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Wed
20
Jun

Michigan Street: Tieing in sewer, water laterals

The Michigan Street project within the city of Prairie du Chien is underway. A good portion of the roadway is torn up and, according to the city, workers are currently tieing sewer and water laterals in near the Washington Street intersection. This was the view Tuesday afternoon from Washington Street, looking north on Michigan. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Wed
20
Jun

Phase 1 of Marquette open

Stage two of construction on Marquette Road started this week, after the first phase of road—now featuring two lanes of traffic and one center turning lane—opened to travelers Tuesday. Pictured is stage 1 before the highway markings were placed late last week. Also, topsoil was graded and seeding and erosion matting was placed next to the new sidewalk along the highway. For stage 2, crushing of the former roadway is currently underway. City officials recommend local traffic take 11th Street when trying to maneuver around the closed portion of highway, accessing businesses. This is because there are mostly controlled intersections on 11th Street. The city police department also continues to work to restrict semi truck traffic in the residential areas, though some are allowed to pass through in order to make deliveries to the businesses in the vicinity.

Wed
20
Jun

Audited finances show healthy general fund balance for city of Prairie du Chien

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien’s government leaders were informed about the city’s 2017 audited financial statements, thanks to highlights presented by Brent Nelson, of Johnson Block and Company, at Tuesday night’s council meeting. Overall, the general fund balance is healthy, he said. 

Nelson made several recommendations to the council based on the status of the general, reserves and TIF funds.

“The general fund decreased by $107,000. Revenue exceeded expenses and was more than budgeted. The biggest component of that was the library campaign fund,” the certified accountant explained. 

Wed
20
Jun

Chemistry education fortunate to have Mole Day


Above is an example of one of many themes created to celebrate the annual Mole Day.

By Correne Martin

There are 40,000 chemistry teachers in the United States. If only 10 percent celebrated National Mole Day—on Oct. 23, from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m. yearly—each teacher had 100 students, and each of those students shared in the fun with parents and siblings, that would mean, per year, roughly 1 million people are influenced globally by the most important concept in chemistry: Avogadro’s Number (6.02 x 1023).

Those are some pretty impressive numbers highlighting the impact of National Mole Day, which was founded in Prairie du Chien by the high school’s then-chemistry teacher, Maury Oehler, and officially celebrated by the district for the first time at the school in 1986. 

Wed
20
Jun

Grasshoppers top Holmen


Ryan McGrath started on the hill for the Grasshoppers. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie's Gavin Gillitzer scores against visiting Holmen.

Drake Coleman lifts a long fly ball to center field to drive in a run for the Hoppers.

Jonathan Dyer scores from third on a sacrifice fly by Drake Coleman Monday evening.

Prairie du Chien grabbed an early lead on its way to a 9-4 victory over the Holmen 17s on Monday evening at the St. Feriole Island Ballpark. Prairie du Chien scored on a double by Jonathan Dyer and a sacrifice fly by Drake Coleman in the first inning to gain a 2-1 advantage.

The Grasshoppers scored five runs in the sixth inning. The Hoppers’ offense in the inning was led by Dyer, Grant Martin and Clayton DuCharme, all knocking in runs.

Wed
20
Jun

County increases ATV-UTV routes


The Crawford County Board had a photo taken prior to Tuesday morning’s regular meeting. In row one are: Mary Kuhn, Board President Tom Cornford, County Clerk Janet Geisler and Geri Kozelka. Row two: Larry Kelley, Greg Russell, Carl Orr, Gari Lorenz and Wayne Jerrett. Row three: Derek Flansburgh, Gerry Krachey, Rocky Rocksvold, Brad Steiner, Buzz Esser, David Olson and Wade Dull. Donald Stirling and Duane Rogers are not pictured.

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Board  approved additional routes to its ATV-UTV trail system at its regular meeting Tuesday morning. 

Wed
20
Jun

Crawford County to get $2.5 million for bridge projects

By Ted Pennekamp

Crawford County will be receiving $2,525,931 for six bridge projects in the county. The funding is part of an additional $38.6 million that will fund 70 more local bridge projects statewide for the 2018-2022 Local Bridge Improvement Program cycle. These bridges are in addition to 113 bridges that previously received $76.4 million in this funding cycle. This additional $38.6 million was approved by the joint finance committee and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT), bringing total funding for the local bridge program to $115 million.

Tue
19
Jun

Shirley M. Panka

Shirley M. Panka, 74, of Prairie du Chien, died Thursday, June 14, at Crossing Rivers Health Systems, Prairie du Chien.

Shirley Marie was born Dec. 7, 1943, to Clifford and Bonnie (Harris) Cull in Boscobel. She attended school in Fennimore.

Tue
19
Jun

Alfred J. “Fritz” Recker

Alfred J. “Fritz” Recker, 92, passed away Friday, June 15, at his home with his daughter Karen at his side. 

He was born Nov. 6, 1925, the son of Andrew and Josephine (Ovel) Recker. Fritz attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Bloomington and graduated from the eighth grade. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during WWII, where he served with the 82nd Ordnance Group in Austria, as an automotive mechanic. 

Mon
18
Jun

Two men arrested for methamphetamine-related offenses

On June 13, at 2:30 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit, along with a Prairie du Chien police officer, made contact with a vehicle that was parked at a business after their hours of operation in the city of Prairie du Chien.  

Upon the officers’ arrival, several occupants exited the 2003 Mitsubishi Montero and gave conflicting stories as to why they were in town and how they knew each other. The occupants were identified as Colin Schneider, 26, Muscoda; Paige Bell, 21, Lone Rock; Dakota Lins, 23, Gotham, and Treagir Sander, 18, Boscobel. Sander attempted to lie about his identity and all three men exhibited signs of drug impairment. 

K-9 Breck was utilized for an open free sniff of the vehicle and alerted to the presence of one or more controlled substances within the vehicle.  

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