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Oct

Citywide fall cleanup in PdC next week

The Prairie du Chien Street Department has scheduled its citywide fall cleanup. 

Property owners on Blackhawk Avenue North will have pickup Monday, Oct. 14. Those on Blackhawk Avenue South, east of Marquette Road, will go on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Then, those on Blackhawk Avenue South, west of Marquette Road, will have items cleaned up Wednesday, Oct. 16.

Street crews will pick up brush, appliances and metal recyclables. Town and Country Sanitation will pick up all other remaining items on the following Saturday, Oct. 19. There will be no return trips. Please make sure to have items out on the appropriate day your location is scheduled for cleanup. 

Here are a few additional tips:

Mon
07
Oct

Prairie Industries sells majority interest

Prairie Industries informed its workers on Sept. 23 and 24 that a few days earlier it had sold a majority share of both Prairie Industries and Nu-Pak, in Boscobel, to the Halifax Group.

The approximate 900 jobs are secure and operations are expected to remain the same at the three Prairie du Chien and one Lansing, Iowa, Prairie Industries plants, as well as at Nu-Pak. 

According to their website, “The Halifax Group is a private investment firm dedicated to partnering with founders and managers of lower middle-market businesses with total enterprise values generally between $50 million and $300 million.” The company has 100 years of combined experience and $1.5 billion under management.

Mon
07
Oct

Prairie du Chien chamber recognizes business community


The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Awards Program was held Wednesday night, Oct. 2, aboard a cruise on the Celebration Belle. Business honorees included (front row, from left) Nancy Ashmore, public library director; Bobbi Jo Reames, Muddy Waters Pizza Pub; Deidre Stark, Stark’s Sport Shop; Paul and Colleen Gokey, Pete’s Hamburgers; (back row) Chuck Blaschko, Supreme Graphics owner; Gary Wynos, Supreme Graphics PdC manager; Brenda Anderson and Jill Doll, public library; Curt Zinkle, Zinkle’s Piggly Wiggly owner; Theresa Mezera, Panka Shoe Store owner; Robert Vavra, Maiden Voyage Tours owner; Todd Crotty, Muddy Waters Pizza Pub and Leaf Chief; Chamber President/CEO Bob Moses; Randy and Alex Stark, Stark’s Sport Shop; Nick Haug, school district representative/Bluff View principal; Mary and Bill Huser, Pete’s Hamburgers; and Ron Stark, Stark’s Sport Shop. Missing from the photo are Paper Moon owners Louise and Jen White. For individual award pictures, visit pdccourier.com. (Photo by Correne Martin)

C.F. LaPointe Award presented by Chamber Director Bob Moses, given to Curt Zinkle. Also pictured is his wife, Shelly Zinkle.

Entrepreneur of the Year Todd Crotty, of Muddy Waters Pizza Pub, Leaf Chief and developer of the old Fort Crawford Hotel.

Presidents Award went to Robert Vavra, of Maiden Voyage Tours.

Mary and Bill Huser and Colleen and Paul Gokey accepted a 110-year anniversary award

Panka Shoe Store, represented by owner Theresa Mezera, was awarded for 100 years in business in Prairie du Chien.

Randy, Deidre, Libby, Alex and Ron Stark accepted the 75 year Diamond anniversary award for their business, Stark's Sport Shop

Community Investment Awards went to the Prairie du Chien Area School District and the Prairie du Chien Public Library. Receiving their plaques from Chamber CEO Bob Moses (right) were: (from left) Nicholas Haug, PdC Schools representative/Bluff View Principal; Brenda Anderson, a school district and library employee; and Jill Doll and Director Nancy Ashmore, also representing the public library.

Supreme Graphics was named New Business of the Year by Chamber Director Bob Moses. Pictured are Chris Blaschko, Chuck Blaschko, Mary Ellen Hornseth and Gary Wynos (tourism council vice chair) with Bob Moses

By Correne Martin

The 2019 Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Awards Program brought about 150 business professionals together for an elegant night Oct. 2, on the Celebration Belle paddlewheel boat. A night cruise on the Mississippi River was enjoyed along with a buffet-style meal and beverages. Chamber President and CEO Bob Moses emceed the event and, along with chamber board president, Nick Coffield, presented the night’s awards.

Mon
07
Oct

PdC Correctional inmate lawsuit being screened for merit

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A lawsuit filed by 10 inmates of Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution is still being screened to make sure there is merit to the suit, and that it is not frivolous, said a deputy clerk of the U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin. 

Wed
02
Oct

Kickapoo River expected to flood, Mississippi to get near flood stage

 

According to the National Weather Service, the Mississippi River at McGregor is predicted to reach 15.9 feet on Oct. 8 due to more rain in northern Wisconsin, Minnesota and throughout the region. The river was at 12.97 feet at 7:45 a.m. on Oct. 1. It was at 13.49 feet at 6:45 a.m. on Oct. 2. Minor flood stage is 16 feet. 

At 16 feet, the Washington Street Bridge to St. Feriole Island begins to flood and is closed. Pumping operations are underway.

Wed
02
Oct

Hundreds of dead and dying trees due to sustained high water


Numerous trees have died in Ambrough Slough (part of which is shown above) due to sustained high water over the past four years. (Photos courtesy of Brandon Jones of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge)

This is an example of heavy island bank erosion caused by high water in Pool 10.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Anglers, boaters and many other people who enjoy the Mississippi River have noticed a large die-off of trees and a lot of erosion on the islands of the river, especially evident this year.

Hundreds of trees have died in Pool 10 and perhaps thousands in the whole Upper Mississippi River.

Wed
02
Oct

Area man charged with growing, selling marijuana

A 56-year-old Soldiers Grove man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of the manufacture of marijuana (between 1,000 and 2,500 grams).

Larry Waters faces up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines if convicted. According to the criminal complaint, officers found a green house in the middle of an open ridge top field on Waters’ property in the town of Clayton.

Wed
02
Oct

Town of Freeman man arrested in drug bust

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department has been conducting an extensive investigation into the distribution and sale of illegal narcotics from the Kenneth Sandvick residence located in the township of Freeman. As a result of this investigation, the sheriff’s department applied for and was granted a search warrant. 

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department utilized the Tri-River Area Special Operations Team to execute a search of Sandvick’s residence on Sept. 25. The special operations team is constructed of Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and Prairie du Chien Police Department law enforcement staff. 

Items seized included methamphetamine, ecstasy, methamphetamine paraphernalia, a weighing device, packaging supplies, counterfeit currency, and firearms.

Wed
02
Oct

Local man accused of sexual assault

A 31-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of the sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age.

Christopher Thornton faces up to 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Thornton had sex with a boy who was under the age of 16.

Wed
02
Oct

PdC council approves stop sign additions near elementary, high schools

By Correne Martin

Drivers: If you haven’t already noticed, the city of Prairie du Chien has permanently added some new stop signs in the areas of B.A. Kennedy Elementary School and Prairie du Chien High School. 

A total of four stop signs have been either placed or requested at three intersections to increase pedestrian safety at these schools: one at Michigan and Webster Streets, one at Michigan and Cass Streets (not yet placed) and two at Wells and Dousman Streets—one on the east side and a second on the west side.

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