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Wed
25
Jun

Hamburglar thwarted in Prairie du Chien

On June 20, at 2:14 a.m. the Prairie du Chien Police Department interrupted a burglary in progress at Pete’s Hamburger Stand in downtown Prairie du Chien.

While checking the downtown area, an officer noticed lights on inside Pete’s Hamburger Stand. Upon further investigation the officer located a window on the East side of the business was forced open and heard someone moving around inside the business. The officer attempted to make contact with the occupant of the business and the occupant refused to come out. Additional officers were called to the scene and were able to arrest Damien Prew, age 25, of Wauzeka.

Officers located cash and coupons inside of Prew’s pockets that came from the business. Prew was also found to be under the influence of intoxicants at the time. Prew was arrested and burglary charges are currently pending with the Crawford County District Attorney’s Office.

Wed
25
Jun

CORRECTED: Bridgeport township to hold recall elections July 1 and 15

Two recall elections in the town of Bridgeport will be held on July 1 and July 15, due to the controversial frac sand mine issue.

The Tuesday, July 1 election involves current Town Board Chairperson John Karnopp running against challenger Arnold Steele. A separate election on that ballot involves Town Supervisor Mike Steiner running  against challenger Greg Webster.

Karnopp and Steiner voted to approve the conditional use permit for a sand mine between Highway 60 and the Wisconsin River. Steele has been opposed to the mine and in favor of requiring the mine to comply with zoning ordinances and laws of the township. From the beginning, Webster has stated that he is "not against the mine itself but rather is disappointed in the town board for not doing all it could to ensure that not only the residents, but the landowners as well, are protected for the life of the mine and any mines that may occur in the future."

Wed
25
Jun

Ride-along offers glimpse into local police force


Tara Henry says serving as a law enforcement officer in her hometown of Prairie du Chien has its benefits and disadvantages, but overall, she enjoys her job very much. She has been employed with the police department full-time since 2010. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin
 
I could hardly refuse when presented the opportunity to ride along with an on-duty Prairie du Chien police officer. I thought it would be the perfect chance for me to gain some first-hand insight into the drunken brawls, drug busts and crashes we so often report in the pages of the Courier Press.

“Absolutely,” I said a few weeks ago, when Police Chief Chad Abram offered me the experience.

Last Thursday evening, June 19, I assumed my position as an observer in the passenger seat of Officer Tara Henry’s police squad.

It had been a rainy day, resulting in flooded city streets. Erecting barricades and evacuating residents would have made an excellent basis for this story, but as you’ll find as you read on, sensationalistic subject matter was simply not in the cards for us. By the time we got behind the dashboard around 8 p.m., the waters had receded and the community was quieting down.

Wed
25
Jun

Hoppin’ to the top with 8-1 standings—Prairie du Chien Legion team off to a strong start

Varsity Legion
According to Coach Renner, this year’s American Legion team is the one to beat. Pictured, from left, are (front) Taylor Elliot, Ronnie Hebel, (middle) Coach Steve Sagedahl, Ryan Garrity, Tanner Heisel, Brogan Potter, Payton Hall, Sam Neisius, Brett Trautsch, Coach Joseph Renner, (back) Mike Steiner, Chad Mara, Bryan McNett, Casey Hogenson and Tyler Nack. (Submitted photo)

 

By Caitlin Bittner

 

It’s official, summer has begun, and with it comes the nonstop baseball action of the Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers.

 

Mon
23
Jun

Standing strong in celebration of 1812

Walking Tall
Looks like Cinderella has some new footwear to show off—stilts. Heights were not a problem for 5-year-old Maci (left) during the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library’s celebration of 1812 Saturday. Event organizer Brenda Anderson did her best to keep the kids in attendance having fun and standing on their own two feet.
Checking it out
All ages were invited to look at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library’s plans for expansion during Saturday’s 1812 celebration. Although they will one day utilize the expansion, Melaina Yender, 7, and Adam Anderson, 8, both of Prairie du Chien, found something more interesting to “check” out at the event.
Maple goodies
Each food item offered at the event contained maple syrup, a common sweetener used in the 1800s.
Singers 1
Although the library had other entertainment plans, which unfortunately did not pan out, four area singers were able to captivate Saturday’s crowd just fine with a rendition of “Amazing Grace.” Pictured, from left, are Norb Aschom, Nancy Becker, Charlie Connell and Eric Tempte.
Singers 2-Trio
As the song “The Star-Spangled Banner” was written during the War of 1812, it only seemed right that the song should be sung during the library’s celebration. Nancy Becker (not pictured), Norb Aschom (left), Eric Tempte (center) and Charlie Connell brought their voices together to lead the crowd in our nation’s anthem.
Spinning tops
Sisters Maci, 5, and Bree, 10, kept themselves busy with an 1812 favorite toy—the spinning top.
Yard games
Event planner Brenda Anderson (center) used fun lawn games to entertain the younger members of Saturday’s audience. The game above is played with closed eyes and sound effects, the object of the game being to find everyone making the same noise as you.

Photos by Caitlin Bittner

Mon
23
Jun

Bagley storm shelter finished—already used during recent area storms

 

By Caitlin Bittner

 

Mon
23
Jun

Wyalusing Academy Liquidation Auction

Amateur pickers gathered at the former Wyalusing Academy property in Prairie du Chien on Friday for a liquidation auction, hosted by Kramer Auction Service. Around 100 people searched through the parking lot full of school, commercial kitchen and laundry equipment as well as other special items on auction at the 11 a.m. start. More browsers came and went with treasures throughout the day. Pieces such as lunch trays, wheelchairs, games, movies, mops and sewing tables were going for less than $10 early on, while larger equipment such as shelving units, washers and dryers, stoves and tables went for much more. Find more pictures at pdccourier.com and on Facebook. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Mon
23
Jun

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.

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