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11
Aug

Circus comes to town

Circus thrills audiences
The lovely and talented Halley Epperson performs up high Saturday afternoon at the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus on St. Feriole Island. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Culpepper and Merriweather Circus thrills audiences

The Big Top was full for two 90-minute performances of the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus on St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien Saturday afternoon. 

Young and old alike enjoyed several fabulous acts including Trey Key and his Jungle Cats, Miss Simone and her breath-taking single trapeze, Miss Paulina’s Prancing Ponies, Leo the Clown, The Arlise Troupe, the extreme flexibility of Miss Gorgia, and many others. 

Mon
11
Aug

Delinquent taxes

 

Crawford County 

striving to keep abreast of delinquent 

property taxes

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
11
Aug

Wisconsin primary election is Tuesday

A statewide partisan primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 12, to narrow the field of candidates heading into the Nov. 2 general election. Of particular interest locally, Prairie du Chien’s own Tony Kurtz is running as a Republican in the Third District Congressional race.

Kurtz’s opponents include Ken Van Doren, of Mauston, and Karen Mueller, of Eau Claire.

All three are vying for a chance to challenge incumbent Congressman Ron Kind, of La Crosse, in the Nov. 2 general election.

In Tuesday’s primary, electors may only select one party of their choosing. Voting for candidates of more than one party may invalidate the ballot. Yet, votes must be cast for individual candidates on the party’s ballot.

Mon
11
Aug

Prairie du Chien to hold roundabout informational meeting

The city of Prairie du Chien will hold a public information meeting next month to review safe driving and pedestrian procedures and answer questions related to the three roundabouts being installed on Marquette Road. The meeting, which is being co-sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the Community Room of City Hall.

To begin the meeting, a presentation will be given by Police Chief Chad Abram and Police Sergeant Kyle Teynor on roundabout safety. The presentation will be followed by an open forum for questions on roundabout safety for both drivers and pedestrians. “There are a number of driving do’s and don’ts that drivers will have to be aware of when the roundabouts open up for business,” Abram said. “There are also a number of pedestrian-related issues we want to cover.”

Wed
06
Aug

Husband and wife physicians join local Gundersen Clinic


Drs. Chris and Sara Mees

Gundersen Prairie du Chien Clinic is proud to announce that Chris Mees, MD; and his wife, Sara Mees, MD; have joined their medical staff.

The Mees will both provide a full spectrum of primary care services at Gundersen including health and wellness care for all ages, women’s health, management of chronic conditions and obstetric care and deliveries. “We are very excited to have the Meeses join our clinic and our community,” exclaims Sue Fassbinder, clinic manager at the Gundersen Prairie du Chien Clinic. “Their addition means that expectant mothers can once again receive all their prenatal care and deliver their baby in Prairie du Chien with a Gundersen physician. It can be stressful to have to travel for health care, especially when it comes to giving birth. We hope that the Mees’ services will help relieve that stress.”

Wed
06
Aug

LED lighting intended for downtown Prairie du Chien

By Correne Martin

The lighting in Prairie du Chien’s downtown may soon have a different hue to it, as LED lamps are planned for installation in the decorative light posts by this fall. Though there is an initial cost involved with this city project, the funds are expected to be recouped in less than three years, thanks to energy efficiency savings, and eventually save the city about $78,000.

Terry Meyer, Prairie du Chien co-manager of public works, said LEDs will replace the conventional 150-watt metal halide fixtures on 85 street lights on Blackhawk Avenue, from Marquette Road to Main Street, and on Main Street, from Blackhawk to Iowa Street. LEDs have a more natural glow to them, as compared to the yellow glow of the current lights.

The city has been working with E3 Energy Coalition of Viroqua on energy-saving projects like this one. (In 2013, the wastewater facility lighting was upgraded with grant funding.)

Wed
06
Aug

I Make America Tour

Addressing Dillman employees
Dillman Equipment Vice President and General Manager Tony Schwab speaks to more than 100 Dillman employees Tuesday morning.

