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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.

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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.

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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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25
Jul

Mother, son arrested in drug bust

A mother and son were both arrested last week in connection with illegal narcotics activity at their residence within a Prairie du Chien motel, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

In early June, Crawford County investigators were notified of the potential drug activity. Further investigation led them to believe that Patrick Tesar, 18, and his mother, Renee Hubanks, 50, were dealing marijuana, methamphetamine, psilocybin mushrooms, and possibly prescription medication out of the motel room in which they resided at the Prairie Motel. Next, investigators applied for and were granted a search warrant for the residence, Sheriff Dale McCullick said.

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25
Jul

Great River Relay For Life is Saturday evening at PdCHS


Peoples State Bank and MPC gave $1,500 corporate sponsorships to the Great River Relay For Life last week. Both have been 16-year financial contributors of the local fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Also, Prairie du Chien Mayor Dave Hemmer signed a proclamation declaring July 30, 2016, as Relay For Life Day in the city. He is pictured (center) with Shelly Rider, one of the relay’s coordinators. The Relay For Life is scheduled for Saturday, July 30, at the Prairie du Chien High School track, from 4 to 11 p.m. Pictured (left), Peoples State Bank President Mark Forsythe hands the donation to Mary Ann Heisz, one of the relay’s coordinators. (Right) Tom Hampton and Janet Mezera, members of the Relay For Life event leadership team and MPC employees, are shown receiving the donation from Plant Manager Lisa Esser.

It’s time again for the Great River Relay For Life, held at the Prairie du Chien High School, from 4 to 11 p.m., Saturday, July 30, in an effort to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. This year’s theme is “One World, One Hope.” Luminaria sales are still available at People’s State Bank and A Cut Above in Prairie du Chien through Wednesday.

On Saturday, set up for teams and registration begins at 3 p.m. The survivor reception and silent auction will begin at 4 p.m. The opening/survivor ceremony is at 5 p.m. Mary Ann Heisz, a survivor and co-coordinator of the Relay For Life, said she would like to see a great number of survivors come out this year to walk on the track for the survivors lap. A dessert auction starts at 6 p.m. Then, the caregiver ceremony takes place at 7 p.m. The silent auction and luminaria sales will end by 8 p.m. Capping off the evening, the Spirit of Hope/Luminaria program is a beautiful, emotional and unforgettable moment ending the relay.

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25
Jul

Blues fest to fill St. Feriole Island with attitude this weekend


The Mark May Band, accompanied by The Soul Satyr Horns, will bring a unique brand of blues with attitude to the Prairie Dog Blues Festival’s main stage this Saturday, July 30, at 4:30 p.m.

By Correne Martin

After 19 years, the Prairie Dog Blues Festival has become quite the outdoor party for music lovers of all ages. It brings thousands of people to Prairie du Chien the last weekend of July every summer—many who have fallen in love with the casual, regionally-acclaimed event and can’t wait to return each year. The musical talent that fires up the St. Feriole Island bash hails from all over the world, specializing in an assortment of blues and roots music like Chicago blues to West Coast jump, hard-driving Mississippi hill country blues, New Orleans horns, Texas boogie, zydeco, gospel, blues rock, etc.

The 2016 lineup has received rave reviews on the Prairie Dog Blues Fest Facebook page from new as well as dedicated festival-goers. Local hotels and campsites are booked, the grounds are getting set-up, performers are touring toward PdC and the weekend is almost here.

This year’s main stage line-up is as follows:

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20
Jul

Young woman transported to La Crosse hospital following rollover


Nichelle Skrupky-Nelson, 21, of Viroqua, was injured in a rollover crash on Highway 171 Sunday.

A young woman was transported to a La Crosse hospital as a result of a rollover accident Sunday, July 17, in Crawford County.

Just before 7:45 a.m., Nichelle Skrupky-Nelson, 21, of Viroqua, was driving a 2007 Saturn west on Highway 171, one-tenth of a mile west of Highway 27. She crossed into the eastbound lane of traffic, struck a guardrail, crossed back into the other lane, continue off the right side of the roadway, went up an embankment and rolled twice before the vehicle came to a rest on its top. Skrupky-Nelson was ejected from the vehicle and transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital by Ocooch Mountain Rescue for treatment of the injuries sustained in the accident. She was later transported to Gundersen-Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, though the extent of her injuries is not known.

The Seneca Fire Department and First Responders, Crawford County Highway Department and Scott’s Towing of Ferryville assisted at the scene.

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20
Jul

Grant for safe room in library expansion approved by Prairie du Chien council

By Correne Martin

The proposed renovation and expansion for the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library may also include a safe room in the basement to be used in case of emergency. During its regular bi-monthly meeting Tuesday night, the city council accepted a FEMA grant for $262,336.37 to construct the safe room, which would occupy 1,782 square feet of the 4,960-square-foot basement under the addition.

According to City Administrator Aaron Kramer, the space would also be multi-purpose, allowing for a host of uses when there is no emergency. Kramer said accepting the grant would not obligate the city to take the FEMA dollars and construct the basement. Library Director Nancy Ashmore as well as City Planner Garth Frable both voiced their support of the basement layout, including a safe room.

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20
Jul

Man travels to D.C. on horseback for veteran suicide awareness


Tony Jones, of Fort Pierre, S.D., left his home state June 5 and plans to travel on horseback to the nation’s capital by September, all in the name of veteran suicide awareness. While in Prairie du Chien Tuesday, the cowboy found a most suitable place to stop, the Sawmill Saloon. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A true cowboy, Tony Jones has trained race horses, he’s worked on ranches. He’s lived a fortunate life and he’s decided to pay it forward.

“I’m no great citizen. I just decided to do something,” he claimed, sitting on a bench outside the Sawmill Saloon in Prairie du Chien late Tuesday morning. “I’d like to encourage others to do the same.”

The 54-year-old is riding 1,500 miles on horseback from South Dakota to Washington, D.C. in order to raise awareness about veteran suicide and funds for military veterans through the Semper Fi Fund. His cause is Cowboys Ride for Veterans Awareness.

“Since I left home,” in Fort Pierre, S.D., Jones said, “a thousand veterans have committed suicide. We’re a country protected by heroes and if we’re not willing to take care of them, then we’re without heroes, and we don’t deserve their protection.”

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18
Jul

Let’s go ‘to a garden party’ on St. Feriole Island

By Correne Martin

Ever attended a garden party? Ever been through the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens? Now’s the time to make sure you can mark both of these items off your bucket list.

The Memorial Gardens will host a Chamber Business After Five along the theme “Went to a Garden Party” on Wednesday, July 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend, enjoy the serenity of the gardens, have a little food and drink, listen to music, meet the master volunteer gardeners, meet the Chamber Ambassadors and ultimately learn more about what has made St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens such an attraction in Prairie du Chien.

Music by Dan Moris and friends will be featured on the stage of the new harmony garden, which is currently being built. Taste small samples of beer and wine and some locally-made, light summer snacks.

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