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04
Dec

Employers invited to talk about hiring students with special needs

All Prairie du Chien area employers are invited to a community conversation with the Prairie du Chien School District about student employment. The conversation will happen over breakfast on Monday, Dec. 16, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the upstairs conference room at Prairie du Chien City Hall.

The purpose of this event is to provide employers with information about hiring students with special needs. 

RSVPs are requested by Friday, Dec. 6, to Cathy Reed, special education director at Prairie du Chien Schools, 326-3742 or reedca@pdc.k12.wi.us.

Wed
04
Dec

PdC common council approves 2020 budget, releases 2019 tax bill

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council approved the 2020 city budget during a special meeting Nov. 26. The city portion of taxes for Prairie du Chien taxpayers has gone down slightly from last year, by $22.14, on the standard $100,000 home. The whole tax bill for 2019 also reflects a decrease for most taxpayers.

Mon
02
Dec

Ringing the bell gives you a sense of what the season is all about


Whether you’re like Mason and Charlotte Kussmaul (pictured) and ring the Salvation Army bell with your parents, or like Denise Rod and Rodney “Toby” Howell and plan to ring by yourself, volunteering will touch your heart this holiday season.

By Correne Martin

Two local residents have become familiar faces at the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle bell ringing locations in Prairie du Chien over the past half-dozen years or so. Denise Rod and Rodney “Toby” Howell, both believe in the cause and couldn’t imagine the Christmas season without fulfilling their volunteer time for the organization’s only fundraiser of the year.

Toby started manning the Red Kettle after his retirement just as a way to give back to the community. And he certainly gave his share. In 2018, he rang the bell for a total of 74.5 hours.

Mon
02
Dec

Parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus coming to downtown Prairie du Chien

Prairie du Chien is ready for its annual Holiday Parade downtown Friday, Dec. 6, at 5:30 p.m. 

Sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce, don’t miss Santa and Mrs. Claus making their way along Blackhawk Avenue, along with their friends from local businesses, organizations and dignitaries. Spend your time before and after shopping local for the holidays. 

Mon
02
Dec

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stopping in Marquette Sunday

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, adorned with tens of thousands of lights, will transport holiday cheer, Santa and a stage for live musical performances, into Marquette’s Riverfront Marina on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2:45 p.m.

The brightly decorated Canadian Pacific train will stop for all to experience, with the intention of also helping the community and surrounding area collect food and money for the Clayton County Food Shelf.

Last year, the local Canadian Pacific stop netted the Clayton County Food Shelf $11,053.99 and 2,935 pounds of food.

The Holiday Train is in high demand. The communities of Marquette, McGregor and Prairie du Chien are fortunate to have it stop in this area. 

Mon
25
Nov

Ferryville plans Christmas Tree Lighting community celebration on Dec. 2


Santa Claus himself will make a special visit to Ferryville’s Christmas Tree Lighting celebration Dec. 2, to meet with the good girls and boys and give them treats. (Submitted photo)

On Monday, Dec. 2, in Ferryville, the ninth annual Christmas Tree Lighting will happen and everyone is invited. Santa hears children’s Christmas wishes and all sing Christmas carols and enjoy treats as the lights of the holiday season are lit. The event takes place at the observation deck of River View Park in the center of the village of Ferryville.

Santa will arrive at 5:30 p.m. to hear what children want for Christmas and, then, at 6 p.m., the elves will light the Christmas tree for the season. The Ferryville Tourism Council will lead everyone in Christmas carols while all can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and have holiday cookies and treats. Plus, there are gift bags for children. This is a fun time for all so don’t miss out. 

Mon
25
Nov

The Sweet Tooth opens pop-up candy shop in downtown PdC


Crystal Priebe is the owner of The Sweet Tooth at 127 W. Blackhawk Ave. (recently vacated by The Broken Ladder). She will offer many varieties of nostalgic candies bulk and by the piece, in addition to her homemade chocolates, gourmet popcorn and soda by the glass bottle. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The shining star of Prairie du Chien’s Pop-Up Shop Program for the Christmas season is The Sweet Tooth, a new candy shop at 127 W. Blackhawk Ave. (recently vacated by The Broken Ladder). A grand opening is planned for Saturday, Nov. 30, in association with Small Business Saturday and the local Santa Shops Small promotion. 

With the support of Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Entrepreneurial Support Grant funding, Crystal Priebe is the young entrepreneur taking a shot at her dream to be in the candy business. 

Wed
20
Nov

Thanksgiving meal served, all welcome

A free Thanksgiving dinner will be served to area community members at the Apostalic White House Church in Prairie du Chien on Thursday, Nov. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Dine in at 1300 S. Marquette Rd., take carryouts or order in-town deliveries by calling (608) 306-0469. The church can accommodate about 40 people inside its facility.

All are welcome to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, sweet potatoes, green beans, dessert, coffee, tea, milk and water. Thanks to church and community volunteers, as well as a main donation from Zinkle’s Piggly Wiggly, about 20 people will come together in the days leading up to and the day of Thanksgiving to cook and provide the free meal and opportunity for fellowship. 

Wed
20
Nov

Car flies over a creek, teenager injured

On Nov. 18, at 7:41 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a one-vehicle rollover crash on State Highway 171 just west of Trout Drive in Clayton Township. 

Wyatt Mickelson, 18, Gays Mills, was westbound on Highway 171 in a 2004 Buick LeSabre. His vehicle left the right side of Highway 171, drove through three fences and went airborne over a creek before coming to rest. Mickelson had to be extricated from the vehicle and was transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital by Tri-State EMS.

Assisting at the scene were the Wisconsin State Patrol for crash investigation, the Crawford County Highway Department, the Soldiers Grove Fire Department, the Gays Mills Fire Department, North Crawford EMS, Ocooch Mountain Rescue and Fry’s Towing.

Wed
20
Nov

Knife allegedly displayed in confrontation

On Saturday, Nov. 16, at approximately 8:49 p.m., the Marquette–McGregor Police Department responded to the parking lot of Casino Queen, in Marquette, Iowa, pertaining to a theft which resulted in a knife being displayed.

An officer observed the vehicle involved and initiated a high risk traffic stop at the intersection of Marquette Drive and First Street. Additional officers from the Prairie du Chien Police Department responded and assisted in securing the occupants of the stopped vehicle.

During the investigation, Brandon L. Burdick, of Prairie du Chien, was accused of stealing money from Derek D. White. White confronted Burdick in the Casino Queen parking lot. During their confrontation, White was accused of displaying a knife. White was located in the Casino Queen parking lot and immediately detained.

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