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08
May

Banquet a ‘dairy good’ time

2017 dairy royalty will be announced May 21

The Crawford County June Dairy Month Kick-Off Banquet will be held on Sunday, May 21, at 7 p.m., at the Eastman Salem United Methodist Fellowship Hall. The 2017 dairy royalty candidates will present prepared speeches, with the highlight of the night being the coronation of the Princess and Little Miss Squirt, along with their attendants.

The night will begin at 7 p.m., with a cheese and cracker social, where attendees can meet the candidates for the Crawford County dairy royalty positions.

A chicken and noodle dinner, prepared by the Eastman United Methodist Church, will start at 7:30 p.m. The evening’s program will be filled with lots of delightful dairy tidbits, such as the dairy promotion report, introduction of the dairy breakfast host family, the presentation of the honorary dairy month chairpersons and the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board update.

Mon
08
May

Regals serve Notice of Claim, seeking $54,000 in damages

By Correne Martin

The proprietors of Regal Marine Group personally served the city of Prairie du Chien a Notice of Claim on April 24, for damages due to power loss sustained at their marina business for over a year.

The Regals are seeking $54,417.62, according to the notice, and the city has 120 days to respond, by either allowing or disallowing the claim. If allowed, the city would pay the Regal family the amount of damages. If disallowed, the Regals would then have to decide within six months whether or not to move forward with a lawsuit against the city, explained City Attorney Lara Czajkowski Higgins.

Mon
08
May

Memorial Gardens’ perennial sale for green thumbs of all expertise


Stargazer lilies like these will be among the plants and flowers for sale at the Memorial Gardens Saturday.

By Correne Martin

The 10th annual St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens perennial plant sale will be Saturday, May 13, from 8 a.m. to noon in the gardens themselves. Come alone, with your friends, families or club members—green thumbs or not—and see what local gardeners have for sale that fascinates you.

This year, the plant sale will be held in conjunction with the Journey Through Time historical open house. It’s also just in time for Mother’s Day, so come early to get your favorites.

Children will have the opportunity to make a free Mother’s Day plantings for their family matriarchs.

Mon
08
May

Relay supporters kickin’ cancer, one dance at a time


The third annual Dancing With the Cancer Kickin’ Hawkettes broke a fundraising record by collecting over $14,800 toward the Great River Relay For Life. This year’s male dancers included (back row, from left) Jason Licht, Matt Olson, Gary Wynos, John Kurt, Josh Smelzer, Pete Pazour, Mike Moret, Josh Gerrity and Joe Morovits. Their Prairie du Chien Hawkettes partners (seated in front of them) are Katie Licht, Morgan Kiesau, Paige Severson, Kara Katzung, Kina Myers, Caitlin Nolan, Lauren Kennedy, Archi Patel and Katie Zahara. (Photo by Shelly Rider)

By Correne Martin

Dancing with the Cancer Kickin’ Hawkettes has been an enthusiastic fundraising addition these past few years for the predominant Great River Relay For Life in Prairie du Chien. In its third year, the high school Hawkettes dance squad members were paired up with local gentlemen to demonstrate their dance moves in the name of cancer awareness and research, April 19, at the Dousman House. This year, over $14,800 was raised. For each dollar given, a vote was cast for a dancing duo. In addition, money was raised through dinner tickets and other generous donations.

Of the nine couples who competed, there were two sets of winners on the night. The People’s Choice trophies were awarded to Pete Pazour and Caitlin Nolan. The judges—Ken Stoeffler, Cindy Hertrampf, Lynn Rider and 2016 winner Michael Rogge—chose Josh Smelzer and Kina Myers as the Judges’ Choice standouts.

Mon
08
May

‘Kickapoo Kids’ to gather in Wauzeka to celebrate accomplishments


The ‘Kickapoo Kids’ defied the odds, winning the state championship in baseball in the early 1950s. Some of them will be at Wauzeka-Steuben Schools May 24 to celebrate their accomplishments and talk about the book in their honor.

Many people know of the movie “Hoosiers,” which tells the story of a small-town basketball team in Indiana that won a state championship. In Wisconsin, there’s a similar group who defied the odds, called the “Kickapoo Kids.”
Author Paul Lagan wrote a book called, “The Amazing Journey of the Kickapoo Kids” that documents the Gays Mills’ baseball success.

