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Regal Marina granted extension through July 7, may get more time


Dennis Regal Sr., president of Regal Marine Group, sat in Crawford County Court June 8, listening to how soon his 34-year-old, family-run marina business may need to move out from the premises. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Regal Marina in Prairie du Chien was recently under flood waters for nine days. That’s nothing new to the family that’s run the operation for 34 years though. The difference, this season, is that the family was given 30 days to move its docks and other belongings off the city-owned property, by an arbitration panel’s May 22 order granting an eviction judgement in favor of the city of Prairie du Chien.

However, both parties were in court Thursday afternoon, June 8, as Judge Craig Day considered a possible modification of the arbitration award’s terms. Regal Marine Group requested an order allowing them until July 31 to remove personal property, due to the flooding, and until Oct. 1, to remove buildings, consistent with what the corporation believes are its rights under the lease.

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12
Jun

Rendezvous will return to Prairie du Chien for 42nd year


No running water or electricity is allowed for the participants in the 1840s camp portion of the annual Rendezvous in Prairie du Chien. So there’s plenty of time for relaxing, like this gentleman did while also showcasing his wares. (Courier Press file photo)

By Rachel Mergen

 

Big River Long Riffles is once again bringing the Prairie Villa Rendezvous to Prairie du Chien. The event will be held on St. Feriole Island, Thursday, June 15, through Sunday, June 18, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. The Rendezvous is one of the most popular, as well as free, events in the area and welcomes the entire family, including pets. 

The Rendezvous started 42 years ago on much smaller grounds than it’s on today. Originally starting only on the grounds of the Villa Louis, the event now covers six blocks of Prairie du Chien. Since its rise, many more games have been added and the number of traders has escalated greatly, turning it into one of the largest trade rendezvous in the Midwest. 

Mon
12
Jun

Blooming business at The Flower Barn


Suzy Oppriecht waters her plants and flowers at The Flower Barn. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Planted shutters were a new creation this past season.

 

New ideas planted each spring at The Flower Barn

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A Crawford County dairy farmer also enjoys a vibrant and blooming business called The Flower Barn which she runs each spring at 53364 Lone Pine Lane, Ferryville. 

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12
Jun

Sandra K. Bunts

 

Sandra K. Bunts, 76, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Saturday, June 10, at the Crossing Rivers Health Care.  

 

She was born Aug. 18, 1940, in Galena, Ill., the daughter of Richard and Alma Bender.  She married William Bunts on May 31, 1957, in Elkader, Iowa.  Sandra worked at the Hi Way Grill in Prairie du Chien for many years. 

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12
Jun

Wayne M. Timion

 

Wayne M. Timion, 93, of Bagley, passed away Thursday, Jan. 5, after a brief illness at Baptist Medical Center, Jacksonville Beach, Fla.

 

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09
Jun

Boy’s Choir to perform at St. Peter Evangelical Church June 12

By Rachel Mergen

 

Award-winning North Star Boy’s Choir will make a stop in Prairie du Chien, Monday, June 12. The concert, one of many on their national riverboat tour, will be held at the St. Peter Evangelical Church sanctuary starting at 7 p.m. 

The 28 boys will travel down the Mississippi River in the upcoming weeks by boat and bus. The boys will start their tour in Winona, Minn., and will stop at many major cities including St. Louis, Memphis and New Orleans. In addition, they will find themselves at Tom Sawyer’s birthplace, Hannibal, Mo., and the Civil War town of Vicksburg, Miss. 

Fri
09
Jun

Irene E. Mohoney

 

Irene E. Mohoney, 82, of Prairie du Chien, passed away peacefully on June 7, after a long illness.

 

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08
Jun

Robert L Cherrier

Robert L Cherrier, 65, of Earlville, Iowa, passed away on June 6, at Ennoble Manor in Dubuque.

 

Robert was born on July 23, 1951, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Robert W. Cherrier and Ila Mae (DuCharme) Cherrier. He graduated from High School in Prairie du Chien. Robert loved being on the water fishing and in the woods hunting. 

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07
Jun

City’s new administrator likely to start this week

A contract with the city of Prairie du Chien’s chosen new administrator was approved following closed session Tuesday night.

According to Interim City Administrator Tina Fuller, a contract was extended to Art Osten Wednesday, June 7.

“He will be starting today if he signs it,” Fuller said Wednesday morning.

Osten was chosen from a pool of applicants last month to fill the vacancy left when Aaron Kramer resigned from his post in March. Osten has 16 years of previous experience in municipal administration in Illinois.

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07
Jun

Prairie du Chien marks 130 classes of graduates

By Correne Martin

The first graduating class of Prairie du Chien High School, in 1887, included five young women, all named Mary—the five Mary maids. The school’s 2017 class of senior graduates totaled 77.

This year marked 130 years of graduating classes for Prairie du Chien Schools. The average class size has been 110 to 120.

A proclamation was signed by the board of education in April 1886, after a referendum passed approving a free high school to be provided with nine different courses of study. Twenty-seven pupils were prepared to enter. The paperwork was examined and sent to the state in June 1886.

In the beginning, the city school system had four ward schools, one of which still stands: the Old Rock School, located at the intersection of Marquette Road and East Parrish Street.

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