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23
Apr

Democratic candidates rally in Wauzeka


Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Mary Burke walks to the podium at Century Hall April 16 as Senator Jennifer Shilling and a room full of ralliers applaud. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

About 175 people filled Century Hall in Wauzeka on the evening of April 16 for a Democratic Candidate Forum, featuring Mary Burke, Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate. Additional dignitaries included 32nd District Senator Jennifer Shilling, who emceed the event; 96th Assembly candidate Pete Flesch, who hails from Crawford County; three candidates for attorney general, Ismael Ozanne, Jon Richards and Susan Happ; and 51st Assembly candidate Pat Bomhack.

Each of the speakers addressed the group—as citizens applauded, cheered and shouted comments—during the one-and-a-half hour rally. The South West Education Association sponsored the event, which also offered a brat feed and social hour.

Wed
23
Apr

Marquette Road, from Mooney to La Pointe, will become three lanes

By Correne Martin

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation was noticeably absent at the Prairie du Chien Common Council meeting Tuesday night, in spite of council action to amend a contract for the 2017 Marquette Road project, calling for a three-lane road to be constructed from Mooney Street to La Pointe Street. The section of road will include two driving lanes and a center turn lane, along with eight-foot shoulders for right-hand turns.

“The DOT does not plan to have anyone at tonight’s meeting, as they feel they’ve made their case,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said.

Wed
23
Apr

Bicentennial Celebration to honor the War of 1812 Battle of Prairie du Chien


The War of 1812 Battle of Prairie du Chien is commemorated every year on the historic Villa Louis grounds on St. Feriole Island. This year, in celebration of the bicentennial of the 1814 battle, the historic re-enactment will take place (July 19-20) at the Villa Louis once again. But also, a multitude of unique and historical events are being planned or restructured this year to honor the bicentennial and involve the public in the enjoyment.

By Correne Martin

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Prairie du Chien (1814), which was the only battle of the 32-month War of 1812 to be fought on Wisconsin soil. The British won the battle but eventually lost the territory that became the state of Wisconsin.

“This is one important aspect of our state history that the residents should be proud of and should want to honor,” said Susan Caya-Slusser, site director of the Villa Louis Historic Site in Prairie du Chien.

To commemorate the city’s role in this historic conflict, a local Bicentennial Committee is planning events and awareness efforts for the public to enjoy this spring, summer and fall. The committee consists of officials from the Fort Crawford Museum, Villa Louis, Prairie du Chien Memorial Library, City of Prairie du Chien, Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Council, and Parks and Recreation Department.

Wed
23
Apr

Community Garden

 

PdC Community 

Garden getting ready

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Now that gardening season has arrived, prospective gardeners in the Prairie du Chien area may wish to join the Prairie du Chien Community Garden at the Faith Evangelical Free Church, 1110 E. Cass Street. 

Wed
23
Apr

Skate Park

 

Skate Park to get 

equipment May 19

By Ted Pennekamp

 

There’s good news for skateboarders in Prairie du Chien and the surrounding area. Six or seven skateboarding units will be installed on May 19 and 20 by the American Ramp Company of Joplin, Mo. at the Prairie du Chien Skate Park. 

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.”

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