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Wed
09
Oct

Man found hiding in basement after crash

On Oct. 6, at 9:15 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle traffic crash. The caller stated the vehicle was driven back home on a flat tire.  

Deputies responded and spoke with Catherine Stevenson, 58, who stated she was the driver of a 2007 Toyota Camry on Highway 131 near County X, when she was forced off the road by another vehicle, causing her to crash. She stated the other vehicle didn’t stop. Stevenson also said her daughter, Cheyenne Stevenson, 20, was the passenger.

Wed
09
Oct

Halls of Terror volunteers ready to have some fun


No one else is home right now! The crazy clowns and chainsaw master have yet to arrive! But this unhappy couple from the crypt has been working late nights in the lonely cedar building on Prairie du Chien’s St. Feriole Island. They stand with broken hearts and oozing guts, ready to startle, scratch and chill you to the bone at the Halls of Terror, which begins Friday. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The men behind the deranged masks and wicked makeup at the Halls of Terror haunted house in Prairie du Chien find it fun to scare people. 

Many have been helping for years and—with opening night this Friday, Oct. 11—they’re preparing to strike again.

“I like to be loud, jump out, scare and chase people,” said Mike Anthony, who acts as a clown in the Halls of Terror’s quintessential clown room. “Then, I’ll run to the next room and say to the other [scarers], ‘Did you hear that?’”

Wed
09
Oct

Regional housing study to be presented

A presentation of the Regional Housing Study for Crawford County will take place on Monday, Oct. 21 at the Leisure Time Sports Bar and Bowl. A free social half-hour and buffet dinner will commence at 5 p.m., with the presentation starting at 5:30, followed by a discussion and Q&A. An RSVP is required to attend.

The event will provide information from the Crawford County Housing Study that Driftless Development Inc. commissioned in collaboration with Prosperity Southwest Wisconsin and Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Plan Commission (SWWRPC), who conducted the study. Troy Maggied, Executive Director of SWWRPC, will present the findings and guide a discussion on the next steps to seek residential development solutions. 

Mon
07
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.

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