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Group wants to keep another rural school from vanishing


Fritz Bradley, Franklin Gilkes, Chuck Stagman and Joe Stagman are the four men leading the Brodtville School Preservation group, which hopes to raise funds toward the restoration of the rural school. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Perhaps the most fascinating piece of history inside the old Brodtville schoolhouse is an enormous, hand-painted, fabric banner that spans over half the one room’s width and all of its height. The banner shows an honor roll of sorts of Patch Grove, Bloomington and Bagley area businesses from yesteryear. The Brodtville School Preservation members would love to know the banner’s origin and artist if area citizens would hold the key to that information. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Last fall, the town of Wyalusing was looking at the future of the old Brodtville schoolhouse on County Highway P. The township considered tearing it down, as taxpayer dollars were being spent to maintain the rarely-used, historical building, with what was thought to be a decrepit foundation.

But a newly-formed organization, Brodtville School Preservation Inc., stepped in and requested the town deed them the 152-year-old building. And that is what happened. The town will continue to maintain the land and adjacent cemetery, but since the $1 transfer of ownership between the two entities, the new organization has taken over restoration of the one-room schoolhouse—a once traditional monument that’s all but vanished in rural America.

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Jul

The chance of a lifetime: Local ball players make Team USA Junior roster


Peyton Hall (left) and Brogan Potter, both Prairie du Chien High School graduates, along with Bryce DuCharme, of Hudson (not pictured) will play on the Team USA Junior Men’s Fastpitch team at the World Championship this summer. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

By Caitlin Bittner

Two Prairie du Chien boys have the chance of a lifetime to play on the Team USA Junior Men’s Fastpitch team at the World Championship this summer. Both Peyton Hall and Brogan Potter, graduates of Prairie du Chien High School, have been playing softball for quite a while.

“I’ve had a bat in my hand ever since I can remember,” said Hall, who added that softball was a fun pastime for him and his dad. Hall first heard of the team from a rival ballplayer, who told him to try out for the team.

“Peyton was first, then I tried out,” said Potter.

Now, the two of them, along with Bryce DuCharme of Hudson, are the three players from Wisconsin on a roster of 19 players.

Wed
13
Jul

Dow gains Gold


Mel Dow and his son Tyler hold the team trophy Tyler helped the United States Cadet Team win at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on July 3. Tyler is also sporting his gold medal. (Photo courtesy of Mel Dow)

 

Former Prairie du Chien Youth 

Program wrestler wins gold at Pan Am Games

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A former Prairie du Chien athlete has had a great summer of wrestling. Tyler Dow, 16, won the gold medal at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on July 3 in the 152-pound weight class. 

Mon
11
Jul

Schwab clears up roundabout confusion

Dear Editor,

It seems our oversize equipment navigating through the roundabouts has been the topic of discussion in the Courier Press (Feb. 29 and July 6). I am writing to hopefully clear up some myths about oversize equipment and the roundabouts. 

In the Feb. 29 edition, the Courier published a picture of a drum from our facility passing through a roundabout with ease. In the July 6 story, it was stated that a drum from our facility had issues navigating the roundabouts. I believe that is a little misleading and led to some interesting Facebook posts about the roundabouts. The load did have issues but they were mechanical in nature with the steerable axles on the trailer. Without this mechanical issue, the drum load would have made it through without any issues. 

Mon
11
Jul

Finn clarifies American flag statement

Dear Editor,

My apologies to those whom are offended by my display of the American Flag, upside down. As was explained in the article, I feel that we are a nation in distress over mass shootings, and even individual shootings.

I certainly mean no disrespect to our servicemen, or our country either. The display is not illegal. As court cases in the past have ruled, its legal to sit on the flag, burn the flag, spit on it, wear it as clothing and anything else you can imagine. I feel that if we can get enough people to do the same (fly it upside down), it’ll be a visible sign to Congress that we want action, ANY action. They don’t seem to really care.

We used to fly the flag at half-mast after a mass shooting to exhibit our mutual sorrow for those lost but we don’t do it any more because there’s at least one mass shooting per week and it doesn’t make good news any more. It should always be at half staff!

Mon
11
Jul

Man sentenced for stealing human remains

A retired National Park Service official was sentenced Friday to one year of home detention and 10 weekends in jail for stealing Native American remains from Effigy Mounds National Monument in 1990. 

Thomas Munson, 76, of Prairie du Chien, was the superintendent of Effigy Mounds north of Marquette in 1990 when he ordered another employee to pack the bones into two cardboard boxes. He then drove the boxes to his home where he stored them in his garage. 

The remains of the Native Americans, who died hundreds of years ago, stayed in Munson’s garage for more than two decades and suffered damage due to inappropriate storage conditions. 

Mon
11
Jul

Skateboard park holds first competition, hopes to raise more funds for phase II


Phase II of the Prairie du Chien Skateboard Park will add eight new features and more open space. The new features will include two quarter pipes, a bank ramp, a banana berm, two bat wings, a skate bench and a grindbox.

By Caitlin Bittner

This Saturday, July 16, the Children’s Advisory Board, will be hosting the Prairie du Chien Skateboard Park’s first-ever competition in conjunction with the Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Department’s Fort Fun Family Summer Olympic Games.

The competition will begin at 10:30 a.m. and all who would like to participate in the event are strongly encouraged to arrive and be registered prior to 10:15 a.m., said Lorie Floyd, organizer of the competition. 

“It’s going to be a fun competition. It’ll be judged on the use of the course, the flow of the routine, the difficulty, and the consistency,” said Floyd.

Mon
11
Jul

Emergency repairs made to underground natural gas pipeline near LaRiviere

On July 1, Northern Natural Gas received a report of a natural gas odor near its underground pipeline facilities located near the LaRiviere Park at Prairie du Chien. Northern personnel immediately responded and detected a small leak in its 6-inch-diamater odorized line. The leak and repairs to the line required the temporary closing of the park. 

Emergency repairs were completed on the line over the weekend. There was no loss of service as a result of the leak or repairs to the line. When the repairs were complete, the park was reopened. The cause of the leak was likely a lightning strike. There had been heavy rains in the area and there was evidence of damage from a lightning strike at a nearby tree.

Mon
11
Jul

Red, white and boom!

On Saturday, July 9, Prairie du Chien's annual fireworks lit up the sky over the Mississippi River. Many came to the event, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, to watch the bright display. For more photos check out our Facebook page. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

Mon
11
Jul

Gettin’ the band back together

Riverfront Rock, hosted by the Prairie du Chien Historical Society, was held on Sunday, July 10. All-era garage bands were invited to reunite and tell their stories. The headlining band, Levitating Train Committee rocked the house to Elton John’s “Bennie and the Jets.” Pictured, from left, are: lead guitarist Steven Slama, guitar and vocalist Brandon Looney, drummer Tyler “Stan” Wellumson and bassist Anthony Horner. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

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