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26
Apr

Family copes with loss of home, possessions in fire


Gerard and Barbara Sprosty sit outside of Country Inn & Suites with their dog Raiden. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

The inside of the Sprosty’s home sustained heavy smoke and water damage. The vinyl siding and the outside of the back portion of the house was also damaged greatly. (Photo by Donna Reed)

One of the two surviving cats received oxygen immediately following the house fire. (Photo by Donna Reed)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Gerard and Barbara Sprosty lost their house, nearly all of their possessions and two cats when their house caught fire the morning of April 17. Fortunately, nobody was hurt and the family has each other. 

“It was the worst day of our lives, very traumatic,” said Barbara. “But, thank God we have each other. That’s the main thing.”

Wed
26
Apr

Friends of the Library discuss a few construction expectations


Friends of the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library Mary Novey (left), president, and Terri Connell, talk about the undesirable necessity of the artesian well being capped.

A popular and distinguishing feature of the library is its artesian well, which must now be capped because of leaking issues. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)

By Caitlin Bittner

“It’s important to see this library sustained,” said Karen Badzinski, treasurer of Friends of the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library at their spring social Meet and Greet Tuesday night, April 25.

At the meeting, members recalled cherished memories of libraries, noting they saw them as places to go for growth, learning and exploration.

With the current library looking toward its future expansion, Friends of the Library President Mary Novey spoke about the recent success of the library’s book sale, which raised $700 in funds. She added that the library was grateful for all of the book donations and support they received for the sale, and is hopeful for that generosity to continue. “We’ll be having another one for Crazy Days,” noted Novey.

Wed
26
Apr

Second annual Journey Through Time May 13 in PdC


Area musician Denny Garcia got toes-a-tappin’ and put smiles on faces at the Journey Through Time, a Wisconsin Historical Downtown Open House event. (Courier Press file photos)

A sharply-attired Chuck Dyer greeted guests and gave tours of the former Fort Crawford Hotel in downtown Prairie du Chien Saturday. The land for the hotel was purchased in 1864 and the hotel was built sometime between 1864 and 1870.

A group enjoyed riding along Blackhawk Avenue in a horse-drawn carriage. The horse-drawn rides will again be sponsored by Peoples State Bank for Journey Through Time.

More than a dozen historical venues in Prairie du Chien—many not usually open to the public—will open their doors on May 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., for free or reduced-fee entry as part of Journey Through Time, a Wisconsin Historical Downtown Open House event. The first event of its kind was held last year, in association with other Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) communities, and, due to its popularity, is being repeated with new sites and activities.

“We’re really excited about this opportunity to showcase the rich history of our area and not only promote these attractions to local residents, but also attract visitors to our area and local businesses,” said Marlene Dyer, past-president of PdC Main Street and main liaison with WEDC on this event. “In working with various venues, we will be recreating historical events and activities along with showcasing the structures.”

Wed
26
Apr

Wauzeka’s Angels Fitness Center now open


Trinity and Lena, daughters of Adam and Rebecca Bartels, passed away Jan. 19, 2016, in a house fire in Wauzeka. Funds from their family benefit that followed have been put toward a school and community fitness center in their memory.

Adam and Rebecca Bartels (center) cut the ribbon April 13, officially opening the new fitness center in honor of their beautiful daughters. The room inside Wauzeka-Steuben School is open to students, faculty and staff during the school day and the community after hours. (Submitted photos)

Wauzeka's Angels Fitness Center at Wauzeka-Steuben School is open to anyone in the community for a minimal membership fee to cover expenses of running it after hours.

By Correne Martin

They were two sisters who loved to dance.

Trinity and Lena Bartels were unforgettably graceful, young ladies—one shy and the other friends with everyone—who touched a lot of lives, even if they never knew it.

Their polite personalities and beaming smiles were infectious. They had caring hearts and never judged others. They loved to travel and take cruises, experience different countries and cultures, and swim, run and twirl to music. They enjoyed eating ice cream, engaging in academics and extracurriclars, dressing up and attending school events.

