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Campion Boat Landing

Boat Landing expansion
Six new parking stalls were added to the Campion Boat Landing this past week. Three new handicapped accessible stalls were also added near the increasingly popular fishing dock.

 

Prairie du Chien’s Campion Boat Landing is expanded

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The various boat landings in Prairie du Chien continue to have improvements made. This past week, more black top was added to the Campion Boat Landing to expand the parking lot and also to complete the area in front of the newest ramp that was added to the north of the other two ramps already in place. The newest boat launch ramp had yellow tape across it and is not quite ready for use. 

Mon
18
Aug

New assistant at chamber office ready to advocate for area businesses

By Correne Martin

There’s a new face in the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce office and tourism and welcome center. Brenda Grondin, of Prairie du Chien, took over duties as administrative assistant to the director just over one month ago. So far, she’s become accustomed to her duties well and she’s ready to cultivate new relationships in her work advocating for area businesses.

Grondin was born and raised in Prairie du Chien. After high school, she went into the Navy and was stationed in Florida. She later moved to Vermont, where she worked in a cheese factory and attended college. Back in Wisconsin, she worked at Prairie Industries for over six years as a lead operator.

Mon
18
Aug

South end of Marquette Road project to open to local traffic in about one month

By Correne Martin

Looking at all of the construction on Marquette Road in Prairie du Chien, you may have wondered when some of the roads will open up again, or when the Blackhawk Avenue intersection will be closed for work on that roundabout. Project coordinators held a meeting for business owners on Aug. 13, addressing their progress and expectations at this time.

“Stages one and two should be done within about four weeks. All the way from Wisconsin Street to Mooney Street will be ready for local traffic prior to the Blackhawk intersection closure,” said Randy Henkel, of H. James and Sons, the project’s general contractor.

As of last week, Henkel felt that the Blackhawk/Marquette intersection would be closed around the third week of September.

Mon
18
Aug

Area family grows non-GMO corn

On Mountain Lane Farm in rural Eastman/Wauzeka, Tom and Sharon Martin are raising the next generation of Crawford County growers. Their boys, Gabe, 13, Zach, 11, Nate, 11, Jacob, 9, and Joshua, 4, are learning the tricks of the trade, so to speak.

The boys have an inherited sense of producing organically, which they gleaned from their parents. With their dad’s help, the boys planted over two acres of non-GMO, organic corn, some of which is an heirloom variety. When asked what they thought was special about their farm, Nate and Zach replied, “We don’t use chemicals.”

The boys help with fences, hay, moving beef cows (there are currently 120 of them), and planting and picking crops. The boys want to raise chickens and sheep one day as well.

When asked if they all get along well, the twins smirked and replied, “sometimes.”

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18
Aug

One site nearly official for River Ridge Schools

By Correne Martin
 
An official vote is yet to take place Wednesday, Aug. 20; however, it became very clear last week that the River Ridge School District is headed toward a referendum this November. Last Tuesday night, Aug. 12, a special school board meeting was held to hear engineers’ reports regarding HVAC findings and costs associated with the district’s two facilities in Patch Grove and Bloomington and to further hone the district’s options of moving everything to one site in Patch Grove or leaving its setup as is.

Wed
13
Aug

Community Service of Remembrance a way to honor loved ones and friends

"Again this year, we invite the community to participate in a Service of Remembrance to celebrate the lives of their loved ones on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 6:30 p.m. The service will be held in the beautiful outdoor setting at St. Feriole Island’s Memorial Gardens in Prairie du Chien,” said Diane Koth, patient family services director at Crossing Rivers Health. “This special interdenominational service is held annually to commemorate loved ones who are no longer with us physically, but remain close in hearts and minds. We gather to remember and honor family members and friends who have helped shape our lives, and we give thanks for the gifts they leave behind.”

The Service of Remembrance is hosted by hospice volunteers and members of Crossing Rivers Health’s Bereavement Team.

Wed
13
Aug

Kurtz will take on Kind in November

Army veteran, farmer and Prairie du Chien resident Tony Kurtz, 47, won Tuesday night’s primary election in the Third Congressional District, defeating his challengers, former Mauston City Council member Ken Van Doren and civil rights attorney Karen Mueller. His victory earned him the Republican nomination to run against nine-term incumbent Democrat Ron Kind, who was unopposed in the primary.

