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May

BNSF grant gets gas masks and ballistic helmets for Crawford County tactical team

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department has received a $10,000 grant from BNSF Railroad and the BNSF Foundation.

This award will be used to obtain six ballistic helmets, communications attachments, gas masks and gas mask filters. It will allow both the sheriff’s department and Crawford County Emergency Management to get the proper equipment for their tactical team to be able to incorporate gas into its tools for use. This provides another less lethal option that the county can have on-hand as a resource.

This is the second grant the BNSF Foundation has awarded the sheriff’s department in three years. The first grant was used to obtain taser axon body cameras for all patrol deputies. BNSF Foundation and BNSF Railroad support the initiatives of local law enforcement and have a great working relationship with the department. These relationships help the sheriff’s department be better equipped and most prepared.

Wed
17
May

Prairie du Chien Skate Park is complete and ready to go


The new concrete of the addition to the Prairie du Chien Skate Park is easily distinguished. Eight more obstacles have been added and skaters will soon be enjoying the completed park. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The crew of B&R Concrete Construction of McGregor put in some crack filler and completed the final touches on the new addition to the Prairie du Chien Skate Park Tuesday morning before taking down the caution tape, thus signalling the opening of the new part of the park.

The final phase of the park has now been completed and it makes the Prairie du Chien Skate Park one of the best in the region.

Mon
15
May

PdC Main Street welcomes all on a ‘Journey Through Time’


A member of the Hole in the Sock Gang tells stories to Journey Through Time guests in downtown Prairie du Chien Saturday. This second annual open house of community historic sites was an attraction for all ages to learn more about times gone by and also celebrate the city’s storied heritage. PdC Main Street planned the activities and the day turned out to be a beautiful one during which to take in the local sites. For more photos, see page 4, visit pdccourier.com or find the Courier Press on Facebook. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Brad Steiner (right), the son of “Lefty” Steiner, had an immeasurable number of visitors walk through the Alaska-Canadian Fur Trading Company building on Beaumont Road—some tourists, some local citizens and many dressed in period attire. Pictured, he talks about a bear hide that’s being stretched and dried inside the building. Though Lefty closed the business in 2012, the building continues to be used by family and friends for relative purposes.

Todd Yeomans (right) stands in the dining room describing his 1885 Queen Anne Victorian home to tourists on the Magical History Home Tour, which was a paid option for Journey Through Time sightseers who wished to take a closer look inside some of the privately-owned historic homes of Prairie du Chien. Yeomans and Sharon Morgan have lived in “The Lawler House” for about 15 years and have refurbished much of its magnificence.

Penelope Moore (left) and Kelly Lenzendorf, granddaughters of Roger and Marlene Dyer, joined in the period activities community-wide Saturday. They volunteered their time to welcome visitors to the Old Rock School on South Marquette Road, which celebrates its 130th anniversary this year. Pictured, they were taking a break at the veterans memorial, drawing and enjoying the sunshine.

John and Carolyn Richard, of the 3rd Iowa Artillery, Dubuque, Iowa, explain to Fort Crawford Museum visitors the history behind the nine-pound Civil War cannon that was restored a few years ago. The cannon also fired Saturday, on the hour, as part of Journey Through Time, an open house of historical Prairie du Chien sites, sponsored by PdC Main Street.

John and Carolyn Richard share details about the simulated rounds used during cannon firing demonstrations. Pictured in the background are fellow artillery men Mike Barks (left) and Mark Schell, awaiting their chance to allow the “old girl to talk again.”
Mon
15
May

Harper’s Slough Project continues, McGregor Lake Project in very early stage


Dredging and island restoration has started up again for the Harper’s Slough Project, which is expected to be completed in 2017. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Harper’s Slough Project is expected to finish up this year, and the McGregor Lake Project is in its infancy stage and it will be a few years before public meetings will be held. 

Mon
15
May

Outdoor activities abundant in Prairie du Chien this spring/summer


Baseball coordinator and Coach Jeff Graewin helped Bradley Anderson, 5, of Prairie du Chien, line up his hit during parks and rec T-ball last summer. (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

There is no shortage of engaging outdoor activities this spring and summer in Prairie du Chien.  A multitude of opportunities for children and adults is available through the parks and recreation department, a number of them for free and others for a nominal fee. Community residents and non-residents are welcome to participate.

