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The re-enactment lives

By Addison Mumm

Although a re-enactment was not on the agenda for 2015 last year, the Villa Louis is proud to announce the re-enactment of the War of 1812 will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19, on the Dousman’s grounds.

During the War of 1812, Prairie du Chien was involved in a battle, specifically July 17, 1814. This battle was the only battle that took place in Wisconsin during the War of 1812.

“People can see Wisconsin’s only War of 1812 battlefield and visit a historic encampment and battle re-enactment, on the west lawn of the Villa Louis estate located in beautiful Prairie du Chien, on the banks of the Mississippi River,” said M. Susan Witters, Villa Louis Office and Museum Store Manager.

Prairie du Chien prides itself on its history; this event celebrates what has happened and how it has shaped the town, state and country today.

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PdC fireworks a real blast


Saturday night the Prairie du Chien skyline found itself to be quite bright as the annual fireworks were launched for all to see. For more fireworks photos, see the Courier Press Facbook page. (Photos by Cailtin Bittner)
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Planted Tree hosts artist reception


The Planted Tree in Downtown Prairie du Chien held its third annual artists’ reception on Thursday, July 9. The reception is an opportunity for the artists and the public to mix and mingle. Above, Sallee Muehlbauer (center) examines some artwork with potter Jane Carlson (right) and Ronna DuCharme.

Live music was provided by Mandy LaBarge. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)
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A profile in courage, strength and hope

By Caitlin Bittner

As the month of August approaches, Prairie du Chien begins to set its sights on the annual Great River Relay for Life. The event, which will be held on Aug. 1, from 3 to 10 p.m., at the Prairie du Chien High School, helps area residents who have been affected by cancer find support and raise money for their cause.

It seems that nowadays there are very few people who aren’t touched by the damage diseases like cancer can cause. In thinking about the Relay for Life, people remember both the fighters and the caregivers.

For the survivors of cancer, there is a will to live and thrive. “You never stop fighting,” said Cindy Hertrampf, a survivor of 21 years.

In 1994, Cindy was diagnosed with breast cancer. “I was 36 years old when I found the lump. I went in and they told me to wait until I was 40.”

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Rose M. Miller

 

Rose M. Miller, 81, of Prairie du Chien passed away Saturday, July 11, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor, Iowa. 

She was born Jan. 6, 1934 in Quebec, Canada the daughter of Joseph and Lena (Dias) Arrego. She was married to Kurt Miller who preceded her in death in 1975. 

She is survived by her daughters, Jean and Joan Miller of Austin, Texas along with her dear friend Benson Voigt of Prairie du Chien. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

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Classmates get together for 70th Wauzeka class reunion


Members of the Wauzeka High School Class of 1945 who gathered for their 70th Class Reunion were, front row: Elaine Schmitt of Steuben, Elaine “Brown” Heiar of Bloomington and Ruth “Reiger” Kessler of Onalaska. Back row: Harold “Sonny” Ray of Prairie du Chien and Robert Hazen of Bagley. Class members who could not attend were Elizabeth “Day” Cullison of Danville, Ill., Donna “Garvey” Lind of La Crosse and Shirley Lewig of Montana.

Above is a photo of the Wauzeka High School Class of 1945 taken on graduation day, May 24, 1945. Not all class members are present.

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Wauzeka High School Class of 1945 held its 70th class reunion on Wednesday, July 8, with a nice lunch at Huckleberry’s Restaurant in Prairie du Chien.

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David Lee Bird

 

David Lee Bird, 68, of Denver, Iowa formerly of Wauzeka, died Tuesday, June 30, in Waterloo, Iowa. 

David Lee was born on Nov. 15, 1947 in Prairie du Chien, to Donald and Mildred Bird. He graduated from Wauzeka High School in 1965. 

David was self-employed, working with modular homes throughout Iowa and Wisconsin. He also was a bar owner. David was known by many as “Fuzz.” He enjoyed fishing, hunting, sports and spending time with friends. David was a member of the Moose Club in Beloit, and the NRA.

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Whiteaker, Stovey plan Aug. 15 wedding

Ashley Whiteaker, daughter of Mark Whiteaker and Kellene Staszak and Patrick Stovey, son of Richard and Tammy Stovey announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage. Their ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. on Aug. 15, at the Dousman House in Prairie du Chien.

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Seneca Ridge and Valley Rally to be non-stop fun July 11

By Erin Martin, Crawford County Independent & Kickapoo Scout

For the spectators lining Highway 27 at 11 a.m. on July 11 in Seneca, there will be a moment when the line of tractors stretches to the southwest, breaching the horizon created by the hill on the way out of town. It’s an iconic moment of farming pride that can only be seen at the annual Ridge and Valley Rally parade.

Chris and Tammy Olson, the third generation owners and operators of Olson Feed Service, will serve as this year’s King and Queen of the rally.

But things get underway much earlier in the day. Each year’s rally begins with a 5K/10K walk-run at 7:30 a.m. The top three male and female runners in the 5K and 10K will receive medals.

The parade line-up goes on until a half-hour before the event. Entry is only $10 per person and $5 for children 14 and under.

The race begins and ends between the Seneca School softball and baseball fields on Taylor Ridge Road.

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Wisconsin Badger Camp to have open house July 12

This weekend, on Sunday, July 12, Wisconsin Badger Camp will be hosting an open house event.

Tours of the camp will begin at 1 p.m. At 2:30 p.m. there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for the basketball court, camp store and well.

Visitors are encouraged to view the new Cedar Lodge improvements.

Following the events, refreshments will be served.

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