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Wed
17
Oct

Tree rooted in Mt. Hope and in the hearts of countless admirers


The iconic and symbolic landmark that is known as the Mt. Hope tree is a beautiful subject to photograph, paint or simply experience on any day, in any season. It stood, as always, a peaceful picturesque silhouette in the fall sunlight and light breeze on Tuesday, Oct. 16. (Photo by Correne Martin)

A few of the snapshots taken by admirers and shared on Facebook. By Shelly Huberd Stagman (black and white) and Aarik Lee.

By Correne Martin

You might say it’s your tree. 

A landmark. A solitary silhouette on the horizon. A sign of positive energy, strength, comfort, coming and going. 

No matter its symbolism for you, the Mt. Hope tree is, perhaps, one of the most cherished and recognized life forms in all of the area. 

“I’m still flabbergasted that everybody feels it’s their tree,” delighted Lynda Coon, one of the countless passers-by whose family has claimed ownership over the icon. For several years, Coon has also instructed local painting classes, where the Mt. Hope tree is depicted on canvas by amateur artists. 

Wed
17
Oct

Fire destroys home on Prairie Street


This older trailer house at 820 N. Prairie St., was a total loss in a fire that started after midnight, Oct. 16, in Prairie du Chien. Above is the view from Prairie Street. At right is a picture taken from the alley behind the home. (Photos by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A vacation home at 820 N. Prairie St., in Prairie du Chien, caught fire early Tuesday morning and is a total loss, according to Fire Chief Jeff Boughton. Yet, nobody was home when it happened, so there were no injuries and no loss of life. The adjacent homes were undamaged. 

“It was fully engulfed when we got there,” he stated. 

The call came in to the Prairie du Chien Fire Department about 12:30 a.m. Ablaze was an old trailer house with two garage additions, owned by a couple from Chicago. Five Prairie du Chien fire trucks were dispatched, and the Bridgeport and Rural Prairie du Chien Fire Department was called in for mutual aid. They sent three trucks to the scene, Boughton said. 

Wed
17
Oct

Diggin’ in the Driftless


Students take soil samples and record data in one of the four pits of different soil types on the Mark and Kati Forsythe property on Forst Road north of Prairie du Chien Thursday morning. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Michelle Cliff, a UW-Platteville student from Patch Grove and a former River Ridge student, evaluates and records information about her samples from one of the pits. Cliff finished second in the individual contest.

 

Region 3 Collegiate Soils 

Contest held near Prairie du Chien

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
17
Oct

County board hears about energy efficiency program for businesses as well as Couleecap annual report

 

Sheriff’s union contract a 2.5 percent raise

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Board heard a presentation by Jon Hochkammer about the PACE Program at its regular meeting Tuesday morning. 

Mon
15
Oct

PdC Fire Prevention Program


B.A. Kennedy Elementary School student Korrie Johnson helped lead a 3-year-old kindergarten 9-1-1 chant, with assistance from firefighter Joe Johnson. This was just one of several activities the Prairie du Chien Fire Department presented to the students at BAK, Bluff View and Prairie Catholic schools Oct. 11 during a Fire Prevention Week. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Braxton Bahls was so excited to meet the department’s mascot, Fire Pup, that he just couldn’t go take a seat for the program.

Eva Pitzer, in her fire pup hat, listened intently to the messages the Prairie du Chien Fire Department had for her about fire prevention and fire safety.

Lieutenant Ben Pintz gives B.A. Kennedy students high fives after demonstrating how he gets into his gear before a fire call.

Some of the 3K students at B.A. Kennedy, along with fireman Derek Eastman, practice a “Stop, Drop and Roll” drill, as other members of the department look on.
Mon
15
Oct

‘Buy Nearby’ and support your school Oct. 19-20 through local shopping promotion

By Correne Martin

Support your favorite school and shop for something you desire at this weekend’s We Buy Nearby - Shop for Schools event in downtown Prairie du Chien and McGregor. By making a purchase at any of 15 participating stores Oct. 19-20, a percentage of your expense will be donated to the school of your choice. Schools to pick from include Prairie du Chien public, Prairie du Chien Catholic, Wauzeka-Steuben, Seneca and River Ridge in Wisconsin or MFL Mar-Mac, Clayton Ridge and Central Elkader in Iowa. 

Businesses engaging in this opportunity, and the percentages on purchases they will donate, include:

Prairie du Chien:

Something for Everyone—10 percent

Mon
15
Oct

96th Assembly candidates square off in PdC debate


Loren Oldenburg (R-Viroqua)

Paul Buhr (D-Viroqua)

By Correne Martin

The two candidates for the 96th Wisconsin Assembly district squared off in a one-hour debate Thursday evening, Oct. 11, at the Prairie du Chien City Hall council chambers. Both farmers from Vernon County, Republican Loren Oldenburg and Democrat Paul Buhr pledge to bring a loud voice as well as action back to this district, which encompasses Crawford and Vernon counties and half of Monroe County. 

Republican Lee Nerison has held the 96th Assembly seat since 2005 and is retiring after the coming election. Voters will cast their ballots on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Mon
15
Oct

Satter Building part of Nov. 10 auction


The Satter Building will be part of the Nov. 10 auction for properties that have been foreclosed upon.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Crawford County will be selling the Satter Building property at an auction on Nov. 10 beginning at 10 a.m. at Kramer Real Estate and Auction of Prairie du Chien.

Wed
10
Oct

Crawford County 4th for getting the most value for property taxes

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Budget hearings are coming up for the four school districts in Crawford County as well as the municipalities in the county and with the county board.

Wed
10
Oct

More space improves athletic practice scheduling

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

It was stated at the Prairie du Chien School Board meeting Monday night that due to the increased practice space as part of the school facilities upgrade project, most winter sports practices will be completed by 6 p.m. Also, the gymnastics team will be able to practice in their own school for the first time. Most practices will be for two hours.

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