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26
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Discover Wisconsin features Prairie du Chien in episode


Discover Wisconsin Co-Host Mariah Haberman (right) kayaks alongside Sally Marshall, of the Great River Paddlers Club. (Photo provided by Discover Wisconsin)

Discover Wisconsin Cinematographer Shawn Hermsen films the Prairie du Chien area from Pike’s Peak State Park. (Photo provided by Discover Wisconsin)

Mississippi Expolorer cruises are featured in the episode, along with an assortment of other local businesses.

The Prairie du Chien area is being featured on Discover Wisconsin, the nation’s longest-running tourism TV show. Premiering April 5, “Paddle, Float and Explore—Wisconsin’s River Communities” will reach Discover Wisconsin’s broadcast network of 480,000 viewers across the upper Great Lakes region, including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Northern Illinois, and Upper Michigan. The episode was produced in partnership with the Prairie du Chien Tourism Council, city of Boscobel, Sauk City Area Chamber of Commerce and Discover Wisconsin.

The program airs locally Saturday, April 5 at 5 p.m. on WXOW TV 19 and at 6:30 p.m. on WKOW TV 27.

“The Wisconsin River provides countless recreational opportunities, which in turn boosts Prairie du Chien’s tourism economy,” said Patti Wacker, tourism coordinator for the Prairie du Chien Chamber of Commerce. “We are looking forward to the promotional benefits the community will see thanks to our partnership with Discover Wisconsin.”

Wed
26
Mar

Crawford County Clean Sweep set for April 12

The city of Prairie du Chien, in conjunction with Crawford Co., La Crosse County Solid Waste and Dynamic Recycling, is hosting a county-wide Clean Sweep on Saturday, April 12, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The collection event will be for all residents of Crawford County. The event will be held at the Wolf Machine building, 1601 East Lessard St., Prairie du Chien.

La Crosse County has received grants to support the funding for these events in Vernon, La Crosse and Crawford Counties. Employees from the city and county will be on hand to assist with registration, information and clean-up after the event.

This is an opportunity for county residents to clean out their garages, basements and storage buildings and properly recycle or dispose of many environmentally harmful products. Last year, many pounds of waste products and electronics were collected.

Wed
26
Mar

Local Relay for Life changes its format, moving to August

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien’s Relay for Life is being revamped for 2014. The annual activities are moving from April to August, taking place outdoors again and being offered in a new one-day format. These changes are designed to help improve attendance this year and in future years.

The local Relay for Life of the Great River, which is associated with the ceremonial fundraising walk for the American Cancer Society, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2, rain or shine, on the Prairie du Chien High School track. Opening ceremonies will kick off the day at 11 a.m. This year’s theme for the family-friendly event is “Carnival for Hope.”

Mon
24
Mar

Copper Creek

 

Grant will help 

combat Japanese hops along Copper Creek

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Crawford County with help from the Southwest Badger Resource Conservation and Development Council, which is based in Platteville, is seeking a Wisconsin DNR Rapid Response Grant in order to fight the invasive species Japanese hops which has proliferated along Copper Creek. 

Wed
19
Mar

American Hazelnut Company

 

American Hazelnut Company on 

the drawing board for area growers

By Ted Pennekamp

 

For those who love hazelnuts, there is a new collaboration in the works by which hazelnut products might be produced in Vernon and Crawford counties as early as the fall of 2014.

Mon
17
Mar

Antoine reception

Congratulations Matt
Olympic bronze medalist Matt Antoine of Prairie du Chien receives a plaque from Governor Scott Walker Friday evening during a reception and welcome home for Antoine in the Dousman House on St. Feriole Island. Several hundred people attended the event to congratulate Antoine, to see his bronze medal, and to get autographs. State representatives Jennifer Schilling, Lee Nerison, Prairie du Chien Mayor Dave Hemmer, and Prairie du Chien Chamber Director Robert Moses also spoke before Antoine took the podium and addressed the crowd to a standing ovation. Antoine won the bronze medal in the men’s skeleton at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in February, culminating nearly 12 years of hard work. He said he will go for the gold in four more years. The reception was put on by the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)
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17
Mar

asian carp

 

Asian carp eggs, 

embryos found near Lynxville

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Asian carp eggs, including late-stage embryos nearly ready to hatch from the egg, were recently identified in samples collected by U.S. Geological Survey scientists in 2013 from the Upper Mississippi River as far north as Lynxville.

Wed
12
Mar

Clayton Township couple’s lives end tragically

Murder-suicide
The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department learned Monday evening of an apparent murder-suicide involving Robert and Karen Reagan on County Highway X in rural Clayton Township (Wis). Investigators are following a lead that Karen may have received some troubling health news and that was the motive for why the tragedy occurred. (Photo by Rebecca Eby)

On March 11, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department reported a suspected murder-suicide on County Highway X in rural Clayton Township (Wis). An autopsy was completed on both individuals involved. Preliminary autopsy results along with the evidence gathered at the scene confirmed what investigators initially believed happened.  

On March 10, sometime in the mid-afternoon, Robert J. Reagan, 70, entered his wife’s bedroom where she was in bed. He shot and killed his wife, Karen M. Reagan, 68, with a single gunshot wound to the head.

“It appeared that she may have been asleep when she was killed but we will never know for sure if she was sleeping or awake,” Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick said.

At some point after killing his wife, Robert walked out to his driveway and shot and killed himself with a single gunshot to the head with a .357 caliber revolver.

Wed
12
Mar

Antoine coming home

Great Olympics experience
Matt Antoine wears his bronze medal while standing next to Apolo Anton Ohno, an eight-time Olympic medalist in short track speed skating. (Photo by Mary Antoine)

 

Olympics ‘a truly great experience’

Antoine will go for the gold in four more years

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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10
Mar

Recall petition

 

Citizens seeking recall 

of Bridgeport officials

By Ted Pennekamp

 

This week, some residents from the town of Bridgeport began circulating a recall petition aimed at recalling two Bridgeport Town supervisors. 

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