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Tue
21
Jun

Elizabeth “Bette” Rettig

 

Elizabeth “Bette” Rettig, née Coleman, 91, passed away on June 18, at Prairie Maison Nursing home in Prairie du Chien. She lived there for many years and was cared for by Shirley and many of the other nurses,
“angels” that work there. 

She was the beloved wife of the late John “Jack” Rettig for 68 years; loving mother of the late Steven (Margaret), Neil (Laura), Joel (Debbie), Jon, and Jennifer (Joseph) Campe; cherished grandmother of Justin (Michelle), Kristin and Brian Crooks, Megin (Randy) Lane and Pamela Burt; proud great-grandmother of Steven, Nathan, Jaime, Riley, Jackson and Ayla. 

Mon
20
Jun

41st Rendezvous: Celebrating the trade


The ladies’ tomahawk throwing competition for campers drew a decent crowd of observers Saturday afternoon at the Prairie Villa Rendezvous on St. Feriole Island. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The Rendezvous is always a family affair for campers and visitors, and face painting tends to be one of the more popular offerings for the young ones in attendance.

Fred Bruner Jr. talked to young and old alike underneath the shade of the Bruner's Blades tent Saturday.

Hungry Prairie Villa Rendevous enthusiasts line up at one the vendor’s tents on the buckskinners’ side of the annual festival.

Buying, selling and trading is part of the tradition at the pre-1840s celebration.

Blooming onions, turkey legs, fry bread, fresh squeezed lemonade and rootbeer straight from the barrel were the usual favorites for Rendezvous attendees Saturday, though the ice cream and snow cone stands also thrived as high temperatures and beaming sunshine heated up the event.

The smell and taste of kettle corn, available at several Rendezvous stands, is hard to beat.

This bear skin rug and other small animal pelts were in line with the many attractions for the thousands attending the 41st annual Rendezvous in Prairie du Chien this past weekend.

Richard Blackhawk Kapusta performed music and storytelling south of the Jaycee Food Stand on the north end of camp.
Mon
20
Jun

Youth fights condition, sees success in school

By Correne Martin

Student of the month recognition is a tradition at many schools these days. All good students have a shot at being acknowledged. But, when seventh grader Jacob Kazynski was named one of five students of the month at La Crosse Aquinas Middle School for May, it was more than just a great accomplishment, it was a small miracle.

Jacob, the son of Joe and Shanen Kazynski, of Holmen, was born with Pierre Robin sequence, a condition that causes a smaller than normal lower jaw, a tongue that falls back in the throat, repeated ear infections, a cleft palate on the roof of his mouth and difficulty breathing.

According to his grandmother, Dorothy Baures, of Prairie du Chien, the family was also told that another issue with Pierre Robin sequence is a general failure to thrive.

Mon
20
Jun

Speaker to focus on enhancing quality of life in Prairie du Chien

By Correne Martin

The quality of life in Prairie du Chien is important to everyone, and three local organizations hold dear the mission to sustain and strengthen that characteristic within the community. As a part of their ongoing efforts, Anne Katz, the executive director of Arts Wisconsin, will speak on Thursday, June 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the Prairie du Chien High School Little Theater. Her free presentation, “The Power of the Creative Sector,” is sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Economic Development Committee (PDCEDC), PdC Main Street and Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce. The Mississippi River Sculpture Park Board and Prairie du Chien School District are also co-sponsoring the event.

Katz will highlight how arts, education, economic development and the quality of life intersect to create a diverse and healthy community.

Fri
17
Jun

Baseball Team Second at State


The crowd gives a standing ovation to the Prairie du Chien baseball team at the pep rally in the high school gym Thursday night. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

The players enjoyed addressing the fans and thanking them for their unwavering support. Here, Jack Wasachek gets Brogan Potter, Reese Dressler, Peyton Hall and Coach Mark Pedretti (in the background) smiling and laughing. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Coach Mark Pedretti talks about "the Blackhawk Experience" and the fine tradition at Prairie du Chien High School. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

The team poses with the second-place trophy. (Photo by Vicki Waller)

Drew Scott makes the tag on a pick-off attempt versus Markesan Wednesday. (Photo by Vicki Waller)

Chas Sagedahl lets fly against the Hornets Wednesday. (Photo by Vicki Waller)

Casey Hogenson pitches against St. Mary Catholic Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Vicki Waller)

Dylan Yeomans gets ready to swing versus the Zephyrs. (Photo by Vicki Waller)

Peyton Hall gets a good lead against the Zephyrs. (Photo by Vicki Waller)

Chas Sagedahl squares to bunt. (Photo by Vicki Waller)

 

Prairie du Chien ends fine season 

with 2nd place at State Tournament

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Fri
17
Jun

Alexis M. Burns

 

Alexis M. Burns, 66, of Prairie du Chien passed away Wednesday, June 15, at the Mayo Franciscan Health Center in La Crosse. 