Registration is necessary for most of the programs and can be done online at http://pdc.recdesk.com/recdeskportal. Or, forms are available inside the activity guide booklets that were sent home locally with students, supplemented in local Courier Press subscriptions or are available at city hall, the library or Hoffman Hall. Registration is needed by May 27.

“The biggest thing that can cancel any of our programs is people not signing up in a timely manner,” Parks and Rec Director Mike Ulrich said. “Registration is important to ensure the programs will happen.”

Mon
15
May

Crime Stoppers seeks tips in theft of rototiller

On Friday, May 5, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was initially notified of the theft of a rototiller from a property located on Norma Avenue in Homesteaders. The theft occurred sometime in April or early May. The tiller was described as a gold colored older model Montgomery Ward front tined tiller.

The Crawford County Crime Stoppers urges anyone having information about this or any other crimes to call 326-8933 or (866) 779-PAYS. Anyone calling with a tip will remain anonymous and a reward of up to $1,000 could be paid for a tip that solves a crime.

Mon
15
May

Community support needed at annual Relay For Life Friday


The Great River Relay For Life has been held outdoors at the Prairie du Chien High School track and inside at Bluff View School in the past. This year, for the first time, it will take place indoors at Hoffman Hall. Regardless of its location, every year, participants walk laps to symbolize strength in numbers, in support of those battling cancer past and present. (Courier Press file photos)

Notes are written on many of the luminaria at the Great River Relay For Life and express heartfelt messages to or about people’s loved ones who’ve been touched by cancer. The annual relay will take place Friday, May 19, beginning at 5 p.m., at Hoffman Hall.

Calling all local superheroes

By Correne Martin

A cancer survivor is someone who never gives up. He’s courageous and hopeful. She’s positive and admirable. They fight with every ounce of their being.

Whether they’re a four-year survivor or have battled cancer for 40 years, they need the support of those around them in order to have the strength to face the most trying moments.

Once again, the Great River Relay For Life has arrived and area community members have the significant occasion to come together in support and honor of those touched by cancer, past or present.

This year, the annual event has been refashioned slightly. The superhero-themed relay has moved ahead to spring and the location and day/time have changed.

Wed
10
May

Little Britches Rodeo this weekend, May 13-14

The 19th annual Little Britches Rodeo, sponsored by the Ridge and Valley Rodeo Club, will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 13 and 14, at the Crawford County Fairgrounds, Highway 131, Gays Mills. The contestants, ranging in age from 6 to 18, will compete in events such as barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, breakaway roping, calf roping, bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc, team roping and steer wrestling.

There will also be mutton bustin’ both days for those under the age of 6. To register in advance, call Becky at (608) 735-4459.

Saturday evening promises to be exciting with barrel racing open to anyone.

Admission is charged each day. There will be food available for sale on the grounds.

For more information, call Terri at (608) 606-3466.

 

Wed
10
May

Asleep at the wheel, driver rolls car

On May 8, at 6:20 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle rollover crash on Georgetown Road, approximately one-half mile off of Highway 60 in the township of Marietta.   

Hunter J. Reynolds, 19, Boscobel, was operating a 2002 Buick Century westbound on Georgetown Road. The Reynolds’ vehicle went into the right shoulder of the roadway, partially up the embankment and then overturned, coming to rest on its top in the roadway.

Reynolds said he fell asleep while driving. Reynolds was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured in the crash. He was issued a citation for inattentive driving.

Wed
10
May

Downtown businesses sponsor PdC Uncorked wine sampling event

 PdC Uncorked, a self-guided wine tasting event in downtown Prairie du Chien, will be held for the third year, Friday, May 19, from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

PdC Uncorked is an exclusive, one-of-a-kind experience allowing guests 21 years and older to sample newly-released wines and hors d’oeuvres while strolling between some of the finest businesses in the Prairie du Chien’s downtown district. Participating retailers are within a short walk from each other. Guests will begin the wine tasting at Prairie du Chien City Hall, 214 E. Blackhawk Ave.

Businesses taking part in this grand event include Peoples State Bank, Prairie du Chien Economic Development Corporation, Bob’s Bar, Howe Printing, Czajkowski Higgins & Tisdale Law Office, JC Party Store, Kramer Real Estate & Auction, Jim’s Bar and Ideal Furniture. This intimate gathering will provide an opportunity for attendees to taste artfully-crafted California wines and learn about the local businesses in the area.

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