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Wed
07
Oct

Prairie du Chien Vietnam veteran receives Quilt of Valor


Prairie du Chien veteran Terry Seeley proudly displays the Quilt of Valor he recently received from the Quilts of Valor program in Garnavillo, Iowa. The quilt was made by Wendy Kuhse and presented to him by Wendy and her husband, Lanny, in a special presentation. Some of his family attending the honorable presentation were (from left) his sister, Patti Johnson, of Garnavillo; his wife, Vicki Seeley; and another sister, Chris Foley, of Prairie du Chien. (Submitted photo)

Terry Seeley, of Prairie du Chien, was awarded a Quilt of Valor at the Corner Shoppe in Garnavillo, Iowa, recently. The quilt, made by Wendy Kuhse, was presented to Seeley by Wendy and her husband, Lanny, in a ceremony attended by a few close friends and family members on Aug. 2.

Seeley, who enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1966, was a member of the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Division, and earned the rank of Corporal (E4). He spent four months in the Republic of Vietnam, where he was wounded twice in Khe-Sanh and, as a result, earned two Purple Hearts. He recovered at a Japanese hospital and was subsequently moved to Great Lakes Naval Hospital in Illinois.

Ninety-five percent of the battalion (named The Walking Dead) in which Seeley served were either killed or went missing in action. He was one of the 5 percent who lived to tell about his war experience.

Seeley received an honorable discharge on April 24, 1972.

Mon
05
Oct

Chamber presents annual awards


The C.F. La Pointe Award, the Chamber’s most prestigious and longstanding award, was presented to Charlie Connell on behalf of Crossing Rivers Health. He is pictured (left) with Chamber President Bob Moses.

The Crawford County Dairy Breakfast committee was recognized for promoting agri-tourism in our community. Pictured (from left) are Curt Zinkle, Royce Havlik, Bob Standorf, Jane Achenbach, Ken Johnson and Bob Moses.

The Opportunity Center was awarded for providing 50 years of service. Pictured (from left) are Crystal Alexander, Angie Engrav, Bob Moses, Pam Ritchie, Dolores, Wiedemann, Betty Broadbent, Jesse Aspenson, Deb Reed, Andrea Panka, Karen Cooper and Curt Zinkle. (Photos by Gary Howe)

Pat Balk (center) accepted Homeward Bound’s plaque for 30 years of service to the community from Board President Curt Zinkle and Chamber President Bob Moses.

Bob McDonald (center), Prairie du Chien Economic Development Corporation director, was selected for this year’s Chamber Board President Award. He is pictured with Board President Curt Zinkle (left) and Chamber President Bob Moses.

Sue Tiller and her dad, Frank, accepted a plaque for 65 years of retail service to the community from Chamber Board President Curt Zinkle (right).

Taking home the Chamber’s Community Investment Award was Nelson True Value and the Kanis family. Pictured (from left) are Chamber representatives Curt Zinkle and Bob Moses with Dan Kanis, Jake Kanis, Mark Brueggen, Donna Teynor and Oscar Eastman.

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting and awards banquet aboard the Celebration Belle on Wednesday, Sept. 30. About 220 attended.

“An important reason our area is able to continue to grow and prosper is due to the solid foundation that has been built by so many faithful, dedicated individuals who have been in business in the community for so many years,” Chamber President and CEO Bob Moses said. “We are also very appreciative of investors for the support, encouragement and commitment they have shown this past year.”

Award winners included:

Mon
05
Oct

Nelson True Value supports library expansion

Nelson True Value recently donated $10,000 to the Prairie du Chien library expansion project. “The people of Prairie du Chien have been so good to Nelson True Value over the years and we wanted to give back to the community,” Store Owner Dan Kanis said. “The library project seems to be a very important and worthwhile project for the community and we were inspired to hear about it.” The Prairie du Chien Common Council has approved the $3 million upgrade to the library, with a challenge to the community to raise half of that amount. Pictured, Dan (right) and Jake (left) Kanis present the $10,000 gift to City Administrator Aaron Kramer. “Prairie du Chien is truly one blessed community when it comes to its corporate partners. Time and again, we see them giving back to the community, and one of the leading supporters is Nelson True Value,” Kramer said.

Mon
05
Oct

True Value store shaping up

The attractive new Nelson True Value hardware store in Prairie du Chien is coming along rapidly. Last week, framing work was done for offices and a meeting room. Crews are also grinding the floor, painting the interior and focusing on exterior finishes at this time. Additional work to finish the HVAC system has yet to be done as well, according to Marv Bengtson, job superintendent for general contractor Friede & Associates. Owner Dan Kanis said the building is expected to be turned over to True Value for fixturing around Oct. 19. “We’re shooting for a ribbon cutting the second week in December,” he stated, “and a grand opening celebration with sales and giveaways April 1 and 2.” Kanis noted that the farm, ag and paint departments are among the many to be expanded with the new store. Nelson True Value is also seeking historic photographs of Prairie du Chien to be used in a collage displayed on the front wall inside the new facility.