She was born April 21, 1950 in Wheeling, Ill. the daughter of James and June (Huecker) Burns. In her younger years she enjoyed the outdoors with camping, canoeing, hiking and snowmobiling. She enjoyed traveling especially out west. An adventurous spirit prompted her to move to Arizona and she studied at Arizona State University focusing on arts and crafts. She moved back to the Midwest to be closer to family.

Thu
16
Jun

Flood Damage


Vehicles slow down and proceed with caution as water flows across the road on Mondell Hill Tuesday. (Photos courtesy of Crawford County Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock)

Children play in the flooded parking lot at the Barn Restaurant.

Fill was washed away along the site of the Highway 18 construction project in the town of Bridgeport.

Debris is piled up near Sugar Loaf Trail near Walmart in the town of Bridgeport. Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock reported that five houses at Sugar Loaf Trail were surrounded by water due to the Tuesday night storm.

 

Initial flood damage assessment $36,500

The Crawford County Emergency Management reports an initial damage assessment from the flash flood that occurred on Tuesday, June 14.  

Initial damage assessment is $36,500 in debris clearance and road system repair. This is assessed for the city of Prairie du Chien, township of Prairie du Chien, township of Bridgeport, and township of Wauzeka.  

Wed
15
Jun

Report elder abuse, it really happens here


In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Crawford County Human Services put up a banner and pinwheels at the county administration building to draw attention to the issue. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Social Worker Bob Rowe spoke to a group of about 25 at the short morning rally June 15 regarding awareness of elder abuse.

By Correne Martin

Elder abuse is a real issue across the globe—be it physical, emotional, neglect, self-neglect or financial exploitation—and Crawford County is not exempt to any form of it.

To provide a better understanding of the issue, this June 15, on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Crawford County Human Services Social Worker Bob Rowe described three county cases he personally handled in the past. They all involved neglect or self-neglect, one of the more common forms of elder abuse in Crawford County.

1.) One woman, years ago, who was dropped off by family in northern Crawford County, with no resources, no acquaintances or relationships, and no means to get around without her wheelchair.

Wed
15
Jun

Program loans life jackets for free


Available at the new Life Jacket Loaner Boards at the Campion and Marina Boat Landings in Prairie du Chien are multiple life jackets, in various sizes from infant to adult XL, as well as a few throwable devices. They are available for public use. Pictured are Ron Leys (left), a member of the Prairie du Chien Common Council and Lower Wisconsin Riverway Board, and Mike Ulrich, Prairie du Chien parks and recreation director. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

You may have seen the new Life Jacket Loaner Boards erected at the Campion and Marina Boat Landings in Prairie du Chien. Inside each box are multiple life jackets, in various sizes from infant to adult XL, as well as a few throwable devices. They are available for free public use by citizens and groups to perpetuate safer boating practices on the river and to reduce boating-related fatalities.

The Department of Natural Resources and the city of Prairie du Chien have partnered up to offer the two stations within the community. The process began last fall when Ron Leys, a member of the Prairie du Chien Common Council and Lower Wisconsin Riverway Board, heard about the Life Jacket Loaner Board project at a meeting.

“The idea came from Alaska,” Leys said. “A Wisconsin DNR representative was at a meeting there and he brought the idea back to Wisconsin.”

Wed
15
Jun

Rain Causes Damage


Prairie du Chien received 3.91 inches in one hour Tuesday—between 3:35 p.m. and 4:35 p.m.—according to the National Weather Service of La Crosse. This left South Marquette Road majorly flooded, which happened because the stormwater system in that location was over capacity, Prairie du Chien Co-Public Works Manager Terry Meyer said. When the roundabouts were installed (in 2014) on North Marquette Road, the stormwater system there was improved, alleviating such problems there. The next phase of Marquette Road reconstruction, slated for 2018, from Mooney Street to LaPointe Street, will also involve improvements to the stormwater system, hopefully addressing the problem there. Once the water receded from the city’s streets, public works employees spent five extra hours monitoring other flooded areas. Meyer said the Fillmore Street inlet backed up with debris and the Campbell Coulee drainage ditch failed, turning the landscape along Cliffwood Drive into a river of flood waters. Employees also cleared debris from Jackson Street, to allow water to drain into Godden Pit, as additional rain came in the evening/overnight. For more photos in Prairie du Chien, visit pdccourier.com or like the Courier Press Newspaper on Facebook. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The cornfield at the Cliffwood Drive and County K intersection north of Prairie du Chien was a river of flood waters Wednesday morning. The cause: the Campbell Coulee drainage ditch filled with debris and failed.

 

Heavy rains cause county damage, mostly in PdC and Bridgeport

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Heavy rains Tuesday afternoon and again Tuesday night caused various problems and damage in Crawford County, mostly in the Prairie du Chien and Bridgeport areas, said Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock. 

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