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06
Apr

Ground broken for new True Value store


Store owners, city officials, construction managers and other stakeholders involved in bringing to fruition the new Nelson True Value project on North Marquette Road manned the golden shovels April 1 during the ceremonial groundbreaking at the site. Plans are for the store to be open by October or November 2015. Pictured (from left) are Dan Kanis, Nelson True Value co-owner; Dave Hemmer, mayor; Aaron Kramer, city administrator; Scott Truehl, Friede and Associates co-owner; Duane Rogers, city redevelopment authority; Jacob Kanis, Nelson True Value partner; Mark Brueggen, Nelson True Value general manager; Jeff Behnke, Friede and Associates senior estimator; Marvin Bengtson, Friede and Associates project superintendent; Bob Standorf, chairman of the city redevelopment authority; Bob Moses, chamber of commerce CEO/president; Bob McDonald, Prairie du Chien Economic Development Corporation president; Steve Shulfer, Shulfer Architects CEO; and Gina Keenan, DNR remediation and redevelopment agent. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A retail project that’s been 10 years in the making finally broke ground last week in Prairie du Chien. Nelson True Value will relocate to a new state-of-the-art store on North Marquette Road upon its completion in October/November 2015. The site is located just north of Walgreens.

During the groundbreaking Wednesday afternoon, April 1, Owner Dan Kanis talked about the excitement of the day.

“This is overwhelming. I didn’t expect so many people here,” he said, acknowledging the 100 or so in attendance, including his family, business representatives and area citizens. “It shows how much of a community effort this really was. We’ve been at the same location for the past 40-plus years. There’s a little bit of emotion today, but we’re extremely excited to relocate and to be here on Marquette Road.”

Mon
06
Apr

Vest-A-Dog memorial donation given to sheriff’s department


The family of the late Kevin May, who passed away in December, recently provided a donation to Crawford County Sheriff’s Department in his honor. The near $1,000 contribution was used toward purchasing a bullet- and stab-proof vest for K9 Officer Breck. The family is pictured with members of the sheriff’s department (front, from left): Sheriff Dale McCullick, mom Betty May, Austin May, Cadence May, Hailey May, Carolyn May, Deputy Joe Breeser and K9 Officer Breck, and dad Patrick May; (back) brothers Jon May, Brian May and Jason May, and friend and retired longtime sheriff’s department officer Jerry Barrette. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Longtime Prairie du Chien resident Kevin May passed away Dec. 16 at the young age of 38. The way he lived his life with compassion and a strong motivation to help others will continue to make an impact on Crawford County for many years.

On Friday, Kevin’s parents, brothers and other family members met with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K9 team, Deputy Joe Breeser and K9 Officer Breck, the recipient of a bullet- and stab-proof vest from Wisconsin Vest-A-Dog, in Kevin’s memory. The family donated nearly $1,000 to cover the cost of the new gear.

Mon
06
Apr

New downtown business


Patrick Igou and Ryan Fox welcome one and all to their new downtown Prairie du Chien establishment “The Tavern.”

 

‘The Tavern’ opens in downtown Prairie du Chien

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A new business has recently opened in downtown Prairie du Chien in the former Fort Crawford Hotel building. “The Tavern” first opened its doors on Saturday, March 28 and has been welcoming customers ever since into its rustic, down-to-earth atmosphere. 

Thu
02
Apr

Prairie du Chien School Board election

 

Seven candidates vie for Prairie du Chien School Board

There are seven candidates for the Prairie du Chien Board of Education election on April 7.

Candidates will vie for four seats on the board. The term of office for three of the seats will be three years beginning April 2015 and going through April 2018. The term of office for the completion of the unfilled term for Tracy Morovits-Feye is one year beginning April 2015 and running through April 2016. The top four vote-getters will be elected. The fourth-place candidate will be elected to the one-year term.

Wed
01
Apr

New Fellowship Hall


It is hoped that the new 7,000-square-foot Community Fellowship Hall being constructed next to St. John’s Catholic Church will be completed in the fall.

 

New Community Fellowship Hall 

being constructed next to St. John’s

By Ted Pennekamp

 

As anyone traveling along the 700 block of S. Wacouta Avenue would have noticed, there will soon be a big, new Community Fellowship Hall next to St. John’s Catholic Church. 

Wed
01
Apr

Prairie du Chien Common Council will be reduced to 8 members after election

By Correne Martin

The time has come for the Prairie du Chien Common Council to be reduced in size, from 12 members to eight. The new council will be composed of six aldermen representing the city’s six individual wards and two at-large aldermen. Three current members are bowing out from their seats, one vacant seat is simply going away, and two other current members will be named on the spring election ballot Tuesday, April 7 for the at-large positions.

“Last spring, it was determined that the six seats up for election, in the next city election following the vote to downsize, would be discontinued,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer explained, “and two citywide, at-large positions would be created.”

Wed
01
Apr

Best of the Region features a night of local cuisine, music and art in Prairie du Chien

The community is invited to attend the culinary experience of the year, as the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce presents the Best of the Region on Thursday, April 9, from 5 to 8 p.m., at The Barn Restaurant in Prairie du Chien.

Spend the evening sampling culinary selections from southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa. Let your taste buds encounter the finest in wine, beer, cheese, and cuisine from the finest restaurants around the region. Producers of locally-grown food have been invited to educate and provide you with an opportunity to sample items that have been grown throughout the area.

Enjoy musical styles and talents from several local high school instrumental and vocal groups.

Fine art, folk art, photography, jewelry, fiber arts, stained glass, stone, woods and primitive décor are just a few items showcased throughout the evening.

Wed
01
Apr

Four candidates run for two River Ridge board seats

Compiled by Correne Martin

The River Ridge School District has two seats up for election on April 7—one currently held by Bob Key, who chose not to re-run, and the other held by Bob Mathre, who did not advance past the February primary election. Four district residents are running for the two spots. Each of the candidates was recently asked to respond to the same set of provided questions:

Wed
01
Apr

Downsized referendum presented to River Ridge voters

By Correne Martin

The taxpayers of the River Ridge School District will decide, in an April 7 referendum, where the district is headed and how it’s going to get there. On the spring ballot, voters will be asked to approve a $9.9 million facility referendum that would create one PreK-12 campus at the Patch Grove site. Doing so would include remodeling and renovation projects, ADA modifications, HVAC replacement, a gym addition, a safe and secure entrance as well as other improvements and upgrades.

Since the unsuccessful, $13 million Nov. 4 referendum, the school board has downsized its budget by $3.1 million. It is no longer asking for the track and football field to be relocated to Patch Grove; they will remain in Bloomington. It is no longer including the parking lot and ag shop additions either. The secure entrance/office addition has been reduced by 1,000 square feet also.

Mon
30
Mar

Missing man found dead

WOODMAN—On March 21, at 6:01 p.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s Office was notified that a body was located in the woods near the Cozy Acres Trailer Court, not far from the Wisconsin River, in Woodman Township. Several people were out walking in the woods looking for deer antlers, when they noticed a body in the brush near a tree.

Deputies from the sheriff’s office responded, along with a detective from the Wisconsin Criminal Investigation Unit to investigate the scene. After an investigation and identification by family members, it was determined the body was that of missing person William Swatek. Swatek, 49, was last seen just before Christmas 2014.

It was determined that Swatek died from a single self-inflicted gunshot wound. This case is now closed and the sheriff’s office would like to thank all those who were looking for Swatek during the past few months.

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