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Cast of community characters perform this weekend in free Dancing with the Stars event

By Correne Martin

Families interested in fun and free entertainment locally will want to come out to the Dancing with the Stars shows at St. Gabriel’s School basement in Prairie du Chien on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon. A variety of amateur characters from the community and school staff have been paired up to leave a lasting impression on the dance floor—all in front of a crowd.

On Friday, doors will open at 6 p.m. and the performers will take the stage at 7 p.m. On Sunday, the doors will open at noon and the show will start at 1 p.m.

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Discover Wisconsin features Prairie du Chien in episode


Discover Wisconsin Co-Host Mariah Haberman (right) kayaks alongside Sally Marshall, of the Great River Paddlers Club. (Photo provided by Discover Wisconsin)

Discover Wisconsin Cinematographer Shawn Hermsen films the Prairie du Chien area from Pike’s Peak State Park. (Photo provided by Discover Wisconsin)

Mississippi Expolorer cruises are featured in the episode, along with an assortment of other local businesses.

The Prairie du Chien area is being featured on Discover Wisconsin, the nation’s longest-running tourism TV show. Premiering April 5, “Paddle, Float and Explore—Wisconsin’s River Communities” will reach Discover Wisconsin’s broadcast network of 480,000 viewers across the upper Great Lakes region, including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Northern Illinois, and Upper Michigan. The episode was produced in partnership with the Prairie du Chien Tourism Council, city of Boscobel, Sauk City Area Chamber of Commerce and Discover Wisconsin.

The program airs locally Saturday, April 5 at 5 p.m. on WXOW TV 19 and at 6:30 p.m. on WKOW TV 27.

“The Wisconsin River provides countless recreational opportunities, which in turn boosts Prairie du Chien’s tourism economy,” said Patti Wacker, tourism coordinator for the Prairie du Chien Chamber of Commerce. “We are looking forward to the promotional benefits the community will see thanks to our partnership with Discover Wisconsin.”

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Crawford County Clean Sweep set for April 12

The city of Prairie du Chien, in conjunction with Crawford Co., La Crosse County Solid Waste and Dynamic Recycling, is hosting a county-wide Clean Sweep on Saturday, April 12, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The collection event will be for all residents of Crawford County. The event will be held at the Wolf Machine building, 1601 East Lessard St., Prairie du Chien.

La Crosse County has received grants to support the funding for these events in Vernon, La Crosse and Crawford Counties. Employees from the city and county will be on hand to assist with registration, information and clean-up after the event.

This is an opportunity for county residents to clean out their garages, basements and storage buildings and properly recycle or dispose of many environmentally harmful products. Last year, many pounds of waste products and electronics were collected.

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Local Relay for Life changes its format, moving to August

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien’s Relay for Life is being revamped for 2014. The annual activities are moving from April to August, taking place outdoors again and being offered in a new one-day format. These changes are designed to help improve attendance this year and in future years.

The local Relay for Life of the Great River, which is associated with the ceremonial fundraising walk for the American Cancer Society, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2, rain or shine, on the Prairie du Chien High School track. Opening ceremonies will kick off the day at 11 a.m. This year’s theme for the family-friendly event is “Carnival for Hope.”

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Gary L. Scott

 

Gary L. Scott, 57, of Prairie du Chien passed away Saturday, March 22, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, after an extended illness. 

He was born Feb. 4, 1957 in Prairie du Chien the son of William and Margaret (Sebastian) Scott. Gary became an inspiration to many, after being paralyzed in an automobile accident at the age of 16. He spent the next 41 years as a quadriplegic. He was an established artist who touched many lives even through his immobility. His tattoos were his trademark and Gary was a huge fan of Pete’s hamburgers.

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Prairie du Chien voters in wards 4 and 5 must cast ballots at City Hall April 1

Voters in wards 4 and 5 in the city of Prairie du Chien who typically vote at the National Guard Armory will need to go to the City Hall Council Chambers (214 E. Blackhawk Ave.) for the April 1 Spring Election, due to extensive construction and renovation at the Armory.

The parking lot behind City Hall on South Wacouta Avenue will be reserved for voters only, on April 1. **The restricted parking will only be during voting hours, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The council chambers are located in the rear of City Hall and may be accessed by entering the west door and making an immediate right turn.

ADA compliant handicapped parking is available at City Hall adjacent to the west entrance door.

Please call City Hall at 326-6406 with questions pertaining to this change.

 

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Two vacant seats on Prairie du Chien city council ballot

The Prairie du Chien Common Council will have two seats in the April 1 election with no names on the ballot. The current holders of the seats in the First and Third Aldermanic Districts (Ron Leys and Kyle Kozelka, respectively) have filed declarations of non-candidacy and are not seeking re-election next week, thus leaving the ballots empty for those positions.

This means that voters will be asked to write in their choice of a resident in that district.

According to City Administrator Aaron Kramer, in each of the two districts, “the eligible person who receives the highest number of write-in votes in the district will be declared the winner after the Board of Canvassers meets and confirms the election. If that person declines the position, the vacancy will go to the common council to be filled.”

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Many attend Friends of the Villa Louis dinner, get a peek at War of 1812 artifacts


Leslie Bellais (left), of the Wisconsin Historical Society, and Villa Louis Site Director Susan Caya-Slusser showed off a few early-1800s artifacts at the Friends of the Villa Louis Annual Dinner, including a high-wasted, simple wedding dress.

The artifacts shared at the annual dinner last week also included a child’s dress and an artillery jacket from the early 1830s.

By Correne Martin

The Friends of the Villa Louis Annual Dinner was held on March 18, at The Barn Restaurant. Around 90 members of the organization and associates of the historic site attended and enjoyed a social hour, music, dinner and guest speaker Leslie Bellais, the Wisconsin Historical Society’s curator of social history.

Site Director Susan Caya-Slusser reminded all that 2014 is going to be a great season for the Villa Louis, as it is the 200th anniversary year of the War of 1812 Battle of Prairie du Chien (1814) and many events are being planned by the Villa, the Fort Crawford Museum, the library and the community.

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Declared write-in candidate seeks to unseat fourth district alderwoman

By Correne Martin

There is one contested race for the Prairie du Chien Common Council’s April 1 election in the fourth aldermanic district. Incumbent Karen Solomon is seeking re-election and her name will appear on the election ballot. Daniel Jones filed a campaign registration statement with the city clerk March 6 announcing his intentions to run as an official write-in candidate for the council seat.

When asked to discuss their intentions, both Solomon and Jones were eager to provide more information about themselves, their experiences and their goals, in order to inform the voting public.

 

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Local teacher recipient of Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship award

Karen Sjoberg, a business educator at Wauzeka-Steuben High School and a Prairie du Chien resident, has been named a 2014 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship recipient. She was one of only two public school teachers in CESA 3 recognized with the honor—in addition to Cathy Jones, from Mount Horeb Pecatonica Elementary.

Annually, the foundation awards 100 Wisconsin teachers with $1,000 Kohl Fellowship grants, and each Kohl Fellowship recipient’s school receives a matching $1,000 grant.

“I’m very appreciative of this honor, and grateful to the people who wrote such wonderful recommendations,” Sjoberg said. “During a time when being a teacher is often difficult, the best part of the day is being in the classroom with students—just me and them.”

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