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Many acts to hit stage for annual Prairie Dog Blues Fest


Devon Allman

Owen Campbell

By Caitlin Bittner and Addison Mumm

Blues star and singer Devon Allman will be one of the headliners at the annual Prairie Dog Blues Fest to be held Friday and Saturday, July 31 and Aug. 1.

Allman, originally from St. Louis, Mo. will headline July 31, on St. Feriole Island. His mix of blues, rock and soul music has captured many listeners’ ears. Allman recently released his third solo album, “Ragged and Dirty.”

A world-traveled singer, Allman will take time out of his Ragged and Dirty Tour to perform on the Blues Fest stage at 11 p.m. He graced the stage five years ago. Although he doesn’t remember the event vividly, he said he did have a good time in little Prairie du Chien.

Performing since he was 17 years old, Allman enjoys writing and performing his music for crowds.

“The connection with the audience and that energy exchange is worth the travel and wait,” Allman said.

Mon
27
Jul

3M donates confined space rescue equipment to Prairie du Chien Fire Department


The cost of the new confined space equipment donated to the Prairie du Chien Fire Department by 3M is close to $20,000. Pictured, from left, are Tom Harris, 3M plant manager; Bob Irvine, 3M plant engineer; Harry Remz, Prairie du Chien fire chief; Tim Deluhery, Prairie du Chien deputy fire chief and 3M employee; and Joel Arnold, 3M plant engineering manager. (Photo by Caitlin Bittner)

By Caitlin Bittner

On Tuesday, July 21, 3M officially donated new confined space equipment to the Prairie du Chien Fire Department.

“We’re required to have a back up rescue team,” explained Bob Irvine, 3M plant engineer.

For this rescue team, confined space training is a must, which is why 3M also paid to send a few members of the fire department to Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore to be certified in confined space rescues.

“The equipment cost about $20,000 and we really hope that the only time we have to use it is when we train,” said Deputy Fire Chief Tim Deluhery.

Fri
24
Jul

Former hospital to be torn down


The former Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital building will no longer exist by the end of the year.

For more than two years, since planning for the new Medical Center began, the old Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital building has been listed for sale with little interest generated. Hospital leadership also sought input and ideas regarding reuse, and contacted several organizations to promote their consideration of utilizing the building.

Fri
24
Jul

Charlotte Brown (nee Sawa)

 

Charlotte Brown (nee Sawa), 68, passed away in peace on July 16.

Charlotte was the daughter of Zenon and Lydia Sawa, long-time residents of Prairie du Chien. She was born in a refugee camp in Austria after WWII as her parents emigrated from Ukraine. They settled in Prairie in 1949.

Charlotte graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Prairie in 1964, and then moved to Chicago and later to Orlando, Fla.

Fri
24
Jul

Jared J. Winkers

 

Jared J. Winkers, 17, of Cassville, passed away Monday, July 20, at his home due to an accidental shooting. 

He was born on Aug. 4, 1997, in Lancaster, the son of Kelly and Kit (Kelley) Winkers. Jared graduated from Cassville High School in May 2015 and was attending Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore working towards a welding certificate and CNC Setup/Operation certification. He had a passion for guns and cars and loved hunting, playing his guitar and his Xbox.

Fri
24
Jul

Maria Ann Wenzel

 

Maria Ann Wenzel, 64, of Prairie du Chien, and longtime resident of La Crosse, passed away on July 20, in Racine. 

She was born on Nov. 19, 1950 in Winona, Minn. to Bruno and Antoinette (Sykora) Wenzel. She grew up with five brothers and two sisters in Chippewa Falls.

Thu
23
Jul

George P. Jansen

 

George P. Jansen, 51, of Bagley passed away in his sleep at home on Wednesday, July 22. 

He was born July 15, 1964 in Cuba City, the son of George and Cecelia (Hoelker) Jansen. 

He is survived by his mother Cecelia Jansen of Benton, his significant other, Kim Reed of Bagley; his children, George, Corey, Lori and Katie; a sister Vicki Weber of Benton and a grandson Archie. He was preceded in death by a son Benjamin; his father, along with an infant brother and sister.

Thu
23
Jul

Pete’s Hamburger Stand provides helping hand


As a result of its annual Memorial Day fundraiser, Pete’s Hamburger Stand, in downtown Prairie du Chien, was able to raise over $3,000 dollars for charitable organizations. Anne Saxer (left) represented the CouleeCap Food Pantry and received a $500 donation from Mary Huser of Pete’s Hamburger Stand. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)

Jamie Stram, treasurer of the Prairie du Chien Jaycees, accepted a $500 donation from Paul Gokey of Pete’s Hamburger Stand. Stram said that the money would go to funding Operation Santa drive where the Jaycees provide assistance to over 200 families in need each year.
Thu
23
Jul

Aug. 31 deadline set for adding veterans’ names to Seneca area Veterans Memorial

The date for the grand opening of the Seneca area Veterans Memorial is set for Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The memorial site is on Highway 27/Main St. in Seneca, directly across from Greener’s Corner, and work is being done weekly to have it completed before the opening date.

Names to be inscribed on the wall need to be submitted to the monument company by the Memorial Committee no later than Aug. 31. Names received by the end of August will be inscribed with no charge to the submitter. As of Sept. 1, there will be a charge for inscription. Dates of service are needed to ensure the names go on the correct wall.

Thu
23
Jul

Operation Troop Aid partners with COTR

Operation Troop Aid (OTA), the esteemed national, non-profit military care package charity, has received an invitation from Country on the River (COTR) to participate in its upcoming August events as the official military charity of choice.

For the fourth consecutive year, OTA will partner with COTR. The three-day country music festival will take place Thursday, Aug. 6, through Saturday, Aug. 8.

As part of the mutual endeavor, OTA and COTR will generate care packages to send to troops overseas. Charitable donations will also be encouraged throughout the duration of the festival.

“We are honored to have Operation Troop Aid join us once again at Country on the River,” said festival organizer, Scott Sheckler. “The support that OTA brings to our troops is invaluable; Country on the River is committed to the Operation Troop Aid mission and we support its efforts fully. We look forward to OTA’s awesome display of patriotism at our event.”

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