians and ag industry representatives prior to Friday’s farm forum in Seneca. They said times are tough, but they'll "be all right."

Matt Achenbach shows Sen. Jennifer Shilling and 96th Assembly candidate Paul Buhr his farm's manure pit and discusses how it was constructed, how often it's emptied, etc.

By Correne Martin

Farmers across the country, particularly in western Wisconsin, are lying awake at night in fear. They wonder whether they’ve worked their entire lives at something they’ve loved so deeply, just to lose the farm before the next generation gets a chance to try their hand at it. 

They’re worrying about low market milk prices, rising feed costs, lack of margin protection payout, ag loan woes, product marketing, encroaching out-of-state producers, free trade export deals—and the list goes on. 

Wed
21
Mar

Residents request attention be paid to St. Feriole Island streets

By Correne Martin

Concern over the quality of the city streets on St. Feriole Island was a topic not even on the agenda at the start of Tuesday night’s regular Prairie du Chien Common Council meeting. But Cathie and Tom Nelson, members of the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens committee, utilized the public comment period of the meeting to address deterioration of those streets and inquire about when a plan for repairs is going to be made. 

“I mailed a letter to all the council members and never heard back,” Cathie Nelson remarked. 

Her husband, Tom, added that he’s asked on several occasions that something be done to fix potholes and certain problem areas on the streets, namely on Fourth Street in front of the gardens, and “nothing was done.” 

Wed
21
Mar

PdC School Board Election

 

Prairie du Chien School Board Candidates

On Tuesday, April 3, Prairie du Chien School District residents will vote in the election for the Prairie du Chien School Board. There are five candidates running for three seats. Each seat is for a three-year term. The candidates include: incumbent Duane Rogers; incumbent Lonnie Achenbach; incumbent Christine Panka, who will not be on the ballot but who is running as a certified write-in candidate; newcomer Tom Peterson and newcomer Michael Higgins. Associate Editor Ted Pennekamp compiled the following information from the five candidates.

Tue
20
Mar

Elder Arlan Dyb

Elder Arlan Dyb, 89, of Eastman, passed away peacefully on March 19, after a short illness. 

He was born Jan. 29, 1929, in Mt Sterling, to Carl and Julia Runice Dyb, Elder lived his entire life in Crawford County. 

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