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Willy Wonka features 3 local actors in community musical


All from southwest Wisconsin, (from left) Cary Kann, Shawn Zeeh and Mary Beth Specht are big players in the Willy Wonka production slated to start at the Elkader Opera House Sept. 29. Kann has designed all the sets and backdrops and plays Mr. Salt, the wealthy father to the obnoxious ticket winner want-it-all, Veruca. Zeeh is the lead character, Willy Wonka himself, Specht is costume designer and also plays Mrs. Beauregarde, whose daughter is the always-gum-chewing ticket winner, Violet. (Submitted photos)

The ticket winners, reporter, and town kids are pictured in front of the Wonka Gates—a set not quite complete yet, but designed by Cary Kann, of Prairie du Chien, nonetheless.

Charlie, Mr. and Mrs. Bucket, and Charlie's grandparents are pictured in the "Bucket Shack," designed by Cary Kann.

By Correne Martin and Cheri Moser

The Opera House Players announce the most scrumdidilyumptious musical of the 2016-2017 season, rounding off its 50th year as a community theater group. Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka opens Thursday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Elkader Opera House.

The story follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever finds these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats; the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory—or suffer the consequences.

This family-friendly production features 17 different backdrops, five large set pieces and two medium-sized set pieces—all of which have made finding room backstage kind of like putting together a puzzle.

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Sep

Airport Project


Employees of Wieser Brothers of La Crescent, Minn. work on the new terminal building being constructed at the Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport.

 

New terminal being built at 

Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport

By Ted Pennekamp and Correne Martin

 

Work began about a month ago on the new $1.06 million terminal building at Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport. 

Wed
14
Sep

Attempted homicide charges filed after 3-year investigation into assault at Rock on the River

***BREAKING NEWS***

A Dubuque man has been apprehended in association with a three-year investigation involving the assault of another man at Rock on the River in Bridgeport.

Charges have been filed with the Crawford County District Attorney’s office against Anthony Runde, 34, for attempted first-degree intentional homicide and aggravated battery with intent to cause great bodily harm, according to a news release Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick issued after the Courier Press went to press early Wednesday afternoon.

The sheriff’s department and Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation, for the past three years, have been actively investigating the assault of Joshua Milligan, 30, of Dubuque, Iowa. In July of 2013, according to the release, Milligan was assaulted while attending the Rock on the River music festival in the township of Bridgeport. The assault took place in the campground associated with the event.

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Sep

New Bluff View Roof


An employee of Bell-Aire Home Improvement works on the Bluff View Intermediate School roof. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

A roll of metal goes through a machine which shapes the metal into the ridged panels (standing seam metal) that will go onto the Bluff View roof.

 

Bluff View getting new roof

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Anyone driving or walking past Bluff View Intermediate School in recent weeks may have noticed that roofing work has been underway.

Wed
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Sep

Steam cars rolling through Prairie du Chien area


Don and Teresa Farris of Brooklyn, Ill., sit in their 1917 Stanley Touring Car.

By Ted Pennekamp

 

As Prairie du Chien residents may have noticed, there have been several steam-powered cars cruising city streets and the surrounding area in recent days. The 21 vintage vehicles are mostly Stanley Steamers and their owners are staying at Microtel Inn and Suites while enjoying a five-day Prairie du Chien Steam Car Tour from Sept. 12 to Sept. 16. 

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Sep

River Ridge homecoming Sept. 19-23


The 2016 River Ridge homecoming court members include (front row, from left) Kyra Drew, Jordyn Vogt, Katelyn Quick, Lexi Harper, Rebecca Breuer; (back row) Jake Cathman, Trevor Nichols, Aidan Morrow, Ben Ertz and Amiel Guerrero. (Submitted photo)

Celebration of homecoming activities is taking place at River Ridge High School next week, Sept. 19 to the 23. The theme is “Board Games” and the football game will be against Shullsburg on Friday night at 7 p.m.

Wednesday evening will kick off community participation with a night of family fun and entertainment at the high school. A color run will start the night, from 6 to 7 p.m., on the Fitness Trail, near the softball field at River Ridge High School. A soup and sandwich meal, provided by a Safe and Stable Family Grant, will be available at the same time.

Also Wednesday evening will be the skit, lip sync, and coronation program in the high school gym, beginning with naming of royalty at 7:30 p.m. A 50/50 raffle will take place later.

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Sep

Wauzeka-Steuben hosts homecoming this week

It’s homecoming week in the Wauzeka-Steuben School District.

Activities essentially begin on Wednesday, Sept. 14 evening, with the powder puff football game. The freshmen-sophomore game starts at 6:30 p.m., and the junior-senior competition is at 7:15 p.m. A community bonfire will follow the games.

On Friday, Sept. 16, a pep rally will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Doll Gym. This includes skits, the athletic teams, cheers, the pep band, etc. At 4:30 p.m., the parade will be held in downtown Wauzeka, followed by tailgating at the football field at 5 p.m. The football game against Kickapoo-La Farge will start at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Sept. 17, the homecoming dance will take place in the Doll Gym from 8 to 11 p.m., with the grand march at 9 p.m.

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Sep

COTR to stay in Bridgeport

By Correne Martin

Country on the River organizers have withdrawn their request from the city of Prairie du Chien to relocate to St. Feriole Island in 2017, according to an email the city received Tuesday morning.

For now, the country music festival, owned by Townsquare Live Events, will remain at the Bridgeport property where it’s been since 2012. The request to use the island will no longer be on the city’s Sept. 20 council agenda.

According to Prairie du Chien City Administrator Aaron Kramer, an email sent by Matt LaRose, vice president of Townsquare Live Events, read: “Thank you for all of your hard work on assisting us through the relocation process to St. Feriole Island. At this time, we are going to withdraw our request to relocate on the island.

“The Wisconsin DOT has given us our variance and allowed us to stay at our current site.

“I do encourage you and all members of the council to come out this year and see the event.”

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Sep

Crawford County to hold flag disposal on Sept. 26

On Monday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m., the Crawford County American Legion will again hold its annual flag disposal program. This program will be held in conjunction with the regular meeting of the Crawford County Council of the American Legion.

The Caya-Bunders Post #68, of Prairie du Chien, will sponsor the program this year in Prairie du Chien.

Ken McCormick, Crawford County American Legion commander, asks all county residents who have or are flying American flags to take a look at them. If they are worn or tattered, please turn them in so they can be properly retired.

Old worn flags may be turned in to any Crawford County American Legion member or at the Crawford County Veterans Service Office, 225 N. Beaumont Rd., Suite 137, in Prairie du Chien, before Friday, Sept. 23.

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Sep

Nasal flu mist no longer an option, vaccine clinics slated in communities and schools

After data showed the flu mist nasal spray to have poor or relatively low effectiveness from 2013 to 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) announced that the nasal spray is no longer available at this time.

 “While it is disappointing to see data suggesting that the nasal spray vaccine is not working as well as expected, we are pleased that flu shots did perform well last season,” State Health Officer Karen McKeown said. “We expect that there will be enough of the injectable vaccine available for the 2016 to 17 season so everyone 6 months and older can protect themselves and their loved ones against the flu.”

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