Courier Press

Wed
06
Aug

LED lighting intended for downtown Prairie du Chien

By Correne Martin

The lighting in Prairie du Chien’s downtown may soon have a different hue to it, as LED lamps are planned for installation in the decorative light posts by this fall. Though there is an initial cost involved with this city project, the funds are expected to be recouped in less than three years, thanks to energy efficiency savings, and eventually save the city about $78,000.

Terry Meyer, Prairie du Chien co-manager of public works, said LEDs will replace the conventional 150-watt metal halide fixtures on 85 street lights on Blackhawk Avenue, from Marquette Road to Main Street, and on Main Street, from Blackhawk to Iowa Street. LEDs have a more natural glow to them, as compared to the yellow glow of the current lights.

The city has been working with E3 Energy Coalition of Viroqua on energy-saving projects like this one. (In 2013, the wastewater facility lighting was upgraded with grant funding.)

Wed
06
Aug

I Make America Tour

Addressing Dillman employees
Dillman Equipment Vice President and General Manager Tony Schwab speaks to more than 100 Dillman employees Tuesday morning.

 

‘I Make America Harley Tour’ 

promotes improved highways

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The nationwide “I Make America Harley Tour” to press the United States Legislature to pass a sensible and long-term highway funding bill stopped at Dillman Equipment in Prairie du Chien Tuesday. 

Tue
05
Aug

Menagerie of Country stars to light up skyline, Aug 7-9

Jacob Martin Band
The Jacob Martin Band will hit the stage Thursday, Aug. 7, at 6:15 p.m. ready to impress fans with songs from their newest EP set to be release later this year.
Tracy Lawrence
Tracy Lawrence promises a good traditional Country show for his performance at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7.
Dallas Smith
Dallas Smith assures fans and newcomers alike that he will rock their worlds with his music on Friday, Aug. 8, at 2:30 p.m.
Thompson Square
As one of Country's favorite duos, Thompson Square can't wait to wow everyone with their award-winning hits on Friday, Aug. 8 starting at 8:30 p.m. (Photo credit: Anthony Baker)
Dustin Lynch
Dustin Lynch looks forward to unveiling a bit of new material from his upcoming album release "Where It's At" to the festival's attendees on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 6:30 p.m. (Photo credit: Justin Nolan Key)

 

By Caitlin Bittner

 

By now, many locals know that Country on the River will be bringing many Country all-stars into town, beginning Thursday, Aug. 7.

Mon
04
Aug

Finishing the Fight: Relay For Life


Led by Honorary Co-Chair Mary Ann Heisz, local cancer survivors walked the beginning walk around the Prairie du Chien High School track on Saturday morning, at the start of the Great River Relay For Life.

The Courier Press Team: Correne (and son Trace) Martin, Audrey Posten, Kim Corpian and Caitlin Bittner

Dr. Steven Bush, of Crossing Rivers Health, awaits a pie in the face from young Daniel Thomas, whose uncle Gabriel Oosthuysen gladly assisted.

At the end of the Relay For Life Saturday, with a glow of light all around them, this trio of cousins celebrated a job well done with a group photo. From left: Caitlin Bittner, Dillon Mezera and Lindsey Mezera. The final lap of the relay was in honor of Caitlin’s dad, Dale, who recently lost his battle with cancer.

Children of Relay For Life participants engaged in the Carnival For Hope theme by riding this homemade train around the grounds.

Mike McCoy, of Prairie du Chien, served as the emcee for this year’s Great River Relay For Life.

Mary Ann Heisz, the honorary co-chair, spoke.

The Crossing Rivers Health team booth

Mandi Pettit plants a pie on Dr. Steven Bush's face.
Mon
04
Aug

Crossing Rivers hosts open house, ribbon cutting


Crossing Rivers Health Clinic held a ribbon cutting on Thursday evening, July 31, at its new location, 37822 U.S. Highway 18, Prairie du Chien. The ribbon cutting took place during a well-attended open house for the public, which involved tours of the new facility, food and drinks, kids games, door prizes and more. Those taking part in the ceremony included mainly Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, clinic staff and hospital administration: Paul Ginkel, Dave Breitbach, Bill Sexton, Julia Nelson, John Kurt, Pat Balk, Sue McMillan, Bob Sutton, LouAnne Davis, John Holley, Dr. Owen Vincent, Peggy Barton, Bob Standorf, Ellen Zwirlein, Mattie Rademacher, Jesse Aspenson, Dr. Steven Bush, Linda Thompson, Roy George, Lisa Esser, Dave Hemmer, Derek Kruempel, Tom Nelson, Mandi Pettit, Katie Garrity, Sasha Dull, Dr. Ann Grunwald, Rep. Lee Nerison, Charlie Connell, Shaina Adam, Russ Jones, Lisa Keeney, Lynn Palas and Bob Moses. (Photos by Correne Martin)

At the ribbon cutting at the new Crossing Rivers Health Clinic in Prairie du Chien, a 70th birthday for Crossing Rivers Board President Paul Ginkel was also celebrated with cake and Tom Nelson's special rendition of Happy Birthday.

