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Golfers host SWC meet

 

Golfers host SWC meet

The Prairie du Chien boys golf team hosted an SWC meet on the par 36 front nine at Prairie du Chien Country Club Friday afternoon.

Team scores were Lancaster 166, Dodgeville 168, River Valley 172, Platteville 185, Prairie du Chien 195, and Richland Center incomplete.

Prairie scores were Dan Adamany 45, Pierce Lach 47, Nate Stram 51, Asa White 52, and Tyler Mason 55.

Mon
28
Apr

City gets VFW Charter back

 

VFW colors, charter, flag welcomed back to Prairie du Chien

By Ted Pennekamp

 

About a dozen people were on hand Thursday afternoon in the council chambers in City Hall when the city of Prairie du Chien received the McKinney-Tyler-Portwine VFW Post 1945 Charter and flag from the National VFW organization. 

Mon
28
Apr

Asian carp barrier

 

There may be an inexpensive and ‘sound’ way to stop Asian carp

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A new method has now been developed that could help slow down the advance of invasive Asian carp working their way up the Upper Mississippi River. Recently, Bighead and Silver carp eggs and late-stage embryos have been found near Lynxville in Pool 10. Evidence of Asian carp has been found as high up as Lock and Dam 2.

Mon
28
Apr

Sculpture park statues come to life at Sunday event


Chloe Lorenz participated as a living statue of basket maker Emma Big Bear at the 2013 Twilight of the Living Statues event, a historical and interactive event for people of all ages that will take place again this year, on Sunday, May 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. Twilight is free; however donations will be accepted toward the park’s next statue, Aunt Mary Ann LaBuche. (Photo by Randy Paske)

Twilight of the Living Statues is a free event open to all families on Sunday, May 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Mississippi River Sculpture Park (across the street from the Villa Louis on St. Feriole Island) in Prairie du Chien. The event is sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department. Visitors are encouraged to get into the “spirit” and come dressed as their favorite historical figure or persona. Visitors are invited to bring their own snacks and beverages.

The sculpture park is where fine art brings history to life. Life-sized bronze figures from the pages of history and prehistory gather together around a fire-ring, as if meeting for a present day rendezvous. Already installed are: Chief Blackhawk, Dr. Beaumont and son Israel, Victorian Lady, The Voyageur and Emma Big Bear.

Mon
28
Apr

Man charged with marijuana possession

A 37-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of the possession of marijuana.

Robert V. Cooper faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a Prairie du Chien police officer stopped at Cooper’s residence, and when the office entered he noticed a plastic baggie containing a green plant substance and a black and blue smoking device. Cooper admitted that the items were his and the officer then seized them, the complaint said.

A chemical test later revealed that the green plant substance was marijuana.

Mon
28
Apr

CORRECTED: McGregor man faces meth charge

Thomas D. Wiemerslage Jr., 23, of McGregor, faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine after being charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine.

According to the criminal complaint, a Prairie du Chien police officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Following a search of the vehicle, Wiemerslage admitted to the investigating officer that a white powdery substance found in a folded dollar bill was methamphetamine and that it was his, the complaint said.

Mon
28
Apr

Trail of Presidents dedicated on Arbor Day


Tom and Cathie Nelson and John and Vickie Mundt led the Arbor Day dedication of the Trail of Presidents, north of the Mississippi River Sculpture Park in Prairie du Chien on Friday, April 25. Local Boy Scouts, first graders and members of the high school music group, “Out to Lunch,” joined in the historic celebration, in addition to area dignitaries and community members who purchased the trees. It was a gorgeous day, perfect for such an important event. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting at the Trail of Presidents dedication Friday. Pictured (from left) are Paul Ginkel, Roy George, Luke Brom, Connor Wittrig, John Howe, Bob Sutton, Tom Nelson, Char Bender, Andrew Nelson, Bob Standorf, Vickie Mundt, John Mundt, Cathie Nelson, John Holley, Jamie Stram, Jack Peterson (Mike Mara behind him) and Bob Moses.

By Correne Martin

The Trail of Presidents trees were dedicated on a sunny Friday, April 25—Arbor Day—on the north side of St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien.

Organizers John Mundt and Tom Nelson presented the ceremony in front of local dignitaries, community members, Boy Scouts, high school music students and first graders. The Pledge of Allegiance and Star Spangled Banner, performed by the PdCHS music group, “Out to Lunch,” preceded introductions. Senator Jennifer Shilling and Assemblyman Lee Nerison were in attendance, in addition to city and Chamber of Commerce officials.

Partners of the park, who purchased the trees representing 22 presidents who have lived in or visited Prairie du Chien, were recognized. Then, they were led to their trees, marked with plaques explaining the presidents’ ties to Prairie du Chien. The school children walked the path and learned about the connections between nature and history as the pleasant event came to a close.

Thu
24
Apr

Joseph Balk

 Joseph B. Balk, 86, of Dodgeville, passed quietly at Siena Crest Assisted Living in Mineral Point on April 21, 2014.

He was born of Joseph and Anna Balk on May 23, 1927,  in Prairie du Chien.

Thu
24
Apr

Kathryn Evan

Kathryn M. Evans, age 93, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Sunday, December 29,  (see full obituary in Dec. 30, 2013 Courier Press).

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Gabriel’s Church of the Holy Family Parish with interment in the Calvary Cemetery both in Prairie du Chien.  Friends may call on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at the Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien from 10:30 a.m. until the time of departure for the church.  www.garrityfuneralhome.com

 
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23
Apr

Orva Payne

Orva E. Payne age 80 of Prairie du Chien passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital.  She was born December 28, 1933 in Seneca, WI the daughter of William and Elnora (Tyrer) Payne.  Orva worked for many years as a waitress in Madsion, WI.  She is survived by her sisters, Elaine Gaston of Waterloo, IA, Delena Spink of Stoughton, WI and Norma (Donald) Richmond of Oregon, WI, her brothers, Wayne Payne of Livingston, WI and Stephen (Connie) Payne of Pine, CO along with many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Vilas and Arley, her sisters, Nola Jean and Lorraine, brothers in law, Donald Gaston and Louie Spink along with a sister in law Janet Payne.

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