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Library marks 50 years in same building

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Longtime Prairie du Chien radio personality Norb Aschom spins favorite records from the 1960s for the enjoyment of library patrons young and old Saturday.
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Sabrina Ortiz and Diana Jelinek of Prairie du Chien get creative while chalk drawing on the sidewalk in front of the Prairie du Chien Public Library Saturday. The library has been in the same building for 50 years.
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Zachary Shilling, 4, of La Crosse, the son of State Senator Jennifer Shilling, enjoys some delicious ice cream during Saturday afternoon’s 50th anniversary celebration of the Prairie du Chien Public Library being in its current building. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)
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Crash kills Iowa County man

MINERAL POINT­—A 27-year-old Mineral Point man died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred just outside the city Thursday, Aug. 22.

The Iowa County Sheriff’s Office said James C. Richards was driving his 1995 Chevrolet S-10 pickup north on Highway 23, about 10:55 p.m., when the truck left the road and crashed about one-quarter mile south of Highway 39. Richards, who was not believed to be wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the truck. Richards was transported to Upland Hills Hospital and then transferred to UW Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The crash remains under investigation.

Alcohol and speed are believed to be contributing factors, authorities said.

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Former slaughterhouse manager pleads guilty in Agriprocessors case

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA—The former manager of an Iowa slaughterhouse has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to harbor undocumented workers for profit.

Former Agriprocessors, Inc., poultry manager Hosam Amara entered the guilty plea Friday at the federal courthouse in Cedar Rapids. The plea was required under an agreement released Thursday in which prosecutors dropped several other counts.

The 48 year old faces a maximum 10 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Linda Reade hasn’t scheduled the sentencing hearing yet.

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Brothers face charges of attempted homicide

ARENA—Two brothers from Spring Green are charged with stabbing and beating several people at a Halloween party near Arena.

Brandon Behrens, 21, and Shane Behrens, 20, have been charged in Iowa County Court after an investigation by the Attorney General’s office. They were scheduled to answer charges Wednesday, Aug. 28.
Charges include attempted homicide with a dangerous weapon, reckless injury with a dangerous weapon, substantial battery and strangulation.

The criminal complaint said the brothers attended a Halloween party hosted by Jodi Schmidt and Terry McKeown. During the party they fought with several people and were asked several times to leave.

The complaint stated that Brandon Behrens tried to choke Terry McKeown and slashed him in the side with a knife. McKeown was later taken to Madison hospital by med-flight for treatment.

Brandon Behrens is also charged with punching Kimberly Marks in the face causing a fractured jaw.

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Annual Fall Fest and Market in the Park set in Ferryville this Saturday

Saturday, Sept. 14 promises to be a great one for those who love “the road less traveled.” Visit Sugar Creek Park in Ferryville for Fall Fest and Market in the Park, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Ferryville Vision and Promotion Board, a community organization, is the organizer once again for this popular fall event.

Revel in the choice of farmers market items, including fall produce such as apples, raspberries and more. Don’t miss the Amish quilts, baskets, crafts, baked goods such as maple glazed donuts, fruit pies, granola, cookies and Hot Pepper Jam (great for a Badger or Packer tailgating). Another local vender, Robert Jelinek, will be selling his 2013 maple syrup.

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Local supper club to host author Ron Faiola

Author and filmmaker Ron Faiola, who has written the hugely popular “Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old-Fashioned Experience,” will be appearing at several events in southwest Wisconsin. On Thursday, Sept. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m., Jones’ Black Angus in Prairie du Chien will host a special talk and Q&A with Faiola on the state’s rich supper club culture and his book-writing experience.

The event will feature a wine tasting, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary copy of the book. Reservations are required. A discounted rate will be available for couples’ tickets.

Faiola will also be back at Jones’ on Sept. 13, for their Friday fish fry. Additionally, Faiola will make an appearance at Rocky’s Supper Club in Stoddard on Sept. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m., meeting guests and signing copies of his book at both locations. Copies will be available for purchase at both clubs.

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Unknown backyard treats will come to light at the PdC Memorial Library

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 By Caitlin Bittner

On Sept. 12, the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library, in conjunction with Paper Moon of McGregor, Iowa, invites the public to come get a taste of their own backyards with forager Ellen Zachos.

A former Broadway performer, Zachos is now the proprietor of Acme Plant Stuff in New York City, a business that specializes in garden design, installation and maintenance. She is an instructor at the New York Botanical garden and the author of five books. In addition, Zachos has hosted a radio show on National Public Radio (NPR) and blogged at both www.downanddirtygardening.com and www.gardenbytes.com.

If you read Zachos’ latest book, “Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat,” she promises that you’ll be in for quite a treat.

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Experience early 19th Century life at this weekend’s Cannons at the Fort

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Local historian Mary Antoine teaches Bluff View fifth graders about the fur trade era during the 2012 Cannons at the Fort. (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

Fort Crawford Museum will present its annual Cannons at the Fort historical reenactment this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

About 40 interpreters will depict what life was like in Prairie du Chien in the early 1800s.

Interpretive stations will include Native American storytelling with flute music, the trade, dancing, basket making, candle making, soap making, spinning, rope making, lead pouring, flint knapping, food making, musket firing, cannon firing, a mini-militia, a Civil War singalong and more.

The presenters are quality educators hand-selected by members of the Prairie du Chien Historical Society specifically for this event.

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Driftless Area Art Festival transforms Soldiers Grove park into colorful village

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September scenery and weather is usually perfect for the Driftless Area Art Festival. Last year, a record crowd of about 5,300 were attracted to the eighth annual event. (Submitted photo)
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Jamie Heiden was the 2012 “People’s Choice Award” winner at the Driftless Area Art Festival, taking the title for the third year in a row. The La Crosse area photographic artist is expected to be back at the festival this year. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Every September, just as the region’s landscape becomes painted with the colors of autumn, the Soldiers Grove park transforms into a charming village filled with visual, performing and culinary arts for the Driftless Area Art Festival. Eighty select artists descend on the community and organize displays of their creations underneath the beautiful white tents that are arranged along the park’s edges. A large entertainment tent is in the center. This leaves a picturesque path, decorated with 150 seasonal plants from Read’s Creek Nursery, to be used by those strolling through the festival. Completing the grounds, picnic tables are scattered throughout, inviting event-goers to grab a bite and enjoy the extraordinary artwork and entertainment all weekend.

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Carriage Classic


Lisa Whitcomb of Whitefish Bay, Wis. drives her horse and carriage across an obstacle in the Gambler’s Choice Obstacles Sunday morning at the Villa Louis Carriage Classic. The horse is a KWPN/Arab. The vehicle is a Stanhope Gig.

Dr. Jerry Rozeboom of Walker, Iowa acknowledges applause from the crowd during the Carriage Dog Class at the 33rd annual Villa Louis Carriage Classic on St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien Sunday. The Villa Louis Carriage Classic is a pleasure driving show held on the beautiful grounds of the Villa Louis Historic Site. This show hosts some of the finest carriage driving competition the Midwest has to offer, with more than 100 different turnouts coming from throughout the Midwest. It features a wide range of divisions, providing a first class experience for novice and experienced whips alike. See another Carriage Classic photo on page 5. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

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