Local News

Fri
25
Jul

Marquette Road, from Haydn to Washington, is the next stage of construction

By Correne Martin

Substantial changes are about to occur with the Marquette Road construction project in Prairie du Chien. The section of pavement north from Haydn Street to Washington Street will be broken up and removed, starting the week of July 28. Work on sanitary sewer, water main and storm sewer will follow. This is all part of stage four of the project, which is now being moved ahead of stage three (the Blackhawk Avenue roundabout).

The switch in stages is taking place due to a number of factors. First, the project is currently about three and a half weeks behind schedule due to heavy rain. Second, rain water washed sand into storm sewer pipes. Third, there has been a delay in the contractor gaining access to nearby railroad property.

Fri
25
Jul

Construction Cash winner

Jo Dee Bedtka, of Prairie du Chien, was the Courier Press’ Construction Cash winner for week eight of the promotion. She registered at O’Reilly Auto. Daniel Jones presented Bedtka with $50 in Construction Cash to be spent at any of the 27 participating businesses. Be sure to register at one of the local Construction Cash participating businesses, and you could be our next winner.

Wed
23
Jul

Prairie du Chien author

Local author
Prairie du Chien author Anne M. Jenks has written two children’s books and is working on a third.

 

Prairie du Chien author writes 

children’s books with a message

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A Prairie du Chien woman has recently published two children’s books and is working on a third. The colorfully illustrated “Bitsy Bear” and “The Icky, Sticky, Tea Party are fun but also have educational components, said author Anne M. Jenks. 

Wed
23
Jul

Blues fest performer riffs like Janis, counts Bob Dylan as a fan


How many artists can say that Bob Dylan is a fan? Well Carolyn Wonderland can. This Texas gal is a musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis Joplin, the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray along with a huge dose of soulful individuality. She pens many of her own tunes and her music has been used in television series such as Time Of Your Life and Homicide. Besides being a master guitar player, Carolyn also plays piano, accordian, trumpet, mandolin and lap steel. (Photo copyright: R.R. Rodriguez)

Carolyn Wonderland has never forgotten where she came from. On her new album, “Peace Meal,” she brings the hard-won lessons of her own blessed life together with stories from some of the world’s best-known and most beloved songwriters (Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Robert Hunter, Elmore James, and Robert Johnson) to create a menu of sustaining, satisfying songs that offers musical food for thought to her growing legions of fans.

The musical force herself will be in Prairie du Chien this weekend for the 17th annual Prairie Dog Blues Fest. She will take the main stage at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26. For details, visit prairiedogblues.com.
Internationally heralded as one of the best vocalists in her adopted hometown of Austin, Texas, Wonderland has also been highly touted as a guitar goddess and is quickly making a name for herself in her competitive neighborhood and far beyond.

Wed
23
Jul

Reflecting on life before (and after) days of electricity


There are currently seven women over the age of 90 living at the Rivercrest Villages apartments in Prairie du Chien. These sweet ladies include (front row, from left) Alice Shulka, 90; Grace Graap, soon to be 98; (back row) Dorothy Konichek, soon to be 91; Mae Motsinger, 92; and Mattie Hutson, soon to be 92. Not pictured are Evelyn Hillman, 91; and Gladys Ertel, soon to be 91. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin
 
When asked to recall their lives before electricity, telephones and running water became conventional, a group of ladies at Rivercrest Villages in Prairie du Chien gushed with amusement and plenty of memories.
Yes, there are days they can vividly remember hand washing loads of clothing, making candles or hauling water by the pail to fill the wood stove reservoir. Now, they just walk around their apartments, flip on the lights, throw the clothes into an electric washing machine, turn on the faucet for a drink of water and then pop their food into the microwave. It’s that easy.

There are currently seven women over the age of 90 living at Rivercrest Villages apartments. Five of them recently took some time away from playing cards and crocheting to chit chat about the many years they’ve lived, how the world around them has changed and the nice home they have together at the apartment building.

