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Mon
26
Oct

Business owner brutally beaten in burglary


Wasabi Japanese Restaurant in Bridgeport was closed late last week after the owner was severely beaten and the restaurant burglarized, allegedly by three Illinois rail workers Wednesday, Oct. 21. A tribute gift of balloons and a stuffed animal were tied to the front door of the establishment, along with a card with Kim’s name on it, Friday.

By Ted Pennekamp and Correne Martin

Three Illinois rail workers were arrested last week after they allegedly brutally beat a Prairie du Chien man and left him unconscious inside the Wasabi Japanese Restaurant he owns, according to Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick.

Young Su Kim, who was initially taken to Crossing Rivers Health, was med-flighted to a La Crosse hospital with severe head and brain trauma. A Wasabi employee who arrived to work at the restaurant Wednesday, Oct. 21, around 3:30 p.m., found Kim, 42, sitting unresponsive in a chair and covered in blood.

Officers from the sheriff’s department and the Prairie du Chien Police Department responded to the scene, as well as Tri State Ambulance.

Mon
26
Oct

Group lodging possible at large home on Wacouta


This eight-bedroom home at the corner of Wacouta Avenue and Iowa Street is owned by River to Valley Initiatives, who would like to lease it to AAA Family Homes, of Viroqua, for the purpose of a community-based residential facility. (Photos by Correne Martin)

This is the original banister, right off the front entryway of the home, leading to the second level—simply cleaned up and painted/stained.

This is a picture of how the kitchen will look upon completion of renovation.

The modern light fixtures in the home are quite ornate.

A notice to cease construction was placed on the front door of the 225 S. Wacouta Ave. home late last week by the city’s planning and zoning department, which has not seen state approval of building plans and code requirements.

River to Valley Initiatives and AAA Family Homes are meeting city and state roadblocks

By Correne Martin

A group lodging facility is proposed for the two-story, eight-bedroom home still undergoing renovation at the corner of South Wacouta Avenue and Iowa Street in Prairie du Chien. Owned by River to Valley Initiatives Inc. (RVI), the facility, which occupies three city lots, could be leased as early as April by AAA Family Homes, owned by William and Serap Graser, of Viroqua. It may be opened up to elderly individuals with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or mild mental disabilities. But, the two entities have some hoops to jump through before that might happen.

Fri
23
Oct

Trick-or-treating and costume contest fun are Oct. 31 in PdC

This year, Halloween falls on Saturday, Oct. 31. In the city of Prairie du Chien, as with prior years, the sirens will sound around 5 p.m. to begin trick-or-treating hours. The sirens will sound again at 8 p.m., signifying the end of festivities for young goblins and their families.

Police Chief Chad Abram would like to remind trick-or-treaters and parents, as well as community members who plan to be out and about, of these tips, to assure a pleasant and safe night.

•Watch for children crossing the street.

•A parent or adult friend should accompany children.

•Wear light-colored, flame-retardant costumes decorated with reflective tape or stickers.

•Wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes to prevent falling.

•Wear face paint or makeup; a mask can restrict vision.

•Carry a flashlight or glow stick to increase visibility to drivers.

•Trick-or-treat at houses with porch lights on.

Fri
23
Oct

Remax realizes success among ‘river’ of real estate agents


Randy and Kristin Kozelka, of Remax Ridge-N-River Realty, were selected by Top Agent magazine as the cover story feature for Wisconsin’s October edition.

By Correne Martin

Since 2010, Randy and Kristin Kozelka have built their business, Remax Ridge-N-River Realty, above and beyond what they even expected, with attention paid to hard work, honesty and trustworthiness. They’ve taken great joy in helping people buy their dream homes and sell their financial burdens and, through meeting their clients’ needs, they have achieved numerous honors from the industry.

Most recently, Top Agent real estate magazine chose Ridge-N-River Realty to be the cover story for its October issue in Wisconsin.

“Three are chosen a month out of over 5,000 agents in Wisconsin. It’s a very elite group,” Randy explained. “You need to have the performance though (to be selected).”

Thu
22
Oct

Design Homes donation kicks off Prairie du Chien library campaign


Randy and Shelly Weeks, of Design Homes, proudly kicked off the capital campaign for the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library expansion project this week with a $125,000 donation. Randy and Shelly said they are pleased to contribute to this project as it will benefit the whole community. The city council has approved the $3 million expansion, while it is up to the community to raise $1.5 million. (Photo by Correne Martin)

The Prairie du Chien Memorial Library capital campaign received an extremely generous kickoff contribution Tuesday from Design Homes. Randy and Shelly Weeks and the Weeks family gave a $125,000 gift to name the children’s reading area in their honor.