“This was a team effort. The campaign has been so rewarding and humbling,” Kurtz said in an interview with La Crosse’s WKBT-TV Tuesday night.

In his efforts to unseat Kind, Kurtz said he plans to just “talk about the issues.”

“We’re tired of career politicians. We need true change and that’s what I want to bring,” he said.

Wed
13
Aug

Businesses still waiting for cleanup of Slumberland ruins


The remains of the Slumberland Furniture fire from April 13 have yet to be completely torn down and cleaned up four months later. The blaze not only destroyed the store, it also left half of the Blackhawk Junction mall closed down, waiting for cleanup efforts to take place so the rest can be rebuilt. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

It’s been exactly four months since Slumberland Furniture in Prairie du Chien was destroyed by a fire, deemed “undetermined” in its cause. Since then, the charred ruins of the building and its contents have remained nearly the same as they appeared in the weeks following the April 13 blaze. Now, community members are beginning to wonder about the cleanup efforts and the future of the businesses that previously called the west end of Blackhawk Junction their home.

“We have to wait for Slumberland to clean up before we can re-open,” stated Jenny Coleman, owner of Sears Hometown Store, which sustained a total loss due to extensive smoke damage. Sears currently sits gutted from the ceiling tiles and walls to the flooring. Coleman’s second business in the mall, Curves fitness center, also remains closed due to the fire. “There’s no point in opening if they’re just going to stir everything up.”

Mon
11
Aug

Scenes from the Crawford County


In the corn box sponsored by Burkum Milling at the Crawford County Fair Wednesday night, Aug. 6, Michaela Cauffman had fun playing with the shelled corn. She found it to be particularly amusing when she dumped the corn over her head, time and time again. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Two hard-working, giving individuals were recognized by the Crawford County Fair Board and the Friends of the Crawford County Fair Wednesday night, Aug. 6. Nola Nagel and Kim Moret have given many years of support to the fair, especially for the Porky Pig and Farmerbud Dairy shows. Pictured (from left) are Fair Coordinator Amanda Nagel, Fairest of the Fair Attendant Mikaela Baker, Nola Nagel, Kim Moret, Fair Board Chair Pete Flesch, Fairest of the Fair Sarah Achenbach and Wade Dull. (Submitted photo)

The winner of this year’s county fair wine tasting competition was Gene Carlson. He is pictured (center) with his plaque and award-winning, semi-sweet blackberry wine, along with his fellow competitors, Allen Isen and Gillian Pomplun. Pomplun won second with her dry aronia apple syrah, while Isen was third with his dry grape. (Photo by Correne Martin)

A young thrill seeker enjoys the speed and whirling of the Scrambler at the Crawford County Fair Friday afternoon near Gays Mills. More fair photos on pages 4-5 and Facebook. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

This trio of youngsters do their version of “the wave” while enjoying the “alligator” ride at the Crawford County Fair Friday afternoon. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Aisja Achenbach and Alexis Collins of Eastman share a moment while resting with their cows Daisy and Mystery. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

The Crawford County Fair feels just like home, according to this 4-H club’s exhibit. All of the county’s 4-H clubs presented decorative exhibits in honor of the 100 year anniversary of 4-H in Wisconsin this year. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Vased bouquets and single cut flowers—from the wildflower variety to perennials and annuals—were popular in the junior and open exhibits at the county fair this year. (Photo by Correne Martin)

This vegetable, with its interesting “carrot-eristics,” was entered among the vegetable exhibits in the plant and soil science department of the fair. (Photo by Correne Martin)

A motorcycle daredevil flips over a jump while practicing Thursday for the Blessed FMX Stunt Show. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)
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11
Aug

Circus comes to town

Circus thrills audiences
The lovely and talented Halley Epperson performs up high Saturday afternoon at the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus on St. Feriole Island. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Culpepper and Merriweather Circus thrills audiences

The Big Top was full for two 90-minute performances of the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus on St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien Saturday afternoon. 

Young and old alike enjoyed several fabulous acts including Trey Key and his Jungle Cats, Miss Simone and her breath-taking single trapeze, Miss Paulina’s Prancing Ponies, Leo the Clown, The Arlise Troupe, the extreme flexibility of Miss Gorgia, and many others. 

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