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Wed
14
Oct

Clown storyline sure to torment


The lights might be on in this picture, but imagine these nightmarish clowns in the pitch dark of the Halls of Terror setting on St. Feriole Island. If you dare to experience this year’s haunt, organizers are trying out a themed thrill this time, starring Charlie the former circus clown who has turned the cedar building into an asylum. He and his buddies are ready to frighten you out of your wits and chase you and your friends around the Halls of Terror, which are open Oct. 16-17, 23-24 and 30-31 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Kid-friendly haunts are Oct. 17 and 24 from 6 to 7 p.m. and Oct. 31 from 2 to 5 p.m. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The terrifying new twists and turns at the Halls of Terror are killer this year! If creepy clowns unnerve you, the 2015 haunt may or may not be for you.

Scheduled for Oct. 16-17, 23-24 and 30-31 from 7 to 10:30 p.m., with kid-friendly opportunities on Oct. 17 and 24 from 6 to 7 p.m. and Oct. 31 from 2 to 5 p.m., Halls of Terror will literally scare you away with its storyline this year.

Charlie, the former circus clown, committed a number of murders, allegedly. On the run from the law, he’s taken asylum in the cedar building on Prairie du Chien’s St. Feriole Island—the site of Halls of Terror for the past four years. Anybody who has entered the building has become his victim.

Those who dare to be scared by this menacing clown and his buddies—also former circus clowns turned lunatics—are certainly in for a disturbing experience.

Mon
12
Oct

Motorcyclist dies in crash Sunday

A motorcyclist died as a result of a three-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon, Oct. 11, on the north side of Prairie du Chien, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

At 12:57 p.m., officers responded to a crash on State Highway 35 at Meadow Lane in Prairie du Chien Township. A 2008 Honda sport van, operated by Jason Bland, 36, of Holmen, was stopped in the northbound lane waiting for a vehicle to make a left-hand turn onto Meadow Drive. A 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Daniel Koch, 34, of Waterloo, Iowa, was also stopped behind the Bland vehicle.

Mon
12
Oct

Drivers walk away from city crash


A 2011 Jeep struck in a two-vehicle crash Sunday spun after the collision and ended up on its side. Both drivers in the crash, Peter Mara, of Prairie du Chien, and Dwight Albers, of Postville, Iowa, sustained little to no injuries in the crash. Mara failed to yield the right of way at the intersection of South Main Street and West Wisconsin Street, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department. (Submitted photo)

Two area citizens walked away with minimal injuries from a crash at the intersection of South Main Street and West Wisconsin Street in Prairie du Chien Sunday morning, Oct. 11, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

At about 10:30 a.m., a 2011 Jeep, driven by Peter Mara, of Prairie du Chien, was southbound on Main Street and stopped at a stop sign controlling southbound traffic at Wisconsin Street. A 2005 Ford car, driven by Dwight Albers, of Postville, Iowa, was westbound on Wisconsin Street. Mara failed to yield the right of way to Albers, and Albers struck the driver’s side of the Jeep, causing it to spin and roll onto its side.

Both Mara and Albers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. Albers was transported to Crossing Rivers Health with minor injuries. Mara had no apparent injuries. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage and were towed by Bob’s Towing.

Mon
12
Oct

Citizens can help Crime Stoppers catch law breakers


Crawford County Crime Stoppers board members pictured include Ryan Fradette, Stacy Polodna, Patti Schauf-Yager, Tina Sander and Chair Gary Knickerbocker. Additional board members include Vice-Chair Lauren Knutson, Secretary Mary Ann Heisz, Treasurer Mark Forsythe, Norb Aschom, Chad Abram, Pat Boldt, Wade Hutchison, Dale McCullick, Jaden McCullick, Caroline Mindham, Wayne Mindham, Orrin Olson, Bob Selch, Penny Selch, Terry Sprosty, Kyle Teynor and Helen Zabel.

By Correne Martin

Crime Stoppers encourages members of the community to assist local law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime. This is achieved by overcoming two key elements that inhibit solving crime: fear and lack of interest/concern.

