Courier Press

Wed
11
Jun

THIS WEEKEND'S RENDEZVOUS SCHEDULE

Prairie Villa Rendezvous 
Thursday-Sunday, June 12-15, 2014

Click here to view highlights of the Rendezvous!

St. Feriole Island
Prairie du Chien, WI
Event is free to spectators - You can come and go as you wish.

Tentative Schedule Below - subject to change.

Rendezvous vendors are to contact the Big River Long Rifle for registration information. 
       Rendezvous registration
Their address is: PO Box 184, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821; or email: brlrendv@gmail.com

Wed
11
Jun

Three escape van before it bursts into flames

On Friday, June 6 at 2:58 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a vehicle fire in Utica Township, on Highway 27 at the intersection with Johnstown Road.

A 2004 Mercury van owned and operated by Michelle Garland-Stern of Postville, Iowa was southbound on Highway 27. The driver said she heard a “pop,” looked back, and saw smoke. She stopped the van. She and her 11 and 12-year-old passengers exited the van before the van was engulfed in flame.

The Seneca Fire Department had difficulty extinguishing the fire due to a full gas tank which kept re-igniting. The fire was burning the highway surface so the fire department members enlisted a farmer and his tractor to roll the van off the highway and into the ditch where the fire was finally extinguished.

Highway 27 was partially blocked for approximately an hour and a half.

Wed
11
Jun

Official cause is ‘undetermined’ in fire at Slumberland Furniture

The official cause of the April 13 fire that destroyed Slumberland Furniture in Prairie du Chien is “undetermined,” according to Fire Chief Harry Remz.

Remz reported Wednesday morning that investigators have been unable to prove any specific cause of the fire, leaving a giant question mark on what may started the Sunday night blaze. The fire left Slumberland in ruins and caused smoke damage to the remaining majority of Blackhawk Junction mall.

This “undetermined” determination comes nearly two months after the incident.

Remz stated that Slumberland Owner Rob Dowd said a demolition company should be on-scene soon to clean up the charred remains of his store.

Wed
11
Jun

Talked to your ‘Block Captain’ lately?

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce has established a team of “Block Captains” to assist in spreading important business, construction and traffic details to other businesses on their blocks throughout the Marquette Road project. They will act as messengers at the bi-monthly meetings at City Hall, where the DOT, contractor and city update business owners on the project. These block captains will also seek information and relay answers back to their blockmates after each meeting. The block captains’ goal is to help keep the line of communication open and find the best solutions to issues as the city’s major thoroughfare is torn up. Pictured (from left) are Dave Bowar, Hardee’s; Brad Berthiaume, Collins and Associates; Brandon Standorf, Radio Shack/Dyer Communications; Sally Berns, Kwik Trip South; Tiffany Stevens, Kwik Trip North; and Bob Moses, Chamber director/CEO. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Wed
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

 

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