Welcome to the City of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
If you are looking for a form, permit or application, please go to our City Department page - Employment Application
Bird Conservation
Bird-friendly birders do more than observe, they practice wildlife conservation and are aware of issues threatening different species of birds. Learn how to get involved here.
Keeping Birds Safe Around Windows

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, “One of the greatest hazards to birds is plate glass, with windows in homes and offices killing as many as one billion birds each year. Glass is invisible to birds, and if it reflects the images of trees, bushes, the sky or other natural habitat, a bird may fly directly into it.” 

Have concerns, questions, suggestions or comments regarding your City government???? Share your ideas and thoughts with the Mayor!!!! Mayor Dave Hemmer will be holding office hours on the last Saturday of each month from 9:00 to 10:30 AM in the Council Chambers. You can enter through the side door (located on the west side of City Hall). He will be holding these office hours the last Saturday of each month through the end of the year. If you are unable to attend and would like to share your concerns or issues, please contact the Mayor at 326-6406 or via email.

* Mon April 14th - Housing Authority (4:00 PM)
* Wed April 16th - LaRiviere Park Board (5 PM)
* Tues April 22nd - Council (Organizational meeting) (6:45 PM)
* Tues April 22nd - Common Council (7:00 PM)
* Tues April 29th - Protection and Health (6:00 PM)

You can still pay in person at the City Hall Monday through Friday from 8am-4pm with cash, credit card or money order. But many people do not always have the time to make it to the office, to get the money together and are looking for that extra convenience. Now for your convenience you can pay online:

* Building Permits
* Municipal Court Citations
* Park Shelter Rentals
* Property Tax Bills
* Water and Sewer Bills

There is a small fee for this service. Once you make a payment, you will receive an immediate receipt of payment. The on-line payment system accepts most major credit and debit cards, and electronic checks.
2014 City of Prairie du Chien Brush/Compost Site Hours of Operation
Effective April 7, 2014 the site will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm and Saturday’s from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm. These hours will be in effect at least through NOVEMBER 22, 2014. The site is closed on Sundays and Holidays. Please be at the site at least 15 minutes prior to close for disposing of materials
* NO Plastic Bags, only paper lawn bags allowed.
* NO other refuse to be disposed of at the site.
* NO construction waste or lumber, brush must be dirt free. 
* Stump disposal is by appointment only; please call 326-2718 at least 2 days in advance. 
The brush/compost site is for the residents of the City of Prairie du Chien only. Please Note that access to the archery range will be on Wilderness Road, east of the brush site entrance. Please call 326-8534 for information.


The City of Prairie du Chien is reminding residents of the rules and regulations regarding signs. The city has found a number of rummage sale and real estate signs in violation of the right-of-way restrictions. Ordinance 6.10 (4) of the Zoning Code reads: “No sign structure may be located in the right of-way”. Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at 326-6406.
​Kyle Kozelka has announced he will accept the position of Alderman in the Third Aldermanic District. In a statement today (Thursday), Kozelka said, “After much consideration, I have decided to accept the position of third district City Councilman, and continue to represent the best interests of the citizens of Prairie du Chien.” Kozelka, who currently holds the seat on the Council but did not seek re-election, was the top write-in candidate for the open two-year seat with eight votes. He will serve a two-year team, set to expire April 2016.
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In the First Aldermanic District, there was a tie among two write-in candidates for the open two-year seat in the April 1st Spring Election. Ron Leys and Mark Oehler both received two (2) votes. At the April 7th Board of Canvassers meeting, City Clerk Barb Elvert pulled a name from a hat to determine the winner of the election. The winner of the tie-breaker was Ron Leys, the current Council representative who did not seek re-election. On Friday, Leys announced he will remain as Councilmember, serving a two-year term through April 2016. Leys was also elected to the Crawford County Board of Supervisors on April 1st.
At Tuesday night's Common Council meeting, representatives from the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library and Cameron Aslaksen Architects presented the proposed expansion and upgrades for the Library. This project is targeted for 2017. For more information on Tuesday's presentation, click here.
ABOVE - Looking From Teen Area Toward Circulation Desk
RIGHT - Looking Into Children’s Area
On Friday, April 11, 2014 Lieutenant Terry Sprosty graduated from the course Leadership in Police Organization (LPO). This program is sponsored by the International Associations of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the State of Wisconsin. The model for leadership taught in LPO is, disperse ethical leadership based on values and principles. The long term vision of the department is to have all employees attend this training. Pictured from left to right is Lieutenant Terry Sprosty 2014 graduate, Chief Chad Abram 2008 graduate, Sergeant Kyle Teynor 2012 graduate and current instructor.
City To Receive VFW Post 1945 Colors, Flag and Charter

(PRAIRIE DU CHIEN) – The City of Prairie du Chien will receive the colors and flag of the Prairie du Chien McKinney-Tyler-Portwine Post 1945 VFW from the VFW National organization at a ceremony to be held on Thursday April 24th at 2:00 PM at City Hall. Wisconsin VFW Commander Renee Simpson will be presenting the colors, along with the Post’s flag and the original charter, to City officials at that time. The public is invited to attend the ceremony. The post disbanded in 2011 due to a lack of membership. At that time, the colors, flag and charter were turned over to the State VFW. Former Post Quartermaster/Adjutant Dean LaPointe, and his father, Eugene, who was the Post Commander, have been working ever since to bring the items back home to a permanent location. LaPointe approached City Administrator Aaron Kramer in February about locating a permanent home. During the course of those discussions, Kramer suggested City Hall as the site, which LaPointe eagerly agreed to.

“There have been a number of VFW Charters returned to the State due to Posts folding,” said LaPointe. “State officials have said we are one of the few who have made a big push to get their colors, flags and charters back to their home cities. I am very happy to see the Charter coming back to Prairie du Chien, as it dates back to World War One, and this is truly its home.” The colors, flags and charters will be put on permanent display in the main hallway of City Hall. LaPointe is also working on drafting a history of the Post which will also be displayed as part of the exhibit.

“We are honored and privileged to become the permanent home for these valuable and historical items,” said Kramer. “The VFW has been a valuable contributor to the city of Prairie du Chien, and it would have been a shame to see them fade into the history books without any remembrance.”