 

‘I Make America Harley Tour’ 

promotes improved highways

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The nationwide “I Make America Harley Tour” to press the United States Legislature to pass a sensible and long-term highway funding bill stopped at Dillman Equipment in Prairie du Chien Tuesday. 

Mon
04
Aug

Finishing the Fight: Relay For Life


Led by Honorary Co-Chair Mary Ann Heisz, local cancer survivors walked the beginning walk around the Prairie du Chien High School track on Saturday morning, at the start of the Great River Relay For Life.

The Courier Press Team: Correne (and son Trace) Martin, Audrey Posten, Kim Corpian and Caitlin Bittner

Dr. Steven Bush, of Crossing Rivers Health, awaits a pie in the face from young Daniel Thomas, whose uncle Gabriel Oosthuysen gladly assisted.

At the end of the Relay For Life Saturday, with a glow of light all around them, this trio of cousins celebrated a job well done with a group photo. From left: Caitlin Bittner, Dillon Mezera and Lindsey Mezera. The final lap of the relay was in honor of Caitlin’s dad, Dale, who recently lost his battle with cancer.

Children of Relay For Life participants engaged in the Carnival For Hope theme by riding this homemade train around the grounds.

Mike McCoy, of Prairie du Chien, served as the emcee for this year’s Great River Relay For Life.

Mary Ann Heisz, the honorary co-chair, spoke.

The Crossing Rivers Health team booth

Mandi Pettit plants a pie on Dr. Steven Bush's face.
Mon
04
Aug

Crossing Rivers hosts open house, ribbon cutting


Crossing Rivers Health Clinic held a ribbon cutting on Thursday evening, July 31, at its new location, 37822 U.S. Highway 18, Prairie du Chien. The ribbon cutting took place during a well-attended open house for the public, which involved tours of the new facility, food and drinks, kids games, door prizes and more. Those taking part in the ceremony included mainly Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, clinic staff and hospital administration: Paul Ginkel, Dave Breitbach, Bill Sexton, Julia Nelson, John Kurt, Pat Balk, Sue McMillan, Bob Sutton, LouAnne Davis, John Holley, Dr. Owen Vincent, Peggy Barton, Bob Standorf, Ellen Zwirlein, Mattie Rademacher, Jesse Aspenson, Dr. Steven Bush, Linda Thompson, Roy George, Lisa Esser, Dave Hemmer, Derek Kruempel, Tom Nelson, Mandi Pettit, Katie Garrity, Sasha Dull, Dr. Ann Grunwald, Rep. Lee Nerison, Charlie Connell, Shaina Adam, Russ Jones, Lisa Keeney, Lynn Palas and Bob Moses. (Photos by Correne Martin)

At the ribbon cutting at the new Crossing Rivers Health Clinic in Prairie du Chien, a 70th birthday for Crossing Rivers Board President Paul Ginkel was also celebrated with cake and Tom Nelson's special rendition of Happy Birthday.

"It took a lot of visionary people to help make this happen." --Bob Moses, PdC Area Chamber of Commerce Director

"Over a year ago, were stood here to break ground. Now we look for your support and your presence as we share this clinic with the community and look ahead to the future and operating on the same site as our new health care center." --Bill Sexton, Crossing Rivers Health CEO, Prairie du Chien
Mon
04
Aug

Comments sought for future of people with disabilities

By Correne Martin

The Wisconsin Department of Human Services released, on Wednesday, its latest Family Care plan, which calls for places like the Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien to transition all the individuals with disabilities it employs into community-based employment within five years. Families, guardians and the community have 30 days to comment on the proposed regulations.

Community members will have a chance to speak out this Wednesday, Aug. 6, in support of allowing employment choices for citizens with special needs, as A Team Wisconsin hosts a Voice Your Choice rally in Prairie du Chien. From 4 to 6 p.m., people of all ages and from all communities are invited to the Crawford County Administration Building, 225 N. Beaumont Rd., Prairie du Chien. There, a bank of laptops will be set up and volunteers will help residents provide feedback to the DHS online.

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