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Fur trade through Civil War era tasks


Keith and Verta Kerr, of Postville, incorporated the young students attending Cannons at the Fort Friday, Sept. 12, into their rope-making demonstration. The Kerrs have participated in the annual Cannons event for many years and enjoy sharing their craft with the youth on Friday as well as the adults who attend on Saturday. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Prairie du Chien’s own Jean Titlbach (left) and high schooler Chloe Lorenz (center) showed Jackson and his classmates how to felt wool at this year’s Cannons at the Fort, hosted by the Fort Crawford Museum in Prairie du Chien, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12 and 13.

Interpreter Mary Ann Carolan and her sister Virginia Antoine (right behind her) teach youngsters from MFL Mar Mac how to dance to period music at the annual living history event.

Kay Tesar gets the flame started in the open fire cooking booth, as students gather in close to watch and keep warm on the cool and wet Cannons at the Fort gathering Friday.
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South half of Marquette will open to local traffic on Sept. 22

By Correne Martin

The southern two of the three planned roundabouts on Prairie du Chien’s Marquette Road are nearly complete and expected to open to local traffic on Monday, Sept. 22, in addition to the stretch of highway from Wisconsin Street south to Mooney Street.

“We have some retaining wall work and some landscaping to finish yet but, with the exception of a few possible lane restrictions, everything from Wisconsin Street south should be open,” stated Randy Henkel, superintendent for contractor H. James and Sons. “It will be open to local traffic only, and the detour will remain in place for through-traffic until the entire project is complete.”

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Videos on roundabouts offered online, at tourism center

By Correne Martin

“We’re not here to debate the pros and cons of roundabouts. They’re here and we need to be educated about how to navigate them,” Prairie du Chien City Administrator Aaron Kramer said Wednesday evening, Sept. 10, at a public meeting affectionately dubbed “Roundabout 101” at City Hall.

The Marquette Road/Highway 35 Wisconsin DOT reconstruction project in Prairie du Chien includes three roundabouts at the intersections of Iowa Street, Wisconsin Street and Blackhawk Avenue. The roundabouts will be closely coordinated with the nearby railroad with special signing and signals. Several informational animation and traffic simulation videos were developed to acquaint road users with driving around and understanding the roundabouts.

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Recovery program in jail

Drug, alcohol program in County Jail
Bill Miller, who will run the jail’s drug and alcohol program, and Jail Administrator Russell Wittrig stand in front of some of the book shelves in the jail’s library.

 

Crawford County Jail continues to expand programs

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Jail is starting up a new drug and alcohol program for the benefit of its inmates and is striving to continually improve in other areas as well.

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Novel explains unexpected story of the prominent Jane Fisher Rolette Dousman


Author Marilyn Leys first found the story of Jane Fisher Rolette Dousman to be an unexpected one when she toured the Villa Louis for the first time several decades ago. Then, a Milwaukee resident, Leys didn’t know she would eventually reside in the hometown of her main character in the novel, “Madame Jane.”

By Correne Martin

Local author Marilyn Leys felt it was a peculiar story that must be told. The life of Jane Fisher Rolette Dousman, the first woman in Wisconsin Territory to file for a divorce, intrigued Leys initially almost three decades ago—many years before she herself would move to Jane’s hometown of Prairie du Chien. Finally, in December of 2013, Leys’ novel, “Madame Jane,” was published.

Just after the War of 1812, 14-year-old Jane married Joseph Rolette, the most powerful, ruthless fur trader in Prairie du Chien, the western outpost of the American Fur Company. After she was separated and widowed by Rolette, Jane married a second wealthy fur trader, Hercules Louis Dousman, who built a mansion that preceded the Villa Louis.

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Five teens injured in an accident outside Monona

Five local teens were injured in a vehicle accident outside Monona just after 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4, according to a report from the Iowa State Patrol.

A truck, operated by Dylan Oelke, 17, of McGregor, was headed north on Hickory Avenue, north of 120th Street, when the driver lost control. The report said the vehicle entered the west ditch and vaulted over a field drive before coming to rest on its top.

According to authorities, Oelke and his four passengers—Carl Nagel, 15, of Monona; Vanessa Loera, 15, of Monona; Schylar Nieland, 16, of McGregor; and Tessa Eick, 17, of McGregor—were injured in the incident and transported to Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. Oelke, Nagel, Loera and Nieland were later transported to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Iowa State Trooper Garry Hahn said. Eick was released from the hospital.

Authorities reported that three of the five individuals were not wearing seat belts.

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Farm to School nourishes W-S kids and community


Accepting the $1,500 Driftless Wisconsin Grown grant recently were (from left) School Nurse Deanna Wallin-Sander, support staff member Kim Zimmerman, Farm to School volunteer Kathleen Hein, Culinary Director Janette Ward, retired Culinary Director Monica Krachey and District Principal Robert Sailer. (Submitted photo)

One student’s vibrantly-colored, healthy tray of lunch looks mighty tasty.

An array of vegetables, fruits and other nutritious foods are offered to Wauzeka-Steuben students in the cafeteria daily.

By Correne Martin
 
Pumpkin soup, roasted beets, and salad with kale and watercress are healthy, tasty, yet uncommon local foods many adults haven’t eaten. But most of the students at Wauzeka-Steuben Schools have tried them and even liked them thanks to the district’s thriving culinary program.

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Construction Cash winner

Dean DePauw, of Prairie du Chien, was the winner of $50 in Construction Cash this week. He registered to win at Leisure Time in Prairie du Chien. Pictured, DePauw and receives his “cash” and a Leisure Time gift certificate from Mike Bowar. Construction Cash is a Courier Press promotion running in conjunction with the Marquette Road construction project. The cash can be spent at any one of the 27 participating businesses in the community. Be sure to sign up for your chance to be the next winner.

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First Day of School at B.A. Kennedy


Nervous, excited, scared, rambunctious—all those feelings are part of the first day of school, especially in those first moments as students meet their new teacher and classmates and march down the hallway to their classroom. The youngest of B.A. Kennedy’s students, the 4K kids, exuded all those emotions Tuesday, Sept. 2. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Mrs. Megan Copsey showed one of her 4K students, Emma Niedziejko, where to hang her bookbag Tuesday morning. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Parker Bedward and his classmates were full of questions as Mrs. Copsey’s 4K class sat together to learn about how their routine will start each and every school day at B.A. Kennedy.

Students in Mr. Shawn Zeeh’s first grade started their first day of school off with a tour of their classroom and a rundown of how to behave well in class. They were all ears.
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Opportunity Center clients find job success in community


Patricia Majors has become a great fit as a True Value employee. She is pictured (middle) with her supervisor, Donna Teynor, and store manager, Oscar Eastman.

Deb Reed and Andrea Neis worked on jarring soups at the Sharing Spaces Kitchen recently.

By Correne Martin

As all eyes focus on work centers for citizens with disabilities and their future in the state of Wisconsin, which is altering its Family Care regulations, the Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien currently has over a dozen clients excelling in community-based employment.

Many adults with disabilities are happy and satisfied completing tasks on the Opportunity Center work floor. Yet, there are others who can and want to go out into the community and perform jobs at the expected standards. That’s where the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development’s Division of Vocational Rehab (DVR) comes in. The DVR program has made it possible for about 14 Opportunity Center clients to be hired for jobs with local businesses.

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