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Wed
07
Sep

Experience nation’s largest carriage driving competition at the Villa Louis


Mallory Gorman, of Oregon (Wis.), prepared to navigate the your route/my route obstacles in the pairs pony division during the 2015 Carriage Classic at the Villa Louis in Prairie du Chien. (Courier Press file photo)

Held annually, the Villa Louis Carriage Classic highlights competitive carriage driving in arena and obstacle classes. Experience this elegant event, which is the largest carriage driving competition in the nation, on Sept. 9-11.

“This stylish event recalls the brief heyday of the Dousman family’s famed trotting horse operation, the Artesian Stock Farm, a Standardbred training facility,” said Susan Caya-Slusser, Villa Louis site director. ”The Carriage Classic celebrates the pinnacle of the stock farm and allows guests to experience this great tradition.”

More than 100 drivers will hitch finely-trained horse of many breeds to new and restored carriages in several different events. Events will take place in a fenced arena as well as on the lawns and grounds surrounding the Villa Louis estate.

Tue
06
Sep

Gilbert E. “Gib” Weber

 

Gilbert E. “Gib” Weber, 86, of Glen Haven passed away Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in LaCrosse, after an extended illness. Gib was surrounded by his wife and family at the time of his passing. 

He was born Feb. 24, 1930 in Bloomington, the son of Anton and Frances (Wegmann) Weber. He married Phyllis Wright on June 12, 1950 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington. Together he and his wife farmed near Beetown. Gib served on the Beetown Town Board and as a chairman for many years. Gib enjoyed family gatherings, playing cards and deer hunting. 

Tue
06
Sep

Paul Philip Jackley

 

Paul Philip Jackley, 89, of Bagley passed away on Sunday, Sept. 4, at his home following an extended illness. 

Tue
06
Sep

Beba B. Cecka

 

Beba B. Cecka, 93, of Prairie du Chien passed away Sunday, Sept. 4, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Appleton.

She was born May 31, 1923 in Richland Center, the daughter of William and Leona (Hillesheim) Durnford. She married William “Tony” Cecka on May 13, 1944. He preceded her in death on May 31, 1997. Beba worked as a beautician in Madison and later assisted her husband in operating the family business, Tony’s Grill in Prairie du Chien, for many years. She was an active member of St. John’s Church in Prairie du Chien. 

Tue
06
Sep

Mary Janell Becwar

 

Mary Janell Becwar, 94, of Prairie du Chien passed away Sunday, Sept. 4, at the Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien. 

She was born April 17, 1922 in Prairie du Chien the daughter of George and Josephine (Mezera) Wachuta. She married Albert Becwar on Nov. 21, 1945 at St. Gabriel’s church in Prairie du Chien. He preceded her in death on March 18, 2005. Janell worked in the kitchen at the Memorial Hospital in Prairie du Chien for 17 years. She belonged to the Irish Ridge Homemakers Club and was an active member of St. Gabriel’s Parish. Janell loved everybody and was considered a special “grandma” to many. She enjoyed playing games and cards especially with her monthly card club. 

Wed
31
Aug

Animal shelter may move to business park following property trade with city

A property trade that is likely to move Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter’s prospective building site to Prairie du Chien’s North Gateway Business Park was unanimously approved by the common council following closed session of a specially scheduled meeting Tuesday night.

According to terms of the trade agreement, the city would take possession of the animal shelter’s land located southwest of the intersection of 22nd Street and Campion Boulevard, while RABAS would take ownership of the land mainly south of the intersection of Cliffwood Drive and Vena Court. Also, the city would make a $15,000 contribution toward the construction of the new animal shelter.

Wed
31
Aug

Wounded veteran to be honored with escort parade


Emotions will be revved up high for all those participating across southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa on Sept. 10. (Photo by Jeff Harper)

Army Cpl. Adam Eilers, of Garnavillo, sustained injuries in a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan in February 2011. He will be the honoree of the Silly String Ride escort parade on Sept. 10.

Jo Nell Coates, Silly String Ride administrator, is pictured with Adam Eilers during a pre-ride celebration recently.

Jo Nell Coates, founder, will escort local wounded soldier Adam Eilers and other ride participants with great pride. (Photo by Jeff Harper)

By Correne Martin

“Freedom is not free.” That’s why, if there was ever a time to join forces with our fellow Americans in support of those who make sacrifices for our country, Saturday, Sept. 10, would be the day.

A 150-mile escort parade in honor of Adam Eilers, a  29-year-old wounded Army veteran from Garnavillo, will traverse southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa. Eilers will ride in a red truck behind 100 to 150 motorcycles and other vehicles, starting in Hazel Green and making stops in Guttenberg, Iowa, Prairie du Chien and Glen Haven before ending up in Hazel Green for a big celebration.

“We would love it if the public would come on out and line the streets with American flags, red, white and blue signs and other gestures of support,” encouraged the ride’s administrator, Jo Nell Coates, who will lead the ride on her motorcycle, donning an American flag.

Wed
31
Aug

Prairie Soccer


Prairie’s Nathaniel Oehler (17) moves the ball upfield against visiting Richland Center Tuesday evening. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Jon Dyer (6) jostles with a pair of Hornets Tuesday evening on the Bluff View pitch.

Prairie’s Chas Sagedahl battles against two Richland Center players.

The Blackhawks’ Evan Teynor heads the ball forward against the Hornets Tuesday.

The Blackhawks’ Jack Stoeffler (10) fights for control of the ball.

 

Blackhawks 

kick Hornets’ nest

The Prairie du Chien boys soccer team opened their home season Tuesday evening hosting the Richland Center Hornets.  

The Blackhawks played a well balanced game of procession and control. Prairie started out quickly. Only 3:54 into the game, Chas Sagedahl delivered a through ball to Jon Dyer who put it in for the first goal.  

Wed
31
Aug

New judge working toward treatment court

By Ted Pennekamp

 

New Crawford County Circuit Court Judge Lynn Rider officially began her duties on Aug. 1 and is working on starting some new practices regarding offenders who are involved with alcohol or drugs.

“It’s been very good so far,” said Rider, 56, about her first few weeks as judge. “I’ve gotten lots of support from other judges and courthouse staff to help me get started.”

Mon
29
Aug

Time to get a little bit dirty at the Mississippi Mud Run


The Mississippi Mud Run will kick off on St. Feriole Island at 8:45 a.m. with a special kids’ course. The course is one mile in length, and challenging. The full, four-mile course will begin at 9:30 a.m. and is open to everyone. (Courier Press file photo)

By Caitlin Bittner

Ready to get down and dirty? Then Prairie du Chien’s Mississippi Mud Run, on Saturday, Sept. 17, is the event for you, said event coordinator, Lorie Floyd.

With the water high and muck abundant, you wouldn’t think it would take much to set up, but you’d be wrong.

“Since I’ve been doing it for years, it’s gotten easier. Now, that everything’s in place, I contact people and start coordinating about two to three weeks out and tell them the where and when,” said Floyd.

After receiving permission from landowners, including the state of Wisconsin and the WSOR railroad, event organizers can get in and start setting up the obstacle course.

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