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Former Governor Lucey has died

Former Wisconsin Gov. Patrick Lucey died Saturday at the age of 96.

Lucey, who was born in La Crosse, grew up in Ferryville and graduated from Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, died Saturday night at the Milwaukee Catholic Home after a brief illness.
Lucey was a hard-nosed Democratic politician who was elected twice as the 38th Governor of Wisconsin, from 1971 to 1977, and later as the United States Ambassador to Mexico from 1977 to 1979. He also ran for vice president of the United States as an independent in 1980.

His best known accomplishments in office included the formation of the University of Wisconsin System, an overhaul of the state shared tax formula, the strengthening of ethics laws, mental health treatment reforms, and progressive land conservation initiatives.

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12
May

Event displays importance of Scouting

After the presentation of colors, Tyler Steiber (left), Aiden Thomas (center) and Wesley Mink saluted the American flag Thursday for the second annual Taste of Scouting Luncheon, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. The program brought together friends of the local Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops to understand more about what Scouting represents for over 70 youths in the Prairie du Chien area. Scouting programs help shape the hearts and minds of young men, develop character, teach interpersonal and life skills, instill values, prepare them to make choices, provide a positive environment, allow quality family time and much more. “Today’s Scouts will be tomorrow’s leaders,” Emcee Timothy Brom stated. About 25 young men have achieved the Eagle Scout rank over the years in Prairie du Chien, and there are two more working toward the accomplishment this year. (Photo by Correne Martin)

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12
May

Unique firearms business

Stark Armament Company
Stark Armament Company owner Kent Stark holds one of the semi automatic rifles that he manufactured.

 

Local man operates unique firearms business

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Stark Armament of Prairie du Chien, a part of Kstarky Enterprises, is a somewhat unusual business for a small community. Stark Armament Company sells firearms, parts and accessories mostly to law enforcement, ex-law enforcement and ex-military personnel. 

Wed
07
May

Fort Crawford Hotel

 

It’s been a long and winding road 

for proposed renovation of former Fort Crawford Hotel

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
07
May

Wauzeka-Steuben announces 2014 valedictorian and salutatorian


Valedictorian Kylie Reising and Salutatorian Lucas Klema

Graduation for the Wauzeka-Steuben High School Class of 2014 will be held on Saturday, May 24, at 1 p.m. in the Hornets’ Nest. Awards Day will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 23, same location.

Kylie Rose Reising has been named the valedictorian and Lucas LaVern Klema has been named salutatorian for the Wauzeka-Steuben High School 2014 graduating class.

Kylie is the daughter of Marc and Karen Reising. Kylie has been an active, goal-oriented student throughout her high school career earning Academic Honors all four years of high school and a place on the Ridge-and-Valley Academic All-Conference First Team.

Wed
07
May

Win cash and prizes at Prairie du Chien merchants throughout construction

Detour routes were established Monday and Tuesday, and road work on Marquette Road was expected to commence today (Wednesday).

In a proactive effort to maintain and attract business during Prairie du Chien’s 2014 Marquette Road construction project, the Courier Press is running a weekly “Construction Cash” promotion along with participating merchants (see full page ad each week).

Throughout the construction period, while customers are shopping and getting service in the construction zone, they can register at the various merchants to win cash and prizes. Each week, one winner will receive $50 in Construction Cash and a special gift from one of the local businesses. Construction Cash may be redeemed at any of the participating merchants.

Pictures of the lucky winners will be taken, published in the newspaper, and posted on the Courier Press’ website and Facebook page.

Businesses partaking in the promotion include:

Wed
07
May

Council says passing out candy will be safer

By Correne Martin

Throwing of candy from parade participants to spectators will no longer be allowed at parades in Prairie du Chien. The Prairie du Chien Common Council unanimously passed an ordinance at Tuesday night’s meeting banning such action at parades. Participants will instead be encouraged to hand out or lightly toss candy, which the council believes is a safer alternative.

According to the ordinance, the city prohibits “the throwing of candy, gifts, favors or other objects from parade participants to spectators, from a motor vehicle, parade vehicle or parade animal.” But it still allows “dispensing of candy, gifts, favors or other objects by hand from parade participants to spectators, except in those circumstances where the parade participant’s action would encourage spectators to enter the public roadway.”

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07
May

May means the blooming of farmers market season


Just like these radiant gerbera daisies and other spring flowers, farmers market season is blooming around the area. Stop by your local market and support the businesses who offer fresh flowers, produce, baked goods, crafts and so much more. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin and Audrey Posten

The arrival of May means the opening of farmers markets. With weekly markets in Prairie du Chien, Gays Mills, Ferryville, Marquette, McGregor and Monona, area locals and visitors alike will have plenty of opportunities to purchase fresh, locally-grown and made products.

Prairie du Chien
Prairie du Chien offers three options: West Side Farmers Market, Prairie Street Farmers Market and Blackhawk Junction Farmers Market.

Mon
05
May

American River Renegades

 

‘American River Renegades’ stars are from 

Wisconsin, Alaska, Louisiana, South Carolina

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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05
May

Mississippi River predicted to crest at 18.1

The Mississippi River continues to rise. According to the National Weather Service, the river at McGregor was at 16.38 feet at 7 a.m. on Monday, May 5. The river is predicted to crest at 18.1 feet on Thursday, May 8. Flood stage is 16 feet.  

The Kickapoo River at Steuben was at 8.19 feet at 6:45 a.m. on May 5 and is dropping. Flood stage at Steuben is 12 feet.

The Wisconsin River was at 6.34 feet at Muscoda at 7 a.m. May 5 and is dropping. Flood stage at Muscoda is 9 feet.

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