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Ann G. Messerli


Ann G. Messerli, 91, of rural Prairie du Chien, passed away Tuesday, May 16, at the Crossing Rivers Hospital surrounded by her family. 



PdC Main Street welcomes all on a ‘Journey Through Time’

A member of the Hole in the Sock Gang tells stories to Journey Through Time guests in downtown Prairie du Chien Saturday. This second annual open house of community historic sites was an attraction for all ages to learn more about times gone by and also celebrate the city’s storied heritage. PdC Main Street planned the activities and the day turned out to be a beautiful one during which to take in the local sites. For more photos, see page 4, visit or find the Courier Press on Facebook. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Brad Steiner (right), the son of “Lefty” Steiner, had an immeasurable number of visitors walk through the Alaska-Canadian Fur Trading Company building on Beaumont Road—some tourists, some local citizens and many dressed in period attire. Pictured, he talks about a bear hide that’s being stretched and dried inside the building. Though Lefty closed the business in 2012, the building continues to be used by family and friends for relative purposes.

Todd Yeomans (right) stands in the dining room describing his 1885 Queen Anne Victorian home to tourists on the Magical History Home Tour, which was a paid option for Journey Through Time sightseers who wished to take a closer look inside some of the privately-owned historic homes of Prairie du Chien. Yeomans and Sharon Morgan have lived in “The Lawler House” for about 15 years and have refurbished much of its magnificence.

Penelope Moore (left) and Kelly Lenzendorf, granddaughters of Roger and Marlene Dyer, joined in the period activities community-wide Saturday. They volunteered their time to welcome visitors to the Old Rock School on South Marquette Road, which celebrates its 130th anniversary this year. Pictured, they were taking a break at the veterans memorial, drawing and enjoying the sunshine.

John and Carolyn Richard, of the 3rd Iowa Artillery, Dubuque, Iowa, explain to Fort Crawford Museum visitors the history behind the nine-pound Civil War cannon that was restored a few years ago. The cannon also fired Saturday, on the hour, as part of Journey Through Time, an open house of historical Prairie du Chien sites, sponsored by PdC Main Street.

John and Carolyn Richard share details about the simulated rounds used during cannon firing demonstrations. Pictured in the background are fellow artillery men Mike Barks (left) and Mark Schell, awaiting their chance to allow the “old girl to talk again.”

Sparky Reynolds Invitational

Preston Hendrix of Prairie du Chien won this heat of the 100-meter dash. Amiel Guerrero of River Ridge is running in third. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Zach Lomen of Wauzeka-Steuben runs in a 100-meter dash heat at the Sparky Reynolds Invitational on Friday afternoon.

Seneca’s Ali Woods competes in the 100-meter dash at the Sparky Reynolds Invitational on Friday afternoon in Boscobel.

River Ridge’s Faith Schier competes in the 3200 relay at the Sparky Reynolds Invitational in Boscobel Friday.

Prairie du Chien’s Faith Dillman runs in the 3200 relay at the Sparky Reynolds Invitational Friday.

Alex Abad of Wauzeka-Steuben takes his turn in the triple jump Friday afternoon.


Area teams compete in Sparky Reynolds Invitational

The Prairie du Chien, Seneca, Wauzeka-Steuben and River Ridge track and field teams competed in the Sparky Reynolds Invitational in Boscobel on Friday afternoon. 

Prairie du Chien was fifth in the girls’ meet with 41 points. Wauzeka-Steuben tied for sixth with 39 points. River Ridge was 14th with 21.5 points. Twenty teams competed.


Harper’s Slough Project continues, McGregor Lake Project in very early stage

Dredging and island restoration has started up again for the Harper’s Slough Project, which is expected to be completed in 2017. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

By Ted Pennekamp


The Harper’s Slough Project is expected to finish up this year, and the McGregor Lake Project is in its infancy stage and it will be a few years before public meetings will be held. 


Outdoor activities abundant in Prairie du Chien this spring/summer

Baseball coordinator and Coach Jeff Graewin helped Bradley Anderson, 5, of Prairie du Chien, line up his hit during parks and rec T-ball last summer. (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

There is no shortage of engaging outdoor activities this spring and summer in Prairie du Chien.  A multitude of opportunities for children and adults is available through the parks and recreation department, a number of them for free and others for a nominal fee. Community residents and non-residents are welcome to participate.

Registration is necessary for most of the programs and can be done online at Or, forms are available inside the activity guide booklets that were sent home locally with students, supplemented in local Courier Press subscriptions or are available at city hall, the library or Hoffman Hall. Registration is needed by May 27.

“The biggest thing that can cancel any of our programs is people not signing up in a timely manner,” Parks and Rec Director Mike Ulrich said. “Registration is important to ensure the programs will happen.”


Crime Stoppers seeks tips in theft of rototiller

On Friday, May 5, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was initially notified of the theft of a rototiller from a property located on Norma Avenue in Homesteaders. The theft occurred sometime in April or early May. The tiller was described as a gold colored older model Montgomery Ward front tined tiller.

The Crawford County Crime Stoppers urges anyone having information about this or any other crimes to call 326-8933 or (866) 779-PAYS. Anyone calling with a tip will remain anonymous and a reward of up to $1,000 could be paid for a tip that solves a crime.


Community support needed at annual Relay For Life Friday

The Great River Relay For Life has been held outdoors at the Prairie du Chien High School track and inside at Bluff View School in the past. This year, for the first time, it will take place indoors at Hoffman Hall. Regardless of its location, every year, participants walk laps to symbolize strength in numbers, in support of those battling cancer past and present. (Courier Press file photos)

Notes are written on many of the luminaria at the Great River Relay For Life and express heartfelt messages to or about people’s loved ones who’ve been touched by cancer. The annual relay will take place Friday, May 19, beginning at 5 p.m., at Hoffman Hall.

Calling all local superheroes

By Correne Martin

A cancer survivor is someone who never gives up. He’s courageous and hopeful. She’s positive and admirable. They fight with every ounce of their being.

Whether they’re a four-year survivor or have battled cancer for 40 years, they need the support of those around them in order to have the strength to face the most trying moments.

Once again, the Great River Relay For Life has arrived and area community members have the significant occasion to come together in support and honor of those touched by cancer, past or present.

This year, the annual event has been refashioned slightly. The superhero-themed relay has moved ahead to spring and the location and day/time have changed.


Doreen C. Wagner


Doreen C. Wagner, 61, of Fennimore, died on Wednesday afternoon May 10, at her residence surrounded by her beloved family. 



Patricia “Patti” Jo Mc Dougal George


Patricia “Patti” Jo Mc Dougal George, 77, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, May 7, with her four children by her side. 



Little Britches Rodeo this weekend, May 13-14

The 19th annual Little Britches Rodeo, sponsored by the Ridge and Valley Rodeo Club, will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 13 and 14, at the Crawford County Fairgrounds, Highway 131, Gays Mills. The contestants, ranging in age from 6 to 18, will compete in events such as barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, breakaway roping, calf roping, bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc, team roping and steer wrestling.

There will also be mutton bustin’ both days for those under the age of 6. To register in advance, call Becky at (608) 735-4459.

Saturday evening promises to be exciting with barrel racing open to anyone.

Admission is charged each day. There will be food available for sale on the grounds.

For more information, call Terri at (608) 606-3466.



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