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Sep

City intervenes with Bridgeport incorporation filing


The city of Prairie du Chien lies within the orange area of this map, and the town of Bridgeport surrounds it.

By Correne Martin

A border battle of sorts has transpired between Bridgeport Township and the city of Prairie du Chien.

Bridgeport filed an incorporation petition with Crawford County Circuit Court on April 19 and published a notice of such filing in the Courier Press on July 22, taking the initial steps necessary to become a village. The city of Prairie du Chien subsequently intervened, approving, at an Aug. 4 council meeting, a resolution indicating willingness to annex the entire township into the city, as authorized by state statute, because it’s a party of interest to the petition.

“We want to protect our borders from Prairie du Chien,” Bridgeport Town Chairman John Karnopp said, noting that the city’s annexation of property for the new hospital sparked the township’s action toward incorporation.

Wed
16
Sep

PdC man killed in Trempealeau County crash

A Prairie du Chien man died in a three-vehicle crash that killed two and injured another on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 12, in Trempealeau County.

The crash occurred at 2:48 p.m. on Highway 35/54, just west of Sonsalla Road in the town of Trempealeau.

According to the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office, investigators at the scene determined that an eastbound pickup truck driven by James Harnish, 56, of Trempealeau, crossed the center line and struck a westbound SUV, driven by Allison Nolan, 20, of Hastings, Minn.

Nolan lost control of her SUV and rolled over in the westbound ditch.

The pickup then struck a westbound car driven by Jonathan Helgerson, 36, of Prairie du Chien, head on. Harnish and Helgerson were pronounced dead at the scene.

Nolan was flown to a local hospital with unknown injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

Wed
16
Sep

Express yourself at Open Jam


This corner of The Tavern, adorned with a collage of string instruments, awaits musical expressions from local, talented and willing individuals and groups. Open Jam nights are Thursdays from 7 p.m. to whenever the music stops in downtown Prairie du Chien. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The idea of having an establishment like The Tavern in downtown Prairie du Chien centers around the element of live music. So when the business opened its doors this past spring, and even before then, Open Jam nights were always part of the owners’ vision.

That visualization officially came to life in May when Ryan Fox, The Tavern co-owner and musician, and Todd Crotty, a fellow artist, grabbed their guitars and filled the bar with a few acoustic tunes.

“We picked Tuesday nights, because that’s what worked, and people liked it,” Fox said of the inaugural Open Jam sessions. “We built it up as more people started hearing about it. There are no judges, no prizes. Every week, we have a new ‘gem’ playing.”

Tue
15
Sep

Ramon Robert “Bob” Brown

 

Ramon Robert “Bob” Brown, 63, of McGregor, Iowa, passed away at a local hospital on Sept. 7. 

Bob was a graduate of Mar-Mac High School and Northeast Iowa Technical Institute. Before encountering a series of health setbacks, Bob was known for his handsome smile, sense of humor and laid-back friendliness. 

Tue
15
Sep

Jonathan L. Helgerson

 

Jonathan L. Helgerson, 36, of Prairie du Chien and formerly of Bagley died as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Saturday, Sept. 12, in Trempealeau County. 

He was born Feb. 3, 1979 in Prairie du Chien the son of Roger and Debra (Horstman) Helgerson Sr. Jon will be remembered for having a passion for many things in life. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and cooking as he was always experimenting with different dishes. His biggest passion in life was his time spent with his son Travis. 

Mon
14
Sep

New vision screening device benefits Crawford County


Public Health Nurse Deanna Wallin-Sander demonstrates the Plus-Optix camera on Public Health Nurse Michelle Breuer.

The Plus Optix camera has a “happy face” to help attract a child’s attention.

By Ted Pennekamp

 

There is a new vision screening program in Crawford County for children. Crawford County Public Health and local Lions clubs from Prairie du Chien, Seneca, Gays Mills, Soldiers Grove and Wauzeka have partnered to purchase a Plus-Optix Vision Screening camera with a mission of improving the detection of vision problems. 

Mon
14
Sep

Blackhawks roll past Onalaska Luther Knights


Dylan Yeomans gets past a would-be tackler for a good gain in first half action Friday night against Onalaska Luther.

Peyton Hall crosses the goal line to score on a 35-yard screen pass against visiting Onalaska Luther Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Blackhawks’ Gunnar Kravchuk chases down the Knights’ quarterback and makes the tackle Friday night in second quarter action.

Quarterback Brogan Potter and Peyton Hall roll to the left.

Peyton Hall breaks a tackle.

By Zach Mara

 

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks, behind dominant offensive and defensive lines, routed the visiting Onalaska Luther Knights 55-13 Friday night. The Hawks’ (2-2) defense, spirited by relentless pass-rushing from Gunnar Kravchuk and Adrian Johanningmeier, would hold the Knights (0-4) to 116 total offensive yards for the game, including -39 yards on the ground.

Mon
14
Sep

Villa Louis Carriage Classic


Raymond Helmuth, of Nevada, Iowa, competed in an obstacles class with his utility vehicle and shire sport horse at the Villa Louis Carriage Classic Friday afternoon. Up from 110 last year, this year’s event had a large turnout with 146 entrants, according to Villa Louis Historic Site Director Susan Caya-Slusser. Competitors and judges came to Prairie du Chien for the weekend from all over the nation, including the tri-states as well as New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, Texas, South Dakota, Colorado, Nebraska and Missouri. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Raymond Helmuth rounds the obstacles.

Mallory Gorman, of Oregon (Wis.), prepared to navigate the your route/my route obstacles in the pairs pony division Friday. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Sheila Purdum, of Bennet, Neb., competed in the very small equine division of the Carriage Classic at the Villa Louis last weekend.
Mon
14
Sep

Living history event canceled after 18 years


One of the favorite stations at Cannons at the Fort was always the mini militia, where students acted like soldiers and were treated as such by 19th Century interpreters. (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

Cannons at the Fort brought history alive for 18 years in Prairie du Chien, inviting the region’s fourth and fifth graders into an interactive 18th and 19th Century world where rope was made by hand, food was cooked over an open fire and voyageurs transported furs by canoe.

But all good things must come to an end. Or must they?

After its longtime run on the Fort Crawford Museum grounds, Cannons at the Fort, which would have happened Sept. 18-19, has been canceled for 2015. Prairie du Chien Historical Society President Mary Antoine cited diminishing participant numbers and a shoestring museum budget as the reasoning.

Mon
14
Sep

Regional art festival set in Soldiers Grove


Sculptor and metalworks artist Hans Gill enjoys meeting Dirftless Area Art Festival visitors old and young, and was especially delighted by all the kids’ votes he got in 2014 proclaiming, “You are my favorite artist.” Again this year, kids will be invited to vote for their favorites.

Visitors to the Driftless Area Art Festival, Sept. 19 and 20, will find every kind of art, the decorative as well as the functional, the edible as well as the musical. They’ll have their pick of the works of 83 visual artists from across the Driftless region. Some will be long-time favorites and some will be new to the festival.

They’ll also see a lot of new musical talent and new culinary artists, as well as popular returning artists. And they’ll see artwork by hundreds of elementary and high school students displayed in the annual KidsArt and Teen Art Galleries.

Among the visual artists is Hannah Heyer, who was voted the festival’s 2014 People’s Choice award winner. She does a lot of her painting outdoors, in the plein air style. She sometimes sits atop a round hay bale to paint. “A hay bale is fairly comfortable, smells nice, and you can jab your brushes in anywhere,” said the Dakota, Minn., artist. “And it comes with a view.”

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