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Fri
09
Jun

Irene E. Mohoney

 

Irene E. Mohoney, 82, of Prairie du Chien, passed away peacefully on June 7, after a long illness.

 

Thu
08
Jun

Robert L Cherrier

Robert L Cherrier, 65, of Earlville, Iowa, passed away on June 6, at Ennoble Manor in Dubuque.

 

Robert was born on July 23, 1951, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Robert W. Cherrier and Ila Mae (DuCharme) Cherrier. He graduated from High School in Prairie du Chien. Robert loved being on the water fishing and in the woods hunting. 

Wed
07
Jun

City’s new administrator likely to start this week

A contract with the city of Prairie du Chien’s chosen new administrator was approved following closed session Tuesday night.

According to Interim City Administrator Tina Fuller, a contract was extended to Art Osten Wednesday, June 7.

“He will be starting today if he signs it,” Fuller said Wednesday morning.

Osten was chosen from a pool of applicants last month to fill the vacancy left when Aaron Kramer resigned from his post in March. Osten has 16 years of previous experience in municipal administration in Illinois.

Wed
07
Jun

Prairie du Chien marks 130 classes of graduates

By Correne Martin

The first graduating class of Prairie du Chien High School, in 1887, included five young women, all named Mary—the five Mary maids. The school’s 2017 class of senior graduates totaled 77.

This year marked 130 years of graduating classes for Prairie du Chien Schools. The average class size has been 110 to 120.

A proclamation was signed by the board of education in April 1886, after a referendum passed approving a free high school to be provided with nine different courses of study. Twenty-seven pupils were prepared to enter. The paperwork was examined and sent to the state in June 1886.

In the beginning, the city school system had four ward schools, one of which still stands: the Old Rock School, located at the intersection of Marquette Road and East Parrish Street.

Wed
07
Jun

Prairie du Chien marks 130 classes of graduates

By Correne Martin

The first graduating class of Prairie du Chien High School, in 1887, included five young women, all named Mary—the five Mary maids. The school’s 2017 class of senior graduates totaled 77.

This year marked 130 years of graduating classes for Prairie du Chien Schools. The average class size has been 110 to 120.

A proclamation was signed by the board of education in April 1886, after a referendum passed approving a free high school to be provided with nine different courses of study. Twenty-seven pupils were prepared to enter. The paperwork was examined and sent to the state in June 1886.

In the beginning, the city school system had four ward schools, one of which still stands: the Old Rock School, located at the intersection of Marquette Road and East Parrish Street.

Wed
07
Jun

Extension request expected in Regal Marina saga

By Correne Martin

Only one longtime boater from the Regal Marina spoke at the Prairie du Chien Common Council meeting Tuesday night, June 6. Craig Smith, the son of the Smith family, which previously owned the marina decades ago, spoke in concern about his boating opportunities in the city and what’s to become of them.

At this time, the city has not determined or officially announced its future plans for the marina. The Regal family was given 30 days to remove its belongings—including docks, outbuildings and equipment—following a May 22 arbitration panel order granting the business’ eviction from the city-owned land. The property must be vacated by Wednesday, June 21, according to the order.

According to Ed Erdos, the family’s spokesperson and close friend, Regal Marine Group “is going to file a motion in circuit court within days requesting modification to the arbitration order to ultimately request an extension” to that 30-day order.

Wed
07
Jun

Local libraries kick off StoryWalk project

By Rachel Mergen

Healthy Roots of Crawford County is excited to bring to local libraries the StoryWalk project. Libraries included in the project are Prairie du Chien Memorial Library and Wauzeka-Steuben School Library, along with the public libraries of Boscobel, DeSoto and Soldier’s Grove. The libraries will declare their own start dates. Wauzeka-Steuben will begin at the start of the next school year.

The basis of this project is that laminated sections of various stories are stationed along a path for children and their families to follow as they read and enjoy a bit of exercise. These paths may be indoors or outdoors, depending on the venue’s decisions and availability. The goal of this project is to have children read and walk as they enjoy time with their loved ones.

Wed
07
Jun

Concerts on the River starts June 15 at Lawler Park

Concerts on the River are returning to Prairie du Chien on Thursday, June 15, in Lawler Park. Eight free concerts will be held, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Thursday night.

The first band to start out the summer will be 16 Strings and a Stick on June 15. They are a local group featuring a fiddle that will pull you right into moving with the music. Their performance will include country, Celtic, bluegrass, and Cajun music.

As part of the Jaycees Flea Market, the band Twist will be playing a variety of rock covers from the ‘80s and ‘90s on Saturday, June 17.

On June 22, The Electric Fire Hydrant Blues Band will be taking the stage. Members Dan and Shirley Harwood, Cheryl McCune, Don Hand and Mike McCoy will be performing oldies and bluegrass, along with a few surprises.

A new local band, Hard Times, is set to play some great classic and contemporary music June 29.

Twist will play once again on the evening of July 6.

Wed
07
Jun

Kids in the Garden a new summer program in Prairie du Chien


Youth ages 5-14 are invited to get their hands dirty this summer as part of the free Kids in the Garden program at the Memorial Gardens. Donna Teynor is the program gardener and she will have her great-granddaughter Kaylee Welch with her most weeks. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Kids can get their hands dirty and learn about gardening, while also taking a few fresh goodies home, through the free Kids in the Garden program at Prairie du Chien’s Memorial Gardens.

Hour-long classes will be held rain or shine, starting Wednesday, June 14, and continuing on Wednesdays, June 21, July 5, July 19, Aug. 2 and Aug. 16. Kids ages 5-14 (and their parents/guardians required for children under 10) can come to the gardens from 10 to 11 a.m., or 4 to 5 p.m., those days. Or, if they’d like, they may attend both sessions.

Kids are asked to wear play clothes and shoes and dress for the weather. Parents should supply sunscreen and bug spray. The kids’ garden will be located behind the play area in the Memorial Gardens.

In the beginning, kids will learn all about planting seeds and plants. Each participant will have their own little space to care for over the course of the program.

Wed
07
Jun

Mount Horeb defeats Prairie du Chien


Prairie du Chien’s Andrew Waller scores in the second inning. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Blackhawks’ Nolan Stram gets a good jump off of second base and heads to third versus Mount Horeb Tuesday afternoon.

The Blackhawks’ Chas Sagedahl gets ready to let one fly versus Mount Horeb.

Prairie first baseman Andrew Waller gets the Mount Horeb runner to stop between third and home. The base runner was driven back to third base.

Centerfielder Cory Check makes a catch against Mount Horeb at the Evansville Sectional.

Prairie du Chien’s baseball season came to an end in the Evansville Sectional Tuesday afternoon after the top seeded Vikings of Mount Horeb defeated the top seeded Blackhawks 6-4 in a WIAA Division 2 contest.

Mount Horeb scored 2 runs in the top of the first inning to grab a 2-0 lead. 

The lead wouldn’t last for long as Prairie du Chien scored 4 times in the bottom of the second to go up 4-2. 

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