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Music Fights Back considers back-up location, other island scheduling impacted

June 21 and 22 is Music Fights Back, the summer’s first music festival on St. Feriole Island. 

As of Friday, President Jeremy Cuff said organizers have been working on finding a back-up location for the rock fest fundraiser for cancer. 

“There is still a possibility of having it on the island, but Mother Nature would have to really be on our side,” he stated. “Either way, we will have a location and Music Fights Back will happen.”

Cuff said he hopes the river drops below 16 feet by June 10, which would give the island 10 days before Music Fights Back to dry out.

“Like our name, we won’t stop until we get this figured out,” he stated.

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Jun

Law enforcement focus on rapid response to active threats


During rapid response training, Prairie du Chien Police Officer Gunner Pitzer practiced his safe approach to a building, which was under a simulated “active threat.”

Crawford County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Tony Berg (left) and Lieutenant Ryan Fradette move together through the hallways at the former St. John’s School during police officer rapid response training May 23. (Photos by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Law enforcement officers were reminded to isolate, distract and neutralize active threats or assailants during Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) May 23 in Prairie du Chien. 

Fifty-seven officers from mainly Crawford, Grant, Richland and Vernon Counties participated in this two-day, level one introductory class led by Jay Darin, from the FBI in Milwaukee; Cpt. Chris Tarmann, of the UW-Oshkosh Police Department, Rod Krakow, of the Wisconsin Rapids PD; and Jeff Gonzalez, from the Germantown PD. 

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BREAKING NEWS: Rendezvous canceled for 2019


Many St. Feriole Island streets have been under water since March 18. The Prairie Villa Rendezvous is looking to either cancel or possibly relocate, though options are slim. The annual flea market that runs in conjunction with the Rendezvous, will happen if the river goes down and the land dries out. If not, the flea market will be canceled as its organizers are not interested in moving it.

Editor’s note: This is the first story in a series about Prairie du Chien’s St. Feriole Island experiencing sustained flooding for more than two months, and how that has affected the community.

By Correne Martin

The Big River Long Rifles’ Prairie Villa Rendezvous is the first major event in Prairie du Chien at the mercy of the swelling Mississippi River this tourist season. As of Monday afternoon, the organization officially decided to cancel its 2019 festivities.

A prolonged flood has kept most St. Feriole Island streets under water since March. The island is closed and remains moderately flooded, with the river at McGregor cresting around 19.1 feet today. 

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May

Todd Stevens

Todd Stevens, 59, of Janesville lost his courageous battle with cancer on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

Todd was born to John “Jack” and Sally Stevens in Prairie du Chien, on Dec. 13, 1959. 

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May

Ruth A. Mundt

Ruth A. Mundt, 79, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Health Care. 

She was born Feb 13, 1940, in Richland County, the daughter of Clifford and Leona (Chitwood) Fry. 

Ruth graduated from the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing and later received her Bachelor’s of Nursing from the University of Dubuque. She married Kelly Mundt on Dec 5, 1964, in Richland Center. 

Kelly preceded her in death on June 1, 2010. 

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May

Gerald L. 'Jerry' Falls

Gerald L. “Jerry” Falls, 85, of Prairie du Chien passed away Thursday, May 23, 2019 at the Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse. 

He was born Nov 30, 1933 in Fountain City, WI the son of Harvey and Pearl (Hertzfeldt) Falls. 

He married Delores Evenson on Aug. 18, 1957. He served in the US Air Force. He worked as a telephone lineman for General Telephone for over 30 years. Jerry also worked at Wonder Wash in Prairie du Chien after his retirement from GTE. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish and garden. He was a longtime member of the Eagles Club Aerie 1502 in Prairie du Chien. 

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William K. 'Bill' Wild

William K. “Bill” Wild, 73, of McGregor passed away Thursday, May 23, 2019, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien.  

He was born April 26, 1946, in Waukon, Iowa, the son of William and Evelyn (Regan) Wild.

Bill served in the US Army in Vietnam as a sharpshooter in the infantry.  He was decorated for valor and received the Purple Heart for injuries he sustained there.  

Bill worked at Wyalusing Academy in Prairie du Chien for over 30 years as a social worker.  

He is survived by his brothers Mel (Maureen) of McGregor, Iowa, and Maurice (Marie) of Elmira, N.Y., his sister Eileen (Carl) Olofson of Lake Geneva.

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May

Helen C. White

Helen C. White, 92, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Friday, May 24, 2019 at the Great River Care Center in McGregor, Iowa. 

She was born March 5, 1927 in Winchester, KY the daughter of Clay and Nancy (Parks ) Ingram. 

She married Paul White on April 12, 1958 in Chicago, IL. Helen worked as an inspector for Motorola in Chicago. She was a talented baker and was renowned for her wedding cakes in the Prairie du Chien area. Helen loved her home State of Kentucky, playing bingo and the Cubs. She was an active member of the Eagles Club Aerie 1502 in Prairie du Chien. 

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May

Free Kids in the Garden program to begin June 12


Kids who participate in the free activities through Kids in the Garden will get their hands dirty planting flowers and vegetables and learning about bugs and other creatures. They will also get to taste some of the goodies from the garden. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin 

Kids love to get their hands dirty and learn about plants that grow as well as bugs, birds and other creatures found in nature. A free summer program in Prairie du Chien called Kids in the Garden provides fun educational opportunities in the garden every second and fourth Wednesday, June 12-Aug. 7. 

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May

PDC offering storm shelters to the public


The Prairie Du Chien Memorial Library is one of the few storm shelters in town. (Photos by Peyton Meisner)

By Peyton Meisner

With the summer storm season felt strongly around the area last Friday, Prairie du Chien Police Chief Kyle Teynor wants all citizens to be aware of the storm shelter options in town. 

There are three options for Prairie du Chien residents to take shelter in: the library storm shelter, Hoffman Hall and the county emergency government offices (sheriff's department/dispatch). 

The emergency government offices is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Hoffman Hall and the library shelters would be opened by on-duty police officers when a tornado warning is put into effect. 

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