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Wed
16
Aug

Grilled cheese and show animals, that’s a county fair


The youth is an important part of the fair. They take part by creating exhibits, showing animals and enjoying the attractions and carnival rides.

By Rachel Mergen

 

With events like the Grilled Cheese Contest and the Kentucky HeadHunter, this year’s Crawford County Fair, which will be held Wednesday, Aug. 23 to Sunday, Aug. 27, in Gays Mills, won’t be an event to miss.

The community will begin the annual celebration by coming together Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 8 p.m. for a tribute to Elizabeth (Dennis) Brownlee. 

Brownlee, who passed away in Boscobel earlier this year in a motor vehicle accident, was a rabbit judge leader, a member of the curly horse rescue and coordinator of Crawford County Fair Ambassador. She was also the Fairest of the Fair in 2008. She was the wife of Wess Brownless and mother of two sons, Hesston Gerald and Kaleb James.

Wed
16
Aug

Highway 27 project includes reconstruction through Mondell Hill into Prairie du Chien

City seeks realtor advice in revising Woodridge Acres subdivision covenants

 

By Correne Martin

In 2018, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation plans to mill existing pavement and overlay it with new asphalt on State Highway 27 between Cipra Road in rural Prairie du Chien and Water Street in the village of Eastman. Then, in 2021, another project, from St. Lo Drive in Prairie du Chien, up the Mondell Hill, to north of Cipra Lane, will be conducted.

The city of Prairie du Chien was been presented with the opportunity to “piggyback” onto this project to make improvements to East Blackhawk Avenue, from Ohio Street to St. Lo Drive.

Wed
16
Aug

Lynxville’s iconic three wise men refurbished this summer


Putting the finishing touches on refastening Lynxville’s three wise men to the top of the bluff are (from left) Bryan Hagensick, Austin Hagensick, Parker Hagensick and Stan Hagensick. Other volunteers present for the community project (but not pictured) were Donny Hagensick, Jim Gobeli and Cory Kale. (Photo by Jim Gobeli)

Amid refurbishing the three wise men are (from left) Village President Stan Hagensick, Cory Kale, Bryan Hagensick, Austin Hagensick and Parker Hagensick. (Photo by Jim Gobeli)

By Correne Martin

A scenic drive north up Highway 35 to La Crosse would be incomplete without seeing the iconic three wise men figures on the bluff above Lynxville. Locally, they’re known to be located above “Caya’s Corner” and lit from Thanksgiving Eve until New Year’s Day. They’ve been a charming tradition for the small river community since the late 1950s/early 1960s.

According to Lynxville history, the community project, which also features four sheep, was erected (in the mid-1950s, or in 1960, depending on the resource) after many years of planning started by a group of residents, including Hank Cooper and Thurley (Caya) Turnipseed.

“Everybody feels they’re just a symbol of our community,” said Village President Stan Hagensick. However, he was unsure about more details of the initial reasoning, design choices or efforts.

Wed
16
Aug

FEMA Comes to Crawford County

 

FEMA comes to Crawford County

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) met with Grant County officials on Aug. 15 and with Crawford County officials on Aug. 16 regarding the severe thunderstorm of July 19 and the subsequent flooding of area rivers. 

Wed
16
Aug

Prairie du Chien School Board

 

Construction 

moving fast 

as start of school year approaches

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
16
Aug

Crawford County Board

 

Grant approved 

for $4.17 million 

County N project

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
14
Aug

JWalkers youth group volunteers in Tennessee for mission trip


Pictured are (front row, from left) Lauren Kennedy, Peggy Koresh, Kaitlyn Waller, Caitlin Nolan, Lindsey Nicholson, Kylee Weber; (middle row) Mary Stoeffler, Gracie Colson, Mackenzie Pettit, John Hendrix, Alexis Nolan, Emily Groom, Zach Mara, (back row) Weston Hill, Jack Stoeffler, Preston Hendrix, Mitchell Luster, Evan Teynor, Kyle MacEachern and Faith Dillman. These students volunteered on the mission trip to Gatlinburg. (Submitted photos)

Weston Hill was one of the many students who volunteered their time to help during the mission trip.

The youth helped pack food for those in need.

Mackenzie Pettit and Lauren Kennedy enjoyed helping Gatlinburg community members.

By Rachel Mergen

 

“We are so blessed,” Mary Stoeffler exclaimed in an email to parents whose children joined her during an annual mission trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn., from July 5 to 13. The students, who are members of the JWalkers youth group at Prairie du Chien’s Holy Family Parish, embarked on the trip to help with forest fire cleanup.

Mon
14
Aug

Hummingbird Banding


A male ruby throated hummingbird hovers in Wyalusing State Park Thursday. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Female ruby throated hummingbirds were much more abundant than males during the banding program Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Adult females are slightly larger than males.

The bands for ruby throated hummingbirds are tiny. The bands for males are smaller than for females.

Zookeeper Cassie Sajkowski carefully reaches for a hummingbird inside of a trap.

A hummer pauses for a split second in a girl’s hand upon being released.

People gather around the banding table Thursday morning to observe and learn while Mickey O’Connor (lower left) measures, weighs and bands, and Jane Austin records the information.

 

People enjoy hummingbird banding in Wyalusing State Park

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Many people have backyard hummingbird feeders in the summer months, and hummingbird banding has become an increasingly popular program at Wyalusing State Park within the last few years. 

Mon
14
Aug

Cops take to the rooftop

Law enforcement lights and police officers on a roof might have had some people wondering what was happening at Riverside Square in Prairie du Chien Friday morning, Aug. 11. Dunkin’ Donuts hosted the Cop on a Rooftop fundraiser for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Wisconsin. Officers from both the Prairie du Chien Police Department and Crawford County Sheriff’s Department participated by manning the roof in shifts and participating in contests for donations. Customers making a donation or paying to play one of several fun games, received a free cup of coffee. Dunkin’ Donuts will donate $5,000 to the torch run, which is a volunteer movement that began in 1986. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Mon
14
Aug

SUV runs over tent at River of Lakes, injures 7

A Fennimore woman was arrested Saturday night, Aug. 12, after she allegedly drove drunk and hit a tent with seven people inside it, at the River of Lakes campground in Bagley, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

At 10:18 p.m., Stacy Smith, 32, was driving a 2007 Ford Freestyle SUV south on Campground Road when she attempted to turn left. She lost control of her vehicle and ran over a tent that contained seven adults in their 20s, authorities said. Smith then backed over the tent again.

The individuals injured were Nathan Deicher, 26, of Milwaukee; Richard Franklin, 28, of Milwaukee; Alex Kindness, 25, of Milwaukee; Megan Marcou, 26, of Brookfield; Marissa Marti, 24, of Milwaukee; Colin O’Brien, 25, of Milwaukee; and Brian Walzak, 25, of Milwaukee.

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