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Blake's Prairie Fair

Relaxing at the fair
Cordt Esser of Bloomington shares a snooze with “Apple Pie” Sunday at the Blake’s Prairie Junior Fair. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)
Horsemanship
Talyia Edge and Emma Rooney compete in the Grades 7 to 10 Horseman, Pony, Walk and Trot Class at the Blake’s Prairie Fair Sunday morning.
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21
Jul

Trout angler touts changes

 

Area trout fisherman lands his day in court

The former fish manager hopes his act of 

‘civil disobedience’ will catch attention, reel in regulations

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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16
Jul

Prairie Dog Blues Fest ready to rock St. Feriole


Whether you’re a fan of the hard-core Chicago blues or the newer blues rock, you will get an up close view of the unbelievable global talent taking the stage at the Prairie Dog Blues Fest in Prairie du Chien, July 25 and 26.

By Correne Martin

Lie back in your chair during the day or kick up your heels by the stage at night. No matter how you choose to take in the Prairie Dog Blues Festival on Friday and Saturday, July 25-26, in Prairie du Chien, the music is bound to keep you movin’ and groovin’ all weekend long.

As always, the lineup will feature a variety of global talent, playing everything from Chicago blues, West Coast jump, hard-driving Mississippi Hill country blues, and New Orleans horns to Texas  boogie, zydeco, gospel and blues rock.

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16
Jul

Ferryville fun-filled event to leave spectators in a Daze


The eighth annual Antique Tractor Pull is hosted and organized by the Ferryville Antique Tractor Association and is part of Ferryville’s River Bluff Daze on Saturday, July 26.

A busy and noisy day is in store for everyone in Ferryville on Saturday, July 26. The day begins at 9 a.m. with Market in the Park featuring Amish goods, produce and variety of products in Sugar Creek Park. Also at 9 a.m., many antique tractors will be arriving at Ferryville Community Center to register for the antique tractor pull.

From noon to 4:30 p.m., the Eighth Annual Antique Tractor Pull begins for all to enjoy. To register for the Antique Tractor Pull, go to www.ferryvilletractor.com. The Antique Tractor Pull is hosted and organized by the Ferryville Antique Tractor Association with raffle tickets on sale now. Raffle Tickets can also be purchased at the event.

All raffle items will be on display and raffle tickets are available all day at the Community Center. These raffle items will be drawn and winners announced at 9 p.m. The Ferryville Tourism Council 50:50 raffle drawing for $500 is at 9 p.m. also.

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16
Jul

One site would cost River Ridge roughly $10 million

Editor’s note: The following includes corrected information from the Monday, July 14, Courier Press article.

By Correne Martin

The River Ridge School Board is taking steps toward moving all of its students under one roof in Patch Grove. The Courier Press reported in Monday’s edition, about the board’s July 9 meeting, that the school board voted, 5-2, to have a resolution drafted in time for its Aug. 23 meeting, calling for a Nov. 4, 2014, referendum, on the one-site option. The Patch Grove location currently has a bigger building, more land and newer updates than the Bloomington site.

Also in Monday’s article, the cost of putting all operations in Patch Grove was provided imprecisely. The actual cost would be around $10 million—$8.5 million to fix up the facilities as they stand plus roughly $1.5 million to move the football field and track there.

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16
Jul

Gypsy moth spraying

Spraying for moths
An airplane treats an area of Wisconsin to help reduce gypsy moth population levels. (Photo courtesy of DATCP)

 

Officials hope for lonely gypsy moths after spraying activity

By Ted Pennekamp

 

On July 9, two areas to the east of Ferryville in Crawford County were sprayed in an effort to slow the spread of gypsy moths. Different parts of Crawford County have been sprayed in the past and the process is biologically interesting as a means of getting rid of the destructive pests. 

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14
Jul

River affects economy

More boaters on river
Boaters have been kept away, in part, by high water at boat landings this season as can be seen in this view of the Campion Boat Landing about two weeks ago. The river has gone down quite a bit lately, however, and more and more boaters are taking advantage.

 

High water tough on local economy, but 

as river goes down, business should pick up

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Each year for a Mississippi River town is different. Some years the weather and the river cooperate and it’s a boon to the local economy. Other years, the river runs high for an extensive period and the local economy suffers. 

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14
Jul

War of 1812 Battle of Prairie du Chien marks 200th anniversary


The Bicentennial Celebration of the War of 1812 Battle of Prairie du Chien (1814) is this weekend on the Villa Louis grounds in Prairie du Chien. The public is invited to come out and enjoy this 20th anniversary re-enactment event.

By Correne Martin

For the 24th year, the War of 1812 Battle of Prairie du Chien (1814) will be re-enacted this weekend on St. Feriole Island in the second oldest city in Wisconsin. But this isn’t just another ordinary re-enactment. 2014 is actually the 200th anniversary celebration of the battle and over 150 re-enactors from all over the country will descend on the Villa Louis grounds in Prairie du Chien for the festivities. The celebration includes plenty of entertainment for the whole family.

“They’ll start arriving Thursday,” Villa Louis Site Director Susan Caya-Slusser said of the re-enactors, noting that some stay in hotels while others camp and enjoy local activities with their families while in town.
The schedule of events begins Friday, and the two battle re-enactments will be staged Saturday and Sunday.

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14
Jul

City of PdC collects dust samples relating to Pattison Sand operations


Prairie du Chien Co-Manager of Public Works Terry Meyer collects a sample of sand from the transloading site operated by Pattison Sand Company along the Highway 18 Bypass in the city. The sample will be sent along with three or four others from area residences and a construction site to a state lab in Madison for analysis.

By Correne Martin
 
The city of Prairie du Chien has taken the initiative to collect dust samples in and around the Pattison Sand transloading site for testing by the Wisconsin Occupational Health Laboratory (WOHL) in Madison. This action is in response to years of complaints by city residents about dust in their homes near the site, in addition to noise and other concerns. It also follows a recent proposal of an expansion of the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad property along the Highway 18 Bypass where Pattison Sand Company performs some of its operations.

The Prairie du Chien Common Council will discuss this recent course of action at its Tuesday night, July 15 meeting (7 p.m., council chambers).

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14
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Marquette Road project faces major changes

In an effort to keep the Marquette Road project on schedule for completion in 2014, a change in the construction schedule will take place later this month. The project is currently three weeks behind schedule due to adverse weather conditions in the past few weeks. Rain water washing sand into storm sewer pipes has accounted for part of the delay. A delay in the contractor gaining access to BNSF Railroad property adjacent to Marquette Road has also contributed. Portions of the delay also come from unanticipated underground conflicts and complications with utilities.

“The primary reason for this change is to accomplish the goal of completing the project in 2014,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said. “We have heard from impacted businesses and residents that there is little to no support to see this project stretch into 2015. I appreciate the efforts the DOT is making to respond to these concerns.”

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