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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.”


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. 


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.


Sandra (Woodington) Sterling


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


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.
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).


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.”


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.)


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. 


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.


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.


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