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03
Jun

BREAKING NEWS: Rendezvous canceled for 2019


Many St. Feriole Island streets have been under water since March 18. The Prairie Villa Rendezvous is looking to either cancel or possibly relocate, though options are slim. The annual flea market that runs in conjunction with the Rendezvous, will happen if the river goes down and the land dries out. If not, the flea market will be canceled as its organizers are not interested in moving it.

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 Big River Long Rifles’ Prairie Villa Rendezvous is the first major event in Prairie du Chien at the mercy of the swelling Mississippi River this tourist season. As of Monday afternoon, the organization officially decided to cancel its 2019 festivities.

A prolonged flood has kept most St. Feriole Island streets under water since March. The island is closed and remains moderately flooded, with the river at McGregor cresting around 19.1 feet today. 

Wed
29
May

Free Kids in the Garden program to begin June 12


Kids who participate in the free activities through Kids in the Garden will get their hands dirty planting flowers and vegetables and learning about bugs and other creatures. They will also get to taste some of the goodies from the garden. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin 

Kids love to get their hands dirty and learn about plants that grow as well as bugs, birds and other creatures found in nature. A free summer program in Prairie du Chien called Kids in the Garden provides fun educational opportunities in the garden every second and fourth Wednesday, June 12-Aug. 7. 

Wed
29
May

PDC offering storm shelters to the public


The Prairie Du Chien Memorial Library is one of the few storm shelters in town. (Photos by Peyton Meisner)

By Peyton Meisner

With the summer storm season felt strongly around the area last Friday, Prairie du Chien Police Chief Kyle Teynor wants all citizens to be aware of the storm shelter options in town. 

There are three options for Prairie du Chien residents to take shelter in: the library storm shelter, Hoffman Hall and the county emergency government offices (sheriff's department/dispatch). 

The emergency government offices is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Hoffman Hall and the library shelters would be opened by on-duty police officers when a tornado warning is put into effect. 

Wed
29
May

Bagley slasher: 77 tires damaged

On May 28, at around 12:30 a.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s Office started to receive multiple reports of a subject slashing vehicle tires in the village of Bagley. Witnesses were able to observe Joseph Neeley, 29, of Bagley, slashing multiple vehicle’s tires. They attempted to stop Neeley, but he was able to run across the railroad tracks and attempted to hide next to the BNSF railroad tracks. 

Deputies located Neeley and were able to take him into custody and transported him to the Grant County Jail. Upon the initial investigation, it was found that 77 separate tires had been damaged. Neeley was booked into the jail on the 77 counts of criminal damage to property and held on a $200 bond for each count. Neeley will also be cited for trespass to railroad property.

Wed
29
May

7-year-old sells 2,312 boxes of Girl Scout cookies


Natilie Mink, 7, sold 2,312 boxes of Girl Scout cookies this year, earning herself and her mom a trip to Disney World. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

A goal-seeking first grade Girl Scout from Prairie du Chien sold 2,312 boxes of the famous cookies this year—enough to win herself a trip to Disney World. 

Natilie Mink, a second-year Daisy, spent six consecutive weekends, from Feb. 9 through March 19, selling local favorites Thin Mints, Caramel deLites (Samoas), Peanut Butter Patties (Tagalongs) S’mores and other flavors of the beloved cookies. To achieve the magical two-person vacation, one Girl Scout needed to sell at least 2,019 boxes in 2019. By setting mini goals along the way, Natilie sold that many, plus several hundred more, mainly sitting at a stand graciously allowed inside Nelson True Value in Prairie du Chien. 

Wed
29
May

Mississippi River predicted to reach 20.1 feet by June 4, Rendezvous, Flea Market and other events may be affected


A man wades and fishes on a road on St. Feriole Island Tuesday afternoon. The man’s piscatorial pursuit was cut short, however, when a police officer called him in because the man and his vehicle had gone beyond the barricades. Going past the barricades is not allowed and will be enforced. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

There will be yet another crest of the Mississippi River this spring, which, unfortunately, is bound to affect the Prairie du Chien area’s economy now that the tourist season is about to be in full swing.

Wed
22
May

Enjoy a Slovak Dinner and culture, say farewell to pastor


Luanne Neumann, a member of St. Peter, spent two years in Bratislava, Slovakia, teaching high school-aged Evangelical Lutheran students religion and English literature in the English language.

Pastor Kyle Svennungsen served his first call as a pastor at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in Prairie du Chien for the past four years. He and his family are relocating to the Bratislava International Church in Slovakia.

Luanne Neumann (far left) stands with her Slovak Lutheran students, who she taught English literature during a mission through the Central Europe Teachers program. The students are holding a book, sponsored by the La Crosse Synod, that she chose for them to read. An upcoming Slovak Dinner fundraiser will help increase literature opportunities like this for Evangelical Lyceum students in Bratislava, Slovakia. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

One member of Prairie du Chien’s St. Peter Lutheran Church returned last fall from Bratislava, Slovakia, where she taught teenagers English for two years. Now, St. Peter’s pastor and his family are relocating to the same Slovak community so he can serve as leader of the international church. 

Wed
22
May

More of a conceptual plan approved for future city dog park

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council approved plans Tuesday night for a future dog park in the city.

According to details brought by the parks and recreation department and dog park committee—consisting of Bob Witt, Dawn McCoy, Randy Paske and Parks and Rec Director Mike Ulrich—it is hoped this park could be completed in the fall of 2019.

In April last year, the city purchased about five acres of land from the Department of Transportation, off Lockwood Street, near the Campion Boat Landing, and designated it for the development of a 1.9-acre, fenced-in dog park. The costs are all going to be funded through donations, contributions and fundraising.

Wed
22
May

Crawford County’s latest dairy princess crowned


The 2019 Crawford County Dairy Princess Regan Kramer was crowned by Rachel Kramer, who served as 2018 Crawford County Dairy Princess along with Caitlin Nolan.

Regan Kramer (back), 2019 Crawford County Dairy Princess, stands with Crawford County Little Miss Squirt Lorelai Young (left) and Little Miss Squirt Attendant Breckyn Schlee. (Submitted photos)

A well-attended Crawford County Dairy Kick-Off Banquet was held Sunday, May 19, at the Eastman United Methodist Fellowship Hall, where the 2019 Crawford County Dairy Princess was crowned. The new princess is Regan Kramer, the 15-year-old daughter of Travis and Becky Kramer, who resides on a dairy and beef farm near Eastman. 

Wed
22
May

Ridge Runners looking at ATV/UTV routes within city of Prairie du Chien

By Correne Martin

The Crawford County Ridge Runners Club approached the Prairie du Chien Common Council Tuesday night to revisit conversations, that have happened at the public works committee level since last fall, regarding the opening of some or all city streets as ATV/UTV routes.

Club President John Udelhoven and Vice President John Shimpach, along with about half a dozen supporters, attended the meeting to present proposed routes within the city for approval. Though the city took no action Tuesday, a city public hearing is on the horizon after the public works committee meets with the club again June 4, to solidify specific roadway route proposals. Then after listening to community members at the hearing, the council can make a decision. 

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