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04
Aug

McGregor Lake Project

Public input
Prairie du Chien resident Bill Howe discusses the McGregor Lake Project with Wisconsin DNR Fisheries Biologist Patrick Short at an informational meeting in City Hall Thursday night.

 

Public gives input regarding proposed McGregor Lake project

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Personnel from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wisconsin and Iowa DNRs were on hand to get public input and to discuss possible solutions to improve the habitat of McGregor Lake and the surrounding area at an informational meeting Thursday night at the Prairie du Chien City Hall. 

Thu
31
Jul

Local missioners clean up Colorado neighborhood


Holy Family Parish mission trip participants in mid-June included (from left) Wesley Schwager, Jack Stoeffler, Mary Stoeffler, Claire Stoeffler, Mariah Schwager, Emma Brown, Father James Weighner, Brandon Lenzendorf, Cole Brown and Suzy Gawenda. MIssing is Jaci Bedtka.

Wesley Schwager (left) and Jack Stoeffler clean up a river bed in the Colorado community they visited for a recent mission trip.

Mariah Schwager (left) and Jack Stoeffler

By Correne Martin
 
A group from the Holy Family Parish in Prairie du Chien recently completed an eight-day, mystery mission trip to Colorado, during which they worked to restore a neighborhood that had been destroyed by heavy rains in September of 2013.

Nine young adults—six from Prairie du Chien, two from Eastman and one from Seneca—joined 68 additional high schoolers and 12 adult chaperones (including Father James Weighner and a sister) from the Catholic diocese of La Crosse. The teens—mostly from the parish’s Jaywalkers youth group—included Claire and Jack Stoeffler, Mariah and Wesley Schwager, Emma and Cole Brown, Brandon Lenzendorf, Jaci Bedtka and Suzy Gawenda. They left from La Crosse on Friday, June 13.

“The kids didn’t know where we were going. It was a mystery,” said Mary Stoeffler, a Holy Family Parish adult leader who accompanied the youths. “All they had was a supply list. They had to guess our destination along the way.”

Thu
31
Jul

Relay For Life a tribute to those who’ve battled

By Correne Martin

“I volunteered for American Cancer Society for 26 years without cancer and, the truth is, I got so much more out of raising money for the organization than I put into it.”

Those are the words of Prairie du Chien resident Mary Ann Heisz, this year’s honorary co-chair of the Great River Relay For Life, which will take place at the Prairie du Chien High School track, Saturday, Aug. 2, beginning with the survivor lap at 10 a.m. Heisz will make the lap in a wheelchair, pushed by her family.

As the former coordinator of the local Relay For Life for many years, Heisz stepped down from her post about six years ago, figuring it was time for new blood to run the annual tribute to cancer research. Then, almost three years ago, she was diagnosed with cancer herself. Doctors found three B-cell lymphomas—two in her stomach and one in her upper thigh—and, just three months later, stage one breast cancer.

Wed
30
Jul

Road construction

Road projects move forward
Earth moving was being done for a mile-long stretch of County B recently. (Photo courtesy of Highway Department)

 

Various Crawford County road projects delayed but moving forward

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Heavy rains and flooding issues have delayed the various road construction projects in Crawford County this spring and early summer, but now construction crews are trying to make up for lost time. 

Mon
28
Jul

156th Crawford County Fair offers plenty of fun, educational and competitive events for everyone

Fun at the Fair
There’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy at the Crawford County Fair. (Courier Press file photo)

   The Crawford County Fair, held at the Fairgrounds in Gays Mills, is always a fun-filled, family event with plenty of activities for the enjoyment of everyone. This year marks the 156th Crawford County Fair, which will be held from Aug. 6 through Aug. 10. Fair goers and participants can look forward to numerous fun, exciting, educational and competitive events and exhibits. 

 

Fri
25
Jul

Marquette Road, from Haydn to Washington, is the next stage of construction

By Correne Martin

Substantial changes are about to occur with the Marquette Road construction project in Prairie du Chien. The section of pavement north from Haydn Street to Washington Street will be broken up and removed, starting the week of July 28. Work on sanitary sewer, water main and storm sewer will follow. This is all part of stage four of the project, which is now being moved ahead of stage three (the Blackhawk Avenue roundabout).

The switch in stages is taking place due to a number of factors. First, the project is currently about three and a half weeks behind schedule due to heavy rain. Second, rain water washed sand into storm sewer pipes. Third, there has been a delay in the contractor gaining access to nearby railroad property.

Fri
25
Jul

Construction Cash winner

Jo Dee Bedtka, of Prairie du Chien, was the Courier Press’ Construction Cash winner for week eight of the promotion. She registered at O’Reilly Auto. Daniel Jones presented Bedtka with $50 in Construction Cash to be spent at any of the 27 participating businesses. Be sure to register at one of the local Construction Cash participating businesses, and you could be our next winner.

Wed
23
Jul

Prairie du Chien author

Local author
Prairie du Chien author Anne M. Jenks has written two children’s books and is working on a third.

 

Prairie du Chien author writes 

children’s books with a message

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A Prairie du Chien woman has recently published two children’s books and is working on a third. The colorfully illustrated “Bitsy Bear” and “The Icky, Sticky, Tea Party are fun but also have educational components, said author Anne M. Jenks. 

Wed
23
Jul

Blues fest performer riffs like Janis, counts Bob Dylan as a fan


How many artists can say that Bob Dylan is a fan? Well Carolyn Wonderland can. This Texas gal is a musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis Joplin, the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray along with a huge dose of soulful individuality. She pens many of her own tunes and her music has been used in television series such as Time Of Your Life and Homicide. Besides being a master guitar player, Carolyn also plays piano, accordian, trumpet, mandolin and lap steel. (Photo copyright: R.R. Rodriguez)

Carolyn Wonderland has never forgotten where she came from. On her new album, “Peace Meal,” she brings the hard-won lessons of her own blessed life together with stories from some of the world’s best-known and most beloved songwriters (Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Robert Hunter, Elmore James, and Robert Johnson) to create a menu of sustaining, satisfying songs that offers musical food for thought to her growing legions of fans.

The musical force herself will be in Prairie du Chien this weekend for the 17th annual Prairie Dog Blues Fest. She will take the main stage at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26. For details, visit prairiedogblues.com.
Internationally heralded as one of the best vocalists in her adopted hometown of Austin, Texas, Wonderland has also been highly touted as a guitar goddess and is quickly making a name for herself in her competitive neighborhood and far beyond.

Wed
23
Jul

Reflecting on life before (and after) days of electricity


There are currently seven women over the age of 90 living at the Rivercrest Villages apartments in Prairie du Chien. These sweet ladies include (front row, from left) Alice Shulka, 90; Grace Graap, soon to be 98; (back row) Dorothy Konichek, soon to be 91; Mae Motsinger, 92; and Mattie Hutson, soon to be 92. Not pictured are Evelyn Hillman, 91; and Gladys Ertel, soon to be 91. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin
 
When asked to recall their lives before electricity, telephones and running water became conventional, a group of ladies at Rivercrest Villages in Prairie du Chien gushed with amusement and plenty of memories.
Yes, there are days they can vividly remember hand washing loads of clothing, making candles or hauling water by the pail to fill the wood stove reservoir. Now, they just walk around their apartments, flip on the lights, throw the clothes into an electric washing machine, turn on the faucet for a drink of water and then pop their food into the microwave. It’s that easy.

There are currently seven women over the age of 90 living at Rivercrest Villages apartments. Five of them recently took some time away from playing cards and crocheting to chit chat about the many years they’ve lived, how the world around them has changed and the nice home they have together at the apartment building.

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