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06
Apr

Ground broken for new True Value store


Store owners, city officials, construction managers and other stakeholders involved in bringing to fruition the new Nelson True Value project on North Marquette Road manned the golden shovels April 1 during the ceremonial groundbreaking at the site. Plans are for the store to be open by October or November 2015. Pictured (from left) are Dan Kanis, Nelson True Value co-owner; Dave Hemmer, mayor; Aaron Kramer, city administrator; Scott Truehl, Friede and Associates co-owner; Duane Rogers, city redevelopment authority; Jacob Kanis, Nelson True Value partner; Mark Brueggen, Nelson True Value general manager; Jeff Behnke, Friede and Associates senior estimator; Marvin Bengtson, Friede and Associates project superintendent; Bob Standorf, chairman of the city redevelopment authority; Bob Moses, chamber of commerce CEO/president; Bob McDonald, Prairie du Chien Economic Development Corporation president; Steve Shulfer, Shulfer Architects CEO; and Gina Keenan, DNR remediation and redevelopment agent. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A retail project that’s been 10 years in the making finally broke ground last week in Prairie du Chien. Nelson True Value will relocate to a new state-of-the-art store on North Marquette Road upon its completion in October/November 2015. The site is located just north of Walgreens.

During the groundbreaking Wednesday afternoon, April 1, Owner Dan Kanis talked about the excitement of the day.

“This is overwhelming. I didn’t expect so many people here,” he said, acknowledging the 100 or so in attendance, including his family, business representatives and area citizens. “It shows how much of a community effort this really was. We’ve been at the same location for the past 40-plus years. There’s a little bit of emotion today, but we’re extremely excited to relocate and to be here on Marquette Road.”

Mon
06
Apr

Vest-A-Dog memorial donation given to sheriff’s department


The family of the late Kevin May, who passed away in December, recently provided a donation to Crawford County Sheriff’s Department in his honor. The near $1,000 contribution was used toward purchasing a bullet- and stab-proof vest for K9 Officer Breck. The family is pictured with members of the sheriff’s department (front, from left): Sheriff Dale McCullick, mom Betty May, Austin May, Cadence May, Hailey May, Carolyn May, Deputy Joe Breeser and K9 Officer Breck, and dad Patrick May; (back) brothers Jon May, Brian May and Jason May, and friend and retired longtime sheriff’s department officer Jerry Barrette. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Longtime Prairie du Chien resident Kevin May passed away Dec. 16 at the young age of 38. The way he lived his life with compassion and a strong motivation to help others will continue to make an impact on Crawford County for many years.

On Friday, Kevin’s parents, brothers and other family members met with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K9 team, Deputy Joe Breeser and K9 Officer Breck, the recipient of a bullet- and stab-proof vest from Wisconsin Vest-A-Dog, in Kevin’s memory. The family donated nearly $1,000 to cover the cost of the new gear.

Mon
06
Apr

New downtown business


Patrick Igou and Ryan Fox welcome one and all to their new downtown Prairie du Chien establishment “The Tavern.”

 

‘The Tavern’ opens in downtown Prairie du Chien

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A new business has recently opened in downtown Prairie du Chien in the former Fort Crawford Hotel building. “The Tavern” first opened its doors on Saturday, March 28 and has been welcoming customers ever since into its rustic, down-to-earth atmosphere. 

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06
Apr

Helen F. Stagman

 

Helen F. Stagman, 82 of Bagley, passed away Thursday, April 2, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, surrounded by her family. 

Fri
03
Apr

Glenda M. Wolfram

 

Glenda M. Wolfram, 76, of Oxford, Ohio and formerly of Prairie du Chien, passed away Thursday, April 2, at The Knolls of Oxford Retirement Community in Oxford, Ohio. 

She was born Sept. 16, 1938 in Shullsburg, the daughter of Floyd and Jennie (Peacock) Bennett. She married John Wolfram on June 1, 1957 in Shullsburg, and he preceded her in death on April 16, 2014. 

Fri
03
Apr

David S. Krieg

 

David S. Krieg, 83, of LaCrosse, died peacefully in his home Tuesday, March 31. 

Thu
02
Apr

Prairie du Chien School Board election

 

Seven candidates vie for Prairie du Chien School Board

There are seven candidates for the Prairie du Chien Board of Education election on April 7.

Candidates will vie for four seats on the board. The term of office for three of the seats will be three years beginning April 2015 and going through April 2018. The term of office for the completion of the unfilled term for Tracy Morovits-Feye is one year beginning April 2015 and running through April 2016. The top four vote-getters will be elected. The fourth-place candidate will be elected to the one-year term.

Thu
02
Apr

Donald Robert Yohe

 

 Donald Robert Yohe of Gilbert, Ariz., passed away March 30, in Chandler, Ariz. at the age of 95.

Donald was born in Clayton, Iowa to George and Elsie Yohe. Donald was raised on the family farm near the Mississippi River in Clayton and graduated from Guttenberg High School. He served in the Civilian Conversation Corps and for over four years in the United States Army during World War II as a training sergeant in California and later in the Italian Campaign. After the War, he farmed, played minor league baseball, and then attended Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato State University, and the University in Northern Iowa.

Wed
01
Apr

New Fellowship Hall


It is hoped that the new 7,000-square-foot Community Fellowship Hall being constructed next to St. John’s Catholic Church will be completed in the fall.

 

New Community Fellowship Hall 

being constructed next to St. John’s

By Ted Pennekamp

 

As anyone traveling along the 700 block of S. Wacouta Avenue would have noticed, there will soon be a big, new Community Fellowship Hall next to St. John’s Catholic Church. 

Wed
01
Apr

Prairie du Chien Common Council will be reduced to 8 members after election

By Correne Martin

The time has come for the Prairie du Chien Common Council to be reduced in size, from 12 members to eight. The new council will be composed of six aldermen representing the city’s six individual wards and two at-large aldermen. Three current members are bowing out from their seats, one vacant seat is simply going away, and two other current members will be named on the spring election ballot Tuesday, April 7 for the at-large positions.

“Last spring, it was determined that the six seats up for election, in the next city election following the vote to downsize, would be discontinued,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer explained, “and two citywide, at-large positions would be created.”

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