"It took a lot of visionary people to help make this happen." --Bob Moses, PdC Area Chamber of Commerce Director

"Over a year ago, were stood here to break ground. Now we look for your support and your presence as we share this clinic with the community and look ahead to the future and operating on the same site as our new health care center." --Bill Sexton, Crossing Rivers Health CEO, Prairie du Chien
Mon
04
Aug

Comments sought for future of people with disabilities

By Correne Martin

The Wisconsin Department of Human Services released, on Wednesday, its latest Family Care plan, which calls for places like the Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien to transition all the individuals with disabilities it employs into community-based employment within five years. Families, guardians and the community have 30 days to comment on the proposed regulations.

Community members will have a chance to speak out this Wednesday, Aug. 6, in support of allowing employment choices for citizens with special needs, as A Team Wisconsin hosts a Voice Your Choice rally in Prairie du Chien. From 4 to 6 p.m., people of all ages and from all communities are invited to the Crawford County Administration Building, 225 N. Beaumont Rd., Prairie du Chien. There, a bank of laptops will be set up and volunteers will help residents provide feedback to the DHS online.

Mon
04
Aug

Blackhawk Challenge

A challenging course
Competitor number 791 still looks energetic as she begins the 3.1-mile run. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)
A good ride
Corn fields made up much of the scenery along the 14.5-mile route. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)
A refreshing swim
A trio of hearty competitors emerges from the Mississippi River after an invigorating quarter-mile swim. (Photo by Gary Howe)

 

A great day for 

the fifth annual 

Blackhawk Challenge

There were hundreds of participants yet again at the fifth annual Blackhawk Challenge on Saturday, Aug. 2. 

The triathlon is a fund-raiser for the Prairie du Chien wrestling teams and was hosted at the Sports World Campground. 

Mon
04
Aug

McGregor Lake Project

Public input
Prairie du Chien resident Bill Howe discusses the McGregor Lake Project with Wisconsin DNR Fisheries Biologist Patrick Short at an informational meeting in City Hall Thursday night.

 

Public gives input regarding proposed McGregor Lake project

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Personnel from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wisconsin and Iowa DNRs were on hand to get public input and to discuss possible solutions to improve the habitat of McGregor Lake and the surrounding area at an informational meeting Thursday night at the Prairie du Chien City Hall. 

Thu
31
Jul

Local missioners clean up Colorado neighborhood


Holy Family Parish mission trip participants in mid-June included (from left) Wesley Schwager, Jack Stoeffler, Mary Stoeffler, Claire Stoeffler, Mariah Schwager, Emma Brown, Father James Weighner, Brandon Lenzendorf, Cole Brown and Suzy Gawenda. MIssing is Jaci Bedtka.

Wesley Schwager (left) and Jack Stoeffler clean up a river bed in the Colorado community they visited for a recent mission trip.

Mariah Schwager (left) and Jack Stoeffler

By Correne Martin
 
A group from the Holy Family Parish in Prairie du Chien recently completed an eight-day, mystery mission trip to Colorado, during which they worked to restore a neighborhood that had been destroyed by heavy rains in September of 2013.

Nine young adults—six from Prairie du Chien, two from Eastman and one from Seneca—joined 68 additional high schoolers and 12 adult chaperones (including Father James Weighner and a sister) from the Catholic diocese of La Crosse. The teens—mostly from the parish’s Jaywalkers youth group—included Claire and Jack Stoeffler, Mariah and Wesley Schwager, Emma and Cole Brown, Brandon Lenzendorf, Jaci Bedtka and Suzy Gawenda. They left from La Crosse on Friday, June 13.

“The kids didn’t know where we were going. It was a mystery,” said Mary Stoeffler, a Holy Family Parish adult leader who accompanied the youths. “All they had was a supply list. They had to guess our destination along the way.”

Thu
31
Jul

Relay For Life a tribute to those who’ve battled

By Correne Martin

“I volunteered for American Cancer Society for 26 years without cancer and, the truth is, I got so much more out of raising money for the organization than I put into it.”

Those are the words of Prairie du Chien resident Mary Ann Heisz, this year’s honorary co-chair of the Great River Relay For Life, which will take place at the Prairie du Chien High School track, Saturday, Aug. 2, beginning with the survivor lap at 10 a.m. Heisz will make the lap in a wheelchair, pushed by her family.

As the former coordinator of the local Relay For Life for many years, Heisz stepped down from her post about six years ago, figuring it was time for new blood to run the annual tribute to cancer research. Then, almost three years ago, she was diagnosed with cancer herself. Doctors found three B-cell lymphomas—two in her stomach and one in her upper thigh—and, just three months later, stage one breast cancer.

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