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11
Jun

PdC Library to offer a fun glimpse of 1814

Saturday, June 21, it’ll be An Afternoon in an Old Indian Town at the public library. While staff and board members are eagerly looking forward to a new chapter for the library, they are taking a moment to join others in the community who are celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Prairie du Chien.

The open house from 1 to 3 p.m. offers a glimpse of Prairie du Chien in 1814. Through the generosity of the Friends of the Library, copies of Mary Ann Stemper’s latest effort, An Old Indian Town: Prairie du Chien in 1814 will be given to visitors that day. Number 43 in her Send a Story of Prairie du Chien series was written especially for the library’s event. It tells what the town and its people were like and includes mini biographies of four leaders who helped shape events.

Wed
11
Jun

Participate in PdC Park and Rec programs this summer


The Wacouta Aquatic Park opened for the summer on Saturday, June 7, with a noon lap swim and 1 p.m. open swim. The pool will once again have a variety of offerings including lap swim, water aerobics, swim lessons and swim team besides the afternoon and evening open swims. Hoffman Hall members can attend all lap swims and water aerobics at no charge. For some new fun this year, the pool staff is planning four pool parties, including a Luau Party, Christmas in July, Mardi Gras, and a Western Party. For more information, call the pool at 326-8071 or the park and rec office at 326-7207. Pictured cleaning the pool are staffers Jordon Steimke and Karson Prodinzinski, who said the water is great! (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Summer is almost here and that means the Prairie du Chien Park and Recreation Department is busy gearing up for the new and familiar activities planned throughout the season.

The city’s spring and summer activity guide is available at various locations around the community, including City Hall, and online at www.prairieduchien.info/PARKAND REC.html. The guide provides you with all the details you may need to know about the many potential activities children, adults and families can participate in this summer. Swimming and enjoying pool parties at the Wacouta Aquatic Park, joining in the fun at a variety of kids’ camps, and fishing via one of the city’s programs are just a few of the recreational opportunities the public can dive into with relish.

Mon
09
Jun

Scenes from Crawford County Dairy Breakfast


Hundreds ascended on Promised Land Farms on Saturday morning, June 7, for the Crawford County Dairy Breakfast. Pictured, a group of breakfast-goers with full bellies board the school bus back into Prairie du Chien. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Amid the hustle and bustle of volunteers working to cook pancakes and other delicious food for Saturday’s Crawford County Dairy Breakfast goers, Al O’Brien poured pancake batter onto the hot griddle.

Some members of the Cathman family, which owns Culver’s of Prairie du Chien, are pictured serving up custard for dessert at the dairy breakfast, hosted by the Jim and Jean Moret family, of Bridgeport. From left are Jacob, Jason, Jennifer, Jared and Bev Cathman. There was quite a line at the custard stand throughout the entire four-hour breakfast.

These two courageous and excited young boys just couldn’t get enough of petting this calf, who was very gentle and seemingly shy.

Crawford County Little Miss Squirt Riley Rea Tower (left) and Crawford County Future Fairest of the Fair Marie Achenbach welcomed people to the Crawford County Breakfast Saturday.

2014 Crawford County Dairy Princess Autumn Moret (left) and Dairy Princess Attendant Brooke Moret, both 17, took door prize tickets from those attending the Crawford County Dairy Breakfast Saturday.

This year’s Crawford County Little Miss Squirt, Grace Zinkle, 9, greeted dairy breakfast-goers at the Jim and Jean Moret farm in Bridgeport. The Little Miss Squirt Attendant, Riley Rea Tower, was also at the breakfast but is not pictured.
Mon
09
Jun

PdC’s side streets experiencing increased traffic during construction

Former Hess Auto demolished
Demolition of the former Hess Auto and Tire building at the corner of Marquette Road and Wisconsin Street started Tuesday, June 3, and finished up last week. The structure is the last business facility to be torn down as part of the Marquette Road reconstruction efforts, making way for three roundabouts at the intersections of Iowa Street, Wisconsin Street and Blackhawk Avenue. Last fall, Ken Hess and his business moved to 200 S. Marquette Road, still in Prairie du Chien. Because the former location was needed for the 2014 construction project, the new Hess Auto building was constructed for him based on an arrangement with the Department of Transportation. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The increased amount of traffic continues to be a concern for the city of Prairie du Chien, as the Marquette Road construction project is one month in now.