Mon
21
Jul

Battle of Prairie du Chien marks 200 years with record numbers


Leading his men in a salute to the audience after Sunday’s re-enactment, British commander Col. McKay (front row, far left) was depicted by Frederick Carsted of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. This weekend was the Bicentennial Celebration of the War of 1812 Battle of Prairie du Chien (1814), held on the historic Villa Louis grounds. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Donning grayish-blue and white uniforms, the Americans aimed their fire at the British and Indians from the shelter of “Fort Shelby,” which they eventually surrendered.

Isaac Lawrence, of New Richmond, has been coming to the War of 1812 re-enactment in Prairie du Chien with his dad, Thomas, since he was a “babe in cloth” at 2 months old. This year, he enjoyed camp activities and practicing his hatchet skills during down time.

Dressed in period attire, Dave Lepley, of Viola, is pictured inside his wall tent at the re-enactment camp, with his cribbage board and cards. Lepley has attended the local event since 1989.

By Correne Martin

With the Mississippi River in the distance, in the unseasonable breeze, the trees seemed to whisper the alluring stories of the only War of 1812 battle that took place on Wisconsin soil.

On the documented grounds where it all happened, where the Villa Louis now sits, the Battle of Prairie du Chien was fought in 1814.

This past weekend, re-enactors representing both the American and British causes descended on the grounds, as a sort of big family, to portray and teach history in a way that you can’t find in textbooks or pamphlets.

Mon
21
Jul

Blake's Prairie Fair

Relaxing at the fair
Cordt Esser of Bloomington shares a snooze with “Apple Pie” Sunday at the Blake’s Prairie Junior Fair. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)
Horsemanship
Talyia Edge and Emma Rooney compete in the Grades 7 to 10 Horseman, Pony, Walk and Trot Class at the Blake’s Prairie Fair Sunday morning.
Mon
21
Jul

Trout angler touts changes

 

Area trout fisherman lands his day in court

The former fish manager hopes his act of 

‘civil disobedience’ will catch attention, reel in regulations

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
16
Jul

Prairie Dog Blues Fest ready to rock St. Feriole


Whether you’re a fan of the hard-core Chicago blues or the newer blues rock, you will get an up close view of the unbelievable global talent taking the stage at the Prairie Dog Blues Fest in Prairie du Chien, July 25 and 26.

By Correne Martin

Lie back in your chair during the day or kick up your heels by the stage at night. No matter how you choose to take in the Prairie Dog Blues Festival on Friday and Saturday, July 25-26, in Prairie du Chien, the music is bound to keep you movin’ and groovin’ all weekend long.

As always, the lineup will feature a variety of global talent, playing everything from Chicago blues, West Coast jump, hard-driving Mississippi Hill country blues, and New Orleans horns to Texas  boogie, zydeco, gospel and blues rock.

Wed
16
Jul

Ferryville fun-filled event to leave spectators in a Daze


The eighth annual Antique Tractor Pull is hosted and organized by the Ferryville Antique Tractor Association and is part of Ferryville’s River Bluff Daze on Saturday, July 26.

A busy and noisy day is in store for everyone in Ferryville on Saturday, July 26. The day begins at 9 a.m. with Market in the Park featuring Amish goods, produce and variety of products in Sugar Creek Park. Also at 9 a.m., many antique tractors will be arriving at Ferryville Community Center to register for the antique tractor pull.

From noon to 4:30 p.m., the Eighth Annual Antique Tractor Pull begins for all to enjoy. To register for the Antique Tractor Pull, go to www.ferryvilletractor.com. The Antique Tractor Pull is hosted and organized by the Ferryville Antique Tractor Association with raffle tickets on sale now. Raffle Tickets can also be purchased at the event.

All raffle items will be on display and raffle tickets are available all day at the Community Center. These raffle items will be drawn and winners announced at 9 p.m. The Ferryville Tourism Council 50:50 raffle drawing for $500 is at 9 p.m. also.

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