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08
Aug

Historical society members to celebrate 20th anniversary

The Prairie du Chien Historical Society plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the society during its membership picnic on Sunday, Aug. 14, at the Fort Crawford Museum.

In the 1980s a small group of people began to discuss the formation of a historical society to preserve and interpret the rich and varied history of Prairie du Chien. While there was the interest in the formation of an organization, the question always was where to have a museum to display objects and present programs. The community had always supported the Villa Louis and the Museum of Medical Progress, but neither interpreted the history of Prairie du Chien. Then, in 1994, the State Medical Society of Wisconsin offered an opportunity.

Mon
08
Aug

Effigy Mounds Plans


The above photo shows Fire Point Overlook during a ranger-guided hike before the railing was built. (Photos courtesy of Effigy Mounds National Monument)

This is the railing at Fire Point Overlook as it is today.

 

Public meetings will help decide the fate of 

boardwalks and other structures at Effigy Mounds

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Fri
05
Aug

Woman reported missing at Wyalusing Beach

A woman who reportedly took an early morning swim went missing at the Wyalusing Beach in Wyalusing Township Wednesday morning, Aug. 3, according to official rescue personnel on scene Wednesday. The woman, who has since been identified as Virginia Aberle, 29, of Chicago, Ill, went missing from her group of friends that were camping at the beach around 3 a.m. Information was received that she was apparently in the water when she went missing.

In anticipation of a possible drowning, dragging operations on the river started immediately by the Grant County Search and Rescue Team as well as various rescue volunteers from the surrounding communities.

By Thursday, the Grant County Sheriff's Department reported that Aberle was presumed drowned and a recovery effort was put in place. Recovery was suspended overnight Wednesday but continued into Thursday and Friday, Sheriff Nate Dreckman said.

Wed
03
Aug

Highway 18-60 Project Update


Paving was being done near the intersection of Highway 18 and Highway 60 Tuesday morning as crews were heading toward the Wisconsin River Bridge.

Rebar was laid down Tuesday morning near The Port, a convenience store and gas station, ahead of the paving that was going toward the Wisconsin River Bridge.

 

Paving phase going well on Highway 18-60 Project

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Concrete paving on the Highway 18-60 Project in the town of Bridgeport began on July 25 and has been proceeded quite rapidly. The paving is expected to take three weeks to complete, said Construction Project Leader Jay P. Adams.

Wed
03
Aug

Agencies working to make COTR safe


Preparations have been underway at the Country on the River grounds near the construction on Highway 18 in the town of Bridgeport. The Wisconsin DOT, event organizers and the Crawford County Sheriff’s and Highway departments have been working to ensure a safe event for all motorists and event patrons.

 

Sheriff’s department, DOT, COTR organizers working to make event as safe as possible

By Ted Pennekamp

 

With the Country on the River music event beginning Thursday and running through the weekend, it is anticipated that there will be heavy traffic on Highway 18 in the construction zone of the Highway 18-60 Project that is underway in the town of Bridgeport.

Mon
01
Aug

Taste of the Driftless to raise funds for Democratic parties

The Taste of the Driftless farm-to-dinner event, featuring dishes by area French chef Monique Hooker, will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, at Hidden Springs Creamery in Westby.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) will be guest speaker at the dinner, which is a fundraiser for the Democratic parties of Crawford, Monroe, Richland and Vernon Counties.

International award-winning cheesemaker Brenda Jensen will host the event, which will begin at 2 p.m. with music, appetizers, games and an auction. Dinner, served sit-down family style, will follow at 4 p.m. After hearing speakers and candidates, guests will enjoy dessert, tours, music and socializing.

The main course will include marinated grilled beef loin with Chimichurri, grilled vegetables, fresh corn, herb-poached salmon and potato salad.

Mon
01
Aug

PdC police urge caution following string of thefts

Over the past few days the Prairie du Chien Police Department has taken multiple reports of thefts from vehicles around Prairie du Chien.

These thefts are taking place during the early morning hours and primarily involve unlocked vehicles. Items taken range from vehicle keys, to spare change to small electronics.

If you see suspicious people hanging around or entering vehicles please report the activity to the police department immediately.

Please lock your car doors, your garage entry doors and home doors. Also remove valuable electronics from your vehicles if possible.

Normally, these thefts begin during the spring and fade during the transition to summer. This is the first round of correlated thefts that have been reported this year.

For more information, please contact the Prairie du Chien Police Department at (608) 326-2421.

Mon
01
Aug

Rock and Roll Reunion a one-day collaboration of regional musicians

Rock and Roll Reunion a one-day collaboration of regional musicians In 2010, a group of 20-plus retired musicians from southwest Wisconsin got together to perform for one day in memory or fellow musician Dale Kidd of Madison. The first Rock and Roll Reunion was held at the Hickory Grove Golf Course in Fennimore and proceeds went to Outreach For World Hope, a nonprofit group helping to feed starving children.

The event was not only successful but a lot of fun for area musicians, so the group vowed to hold the reunion every two years and donate to additional causes as well. The second reunion was held also at Hickory Grove in 2012 and, in 2014, the event moved to Woodman.

This year, the Rock and Roll Reunion will again be held in Woodman on Saturday, Aug. 6. There is no cover charge for the event.

Mon
01
Aug

Young helping hands complete mission to clean up after flood


The Holy Family Parish mission group included (front row, from left) Kaitlyn Waller, Gracie Colson, Lindsey Nicholson, Caitlin Nolan, Jessica Bedtka, Veronica Kramer, Lauren Kennedy; (back row) Father Weighner, Weston Hill, Preston Hendrix, Wesley Schwager, Jack Stoeffler, Alexis Nolan, Faith Dillman, Peggy Koresh and Mary Stoeffler. Though Fr. Weighner did not go on the trip, he has been very instrumental in building the parish’s Jaywalkers group, of which many of these kids are current or past members.

The mission group tore tile out of multiple rooms in one building that is being cleaned and repaired to shelter people displaced by future floods.

Chaperone Mary Stoeffler (third from right) is pictured with some of the girls from the La Crosse Diocese inside a rain garden they dug themselves. Rain gardens include manure, sand and water-bearing plants that can alleviate some of the flood waters.

By Correne Martin

In October 2015, heavy rains and massive floods inundated Andrews, S.C.—a city of around 2,800 people. Nine months later, devastation remains for many of the residents, and a group of 15 high schoolers and college students from the Prairie du Chien area got to see the ruins first-hand during a mission trip July 5-14.

Wed
27
Jul

Book brings alive ‘The Battle For Prairie du Chien’


Standing on the grounds of the Fort Crawford Museum in Prairie du Chien, local historian Mary Elise Antoine showcases her latest book, “The War of 1812 in Wisconsin: The Battle for Prairie du Chien.” (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The stories of our country’s past can be quite complicated. Telling them in a way that brings history alive takes a careful approach and a proficient knowledge of the events as they occurred.

Local historian Mary Elise Antoine has written three books on Prairie du Chien: the first was “Images of Prairie du Chien” in 2011, then came “Legendary Locals” in 2015, and just released is “The War of 1812 in Wisconsin: The Battle for Prairie du Chien.”

“The War of 1812 in Wisconsin” is a story that Antoine said “really hasn’t been told before now.” It’s one she started a long time ago when she worked at the Villa Louis as part of a research report she wrote on the battle for Prairie du Chien. In 2012, she revisited that report and decided to write on either side of the battle, from about 1780 through about 1816.

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