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Effigy Mounds celebrates NPS anniversary with special presentation

Chief Ranger, Bob Palmer, discussed the historical figures who had large roles in the founding of both the National Park Service and Effigy Mounds National Monument. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

By Caitlin Bittner

On Thursday, Aug. 25, the National Park Service (NPS) celebrated its 100th anniversary as an organization. In order to commemorate the anniversary, Effigy Mounds National Monument held a special presentation regarding the foundings of the NPS and the monument itself. According to Chief Ranger Bob Palmer, who gave the presentation, you’d be surprised how many connections you can draw to Iowa.

Prior to 1916, there were 12 national parks in the United States, the first of which was Yellowstone National Park, founded on June 30, 1864, by President Abraham Lincoln. 


Prairie du Chien Golf

Prairie du Chien’s Macy Sanders hits her approach from the 18th fairway during the Prairie du Chien Invitational Friday morning. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Taylor Hendrickson watches her putt on the first green Friday.

Gabby Ritchie knocks in a short putt on the 18th green in the Prairie du Chien Invitational.


PdC golfers 

host Prairie 

du Chien Invite

The Prairie du Chien girls golf team hosted the Prairie du Chien Invitational Friday morning at Prairie du Chien Country Club. 

Darlington won the 18-hole tournament with a team total of 404 strokes. Southwestern-Cuba City was second with 407. 


Crawford County Fair

Owen Oppreicht, 10, of Eastman enjoys burying his friend Jonah Klema, 10, of rural Wauzeka, in corn Thursday at the Crawford County Fair. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Jonah Klema of rural Wauzeka smiles after being covered up to his ears in corn Thursday.

Kole and Keira Breininger of Richland Center pet a friendly goat Thursday.

Sawyer and Landry Stluka of Soldiers Grove become characters riding a merry-go-round Thursday at the Crawford County Fair. The fair offered numerous activities, exhibits and rides from Aug. 24-28 in Gays Mills.

Maya Buffington, 9, of Eastman holds a Mini Rex rabbit.

Braelyn Olson, 7, of Viroqua, and Sylvia Erickson, 7, of Liberty Pole, pet Augusta the llama.

Jacob Payne, 10, and Ben Payne, 9, of Seneca, inspect Jacob’s exhibit in Mechanical Projects. Jacob got first place.


Always a fun time at the Crawford County Fair


New Phone System


New county 

telephone system 

to improve safety

By Ted Pennekamp



ATV driver injured in River of Lakes crash

One man was injured early last week in an ATV rollover at the River of Lakes resort in Bagley, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

At about 5:20 p.m., Aug. 21, Jeffery Hedley, 55, of Bagley was driving his ATV on Willow Lane when he overturned it and crashed. He was transported to Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien by West Grant EMS for treatment of his injuries.

Further investigation found indicators that Hedley had been intoxicated at the time of the crash, which remains under investigation.

Assisting at the scene was Bagley First Responders.


Lt. Gov. Kleefisch tours Crossing Rivers

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch (center, facing camera) toured Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 24. She is pictured speaking with (from left) Tim Clark, medical imaging director; Julia Nelson, chief quality officer; Alisa Johnson (back to camera), radiologist; and CEO Bill Sexton, among others, about mammography technology and how Crossing Rivers is a leader in that area of health care service. Kleefisch is a colon cancer survivor, celebrating her fifth year of being cancer free. She is touring hospitals across the state, meeting with hospital officials to talk about health care, tour medical facilities and meet with patients. She also visited Southwest Health in Platteville Wednesday. (Photo by Correne Martin)


What makes Prairie du Chien unique?

Residents, businesses, stakeholders asked to take short survey

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien started a community branding project in June to help develop and craft a consistent grouping of creative taglines, messages and graphics for the city. Together, PdC Main Street, the city, the chamber and the tourism council are gathering input from businesses, residents and other stakeholders who are passionate about the area.

To do so, these organizations would appreciate public input on what makes Prairie du Chien unique. People are asked to take a short online survey, hosted on Survey Monkey, at the following URL: Responses will be kept confidential. The deadline to complete a survey is Wednesday, Sept. 7.


Leila M. Messerli


Leila M. Messerli, 72, of Prairie du Chien passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Aug. 27, at Select Specialty Hospital in Madison. 


Darren Michael Quick


Darren Michael Quick, stillborn baby of Jessie Henson and Dylan Quick, of Prairie du Chien, died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 at Crossing Rivers Health, Prairie du Chien.


Open house at Brodtville Schoolhouse on Sunday

The old Brodtville Schoolhouse will host a public open house on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Area community members from today and yesterday are encouraged to bring pictures or memorabilia to share.

Donations are also accepted at this time toward the preservation of the one-room schoolhouse.

Community Development Alternatives, of Prairie du Chien, is the fiscal agent for the Brodtville School Preservation.

Interested individuals may contact CDA at 326-7333 or Chuck Stagman at (608) 778-9490.


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