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War of 1812 Battle of Prairie du Chien marks 200th anniversary


The Bicentennial Celebration of the War of 1812 Battle of Prairie du Chien (1814) is this weekend on the Villa Louis grounds in Prairie du Chien. The public is invited to come out and enjoy this 20th anniversary re-enactment event.

By Correne Martin

For the 24th year, the War of 1812 Battle of Prairie du Chien (1814) will be re-enacted this weekend on St. Feriole Island in the second oldest city in Wisconsin. But this isn’t just another ordinary re-enactment. 2014 is actually the 200th anniversary celebration of the battle and over 150 re-enactors from all over the country will descend on the Villa Louis grounds in Prairie du Chien for the festivities. The celebration includes plenty of entertainment for the whole family.

“They’ll start arriving Thursday,” Villa Louis Site Director Susan Caya-Slusser said of the re-enactors, noting that some stay in hotels while others camp and enjoy local activities with their families while in town.
The schedule of events begins Friday, and the two battle re-enactments will be staged Saturday and Sunday.

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City of PdC collects dust samples relating to Pattison Sand operations


Prairie du Chien Co-Manager of Public Works Terry Meyer collects a sample of sand from the transloading site operated by Pattison Sand Company along the Highway 18 Bypass in the city. The sample will be sent along with three or four others from area residences and a construction site to a state lab in Madison for analysis.

By Correne Martin
 
The city of Prairie du Chien has taken the initiative to collect dust samples in and around the Pattison Sand transloading site for testing by the Wisconsin Occupational Health Laboratory (WOHL) in Madison. This action is in response to years of complaints by city residents about dust in their homes near the site, in addition to noise and other concerns. It also follows a recent proposal of an expansion of the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad property along the Highway 18 Bypass where Pattison Sand Company performs some of its operations.

The Prairie du Chien Common Council will discuss this recent course of action at its Tuesday night, July 15 meeting (7 p.m., council chambers).

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Marquette Road project faces major changes

In an effort to keep the Marquette Road project on schedule for completion in 2014, a change in the construction schedule will take place later this month. The project is currently three weeks behind schedule due to adverse weather conditions in the past few weeks. Rain water washing sand into storm sewer pipes has accounted for part of the delay. A delay in the contractor gaining access to BNSF Railroad property adjacent to Marquette Road has also contributed. Portions of the delay also come from unanticipated underground conflicts and complications with utilities.

“The primary reason for this change is to accomplish the goal of completing the project in 2014,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said. “We have heard from impacted businesses and residents that there is little to no support to see this project stretch into 2015. I appreciate the efforts the DOT is making to respond to these concerns.”

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PdC prepares to get CRAZY

By Caitlin Bittner

Ready or not shoppers, Crazy Days is coming to Prairie du Chien.

The annual blowout, arranged in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, will begin Wednesday, July 16 and run through Sunday, July 20. The Chamber encourages everyone to take advantage of the deals and steals at many businesses located throughout Prairie du Chien.

Shoppers and business owners alike find it hard to remember a time without the event, but, what many may be wondering is how will the sales be affected by the recent road construction.
City Administrator Aaron Kramer said that he doesn’t expect the situation to deviate much from its current state. “We pushed back the movement to Stage 4 of the Marquette Road Project specifically to avoid events like Crazy Days, the War of 1812 and Blues Fest.”

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Five run for royalty at this weekend's Blake’s Prairie Fair


Sarah Breuer, Olivia Breuer, Beth Zimmer, Abriana Errthum, Desmond Crapp

Five area high schoolers are competing to become the king and queen of the 2014 Blake’s Prairie Jr. Fair, which will be held at the fairgrounds in Bloomington on July 17-20.

