Due to the excessive heat the region is experiencing, the horses that will participate in the Dakota Unity Ride will not be passing through Prairie du Chien until a later date. The Courier Press was notified of this change just before deadline Wednesday morning.
The Unity Ride was scheduled to begin Sept. 2 in Davenport, Iowa, and travel northwest through various Mississippi River communities before ending Sept. 19 at the Fort Snelling State Park Visitors Center in Mendota Heights, Minn.—the site of the Dakota concentration camp of 1862-63. The ride was scheduled to pass through area communities, including Prairie du Chien Sept. 7-8. Activities in Prairie du Chien were set to be held on St. Feriole Island.
However, the horses participating in the ride are experiencing heat-related issues at this time and organizers feel it is in their best interest to postpone the ride.
More information will be released as it becomes available.