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09
Jun

Several murals recovered from Wyalusing Academy

Murals removed from Wyalusing
This painting is “Burial of De Soto 1542.”

By Ted Pennekamp

 

With the closing of Wyalusing Academy, ownership of a series of murals in the academy has been transferred to the Prairie du Chien Historical Society along with three murals which were removed from the academy several years ago. 

Wed
04
Jun

Main Entrance being torn down

Demise of Main Entrance
Francis Carlson hauls part of a wall from the back of the Main Entrance building Tuesday afternoon.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A longtime building in downtown Prairie du Chien will be no more. The building at 215 W. Blackhawk Ave., which most recently housed the Main Entrance, is being torn down and will become a beer garden for City Sounds. 

Wed
04
Jun

Construction Cash winner - week 2

Kristy Nelson, of Prairie du Chien, was the Courier Press’ Construction Cash winner for week two of the promotion. She registered at Kwik Trip. Store leaders Tiffany Stevens and Sally Berns, of Kwik Trip, presented Nelson with $50 in Construction Cash to be spent at any of the 27 participating businesses. Nelson also received Kwik Trip pizza and gift certificate. Be sure to register at one of the local Construction Cash participating businesses, and you could be our next winner.

Wed
04
Jun

K-9 dog and officer on duty this fall in Crawford County

By Correne Martin

Growing up in other communities and working as a police officer in the area, Deputy Joe Breeser has seen the effects of drugs on our communities. Soon, he will get the opportunity to make more of a difference, as Crawford County’s first K-9 officer.

Deputy Breeser was recently selected for the new position by Sheriff Dale McCullick. He will attend six weeks of handler training with a one-year-old Belgian Malinois at Southern Police Canine in Nashville, N.C., July 21, before the pair take active duty locally in mid-September.

“He will still be a traffic officer, but will basically be hauling around a partner now,” McCullick said of Breeser, who has worked part-time for Crawford County since 2009 and full-time since 2011. “We felt the county had a need for a K-9. Most other counties our size have one. Vernon and Grant Counties both have two, and Richland and Clayton Counties each have one.”

Wed
04
Jun

Addition desired at PdC regional tourism center, chamber offices

By Correne Martin

A desired expansion to the Prairie du Chien Regional Tourism Center and Chamber of Commerce offices was presented to the Prairie du Chien Common Council Tuesday night. The city of Prairie du Chien has learned that it has a budget surplus of $178,316 from 2013, and the expansion is one of the options for spending that money. No formal approval of the expansion was given Tuesday night, however, as bid specifications and a lease agreement will come before the council at a future meeting.

The intention for the expansion would be to add a conference and community room in which the chamber, tourism council and community could hold meetings and small gatherings. The room would be constructed to the west of the current structure, on land owned by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, so the DOT’s permission would be needed also. (The city owns the building and the DOT the land, according to an original agreement between the two.)

Wed
04
Jun

Organic, healthy food store open on Blackhawk Avenue


Prairie du Chien’s Ericka Stubbs opened her new local, organic, healthy food store at 126 W. Blackhawk Ave., in downtown PdC on May 8. She is shown in her customers’ favorite bulk foods room. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

If you’re at all like the rest of the public interested in the local, organic and healthy food movement—good food minus the GMOs, pesticides and other harmful practices—you’ve been anxiously awaiting the opening of Driftless Edibles in downtown Prairie du Chien.

Ericka Stubbs officially opened her doors for business at 126 W. Blackhawk Ave., on May 8, offering basically a whole grocery store on a small scale.

Within just two rooms, shoppers can find everything from fresh and plentiful produce; grass-fed beef; bulk herbs, spices, pastas and candy; sunflower and olive oil; honey; dairy free and gluten free products including cheeses, yogurt and ice cream; frozen foods; baking goods; homemade bread and buns; health and beauty products like fluoride-free toothpaste; cleaning products; essential oils; kids food, diapers, books and toys; and miscellaneous items such as citronella candles, bug spray and lump charcoal.

