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Organic, healthy food store open on Blackhawk Avenue

Prairie du Chien’s Ericka Stubbs opened her new local, organic, healthy food store at 126 W. Blackhawk Ave., in downtown PdC on May 8. She is shown in her customers’ favorite bulk foods room. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

If you’re at all like the rest of the public interested in the local, organic and healthy food movement—good food minus the GMOs, pesticides and other harmful practices—you’ve been anxiously awaiting the opening of Driftless Edibles in downtown Prairie du Chien.

Ericka Stubbs officially opened her doors for business at 126 W. Blackhawk Ave., on May 8, offering basically a whole grocery store on a small scale.

Within just two rooms, shoppers can find everything from fresh and plentiful produce; grass-fed beef; bulk herbs, spices, pastas and candy; sunflower and olive oil; honey; dairy free and gluten free products including cheeses, yogurt and ice cream; frozen foods; baking goods; homemade bread and buns; health and beauty products like fluoride-free toothpaste; cleaning products; essential oils; kids food, diapers, books and toys; and miscellaneous items such as citronella candles, bug spray and lump charcoal.


Construction Cash promotion - First winner

Kat McFarland, of Prairie du Chien, was the Courier Press’ first Construction Cash winner. She registered at Sut Hill after having her car serviced at Sut Hill’s service department. Mike Rymarz, service manager, presented McFarland with $50 in Construction Cash to be spent at any of the 27 participating businesses. She also received a door prize. Be sure to register at one of the local Construction Cash participating businesses. You could be our next winner.


Graduates cross important stage in life

Wauzeka-Steuben's Abbey Byrne

Wauzeka-Steuben's Elizabeth McCullick

Wauzeka-Steuben valedictorian Kylie Reising is filled with emotion as she exits graduation in Wauzeka May 24.

Prairie du Chien Class of 2014

PdC HS graduate Karli White receives her honors cord from her parents, Brad and Lisa.

Prairie du Chien Class of 2014 graduates McKenzie Banasik (right) and Claire Stoeffler encourage National Honor Society members and fellow graduates to use scholarship, character, leadership, and academics all throughout life. The class’ graduation was held Sunday, May 25.

PDC HS graduate Susan Slawinski is hugged by Junior Mercedes Tieman.

This picture was taken just before graduation for the Seneca High School Class of 2014, on Friday evening, May 30. Pictured (front row, from left) are Brianna Brockway, Cacey Ostrander, Elizabeth Garfoot, Ashley Hugill, Shania Sprosty, Alexis Rooney, Shawna Sprosty, Abby Olson, Casie Gawenda, Brooke Anderson, Susie Gawenda; (back row) Jordan Johnson, Chris Reynolds, Nathan Stephens, A.J. Johnson, Jake Jones, Lucas Trautsch and Justin Fisher. (Submitted photos)

Louisiana fun and flare the focus of Cajun Fest in Prairie du Chien

Experience some authentic Louisiana food, beer and music at the eighth annual Cajun Fest, this Friday, June 6, from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, June 7, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and plan for an enjoyable weekend on St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien. Admission to the festival is free.

Whether you’re hungry for some flavorful southern cooking, anxious to get groovin’ to the tunes of the bayou, or looking for a fun night out with friends, Cajun Fest is for you.

This year’s theme is “Voo-doo unto others before they voo-doo unto you!”

Take advantage of the opportunity to be a part of a traditional New Orleans-style “second-line” parade and grab your share of beads to take home. The parade is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Friday night. The revelation of the Cajun Fest King and Queen will also take place on the island prior to the parade.

Two of the most sensational aspects of Cajun Fest include the food and the music.


Crawford County Dairy Breakfast proudly hosted by Moret family

The Morets—Jim, Jean Josh and Jenny (not pictured)—will proudly host the Crawford County Dairy Breakfast on Saturday, June 7, from 6 to 10 a.m., at their farm just three miles south of Prairie du Chien. The farm, distinguished from the countryside by its blue and white buildings, is located at 61102 Old State Hwy. 18, Bridgeport. Buses will run from Piggly Wiggly to the farm every 15 minutes, beginning at 5:45 a.m., to 9:30 a.m. This is the fourth time the family is hosting this highly-anticipated yearly event. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Whether you’re a city family with kids who enjoy animals or a rural farm family interested in a fellow operation, a delicious dairy breakfast will serve as the common denominator on Saturday, June 7, at the Crawford County Dairy Breakfast. This year’s event is hosted by Jim, Jean, Jenny and Josh Moret, aka Promise Land Farms, at 61102 Old State Hwy. 18, Bridgeport. Breakfast will be dished up from 6 to 10 a.m., and all ages are welcome to tour the farm and check out the cattle, the automated calf feeder, the dairy barn and more.

“They’re welcome to walk around. The barns will be open for people to view the cattle,” Jim said. “Hopefully, there will be a saleswoman here to explain how our automated calf feeder works too.”
The all-you-can-eat breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, cheese, applesauce, Culver’s Custard, dairy shakes, coffee and milk. Door prizes will be drawn.


Historic Bagley Hotel under new ownership

Mike, Jean and Mark Oppermann are proud to be offering a taste of home at the historic Bagley Hotel. Jean purchased the business in mid-March and opened to customers the second week in May.

Response to the Oppermanns running the Bagley Hotel has been pleasant so far. They boast a steady customer base already, in the restaurant, bar and hotel, as well as over 700 Facebook fans for the small-town establishment.

By Correne Martin
In the small river community of Bagley, there are four establishments at which hometown residents as well as travelers can find something good to eat and drink. The historic Bagley Hotel has serviced hungry customers the longest, built in 1913, by Otto Oswald on the corner of Bagley Avenue and Walnut Street. Oswald erected the pool hall next door in 1912, and a year later, the Bagley Hotel—a restaurant including seven hotel rooms in the upstairs.

The Bagley Hotel has had just eight owners in its 101-year history. Most recently, rural Bagley resident Jean Oppermann added her name to that list, purchasing the business on March 14.


Area track athletes on to State


Area athletes qualify for 

State Track Meet

Track athletes from River Ridge, Wauzeka-Steuben and Seneca competed in the Boscobel Sectional Friday afternoon. 

Darlington won the boys meet with 72 points. River Ridge scored 5.5 points. Wauzeka-Steuben scored 1 point.


Blackhawks at De Soto

Blackhawks defeat De Soto
Brett Trautsch attempts a bunt in the top of the sixth as Connor George leads off of third base and eyes the plate. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)


Prairie du Chien 

rallies past De Soto

On Thursday, the Prairie du Chien baseball team completed a late game comeback to defeat De Soto 6-4 on a warm day in Stoddard. 

Prairie was down 4-2 in the sixth inning before coming back to win the game.


Progress continues for proposed nature trail from Wauzeka to Boscobel

Nature Trail
This is just one view of the serene and scenic beauty that nature trail users will be able to enjoy.

By Ted Pennekamp


A proposed hiking, biking, and cross country skiing trail from Wauzeka to Woodman to Boscobel continues to make progress. Proponents of the trail met recently with the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board and received the board’s support for a trail near the railroad connecting the three municipalities. 


Donald G. McCloskey


Donald G. McCloskey, 88, passed away on Thursday, May 15, at Agrace HospiceCare from cancer. 

He was born March 7, 1926, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Helen M. (Gunderson) and Clement E. McCloskey. Don married Irene W. (Hill) on April 10, 1950, and they shared 52 love-filled years until Irene’s death in Sept., 2002. 


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