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Feb

PdC native creates virtual video of downtown Prairie du Chien in 1960s

By Correne Martin

You can take the man out of Prairie du Chien, but you can’t take the Prairie du Chien out of the man. Mike Sutton fits that description perfectly. Though he’s lived in Texas since 1979, his devotion to his hometown has remained strong. In fact, the community served as the inspiration behind a virtual project he spent all of 2014 producing.

Currently an Arlington, Texas, resident, Mike is a Prairie du Chien High School and UW-Eau Claire graduate. With a background in information technology and computers, he worked in defense for Lockheed Martin for much of his career before retiring last year.

Mon
23
Feb

Bruce M. Ohlert

 

Bruce M. Ohlert, 66, passed away Saturday, Feb. 21, after a short illness. 

He was born March 4, 1948 in Prairie du Chien the son of LeRoy and Zola (Martin) Ohlert. Bruce attended St. Gabriel’s Catholic School and was a life-long member of the parish. Those lucky enough to have known Bruce will understand what a special person he was. He loved his faith, laughter, family and friends. 

Fri
20
Feb

Alita Florence (Sliger) Robertson

 

Alita Florence (Sliger) Robertson, 83, passed into the arms of Jesus on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien.

Fri
20
Feb

Anita M. Lechnir

 

Anita M. Lechnir, 79, of Prairie du Chien passed away Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Prairie Maison Care Center in Prairie du Chien. 

Wed
18
Feb

Prairie du Chien cheerleaders earn first place


Prairie du Chien Cheerleaders are, front row: Lindsey Ohlert, Katlyn Grondin and Brittany Bunts. Middle row: Stephanie Elmquist, Angela Elmquist, Katie Zahara and Autumn Kohler. Back row: Allison Lynn, Mariah Slaght and Cali Collins. The team is coached by Kelli Saxe.

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawk Cheerleaders attended the Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School Cheer Competition on Saturday, Feb. 14. The girls competed in two cheer categories: non-stunt and cheer dance. The girls earned a first-place trophy and individual medals in both divisions.

Coach Kelli Saxe stated that the girls performed very well and did a great job entertaining the crowd. She said that she was especially proud that they did so well in the cheer dance category, a division they’ve not had as much success in in years past.

Wed
18
Feb

PdC city council opposes limitations on residential accessory structures

The Prairie du Chien Common Council has had several attempts at bat with an ordinance that would limit height and size for residential accessory structures, such as garages and sheds, within the city. After tabling the issue a couple of times and sending it back to the plan commission for review, the council reconsidered it Tuesday night and ultimately denied it. Eight Aldermen Mark Thein, Todd Myers, Sharon Boylen, Karen Solomon, Kyle Kozelka, Nate Gilberts, Mike Jones and Ken Fleshner were all opposed to the proposed maximum height limit of 20 feet and maximum size limit of 1,000 square feet.

Also during the council’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday night, the group:

•reviewed final plans and bid authorization for the North Ohio Street reconstruction project, which is scheduled to begin later this spring.

Wed
18
Feb

Flood mitigation project gets go-ahead

By Correne Martin

More than a year and a half after the June 2013 storm that caused flooding and property damage in the city of Prairie du Chien, the common council has approved a preliminary flood mitigation project at the base of the Highway 27 watershed. The Wisconsin DNR has awarded the city a municipal flood control grant for $463,050 toward the project, to which the city must provide a match of about $255,000. The city’s cost share will be funded via a state trust fund loan, payable at about $18,000-$20,000 per year for 15 to 20 years.

Wed
18
Feb

Enjoy live raptors, nature discussions and more Feb. 27-28


Luke Hart, of the Macbride Raptor Project at the University of Iowa, presented a live hawk and owl program at the 2014 Bald Eagle Appreciation Days event in Prairie du Chien.

Professional photographs by Harold Schaefer, of Fennimore, were quite popular with event-goers at last year’s event. (Courier Press file photos)

The annual Prairie du Chien Bald Eagle Appreciation Days, Feb. 27 and 28, offers a free weekend of educational entertainment for raptor lovers of all ages and interests.

Not only is the weekend a good one for excellent viewing of eagles locally, but the programming on Friday and Saturday is sure to thrill audiences with live bird and reptile demonstrations, life-sized bald eagle mounts and nest displays, nature activities for kids, as well as several informative talks about the eagles and other raptors of the Upper Mississippi River.

Two Friday night presentations kick off the weekend. At 6 p.m., Author/Photographer Ty Smedes will discuss “Iowa’s Bald Eagles” at Country Inn and Suites. At 7 p.m., at the AmericInn, Brenda Kelly, WDNR’s Mississippi River wildlife biologist, will share information about the “Waterfowl of the Mighty Mississippi River.”

Wed
18
Feb

A lot of interest brewing in Driftless Brewing Company, Soldiers Grove


Michael Varnes-Epstein, Scott Noe, Cynthia Olmstead and Christopher Balistreri enjoy a moment at their Driftless Brewing Company in Soldiers Grove.

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Something new and distinguished is brewing in a former grocery store in Soldiers Grove. 

Indeed, with labels such as Kick-Axe Pale Ale, Dirt Brown Ale, Metamorphosis, Solar Town Stout, Rolling Ground IPA and The Local Buzz, the Driftless Brewing Company is making quite a name for itself with its alive, unfiltered and unpasteurized beer.

Wed
18
Feb

Lloyd Darrell Duha

 

Lloyd Darrell Duha, 78, passed away on Monday, Feb. 16, at his home in Seneca. 

He was born Feb. 12, 1937 in Seneca township, Crawford County, the son of George and Elizabeth (Heisz) Duha.

Lloyd was united in marriage with Donna Bailey on March 3, 1962 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Prairie du Chien.

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