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Homecoming Parade


Senior Representatives Garrett O’Connell and Tara Herreid enjoy their ride during the 2014 Prairie du Chien Homecoming Parade Wednesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Prairie du Chien Bluff View Band marches in the Homecoming Parade.

This unique presentation drew quite a bit of appreciation from those along the parade route.

The Class of 2016 created a patriotic float.
Mon
06
Oct

County C safety project


A sign was unveiled Friday morning at the intersection of White Road and County C in honor of the Ho-Chunk Nation whose $440,000 donation made the County C improvement project possible. Gathered near the sign, from left to right, are Steve Steiner of Steiner Construction of Prairie du Chien, Ted Greenheck of Driftless Area Surveying of Spring Green, Dan Pustina of Pustina Construction of Cobb, Ho-Chunk Nation Civil Engineer Ron Poppie, Jamie Brandt of TEAM Engineering of Spring Green, Crawford County Board Chairman Pete Flesch, State Senator Jennifer Shilling, State Representative Lee Nerison, Ho-Chunk Nation Transportation Planner Jon Schrader and Crawford County Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock.

 

New sign unveiled honoring Ho-Chunk Nation 

for donating funds for County C safety project

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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06
Oct

Orchardfest at Shihata's Orchard


Apple slingshot

Hauling the pumpkins they picked

Busy Apple House

caramel apples

Apple slingshot

Jams, jellies, dips, gifts and more in the Apple House

Pumpkin painting

Wagon riders

Wagon ride

The entry to pumpkin haven

Waiting in line for a wagon ride

View from the wagon ride above the orchard buildings

The turn to colder temperatures as of late didn’t seem to make a difference for families attending Orchard Fest at Shihata’s Orchard in rural Prairie du Chien over the weekend. Family members, young and old, enjoyed picking their own apples and pumpkins (left), shooting apples via a slingshot (below), touring the orchard on hayrides, seeing the animals in the country fun park, sampling snacks and wine, and devouring the tasty caramel apples, among other activities. For more photos, visit the Courier Press Facebook page or pdccourier.com.

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Oct

Under its new name, PdC Main Street refocuses toward a thriving downtown

Fresh starts are important, and even more when the focus is local economic growth. A new effort with a new name has formed to resume focus on the historic preservation and economic revitalization of Prairie du Chien’s downtown area. “PdC Main Street” is the new name, previously known as PDRI.

The mission is to “Re-establish downtown Prairie du Chien as the social and economic heart of the community.” This program will champion the historic preservation of downtown to create a unique and aesthetically rich environment that is a lively and friendly destination for both consumers and businesses.

Mon
06
Oct

Enjoy a rustically-elegant dinner in support of farmers markets


Rustic elegance is the ambience you will experience at Saturday’s Harvest Dinner, a fundraiser for Driftless Wisconsin Grown and Crawford County’s farmers’ markets.

By Correne Martin

As the farmers’ market season draws to a close, Driftless Wisconsin Grown will toast to the locally-grown food of the region with its third annual Harvest Dinner, Saturday, Oct. 11, at the rustically elegant Gatherings on the Ridge just north of Eastman. The peaking fall colors will serve as the perfect backdrop to the nearly 100-year-old renovated barn, where celebrants can enjoy a spectacular view of the Mississippi River valley during the evening event.

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Oct

Pony rides, hay rides and more at Childrens Ranch Saturday


It doesn’t get much cuter than a little girl or boy taking their first pony ride. The opportunity for families to experience such a moment, as well as other fun fall activities, will be available at Childrens Ranch’s Fall Festival, in rural Prairie du Chien, Saturday, Oct. 11. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The ultimate family event where children can engage with horses is set for this weekend at the Childrens Ranch in rural Prairie du Chien. The eighth annual Fall Festival (formerly the Halloween Party) will take place on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and include pony rides, hay rides, crafts and treats.

“It is a family event but mostly geared toward kids who are too young for lessons,” Childrens Ranch President Gracie White said, noting that children 7 and younger are the perfect age to enjoy the activities planned. “It is great for little kids to get their first pony ride. We will also have horses just for petting if they aren’t comfortable riding a horse just yet.”

Wed
01
Oct

Voter ID

 

Municipal clerks, websites have 

information about new voter ID law

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
01
Oct

SMRT Bus receives $25,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation

The Otto Bremer Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to the La Crosse County Aging Unit to support the SMRT Bus Regional Transit Service in providing accessible, efficient, and affordable public transportation for elderly/disabled residents, workers and the general public. The SMRT Bus is great to use to get to work, medical appointments, classes, shopping, or just sightseeing. The SMRT Bus has daily scheduled stops at hospitals and clinics, shopping centers, large employers, and technical colleges and universities.

“This is another example of the partnerships that make this regional transit system successful and encourage its continued growth,” said Peter Fletcher of the Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission. Fletcher and Noreen Holmes, director of the La Crosse County Aging Unit, collaborated on writing and securing this grant.

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01
Oct

Man flees deputies, gets away, but incident leads to arrest of Gays Mills woman

On Sept. 28 at 1:07 a.m., a Crawford County deputy and the Crawford County K-9 Unit attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a 2007 Ford Taurus being operated by Mark McKibbin, 28, Gays Mills, on Highway 171 near Sunrise Orchard.

McKibbin pulled off to the side of the road and fled on foot into the apple orchard and down into a corn field. The K-9 Unit tracked McKibbin for some time until tracking was canceled for safety reasons. McKibbin’s vehicle was towed from the scene and charges for obstructing an officer will be referred to the district attorney along with several traffic citations.

Deputies attempted to locate McKibbin at his residence hours later. McKibbin was not located. However, Stacy Connor, 28, Gays Mills, was arrested on several outstanding warrants from two counties.

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01
Oct

Save three lives, in just one hour


Prairie du Chien resident and longtime blood donor Nick Nugent chats with the nurse as his blood donation process wraps up on Sept. 15. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Charlie Johll, of rural Prairie du Chien, has donated blood for 40 years. He will reach 23 gallons given in April.

By Correne Martin

If you’ve never donated blood, you’re missing out on the opportunity to save a life. In fact, by giving one hour or less of your time at a blood drive, you could save up to three lives.

“How else can you save three lives within one hour?” pointed out Dennis Kirschbaum, a Prairie du Chien resident who has been donating since 1972 and is working on 18 gallons contributed. “If there was a problem with it, you wouldn’t keep going back. I’ve always had a positive experience. And if you can save lives by donating, why wouldn’t you want to give?

“There’s such a tremendous need for it and there’s really nothing to it,” noted 90-year-old Jack Mulrooney, a lifelong Prairie du Chien resident and donor.

Take it from those who donate: It’s simple, it’s painless and it’s a rewarding experience you’ll always value and want to continue.

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