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Jun

Pete’s plans sizzling fun for 110th anniversary

2019 marks Pete’s Hamburgers’ 110th anniversary. To celebrate, on Saturday, July 6, there will be a full day of activities.

Starting at 8 a.m. there will be a 5K race at St. Feriole Island. The registration fee gives you entrance into the 5K, one limited edition Pete’s Hamburgers shirt and one free Pete’s Hamburger. 

The public is encouraged to register by June 27, however, race day registration will be permitted. 

Prizes will be given to the top three males and females, as well as, random prize giveaways. 

All the proceeds from the 5K go to the Prairie du Chien Park’s and Recreation Department.

Mon
24
Jun

Man arrested after foot pursuit

On June 20, a man identified as Patrick Berger, 29, of La Crosse, went to the Crawford County Jail and attempted to post bond for an inmate housed at the jail. 

Crawford County deputies observed Berger drive to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, where he exhibited signs of narcotics impairment while talking with jail personnel. Deputies made contact with Berger while the Crawford County K-9 unit deployed K-9 Breck around the exterior of the vehicle Berger drove to the sheriff’s office. K-9 Breck indicated the presence of narcotics. 

Mon
24
Jun

Vehicle hits mobile home in Prairie du Chien

A car versus mobile home accident resulted in no injuries Tuesday evening.

On June 18, at 6:29 p.m. the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a vehicle that crashed into a mobile home along County Road K at 32401 Lakeview Cir., in the township of Prairie du Chien. 

Dawn T. Albrecht, 54, of Prairie du Chien, was operating a 1997 Ford Explorer SUV northbound on County Road K. While northbound, Albrecht completely crossed the southbound lane of traffic, then ran off the road and struck the end of a mobile home. The mobile home is owned by Jason S. Miller, 41, of Cedar Falls, Iowa. The home was unoccupied at the time of the accident. Albrecht was transported by Tri-State Regional EMS to Crossing Rivers Health for medical evaluation. The mobile home and vehicle both sustained severe damage.

Mon
24
Jun

Villa Louis Road overhaul set for 2022

Archaeological work done this summer in conjunction with Fourth Street, boat landing projects

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council is planning for the complete reconstruction of Villa Louis Road on St. Feriole Island, from Blackhawk Avenue north 3,800 feet to the harbor. 

The majority of the roadwork was scheduled to happen in two years, in 2021. However, the common council and state have both approved postponing it to 2022, in an effort to “better absorb costs,” City Planner Garth Frable said, and because a couple of the city’s TIF districts will be retiring by then, allowing extra income. 

Thu
20
Jun

Leases drafted for Blackhawk Junction tenants as development talks continue

County board learns $64M spent in local tourism in 2018

By Correne Martin

Four public property leases will be extended to the current tenants at Blackhawk Junction Mall in Prairie du Chien for consideration, according to Crawford County Board corporation counsel Mark Peterson. The attorney updated the supervisors at their regular meeting Tuesday morning, June 18, about the foreclosure site. 

“After talking with the public property department, I drafted four property leases, month-to-month, with a 90-day notice required for eviction. Rent is based on $.55 per square foot. They were sent out last Thursday and Friday,” Peterson informed the board. 

Thu
20
Jun

Fourth Street, Villa boat landing project start in July

By Correne Martin

St. Feriole Island may have just emerged from under water, but the Prairie du Chien Common Council is talking about the city’s planned construction there, beginning in July. 

Fourth Street in front of the Memorial Gardens, will be reconditioned, with work slated to start July 29, right after the Prairie Dog Blues Festival. The job is expected to be complete by Sept. 4, city officials said at Tuesday’s council meeting. 

Additionally, the Villa Louis Boat Landing project will start along Water Street and the historic site property July 8. Its completion is also targeted for Sept. 4.

Thu
20
Jun

Rock bands coming to PdC to be part of something bigger than themselves

By Peyton Meisner

The 2019 Music Fights Back Festival will take place this Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22. This year’s lineup will be headlined by such bands as: Hinder, Smile Empty Soul, Powerman 5000 and SAUL. There will also be other rock bands from around the country. Below is a preview of some of this year’s featured bands.

For a complete list of the bands and the performance times, visit www.musicfightsback.com/2019-mfb-festival

Hinder

Hinder is a rock band from Oklahoma City. They were formed in 2001 by Joe “Blower” Garvey, Cole Parker, Cody Hanson and Austin Winkler.

Wed
19
Jun

Scoutmaster invites Boy Scouts back for 35-year picnic


Mike Mara has been Scoutmaster of Prairie du Chien Boy Scout Troop 320 for 35 years. He would like to celebrate this milestone with a Boy Scout Reunion Picnic, Saturday, July 27, from 12 to 4 p.m., at the La Riviere Farm Park. All former Scouts, parent volunteers and their families are invited to attend. RSVPs are requested. (Submitted photo)

Mike Mara is pictured with some of his Boy Scouts at Camp Decorah in Holmen years ago. With him (far left) are (from left) Tony Roh, Jason Moris, Eric Lathrop, Jay Dickey, Eric Atkins, Tom Swenson and Michael Douglass.

By Correne Martin

In his 35 years as Scoutmaster, Mike Mara has ushered close to 250 Boy Scouts through Prairie du Chien Troop­ 320. He’s done so much more than just adventuring alongside them; he’s also unwaveringly prepared them for life. 

“It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long,” said the modest leader. 

Mike was subdued and understated in his expression about the three and a half decades he’s faithfully worn the tan shirt and olive pants that have become synonymous with the Boy Scouts of America organization. He grinned ever so slightly in thinking about some of the memories he and his family of Scouts, parents and volunteers have experienced during that time.

Mon
17
Jun

Whirligigs a-whirlin' at Ft. Crawford


Clay Hanson got a kick out of watching his whirligig spin during the Fridays at the Fort old time programming at Fort Crawford June 14. He attended the free weekly activity with his grandmother and other family, and all enjoyed making these whirligigs out of buttons and some string, thanks to direction from Madame Friday Wiles. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Laura Sturmer (right) and her friends practiced changing a bed during last week’s Fridays at the Fort program, centered around the theme of Living on the Frontier. Just as their foremothers used to do, they removed straw from inside a sheet so the cloth could be washed.
Mon
17
Jun

Library: A universe of reading and learning


Bradley Anderson was among the kids at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library’s “A Universe of Stories” Storytime Friday morning. With the moon as his backdrop, he completed an electronic snap circuit, which made a little flying saucer go high into the sky. Assistant Librarian Caitlin Bittner read “What If Mercury Had Marshmallows?” and then more than 30 kids enjoyed games, crafts and a couple experiments, including a volcanic eruption. Youth attending storytime at 9:30 a.m. Fridays or at 5 p.m. Wednesdays can gain 30 minutes on their summer reading time logs, as well as a stamp for their universe cards. If you haven’t already, stop into the library and sign up for the summer reading program. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The programming at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library children’s library is “out of this world” this summer. Pictured, some of the young Storytime attendees Friday morning were mesmerized by the different objects that could be used to make “craters” in a box of glittery sand. For more details about upcoming programs, find the library on Facebook.

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