“We are very aware of the increased amount of traffic on side streets. We’re very aware of the issues with semis in neighborhoods,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said Wednesday, at the bi-monthly business owners meeting at City Hall.

The Prairie du Chien Police Department has conducted traffic studies the last few weeks on Ohio Street, determining that an average of 10,000 cars a day have traveled the road. The police department will soon use its speed board to conduct studies on some of the other side streets experiencing heavier traffic since the start of construction. Main Street is one of the next roadways to be studied.

Mon
09
Jun

Konichek-Fulton announce engagement

Konichek-Fulton

 

Wendy Banasik (Randy Martin) of La Crosse and Dean Konichek of Prairie du Chien announce the engagement of their daughter, Taylor Konichek to Ross Fulton III. Ross is an IT specialist at John Deere in Moline, Ill., and Taylor is an ER nurse at Genesis in Davenport, Iowa. An August wedding is planned in Grand Haven, Mich.

 
Mon
09
Jun

Free weekly concert series at Lawler Park in PdC

 

By Correne Martin

 

Mon
09
Jun

Rendezvous a yearly reenactment of pre-1840s fur trade

The Big River Long Rifles, Inc., invite the public to St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien, June 11-15, for the 39th Annual Prairie Villa Rendezvous. This event, in cooperation with the city of Prairie du Chien, is held every Father’s Day weekend.

The organization’s participants enjoy providing this yearly reenactment of a pre-1840 fur trade rendezvous for the public. The event includes demonstrations as well as a variety of period items for sale.

Vendors offer tasty and unique food, drinks and treats. There is also a wide range of competitions, including a black powder rifle shoot, hawk and knife throw, cooking and games for children and adults.
This year, the Long Rifles welcome Richard (Blackhawk) Kapusta, who plans to entertain by singing, playing the Indian flute and perhaps telling a few stories.

Mon
09
Jun

Council taking applications for PdC third district vacancy

 

The City of Prairie du Chien is accepting applications through Friday, June 27 at 4 p.m. for those residents interested in filling a vacancy in the Third Aldermanic District. Applicants must be a resident of the district. The vacancy was created when Alderwoman Jamie Wagar recently announced her resignation, which took effect on June 6.

 

The term will run through April 2015, at which point the seat will be eliminated as part of a Council reduction approved earlier this year. The Council will choose the person to fill the vacancy at its July 1st meeting.

Mon
09
Jun

Rollover results in injuries, 3rd offense OWI

An Eastman man was transported by medical helicopter to La Crosse for treatment following a one-vehicle rollover on Highway 27 Sunday night, June 8, according to Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick.

The sheriff’s department was notified of the rollover crash on Highway 27 near County N at about 8:10 p.m. Pete Sturmer, 42, was traveling north in his 2006 Dodge Ram at what witnesses describe as a high rate of speed. Sturmer failed to negotiate a curve in the road, lost control of his vehicle and rolled it several times.

The truck came to rest in the opposite lane with severe damage to all areas of his vehicle. According to McCullick, Sturmer was extricated from his vehicle by the Jaws of Life and transported to Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. He was later transported by Med Link Air to Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse with serious injuries.

Mon
09
Jun

Dairy Day parade in Mt. Hope set for June 20

The Mount Hope Cardinal 4-H Club is planning the annual Mount Hope Dairy Day Parade to be held Friday night, June 20. The activities will start with the Ice Cream Social at the Mount Hope Fire Station at 6 p.m. Club members will serve sandwiches, cheese, pie, ice cream and milk throughout the evening.

The parade line up will take place on the hill around 7 p.m., with judging to take place at 7:30 p.m.

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