On Wednesday, May 24, at 1 p.m., Lagan and several members of the Gays Mills High School baseball teams from the early 1950s will gather at Wauzeka-Steuben Schools to celebrate their accomplishments. Lagan will have books for sale and be autographing them that day.

Gays Mills made the WIAA state tournament three out of four years in the early 1950s. What makes it all the more impressive is they did it before there were divisions in high school sports. So these small school ball players were beating schools much bigger in size.

Wed
03
May

Library book discussion will consider proposal of more cooperation among rural cities


Author Robert Wolf will discuss his book, ”Building the Agricultural City: A Handbook for Rural Renewal,” tonight (May 3) at 6:30 p.m. at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library.

The Prairie du Chien Memorial Library will host a talk and discussion on Robert Wolf’s new book,”Building the Agricultural City: A Handbook for Rural Renewal,” on May 3 at 6:30 p.m.

“Building the Agricultural City” is a call for collaborative rural economic development, addressed primarily to residents of the Driftless Region. Wolf’s proposal calls for cooperation between cities and across county and state lines.

If, instead of seeing themselves as separate entities, the towns and cities within a three- or four-county area saw themselves as neighborhoods within a larger unit, they would form what Wolf calls an “agricultural city.” Clustering in this manner would encourage cooperative economic development.

“We will continue to be hammered by the global economy,” Wolf said, “if we can’t put aside rivalries and work to build a cooperative, more self-sufficient economy.

Wed
03
May

River Ridge School Addition


The walls of the addition behind the River Ridge School building continued to go up Tuesday morning. The addition will house eight classrooms and a gymnasium. The gymnasium is designed mostly for middle school students. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Walls going up on 

River Ridge addition

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
03
May

Swim lessons and recreation program sign-up is May 10

Also, get your pool passes

 

Prairie du Chien summer swim lessons/recreation programs sign-up will be Wednesday, May 10, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., at Hoffman Hall.

Swim lessons sign-up thereafter will be at the Wacouta Aquatic Park when the pool opens June 10, during pool hours.

Pool passes will also be sold during sign-up or from thereafter through June 9 at city hall during business hours. Otherwise, passes can be purchased at the outdoor pool beginning June 10. Proof of residence is required.

Also, sign up or get more information about joining swim team by emailing Waterhawks pdc@gmail.com.

Call Hoffman Hall with questions at 326-2985.

Wed
03
May

Fighter pilot’s parents take Navy cruise of a lifetime


The USS John C. Stennis was completing deployment in the Western Pacific, when Brian and Mary Edwards were invited aboard for a rare and memorable cruise. The Stennis encompasses about 6,000 personnel and carries about 10 helicopters, 70 fighter jets and other support aircraft.

Brian, Nate and Mary Edwards posed in front of an FA-18 Super Hornet, the one and only jet that display’s Nate’s name.

By Correne Martin

Brian and Mary Edwards had the distinct opportunity to be guests of the U.S. Navy, and join their son, Lt. Nate Edwards, on the combat-ready, nuclear-powered aircraft super carrier, the USS John C. Stennis, last fall, during its return five-day voyage from Pearl Harbor to San Diego.

The Stennis (CVN-74) was completing a seven-month deployment in the Western Pacific, including the South China Sea and Sea of Japan. The Stennis carrier strike group included the Stennis and its escorts: two destroyers, a cruiser, and an unseen and unknown number of nuclear-powered submarines. The Stennis crew encompasses Air Wing 9, of about 6,000 personnel, and carries about 10 helicopters, 70 fighter jets and other support aircraft.

Tue
02
May

Prairie du Chien begins ‘automated’ garbage and recycling collection program


The new recycling toters were assembled last week, in preparation for the beginning of recycling using them Monday, May 1. Recycling is now every two weeks and materials can be mixed and unsorted when placed in the bin. For more information, contact Town and Country Sanitation at (608) 375-5856, (800) 626-1915 or kristis@tcsanitation.com, or City Hall at 326-6406.

Editor's note: This article first appeared in the Monday, April 10 issue of the Courier Press, on page 8. It is being shared on our website due to the large number of questions regarding the new recycling system.

 

The city of Prairie du Chien, in conjunction with the city’s contractor, Town and Country Sanitation, began the new one-pass automated collection for refuse and recycling Monday, May 1. As part of the program, city residents received recycling toters over the past few weeks. These toters are lidded, wheeled containers similar to the containers now used for refuse. Recycling will now be collected once every two weeks.

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