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Experience early 19th Century life at this weekend’s Cannons at the Fort

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Local historian Mary Antoine teaches Bluff View fifth graders about the fur trade era during the 2012 Cannons at the Fort. (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

Fort Crawford Museum will present its annual Cannons at the Fort historical reenactment this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

About 40 interpreters will depict what life was like in Prairie du Chien in the early 1800s.

Interpretive stations will include Native American storytelling with flute music, the trade, dancing, basket making, candle making, soap making, spinning, rope making, lead pouring, flint knapping, food making, musket firing, cannon firing, a mini-militia, a Civil War singalong and more.

The presenters are quality educators hand-selected by members of the Prairie du Chien Historical Society specifically for this event.

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Driftless Area Art Festival transforms Soldiers Grove park into colorful village

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September scenery and weather is usually perfect for the Driftless Area Art Festival. Last year, a record crowd of about 5,300 were attracted to the eighth annual event. (Submitted photo)
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Jamie Heiden was the 2012 “People’s Choice Award” winner at the Driftless Area Art Festival, taking the title for the third year in a row. The La Crosse area photographic artist is expected to be back at the festival this year. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Every September, just as the region’s landscape becomes painted with the colors of autumn, the Soldiers Grove park transforms into a charming village filled with visual, performing and culinary arts for the Driftless Area Art Festival. Eighty select artists descend on the community and organize displays of their creations underneath the beautiful white tents that are arranged along the park’s edges. A large entertainment tent is in the center. This leaves a picturesque path, decorated with 150 seasonal plants from Read’s Creek Nursery, to be used by those strolling through the festival. Completing the grounds, picnic tables are scattered throughout, inviting event-goers to grab a bite and enjoy the extraordinary artwork and entertainment all weekend.

Mon
09
Sep

Carriage Classic


Lisa Whitcomb of Whitefish Bay, Wis. drives her horse and carriage across an obstacle in the Gambler’s Choice Obstacles Sunday morning at the Villa Louis Carriage Classic. The horse is a KWPN/Arab. The vehicle is a Stanhope Gig.

Dr. Jerry Rozeboom of Walker, Iowa acknowledges applause from the crowd during the Carriage Dog Class at the 33rd annual Villa Louis Carriage Classic on St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien Sunday. The Villa Louis Carriage Classic is a pleasure driving show held on the beautiful grounds of the Villa Louis Historic Site. This show hosts some of the finest carriage driving competition the Midwest has to offer, with more than 100 different turnouts coming from throughout the Midwest. It features a wide range of divisions, providing a first class experience for novice and experienced whips alike. See another Carriage Classic photo on page 5. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

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Sep

History comes to life at PdC City Hall, Author to give tribute to Civilian Conservation Corps

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In Wisconsin, The CCC planted 265 million trees, built 483 bridges, erected over 4,000 miles of telephone poles, constructed 4,300 miles of truck trails, stocked half a billion fish, fought forest fires, and built several state parks including Rib Mountain, Interstate, Devil’s Lake, Pattison, Peninsula Park, Copper Falls and Wyalusing. The CCC worked with hundreds of farmers, terracing hills, putting up fencing, repairing gullies and providing fertilizer. The camps not only revitalized Wisconsin’s natural resources but also turned the boys into men by giving them discipline and teaching them work skills. (Photo courtesy of the Friends of Wyalusing State Park)
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By Caitlin Bittner

On Sept. 12, the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library is bringing Bill Jamerson, a Michigan based author/songwriter, to talk about the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal works program created by President Franklin Roosevelt in the heart of The Great Depression. During its nine year run beginning in 1933, ninety two thousand young men worked in Wisconsin camps. There was an average of 46 camps in operation for each year. The enrollees were paid $1 a day with $25 sent home to their families each month. The money kept many families from starving.

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Robert Check

 

 A well known local businessman, Robert John “Bob” Check, 81, of Prairie du Chien passed away Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

He was born Nov. 19, 1931 in Eastman, the son of John and Amelia (Berntgen) Check. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Janice Faye White on Nov. 17, 1954 who later preceded him in death on Feb. 20, 1999. Together they owned and operated Check’s Antiques in Prairie du Chien. Bob also worked as a foreman for Design Homes in Prairie du Chien for 26 years. He loved to fish and was known for his homemade soups. 

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Katherine Klema

 

Katherine A. “Kathy” Klema, 50, of Wauzeka passed away Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, after an extended illness. 

She was born April 23, 1963 in Prairie du Chien the daughter of Ronald and Carol (Sebastian) Ore. She married Ed Klema on Oct. 24, 1981 in Prairie du Chien. She worked at several grocery stores in the area and enjoyed bartending at the Sportsman’s Lounge in Wauzeka. Kathy volunteered as a Girl Scout Leader and helped with the Boy Scouts. 

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Jack Williams

 

Jack D. Williams, 83, of Prairie du Chien, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital in Prairie du Chien.

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Sep

Car collides with cement truck

On Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 1:30 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a crash involving a car and a cement truck. This took place on Highway 18 on the south side of Prairie du Chien. Gwendolyn Barker, 64, from Woodman was driving a 2006 Chevrolet and was leaving the Aldi store. Barker was making a left turn and did not see a cement truck going north. Barker drove into the side of the truck. The driver of the truck was Robert Cauffman, 41, Wauzeka. Cauffman was driving a 2003 cement truck owned by Prairie Ready Mix.

There was no damage to the truck and minor damage to the Barker car. There were no reported injuries.

Barker was charged with failure to yield while making a left turn.

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04
Sep

Labor Day celebrated in Wauzeka, many come out for parade


The young and the young at heart enjoyed Wauzeka’s annual Labor Day celebration last weekend. Monday’s parade was short and sweet, yet hometown focused and very patriotic. Of course, the youngest attendees were highly interested in collecting some candy to satisfy their holiday craving. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Firetrucks were the main attraction in the parade, led of course by the hometown fleet from Wauzeka.

Justin Check was one of the few tractor drivers to roll through main street Wauzeka for Monday’s festivities, showcasing his 1953 Minneapolis Moline UB.

This pair of youngsters happily took to a big rig to promote Wauzeka’s Lomas Electric in Monday’s annual Labor Day parade.

What’s a Labor Day parade without music devoted the grand old flag? Clad in their school colors, the Wauzeka-Steuben band kicked off their parade season by marching to some patriotic tunes.

These lovable companions sat comfortably by their family while viewing the parade entries Monday. (Photo by Correne Martin)
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04
Sep

Former Prairie Maison property gets new direction

By Caitlin Bittner

At the Aug. 28 meeting of the Prairie du Chien Redevelopment Authority, several plans for the former Prairie Maison property were discussed.

Dale Klemme, the executive director of Community Development Alternatives, Inc. (CDA), opened the meeting with some background on the project, reminding attendees of the goals of this particular property.

“We want what is developed to be inviting and an asset to the community, but we don’t want it to compete with other projects,” said Klemme who then referred to the ongoing 22nd Street project.

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