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Local author’s books teach children social values through fun animal stories


Author Jeff Lessard, of Woodman, has released three children’s books since February and plans two more this year.

By Correne Martin

Most young children are not awake at 3 a.m., but for Jeff Lessard, that seems to be a prime time for creativity. In fact, he wrote each of his five recently-released children’s books during those wee hours of the morning.

“When I decide to write, I write. It doesn’t matter the time,” said the Woodman author and retired 22-year Prairie du Chien Schools employee.

All composed in 2007, “Magic Dance” was released in February of this year, and “The Little Bug” and “The Circle” were available beginning early June. “The Mouse and the Monkey” and “The Mouse, the Monkey and the Rock” will be up for grabs in August and October, respectively.

Lessard teaches social values through each of these fun animal stories, published internationally by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, of Oklahoma.

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Junior American Legion


The Prairie du Chien Junior American Legion baseball team split a doubleheader versus visiting La Crescent Thursday. Prairie won the opener 6-5 but lost the nightcap 7-4. Above, Frank Cipra takes a good lead off of third in the first game.

Prairie shortstop Gavin Gillitzer fields a ground ball and fires to first base for the out.

Cory Check gets a jump off of first base in the opener of a twinbill Thursday afternoon.
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Highway 18-60 Project


This photo was taken above Ward Road facing towards Prairie du Chien. Ward Road was closed to allow for construction of an 8’ x 8’ x 726 linear foot precast box culvert as well as grading of the new westbound US 18 lanes. The box culvert was delivered in 111 separate pieces, each weighing more than 23,000 pounds. (Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin DOT)

 

Stage 1 of Highway 18-60 

Project delayed but overall project 

expected to get back on schedule

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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Delrosa C. (Crowley) Bruns,

 

Delrosa C. (Crowley) Bruns, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 8, in La Crosse. 

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Roger Lee Bernhard

 

Roger Lee Bernhard died after a long illness, in Rawlins Wyo., were he had traveled to attend the wedding of his youngest granddaughter. 

Roger married Janet (Kluesner) on Oct. 27, 1989 in McGregor Iowa, and they made their home on the farm east of Monona.

Roger was a veteran of the U. S. Army and served in Korea from 1957 thru 1959. After serving his country, he returned to Iowa. Roger worked at Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids for a while before returning to his real love of farming. He also worked at Norplex in Postville, Iowa for a period of time. 

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Frieda Charlene Harris

 

Frieda Charlene Harris, 79, of Prairie du Chien, died Sunday, July 3, at Gundersen Health Systems, La Crosse. 

Frieda Charlene Armbrust was born to Charles and Uenice (Maah) Armbrust on Sept. 27, 1936. She attended high school in Galena, Ill. Frieda was united in marriage with Monroe Lewis Harris on Jan. 18, 1953 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Dubuque, Iowa, they later divorced.

Wed
06
Jul

Man charged with marijuana possession

A 24-year-old White Lake, Wis. man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of marijuana (second and subsequent offense).

Joseph D. Ferrel faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, following a traffic stop in the city of Prairie du Chien, a search was conducted of Ferrel’s vehicle. Three zip-lock baggies, each containing a quantity of green plant material, were found as well as a smoking device.

Ferrel admitted to smoking marijuana earlier that morning, the complaint said. The green plant material tested positive for the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana, according to the complaint.

Ferrel has previously been convicted of possession of THC on Nov. 11, 2015.

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‘Riverfront Rock’ concert to celebrate local garage bands

On Sunday, July 10, the Prairie du Chien Historical Society is presenting “Riverfront Rock,” a concert celebrating the rich history of local garage bands from all eras. Headlined by the funk rock band Levitating Train Committee (LTC) which has strong area roots, the concert will start at 1 p.m. and will feature rock music of the 1960s through today. The public is invited.

Hosted by the Dousman House, located on St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien, the event is a fundraiser for the Fort Crawford Museum. In addition to LTC’s performance, there will be memorabilia and memories from local legends of live music. Also, anyone who was ever a member of an area band is encouraged to think of this as a reunion opportunity, and may bring their own memorabilia to display for the afternoon.

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06
Jul

Anonymous donor challenges RABAS supporters

An anonymous donor is putting a challenge out to the community to help Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter volunteers (RABAS) reach their goal of an animal shelter for the Prairie du Chien area in the near future. Starting July 15, donations will be matched until the $10,000 goal has been met or until Sept. 15, whichever comes first.

“This is very exciting news for the dedicated group of volunteers” stated Bev Pozega, RABAS volunteer. She added, “With the community’s support, there is a possibility to raise $20,000.” For those who may have been thinking about donating to RABAS, now is the time to act as your donation will actually be doubled thanks to the generosity of this donor, who wishes to remain anonymous.

Checks can be mailed to RABAS PO Box 421 Prairie du Chien, WI. 53821. Please specify “RABAS Donor Match” on the memo line of your check. Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization. Your donation is tax deductible.

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Jul

Memories of red, white and blue abound at Eastman parade


The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department kicked off Eastman’s annual Fourth of July parade at 10 a.m. on Monday. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)

This little guy gets ready to throw lots of candy to sweet-toothed onlookers.

A group of little girls hurriedly fill their bags and pockets with all the candy they can grab.

The Crawford County 2016 Dairy Royalty threw candy and smiles to parade attendees. Pictured, from left, are Little Miss Squirt Attendant Grace Callahan, Little Miss Squirt Darci Jelinek, Dairy Princess Attendant Emily Steger and Dairy Princess Brooklynn Nagel.

Congressman Ron Kind wished everyone in the crowd a happy Fourth.

This young horseback rider waved to the crowd as her steed strutted down the street on Monday.

This member of the crowd showed his excitement for a chance to get some goodies from the Villa Louis.

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