Tue
03
Jun

Construction Cash promotion - First winner

Kat McFarland, of Prairie du Chien, was the Courier Press’ first Construction Cash winner. She registered at Sut Hill after having her car serviced at Sut Hill’s service department. Mike Rymarz, service manager, presented McFarland with $50 in Construction Cash to be spent at any of the 27 participating businesses. She also received a door prize. Be sure to register at one of the local Construction Cash participating businesses. You could be our next winner.

Mon
02
Jun

Graduates cross important stage in life


Wauzeka-Steuben's Abbey Byrne

Wauzeka-Steuben's Elizabeth McCullick

Wauzeka-Steuben valedictorian Kylie Reising is filled with emotion as she exits graduation in Wauzeka May 24.

Prairie du Chien Class of 2014

PdC HS graduate Karli White receives her honors cord from her parents, Brad and Lisa.

Prairie du Chien Class of 2014 graduates McKenzie Banasik (right) and Claire Stoeffler encourage National Honor Society members and fellow graduates to use scholarship, character, leadership, and academics all throughout life. The class’ graduation was held Sunday, May 25.

PDC HS graduate Susan Slawinski is hugged by Junior Mercedes Tieman.

This picture was taken just before graduation for the Seneca High School Class of 2014, on Friday evening, May 30. Pictured (front row, from left) are Brianna Brockway, Cacey Ostrander, Elizabeth Garfoot, Ashley Hugill, Shania Sprosty, Alexis Rooney, Shawna Sprosty, Abby Olson, Casie Gawenda, Brooke Anderson, Susie Gawenda; (back row) Jordan Johnson, Chris Reynolds, Nathan Stephens, A.J. Johnson, Jake Jones, Lucas Trautsch and Justin Fisher. (Submitted photos)
Mon
02
Jun

Louisiana fun and flare the focus of Cajun Fest in Prairie du Chien

Experience some authentic Louisiana food, beer and music at the eighth annual Cajun Fest, this Friday, June 6, from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, June 7, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and plan for an enjoyable weekend on St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien. Admission to the festival is free.

Whether you’re hungry for some flavorful southern cooking, anxious to get groovin’ to the tunes of the bayou, or looking for a fun night out with friends, Cajun Fest is for you.

This year’s theme is “Voo-doo unto others before they voo-doo unto you!”

Take advantage of the opportunity to be a part of a traditional New Orleans-style “second-line” parade and grab your share of beads to take home. The parade is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Friday night. The revelation of the Cajun Fest King and Queen will also take place on the island prior to the parade.

Two of the most sensational aspects of Cajun Fest include the food and the music.

Mon
02
Jun

Crawford County Dairy Breakfast proudly hosted by Moret family


The Morets—Jim, Jean Josh and Jenny (not pictured)—will proudly host the Crawford County Dairy Breakfast on Saturday, June 7, from 6 to 10 a.m., at their farm just three miles south of Prairie du Chien. The farm, distinguished from the countryside by its blue and white buildings, is located at 61102 Old State Hwy. 18, Bridgeport. Buses will run from Piggly Wiggly to the farm every 15 minutes, beginning at 5:45 a.m., to 9:30 a.m. This is the fourth time the family is hosting this highly-anticipated yearly event. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Whether you’re a city family with kids who enjoy animals or a rural farm family interested in a fellow operation, a delicious dairy breakfast will serve as the common denominator on Saturday, June 7, at the Crawford County Dairy Breakfast. This year’s event is hosted by Jim, Jean, Jenny and Josh Moret, aka Promise Land Farms, at 61102 Old State Hwy. 18, Bridgeport. Breakfast will be dished up from 6 to 10 a.m., and all ages are welcome to tour the farm and check out the cattle, the automated calf feeder, the dairy barn and more.

“They’re welcome to walk around. The barns will be open for people to view the cattle,” Jim said. “Hopefully, there will be a saleswoman here to explain how our automated calf feeder works too.”
The all-you-can-eat breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, cheese, applesauce, Culver’s Custard, dairy shakes, coffee and milk. Door prizes will be drawn.

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