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27
Nov

We Buy Nearby ‘shop local’ event generates $1,300 in charity donations


We Buy Nearby-Shop for a Cause presented donation checks from the downtown merchants who participated in the promotion, to representatives of four non-profit organizations that benefitted from donations generated by different percentages of customer sales Nov. 9-11. Pictured (from left) are Crossing Rivers Health Foundation Director Sasha Dull, Crossing Rivers Health Hospice Patient Care Coordinator Emily Hagensick, Prairie du Chien Board of Education President Christine Panka, Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter Vice-President Bev Pozega, new RABAS Director Staci Roth, The Pickett Fence Owner Lou Davis, Rockweiler’s Manager Brian Seymour and The Local Oven Owner Greg Cerven. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Thirteen downtown Prairie du Chien merchants participated in a We Buy Nearby-Shop for a Cause promotion Nov. 9-11, which encouraged shoppers of those establishments to not only come out for a visit to local businesses but also to designate a portion of their sales as a charitable donation.

Each participating merchant could choose the percentage of sales from those three days that would be gifted, and the consumers could choose which of four different non-profit organizations would benefit from contribution. The four Prairie du Chien charities and the overall amount received included Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter, $586.96; Crossing Rivers Hospice, $479.13; Prairie du Chien Public Library, $170.30; and Prairie du Chien Public Schools $134.72. A total of $1,377.43 was collected via the promotion.

Mon
27
Nov

De Soto man arrested on multiple drug charges

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit was patrolling the village of Gays Mills Nov. 18, when he observed a vehicle with false license plates. The deputy initiated a traffic stop at De La Mater Road and Highway 131. The driver was identified as Thomas Murphy, 31, of De Soto. Murphy was discovered to be on active probation for possession with intent to deliver marijuana. In speaking with Murphy, the deputy observed, in plain view, marijuana inside the vehicle, according to the sheriff’s department report.

K-9 Breck conducted an open, free air sniff of the vehicle and alerted to the presence of one or more controlled substances. Murphy was then found to be in possession of numerous grams of marijuana, two opiate medications for which he did not have a valid prescription for, a digital scale and numerous items of drug paraphernalia, the report said.

Mon
27
Nov

Black ice causes 4 crashes in county

Black ice was a factor in four separate Crawford County crashes Saturday, Nov. 25, according to the sheriff’s department.

•A Soldiers Grove woman was injured in a one-vehicle rollover in the town of Clayton, at about 5:40 a.m.

Heidi Dillenburg, 44, was operating a 2004 Chevy Silverado westbound on Highway 171, in Clayton Township near the Richland County line. Dillenburg swerved to miss a deer and lost control of her vehicle due to black ice on the roadway. Her vehicle went off the north side embankment, causing the vehicle to overturn and go through a fence before coming to rest in a pasture, officials said.

Dillenburg was transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries. The vehicle sustained severe damage and was towed from the scene.

Assisting at the scene was the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, Soldiers Grove Fire, North Crawford Rescue Squad and the Crawford County Highway Department.

Mon
27
Nov

PdC wishes to make Villa boat landing public

A resolution was unanimously approved by the Prairie du Chien Common Council Nov. 21, endorsing a petition to the Office of Commissioner of Railroads to change the designation of the railroad crossing at the Villa Louis Boat Landing from a private crossing to a public crossing. Additional information will be reported at a future council meeting.

Other business
Also at the half-hour regular council meeting, the aldermen accepted proposed 2018 rates for employee health insurance, approving an increase of 2 percent to the employee and free membership to Hoffman Hall and the outdoor aquatic park for employees and family.

In other business, based on recommendations from the city planner, the council approved relocation of crosswalks, from Ohio Street to St. Lo Drive, as part of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Highway 27/Blackhawk Avenue mill and overlay project of 2021.

Mon
27
Nov

Three discovered hiding in van, face methamphetamine charges


Crawford County K-9 Breck is pictured with items seized from a van in Gays Mills during a search Nov. 21. (Submitted photo)

Three individuals from outside Crawford County are facing drug charges after the county’s K-9 unit stopped a suspicious vehicle in the village of Gays Mills last week, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.
The K-9 officer was patrolling Nov. 21, when he observed a 1994 Chevrolet Astro van that, when it pulled onto Rebecca Street, the driver turned off the headlights. The deputy made contact with the vehicle and found three occupants all hiding in the rear of the van. The occupants were identified as David Roberts, 34, and Brandy Robinson, 39, both from La Crosse, and Cassandra Neff, 30, of Fennimore. Roberts and Neff were both discovered to be on active probation for possession of methamphetamine, according to a news release from the sheriff’s department.

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27
Nov

Santa Sightings

Friday, Dec. 1—Holiday Parade, Downtown PdC, 5:30 p.m., visit with Santa in the Knowlton House before and after

Saturday, Dec. 2—Wake Up Santa, PdC City Hall Community Building, 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 2—Seneca Lions Breakfast with Santa, Town Hall, 8-10 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 2—MFL Lions Club Lighted Holiday Parade, Monona, 6 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 3—Christmas Tree Lighting, Ferryville, 6-7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 3—Christmas Right Here, Crossing Rivers Health, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 7—Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, Marquette riverfront, 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9—Santa at the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, Marquette, 1-4 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9, Christmas in Bagley, 3-6 p.m., Santa will arrive via fire truck at Bruggeman’s Tire Shop at 4 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 23—Santa at the Mt. Hope fire station, 1:30 p.m.

