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16
May

PdC library capital campaign announces 100 Families initiative

The Prairie du Chien’s Memorial Library capital campaign has announced a new initiative for its $1.5 million goal. Organizers have announced a 100 Families program with a generous matching grant to start this phase of fundraising.

“We are looking for 100 families to sign on and contribute $1,000 over a five-year period. This equates to a monthly contribution of $16.67 over the five-year commitment period. One could choose to make the donation in one lump sum, annually ($200), quarterly ($50), or monthly ($16.67). We believe this is an affordable way to make a tax-deductible contribution in a realistic way for many of our potential donors,” Library Board President Linda Munson said.

Mon
16
May

St. Mary’s murals unveiled Thursday

The refinished St. Mary’s Academy murals will be unveiled at a Business After Five Open House at Peoples State Bank’s main office in downtown Prairie du Chien on Thursday, May 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce is also sponsoring the event.

About 1910, Sister Mary Gertrude, a School Sister of Notre Dame, painted several murals. These murals adorned the walls of rooms within the buildings that were part of St. Mary’s Academy (1872-1968).
Two of these murals depicted the natural beauty of the upper Mississippi River valley. The other murals presented a tableau of important events that occurred along the Mississippi River.

Mon
16
May

Tax credits allocated for redevelopment of Wyalusing Academy

Commonwealth Development Corporation, of Fond du Lac, has been allocated $479,231 in tax credits to redevelop the former Saint Mary’s Institute/Wyalusing Academy into apartments.

Lawler School Lofts, as the facility will be named, is a historic adaptive reuse project. The transformation into the 40-apartment complex on the 80,000-square-foot property is anticipated to start in the second half of 2016, according to Kevin McDonell, of Commonwealth.

“Commonwealth was selected to develop the property late last fall and has worked closely with all interested stakeholders to bring the project to fruition while preserving the historic details of the property,” McDonell said.

Mon
16
May

School Facilities Upgrades

 

Community input sought to fine-tune school upgrades

Work could begin February 2017

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
16
May

Local man charged with possession of meth

A 29-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine.

Joshua R. Barrette faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a vehicle was stopped in the city of Prairie du Chien by a police officer because it was traveling without its headlights on at night.

The officer was informed by dispatch that Barrette, who was a passenger in the vehicle, had a warrant for his arrest.

A search of the vehicle revealed four plastic baggies containing a white crystalline substance and three green pills.

Barrette admitted to officers that the baggies contained meth, the complaint said. A chemical field test also revealed the presence of meth, according to the complaint.

Mon
16
May

Bloomington resident accused of meth possession

A 32-year-old Bloomington man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine.

Fame Forrest Poole III faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Poole’s vehicle was stopped by a police officer near Wells Street and the Highway 18 Bypass in the city of Prairie du Chien. A search of the vehicle revealed a clear plastic baggie containing a white crystalline product, the complaint said.

Poole admitted to investigators that he uses meth, the complaint said.

An electronic scale was also found.

Wed
11
May

Find all you need in ‘one stop’ at Johnson’s


At the newly remodeled Johnson’s One Stop in Seneca, third- and fourth-generation members of the Johnson family stand proudly in front of the new hardware counter, made with repurposed galvanized steel from the old feed mill that once stood where the store is today. Pictured (from left) are Brad, Debbie, Brandon, Artie and Jordan. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The scope of products and services at Johnson’s One Stop has evolved continually since it originally opened as a general store in Seneca in 1937. In fact, its most recent remodel, which began a year ago in May, was finished before Johnson’s annual spring sale this April.

Robert and Avis Johnson established Johnson’s One Stop nearly 80 years ago about one block north of where the current building stands today. When livestock feed became a big seller, in the early 1960s, the business moved to its present location, near a feed mill, and constructed a new facility on top of farm land. More emphasis was also put on hardware and farm hardware at that time.

In the late 1970s, the feed portion of the business was sold to allow for expansion of the growing hardware market. Then, in the late 1990s, as building materials sales grew, so did Johnson’s once again. Of course, all the while, groceries have been a strong part of the business as well.

Wed
11
May

Free bike safety education provided at Gundersen Clinic in time for summer


Lylian Kussmaul, River Yager, Shelby Schroeder, Zachary Ross, Taia Dressler and Robert Groom were the lucky winners of free bicycles, donated by Prairie Industries, at the Gundersen Prairie du Chien Clinic bike safety event May 4. About 50 local children attended and everyone went home with a prize. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The Gundersen Prairie du Chien Clinic hosted a Healthy Living Program on bicycle safety Wednesday afternoon, May 4, from which local children took home knowledge about riding their bikes, prizes and, in the case of six participants, brand new bikes.

This year’s program featured Ashley Erickson, a Prairie du Chien police officer, who educated about 50 children ages 4-14 and their parents about using hand signals, wearing properly-fitting helmets, knowing the parts of a bicycle, understanding stop light rules, crosswalk safety, railroad safety and looking both ways before crossing the road, among other information.

Following Erickson’s presentation, the anxious bunch alleviated their energy by putting their knowledge and skills to work on a challenging bicycle course in the Gundersen parking lot. Each child was also correctly fitted with a new helmet.

Kids were also treated to popcorn, cotton candy, animal crackers and drinks.

Wed
11
May

Sex offender compliance check conducted in county

The U.S. Marshals, along with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Sex Offender Registry Program and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, conducted a residence verification operation for registered sex offenders.  

On April 20, deputies checked the addresses of 35 registered sex offenders in Crawford County. One was found to be non-compliant.  The Sex Offender Registry Program Specialist will investigate and make recommendations to the district attorney as necessary.

This initiative is part of the working relationship between the U.S. Marshals Sex Offender Investigations Branch and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Sex Offender Registration Program which monitors all 24,187 Wisconsin Sex Offenders.  

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections maintains a database for the general public at http://offender.doc.state.wi.us/public/.

Mon
09
May

Top two seniors at River Ridge named


Valedictorian Austin Morrow and Salutatorian Bo Kluesner

River Ridge High School has announced that Austin Morrow is the valedictorian and Bo Kluesner is the salutatorian for the Class of 2016.

Austin is the son of Joe and Jody Morrow, of Mt Hope. Austin is an active member of his school and community. He is involved in Future Business Leaders of America, National Honors Society, science club, Spanish club, Friends Helping Friends, choir and student council. He also has participated in Missoula Children’s Theatre for two years and assisted in fundraising for post prom.

Throughout his high school career, Austin has taken two AP courses, including AP history and AP literature.

Aside from his regular classes, the class that has had the most impact on Austin was choir. He believes choir taught him things that he would never be able to learn in an ordinary class: confidence, leadership and creativity. In his free time, Austin likes to draw, take photos and listen to music.

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