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Mon
17
Oct

Rivers and Bluffs to break ground, kick off capital campaign


This sign, made by Design Homes, will be erected along Cliffwood Drive, at the building site for the animal shelter.

By Correne Martin

It’s been nine years in the making.

The Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter board and volunteers are ready to break ground for their highly-anticipated animal shelter at 460 Cliffwood Dr. on the north side of Prairie du Chien. The official groundbreaking will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 2:30 p.m. Cake and coffee will be served; parking will be allowed along Cliffwood for the event.

Plans are for Top Notch Construction to build the exterior shell of the shelter in the coming months on 3.4 acres of property in the city’s business park.

Simultaneously, RABAS is also embarking on a capital campaign Nov. 1, 2016 through Jan. 31, 2017, from which they hope to raise funds toward furnishing the interior of the facility.

“We need to raise another $400,000 for the interior of the building,” said Cheryl Statz, RABAS president.

Wed
12
Oct

Halls of Terror


Prairie du Chien Librarian Nancy Ashmore holds two copies of the book “The Fright Seeker’s Guide to Random Haunts and Other Horrific Things” donated by Nate Gilberts and Nick Gilberts of Scream Xtreme Monday. The Halls of Terror is one of two Wisconsin attractions featured in the book.

 

So good it’s scary

Horrifying Halls of Terror awaits for those who dare

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
12
Oct

It’s time to spread a little Fallfire

With the support of several area businesses, cartoonist John Mundt, Esquire, of Prairie du Chien, is hosting the 13th annual Fallfire Art Contest now through Saturday, Nov. 5. Open to artists of any age, and in all mediums, Fallfire is now accepting submissions.

Inspired by the sights and sounds of autumn, Mundt, illustrator of “The Collected Short Stories of L. Frank Baum,” founded the contest in 2004 to challenge artists to “flex their creative muscles.” Participants are asked to create a work inspired by the word “fallfire.”

“Fall always puts me in a very creative mood. I hope to share that feeling with this creativity-inducing exercise,” Mundt said.

Wed
12
Oct

Oktoberfest: A ‘gute zeit’ for the whole family


As you and your family enjoy Oktoberfest on St. Feriole Island Saturday, you will likely see and hear the festive presence of Fred Isaak, accordion player for River City Ruckus, one of the bands performing again this year. You can find him, along with plenty of activities, and authentic German food and beer, under the big top tent in the Memorial Gardens. (Courier Press file photo)

“Bunny,” the French bulldog, attracted plenty of children wanting to pet the cute puppy, who was one of the winners of the 2015 Oktoberfest canine costume contest.

By Correne Martin

Talk about authentic German cuisine! The 2015 Oktoberfest crowd devoured 435 brats, 240 pork loins, 120 jumbo hot dogs, 80 knackwurst, 150 soft jumbo pretzels, 180 bread pudding muffins, 108 pumpkin bars and 12 loaves of German bread. Plus, over 2,000 attendees consumed limitless pints of German beers.

To help provide such a “gute zeit” for event-goers of all ages, 15 committee members plan and organize Oktoberfest, along with assistance from more than 40 volunteers, working on 17 different activities offered at this true family affair.

“What sets us apart from other Oktoberfests is that we want it to be family-oriented. We want to have authentic foods and beers, music and activities for the whole family,” declared Mike Ulrich, Prairie du Chien parks and recreation director.

Wed
12
Oct

Learn all about cancer in ‘clear and simple’ series


Lynn Groom, Crossing Rivers Health education coordinator, presents the Cancer Clear and Simple program to the hospital’s partners group. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Cancer. What happens when you are diagnosed? What does it all mean? Can we prevent it and how can we do so?

A free, two-part educational cancer series designed to build health knowledge and improve health-related decision making is offered in Crawford County this month. Cancer Clear and Simple spans the topics of cancer basics, prevention, causes, self-care, and finding it early. There will be discussion, videos and interactive activities, as well as demonstrations on how cancer spreads and how to create your own healthy SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time specific) goals.

Tue
11
Oct

Man arrested for murder accused of staging a hanging

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A Georgia man arrested for the murder of a Bridgeport woman is accused of trying to stage her suicide according to the probable cause statement filed Monday afternoon in Crawford County Circuit Court. 

Mon
10
Oct

FEMA Tours Crawford County


FEMA representatives, along with state and county officials, look at what is left of Rush Creek Road as part of their tour of Crawford County Friday. (Photo by Dennis Pelock)

 

FEMA holds meeting, tours Crawford County to assess damages

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representatives toured Crawford and several other counties in southwest Wisconsin on Oct. 6 and Oct. 7 in order to look at damage from recent heavy rains and floods and to get estimates from the towns, villages, cities and counties.

Mon
10
Oct

Music and nature come together at new Harmony Gardens


A small group of stakeholders gathered at the new Harmony Gardens Wednesday afternoon for a special dedication ceremony. Those pictured include (front row, from left) Dustin Nolan, Prestin Nolan, Sawyer Swiggum, Kristin Nolan, Erin Nolan, Trace Martin; (middle row) Tom Nelson, Kathy Reynolds, Russ Barnhart, Pat Dillman, Blair Dillman, Faith Dillman, Jean Ann Dillman, Jonathan Herman, Mike Ulrich, Cathie Nelson, Carrie Nolan, Ashlin Nolan; (back row) Stewart Slaman, Joey Jones and Brian Dillman. In the center of the cement pad to which the instruments are affixed is this large medallion as a dedication to Brian Dillman’s parents. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Pictured during the dedication last week are members of the Dillman family, including Brian (above) and Faith, Pat and Jean Ann (below).

By Correne Martin

The St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens have grown into a glorious destination. The latest addition has brought music and nature together to amplify their beauty all the more.

The Harmony Gardens offers visitors to the park a group of outdoor musical instruments—mostly xylophones of various sizes and appearances, along with bongo drums—that are open for the playing. They have been installed on a raised, circular, cement platform located on the north end of the Memorial Gardens and are free to use for people of all ages, musical knowledge or skill. The platform, which is 24 feet in diameter and red in color, has a ramp for handicap accessibility and is just a foot off the ground so no railing is needed and children can hop on and off with ease.

Fri
07
Oct

Man arrested for Bridgeport murder

 

Man arrested for 

Bridgeport murder

Wed
05
Oct

Crops Damaged, but Apples Doing Well


Linda Shihata holds a Jonagold in her left hand and a 1.13-pound honey crisp in her right hand. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Some area corn germinated while still on the stalk. (Photo by Linda Shihata)

 

Recent rains have put a 

damper on harvest expectations

Apples, 

however, 

have done quite well

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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