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Wed
10
Oct

Oktoberfest a big fall party for all


Trying their hands at the traditional German hammerschlagen, Gail Zirngibl, Joanie Sheriff and Darrell Cooley made some memories at Oktoberfest 2017 on St. Feriole Island.

Gretchen Rickleff, aka the Pretzel lady, served the customary knotted German bread, salted or not, to a couple thousand hungry Oktoberfest-goers last year. (Courier Press file photos)

This year's button

By Correne Martin

You may not think families, senior citizens and those who make a hobby out of consuming alcohol would fit well into one fall party. But they do. It’s Oktoberfest in Prairie du Chien.

The ninth annual revelry will take place next Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Memorial Gardens on St. Feriole Island. For the price of just a dollar button—and a little bit of spending money—people can be entertained with German music, food, beer, contests, crafts and much more. This is the largest event in Prairie du Chien where all the proceeds benefit the Memorial Gardens, according to parks and rec director Mike Ulrich. 

“We had about 3,000 people last year,” he shared, in depicting the size of this growing affair.

Wed
10
Oct

Have a laughing good time screaming at the Halls of Terror


Nate and Nick Gilberts have been involved with the Halls of Terror for over a dozen years. Along with help their family, friends and the Prairie du Chien fire and police departments, they will offer the haunted house once again, beginning this weekend. (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

Have you ever wondered how haunted house designers keep their events fresh and scream-worthy? 

Well, aside from naturally having a twisted mind, they take the time to visit professional haunted houses far and wide to slice and dice into the creative horror that tortures their thrill seekers.

Nate and Nick Gilberts have spent weeks changing up the maze, as people call their Halls of Terror in Prairie du Chien, including a couple of research trips to other freakish events. 

“We have incorporated quite a few of them into this year’s Halls of Terror, with our own twist,” Nate said.

Wed
10
Oct

15th—and final—Fallfire art contest begins


This untitled photograph by Adam Bartels was last year’s “best of show” winner of the local Fallfire art contest.

 With the support of several area businesses, cartoonist John Mundt, Esquire, of Prairie du Chien, is hosting the 15th annual Fallfire art contest, which is accepting submissions now through Saturday, Nov. 3. Open to artists of any age, and in all mediums, Fallfire 15, according to Mundt, “will also be our last.” 

Inspired by the sights and sounds of autumn, Mundt, illustrator of “The Collected Short Stories of L. Frank Baum,” founded the contest in 2004 to challenge all artists to “flex their creative muscles.” 

Participants are asked to create a work inspired by the word “fallfire.” 

“Fall always puts me in a very creative mood. I hope to share that feeling with this creativity-inducing exercise,” Mundt said. 

Mon
08
Oct

Auditorium, school upgrade almost done


Details are being finished on the inside of the new auditorium and the outside is almost done as well. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The new 766-seat auditorium is considered a state-of-the-art facility.

 

 

4.5 percent over budget is said to be typical for a project of this scale

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
08
Oct

Pecatonica-Argyle defeats River Ridge


Cole Crubel nears the end zone on a 45-yard touchdown run in the first quarter versus Pecatonica-Argyle Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

A pair of River Ridge defenders stop the Pecatonica-Argyle ballcarrier Friday night.

Brett Moravits (2) of River Ridge gets ready to take down the PA runner.

Brayan Barrita (28) gains good yardage on a kickoff return Friday night.

Colton Clark (16) follows the block of Blake Crubel and makes a nifty cut to the inside for a good gain.

 

Pecatonica-Argyle defeated host River Ridge 20-6 on the Timberwolves’ homecoming Friday night. 

The game was played on a wet and slippery field and didn’t start until about 8:30 p.m. due to lightning. 

Cole Crubel got the Timberwolves on the board first as he got to the outside and broke free for a 45-yard touchdown dash down the left sideline in the first quarter. The extra point was blocked but River Ridge had a 6-0 lead.

Mon
08
Oct

Late TD lifts Prairie over Lancaster, Hawks gain share of SWC title


Prairie du Chien’s Tyler Smock rushed for a whopping 273 yards and five touchdowns to help defeat Lancaster Friday night. (Photos by A.J. Gates, Sports Editor, Grant County Herald Independent)

Prairie’s Gavin Gillitzer was 11 of 24 in the air for 181 yards and 1 TD pass.

 

By Zach Mara

 

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks traveled to Lancaster on Friday night, looking to spoil the Arrows’ homecoming and improve to 4-0 in conference play. 

The game was a tale of two halves, as the Hawks (7-1, 4-0) jumped out to a big lead early to take a 20-point lead into halftime. 

Mon
08
Oct

Gerald L. Burr

Gerald L. Burr, 82, of Saginaw, Mich., a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, passed away Friday, June 22, at home, surrounded by his family.

The son of Alonzo and Anita (Haupt) Burr, Gerald was born on July 8, 1935, in Chicago, Ill. He grew up in Prairie du Chien. Jerry graduated from Prairie High School in 1953. He joined the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. After the service, he attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison and graduated with a B.S. in business administration.

He married Carol Ann Strauman on Sept. 15, 1956, at St. John Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. They moved to Saginaw, Mich., where Jerry was employed as a supervisor for General Motors at Grey Iron Foundry for 35 years until his retirement.

Mon
08
Oct

High-speed chase results in Mount Hope man’s arrest

An area man was arrested Oct. 1, on narcotics-related charges, following a high-speed chase and crash, according to the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

At about 1:30 a.m., last Monday, a Prairie du Chien police officer observed a vehicle driving east on West Blackhawk Avenue, with an equipment violation. When the officer turned around in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop, the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Christopher Easterling, 29, of Mount Hope, increased his speed. The vehicle turned south into an alleyway, then west on East Wisconsin Street, and a vehicle pursuit began. Speeds reached around 100 mph near the Highway 18 bridge, and the vehicle began passing other vehicles.

Mon
08
Oct

Crawford County plat book updated, for sale


On the front cover of the Crawford County plat book are pictures of the county fair, which is the recipient of the proceeds from book sales.

By Correne Martin

The Crawford County plat book is updated and for sale to interested hunters, property owners, emergency service departments and citizens in general. Proceeds from the booklet benefit the Crawford County Fair, according to fair coordinator, Amanda Griswold.

Updated every five years, a plat book consists of maps showing rural property outlines of parcels over five acres, the number of acres and the name of the landowner. Locally-owned, state and federal lands are shown. Township names, section numbers, range numbers, lakes and rivers are included as well. 

Thu
04
Oct

Sherry Silvers

Sherry Silvers, 67, passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 1, at Crossing Rivers Health. She was the only beloved daughter of Raymond and Marilyn (Gibbs) Kellogg, born on Aug. 5, 1951, in Dubuque, Iowa. She married her loving husband, Ernest John Silvers on Aug. 16, 1969, in Boscobel.

Sherry was a well-respected business owner for over 40 years. She operated a state-licensed purebred dog kennel and was an honored AKC and CKC breeder. She volunteered for the first Prairie du Chien Humane Society and provided a pet rescue facility for dogs and birds.

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