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Jul

Prairie Dog Blues Fest ready to rock St. Feriole


Whether you’re a fan of the hard-core Chicago blues or the newer blues rock, you will get an up close view of the unbelievable global talent taking the stage at the Prairie Dog Blues Fest in Prairie du Chien, July 25 and 26.

By Correne Martin

Lie back in your chair during the day or kick up your heels by the stage at night. No matter how you choose to take in the Prairie Dog Blues Festival on Friday and Saturday, July 25-26, in Prairie du Chien, the music is bound to keep you movin’ and groovin’ all weekend long.

As always, the lineup will feature a variety of global talent, playing everything from Chicago blues, West Coast jump, hard-driving Mississippi Hill country blues, and New Orleans horns to Texas  boogie, zydeco, gospel and blues rock.

Wed
16
Jul

Ferryville fun-filled event to leave spectators in a Daze


The eighth annual Antique Tractor Pull is hosted and organized by the Ferryville Antique Tractor Association and is part of Ferryville’s River Bluff Daze on Saturday, July 26.

A busy and noisy day is in store for everyone in Ferryville on Saturday, July 26. The day begins at 9 a.m. with Market in the Park featuring Amish goods, produce and variety of products in Sugar Creek Park. Also at 9 a.m., many antique tractors will be arriving at Ferryville Community Center to register for the antique tractor pull.

From noon to 4:30 p.m., the Eighth Annual Antique Tractor Pull begins for all to enjoy. To register for the Antique Tractor Pull, go to www.ferryvilletractor.com. The Antique Tractor Pull is hosted and organized by the Ferryville Antique Tractor Association with raffle tickets on sale now. Raffle Tickets can also be purchased at the event.

All raffle items will be on display and raffle tickets are available all day at the Community Center. These raffle items will be drawn and winners announced at 9 p.m. The Ferryville Tourism Council 50:50 raffle drawing for $500 is at 9 p.m. also.

Wed
16
Jul

One site would cost River Ridge roughly $10 million

Editor’s note: The following includes corrected information from the Monday, July 14, Courier Press article.

By Correne Martin

The River Ridge School Board is taking steps toward moving all of its students under one roof in Patch Grove. The Courier Press reported in Monday’s edition, about the board’s July 9 meeting, that the school board voted, 5-2, to have a resolution drafted in time for its Aug. 23 meeting, calling for a Nov. 4, 2014, referendum, on the one-site option. The Patch Grove location currently has a bigger building, more land and newer updates than the Bloomington site.

Also in Monday’s article, the cost of putting all operations in Patch Grove was provided imprecisely. The actual cost would be around $10 million—$8.5 million to fix up the facilities as they stand plus roughly $1.5 million to move the football field and track there.

Wed
16
Jul

Hoppers versus Onalaska

Hoppers host Onalaska
Ryan Garrity scores for the Grasshoppers in the bottom of the third inning in the first game of a doubleheader against visiting Onalaska Monday afternoon. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Onalaska 

sweeps Hoppers

Onalaska swept host Prairie du Chien in a doubleheader in American Legion baseball action at the St. Feriole Island Ballpark Monday afternoon. 

Onalaska won the opener 20-3 in five innings. 

Onalaska scored 9 runs in the first inning, 10 in the second and 1 in the top of the fifth en route to the victory. 

Wed
16
Jul

Gypsy moth spraying

Spraying for moths
An airplane treats an area of Wisconsin to help reduce gypsy moth population levels. (Photo courtesy of DATCP)

 

Officials hope for lonely gypsy moths after spraying activity

By Ted Pennekamp

 

On July 9, two areas to the east of Ferryville in Crawford County were sprayed in an effort to slow the spread of gypsy moths. Different parts of Crawford County have been sprayed in the past and the process is biologically interesting as a means of getting rid of the destructive pests. 

Wed
16
Jul

Mary Lou Kavon

 

Mary Lou Kavon, 72, of Madison passed away Monday, July 14, at Agrace Hospice Care after a short illness. 

Mon
14
Jul

La Crescent stops Hoppers

 

Prairie 

defeated 

by 

La Crescent

La Crescent defeated Prairie du Chien 6-4 in the Soldiers Grove American Legion Baseball Tournament Friday. 

The Grasshoppers jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning. 

Mon
14
Jul

River affects economy

More boaters on river
Boaters have been kept away, in part, by high water at boat landings this season as can be seen in this view of the Campion Boat Landing about two weeks ago. The river has gone down quite a bit lately, however, and more and more boaters are taking advantage.

 

High water tough on local economy, but 

as river goes down, business should pick up

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Each year for a Mississippi River town is different. Some years the weather and the river cooperate and it’s a boon to the local economy. Other years, the river runs high for an extensive period and the local economy suffers. 

Mon
14
Jul

War of 1812 Battle of Prairie du Chien marks 200th anniversary


The Bicentennial Celebration of the War of 1812 Battle of Prairie du Chien (1814) is this weekend on the Villa Louis grounds in Prairie du Chien. The public is invited to come out and enjoy this 20th anniversary re-enactment event.

By Correne Martin

For the 24th year, the War of 1812 Battle of Prairie du Chien (1814) will be re-enacted this weekend on St. Feriole Island in the second oldest city in Wisconsin. But this isn’t just another ordinary re-enactment. 2014 is actually the 200th anniversary celebration of the battle and over 150 re-enactors from all over the country will descend on the Villa Louis grounds in Prairie du Chien for the festivities. The celebration includes plenty of entertainment for the whole family.

“They’ll start arriving Thursday,” Villa Louis Site Director Susan Caya-Slusser said of the re-enactors, noting that some stay in hotels while others camp and enjoy local activities with their families while in town.
The schedule of events begins Friday, and the two battle re-enactments will be staged Saturday and Sunday.

Mon
14
Jul

City of PdC collects dust samples relating to Pattison Sand operations


Prairie du Chien Co-Manager of Public Works Terry Meyer collects a sample of sand from the transloading site operated by Pattison Sand Company along the Highway 18 Bypass in the city. The sample will be sent along with three or four others from area residences and a construction site to a state lab in Madison for analysis.

By Correne Martin
 
The city of Prairie du Chien has taken the initiative to collect dust samples in and around the Pattison Sand transloading site for testing by the Wisconsin Occupational Health Laboratory (WOHL) in Madison. This action is in response to years of complaints by city residents about dust in their homes near the site, in addition to noise and other concerns. It also follows a recent proposal of an expansion of the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad property along the Highway 18 Bypass where Pattison Sand Company performs some of its operations.

The Prairie du Chien Common Council will discuss this recent course of action at its Tuesday night, July 15 meeting (7 p.m., council chambers).

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