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13
Oct

Oktoberfest


The hay bale maze is a popular event for youngsters at the annual Prairie du Chien Oktoberfest celebration at the St. Feriole Island Gardens. (Courier Press file photo)

 

Everyone invited to enjoy Oktoberfest 2014

By Ted Pennekamp

 

There’s plenty of entertainment scheduled at Prairie du Chien’s fifth annual Oktoberfest, set for Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens.

Mon
13
Oct

Local fisherman presumed drowned near Lock and Dam

A Ferryville fisherman presumably drowned on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 11, at the Lock and Dam 9, near Lynxville, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department. However, as of Sunday afternoon, the man’s body had not been located and the search continued.

At 12:40 p.m., Saturday, the sheriff’s department was notified of a boater who had fallen overboard at the lock and dam. Roger S. Goodell, 64, of rural Ferryville, and a friend were fishing in that area of the Mississippi River.

Wed
08
Oct

Man killed in rollover

On Oct. 6, at 11:39 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle rollover crash located at the intersection of Highway 27 and Bob White Glen Road in the township of Utica. The reporting party informed dispatch that the driver was non-responsive.

Crawford County deputies arrived on scene and found Benjamin J. Quamme, 33, Mount Sterling, pinned in the vehicle and non-responsive. Deputies removed Quamme from the vehicle as Ocooch Mountain Rescue arrived on scene. Deputies and EMS performed CPR for more than an hour while Tri-State Ambulance and Med Link Air arrived. Quamme was later pronounced dead on the scene.

Wed
08
Oct

Firefighter terminated after fire attendance, conduct violations

By Correne Martin

A 26-year Prairie du Chien volunteer firefighter has been terminated from his position with the local fire department following fire attendance and conduct violations (of the department’s bylaws) as determined by the Prairie du Chien Police and Fire Commission.

Frank Pintz Jr. was accused at a disciplinary hearing, at Prairie du Chien City Hall last Wednesday, Oct. 1, of lying about his attendance at an April 27, 2014, fire call at 810 E. McLeod St. According to testimony at the hearing, Pintz called and directed his son, Ben Pintz, lieutenant and eight-year firefighter who was driving a fire truck back to the station at the time, to mark him as having attended the call. Frank Pintz later admitted to Fire Chief Bruce “Harry” Remz he was neither at the scene or the fire station.

Wed
08
Oct

Several St. Feriole Island streets to be removed


These road closures on St. Feriole Island will take effect soon.

The Prairie du Chien Public Works Department will start removing several streets on St. Feriole Island this week.

The work will begin with saw cutting of the asphalt at intersections. The asphalt will be removed and the areas will be back filled with top soil and seeded down.

The streets scheduled to be removed at this time are:

•Fisher Street from 4th to 5th,
•Brisbois Street from Villa Louis Road to 2nd Street, and
•4th Street from Brisbois to Bolvin Street.

The city council originally approved removal of the streets over one year ago, due to their deterioration, lack of usage and cost of repair/maintenance. The public works committee and the council revisited the discussion in July and August this year, at which time closure of the above streets was re-approved and closure of a couple others was postponed. It was decided that a bicycle/walking path will replace Fisher Street, from 4th to 5th, once it is removed.

Wed
08
Oct

Adams Auction Service


Ryan and Megan Adams, along with Katie Lorenz and Seth Adams stand in front of their new building at 32866 Highway 27.

 

Adams Auction Service expanding on new site

By Ted Pennekamp 

 

Adam’s Auction Service of Prairie du Chien will soon have a new home and a new name. A brand new building has been erected on an 11-acre site at 32866 Highway 27 and the business will soon change its name to Adams Auction and Real Estate to reflect expanding services as well. 

Wed
08
Oct

New PdC Main Street to ask city for former PDRI funds

By Correne Martin

A new downtown business organization, PdC Main Street, is attempting to re-establish the efforts of economic recovery, historic preservation and promotion that were the focus of the former PDRI (Prairie du Chien Downtown Revitalization Inc.), which dissolved at the end of 2013. A steering committee has been meeting since this spring and, on Tuesday night, presented its business and growth plan to the Prairie du Chien Common Council. The council discussed the plans as well as the city’s possible financial contributions for the future.

At the Oct. 21 council meeting, its members will decide whether or not to relinquish the $4,521 in former PDRI assets to PdC Main Street as they work to reorganize a support system for main street businesses.

If the organization is to succeed, the city will likely have to contribute at least $15,000 annually, starting in 2015, according to PdC Main Street’s proposed budget.

Mon
06
Oct

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

 

Mon
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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