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‘Farmer’s Almanac’ predicts winter warmer than normal


online exclusive

By Correne Martin

With the warm weather this past week, it’s hard to utter the dreaded “W” word. But colder temperatures and snowy precipitation are inevitable of “winters” in Wisconsin.

No one seems to be able to predict the weather better than “The Old Farmer’s Almanac,” the 2018 edition released Sept. 12. Since the oldest, continuously published periodical touts itself as “the only weather prognosticator with traditionally 80 percent accuracy,” it’s understandable why so many Midwestern farmers  and seniors put such great stock into the yearly projection.

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Sep

Chamber honors community contributors


The Chamber’s most prestigious awards went to Mary Antoine and Aaron Kramer. Mary received the President’s Award from Curt Zinkle and Aaron accepted the C.F. La Pointe plaque from CEO Bob Moses.

Among the honorees at the Sept. 14 Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce banquet were the George Family Foundation, with the Philanthropy Award, and Pizza Hut, for 40 years of service. Pictured (from left) are Roy George, Cindy (George) Standorf, Chamber CEO Bob Moses, Penny (George) Remz, Pizza Hut Manager Cindy Spiker and Chamber Board President Curt Zinkle. (Photos by Gary Howe)

Crawford County Title was shown appreciation for the company’s community investment. Pictured with their chamber award are (from left) Sue Groom, Char Bender, Jim Johnson and Hope Woodman.

Joe Cerven displays the plaque he and his parents, Greg and Rhonda, received from the chamber recognizing The Local Oven’s community investment.

The Dousman House in Prairie du Chien was bursting with business and industry conversations and energy Thursday evening, Sept. 14, as the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual meeting and awards presentation. Over 175 chamber members and guests attended.

The night’s crowning moment gave prominence to a small, distinguished group of community investment-minded movers and shakers.

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Sep

Manhu Residency in Prairie du Chien


The five members of Manhu (front) join the students in a salute to Prairie du Chien’s school spirit Thursday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Several students had a good time learning a dance with members of Manhu.

R.J. Atkinson attempts to play a leaf while Chad Achenbach (55) gets ready for his turn.

Three members of Manhu perform before the student body in the gym at Prairie du Chien High School Thursday afternoon.

Bamboo flutes were among the many instruments played by Manhu.

 

Prairie students enjoy performance by Manhu

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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13
Sep

Motorcyclist misses curve, slides into ditch

One motorcyclist was injured in a crash in Millville Township Sept. 9, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities said Anders Carlson, 43, of Chicago, Ill., was traveling east on County Highway C, near Rail Hollow Road in Millville, on his 2006 Triumph motorcycle when he failed to properly negotiate a curve. The motorcycle slid into the ditch causing Carlson to suffer minor injuries.

The Boscobel Rescue Squad, Mt. Hope Fire Department, and Woodman First Responders assisted at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.

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13
Sep

Driver eludes officers, charges pending for meth possession, etc.

A local man led police officers on a high speed chase through the streets of Prairie du Chien Tuesday, Sept. 12, but ended up arrested on methamphetamine-related charges, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

During the early morning Tuesday, the sheriff’s department K-9 unit, along with a city of Prairie du Chien officer, were patrolling Wells Street when they observed a 2001 Volkswagen Passat, operated by Christian Weber, 25, of Prairie du Chien. Upon seeing the squad car, Weber made multiple abrupt turns, began accelerating and drove through the stop sign at Ninth and Brunson Streets. The Crawford County deputy activated his emergency lights and siren, though Weber accelerated and continued making abrupt turns, according to the sheriff’s department. Weber continued at a high rate of speed, eastbound on Campion Street, then up Bluff View Drive.

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13
Sep

Mud conditions optimal for Saturday’s run


Regardless of whether you do the full course or the one-mile kids run, come prepared to get dirty at the Mississippi Mud Run Saturday, Sept. 16, on St. Feriole Island.

By Correne Martin

The mud conditions for this year’s Mississippi Mud Run are optimal, according to organizers, and Prairie du Chien’s four-mile, backwater obstacle course is nearly ready for the hundreds who will meet up to challenge themselves Saturday, Sept. 16, on St. Feriole Island.

“The river conditions are great,” said coordinator Lorie Floyd Tuesday. “The water’s going down fast, so [I’ll wait to] rope it off until I know the exact conditions. The last few years, there’s been a lot of water, but this year’s mud is going to be just perfect.”

Competitors and leisurely participants are reminded to “be prepared to get dirty.”

Race day registration will open at 7 a.m. The one-mile kids’ race will start at 8:30 a.m. Parents are asked that only one family representative race per child to make maneuverability greater for everyone. The full course will start at 9:30 a.m.

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13
Sep

Local Artist Featured at Healing Arts Gallery


“Bedding Down” is one of seven watercolors by Dave Elvert on display in the Bill and Coreen Adamany Healing Arts Gallery in Crossing Rivers Health.

 

Local artist showing at Healing Arts Gallery

By Ted Pennekamp

 

David Elvert of Wauzeka is the latest area artist to have his works on display at the Bill and Coreen Adamany Healing Arts Gallery at the Crossing Rivers Health Medical Center.

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11
Sep

Skill levels improving for Prairie du Chien students

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien School District has been doing quite well with regard to improving the reading and math skills in the elementary grades. 

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11
Sep

Years of service many at PdC Schools

The day before school officially started, the Prairie du Chien School District congratulated its current staff members who’ve dedicated many years of service toward making a difference in the lives of students. Pictured (front row, from left) are Hannah Rabbitt (10 years), Paula Shedivy (10 years), Brent Seamans (10 years), Dave Antoniewicz (35 years), Aaron Amundson (20 years), Karen Hertrampf (10 years); (second row) Stephanie Timmerman (20 years), Kalen Hagen (5 years), Deanna Thein (5 years), Angela Voelzke (5 years), Kelli Saxe (10 years), Kathy Schneider (5 years), Susan Boldt-David (25 years) Hannah Walleser (5 years); (third row) Lisa Ashbacher (25 years), Ron Sedgwick (20 years), Jim Schilling (30 years), Dan Roche (5 years), Megan Copsey (5 years), Chelsie White (5 years), Amanda Wagner (5 years), Chris LaHaie (15 years), Michele Kraus (20 years); (fourth row) Jenny Campbell (5 years), Kim Carlson (5 years) and Shelley Tesar (5 years).

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Soldiers Grove festival features visual, culinary and musical art


Over 5,000 art lovers attended the 2016 Driftless Area Art Festival, and this year’s event, Sept. 16–17, expects to attract as many visitors from across the Driftless region, including portions of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois. (Submitted photo)

Eighty of the finest visual artists from three states within the Driftless Region will converge in Soldiers Grove, Sept. 16 and 17, for the 13th annual Driftless Area Art Festival. They’ll be joined by 10 local culinary artists and four musical groups, some familiar names from previous years and some new to the festival.

The festival features art in traditional as well as contemporary styles and includes ceramics, fiber arts, glasswork, jewelry, painting, photography, prints and collages, sculpture, metalworks and wood art. Creative pieces by elementary, middle and high school students will also be on exhibit in the youth art tent, where young people can also try their hand at painting and other creative activities. The entire listing of artists, and information of their media, can be found on the festival’s website and on Facebook.

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