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19
Jun

Construction Cash winner - Week 4

JoAnne Broder, of Prairie du Chien, was the Courier Press’ Construction Cash winner for week four of the promotion. She registered at Excalibur Laundry. Jay White, of Excalibur, presented Broder with $50 in Construction Cash to be spent at any of the 27 participating businesses. Be sure to register at one of the local Construction Cash participating businesses, and you could be our next winner.

Wed
18
Jun

New unpaid parking ticket software could impact driving privileges

New parking software upgrades that track delinquent parking ticket payments will soon impact driving privileges of those who don’t pay in the city of Prairie du Chien. This comes after the city council approved an ordinance Tuesday night that imposes penalties for not paying the parking tickets.

City Administrator Aaron Kramer outlined the state-issued penalties for non-payment. Under the ordinance, the forfeiture will be doubled if paid within 15 to 28 days after the date of the violation or tripled if paid within 29 to 45 days after the date of violation. If the forfeiture is not paid within 45 days, the registration of the vehicle involved in the violation could be suspended until the penalty is paid in full along with a $25 fee for the processing of the paperwork.

Wed
18
Jun

Tennis courts at Hoffman Hall net anonymous donation toward upgrade


An anonymous donation of nearly $40,000 will help to improve the tennis courts on the green space west of Hoffman Hall later this summer. Key project components are a drainage system, new poles and nets, and a color sealant for the top layer—all of which will improve the sustainability and look of the facility.

By Correne Martin

An anonymous donor has stepped forward with nearly $40,000 to improve the outdoor tennis courts at Hoffman Hall in Prairie du Chien, providing for a more appealing facility on which people can play the lifetime sport. The overhaul of the courts is expected to be done by mid-August.

“This is a wonderful donation by somebody who cares about the tennis community, not only now but in the future,” Prairie du Chien Park and Recreation Director Mike Ulrich stated.

Wed
18
Jun

Learn more about locally-grown foods at Crawford County Farm Crawl Sunday

 It is time for the first Crawford County Farm Crawl and Fundraiser hosted by Driftless Wisconsin Grown Sunday, June 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. Featuring six locations to visit and tour at your own pace, this is a great opportunity to meet local producers and see how and where food is grown in the Driftless region of southwest Wisconsin.

The Crawford County Farm Crawl is a free event open to the public. You can choose where to go and how long to spend at each stop.

Gatherings on the Ridge event barn, east of Eastman on Highway 27, will host a farmers market during the Farm Crawl where participants can visit with owners of Coulee View Family Farms, Mystery Bridge Farms and Driftless Edibles. Taste their fares and purchase their products.

Wed
18
Jun

Auction to liquidate Wyalusing Academy furnishings Friday


Parts from this old Honda Trail 70, which was found behind an interior wall at the former Wyalusing Academy, will be among the items for sale at the liquidation auction Friday, June 20, at 11 a.m.

These commercial washers (on the right) and dryers are part of the auction listing for the Wyalusing Academy liquidation, set for this Friday morning on Beaumont Road in Prairie du Chien.

By Correne Martin

A liquidation auction of Wyalusing Academy’s school equipment, commercial kitchen and laundry equipment and other special items is set for Friday, June 20 at 11 a.m.

Kramer Auction Service will lead the sale of the interior furnishings at the former Wyalusing Academy property on Beaumont Road in Prairie du Chien.

“This sale includes pretty much anything they used to teach, house or feed the students there. There may be very few items from when it was St. Mary’s Academy, but most of it is from when it was Wyalusing Academy,” said Curt Kramer, auctioneer.

Wed
18
Jun

Price Is Right for PdC man who wins ‘a brand new car’


Kevin Tesar and his sons, Kristian and Kirk, attended a January taping of the Price Is Right game show in Los Angeles. Kevin, who lives in Prairie du Chien, was selected from a crowd of 300 to be a contestant on the show. He was one of the first four to “Come on down!” to the front row, he won a new car in the Money Game and got to spin the Big Wheel. The show featuring his enthusiastic antics will air on CBS Monday, June 23 at 10 a.m. central standard time.

By Correne Martin

The Price Is Right studio was so noisy from the enthusiastic crowd, that when Kevin Tesar was summoned to “Come on down!” during a taping this winter, he didn’t even hear of his fortune. It wasn’t until he saw his name on a white poster board held up by a stagehand that Kevin realized he had been chosen from the audience as a contestant for the famed game show’s front row.

“When they call your name, your heart drops. I just went irate down the aisle,” Kevin said.

The Prairie du Chien resident attended the January taping with his two sons, Kirk and Kristian, as part of a fun, four-day trip the three took to Los Angeles. The show, on which Kevin makes his small screen debut, is expected to air on CBS on Monday, June 23, at 10 a.m. central standard time.

Mon
16
Jun

Always a great time at the Prairie Villa Rendezvous


Colorful characters abound at the Prairie Villa Rendezvous. Buckskinner Bob Zuidema takes a break along with Aspen and Takota Friday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Josie Kramer takes her turn at “nails” while Karly Kramer looks on Friday afternoon.

Lindsey Nolan and Madeline Fisher of Prairie du Chien enjoy a unique tug of war Friday afternoon. The girls were evenly matched, with each winning about half the time.

Jeremy Heisz of rural Prairie du Chien stands next to his BMW motorcycle with sidecar during the Flea Market Friday. Heisz purchased the BMW (circa 1950s) from a World War II museum in Portage.

The face might be a warning as to the contents of this jug displayed at Dakota Stoneware of Bushnell, S.D.
Mon
16
Jun

Taxi driver found dead in trunk following crash

LA CROSSE—Police found a taxi driver dying in the trunk of his car after a high-speed chase ended in a crash early Friday in Holmen.

Authorities said Timmy Lansing Johnson Jr., 25, of Lancaster, abducted and beat the 79-year-old Platteville taxi driver Thursday, just hours after Johnson was released from Grant County jail.

A La Crosse officer tried to stop the unmarked cab, which had been reported stolen, about 1:10 a.m. at Second and La Crosse streets when the driver did not match the victim’s description.

Johnson sped north through La Crosse and Onalaska on Hwy 35 and reached nearly 115 mph before crashing into another car and rolling near the junction with Highway 53, according to La Crosse police.

Authorities tried to revive the victim, who was found in the trunk of the 1994 Ford Taurus. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim’s injuries suggested he was beaten prior to the crash, police said. An autopsy is underway.

Mon
16
Jun

Woman allegedly possesses meth

A 32-year-old Prairie du Chien woman has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine.

Tamara Messler faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Messler was pulled over by a Prairie du Chien police officer for a defective license plate lamp on May 16 at approximately 11 p.m.

During the traffic stop, the officer performed a chemical field test on the contents of one of several baggies that he found in the vehicle and also on a smoking device found in the vehicle. The samples tested positive for the presence of meth, according to the complaint.

Mon
16
Jun

New unclaimed property lists published statewide

The Wisconsin Unclaimed Property Program is publishing the new names received in 2014 in newspapers statewide now through the end of June, according to Wisconsin State Treasurer Kurt Schuller.
Each year, corporations turn over cash, securities and the contents of safe deposit boxes to the state. The unclaimed property unit helps reunite Wisconsinites or former Wisconsin residents and businesses with lost funds.

“We want people to have their money,” Treasurer Schuller said. “We have more unclaimed property valued at more than $400 million in our treasury account. Unclaimed property staff work hard to get these financial assets or items back to rightful owners and heirs.”

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