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Mon
19
Aug

Family fun for everyone at 161st Crawford County Fair


There are a lot of thrills and smiles for all who attend the Crawford County Fair.

 

There will be plenty of family fun for everyone at the 161st annual Crawford County Fair to be held from Aug. 22-25 at the Crawford County Fairgrounds in Gays Mills.

There will be many animal shows and exhibits daily as well as live music and the numerous fun rides for children of all ages at the ever-popular carnival.

Shows include Buddy Holly, Nick’s Kids’ Show, and The Magic of Jim Mitchell.

Thu
15
Aug

Steven V. Pellock

Steven V. Pellock, 32, of Prairie du Chien, died unexpectedly, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, at his home.  

He was born June 16, 1987, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Steven and Amy (Skemp) Pellock.  

He married Amanda “Mandi” Mezera on Oct. 22, 2011, in Prairie du Chien. Steven worked in the family business as a carpenter for Pellock Construction. He was an avid outdoorsman and a devoted and loving father to his children, Aubrey and Jonathan. Steven was a huge Green Bay Packer fan, cared deeply for his closest friends and loved his faithful duck hunting companion, Zackary.  

Wed
14
Aug

River Ridge athletic fields taking shape


The new track and football field at River Ridge are beginning to take shape.

Work is being done on the new press box-concession stand as well as the lights, backstop and grounds of the new baseball and softball field complex.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The $2.2 million River Ridge athletic fields project is beginning to take shape. Some lights and the football scoreboard are up and the foundation for the new track is under construction. Also, the new baseball and softball complex is under construction, including the press box-concession stand, backstops, lights, fencing and playing fields.

Wed
14
Aug

No Prairie Rod and Gun Club Deer Show in 2020


For its first 15 years, the Prairie du Chien Deer Show averaged about 180 nice deer mounts per show. For most of its existence, the show was held in the Prairie du Chien Armory.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Recently, the Prairie Rod and Gun Club voted to not have their annual Deer Show in 2020. The Deer Show has been the club’s only fundraiser and has had a run of 21 years.

Club member Dennis Kirschbaum said there were several factors in deciding not to have the show.

Wed
14
Aug

Inmates file lawsuit against Prairie du Chien Correctional employees

 

Ten inmates at the Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution have filed a lawsuit claiming they were repeatedly exposed to asbestos and black mold and were denied access to cleaning supplies.

Eleven prison employees are listed as defendants in the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin. The inmates are collectively seeking approximately $15 million in damages and are also asking for inmates to be taken to minimum-security facilities in the interest of inmate safety.

Wed
14
Aug

Prairie School District to borrow $1.3 million

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

At its regular meeting Monday night, the Prairie du Chien School Board approved of revenue borrowing in the amount of $1.3 million to cover operating expenses during the 2019-2020 school year. The borrowing will be repaid in June of 2020 and was done due to the timing of state, local and federal revenues that will be coming to the district later this school year.

Wed
14
Aug

Public Health: More than just shots- Water quality and safety


Members of the Driftless Area Water Study (DAWS) met on April 12 to discuss a tri-county well testing effort for Crawford, Vernon and Richland counties. Attendees at the meeting included, back row: Crawford County Conservationist David Troester, Eli Mandel of Crawford Stewardship Project, Vernon County Conservationist Ben Wojahn, Sydney Garvalia, Vernon County Public Health sanitarian, Tom Lukens of Valley Stewardship Network, Forest Jahnke of Crawford Stewardship Project and Melissa Luck, Richland County Board supervisor and member of Richland County Land Conservation Committee. In the front row: Richland County Conservationist Cathy Cooper and Crawford County Director of Public Health Cindy Riniker.

By Peyton Meisner

This is a series about the Crawford County Health Department and the array of services they provide.

Crawford, Vernon and Richland counties have teamed up to help fight clean drinking water issues that plague southwest Wisconsin. 

The three counties have formed the Driftless Area Water Study (DAWS) and are currently looking to secure funding to undergo the area’s first expansive groundwater study. 

A recent Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology Study (SWIGG), finished its first phase of testing of more than 800 wells in nearby Iowa, Grant and Lafayette counties. 

Wed
14
Aug

Prairie du Chien hosts Upper Mississippi River Response Exercise


The Upper Mississippi River Response Exercise was held Aug. 8, at Lawler Park. First responders and local, state and federal agencies practiced a coordinated response to a simulated hazmat railroad derailment along the Mississippi.

By Peyton Meisner

 

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway hosted a specialized training and on-river exercise in Prairie du Chien Aug. 8. A classroom tabletop exercise was held in the morning and was followed by a boom deployment and response activity on the Missippi River. The training exercise helped practice coordination and response among first responders and local, state and federal agencies to a simulated railroad derailment involving hazardous materials on the Upper Mississippi River. 

“The hands-on aspect is huge,” Jim Hackett, Crawford County director of emergency management, said. “We want to make sure we are prepared in the event of a train derailment.”

Wed
14
Aug

Hartig family drops by PdC retail pharmacy as new generation takes over


Two generations of the Hartig family visited the Prairie du Chien Hartig Drug store Aug. 1, as a farewell stop for one of them who is retiring and an introduction for his sons who are stepping up to run the company. Pictured (back row, from left) are Wes, Dick and Charlie Hartig; (front row) Manager Jennifer Stoehr and Pharmacist-in-charge Erin Greenya. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A new generation of Hartigs is overseeing the local retail pharmacy chain of 22 tri-state stores, including the Prairie du Chien location. 

Dick Hartig is retiring after 46 years in the family business, started by his grandfather A.J. Hartig in 1904. Brothers Charlie and Wes Hartig, the fifth generation, are “excited to face the challenges” of the Dubuque, Iowa-based company, according to their father.

Charlie slid into his new role of Hartig Drug CEO in March 2018, while his brother Wes manages one of the company’s subsidiaries, MedOne Health Care Systems. 

Tue
13
Aug

Ronald B. Shinko

Ronald B. Shinko, 76, of Platteville, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. 

Ron was born on Sept. 23, 1942, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Thomas and Lola Mae (Bright) Shinko. 

Ron was a 1961 graduate of Seneca High School, where he loved playing basketball for the Seneca Indians. Ron worked as a cheese maker in Seneca and Mt. Sterling during his high school years. After graduation, he worked at American Motors in Kenosha until the plant closed. He was then employed at AO Smith in Milwaukee, which later became Tower Automotive. He was a hard worker who put in many hours of overtime, was proud of his job, and always gave his best.

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