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World’s longest annual charity bike ride cruises through Prairie du Chien


Bird Skemp, of Huckleberry’s Restaurant (left) poses for a memorable picture with three of the inspirational cyclists/University of Texas students riding the Texas 4000 challenge from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska in the fight against cancer. The trio of riders were among a group of 27 to pass through Wyalusing and Prairie du Chien along their route. Pictured with Skemp are Becca Hoffman, Neha Ali and Alex Patlan. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Texas 4000 cyclists Neha Ali, Becca Hoffman and Alex Patlan tried fried cheese curds for the very first time at Huckleberry’s Thursday night. You can’t come to Wisconsin and not have a cheese curd, right? The consensus seemed to be that they were “so good.”

Some of the cyclists of the Texas 4000 who camped at Wyalusing State Park are pictured, during their morning ride dedication, overlooking the scenic confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers.

By Correne Martin

Just like cancer patients have days where they may struggle to keep going, so do the bicyclists on the Texas 4,000 summer charity ride from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska, who passed through Prairie du Chien last week.
“That’s been our analogy for the trip, said Neha Ali, one of the riders. “Whenever we have a rough day and we feel like we can’t go any more, we think about people who are fighting cancer and how they have to be positive to make it past the difficult times.”

Twenty-seven riders made their way through Prairie du Chien Friday as part of the longest annual charity bike ride in the world. A total of 79 cyclists—all University of Texas  (UT) students—have committed to the 4,000-mile journey in this 11th year, on three separate routes: Sierra, Rockies and Ozarks.

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Plenty to get fired up about this Fourth of July

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Rail storage yard proposed at sand loading site in PdC


Illustrated here, Wisconsin Southern Railroad proposed this drawing of a $1 million facility, yet to be constructed at the unloading site utilized by Pattison Sand Company on the Highway 18 Bypass in Prairie du Chien. Now, WSOR is also proposing the addition of a seven-track rail engine and car storage yard to the north of the building on the property.

By Correne Martin
 
On Tuesday, July 1, at 7 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Common Council will hear a proposal from Wisconsin Southern Railroad (WSOR) regarding an expansion to its unloading site where Pattison Sand Company conducts work along the Highway 18 Bypass in the city. The proposal is an informational presentation only and does not require council approval for WSOR to move forward, as all track and building improvements will be done on the state-owned railroad right-of-way.

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Kayla Taylor single No. 1 on new country artist radio show


Kayla Taylor (Vorwald), of Prairie du Chien, is headed to Nashville again this August to continue pursuing a career in the country music industry.

By Correne Martin

For the third straight week, the single “See You In Summer,” by Prairie du Chien’s own Kayla Taylor, was voted by worldwide listeners as the best song on the online country radio show, Iceman’s Radio Cavern Top 40 Countdown. Between 200 and 300 songs are submitted by about 180 up-and-coming country artists to the show and then Iceman himself makes 40 nominations. From those, listeners can vote for their favorites (one vote every 24 hours).

If Kayla’s song remains among the most popular on the countdown, she could become eligible to perform at CMA Fest 2015 in Nashville, for free, in the Iceman’s showcase. And you could help her achieve this dream by voting for “See You In Summer” at one of three websites: bestcountryradio.com, the icemanscavern.com or cmafest2015.com.

“I just want to thank everyone so much for their votes and support. I have no idea where I would be without my fans,” Kayla said.

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Judgment obtained against Viroqua farm for dumping manure in stream

VIROQUA—Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s office has obtained a judgment and order against Lehmann Farms for violating state water pollution control laws by intentionally discharging manure from its storage facility into a ravine that led to a stream and by failing to report the discharge.

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Hamburglar thwarted in Prairie du Chien

On June 20, at 2:14 a.m. the Prairie du Chien Police Department interrupted a burglary in progress at Pete’s Hamburger Stand in downtown Prairie du Chien.

While checking the downtown area, an officer noticed lights on inside Pete’s Hamburger Stand. Upon further investigation the officer located a window on the East side of the business was forced open and heard someone moving around inside the business. The officer attempted to make contact with the occupant of the business and the occupant refused to come out. Additional officers were called to the scene and were able to arrest Damien Prew, age 25, of Wauzeka.

Officers located cash and coupons inside of Prew’s pockets that came from the business. Prew was also found to be under the influence of intoxicants at the time. Prew was arrested and burglary charges are currently pending with the Crawford County District Attorney’s Office.

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CORRECTED: Bridgeport township to hold recall elections July 1 and 15

Two recall elections in the town of Bridgeport will be held on July 1 and July 15, due to the controversial frac sand mine issue.

The Tuesday, July 1 election involves current Town Board Chairperson John Karnopp running against challenger Arnold Steele. A separate election on that ballot involves Town Supervisor Mike Steiner running  against challenger Greg Webster.

Karnopp and Steiner voted to approve the conditional use permit for a sand mine between Highway 60 and the Wisconsin River. Steele has been opposed to the mine and in favor of requiring the mine to comply with zoning ordinances and laws of the township. From the beginning, Webster has stated that he is "not against the mine itself but rather is disappointed in the town board for not doing all it could to ensure that not only the residents, but the landowners as well, are protected for the life of the mine and any mines that may occur in the future."

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Ride-along offers glimpse into local police force


Tara Henry says serving as a law enforcement officer in her hometown of Prairie du Chien has its benefits and disadvantages, but overall, she enjoys her job very much. She has been employed with the police department full-time since 2010. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin
 
I could hardly refuse when presented the opportunity to ride along with an on-duty Prairie du Chien police officer. I thought it would be the perfect chance for me to gain some first-hand insight into the drunken brawls, drug busts and crashes we so often report in the pages of the Courier Press.

“Absolutely,” I said a few weeks ago, when Police Chief Chad Abram offered me the experience.

Last Thursday evening, June 19, I assumed my position as an observer in the passenger seat of Officer Tara Henry’s police squad.

It had been a rainy day, resulting in flooded city streets. Erecting barricades and evacuating residents would have made an excellent basis for this story, but as you’ll find as you read on, sensationalistic subject matter was simply not in the cards for us. By the time we got behind the dashboard around 8 p.m., the waters had receded and the community was quieting down.

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Wyalusing Academy Liquidation Auction

Amateur pickers gathered at the former Wyalusing Academy property in Prairie du Chien on Friday for a liquidation auction, hosted by Kramer Auction Service. Around 100 people searched through the parking lot full of school, commercial kitchen and laundry equipment as well as other special items on auction at the 11 a.m. start. More browsers came and went with treasures throughout the day. Pieces such as lunch trays, wheelchairs, games, movies, mops and sewing tables were going for less than $10 early on, while larger equipment such as shelving units, washers and dryers, stoves and tables went for much more. Find more pictures at pdccourier.com and on Facebook. (Photo by Correne Martin)

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War of 1812 exhibit on display

A new exhibit at the Fort Crawford Museum, “Prairie du Chien in the War of 1812” is on display for visitors to view. It is filled with original objects, visuals and a great diorama. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On June 18, 1812, the United States declared war on Great Britain. The conflict that ensued would come to be known as the War of 1812. The reasons for the declaration were many but very regional in nature. Though the land south of the western Great Lakes, including the upper Mississippi region, was part of the U.S., the British from Canada continued to trade with the tribes in the area. Many of the residents of Green Bay and Prairie du Chien were active in the British fur trade and related by trade and marriage to the many Native American tribes who lived in this region.

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