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Blues fest performer riffs like Janis, counts Bob Dylan as a fan


How many artists can say that Bob Dylan is a fan? Well Carolyn Wonderland can. This Texas gal is a musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis Joplin, the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray along with a huge dose of soulful individuality. She pens many of her own tunes and her music has been used in television series such as Time Of Your Life and Homicide. Besides being a master guitar player, Carolyn also plays piano, accordian, trumpet, mandolin and lap steel. (Photo copyright: R.R. Rodriguez)

Carolyn Wonderland has never forgotten where she came from. On her new album, “Peace Meal,” she brings the hard-won lessons of her own blessed life together with stories from some of the world’s best-known and most beloved songwriters (Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Robert Hunter, Elmore James, and Robert Johnson) to create a menu of sustaining, satisfying songs that offers musical food for thought to her growing legions of fans.

The musical force herself will be in Prairie du Chien this weekend for the 17th annual Prairie Dog Blues Fest. She will take the main stage at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26. For details, visit prairiedogblues.com.
Internationally heralded as one of the best vocalists in her adopted hometown of Austin, Texas, Wonderland has also been highly touted as a guitar goddess and is quickly making a name for herself in her competitive neighborhood and far beyond.

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Reflecting on life before (and after) days of electricity


There are currently seven women over the age of 90 living at the Rivercrest Villages apartments in Prairie du Chien. These sweet ladies include (front row, from left) Alice Shulka, 90; Grace Graap, soon to be 98; (back row) Dorothy Konichek, soon to be 91; Mae Motsinger, 92; and Mattie Hutson, soon to be 92. Not pictured are Evelyn Hillman, 91; and Gladys Ertel, soon to be 91. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin
 
When asked to recall their lives before electricity, telephones and running water became conventional, a group of ladies at Rivercrest Villages in Prairie du Chien gushed with amusement and plenty of memories.
Yes, there are days they can vividly remember hand washing loads of clothing, making candles or hauling water by the pail to fill the wood stove reservoir. Now, they just walk around their apartments, flip on the lights, throw the clothes into an electric washing machine, turn on the faucet for a drink of water and then pop their food into the microwave. It’s that easy.

There are currently seven women over the age of 90 living at Rivercrest Villages apartments. Five of them recently took some time away from playing cards and crocheting to chit chat about the many years they’ve lived, how the world around them has changed and the nice home they have together at the apartment building.

Mon
21
Jul

Powerful in pink—finishing the fight

A Cut Above
The staff at A Cut Above are all smiles when they think of helping to provide more funds for cancer research. Pictured, from left, are Lynn Byrne, Mary Pedretti and Arleen Kozelka. Missing from the photo was Mary Schultz. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)
Finishing the Fight

 

By Caitlin Bittner

 

With the Relay for Life coming up in Prairie du Chien Aug. 2, a lot of attention is given to cancer research and awareness. One such person helping to focus that attention is Arleen Kozelka.

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Jul

Battle of Prairie du Chien marks 200 years with record numbers


Leading his men in a salute to the audience after Sunday’s re-enactment, British commander Col. McKay (front row, far left) was depicted by Frederick Carsted of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. This weekend was the Bicentennial Celebration of the War of 1812 Battle of Prairie du Chien (1814), held on the historic Villa Louis grounds. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Donning grayish-blue and white uniforms, the Americans aimed their fire at the British and Indians from the shelter of “Fort Shelby,” which they eventually surrendered.

Isaac Lawrence, of New Richmond, has been coming to the War of 1812 re-enactment in Prairie du Chien with his dad, Thomas, since he was a “babe in cloth” at 2 months old. This year, he enjoyed camp activities and practicing his hatchet skills during down time.

Dressed in period attire, Dave Lepley, of Viola, is pictured inside his wall tent at the re-enactment camp, with his cribbage board and cards. Lepley has attended the local event since 1989.

By Correne Martin

With the Mississippi River in the distance, in the unseasonable breeze, the trees seemed to whisper the alluring stories of the only War of 1812 battle that took place on Wisconsin soil.

On the documented grounds where it all happened, where the Villa Louis now sits, the Battle of Prairie du Chien was fought in 1814.

This past weekend, re-enactors representing both the American and British causes descended on the grounds, as a sort of big family, to portray and teach history in a way that you can’t find in textbooks or pamphlets.

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21
Jul

Blake's Prairie Fair

Relaxing at the fair
Cordt Esser of Bloomington shares a snooze with “Apple Pie” Sunday at the Blake’s Prairie Junior Fair. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)
Horsemanship
Talyia Edge and Emma Rooney compete in the Grades 7 to 10 Horseman, Pony, Walk and Trot Class at the Blake’s Prairie Fair Sunday morning.
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21
Jul

5-Mile Run, 3-Mile Walk

5-Mile Run, 3-Mile Walk
The 44th Annual 5-Mile Run, 3-Mile Walk gets underway at the Prairie du Chien Aquatic Park on a cool Saturday morning. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)
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Junior Legion to State

 

Prairie Juniors earn trip to State

The Prairie du Chien Junior American Legion baseball team went 4-1 to win the 16U Regional Tournament in Onalaska this past weekend to earn a trip to the State Tournament.

Prairie du Chien defeated Holmen 10-2 in their opening game in Onalaska on July 17. 

Prairie scored 4 runs in the top of the first inning to go up 4-0. 

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Jul

Trout angler touts changes

 

Area trout fisherman lands his day in court

The former fish manager hopes his act of 

‘civil disobedience’ will catch attention, reel in regulations

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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Jul

Dolores Ann Ploessl

 

Dolores Ann Ploessl, 84, formerly of Bloomington, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 17, at Prairie Maison in Prairie du Chien surrounded by her loving family. 

Dolores was born to Leo and Anastasia (Bouzek) White on Sept. 5, 1929, in Prairie du Chien. She married Gerald “Jerry” L. Ploessl on Feb. 14, 1949. After raising ten children, she returned to the nursing profession as a CNA. She then became a teacher’s aide in the River Ridge School District. Dolores was also a member of the West Grant Rescue Squad for many years. She was honored to be one of the first women on the squad. She was a longstanding member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters Society.

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21
Jul

Janet Klinkenberg

 

 

Janet M. Klinkenberg, 66, passed away suddenly on her 66th birthday at the Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. 

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