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12
Aug

See Villa Louis’ nooks and crannies, become a Friend at Summer Social


The Friends of Villa Louis have been a great support for the historic site in many ways, most recently helping the Villa install new interpretive markers across the grounds.

By Correne Martin

The Friends of Villa Louis are hosting a Summer Social with a nooks and crannies tour of the mansion, highlighted by a peek into the attic and a look at parts of the collection kept there. This special event will be Friday, Aug. 16, with a social hour and hors d’oeuvres from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by the exclusive views behind the scenes. 

“The nooks and crannies tour will show the inner workings of how things happen at the Villa Louis that the general public doesn’t necessarily get to experience,” stated Sarah Hohlfeld, guest experience coordinator at the historic site.  

Mon
12
Aug

Blue boxes being relocated for safer, easier mail dropoff downtown


The Prairie du Chien street department crew constructed this new U.S. Postal Service blue mailbox kiosk, located within the parking lot between the Courier Press and Century Link, off Beaumont Road.

The city and postal service are working together to complete the amenity for users within the coming weeks, which will include relocating the mailboxes from in front of the post office to this spot. (Photos by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A change in location is happening for the two U.S. Postal Service blue collection boxes in front of the Prairie du Chien Post Office on Beaumont Road, as was decided and paid for by the city’s Redevelopment Authority (RDA).

The mailboxes will be reconfigured, in the coming weeks, within the new city parking lot between the Courier Press office and CenturyLink station. One blue box will face the north and the other will face the south. This will allow drivers to pull up on either side, drop mail into one of the boxes, then drive away. Drivers may enter off of Beaumont Road and exit in the alleyway, or vice versa.

Mon
12
Aug

Highway 18 project to begin Aug. 14


Motorists going over the Wisconsin River Bridge on Highway 18 are warned by a message board stating that construction will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 14. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Highway 18 resurfacing project from Fennimore to Patch Grove was completed in July, and now the resurfacing of the highway from Patch Grove to the Wisconsin River Bridge is scheduled to begin on Aug. 14.

Thu
08
Aug

American Duchess cruise ship coming to Prairie du Chien

By Peyton Meisner

 

The American Duchess cruise ship will be docking in Prairie du Chien, Thursday. Aug. 15 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The ship carries 168 passengers and those aboard the cruise ship will have the opportunity to partake in a hop on/hop off tour around Prairie du Chien, including stops to the Villa Louis Historical Site, Fort Crawford Museum, Valley Fish and Cheese and the old Crawford County Jail “The Dungeon.”

“We’re hoping to roll out the red carpet for the cruise ship tourists to hopefully leave a lasting impression on them. If we can do that, hopefully they will want to come back to our city,” said Bob Moses, Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce CEO.

Thu
08
Aug

Public Health: more than just shots- Stop the Bleed Campaign


Each training kit comes with a limb, hemostatic gauze, a SOFT-T Wide Tourniquet and a CAT Tourniquet. (Photo by Peyton Meisner)

By Peyton Meisner

 

This is a series about the Crawford County Health Department and the array of services they provide.

In April 2013, in the wake of the active shooter event at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, what has become the known as the Hartford Consensus was convened to bring together leaders from law enforcement, the federal government and the medical community to improve survivability from manmade or natural mass casualty events.

In October 2015, The White House launched a national awareness campaign called Stop the Bleed®. The campaign serves as a call to action to encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. 

Wed
07
Aug

City Council hears presentation about improving St. Feriole Island

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Olivia Breuer, who will be a senior pursuing a bachelor of design in architecture degree at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in the fall, gave a presentation about improving St. Feriole Island to the Prairie du Chien City Council Tuesday night.

Mon
05
Aug

Los Aztecas starts to renovate old Coaches


A banner on the front of the coming Los Aztecas restaurant displays how the property is designed to appear upon completion of a remodel. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Owner Lorenzo Dominguez is hopeful construction of his Mexican restaurant site will be finished so Los Aztecas can open in about three months.

By Correne Martin

Two years ago this month, the owners of Los Aztecas Mexican Restaurant, of Dubuque, Iowa, announced they had purchased the former Coaches Restaurant in Prairie du Chien. The time has finally come for them to start renovating the eatery and surrounding property, with the intent to open a restaurant serving authentic Mexican cuisine, according to owner Lorenzo Dominguez. 

Work to strip the interior for a completely new look began the week of July 22, with excavation of a portion of the parking lot happening the next weekend. Last week, regionally-contracted companies continued removing concrete from the parking spaces north of the restaurant, where Dominguez said there will be an addition for a patio and bar. 

Mon
05
Aug

Experiencing 19th Century photography


Rambow (right) shows some of them the 4x6 photograph that resulted from their efforts to stand as entirely still as possible for 10 seconds.

Pictured (from top to bottom) is Rambow, manager of the H.H. Bennett Studio Wisconsin Historic Site, and Jenna Loda-Eddy, also from the site, located in the Wisconsin Dells, preparing to strike a portrait of the participants.

Lastly, this is the group portrait (which turns out reversed) that came of the experience. If you look very closely on left side of this finished version, you can see the silhouette of a young boy who wanted to look like a “spirit” in the photo. So, after 5 seconds of standing for the shot, he was instructed to move quickly out of the frame. For more information about the historic site, visit hhbennettstudio.org. To see a few short video clips, with more educational information about the tintype process, go to the Courier Press Facebook page. (Photos by Correne Martin and Wendy Scherer)

A group of Fridays at the Fort attendees enjoyed stepping back in time to experience the sights and smells of an 1875 tintype photography studio, on the grounds of the Ft. Crawford Museum in Prairie du Chien Aug. 2. 

They learned about 19th Century photography and witnessed the developing process, using the same wet plate photography method used by H.H. Bennett over 100 years ago. Ultimately, many of Friday’s viewers had a group portrait “struck” by David Rambow, with authentic historic lenses that captured the moment on a thin 4x6 sheet of metal.

The next free Fridays at the Fort will focus on fur trade animals, at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 9.

Fri
02
Aug

Alma Walsh

Alma Walsh passed into God’s arms on July 20, 2019, at 101 years old. 

She was born on the family farm in Haney Valley to Jessie Spencer Schwert and Otto Schwert. 

Alma was born on Feb. 16, 1918. She had one brother, Kenneth Schwert. She attended Haney Valley Grade School, Seneca and Gays Mills High Schools. She graduated from Gays Mills in 1935, Fennimore Normal School in 1937, and La Crosse State University in 1965. She taught elementary school for 38 years in one-room rural schools in Crawford County, Cambridge, Johnson Creek, and lastly 23 years in Delafield. She married Leon Walsh in 1938 and they had three children. 

Wed
31
Jul

Crossing Rivers Health welcomes PdC native as interim CEO

Appointment follows board vote to end current CEO’s tenure 

 

The Crossing Rivers Health Board of Directors announced Tuesday the appointment of Garith Steiner as Interim Chief Executive Officer, effective July 26. 

Katie Garrity, President of the Crossing Rivers Health Board of Directors said, “Garith is very familiar with this organization and is dedicated to the organization’s success, as well as the success of the communities we serve.”

To fill the CEO position, the board entered into a 12-month management services agreement with Gundersen Health System, exclusively for the CEO position. 

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