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18
Mar

Communities proactively prepare for high water, challenging spring ahead

By Correne Martin and Audrey Posten

The combination of snowmelt and rainfall is causing flooding along the Mississippi and Kickapoo Rivers. The typical high water communities in southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa are on alert and proactively preparing for a projected 17.7-foot crest of the Mississippi, at McGregor, starting early Thursday, March 21. The Kickapoo crested Saturday morning more than 2 feet above flood stage, at 15.54 feet, in Gays Mills.

Thu
14
Mar

Birch bark canoe loaned


Prairie du Chien city employees Mike Anthony, Todd Clanton and Rich Stovey worked carefully to install an authentic birch bark canoe at the Tourist Information Center March 11. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Editor's note: This article includes additional information than what was published in our Wednesday, March 13, issue.

 

By Correne Martin

A traditional Ojibwe birch bark ceremonial canoe, donated to the Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum in Spooner by Rochelle Lamm in 2017, is being loaned to the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce for display at the local Travel Wisconsin Welcome Center for two years.

Thu
14
Mar

Bagley man arrested for methamphetamine possession

On March 11, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 Unit initiated a traffic stop on a 2008 GMC Acadia being operated by Jason Udelhofen, 41, Bagley, in the township of Freeman. During the course of the traffic stop, the deputy observed Udelhofen to be exhibiting several indicators of the use of controlled substances. 

Udelhofen was asked to step out of the vehicle, at which time he attempted to conceal a small plastic bag containing several grams of crystal substance from the deputy. The bag was seized and later field tested positive for methamphetamine. A glass smoking device with brunt white residue was located in the vehicle. 

Wed
13
Mar

PdC Police promote new sergeant, lieutenant resigns


Tara Henry’s parents pinned her new sergeant badge on after she was promoted to the position.

By Correne Martin

A new sergeant has taken her position at the Prairie du Chien Police Department, while some other shuffling has happened within the department, including two key resignations. 

Tara Henry, who has worked for the department for over 10 years, was officially promoted to sergeant March 6, based on the approval of the city’s police and fire commission. 

The commission also accepted, at the same meeting, the resignations of Lieutenant Terry Sprosty and Officer Tony Berg. Sprosty, whose last day will be March 19, has dedicated over 20 years of his career toward serving the Prairie du Chien community. 

Wed
13
Mar

Local and area contractors say they have not been paid for work done on Lawler School Lofts


The former St. Mary’s Academy and Wyalusing Academy main building has been converted into Lawler School Lofts, a 40-unit apartment complex.

 

Commonwealth Development says they will make 

payments when due and consistent with legal obligations

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
11
Mar

New county health educator focuses on vaping, other programs


Vaping devices are being manufactured to look like flash drives or other computer related devices.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The new Crawford County Health Educator began her duties on Feb. 11 and has been assessing the health education needs of the county in order to help prepare programs.

Mon
11
Mar

Come on out and be ‘Irish for the day’: Wisconsin’s ‘tourism queen’ will be parade grand marshal


Courier Press file photo

The grand marshal for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is Stephanie Klett—the former Wisconsin Secretary of Tourism (2011-2018), longtime Discover Wisconsin host and 1992 Miss Wisconsin—who announced last week she’ll start in April as the CEO of Visit Lake Geneva. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Celebrate the green in Prairie du Chien on Saturday, March 16, at the 26th annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Sponsored by the chamber of commerce, the parade will kick off the fun along the packed streets of the downtown at 10 a.m. A continuous stream of entrants will share the shenanigan spirit, tossing out candy, beads, trinkets and other goodies—even potatoes have been doled out in recent years. 

All parade participants are asked to assemble on St. Feriole Island, beginning at 9 a.m. The parade will start from the island and go east on Blackhawk Avenue, then north on Michigan Street and back to the island. 

St. Patrick himself will lead the parade, followed by this year’s royalty. 

Mon
11
Mar

City receives $250,000 state grant to support development of hotel


Joining Waterfront Hotel entrepreneurs Brian and Brittany Nichols (far right) for the announcement of the $250,000 WEDC Community Development Investment Grant were (from left) WEDC Regional Economic Development Director Mark Tallman, 96th Assembly Rep. Loren Oldenburg, WEDC Chief Operating Officer Tricia Braun, Driftless Development President Duane Rogers and Mayor Dave Hemmer. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The city of Prairie du Chien is receiving a $250,000 state grant to fund the construction of the Waterfront Hotel downtown—a $3.8 million project expected to be completed in August. The developers are Brian and Brittany (Sheckler) Nichols, of Sheckler Development LLC.

A Community Development Investment (CDI) Grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will support the three-story, 57-room hotel project, located on Main Street. This new 30,000-square-foot undertaking will help fill a gap in downtown lodging, which was determined by an October 2018 market analysis of Prairie du Chien. 

Wed
06
Mar

Spring Gala to support Allied Horsemanship therapy


With a mission to empower people with disabilities as well as veterans, Allied Horsemanship utilizes on-horse and on-the-ground interaction with horses toward the goal of improving participants’ quality of life. Pictured is Eaamon riding Marissa. (Submitted photos)

Shannon (Adkins) Gher, the founder of Allied Horsemanship, is pictured during a nursing home visit with her horse, Arrow.

By Correne Martin

Established just two short years ago in rural Prairie du Chien, Allied Horsemanship provides equine-assisted activities to anyone with disabilities, age 5 and older, and veterans. Riding and non-riding lessons have served individuals with challenges such as autism, cerebral palsy, depression, down syndrome, stroke, brain injury, visual impairment, PTSD, wheelchair restraints and more at Allied Horsemanship’s outdoor arena, off Vineyard Road. A second arena, that’s indoors, opened between Mt. Zion and Boscobel in July 2018.

This weekend, Founder Shannon (Adkins) Gher’s ambition of having a prominent community event to celebrate the organization’s mission of empowering lives is happening. The Spring Gala is Saturday, March 9, at Huckleberry’s Restaurant. All are welcome.

Wed
06
Mar

Former state governor to deliver Alzheimer’s caregiving presentation


Elaine Schreiber, Patrick Lucey and Martin Schreiber got to meet Bobby Kennedy at a fundraiser in 1966. (Photo from “My Two Elaines”)

Elaine and Marty shared this moment of joy in October 2015 at her memory café assisted living facility. (Photo from “My Two Elaines”)

By Correne Martin

Former Wisconsin Governor Martin Schreiber (1977-79) will be in Prairie du Chien Thursday, April 11, to speak candidly about his book, “My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver.” 

This uplifting, free presentation will be given to the public from 10 to 11 a.m. at Hoffman Hall. No registration is required to attend this event; however, respite care is being provided for those who require it in order to attend. Call the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 326-0235 to take advantage of this volunteer service for your loved ones. 

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