Queen candidate Olivia Breuer, daughter of Lisa Breuer and Raymond Breuer, is sponsored by the Mount Hope Cardinals 4-H Club. Olivia is a five-year member of the 4-H club and has held the offices of club reporter and club president. Some of the projects Olivia has been involved in are photography, home environment, foods and nutrition, arts and crafts, and creative writing. She has also been involved in the foods revue and speaking contest. Olivia has also been active on the Mt. Hope Dairy Day committee.

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River Ridge school board takes steps toward ‘one-site’ referendum

By Correne Martin

“This has been dragging on too long,” River Ridge School Board Clerk Ken Nies contended, in addressing over 50 people present at last Wednesday night’s school board meeting. “I want this school district to be here 50 years from now. We’ve got to get something done soon and done right. I’d move everything [to Patch Grove] and be done with it.”

Nies was, of course, speaking about the highly-debated, drawn out situation the district has faced for nearly two years in determining the future arrangement of its aging school facilities in both Patch Grove and Bloomington.

The school board met for more than two hours Wednesday night, July 9. Almost half of that time was spent by board and community members civilly discussing the next step toward a solution that will ultimately be the best educationally and financially.

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Paint bubbles, peels and falls from courtroom ceiling

peeling ceiling
This is the biggest spot so far where paint has fallen from the Crawford County Courtroom ceiling.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Courthouse building renovation was completed in October of 2013, but now problems have surfaced with the main courtroom ceiling. 

 

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Wisconsin Badger Camp Open House scheduled July 13

Wisconsin Badger Camp will host its annual Open House on Sunday, July 13 from 1 to 4 p.m., with tours beginning at 1. The public is welcome to visit and learn more about what makes Wisconsin Badger Camp an enjoyable vacation spot for campers with developmental disabilities.

Visitors are invited to tour Badger Camp facilities, learn more about volunteering, participate in camp activities and share refreshments with campers and staff. Anyone interested in learning more about Wisconsin Badger Camp or experiencing what the program has to offer is encouraged to attend.

“Open House is a great opportunity for us to educate the public about Wisconsin Badger Camp and to encourage visitors to see Badger Camp in action,” Brent Bowers, executive director of Wisconsin Badger Camp, said. “Open House also gives us a chance to celebrate our accomplishments and recognize all of the great supporters of Badger Camp, who have contributed in numerous ways.”

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Van, two motorcycles involved in accident

On Friday, July 4 at 3:48 p.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a motorcycle versus van crash on Highway 27 north of Cipra Lane in Prairie du Chien Township.

Michael Lehner, 56, Burnsville, Minn., was driving a mini van south on Highway 27 when he slowed down for a vehicle parked along the roadway. Richard Lacey, 67, Guttenberg, Iowa, was following driving a 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he rear-ended the Lehner van. Then Nancy Lacey, 63, Guttenberg, driving a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle, rear-ended the crashed motorcycle.

Lehner and his six passengers escaped injury. Richard Lacey sustained a cut to the arm and bruises. His wife Nancy sustained a broken leg along with bruises. Both Lacey’s were taken to Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital.  

Assisting at the scene were the Bridgeport Fire and First Responders, the Prairie du Chien Police Department, Tri-State Ambulance and Bob’s Towing.

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PdC fireworks Saturday, July 19

The annual Prairie du Chien fireworks celebration on beautiful St. Feriole Island has been officially moved back one week, to Saturday, July 19, due to the high Mississippi River waters, according to the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce office.

The fireworks will be shot off after dusk  from the sandy beach on the riverfront. Watch the magnificent display of fireworks over the Mississippi River.

Lions Club members will be on the bridges of Blackhawk Avenue and Washington Street to accept donations to help with fireworks’ costs and assist worthwhile projects the club sponsors. Your contributions are always greatly appreciated.

Also consider spending the weekend in Prairie du Chien as the community will host the War of 1812 as well. On July 19 and 20, the community will honor the 200th anniversary of the only War of 1812 battle fought on Wisconsin soil, in 1814. The land is now the beautiful grounds of the Villa Louis.

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