“They complemented each other,” their mother, Rebecca Bartels said. “Trinity was always a very shy girl with a big heart. She just went to school and came home. She kept to herself and had a couple close friends. We always told her, ‘That’s all you need.’

Mon
24
Apr

A chapter of history in the books

The former KC’s Bar and Grill at 113 Main St., in Eastman, is coming down early this week. Members of the Leanne Colsch family said they expect to raze the property this week. Colsch, who owns Main Street Bar and Grill, across the street, purchased the property—previously owned by Kally and Corey Hammond—and intends to build a dance/reception hall in its place. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Mon
24
Apr

Traffic stop leads to drug and theft arrest

On April 19, Prairie du Chien police officers saw in the city of Prairie du Chien a 1999 Mercury Sable being operated by Alicia Jones, 35, Bagley, and her passenger Christopher Kivi, 41, Bagley. The officers lost sight of the vehicle and later located it in the parking lot of Piggly Wiggly located in the township of Bridgeport.

The officers saw the vehicle drive around to the side of the business and park. The occupants attempted to walk away from the vehicle as the officers approached. The officers made contact for an equipment violation and requested the assistance of the Crawford County K-9 Unit. K-9 Breck was utilized for an open free air sniff of the vehicle and subsequently alerted to the presence of one or more controlled substances he is trained to detect.

Mon
24
Apr

Seizure leads to meth bust

On April 20, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from a Julia Lloyd, 33, Stoddard. Lloyd reported that her passenger, Rashidat Momoh, 26, Little Canada, Minn., was having a seizure in her vehicle. Lloyd stated she had pulled into the parking lot at the Pronto Gas Station in De Soto. The De Soto First Responders, Tri-State Ambulance, and Vernon and Crawford County deputies responded to the scene.

Information obtained during an interview with Lloyd led deputies to request the Crawford County K-9 unit. Once on scene, K-9 Breck conducted an open free air sniff of the vehicle and alerted to the presence of one or more controlled substance within the vehicle.

Mon
24
Apr

Art show to raise funds for mission trip by selling locally-handmade pieces


An wide array of local artists’ handmade pieces will be for sale on silent auction at the upcoming art show fundraiser for the Eastman United Methodist Church Youth Group mission trip. The show is Sunday, April 30, from 3 to 5 p.m. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Nine members of the Eastman United Methodist Church Youth Group are taking a mission trip to southern Missouri this summer. To raise money for the annual, industrious and enlightening occasion, an art show fundraiser is planned for Sunday, April 30, from 3 to 5 p.m., at Gatherings on the Ridge in rural Eastman.

Artists’ donated work will be on display and for sale via silent auction for minimum bids of $30 apiece. Some of the local talents creating the pieces for sale include Sharon Dearborn, Gayle Patraw, Lisa Rogers, Lisa Miller, Cody Sime, Hans Glick, Nancy Dowling, Nate Bremmer, Tracy Morovits-Feye, Krystal Forde and others­—about 20 artists in total. The array of art will feature framed and canvas paintings, a quilt, small furniture, photography, greeting cards, batik pieces and kids’ art.

Mon
24
Apr

River on the Rise


Water laps at picnic tables in the park area of the Campion Street Boat Landing Friday morning. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

River on the rise

No changes to long-term water 

level plans, says Corps of Engineers

By Ted Pennekamp

The Mississippi River continues to rise. On Monday, April 24, at 11 a.m., the river stage at McGregor was 13.81 feet. According to the National Weather Service Office in La Crosse, it is expected to reach 14.8 feet on April 28. Flood stage is 16 feet.

Mon
24
Apr

Prairie du Chien Skate Park


Work has begun on the final phase of the Prairie du Chien Skate Park.

 

Final phase of skate park underway

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Construction of the final phase of the Prairie du Chien Skate Park is underway. The skate park is located at 1004 S. 15th St. near the Wacouta Aquatic Park and Fort Fun.

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