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Battle of Prairie du Chien marks 200 years with record numbers


Leading his men in a salute to the audience after Sunday’s re-enactment, British commander Col. McKay (front row, far left) was depicted by Frederick Carsted of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. This weekend was the Bicentennial Celebration of the War of 1812 Battle of Prairie du Chien (1814), held on the historic Villa Louis grounds. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Donning grayish-blue and white uniforms, the Americans aimed their fire at the British and Indians from the shelter of “Fort Shelby,” which they eventually surrendered.

Isaac Lawrence, of New Richmond, has been coming to the War of 1812 re-enactment in Prairie du Chien with his dad, Thomas, since he was a “babe in cloth” at 2 months old. This year, he enjoyed camp activities and practicing his hatchet skills during down time.

Dressed in period attire, Dave Lepley, of Viola, is pictured inside his wall tent at the re-enactment camp, with his cribbage board and cards. Lepley has attended the local event since 1989.

By Correne Martin

With the Mississippi River in the distance, in the unseasonable breeze, the trees seemed to whisper the alluring stories of the only War of 1812 battle that took place on Wisconsin soil.

On the documented grounds where it all happened, where the Villa Louis now sits, the Battle of Prairie du Chien was fought in 1814.

This past weekend, re-enactors representing both the American and British causes descended on the grounds, as a sort of big family, to portray and teach history in a way that you can’t find in textbooks or pamphlets.

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Blake's Prairie Fair

Relaxing at the fair
Cordt Esser of Bloomington shares a snooze with “Apple Pie” Sunday at the Blake’s Prairie Junior Fair. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)
Horsemanship
Talyia Edge and Emma Rooney compete in the Grades 7 to 10 Horseman, Pony, Walk and Trot Class at the Blake’s Prairie Fair Sunday morning.
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5-Mile Run, 3-Mile Walk

5-Mile Run, 3-Mile Walk
The 44th Annual 5-Mile Run, 3-Mile Walk gets underway at the Prairie du Chien Aquatic Park on a cool Saturday morning. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)
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Junior Legion to State

 

Prairie Juniors earn trip to State

The Prairie du Chien Junior American Legion baseball team went 4-1 to win the 16U Regional Tournament in Onalaska this past weekend to earn a trip to the State Tournament.

Prairie du Chien defeated Holmen 10-2 in their opening game in Onalaska on July 17. 

Prairie scored 4 runs in the top of the first inning to go up 4-0. 

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Trout angler touts changes

 

Area trout fisherman lands his day in court

The former fish manager hopes his act of 

‘civil disobedience’ will catch attention, reel in regulations

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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Dolores Ann Ploessl

 

Dolores Ann Ploessl, 84, formerly of Bloomington, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 17, at Prairie Maison in Prairie du Chien surrounded by her loving family. 

Dolores was born to Leo and Anastasia (Bouzek) White on Sept. 5, 1929, in Prairie du Chien. She married Gerald “Jerry” L. Ploessl on Feb. 14, 1949. After raising ten children, she returned to the nursing profession as a CNA. She then became a teacher’s aide in the River Ridge School District. Dolores was also a member of the West Grant Rescue Squad for many years. She was honored to be one of the first women on the squad. She was a longstanding member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters Society.

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Janet Klinkenberg

 

 

Janet M. Klinkenberg, 66, passed away suddenly on her 66th birthday at the Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. 

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Shirley Ann Thornton

 

Shirley Ann Thornton, 76, of McGregor, Iowa died Wednesday, July 16, at Crossing Rivers Health Center, Prairie du Chien. 

She was born on Aug. 6, 1937 to Harvey and Lucille (Miller) Wagner in Lansing, Iowa. Shirley was baptized at the Presbyterian Church in Rossville. She graduated from Waterville High School in 1955.

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Prairie Dog Blues Fest ready to rock St. Feriole


Whether you’re a fan of the hard-core Chicago blues or the newer blues rock, you will get an up close view of the unbelievable global talent taking the stage at the Prairie Dog Blues Fest in Prairie du Chien, July 25 and 26.

By Correne Martin

Lie back in your chair during the day or kick up your heels by the stage at night. No matter how you choose to take in the Prairie Dog Blues Festival on Friday and Saturday, July 25-26, in Prairie du Chien, the music is bound to keep you movin’ and groovin’ all weekend long.

As always, the lineup will feature a variety of global talent, playing everything from Chicago blues, West Coast jump, hard-driving Mississippi Hill country blues, and New Orleans horns to Texas  boogie, zydeco, gospel and blues rock.

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Ferryville fun-filled event to leave spectators in a Daze


The eighth annual Antique Tractor Pull is hosted and organized by the Ferryville Antique Tractor Association and is part of Ferryville’s River Bluff Daze on Saturday, July 26.

A busy and noisy day is in store for everyone in Ferryville on Saturday, July 26. The day begins at 9 a.m. with Market in the Park featuring Amish goods, produce and variety of products in Sugar Creek Park. Also at 9 a.m., many antique tractors will be arriving at Ferryville Community Center to register for the antique tractor pull.

From noon to 4:30 p.m., the Eighth Annual Antique Tractor Pull begins for all to enjoy. To register for the Antique Tractor Pull, go to www.ferryvilletractor.com. The Antique Tractor Pull is hosted and organized by the Ferryville Antique Tractor Association with raffle tickets on sale now. Raffle Tickets can also be purchased at the event.

All raffle items will be on display and raffle tickets are available all day at the Community Center. These raffle items will be drawn and winners announced at 9 p.m. The Ferryville Tourism Council 50:50 raffle drawing for $500 is at 9 p.m. also.

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