Crawford County Crime Stoppers, which is operated by a volunteer community board of directors, provides a toll-free phone number (866-779-PAYS) for citizens of any age, who may have information concerning a crime, to call. When a call is made to Crime Stoppers, the organization logs the date, time and information provided by the caller. A code number is assigned to that person so the entry can be logged. There is no pressure for the caller to reveal his or her identity; they remain completely anonymous.

Mon
12
Oct

Mississippi River travel book


Gayle Harper

The cover features one of nearly 200 beautiful photographs in Roadtrip with a Raindrop.

 

‘Roadtrip with a Raindrop’ author coming to Prairie du Chien

By Ted Pennekamp

 

When Gayle Harper learned that a raindrop falling into the headwaters of the Mississippi would travel the River for 90 days to reach the Gulf of Mexico, she knew immediately that her project of a lifetime had appeared. 

Wed
07
Oct

Advisory task force seeks input on school district upgrades, possible referendum

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien School District is in the midst of a planning effort to assess facility and space needs required to deliver current and future curriculum at all grade levels.  A condition assessment report has been completed to evaluate code, maintenance and American Disability Act (ADA) issues that may need to be addressed over the net 10 years so that capital budgets can be planned for in advance.  

Wed
07
Oct

Crash results in injuries, OMVI charges

An Iowa man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash Saturday night that resulted in an OMVI and possible other charges, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

On Oct. 3, at about 7:15 p.m., the sheriff’s department was notified of the crash on State Highway 35, about two-tenths of a mile north of Caya Road in the township of Seneca.

Steven Welch, 47, of Fairfax, Iowa, was operating a 2006 Ford Mustang north on Highway 35 when he lost control and struck a guardrail, causing the vehicle to overturn multiple times and come to rest in a creek. Fifty feet of guardrail was damaged during the crash.

Welch sustained several injuries in the crash and was transported to Crossing Rivers Health by TriState Ambulance for medical treatment and later transferred to Iowa City Hospital for continued treatment.

Wed
07
Oct

City opts for new health insurance under regional municipality consortium

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien city employees will transition to a new health insurance program beginning Jan. 1, 2016, as the common council approved a new two-year contract Tuesday night with the Western Wisconsin Municipal Consortium (WWMC). Until coverage under the consortium begins, the city has renewed with Network Health for November and December at a 1.4 percent reduction in the current premium.

WWMC is an association of about 40 municipalities in the region that have come together to achieve improved health insurance options for their employees. Jerry Den Boer, owner and president of Benefit Advisors Insurance Agency, of the Coulee Region, has worked with many municipalities for the past two years to create the consortium.

Wed
07
Oct

Pilgrimage to see Pope Francis unforgettable for local group


The group traveling to the East Coast to see Pope Francis included 15 students and three adults from Holy Family Parish, as well as two residents from Eastman, two from Bloomington and 20 from Boscobel. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

When Pope Francis made his historic visit to the United States two weeks ago, a group from Holy Family Parish in Prairie du Chien made the trip to the East Coast to experience the once-in-a-lifetime spectacle surrounding the visit and to catch a glimpse of the pope himself.

Fifteen students and three adults from Holy Family Parish, as well as two residents from Eastman, two from Bloomington and 20 from Boscobel, boarded Minnesota Coaches Thursday, Sept. 24, at 9 p.m., for a four-day excursion.

Wed
07
Oct

Lend a ‘hand’ and some ‘hope’ via Catholic Charities program


The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting at the new Catholic Charities office at 104. E. Blackhawk Ave. Present for the ceremony were (from left) Paul Ginkel, Tom Nelson, Father James Weighner, Phyllis Leith, Geri Russell, Catholic Charities Executive Director Roberto Partarrieu, Sandy Marx, Jamie Stram, Lou Davis and Bob Moses. Missing is Randi Harris of Catholic Charities. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Now that Catholic Charities has relocated to a more accessible location in downtown Prairie du Chien, the number of potential clients stepping inside the office has grown significantly. After 16 years in the community, many residents are just now realizing the organization exists locally.

Catholic Charities officially moved Aug. 25 to Blackhawk Avenue. The office was previously located inside the Catholic church rectory on Perry Street.

“We’re more visible now. That is the most exciting part about moving to downtown,” said Sandy Marx, financial wellness advocate for Catholic Charities in Prairie du Chien. “If people are curious, we invite them to stop in and see what we’re all about. We still have all the same services.”

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