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Wed
14
May

Pickup truck stolen from rural PdC residence

On Sunday, May 4, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a stolen green 2001 Ford F250 truck displaying Wisconsin license plates JP4901.

The truck was stolen from a residence located on Cypress Lane in the township of Prairie du Chien.

The Crawford County Crime Stoppers urges anyone having information about this or any other crimes to call 326-8933 or 1-866-779-PAYS.

Anyone calling either of these numbers with a Crime Stoppers tip will remain anonymous and a reward of up to $1,000 will be paid for a tip which solves a crime with an arrest, charges being filed or recovery of stolen property.

Wed
14
May

Marketing grant assists Canoetananny paddle and music jam event


The Wisconsin Department of Tourism presented a Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant to the Fox Wisconsin Heritage Parkway on May 7 at the Villa Louis historic site in Prairie du Chien. The $1,500 grant is being utilized in the organization and marketing for the Canoetananny Paddle and Music Jam, which takes place this weekend, May 17-18. This two-day paddle totals more than 17 miles, from Bridgeport to Wauzeka. Pictured during the check presentation are (seated, from left) Scott Teuber, of Wisconsin River Outings; David Connolly, Crawford County Economic Development director; Susan Caya-Slusser, Villa Louis site director; (standing) Mary Antoine, Prairie du Chien Historical Society/Fort Crawford Museum president; Pete Flesch, Crawford County Board; Patrick Reinsma, Travel Wisconsin regional tourism specialist; Chad Breuer, Wyalusing State Park superintendent; Sherry Quamme, Wisconsin River Parkway Commission/Crawford County Tourism Council; and Mark Sethne, UW-Platteville outdoor recreation specialist. (Photo by Correne Martin)

 More travelers are invited for a weekend paddle adventure along the Lower Wisconsin River for Canoetananny with the help of a $1,500 Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant. Canoetananny, The Lower Wisconsin Heritage Paddle and Music Jam, will be held May 17-18 and offers a two-day paddle along the Lower Wisconsin River, overnight camping at Wyalusing State Park and activities along the way. Event organizers estimate the festival will generate an economic impact of $16,240 from traveler spending at area hotels, restaurants and stores.

“We’re excited to support this event, which will allow people to experience the natural beauty of the Wisconsin and Mississippi River confluence with other paddling enthusiasts,” Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett said. “Investing in the promotion of this event positively brands the Lower Wisconsin River, attracts new visitors, and generates positive economic impact for the state and communities.”

Mon
12
May

Jim Teynor honored posthumously by Department of Corrections

The late Jim Teynor, who was a correctional officer at the Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution until his untimely death while on duty on April 11, 2014, posthumously received a SALUTE Award on May 8 from the Department of Corrections. He was remembered, at a ceremony honoring this year’s recipients of SALUTE and Lifesaving/Valor Awards at the State Capitol, for his positive attitude and ongoing smile while at work.

The ceremony was held during Correctional Employees Week (May 5–9). The week was dedicated as a time to recognize and celebrate correctional professionals for their devotion, bravery, and ongoing commitment in creating the best possible outcomes for victims of crime, offenders and the public.

Mon
12
May

Marquette Road Construction Update--May 12

Some of the first pieces of equipment showed up for the Marquette Road project Thursday, May 8. Breaking of the concrete pavement was completed Friday and Saturday. Removal of the concrete pavement from just north of Crawford Street up to Iowa Street will take place the first part of this week. Sanitary sewer and water main work will begin on the south end of the project.

Mon
12
May

Former Governor Lucey has died

Former Wisconsin Gov. Patrick Lucey died Saturday at the age of 96.

Lucey, who was born in La Crosse, grew up in Ferryville and graduated from Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, died Saturday night at the Milwaukee Catholic Home after a brief illness.
Lucey was a hard-nosed Democratic politician who was elected twice as the 38th Governor of Wisconsin, from 1971 to 1977, and later as the United States Ambassador to Mexico from 1977 to 1979. He also ran for vice president of the United States as an independent in 1980.

His best known accomplishments in office included the formation of the University of Wisconsin System, an overhaul of the state shared tax formula, the strengthening of ethics laws, mental health treatment reforms, and progressive land conservation initiatives.

Mon
12
May

Event displays importance of Scouting

After the presentation of colors, Tyler Steiber (left), Aiden Thomas (center) and Wesley Mink saluted the American flag Thursday for the second annual Taste of Scouting Luncheon, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. The program brought together friends of the local Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops to understand more about what Scouting represents for over 70 youths in the Prairie du Chien area. Scouting programs help shape the hearts and minds of young men, develop character, teach interpersonal and life skills, instill values, prepare them to make choices, provide a positive environment, allow quality family time and much more. “Today’s Scouts will be tomorrow’s leaders,” Emcee Timothy Brom stated. About 25 young men have achieved the Eagle Scout rank over the years in Prairie du Chien, and there are two more working toward the accomplishment this year. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Mon
12
May

Unique firearms business

Stark Armament Company
Stark Armament Company owner Kent Stark holds one of the semi automatic rifles that he manufactured.

 

Local man operates unique firearms business

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Stark Armament of Prairie du Chien, a part of Kstarky Enterprises, is a somewhat unusual business for a small community. Stark Armament Company sells firearms, parts and accessories mostly to law enforcement, ex-law enforcement and ex-military personnel. 

Wed
07
May

Fort Crawford Hotel

 

It’s been a long and winding road 

for proposed renovation of former Fort Crawford Hotel

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
07
May

Wauzeka-Steuben announces 2014 valedictorian and salutatorian


Valedictorian Kylie Reising and Salutatorian Lucas Klema

Graduation for the Wauzeka-Steuben High School Class of 2014 will be held on Saturday, May 24, at 1 p.m. in the Hornets’ Nest. Awards Day will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 23, same location.

Kylie Rose Reising has been named the valedictorian and Lucas LaVern Klema has been named salutatorian for the Wauzeka-Steuben High School 2014 graduating class.

Kylie is the daughter of Marc and Karen Reising. Kylie has been an active, goal-oriented student throughout her high school career earning Academic Honors all four years of high school and a place on the Ridge-and-Valley Academic All-Conference First Team.

Wed
07
May

Win cash and prizes at Prairie du Chien merchants throughout construction

Detour routes were established Monday and Tuesday, and road work on Marquette Road was expected to commence today (Wednesday).

In a proactive effort to maintain and attract business during Prairie du Chien’s 2014 Marquette Road construction project, the Courier Press is running a weekly “Construction Cash” promotion along with participating merchants (see full page ad each week).

Throughout the construction period, while customers are shopping and getting service in the construction zone, they can register at the various merchants to win cash and prizes. Each week, one winner will receive $50 in Construction Cash and a special gift from one of the local businesses. Construction Cash may be redeemed at any of the participating merchants.

Pictures of the lucky winners will be taken, published in the newspaper, and posted on the Courier Press’ website and Facebook page.

Businesses partaking in the promotion include:

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