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Wed
01
Nov

Sheriff’s Office makes case for new county jail


Hardware, such as locking mechanisms on cell doors, are outdated and difficult to fix, according to the Sheriff’s Office officials. (Steve Van Kooten/Courier Press)

The hallway going to the second floor, where the general population housing is located, presented spatial difficulties for jail staff, emergency responders and other professionals due to maintenance issues and safety concerns. (Steve Van Kooten/Courier Press)

In the stairwell going from the ground floor to the general population on the second floor, a guardrail was ripped from the wall and cannot be replaced, according to jail officials. (Steve Van Kooten/Courier Press)

By Steve Van Kooten

 

Wed
25
Oct

Halls of Terror has a Last Scare

I told you there would be a sequel.

Like a twitch of a foot or a hand jutting from a fresh grave, the Halls of Terror has a last hurrah in it before closing the tomb for good.

Wed
25
Oct

Oktoberfest livens up the weekend in time for Fall


Donna Teynor, Oktoberfest Committee member, (middle) and Joan Paulson, Ms. Oktoberfest for 2023, (right) introduce Lyla Martin, winner of the Oktoberfest button design contest, (left) during the Tapping of the Keg Party at the Backwater Bar and Grill.

Fest-goers gather around to participate in Hammerspiel, one of Oktoberfest’s most popular games. (Steve Van Kooten/Courier Press)

Tina Ter Horst, Lori Fedders, Ally Schultz, Angie Youngers, Katie Youngers, and Cara Reilly were part of the costume contest at Oktoberfest. Schultz took home first place against a tough field. (Steve Van Kooten/Courier Press)

By Steve Van Kooten

 

10 a.m. - The Parade

Tue
17
Oct

Miss Oktoberfest, Fest Master chosen

Rod Boardman and Joan Paulson met for a photo opportunity at high noon on Oct. 11. No, it wasn’t a John Wayne movie; it was to announce the 2023 Oktoberfest Fest Master and Miss Oktoberfest.

Boardman, clad with buttons from previous years’ events on his suspenders, had his hands in various Oktoberfest happenings over the years. “This is my eighth year, and I’ve just been a go-fer for anything.”

Tue
17
Oct

Hoffman Hall hosts Little Explorers

By Steve Van Kooten

 

Tue
17
Oct

Royal Bank breaks ground for new location in Prairie

By Steve Van Kooten

 

Tue
17
Oct

Rymarz sets record, wins class at Hot Rod Drag Week


(Submitted photo)

(Submitted photo)

By Steve Van Kooten

 

“I didn’t know I was going to set the record until I was in the car, getting ready to make the first run,” Mike Rymarz said.

Wed
11
Oct

Buckets of Hope brings help to those in hardship


Sue Mara was the inspiration for the Buckets of Hope crew. (Submitted photo)

By Steve Van Kooten

 

Wed
11
Oct

Halls of Terror returns to Prairie du Chien

by Steve Van Kooten

 

Wed
11
Oct

Bloomington assessment values rise to meet state estimates

On Oct. 3, two assessors held an Open Book meeting in Bloomington, WI, to address community questions and concerns about the increase in land values for the village.

In attendance were Tom Cornford and Michelle Newhouse, both Assessors. Derek Flansburgh, Assessor, was not present for the Open Book.

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