Mon
05
Oct

One injured in crash that shut down highway

A rural Prairie du Chien woman was injured in a crash that shut down Highway 18 south of the city for an hour and a half Wednesday evening, Sept. 30, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of the two-vehicle accident near the intersection of Highway 18 and Old Highway 18,  at 4:56 p.m. in Bridgeport township.

A 2011 Lincoln automobile, owned and operated by Jean Moret, 55, was westbound on Highway 18. Moret signaled a left turn onto Old Highway 18 and had slowed to wait for oncoming traffic when she was rear-ended by a 2013 Freightliner truck owned by Ursa Major Corp., of Waukesha, and operated by Joshua Cook, 25, of Boscobel.

The Moret vehicle ended up in the ditch on the south side of the highway. Moret was extricated from her vehicle and transported to Crossing River Health for her injuries. Cook refused medical attention.

Mon
05
Oct

You’re ‘willkommen’ to celebrate Oktoberfest


The hammerschlagen contest challenges participants of all ages to drive a nail into a stump as far as they can with just one swing of the “claw end” of a hammer. This is just one of many family-oriented activities Oktoberfest-goers may enjoy Oct. 17 on St. Feriole Island. (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien’s Oktoberfest is as elaborate as any celebration around. And it’s even bigger and better this year, with entertainment for every member of the family—German or not.

In its sixth year, Oktoberfest will welcome, or “willkommen,” partiers to St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The fall colors will adda vibrancy to the already lively activities, which collectively serve as a fundraiser for the Memorial Gardens.

Mon
05
Oct

Ruffed Grouse

 

Southwest Wisconsin landowners 

can help increase ruffed grouse population

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
30
Sep

Get creative for Fallfire Art Contest


“Fall Cardinal Look-Alike,” by Kim Suetmeyer, was the grand prize winner of Fallfire last year.

The two-dimensional art winner for Fallfire last year was Mike Kabele with “The Holdouts.”

The Other Media winner, Vase of Life, was created by Brooklyn Elliott.

The Peoples Choice for 2014 was "The Marsh," by Suzy Tegge.

Photography winner Clarissa Oehler captured "A Gentle End" for her Fallfire submission.

Get creative for Fallfire Art Contest With the support of several area businesses, cartoonist John Mundt, Esquire, of Prairie du Chien, is hosting the 12th Annual Fallfire Art Contest now through Oct. 31. Open to artists of any age, and in all mediums, Fallfire 12 is now accepting submissions.

Inspired by the sights and sounds of autumn, Mundt, illustrator of The Collected Short Stories of L. Frank Baum, founded the contest in 2004 to challenge artists to “flex their creative muscles.” Participants are asked to create a work inspired by the word “fallfire.”

Wed
30
Sep

One block of Illinois Street by B.A. Kennedy will be two-way starting Monday

By Correne Martin

One block of Prairie du Chien traffic on South Illinois Street, from Webster Street to Cass Street, will become two-way, and parking will be prohibited on either side of that stretch of road, thanks to an ordinance approved Tuesday night by the Prairie du Chien Common Council. The change is effective Monday, Oct. 5.

According to Police Chief Chad Abram, the need for this adjustment came to the department’s attention through the common council.

“The aldermen in that district felt something needed to be done to alleviate congested traffic issues in the area of B.A. Kennedy Elementary School,” Abram said. “This is just the simplest solution we could provide for parents driving vehicles dropping off and picking up children at B.A. Kennedy. It’s a difficult area; the school is landlocked and there is no off-street parking. The long-term solution would be to look at creating a parking lot for staff.”

Wed
30
Sep

Public input sought for future of historic Brodtville school


The Brodtville School sits empty among the hills of farmhouses in Wyalusing Township, between Bagley and Patch Grove. At one time, 100 school children filled the one-room facility with the sounds of learning. Today, the town board is seeking public input as they decide what to do with the rundown building. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Taking up a large space within the historic walls of the schoolhouse landmark is this hand-painted fabric banner showing an honor roll of sorts of Patch Grove, Bloomington and Bagley area businesses from yesteryear.

A one-time class schedule for the Brodtville School might bring back fond memories for former schoolchildren.

These old photographs are just begging for people to reminisce near them about the days when the one-room Brodtville School was filled with young learners seated two per desk. Several former students in these photos are still alive today.

By Correne Martin

In 1852, some 163 years ago, a one-room schoolhouse was built on the settlement of Brodtville. Twelve years later, in 1864, the original building sold for $71, and a new 26x40 schoolhouse was constructed for $285 in taxes from the township—which was then Patch Grove Township and is now Wyalusing Township.

These days, when most of the men mentioned in those historical minutes now lie in the graveyard behind the schoolhouse, the future of the 151-year-old deteriorating facility is up in the air.

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