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Aug

Circus comes to town

Circus thrills audiences
The lovely and talented Halley Epperson performs up high Saturday afternoon at the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus on St. Feriole Island. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Culpepper and Merriweather Circus thrills audiences

The Big Top was full for two 90-minute performances of the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus on St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien Saturday afternoon. 

Young and old alike enjoyed several fabulous acts including Trey Key and his Jungle Cats, Miss Simone and her breath-taking single trapeze, Miss Paulina’s Prancing Ponies, Leo the Clown, The Arlise Troupe, the extreme flexibility of Miss Gorgia, and many others. 

Mon
11
Aug

Delinquent taxes

 

Crawford County 

striving to keep abreast of delinquent 

property taxes

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
11
Aug

Wisconsin primary election is Tuesday

A statewide partisan primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 12, to narrow the field of candidates heading into the Nov. 2 general election. Of particular interest locally, Prairie du Chien’s own Tony Kurtz is running as a Republican in the Third District Congressional race.

Kurtz’s opponents include Ken Van Doren, of Mauston, and Karen Mueller, of Eau Claire.

All three are vying for a chance to challenge incumbent Congressman Ron Kind, of La Crosse, in the Nov. 2 general election.

In Tuesday’s primary, electors may only select one party of their choosing. Voting for candidates of more than one party may invalidate the ballot. Yet, votes must be cast for individual candidates on the party’s ballot.

Mon
11
Aug

Prairie du Chien to hold roundabout informational meeting

The city of Prairie du Chien will hold a public information meeting next month to review safe driving and pedestrian procedures and answer questions related to the three roundabouts being installed on Marquette Road. The meeting, which is being co-sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the Community Room of City Hall.

To begin the meeting, a presentation will be given by Police Chief Chad Abram and Police Sergeant Kyle Teynor on roundabout safety. The presentation will be followed by an open forum for questions on roundabout safety for both drivers and pedestrians. “There are a number of driving do’s and don’ts that drivers will have to be aware of when the roundabouts open up for business,” Abram said. “There are also a number of pedestrian-related issues we want to cover.”

Wed
06
Aug

Helen Harriet Hendrickson

 

Helen Harriet Hendrickson, 93, of McGregor, Iowa, died Thursday, July 31, at Great River Care Center in McGregor, Iowa. 

She was born on May 31, 1921, in McGregor, Iowa, the daughter of Harry and Carolyn (Zahn) Miller. 

Wed
06
Aug

Shirley Eileen Kann

 

Shirley Eileen Kann, 86, of McGregor, Iowa, died Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Guttenberg Care Center, Guttenberg, Iowa. 

Shirley was born on the Nichols’ family farm near Giard, Iowa, on May 20, 1928, to Algie and Marie (Schaeffer) Nichols. She attended country school in the area and graduated from Monona High School. Shirley attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, for her teaching certificate. She taught school for three years until her marriage to Reynold Kann.

Wed
06
Aug

Sandra (Woodington) Sterling

 

Sandra Nell (Woodington) Sterling passed away on July 29, in California. 

Wed
06
Aug

Adventure is out there, on the Mississippi

Abby Alivia Samantha Snake
Abby, Alivia and Samantha take a walk on the wild side and pet the shedding milk snake provided by Clayton County Conservation. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)
Karly casting
Karly finally got the perfect cast, landing the “hook” in the hoop. Afterwards, she managed to reel in quite a prize. The casting contest employed magnetic fish to use as hooks because of the safety and ease they offered new casters.
Alivia and Samantha lizard
Alivia and Samantha check out a lizard provided by the Clayton County Conservation. Before they could touch it, they were asked to make sure their fingers were wet so as not to dry out the reptile’s skin.
Ann Blankenship
Ann Blankenship of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service explains how to identify differences between the area’s large birds.
Sturgeon
Kevin Hansen, of the Iowa DNR, shows off a sturgeon that he uses to teach kids about the area’s fish population.
Turtle and Snake
While out on the boat ride, groups were able to see the wildlife in the area, including the turtle and snake pictured above.

 

By Caitlin Bittner

 

It all started bright and early on the morning of Monday, Aug. 4. When groups of people began to arrive, they were assigned teams--Sturgeon, Snapping Turtles, Shovelers, Catbirds, Dragonflies and River Otters. After forming, the teams remained together for the entirety of the 5th annual Rotary Club Mississippi River Adventure Day (MRAD).

Wed
06
Aug

Husband and wife physicians join local Gundersen Clinic


Drs. Chris and Sara Mees

Gundersen Prairie du Chien Clinic is proud to announce that Chris Mees, MD; and his wife, Sara Mees, MD; have joined their medical staff.

The Mees will both provide a full spectrum of primary care services at Gundersen including health and wellness care for all ages, women’s health, management of chronic conditions and obstetric care and deliveries. “We are very excited to have the Meeses join our clinic and our community,” exclaims Sue Fassbinder, clinic manager at the Gundersen Prairie du Chien Clinic. “Their addition means that expectant mothers can once again receive all their prenatal care and deliver their baby in Prairie du Chien with a Gundersen physician. It can be stressful to have to travel for health care, especially when it comes to giving birth. We hope that the Mees’ services will help relieve that stress.”

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.)

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