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21
Oct

Rotary Club acts to eradicate polio

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Rotary Club members in Prairie du Chien are taking action on World Polio Day (Oct. 24) to raise awareness, funds, and support to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.

Mon
21
Oct

Terrifying tales told at Villa After Dark Saturday


Things are about to get a little spooky. Take a tour, hear scary folklore, collect clues and solve a puzzle at the Villa After Dark event at Prairie du Chien’s Villa Louis Historic Site Saturday night, Oct. 26. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Follow a lamp-lit pathway through the Villa Louis mansion and other buildings and watch for scary sights along the way. Get vamped up for Halloween by attending Villa After Dark on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Take a self-guided tour through the grounds and be greeted by five aptly-dressed characters from Prairie du Chien’s past. They will be waiting inside five of the historic site’s buildings, including the rarely-opened blockhouse, with terrifying tales to tell. Stories will include folklore like the Loup-Garou (a French-Canadian werewolf legend) and the Wendigo (an Ojibwe legend) as well as true accounts like that of the murders at Fort Crawford, said Wisconsin Historical Society Southwest Sites Interpretation Manager Samantha Matern.

Mon
21
Oct

Hocus Pocus: Halloween Fun Guide for PdC area

Halloween falls on Thursday, Oct. 31, this year. 

Official trick-or-treat hours in Prairie du Chien are from 5 to 8 p.m. the evening of Halloween. The city siren will blow at the beginning and end of these hours.

During this time, local kids are also welcome at the Prairie du Chien High School parking lot where the annual Trunk or Treat will happen. The time is also from 5 to 8 p.m.

Marquette trick-or-treat hours have been planned for 4 to 7 p.m., also on Halloween. McGregor’s hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Bagley trick-or-treating will be from 5 to 7 p.m.

Mon
21
Oct

Trick-or-treat in Prairie du Chien Saturday

The coming weekend is Prairie du Chien’s big weekend to celebrate Halloween, trick-or-treating, costume contests, fun and games.

Bring the kids to Blackhawk Avenue on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 1 to 3 p.m., for the city’s annual trick-or-treating at downtown businesses. Orange pumpkins will be in the windows of participating  merchants.

The route starts with Mississippi Meats, Radio Shack and True Value, then passes through small business row, up and down Blackhawk Avenue. It also includes Backstage Pass on Wacouta Avenue, A Cut Above and Café Hope on North Beaumont Road and the River District Inn and Waterfront Hotel on Main Street.

Wed
16
Oct

High school friends take on Air Force adventures together


Friends Nick Weber and Andrew Scott enlisted in the Wisconsin National Guard after graduating from Prairie du Chien High School in 2016. (Submitted photos)

Andrew Scott and Nick Weber are on a base classified as a Forward Operating Base (FOB). They are both E-4 ranked senior airmen in the Air Force and are responsible for maintenance and oversight of F-16 fighter jet systems.

This is an example of the F-16 fighter jet the Prairie du Chien airforcemen work on at their Madison Air Force base and during their current deployment in Afghanistan.

By Correne Martin

High school friends Andrew Scott and Nick Weber are airmen in the Air Force National Guard and have been deployed in Afghanistan together since July. The pair of 2016 Prairie du Chien High School graduates perform maintenance on and oversee systems within F-16s, the wildly-utilized fighter jets.

Now E-4 ranked senior airmen in the Air Force, Drew and Nick started their adventures as a dynamic duo in high school. They were teammates on the Prairie du Chien football and basketball teams. They even got a chance to play together when the varsity basketball team went to state in 2016, according to Scott.

Wed
16
Oct

City, property owners discuss remediation for flash flooding


The aftermath of the Sept. 12 heavy rain event left behind a discouraging amount of mud and debris in the eastern neighborhoods of Prairie du Chien.

By Correne Martin

A small representation of homeowners impacted by Prairie du Chien’s bluff-side flash flooding incident of Sept. 12 spoke at Tuesday’s city council meeting, after hearing what plans city officials have to make adjustments for the future. 

The storm brought three inches of rain in about 15 minutes, pushing mud, branches and other rubble from the 730 acres of land atop the bluffs down the Highway 27 corridor into the eastern neighborhood of the city beneath the bluffs.

“It came down fast and inundated the system,” said City Administrator Chad Abram, noting that by the time city officials could get on scene, it was too late to unplug the system.

Wed
16
Oct

WEDC CEO hears about Crawford County economic environment


Driftless Development Director Jim Bowman and WEDC CEO Missy Hughes chat before entering Cafe’ Hope in Prairie du Chien Monday afternoon.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Missy Hughes, the CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), visited Prairie du Chien Monday afternoon for a meeting with economic development officials in Peoples State Bank. Hughes then toured Cafe’ Hope and the newly opened Waterfront Hotel.

Wed
16
Oct

Board approves ‘Bluewater Cove’ name for alternative ed house, PdC’s Sources of Strength mental health program seeks trusted adults from community

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien School Board Monday night approved of rolling over the current loan to pay off the approximate $850,000 in cost overages for the $18.9 million facilities upgrade project into a 10-year loan. District Administrator Bryce Bird said the 10-year loan will be paid off at approximately $100,000 per year at 3.35 percent.

Wed
16
Oct

Basic needs a struggle for 2 out of every 5 county residents

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Couleecap Director Hettie Brown gave a presentation about the Couleecap Annual Report to the Crawford County Board Tuesday morning. 

Mon
14
Oct

Mississippi River floods again, causes road closures


The road to the St. Feriole Slough Boat Landing is under water, along with the surrounding property, including land near the Prairie du Chien Marina. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

According to the National Weather Service, the Mississippi River at McGregor crested at 16.77 feet on Saturday. Flood stage is 16 feet. The river is expected to drop slowly.

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