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Jun

Fort Crawford Museum proud to preserve area history


Campion Jesuit High School, along with St. Mary’s Academy, is featured within the museum. (Photos by Rachel Mergen)

Fort Crawford Museum’s Pattern 1827 Cannon was used in 1861 to call the Prairie du Chien men to arms. Still to this day, it is periodically fired.

Located in the medical museum’s Beaumont room, where most of the information about him is found, a hospital ward room from 1832 is available to view. Multiple different hospital settings are shown within the museum.

Michael Haefer dresses in Fort Crawford-period clothing every Saturday to help bring history to life.

By Rachel Mergen

 

“Prairie du Chien is a part of a larger picture,” Carolyn Sand, tour guide at the Fort Crawford Museum, said. Fort Crawford Museum is forever changing. With history lessons being formatted differently in schools as years go by, it is important for families, both locally and from around the country, to learn about the nationally-important narratives that are held within the walls of the museum. One time is never enough to experience the rich history that rotates through the museum. 

Wed
21
Jun

Prairie du Chien may be Nature’s (next) Playground


These are just two of a half-dozen potential community logo examples created and shared with the Prairie du Chien Common Council Tuesday night. They both feature the tagline chosen by PdC Main Street, the mayor and city administrator but the final artwork isn’t yet complete. Once done, the intent is for a citywide, cohesive brand to be implemented.

By Correne Martin

“Prairie du Chien: Nature’s Playground” is a new tagline chosen by PdC Main Street to present  to the city as a potential, more cohesive, community-wide brand. Coming to this conclusion was a process that began in 2015 under the leadership of PdC Main Street, which the city selected to lead the development of a visual identity project for the city.

Wed
21
Jun

Fr. Paul’s Tanzanian surgical suite project to be highlighted via local man’s media work


Local natives Fr. Paul Fagan (left) and broadcast journalist Ryan Skaife (center) joined forces in Nkololo, Tanzania, in late May, to record video and tell some of the stories of the Songambele Health Center that Fagan has spent years fulfilling.

By Correne Martin

Some $395,000 in medical equipment is needed to open the Songambele Health Center surgical suite and serve over 150,000 inhabitants of the Shinyanga Region in Tanzania. These people currently drive over 10 hours to the nearest surgery/trauma center.

Father Paul Fagan, a Patch Grove native and Catholic missionary priest who’s served 57 years of his life in Tanzania, has infinitely given himself toward this effort in Nkololo, Tanzania. The construction of the center is complete, yet supplies and equipment are needed to outfit the surgical suite, located inside the largest hospital in northern Tanzania.

Wed
21
Jun

Stop sign and road sign stolen

On Monday, June 12, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department investigated the theft of a stop sign and road-sign from the intersection of County N and Plum Creek Road in the village of Wauzeka. The intersection stop sign and Plum Creek Road sign were stolen.

The Crawford County Crime Stoppers urges anyone having information about this or any other crimes to call 326-8933 or (866) 779-PAYS. Anyone calling either of these numbers with a Crime Stoppers tip will remain anonymous and a reward of up to $1,000 could be paid.

Wed
21
Jun

Car, skid steer collide

On June 15, at 6:56 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center took a report of a traffic crash involving a car and a skid steer on County Road N, approximately one-half mile west of Langs Drive in the township of Wauzeka.

Devin J. Mullikin, 25, Prairie du Chien, was westbound on County Road N. Dennis R. Krachey, 55, Wauzeka, entered the roadway operating a New Holland skid steer with a pallet fork attachment on the front end. Krachey did not see the Mullikin vehicle approaching and entered the roadway. The Mullikin vehicle struck the pallet fork attachment with the front passenger side of his vehicle.

There was severe damage to Mullikin’s vehicle, minor damage to the pallet fork attachment and no damage to the skid steer. Mullikin was wearing his seat belt. There were no injuries sustained in the crash and no citations were issued.

Wed
21
Jun

Local businessman to embark on Rotary district governorship

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien businessman Joe Ruskey will become the new Rotary District 6250 Governor July 1, guiding and serving as a resource for 62 Rotary Clubs in Wisconsin and Minnesota. He was selected for the position three years ago, trained over the past two years and will officially take on the duties next month until June 30, 2018.

Ruskey anticipates putting on 30,000 miles in the coming year, visiting all 62 clubs in the first six months, and then tending to any club needs and providing further direction in the second six months of his term. He’s enlivened by this opportunity to meet people, network and, above all, make a difference while helping others do the same in their communities.

Mon
19
Jun

PdC provides warm welcome to Rotary Club visitors from India


An exchange of Rotary Club flags between the Prairie du Chien and Indian clubs took place during the exchange visit. Pictured (from left) are Savita and Ravindra Arya, Hemali and Nishith Pathak, Phil Holzer, Chandresh Makhija, Pawan Jain, Hemal Makhija and Rekha Jain. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

A Rotarian Friendship Exchange brought about 10 visitors from India to Prairie du Chien and its Rotary Club District 6250 in late May/early June. Led by Senior Rotarian Chandresh Makhija, and facilitated by Prairie du Chien Rotarian Cheryl Mader, the group sat down to discuss their exchange opportunity as well as share a little about their culture and club.

Hailing from District 3060 in the state of Gujarat, India, the pleasant and eager tourists flew into Chicago on May 27. After some sightseeing, they were picked up and taken to Wisconsin Dells on May 28. There, they experienced the lore of riding the “Ducks” and enjoying the Wisconsin River. From there, they headed to La Crosse, where they toured the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, tasted some Indian cuisine, took a La Crosse Queen boat ride and stood in line for some Pearl Street Ice Cream.

Mon
19
Jun

Hooking for Hope raises $16k for cancer charities


The Hooking for Hope organizing committee presented a portion of its 2017 donation to Steppin’ Out in Pink. Pictured (from left) are SOIP honorary chairperson Heather Willis, Liz Bremmer, Terri Strandlie, Bonnie Fuller, Carol Hobart, SOIP spokesperson Debbie Kroner, Jackie Wachter, Jill Cox and Tammy Otteson. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The amount of money raised by the 14th annual Hooking for Hope fishing tournament June 3 was the most ever. More than $16,000 was collected through the Prairie du Chien fundraiser, hosted by the Sawmill Saloon, for breast cancer charities.

A total of 166 participants went out on the river, experienced beautiful weather and took home some fish, great memories and prizes from the auction and raffle following the tournament.

According to Jackie Wachter, event co-organizer, the number of participants was average, but there was still more funds brought in for several regional breast cancer awareness and patient support programs.

Mon
19
Jun

Mount Hope man arrested for 4th OWI

A 24-year-old Mount Hope man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (fourth offense) and one count of operating while revoked.

Timothy Roesch faces up to a total of seven years in prison and $12,500 in fines if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, a Prairie du Chien police officer pulled Roesch over for having a loud and defective exhaust system. Roesch was subsequently arrested for OWI and operating after revocation.

Roesch has previously been convicted of OWI three times.

Mon
19
Jun

UTV stolen, Crime Stoppers seeks tips

On Saturday, May 27, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department investigated the theft of a UTV from a residence located on Tavern Road in the township of Clayton. The theft occurred sometime after May 14. The UTV is described as a black 2011 Bennche Bighorn 700 with a “Commins” logo across the top portion of the windshield.

The Crawford County Crime Stoppers urges anyone having information about this or any other crimes to call 326-8933 or 1-866-779-PAYS.

Anyone calling either of these numbers with a Crime Stoppers tip will remain anonymous and a reward of up to $1,000 will be paid for a tip which solves a crime with an arrest, charges being filed and/or recovery of stolen property.

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