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War of 1812 exhibit on display

A new exhibit at the Fort Crawford Museum, “Prairie du Chien in the War of 1812” is on display for visitors to view. It is filled with original objects, visuals and a great diorama. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On June 18, 1812, the United States declared war on Great Britain. The conflict that ensued would come to be known as the War of 1812. The reasons for the declaration were many but very regional in nature. Though the land south of the western Great Lakes, including the upper Mississippi region, was part of the U.S., the British from Canada continued to trade with the tribes in the area. Many of the residents of Green Bay and Prairie du Chien were active in the British fur trade and related by trade and marriage to the many Native American tribes who lived in this region.

Mon
23
Jun

Why are those flags flying downtown?

 The 15-star, 15-stripe flag of the United States of America and the Red Ensign of Great Britain have been flying on Blackhawk Avenue in downtown Prairie du Chien since late April.
These were the flags that were flown in Prairie du Chien in 1812. This year is the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 Battle of Prairie du Chien (1814).

The 15-star, 15-stripe American flag (pictured) flew over Fort Shelby and later for a few years over the first Fort Crawford in Prairie du Chien. In 1795, the number of stars and stripes on the flag was increased to 15 with the addition of Vermont and Kentucky. For the few decades, even though more states were added to the Union, the number of stars and stripes were not increased. Until 1818, the flag flown in the United States had 15 stars and stripes.

Mon
23
Jun

PdC program of music and cannon firing free on Sunday


The paint and cement of the cannon tube were removed and a sleeve fitted so that the cannon can be fired. (Submitted photos)

A new, historically-correct carriage has been built to hold the restored cannon, which will be fired on Sunday for the first time since the Civil War

The Prairie du Chien Historical Society will hold its annual free program of music and history on Sunday, June 29. Located on the grounds of the Fort Crawford Museum, the program will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Since the Historical Society acquired the Fort Crawford Hospital in 1996, the last Sunday in June has been dedicated to Bits & Pieces: A Bit of Music and a Piece of History. This year, Mike McCoy will provide the musical portion of the program. Mike is a language arts teacher at Bluff View. He is well-known for his musical ability and guitar playing. He will perform historical pieces and his own compositions. He may even unveil a new song written just for the event.

Mon
23
Jun

Driver arrested for OWI, 5th offense

On Wednesday, June 18, at approximately 1:30 p.m., while conducting foot patrol in the Seneca Township Deputies of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department observed a vehicle turn northbound on Main Street from Shortcut Road. The vehicle was operating without its headlights or taillights on. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle on the side of the road. The vehicle drove within feet of the deputies and continued northbound on Main Street. Deputies observed the vehicle park in a nearby backyard.

Deputies approached the vehicle and found it to be unoccupied. Inside of the vehicle was an open case of beer. Deputies found the driver outside of the residence and made contact with him.

The driver was found to be Chadwick C. Kansier, 38, of Seneca. Kansier exhibited signs of intoxication and was subsequently arrested for operating while under the influence fifth offense.

Mon
23
Jun

Viola man charged with sixth OMVI

On June 18, at approximately 10:30 p.m. the Crawford County Sheriff's Department received a report from the Vernon County Sheriff's Department of a stolen vehicle possibly traveling towards the Boscobel area.

At 10:44 p.m. a Crawford County Deputy observed the stolen vehicle traveling southbound on US Highway 61 in Rolling Ground. The deputy began following the vehicle until backup officers were able to assist with conducting a traffic stop. The stolen vehicle turned onto Spencer Hill Road then into a driveway where the deputy initiated a traffic stop.

The driver, identified as Brian K. Yahn, 43, of Viola, exited the vehicle and tried entering the residence. Yahn was uncooperative with the deputy's requests. Yahn began to resist arrest and attempted to leave the area on foot.

After a foot pursuit, the deputy deployed his Taser to subdue Yahn. When backup officers arrived, Yahn was taken into custody.

Mon
23
Jun

Rollover blocks Highway 27

On Friday, June 20, at 5:58 a.m. the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one vehicle roll over in Prairie du Chien township, on Highway 27, approximately one mile east of the city of Prairie du Chien.

A 1994 GMC pickup pulling a trailer, which was owned and operated by Anthony Rodriguez, of Viroqua, was south bound on Highway 27 when the Rodriguez vehicle left the south side of the highway and both the truck and trailer overturned.

Rodriguez claimed no injuries in the accident. The truck and trailer were heavily loaded with household items, which were mostly destroyed.

The highway was partially blocked for approximately three and half hours while the truck and trailer was removed and the scene was cleaned up.

Rodriguez was cited for operating without valid registration and operating without insurance.

Mon
23
Jun

Marquette Rd. water and sewer work


Working three separate crews sometimes finds everybody working in the same area. Pictured are four excavators all working in a one-block stretch of Marquette Road.

Crews from H. James will continue to work on water and sewer utilities in the area of Iowa and Wisconsin Streets this week as well as storm sewer from Dunn Street up to Blackhawk Avenue. Another two weeks of similar work will be seen, at which point, grading of the new road will begin, making way for placement of base course and new concrete pavement.
With the heavy rains sustained last week, the Mississippi River is once again above flood stage and water is over a portion of North Main Street. A temporary adjustment to the detour route is sending traffic from Main Street east on Washington Street, north on Beaumont Road and west on Frederick Street back to Main Street. This adjustment will only last as long as is necessary to avoid flooding on Main Street. Please pay attention to traffic control signs and watch for pedestrians and other roadway users.

Provided by WisDOT Project Leader Jay Adams

Mon
23
Jun

‘I’ve been working near the railroad’

The contractor has been working near the railroad lately and will continue to work in close proximity to the BNSF tracks at six different locations on the Marquette Road project. When work brings the contractor underneath or within 25 feet of the tracks, a railroad representative must be present to alert workers of incoming trains and also to serve as direct communication to trains in case any construction should adversely impact the rails. The fees associated with the BNSF representative are shared between the DOT and the contractor.

Mon
23
Jun

Detour changes as river rises

The detour route for Prairie du Chien’s Marquette Road construction project shifted on Saturday to North Beaumont Road due to rising water levels on the Mississippi River. The river rose over North Main Street during the weekend. The Prairie du Chien Public Works Department placed “No Parking” signs on Washington Street and Beaumont Road Friday in preparation for the change.

The parking restrictions and traffic flow are as follows:

•Washington Street from Main to Beaumont, both sides are restricted.

•North Beaumont Road from Washington Street to Frederick Street are restricted on the west side.

•North Beaumont from Washington to mid-block to the north is restricted on the east side.

•North Main from Washington Street to mid-block to the south is restricted on the west side.

•A temporary stop sign is located on North Beaumont Road at the intersection of McLeod Street, stopping both northbound and southbound traffic.

Fri
20
Jun

Emily Louise Moody

 

Emily Louise Moody, 100, of McGregor, Iowa passed away on June 19. 

She was born on April 28, 1914 in Lodi, Wisc. the daughter of John F. and Bertha (Montross) Mahlke. After graduating from high school in Lodi, in 1932, she went to Chicago, Ill. where she was a telephone operator and later a clerk for Illinois Bell Telephone Company for twelve years.

On Aug. 12, 1939, she married Lewis Moody in Chicago, Ill. They continued to live and work in Chicago until 1948 when they moved to rural McGregor, Iowa.

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