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Wed
08
Oct

Adams Auction Service


Ryan and Megan Adams, along with Katie Lorenz and Seth Adams stand in front of their new building at 32866 Highway 27.

 

Adams Auction Service expanding on new site

By Ted Pennekamp 

 

Adam’s Auction Service of Prairie du Chien will soon have a new home and a new name. A brand new building has been erected on an 11-acre site at 32866 Highway 27 and the business will soon change its name to Adams Auction and Real Estate to reflect expanding services as well. 

Wed
08
Oct

New PdC Main Street to ask city for former PDRI funds

By Correne Martin

A new downtown business organization, PdC Main Street, is attempting to re-establish the efforts of economic recovery, historic preservation and promotion that were the focus of the former PDRI (Prairie du Chien Downtown Revitalization Inc.), which dissolved at the end of 2013. A steering committee has been meeting since this spring and, on Tuesday night, presented its business and growth plan to the Prairie du Chien Common Council. The council discussed the plans as well as the city’s possible financial contributions for the future.

At the Oct. 21 council meeting, its members will decide whether or not to relinquish the $4,521 in former PDRI assets to PdC Main Street as they work to reorganize a support system for main street businesses.

If the organization is to succeed, the city will likely have to contribute at least $15,000 annually, starting in 2015, according to PdC Main Street’s proposed budget.

Mon
06
Oct

Homecoming Parade


Senior Representatives Garrett O’Connell and Tara Herreid enjoy their ride during the 2014 Prairie du Chien Homecoming Parade Wednesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Prairie du Chien Bluff View Band marches in the Homecoming Parade.

This unique presentation drew quite a bit of appreciation from those along the parade route.

The Class of 2016 created a patriotic float.
Mon
06
Oct

County C safety project


A sign was unveiled Friday morning at the intersection of White Road and County C in honor of the Ho-Chunk Nation whose $440,000 donation made the County C improvement project possible. Gathered near the sign, from left to right, are Steve Steiner of Steiner Construction of Prairie du Chien, Ted Greenheck of Driftless Area Surveying of Spring Green, Dan Pustina of Pustina Construction of Cobb, Ho-Chunk Nation Civil Engineer Ron Poppie, Jamie Brandt of TEAM Engineering of Spring Green, Crawford County Board Chairman Pete Flesch, State Senator Jennifer Shilling, State Representative Lee Nerison, Ho-Chunk Nation Transportation Planner Jon Schrader and Crawford County Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock.

 

New sign unveiled honoring Ho-Chunk Nation 

for donating funds for County C safety project

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
06
Oct

Orchardfest at Shihata's Orchard


Apple slingshot

Hauling the pumpkins they picked

Busy Apple House

caramel apples

Apple slingshot

Jams, jellies, dips, gifts and more in the Apple House

Pumpkin painting

Wagon riders

Wagon ride

The entry to pumpkin haven

Waiting in line for a wagon ride

View from the wagon ride above the orchard buildings

The turn to colder temperatures as of late didn’t seem to make a difference for families attending Orchard Fest at Shihata’s Orchard in rural Prairie du Chien over the weekend. Family members, young and old, enjoyed picking their own apples and pumpkins (left), shooting apples via a slingshot (below), touring the orchard on hayrides, seeing the animals in the country fun park, sampling snacks and wine, and devouring the tasty caramel apples, among other activities. For more photos, visit the Courier Press Facebook page or pdccourier.com.

Mon
06
Oct

Under its new name, PdC Main Street refocuses toward a thriving downtown

Fresh starts are important, and even more when the focus is local economic growth. A new effort with a new name has formed to resume focus on the historic preservation and economic revitalization of Prairie du Chien’s downtown area. “PdC Main Street” is the new name, previously known as PDRI.

The mission is to “Re-establish downtown Prairie du Chien as the social and economic heart of the community.” This program will champion the historic preservation of downtown to create a unique and aesthetically rich environment that is a lively and friendly destination for both consumers and businesses.

Mon
06
Oct

Enjoy a rustically-elegant dinner in support of farmers markets


Rustic elegance is the ambience you will experience at Saturday’s Harvest Dinner, a fundraiser for Driftless Wisconsin Grown and Crawford County’s farmers’ markets.

By Correne Martin

As the farmers’ market season draws to a close, Driftless Wisconsin Grown will toast to the locally-grown food of the region with its third annual Harvest Dinner, Saturday, Oct. 11, at the rustically elegant Gatherings on the Ridge just north of Eastman. The peaking fall colors will serve as the perfect backdrop to the nearly 100-year-old renovated barn, where celebrants can enjoy a spectacular view of the Mississippi River valley during the evening event.

Mon
06
Oct

Pony rides, hay rides and more at Childrens Ranch Saturday


It doesn’t get much cuter than a little girl or boy taking their first pony ride. The opportunity for families to experience such a moment, as well as other fun fall activities, will be available at Childrens Ranch’s Fall Festival, in rural Prairie du Chien, Saturday, Oct. 11. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The ultimate family event where children can engage with horses is set for this weekend at the Childrens Ranch in rural Prairie du Chien. The eighth annual Fall Festival (formerly the Halloween Party) will take place on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and include pony rides, hay rides, crafts and treats.

“It is a family event but mostly geared toward kids who are too young for lessons,” Childrens Ranch President Gracie White said, noting that children 7 and younger are the perfect age to enjoy the activities planned. “It is great for little kids to get their first pony ride. We will also have horses just for petting if they aren’t comfortable riding a horse just yet.”

Wed
01
Oct

Voter ID

 

Municipal clerks, websites have 

information about new voter ID law

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
01
Oct

SMRT Bus receives $25,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation

The Otto Bremer Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to the La Crosse County Aging Unit to support the SMRT Bus Regional Transit Service in providing accessible, efficient, and affordable public transportation for elderly/disabled residents, workers and the general public. The SMRT Bus is great to use to get to work, medical appointments, classes, shopping, or just sightseeing. The SMRT Bus has daily scheduled stops at hospitals and clinics, shopping centers, large employers, and technical colleges and universities.

“This is another example of the partnerships that make this regional transit system successful and encourage its continued growth,” said Peter Fletcher of the Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission. Fletcher and Noreen Holmes, director of the La Crosse County Aging Unit, collaborated on writing and securing this grant.

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