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Prairie Homecoming


Prairie du Chien’s Peyton Hall (18) runs behind the blocking of Scott Sautter (65) Friday night against visiting Dodgeville during Prairie’s homecoming game. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Dominic Wright (22) gets past a Dodgeville defender for a big gain in second-half action Friday night at Prairie du Chien High School.

 

Blackhawks’ defense secures homecoming victory

By Zach Mara

 

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Slow-no wake

 

Proposed slow-no wake at Campion Boat Landing considered for safety

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The process of possibly implementing a slow-no wake zone at the Campion Boat Landing is continuing. Prairie du Chien City Administrator Aaron Kramer said that the permit application has been sent to the Wisconsin DNR for review and fine tuning. 

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Many elements of old hospital to be reused by local schools, cities


Area schools and city governments have had the opportunity in recent weeks to walk the halls of the former Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital building on Taylor Street in hopes of taking materials and equipment that can be recycled and repurposed. Now, Clayton County Recycling, of Monona, Iowa, will begin demolition of the site this week. They will collaborate with Robinson Brothers Environmental on asbestos abatement.

Removing a light fixture from the former hospital property are (from left) Father James Weighner; Jeff Mink, Crossing Rivers Health maintenance; and Steve Rickleff. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Demolition of the former Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital facility on Taylor Street is targeted to begin sometime this week, according to Crossing Rivers Health officials. With that on the horizon, nearly every interior element from the old building was recently claimed by area school districts, cities and non-profit organizations free of charge for potential recycling and repurposing. An online auction, which ended Friday, sold commercial kitchen and other large hospital equipment to the general public.

The demolition contract was awarded Friday to Clayton County Recycling, of Monona, Iowa, who can start work as early as Tuesday, Sept. 29.

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Meet historic people on annual tour of six Prairie du Chien cemeteries

It’s now fall, which means it’s time for the very popular event, Visiting Our Ancestors, a tour of Prairie du Chien’s six historic cemeteries, sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Historical Society.

On Saturday, Oct. 3, there will be a guided tour of the six cemeteries, beginning at 1 p.m., at the Fort Crawford Museum, 717 South Beaumont Rd. Participants should gather at the museum, where they will board vans to travel to the cemeteries, beginning with the Old French Cemetery and ending at the Brisbois Cemetery high above on the bluffs. At each cemetery, the costumed host of the tour will give a short history of the burying grounds and then she will introduce the resident.

The French Catholic Cemetery is the oldest cemetery still in existence in the State of Wisconsin and may be the oldest cemetery in the upper Mississippi Valley. Few of the graves are marked but much is known about the people who are buried there beginning in 1816.

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Prairie du Chien making water system improvements

Prairie du Chien’s continued efforts toward improving the municipal infrastructure system will focus on the city’s water system over the next several months. Earlier this year, the city contracted with Municipal Management, Inc., of Madrid, Iowa, to do an extensive survey of the water system to identify any underground leaks. These leaks result in water loss, plus additional operational costs for the water system and, ultimately, the customers. Over 20 leaks were identified, with over half of them being classified as major.

“It appears that many of these leaks may have been caused by the extreme cold weather we experienced two winters ago,” Water Department Manager Larry Gates said. “Additionally, we have an old system, with some of the water services dating back to the 1940s. The water department will make every attempt to repair these water leaks in a timely fashion to decrease the amount of unaccounted water.”

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Millville's Hidden Hamlet Art Fair features quality, handmade work


Founder and organizer Judy Carlson

By Correne Martin

The Hidden Hamlet Art Fair in Millville is a tucked-away treasure that’s brought together the community’s artisans to showcase and sell their handmade creations for 35 years. It attracts more people than reside in the township of 200, as an estimated 300 visitors stop by the art fair each year at the Millville Town Hall on County Highway C (along the Wisconsin River). The event takes place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3 and 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The art fair will feature a diverse assortment of original woodworking, pottery, rugs, wall hangings, painted antiques, sewing, felting, needlework, dried flowers, plants and more. Also, consumables such as bakery and produce items, honey, maple syrup, candy, lots of pies and even soap will be available for purchase.

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John R. Dickson

 

John R. Dickson, 59, of Eastman died unexpectedly on Thursday, Sept. 24, at his home. 

He was born April 25, 1956 in Berwyn, Ill. the son of Robert and Beverly (Dade) Meeker. He served in the US Army, stationed in Germany. John worked as a lock operator for the Corps of Engineers at Lock and Dam No. 9 in Lynxville, for the past 30 years. He was an avid pet owner and enjoyed hunting and riding his motorcycle. 

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Sep

Platteville prevails over Prairie du Chien


Jacqueline LaHaie smashes the ball between two Platteville defenders.

Brooke Trautsch finesses the ball over the net against the Platteville Hillwomen.

Prairie’s Kelly Check pops the ball just over the hands of the Platteville player Tuesday night at Prairie du Chien High School. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Brooke Trautsch goes up for the spike against two tall Platteville players.

Paige Rickleff (8) and Jacqueline LaHaie (3) successfully defend at the net Tuesday night against a tough Platteville team.

Maria Skemp gets her game face on as she gets ready to pound the ball over for a point against visiting Platteville.

Platteville defeated host Prairie du Chien three games to none in SWC volleyball action Tuesday night. 

Platteville won by scores of 25-14, 25-11 and 25-18.

Prairie du Chien fought hard against a very good Platteville team. There were some good volleys but Platteville’s attack was too much for Prairie to handle. 

Platteville was led by Morgan Stecklein with 9 kills. Jenna Phillips had 5 aces. Claire Tashner had 11 digs. 

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Gays Mills man helps protect species around the world


Robert Horwich shows villagers photos in Assam, India in October 2007.

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A rural Gays Mills man continues to enjoy the rather unusual occupation of traveling the world in an effort to help save many different species and preserve habitat. 

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Pedaling for Pets couple raises over $3,500 for Rivers and Bluffs


Ashley and Brandon Christensen (center) are pictured during their visit to the Northwoods Humane Society in Hayward with shelter employee Kim Molitor (right). Also pictured is Geri Phillips (left), Ashley’s aunt and Pedaling for Pets safety driver. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

On one of the hottest days of the summer, Aug. 16, Ashley and Brandon Christensen left Prairie du Chien to embark upon their 12-day Pedaling for Pets fundraising and awareness adventure. They traversed the state, making stops at animal shelters/humane societies in Viroqua, Sparta, Tomah, Marshfield and Park Falls before returning home and hitting Hayward, Eau Claire and La Crosse along the route.

In that time, they raised over $3,500 for Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter; provided eight other shelters with donations of dog and cat food, towels, blankets, litter and toys; and gleaned invaluable information to be used in the construction of RABAS’ future shelter in Prairie du Chien. Personally, the couple also checked the incredible journey off their bucket list.

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