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County C safety project


A sign was unveiled Friday morning at the intersection of White Road and County C in honor of the Ho-Chunk Nation whose $440,000 donation made the County C improvement project possible. Gathered near the sign, from left to right, are Steve Steiner of Steiner Construction of Prairie du Chien, Ted Greenheck of Driftless Area Surveying of Spring Green, Dan Pustina of Pustina Construction of Cobb, Ho-Chunk Nation Civil Engineer Ron Poppie, Jamie Brandt of TEAM Engineering of Spring Green, Crawford County Board Chairman Pete Flesch, State Senator Jennifer Shilling, State Representative Lee Nerison, Ho-Chunk Nation Transportation Planner Jon Schrader and Crawford County Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock.

 

New sign unveiled honoring Ho-Chunk Nation 

for donating funds for County C safety project

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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Orchardfest at Shihata's Orchard


Apple slingshot

Hauling the pumpkins they picked

Busy Apple House

caramel apples

Apple slingshot

Jams, jellies, dips, gifts and more in the Apple House

Pumpkin painting

Wagon riders

Wagon ride

The entry to pumpkin haven

Waiting in line for a wagon ride

View from the wagon ride above the orchard buildings

The turn to colder temperatures as of late didn’t seem to make a difference for families attending Orchard Fest at Shihata’s Orchard in rural Prairie du Chien over the weekend. Family members, young and old, enjoyed picking their own apples and pumpkins (left), shooting apples via a slingshot (below), touring the orchard on hayrides, seeing the animals in the country fun park, sampling snacks and wine, and devouring the tasty caramel apples, among other activities. For more photos, visit the Courier Press Facebook page or pdccourier.com.

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Under its new name, PdC Main Street refocuses toward a thriving downtown

Fresh starts are important, and even more when the focus is local economic growth. A new effort with a new name has formed to resume focus on the historic preservation and economic revitalization of Prairie du Chien’s downtown area. “PdC Main Street” is the new name, previously known as PDRI.

The mission is to “Re-establish downtown Prairie du Chien as the social and economic heart of the community.” This program will champion the historic preservation of downtown to create a unique and aesthetically rich environment that is a lively and friendly destination for both consumers and businesses.

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Enjoy a rustically-elegant dinner in support of farmers markets


Rustic elegance is the ambience you will experience at Saturday’s Harvest Dinner, a fundraiser for Driftless Wisconsin Grown and Crawford County’s farmers’ markets.

By Correne Martin

As the farmers’ market season draws to a close, Driftless Wisconsin Grown will toast to the locally-grown food of the region with its third annual Harvest Dinner, Saturday, Oct. 11, at the rustically elegant Gatherings on the Ridge just north of Eastman. The peaking fall colors will serve as the perfect backdrop to the nearly 100-year-old renovated barn, where celebrants can enjoy a spectacular view of the Mississippi River valley during the evening event.

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Pony rides, hay rides and more at Childrens Ranch Saturday


It doesn’t get much cuter than a little girl or boy taking their first pony ride. The opportunity for families to experience such a moment, as well as other fun fall activities, will be available at Childrens Ranch’s Fall Festival, in rural Prairie du Chien, Saturday, Oct. 11. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The ultimate family event where children can engage with horses is set for this weekend at the Childrens Ranch in rural Prairie du Chien. The eighth annual Fall Festival (formerly the Halloween Party) will take place on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and include pony rides, hay rides, crafts and treats.

“It is a family event but mostly geared toward kids who are too young for lessons,” Childrens Ranch President Gracie White said, noting that children 7 and younger are the perfect age to enjoy the activities planned. “It is great for little kids to get their first pony ride. We will also have horses just for petting if they aren’t comfortable riding a horse just yet.”

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Beverly Grace Copsey

 

Beverly Grace Copsey, 83, died on Saturday Oct. 4, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. 

Beverly was born on Feb. 10, 1931 in Ferryville, the daughter of James and Berneta (Bross) Johnston. Beverly was united in marriage to Roy Copsey on Aug. 6, 1949 at the Freeman Lutheran Church in Ferryville. 

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James (Jim) LeRoy Cowell

 

 James (Jim) LeRoy Cowell, 84, of McGregor, Iowa, died Friday, Oct. 3, at his home. 

His parents were Harley and Thelma (Powell) Cowell of the Big Foot area in Allamakee County, near the town of Volney. Jim was born there April 2, 1930. After graduating from Luana High School in 1949, Jim served in the U.S. Army. Jim was married to Joi Rainbolt on Feb. 16, 2008, at First Lutheran (Swede Ridge) Church in McGregor. Over the years, he worked at Agri Industries in McGregor, GenCor Bituma in Marquette, and at the Pattison Sand Mine Company in Clayton. Jim retired in 1992 but kept busy in his small blacksmith and welding shop at home making repairs for countless friends and neighbors. 

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Francis Harry Peters

 

Francis Harry Peters, 82, of Monona, Iowa died Wednesday, Oct. 1, at his home. 

He was born Jan. 11, 1932 to Harry and Freida (Hertrampf) Peters on the home farm in Linton Township, rural Monona. Francis graduated eighth grade from country school and went right into farming.

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Clement R. Wachuta, Sr.

 

 Clement R. Wachuta, Sr., 89, of Prairie du Chien, passed from this life on Friday, Oct. 3, after a brief bout with pneumonia, with loving family members by his side. 

Born in Prairie du Chien on Dec. 15, 1924, Clem is the son of Edward V. and Helen C. (Lechnir) Wachuta. He was preceded in death by his beloved sister Dorothy (Walter “Bob”) Folbrecht and brother Robert (Donna St. Jacques) Wachuta of Fort Atkinson.

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Dianne G. (Zinkle) Bird

 

Dianne G. (Zinkle) Bird, 80, of Seneca passed away Friday, Oct. 3, at Bluffview Memory Care in Holmen. 

She was born Aug. 8, 1934 the daughter of Aloysius and Gertrude (Schmidt) Zinkle. She married the love of her life, Ronnie Bird, on Oct. 19, 1953, in Boscobel. They farmed in the Seneca area since 1960. Her goal in life was to serve others. Family and friends knew this better than most. She looked forward to family milestones, deer hunting and Christmas; because family would surround her. She taught love and patience and was an excellent example of how a wife and mother should live.

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