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Visiting motorcycle group donates food to harvest share

motorcycle group
A web-based 1300 Tourer motorcycle group, which boasts 5,000 members worldwide, held its annual reunion in Prairie du Chien last week. As a way to leave their mark on the community, they took time out from riding to shop at Piggly Wiggly and then deliver dozens of bags of non-perishable food items to the Cornerstone Foursquare Church’s harvest share program. The food pantry serves an average of 68 area families per month. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten

When Will Reece bought a Yamaha 1300 Tourer motorcycle six years ago, he did not know much about it. So, he did what a lot of other people do when they need answers—he took to the Internet, creating a website where other people could discuss that type of motorcycle.

Now, the web-based 1300 Tourer motorcycle group boasts 5,000 members worldwide. In order to connect with some of those far-reaching members, the group plans a reunion every summer, and meets at a voted-upon destination. Past meet and greets have taken place in Arkansas, Tennessee, Colorado, New York and, last year, Yellowstone National Park. This year, following a suggestion from some of its Iowa members, the group voted to meet in Prairie du Chien.

Mon
01
Jul

Eastman parade canceled, other events as planned on July 4

By Correne Martin

Fourth of July in Eastman will be celebrated a little differently this year. The parade has been canceled, but the fireworks and the rest of the festivities will go on as planned, with some new activities in store.
Due to the closure of Highway 35 from flood damage, the detour route is bringing a higher amount of traffic along Highway 27 through Eastman. This has caused the state to revoke the village’s permit to hold a parade on its main street.

“We’re disappointed, but we want the public to know that this isn’t by our choice. The state has rescinded our permit because of the detour,” said Jill Forde, of the Eastman Community Club. “Everything else on the Fourth will be held as planned this year, and the parade will be back next year.”

The community club has planned a few new events in place of the parade.

Fri
28
Jun

Prairie du Chien rushing flood waters video

This YouTube link will take you to a short video documenting the June 22, 2013, rushing flood waters at Angelina Estates on the south side of Prairie du Chien, due to backed up culverts that were clogged with mud, trees and other debris. http://youtu.be/yf09PZS8T1I

Thu
27
Jun

Emma Big Bear 144th birthday celebration July 5

Emma Big Bear was born of Winnebago (Ho-Chunk) descent on July 5, 1869 in Tomah, Wis., and lived in the area between southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa most of her life. She was the last full-blooded Native American to live by the traditional tribal means in Clayton County, Iowa, and likely all of northeast Iowa. Emma lived near her people’s ancient burial grounds around Paint Rock north of Waukon Junction, on the Mississippi River shore at McGregor, and in her home now connected to Eagles Landing Winery on North Street in Marquette. Emma Big Bear was an instantly-recognizable figure and a familiar character, hawking her hand-made baskets, beaded trinkets, and ginseng root. Emma Big Bear died on Aug. 21, 1968, just shy of her 100th birthday.

Thu
27
Jun

Barbershop harmonies sung and stories of bootlegging told at Bits & Pieces this weekend

On Sunday, June 30, the Prairie du Chien Historical Society will sponsor its annual Bits and Pieces – Music and History at 1:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Fort Crawford Museum.

This year, The Keystone Chorus will present a selection of songs sung in barbershop harmony. The Chorus is based out of Elkader, Iowa, and is a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society. In the last half of the 19th century, barbershops often served as community centers. Men waiting their turn in a barbershop harmonized spirituals and popular songs. This generated a new style, consisting of unaccompanied, four-part, close-harmony singing. A revival of a cappella singing began in the late 1930s and soon the “Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America” was established. The men of The Keystone Chorus are part of the “Society.”

Thu
27
Jun

Dairy Day Parade a hot spot for kids

miss squirt
mt hope parade
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milk truck
parade goers
The Mt. Hope Dairy Day Parade is one of the most popular parades in the, as it boasts a lot of candy for the kids and many parade entries. 2013 was the 41st annual celebration of the community's biggest event, organized by the Mt. Hope Cardinal 4-H Club.
Thu
27
Jun

Public health offers safety tips for dealing with flood damage

The damage from the late June flash floods has encompassed a very large area and Crawford County Public Health Director Gloria Wall has offered some safety tips to remember when dealing with the damage.

• Do not go into flooded areas without appropriate protective equipment. There are many unknown contaminants including bacteria, chemicals and sharp objects which may cause difficult to treat rashes, wounds and infections. This includes boots, rubber gloves and waterproof protective clothing is necessary. Wear masks or respirators where needed.

Wed
26
Jun

City, police union in Prairie du Chien consent to contract through 2016

By Correne Martin

Wed
26
Jun

Major highways remain impassable after flooding

Highway 60/61 mudslide
This landslide on Highway 60/61, near the Boscobel bridge, in Crawford County, was reported to be 25 feet high and 200 yards long. The highway is expected to be closed to traffic for weeks as crews work to clean up the mud, trees and debris, and determine how to stabilize the hillside. Visit pdccourier.com and Facebook for more storm photos. (Submitted by Todd Myers)
highways closed

By Correne Martin

Heavy rains continue to drown the landscape and add more insult to injury, as the late June storm damage to public infrastructure as well as private property in Crawford County is now estimated to be in the millions of dollars.
As of press time, Gov. Scott Walker was expected to tour local storm damage Wednesday afternoon.

“It’s in the $4 million range for public roads and bridges,” Crawford County Emergency Management Director Roger Martin said, “and estimates are just shy of $340,000 in personal property damage, and that number is continuing to rise.”

Wed
26
Jun

Mission trip helps Hattiesburg residents rebuild after tornado

Mission trip group
Before leaving for their trip, the girls gathered with Father Weighner for some last minute details. From left Bridget Achenbach, Claire Stoeffler, Courtney Pattison, Mariah Schwager and Father Weighner. (Photos submitted)
Mariah Schwager
Mariah Schwager operates a table saw in order to help build door frames and repair houses in Hattiesburg, Miss.

By Caitlin Bittner

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