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Mon
21
Apr

Harris writes a book

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

As a regular contributor to our Outdoors Section over the past several years, many readers look forward to the entertaining stories and nice photographs of Len Harris. Soon, those readers will get a further chance to enjoy Harris’ work when his latest book “Brigadoon Creek” is published by Lovstad Publishing of Lodi, Wis. later this year. 

Mon
21
Apr

No indication of foul play in fire

No indication of foul play at Slumberland Foul play has been ruled out as a cause of the fire at Slumberland Furniture in Prairie du Chien Sunday evening, April 13, according to Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram. However, officials have yet to release information about the official cause. The Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Division of the  Criminal Investigation Office of the Wisconsin State Fire Marshal’s Office, Wisconsin State Patrol, and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office have been investigating the fire.

Merchants at Blackhawk Junction, where Slumberland was located, spent all of last week cleaning up their stores, with assistance from a fire catastrophe response service.

The cleanup continues this week. All businesses, with the exception of True Value, remain closed at this time.

The Courier Press will report openings in print and on its Facebook page as soon as information is received.

Mon
21
Apr

Easter in Eastman


Danielle Beers, daughter of Michael and Teresa Beers, Eastman, curiously checks out the Easter bunny at Eastman’s village park, where the community’s Easter Egg Hunt took place Saturday morning. About 50 children and their families attended the festivities. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Three generations of this family had a spirited time chasing after Easter eggs Saturday at the village park in Eastman. Pictured (from left) are Rebecca Jarek, Kelsey Jarek and Ann Martin. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Laura Sturmer

Brian Simmons with his sons (from left) Cooper, Carter and Jack. Cooper was NOT a fan of the Easter bunny.

Danielle Beers

Lila Martin

Lila Martin

Kelsey Jarek and Trace Martin

Mason Payne
Mon
21
Apr

Acknowledge Arbor Day at Friday’s Trail of Presidents dedication

By Correne Martin

Arbor Day 2014 will be celebrated with an extra special ceremony on Friday, April 24. The Trail of Presidents, a tree planting project that has connected to the community the 22 presidents who have lived in or visited Prairie du Chien, will be dedicated on St. Feriole Island at 10 a.m. The observance will take place on North 4th Street, adjacent to the Mississippi River Sculpture Park. The public is invited.

This special project of the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens has brought nature and history together by recognizing each of the 22 U.S. presidents with either a white or red oak tree. Each tree will be marked with a plaque that explains the president’s tie to Prairie du Chien. The oak tree represents America’s national tree. Local individuals, clubs and businesses have sponsored the trees.

Mon
21
Apr

CodeRED alerts make a difference in Crawford County

By Correne Martin

Before CodeRED arrived on the scene in January of 2013, mass emergency notification in Crawford County was done mainly via outdoor warning sirens or broadcasts on television and radio. Today, about 7,000 landline phones in the county receive a CodeRED automated call in situations such as evacuation notices, hazardous chemical spills, missing children, tornado warnings, etc. It all happens at the push of a button.

“There’s no way we could reach the number of people we need to reach faster than with CodeRED,” said Julie Cipra, the 911 director of the Crawford County Communications Center. “I would never go back to not having this system.”

Thu
17
Apr

Vietnam soldiers’ photos needed

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation project “Faces Never Forgotten” needs help obtaining missing photographs of Vietnam veterans from Wisconsin. At this time, the project needs photos of two local soldiers who died during the war. These photos will help complete an electronic Wall of Faces in the new education center at the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

Identifying information about the two soldiers is as follows:

Nicholas G. Walz, Steuben, born on May 27, 1945, and died on Dec. 23, 1967. He was a Navy man who held a rank of EON3 (undefined code).

Gordon L. Nagel, Wauzeka, born on April 8, 1948, and died on Oct. 5, 1969. He was a Navy man who held a rank of BM2, or Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class.

Wed
16
Apr

Princess for an Evening offers unique bonding time for girls and their favorite gentlemen

Princesses, grab your favorite gentleman (dad, grandfather, uncle, big brother or special man in your life) and spend an enchanted evening dancing the night away at Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter’s Princess for an Evening. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m., at Huckleberry’s Banquet Hall in Prairie du Chien.

Each princess will receive a free corsage, donated by Kembles Greenhouse, and a tiara. Photographer Brian Cipra will capture this priceless memory in a 5x7 photo, which is included with the price of admission.
A group ballroom dance lesson, taught by Lynn Rider, will begin at 7 p.m. Refreshments, including a “Princess Cake,” provided by Ma’s Bakery of Bloomington, will be served throughout the evening.

Wed
16
Apr

Public meeting set for Highway 18 project

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Southwest Region will hold a public information meeting to discuss the preliminary project improvements for the reconstruction of US Highway 18 from South Town Lane to Highway 60 in Crawford County. The meeting is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30 in the Community Room at the Bridgeport Fire Station, 63176 Vineyard Road, Prairie du Chien. The meeting will follow an open house format.

The proposed improvements include reconstructing US 18 between South Town Lane and WIS 60. Preliminary plans have the highway widened from the existing 2-3 lane roadway to a 4 lane divided roadway. The intersection of US 18 and WIS 60 would be upgraded and side road access points reduced by realigning and combining various side roads before connecting to US 18. Construction is currently scheduled for 2016. The project will be constructed in stages while remaining open to traffic.

Wed
16
Apr

Bridge work on Highway 35 in northbound lanes

Bridge work on State Highway 35 from Prairie du Chien to Lynxville began on April 7. The bridges will include Picatee Creek Bridge, Du Charme Bridge, Leitner Hollow Bridge and Morgan Hollow Bridge.

The schedule is as follows: Begin construction work April 7, with work beginning on Picatee Creek Bridge and Leitner Hollow Bridge on the northbound lane and then following with the southbound lanes on both bridges ending around May 9. Then beginning May 9, work will begin on Du Charme Bridge and Morgan Hollow Bridge in the northbound lanes and then following with southbound lanes on both bridges ending in early August of 2014.

Travelers will be guided through the construction areas by temporary traffic lighting signals. Picatee Road will remain open.  Road speed will be reduced in the construction areas.

Wed
16
Apr

Crawford County Fair Books available

The 2014 Crawford County Fair Books are now available. The 2014 Fair Book includes all the information you need to enter projects and to enter the Buckets of Blooms and the Fifth Annual Crawford County on the Move.

Anyone can enter projects in the Crawford County Fair, scheduled this year Aug. 6-10. Youth in kindergarten through age 19 who are involved in any Crawford County youth organization, whether it is 4-H, FFA, Scouts, summer recreation, church group, etc., are invited to enter in the Junior Division. The Open Division is just that—open to anyone who would like to enter. The opportunities to enter items are nearly unlimited. There are over 15 categories of projects, from beef cattle to cultural arts and from computers to photography and antiques to communications.

Fair entries will be accepted online until Friday, June 27, on or before 9 p.m. and paper entries will be accepted until Friday, May 9.

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