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Wed
28
Aug

Several from PdC charged with assault causing injury

On Aug. 7, Clayton County investigators filed charges on three adults and one juvenile for an assault that took place in early July at Bloody Run Campground near McGregor, Iowa. 

During the investigation, it was determined that the victim was lured to Bloody Run Campground, where he was assaulted. Investigators charged Blake Bunts, 19, Dustin McCartney, 45, and Reanna Reames, 18, all of Prairie du Chien, with assault causing bodily injury. McCartney was also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. A 15-year-old juvenile from Prairie du Chien was charged in juvenile court with assault causing bodily injury.

Wed
28
Aug

Car collides with camper, man arrested

On Aug. 23, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a vehicle versus camper traffic collision near the intersection of Highway 18 and Highway 60 in the town of Bridgeport. 

Deputies arrived and observed a white 2004 Buick Lesabre with heavy front and rear end damage parked in the grass near a camper on the north side of the road. 

Wed
28
Aug

Celebrate Labor Day in area communities

Parades Saturday and Monday

Spend your Labor Day weekend at one of several area communities celebrating: Wauzeka as well as Marquette and McGregor.

Wauzeka

Start the day off with the 10th annual 5K walk/run, beginning at the football field and winding throughout the village. All ages are welcome to participate. Registration forms can be picked up at L&M’s BP and area Peoples State Banks. With questions, contact Kathy Degnan at (608) 875-6902. To receive an entry form via email, contact Lisa Krachey at girlstuffplus3@gmail.com

Wed
28
Aug

Reporting on contamination of well water substantially incorrect

By Charley Preusser

Widespread reporting on the extent of well water contamination in southwestern Wisconsin that appeared recently appears to be substantially incorrect.

The initial source of that reporting seems to be a story by reporter Lee Bergquist that was published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s JS Online, midday on Thursday, Aug. 1 and updated later the same afternoon. (An abbreviated version of this article appeared in the Aug. 21 issue of the Courier Press.)

Wed
28
Aug

The finest horses and carriages coming to PdC for Villa Louis ‘classic’


One of last year’s Carriage Classic competitors sits ready to enter a timed obstacle course with her elegant horse and carriage. (Courier Press file photo)

The 39th annual Villa Louis Carriage Classic is happening Sept. 6-8, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, at the historic site in Prairie du Chien.

“Each year, we welcome competitors from all across the United States to participate in our Carriage Classic,” said Susan Caya-Slusser, southwest sites regional director for the Wisconsin Historical Society. “This annual event provides a glimpse into what it was like at Villa Louis during the pinnacle of the Dousman era stock farm.”

The event will host the finest horses and over 100 new and restored carriages will compete in a variety of arena and cross-country events. Competitors are as young as 6 or 7, while others are in their 80s, and everyone else falls in between. 

Wed
28
Aug

Street party to benefit second K-9 coming to Prairie police in 2020


K-9 Rico was sworn into office with the Prairie du Chien Police Department in 2017. He and his partner, Lt. Casey Cox, will both be at the street party benefit Sept. 5 at Jim’s Bar, promoting the need for the department’s next K-9 unit. (Photo by Lindsey Ludvik Photography)

By Correne Martin

A street party benefit to start raising funds for a second K-9 to join the Prairie du Chien police force in 2021 is happening at Jim’s Bar on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 4 to 11 p.m. The Prairie du Chien area community is urged to come out in support.

By 2021, K-9 Rico will be approaching age 6, and it will be time to bring a new dog on board who can be trained to fill Rico’s shoes upon retirement, according to Rico’s partner, Lt. Casey Cox.

Tue
27
Aug

Hospital’s lawsuit against county, town of Bridgeport continues


Four years ago, the pond near Crossing Rivers Health was estimated by neighbors to be about two to three acres. Up until five years ago, neighbors say there was no standing water on the property. The Crossing Rivers Health Medical Center is in the upper right. (Photo by Megan Mahan of Adams Auction and Real Estate)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The lawsuit filed by Crossing Rivers Health of Prairie du Chien against Crawford County and the town of Bridgeport regarding a growing “pond” by the hospital is continuing. On Aug. 15, Grant County Circuit Court Judge Craig Day granted an extension to the hospital until Sept. 16 to file responses to briefs. Day is the judge in the case because Crawford County is one of defendants.

Mon
26
Aug

La Riviere Park welcomes brand new shelter


Members of the Prairie du Chien Park Board and the La Riviere Park Board pose in front of La Riviere Park’s brand new shelter Aug. 21. The project, completed by Top Notch Construction, features electrical power, lights, handicap-accessible bathrooms, water and a utility room. (Photo by Peyton Meisner)
Mon
26
Aug

PdC to be highlighted on Discover Wisconsin TV


Discover Wisconsin host Mariah Haberman films in one of Prairie du Chien’s historic locations, the “Dungeon.” The episode will air Saturday, Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. on Fox Sports Wisconsin and is available now for streaming on Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, Chromecast, Smart TV and at discoverwisconsin.com (Submitted Photo)

Discover Wisconsin, the state’s leading media brand and tourism TV show, will be shining the spotlight on Prairie du Chien in an upcoming episode. “Prairie du Chien —Journey Through Time” airs Saturday, Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. on Fox Sports Wisconsin and is now available for streaming on Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, Chromecast, Smart TV and at discoverwisconsin.com.

Mon
26
Aug

FT. Crawford Museum Fall Bus Tour

The 17th Annual Bus Trip to Minneapolis/St. Paul is planned for Oct. 16-18. This bus tour was organized in 2002 by Maury Oehler. It was his goal to help support the Prairie du Chien Historical Society in its efforts to preserve local history. The hospital building of the 2nd Ft. Crawford and the Museum of Prairie du Chien are owned and operated by the society. Since 2002 this three-day- two-night bus trip has generated several thousand dollars to keep the museum a viable and valuable city treasure. In 2016 Maury passed the reigns of this fundraiser to Janet Finn. With the help of Maury, she has been able to plan three successful trips and has planned another for 2019. These trips have always included historical, cultural, theatrical and mystery venues. This year’s venues include three plays: Mamma Mia! at the Chanhassen Theater, Gloria-A Life at the History Theater and A New Bermuda Triangle at a small theater called Day Trippers; two Historical sites — St.

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