Mon
27
Nov

Holiday parade brings joy of the season to PdC Dec. 1

The annual Holiday Parade presented by the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce will be held Friday, Dec. 1, at 5:30 p.m., on Blackhawk Avenue downtown. Any business or organization wishing to participate in the parade is asked to begin lining up at 5 p.m. on St. Feriole Island. There is no fee to participate. Entrants are encouraged to decorate their floats with lights and holiday scenes and play seasonal music as well.

“This festive parade in historic downtown Prairie du Chien officially kicks off the holiday season and serves as a reminder to ‘Shop Local, Shop Prairie du Chien’ this holiday season for all gift giving needs,” said Chamber CEO Bob Moses.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will make a special trip to Prairie du Chien to wish all parade-goers a “Merry Christmas.”

Tue
21
Nov

Crawford County 4-H members recognized for their achievements


Members in grades 9 through one year after high school (front row, from left) were honored: Emma Payne, Samuel Kramer, Theresa Kramer, Matthew Kramer, Alexis Snyder; (middle row) Sawyer Brown, Ashley Bedtka, Jessica Bedtka, Cecilia Kramer, Veronica Kramer, Faith Morga; (back row) Laura Cornwall, Brooklynn Nagel, Cathleen Anderson, Becca Cornwall, Kelsey Achenbach, Elliot Anderson and Kylie Zimmerman.

Members in grades 6-8 recognized for their achievements were (front row, from left) Lydia Kramer, Marie Achebach, Faye Brassington, Autum Butler, Isaac Kramer, AJ Morga; (back row) Isabella Sprosty, Taylor Snyder, Lily Mitchell, Matthias Gerhards, Maximus Cooley and Maureen Cooley.  

Members in grades 3-5: (front row, from left) Camryn Lenzendorf, Alex Morga, Mia Olson, Sophia Walz, Ben Payne, Claudia Walz, Carson Sime, Madelyn Kramer; (middle row) Emma Hady, Alisha Brassington, Dallas Butler, Julius Cooley, Benjamin Kramer, Clint Mitchell, Macy Mitchell; (back row) Nicholas Walz, Brooke Mitchell, Michaela Cauffman, Blake Mitchell, Robert Cooley, Lindsey Nolan, Rita Achenbach, Jacob Payne, William Zander and Gracie Sime.

Graduating Cloverbuds are (front row, from left) Violet Mitchell, Danielle Hromadka, Avi Olson, Hope Cornwall. Back Row (L-R): Grant Sime, Lauren Otte, Bailey Otte and Colette Kramer.

Cloverbuds recognized included (front row, from left) Jackson Butler, Simon Kramer, Aaron Hromdaka, Warren Snyder; (back row) Kendra Mitchell, Hesston Brownlee, Nathaniel Walz, Millie Dahlberg and Hayley Mitchell.

Crawford County 4-H members were recognized on Oct. 20 for their achievements in 4-H for the 2016-2017 year. In order to receive recognition, members must have completed a record book for the year. The 4-H record book is an excellent way for members to keep track of their goals and accomplishments throughout the year.

Cloverbuds (members in grades K-1) who were recognized that evening were Devyn Kay Allert, Halo Aspenson, Hesston Brownlee, Jackson Butler, Millie Dahlberg, Aaron Hromadka, Jacob Kramer, Simon Kramer, Hayley Mitchell, Kendra Mitchell, Warren Snyder, Nathaniel Walz and Stetson Zeeh.

Cloverbuds who are in second grade graduated from the program to regular 4-H members. They were Hope Cornwall, Danielle Hromadka, Colette Kramer, Violet Mitchell, Avi Olson, Bailey Otte, Lauren Otte, Lena Schmidt, Grant Sime, Kristina Sletten and Jazzmine Walters.

Mon
20
Nov

Crawford County levy increases slightly

By Correne Martin

The Crawford County Board of Supervisors approved its 2018 budget Nov. 14, increasing its portion of the tax levy for landowners slightly, by 0.4 percent, to cover $9,986,122 in total proposed funds.

“After assembling initial departmental requests for this budget, it was $662,000 above the allowable levy limit,” said Duane Rogers, board vice chairman.

To balance the 2018 budget, the board’s key moves will involve pulling $300,000 from the general fund and reducing highway department requests by $250,000 ($64,000 of that will be paid by unused borrowing from last year).

Though Rogers acknowledged the disappointing news that the total of all fund balances had decreased—for the second consecutive year—he said it increased in the years leading up to this and believes the county is “still in pretty good shape.”

Mon
20
Nov

Arts center advisory council forms in PdC district

By Correne Martin

An official advisory committee for the Prairie du Chien School District’s new arts center has formed and, last week, was fully recognized by the board of education at its Nov. 13 meeting. This council is tasked with creating a vision of how the arts center—the grandiose facility on the front end of Prairie du Chien High School—will function as part of the community.

“A survey will be coming back out to the public,” Board President Christine Panka said. “What we heard during the referendum is [residents] wanted this facility utilized to the max for the community, in addition to what the school wants to do.”

So the intention of the committee is to determine the best functionality possible.

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