Earlier this year, the city announced a $1.5 million capital campaign to match a $1.5 million contribution to the project by the common council.

“Shelly and I are very excited to be part of the library expansion project,” Randy Weeks said. “Like most people in this electronic age, we were not aware of how important the public library is to our community. It is not only a place to read or check out a book, but also a gathering and meeting place and a place for children to go use and see some of the latest in technology. We are excited to see the library expand and grow to meet the needs of this and the next generation.”

Mon
19
Oct

Oktoberfest feier fun for all ages


Fred Isaak, of River City Ruckus, was not only astounding in his accordion playing but he was also very much the entertainer with his expressions and crowd interaction inside the tent at Oktoberfest. Hundreds of festival-goers sought warmth under the big top, where delicious German food and beer were served and dancers got moving on the dance floor. (Photo by Correne Martin)

While the bigger kids were taking a break, Erin Nolan snuck onto the hay bales for a few brave jumps by herself. The hay bales were quite the attraction for the young ones attending Oktoberfest in Prairie du Chien Saturday. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Oktoberfest committee member Taegan Stein passes through a powder station during the Fall Color Run Saturday in Prairie du Chien. All proceeds from the Color Run, which is not officially timed, benefit the Prairie du Chien Skate Park. (Photo by Randy Paske)

“Bunny,” the French bulldog, attracted plenty of children wanting to pet the cute puppy. “Bunny” was one of the winners of the canine costume contest at Oktoberfest. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Scott and Joan Paulson, two of Oktoberfest’s volunteers, shared some German exuberance as they made their way through the parade route Saturday morning. (Photo by Correne Martin)
Mon
19
Oct

Antoine admires new city street bearing his last name


Team USA Skeleton racer Matt Antoine was in Prairie du Chien last week visiting family and friends before heading on to Lake Placid, N.Y., where he will begin preparing for the 2015-2016 season and the World Cup circuit. While here, he took a moment of his time to check out the new street named after him. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council decided in April to name two streets in its North Gateway Business Park after the community’s two Olympic medalists: Matt Antoine and Joe Delagrave. Antoine Way was named after the 2014 men’s skeleton bronze medalist and Delagrave Drive was chosen to honor the 2012 wheelchair rugby team bronze medalist.

While Antoine was back in Prairie du Chien last week visiting family and friends before heading to Lake Placid, N.Y., to start the 2015-2016 USA national skeleton season, he took some time to admire the street sign in his name and pose for pictures with it.

Mon
19
Oct

South Marquette Road project delayed to 2018

Due to recent state budget cuts, dozens of road construction and repair project delays were released in a memo to state legislators by Gov. Walker’s administration last week. The memo outlined 114 project delays in western and southwestern Wisconsin costing taxpayers millions more, increasing safety concerns and preventing the creation of thousands of jobs.

“These potholes and crumbling bridges aren’t going to fix themselves,” said Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “At a time when we should be working to grow businesses and create jobs, recent budget cuts are jeopardizing important economic development efforts.”

In Crawford, Vernon, La Crosse and Monroe counties, two dozen projects representing over $53.7 million in needed road upgrades and repairs are being delayed.

Wed
14
Oct

Advisory Task Force

 

Public votes on several facilities upgrade options for PdC Schools

By Ted Pennekamp

 

With a pair of all day Advisory Task Force meetings on Thursday and Friday of last week at Bluff View, and again on Tuesday night in the high school auditorium, the possible April 2016 referendum for facilities upgrades and exceeding the revenue cap is coming into the decision phase for the Prairie du Chien School District. 

Wed
14
Oct

Seneca secures Ridge and Valley Conference crown


The Seneca girls volleyball team was overcome with excitement and emotion when receiving the conference trophy. (Photos by Sandy Connors)

Members of the Seneca volleyball Ridge and Valley conference championship team include (front row, from left) Hannah Whiteaker, Haley Wall, Alivia Salinas, Emily Garfoot; (back row) Coach Angie Mabb, Liv Swanson, Erin Sime, Becky Trautsch, Nicole Manders, Michelle Clark, Jena Konichek, Taylor Sime and Coach Dawn Ray.

The Seneca High School volleyball team clinched the conference championship last night, Oct. 13, in front of their home crowd.

Coach Dawn Ray’s Indians defeated La Farge three games to one to secure the Ridge and Valley Conference title outright. The girls now have a 6-0 conference record and are 9-4 overall.

La Farge dropped to 6-3 in conference play, 6-4 overall, and are currently tied with De Soto for second place in the league.

Seneca will travel to Wauzeka-Steuben Thursday night, Oct. 15, to take on the Hornets (5-7) for the final conference match of the regular season.

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