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Crawford County Fair results are in

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Kim Doll

 

Kim M. Doll, 54, of Wauzeka, passed away quietly at home surrounded by her family and friends on Tuesday, Aug. 13, after a courageous fight with cancer. 

She was born Nov. 18, 1958 in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of James and Beverly (Bird) Mezera. She married Mark Doll on Aug. 17, 1985 in Wauzeka. Kim was a founding and active member of the Wauzeka First Responders, a responsibility she took very seriously. She was a generous person with her time and companionship, willing to help people no matter how she was feeling. Kim spent many hours knitting (particularly slippers). She also loved to share a freshly caught fish dinner with her friends and family. 

Thu
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Aug

CSP nets $5,000 to monitor frac sand mine water quality

The Crawford Stewardship Project will receive $5,000 from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to help monitor the water quality around the Boscobel and Bridgeport frac sand mines.  “Citizen-Based Monitoring of Water Quality Near Silica Frac Sand Mines” was among 21 projects selected for assistance by the DNR’s 2013-14 Citizen-based Monitoring Partnership Program.

“We’re very pleased with the interest, variety and quality of projects proposed,” said Owen Boyle, who coordinates the Citizen-based Monitoring Program for the DNR. “Those receiving awards will contribute valuable information about Wisconsin’s natural resources, support many DNR initiatives, and will help stretch state dollars further.”

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Aug

Anchor BanCorp files for ‘pre-packaged’ Chapter 11 reorganization, 100 percent of necessary equity financing already committed

It’s a new lease on life for AnchorBank and its parent company, Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin.

A group of institutional and private investors from all over the U.S. agreed to put $175 million into Anchor BanCorp in a deal that will pump new money into the struggling company, get it out from under its mountain of debt, and maintain the identity of the nearly century-old Madison bank. The company has a branch office in Prairie du Chien.

“I think this is a very exciting time for Anchor Bank,” said Chris Bauer, president and chief executive. “We’ve found investors from all over who will help us bring $175 million in new capital to the state, which we will turn around and make loans and community investments. I think this makes a great statement about the great markets we’re in. It feels good to be able to give back to communities like Prairie du Chien.”

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15
Aug

Prairie du Chien in television spotlight as a vacation treasure


As one of two main co-hosts for Discover Wisconsin (along with Collin Geraghty), Mariah Haberman gets to travel the state and learn about hidden vacation treasures like Prairie du Chien. Haberman and cinematographer Jason Weiss are shown filming a segment at the local theme park attraction Prairie Fun Land, where Haberman raced go-karts with a few young patrons Aug. 7. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Discover Wisconsin recently shot footage at Prairie Fun Land and a variety of other destinations in Prairie du Chien for an upcoming television program about Wisconsin’s river communities. Host Mariah Haberman (right) is shown racing on the business’ popular go-kart race track with a young patron. Prairie Fun Land offers families a theme park adventure close to home.

By Correne Martin

In case you missed it this summer, Prairie du Chien has become a vacation treasure for travelers near and far. Of course, there are always more rooms to fill in local hotels, cabins, cottages, and B&Bs and the Prairie du Chien Tourism Council is doing what it can to fill vacancies.

Recently, the council secured a promotional package with Discover Wisconsin, a television show dedicated to Wisconsin tourism, to spotlight Prairie du Chien as one of three Wisconsin river communities—in addition to Boscobel and Sauk Prairie. Crews shot camera footage along both the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers in the city of Prairie du Chien area last week.

Once the show is produced, edited and finalized, it will air the first weekend in April of 2014 on local TV channels in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. It will also air two more times in 2015 and 2016.

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15
Aug

Missing Dodgeville man’s body found

WATERLOO TOWNSHIP (WI)—The body of a missing Dodgeville man was found in Grant County Wednesday, Aug. 7, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

The body of Michael Upman was found in a pasture off County Road N in Waterloo Township, officials said. His body was found in a wooded area less than a mile from where his vehicle was found days before.

Upman was reported missing more than a month ago from his home in Dodgeville.

Deputies said a farmer in the town of Waterloo was mowing a pasture and contacted them on Tuesday when he found the remains.

The Wisconsin Crime Laboratory Mobile Crime Lab, Wisconsin State Patrol Reconstruction team and the Grant County Sheriff’s Office criminal investigation unit processed the scene and recovered the remains on Wednesday.

Thu
15
Aug

Hook & Ladder program hopes to lure a crowd for night of fishing, canoeing and food

By Caitlin Bittner

On Aug. 21, the Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with the Prairie du Chien Fire Department and the Great River Peddlers, will host a night of fishing, canoeing, food and fun.

“This is the third year of the event,” said Parks and Rec director Mike Ulrich, who is excited about how much the event has grown over the years. “We try to tweak it a little every year.”

The Hook & Ladder program, which is compiled of the above three organizations, plans for the event to begin at 5:30 p.m. and continue until 7, offering educational advice on canoeing and fishing. “Instructors will be there to help people, so no matter your age or level of experience, everyone will be able to have fun,” added Ulrich.

“It’s kind of a sampler program so people might be able to try out something they’ve never done before, or use it as a way to learn in a safe environment,” Ulrich explained.

Thu
15
Aug

Fun at the Crawford County Fair

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Cashton Mezera, 2 1/2, of Eastman enjoys feeding a goat at the Crawford County Fair Friday afternoon.

Harper Joy, 2, of Seneca, and Sophia Johnson, 2, of West Salem get up close and personal with a calf with the help of grandmother Laurie Ellefson of Mount Sterling.

Gary Wachuta of Prairie du Chien admires a very nice canoe built by James Czajkowski of Wauzeka. Czajkowski took first place in open woodworking. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Grace Roth, Madison Burbach and Elizabeth Roth, all of Mt. of Mount Zion, are all smiles as they ride The Scrambler.

Cheryl, John, and Curt Kramer received award recognition for the many years of auction service to the Crawford County Fair.
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At the Fifth Annual Taste of Crawford County that kicked off the Crawford County Fair, the Tom and Sharon Martin family, from Mountain Lane Farm, Wauzeka, shared succulent sirloin tip roast for the capacity crowd. Coulee View Family Farm, Wauzeka, was named the People’s Choice winner. “The Crawford County Fair is a celebration of everything that is great about our county,” Tom Martin said. “We’re privileged to share our bounty with our county brethren as well as share our story of how we bring our products to the county fair from pasture to plate.”

(Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Thu
15
Aug

Seneca varsity football program canceled for 2013

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In the 2011 Division 7 State Tournament, the Seneca Indians proved that they could be formidable opponents when they made it to the championship game. (Courier Press file photo)

By Caitlin Bittner

While other area teams know the layout of their upcoming football seasons, Seneca High School’s plans are still up in the air. On Tuesday, Aug. 6, administration decided to cancel the 2013 varsity football season, and have only a junior varsity team this season.

“Since we made the decision, we’ve been trying to reschedule games as quickly as we can,” said David Boland, administrator and principal of Seneca High School.

The decision, while not an easy one to make, was settled upon, in hopes of rebuilding the team for the future. “There were only 18 kids who came to the sign-up meeting and none of them were seniors,” Boland said.

Boland added that since their numbers are small, it wasn’t a complete surprise. “We’ve seen it coming for three to four years now. With enrollment at Seneca High School standing around 70 students, 18 is a pretty typical number percentage wise,” Boland admitted.

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Edna Bauer

 

Edna Bauer

Sept. 24, 1920 - Aug. 10, 2013

Edna M. Bauer, age 92, of Prairie du Chien passed away Saturday, August 10, 2013, at her home.

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