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Curt Check takes bucking bulls to Saudi Arabia for Camel Fest


Curt Check is pictured in the arena with some of the bucking bulls he flew over to Saudi Arabia for the Camel Festival.

These spacious crates were packed with three bulls each and loaded onto a cargo jet in Chicago bound for Saudi Arabia.

The first bull riding performance the American and Brazilian cowboys put on was for the president of the Saudi Arabia Camel Club.

King had never seen a rodeo before

By Correne Martin

Saudi Arabian King Abdul Aziz wanted to see a rodeo as part of his prestigious third Camel Festival in February and March. He had never witnessed one before. 

So his people reached out to some cowboys in the Midwest to make it happen.

Wed
05
Jun

Inez G. Hoeger

Inez G. Hoeger, 94, of Garnavillo, Iowa, died peacefully on Sunday June 2, 2019, at Prairie Maison Nursing Home, Prairie du Chien. 

Inez was born on May 13, 1925, the daughter of Otto and Clara (Hermsen) Brunsman. 

Wed
05
Jun

Essie V. Kittoe

Essie V. Kittoe, 96, of Bagley, formerly of Cuba City, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2019, at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, UT. 

Essie was born on Nov. 18, 1922, to Harry and Ida (Wick) Segerstrom in Alma. 

She married James W. Kittoe on Feb. 12, 1942, in Hazel Green. Jim and Essie lived in Cuba City and the Platteville area until they moved to Bagley. Essie enjoyed collecting bells and pig figurines, was an avid card player, especially with her friends on ‘Ladies Day,’ scratch off lotto tickets and trips to the casino. She was a big Green Bay Packer and Wisconsin Badger fan, loved trips in the motorhome to Arizona, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. 

Wed
05
Jun

Marie A. Jenson

Marie A. Jenson, of Monona, and formerly of McGregor, Iowa, died Friday, May 31, 2019, at her son’s residence in Monona.

Marie Antoinette Barrette was born Oct. 11, 1938, in Eastman. She was the daughter of Roland and Emma (Phillips) Barrette. 

She received her education in Prairie du Chien, graduating with the class of 1957. On June 21, 1958, she was united in marriage to Stanley Jenson at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. Marie worked as a nurse’s aid, at McGregor Loudspeaker and 3M in Prairie du Chien. 

Wed
05
Jun

Rendezvous canceled, flea market follows suit

Editor’s note: This is the first story in a series about Prairie du Chien’s St. Feriole Island experiencing sustained flooding for more than two months, and how that has affected the community.

By Correne Martin

The annual flea market held in conjunction with the Rendezvous every Father’s Day weekend was formally canceled Tuesday, in the wake of Monday’s historic announcement to forego the Rendezvous for the first time in its 44 years due to sustained Mississippi River flooding. 

“We usually have over 100 vendors,” said Jaaren Riebe, a representative for the Prairie du Chien Fire Association, which took over the flea market organization last year. “We’ll be writing refund checks or we can save fees for next year, whatever they want.”

Wed
05
Jun

Increased artesian water flow on Louis Street redirected


The stream of water behind the former Alaska Fur Trading building now flows down through a grate and into a sewer pipe rather than onto Louis Street.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

For the past two winters, Louis Street in Prairie du Chien has had a problem with ice forming on the road. The Prairie du Chien Street Department recently alleviated the problem by installing a concrete catch basin box and a grate behind the former Alaska Fur Trading building.

Wed
05
Jun

Prairie du Chien baseball ends a fine season


Prairie’s Gavin Gillitzer pitched an excellent game in defeating Viroqua 2-1 in eight innings in the sectional opener in Brodhead Tuesday. (Photos by Marissa Weiher, Monroe Times)

Jon Nicholson gets ready to make the catch on a close play at second base in the second inning versus Viroqua.

Jon Nicholson reacts after reaching first base on a bunt in the first inning against Viroqua in Brodhead in the sectional opener.

 

Blackhawks defeat Viroqua but lose to Markesan

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks defeated Viroqua 2-1 in eight innings in the first game of the WIAA Sectional played in Brodhead on Tuesday. 

Mon
03
Jun

Famechon Hill project on County N underway, road is closed to traffic


Work has begun on the County N project near its intersection with Highway 35. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Landscaping is being done along County N near the Spring Lake Restaurant and Motel.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Bids for the Famechon Hill road construction project were let in February and construction has now begun on the project estimated at $3,868,000. The prime contractor is Peter James of H. James and Sons of Fennimore.

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03
Jun

Crawford County gives city 6 months to create Blackhawk Junction plan


The east side of Blackhawk Junction Mall has been vacant for several years. Crawford County will determine what the extent of the structural damage is.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

City of Prairie du Chien representatives gave a presentation to Crawford County officials about Blackhawk Junction Mall at a joint County Finance/Delinquent Tax Committee meeting May 29.

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03
Jun

Prairie baseball on to sectional play


Mark Welter of Prairie du Chien lashes a run-scoring single against visiting Fennimore in the regional final. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Josh Dyer scores Prairie’s first run Wednesday, having been driven in by Mark Welter.

Aaron Neisius of Prairie du Chien and the Fennimore first baseman intently watch the action.

 

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks defeated third-seeded Fennimore 2-1 to claim the WIAA Regional championship on Wednesday in Prairie du Chien in high school baseball action. The victory advances the Blackhawks to the WIAA Sectional games to be played in Brodhead on Tuesday, June 4. 

Down 1-0 in the bottom of the second, the Blackhawks scored their first run to tie the game. Ryan McGrath started the inning with a single followed by a single by Dylan Coleman. Pinch runner Josh Dyer scored from third on a ground ball by Mark Welter. 

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