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Wed
09
Jun

Local log house opens to public with French-Canadian, 4th Ward exhibits


The St. Germain dit Gauthier house, built in 1820, and restored 200 years later, is a new historical point of interest in Prairie du Chien, which depicts French-Canadian hewn log construction of two centuries ago. The site, opening this weekend, will display exhibits that share the history of the home, of other similar homes in the community, the Main Village 4th Ward and floods there. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The St. Germain dit Gauthier house on St. Feriole Island consists of an original 1820 log house structure (walls and beams) with some windows and second story floor that are native to the house. It’s decorated with many French-Canadian period pieces, and the Prairie du Chien Historical Society has more on its wish list.

The St. Germain dit Gauthier-Coorough House will open to the public June 12-13 with French-Canadian music, dance, and workshops. The two-day event will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, with a formal ribbon-cutting by the Prairie du Chien Chamber of Commerce. Visitors will then be invited to tour the newly-restored house and participate in entertainment and food.

Wed
09
Jun

Fire and rescue boat added to PdC’s fleet


The new 22-foot, 150-horse power fire and rescue boat was custom made by Kann Manufacturing in Guttenberg, Iowa. It features a metal sign displaying all the financial sponsors. (Photos by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

 

Wed
09
Jun

Presentation recognizes Gold Star mother


June Petsche held a photograph of her late son, Gary, upon the Gold Star presentation on Memorial Day at the Prairie du Chien Veterans Memorial.

Gary Walz
By Correne Martin


On Memorial Day, a local Gold Star mother was presented with flowers in memory of her son who died in the Vietnam War.

Lance Corporal Gary Walz was only 21 years old when he was shot on the ground in the province of Quang Nam on May 12, 1969. According to his sister, Melody Igou, Gary was placed on a medical ship, where he later died from his injuries. 

That was 52 years ago. 
Wed
09
Jun

Construction underway for new PdC Eagles Club


Forms for the foundation of the new Prairie du Chien Eagles Club were being set up Tuesday. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
02
Jun

Prairie pool opens June 5

The outdoor pool at Wacouta Aquatic Park in Prairie du Chien has plenty happening this season. It will be open June 5 through Aug. 20, seven days a week. Various activities are allowed at certain times each day, with open swim being from 1 to 4:30 p.m. 

Wed
02
Jun

Beloved priest, 88, beats COVID-19, returns to mission work in Tanzania


Father Paul Fagan has been in the Catholic ministry for 61 years. He went into the seminary in 1948 and was ordained in 1960. He grew up locally, but has spent most of his years in Tanzania.

The Songambele Hospital operating room is up-to-date and very busy. From January 2019 to June 2020, 82 major operations and 3,285 minor procedures took place, along with 389 c-section births. (Submitted photos)

By Correne Martin

 

Wed
02
Jun

Crate slides off vehicle

On Thursday May 27, at 11:26 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of an accident with blockage on Highway 61 just north of Gray Road in Scott Township. 

Wed
02
Jun

Prairie du Chien man faces meth charge

A 34-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of meth, one count of possession of an illegally obtained prescription, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kyle Vanderbilt faces up to $11,000 in fines and four years and one month in prison if convicted of all three counts.

Wed
02
Jun

911 system upgrades supported by federal grants

By Correne Martin

 

Wed
02
Jun

Crawford County to offer drive-through dairy breakfast Saturday


Brothers Tim (left) and Terry Steger and their families will host the Crawford County Dairy Breakfast on their farm just a few miles outside of Prairie du Chien, off Highway 27, June 5. It will be drive-through only. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

 

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