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Fri
27
Dec

Courier Press changing to once weekly

By Correne Martin

The Courier Press is your community newspaper. It has been for 171 years. And since 1966, it has been published twice a week, in tabloid format. 

Starting with the first issue in January 2020, however, the twin weekly will become a single weekly newspaper, circulated solely on Wednesdays. The Courier Press and its owner, Morris Newspaper Corporation (MNC) of Wisconsin, have decided to forego the Monday edition. This change will allow us to deliver one convenient package of trusted, hyper-local news and advertising to our loyal readers—on the news stands Wednesdays and in the mail on Thursdays.

Fri
27
Dec

Operation Santa assists more than 135 families with community’s help


Milo and Blaine Connor, of Milo’s Towing, stand with all of the toys they collected through community donations toward Operation Santa in Crawford County this holiday season. They were just one of many businesses and organizations that made the Rotary Club-led program a success once again in 2019.(Photo by Gary Howe)

By Correne Martin

 

Many helping hands and generous hearts came together for the 2019 Operation Santa in Crawford County, bringing Christmas to over 135 families in need, including more than 170 children, this holiday season.

Spearheaded by the Prairie du Chien Rotary Club for the second year, numerous businesses and organizations played a large part in this endeavor as well. Thanks to cash, gift, food and clothing donations, the families received basically everything needed to cook and serve a holiday meal, and they took home miscellaneous necessities, items of comfort, along with toys.

Mon
23
Dec

Junior Achievement introduced at Bluff View


Jamie Stram of Fidelity Bank teaches part of the Junior Achievement program to seventh graders in Mr. Plomedahl’s class recently. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Junior Achievement program is new to the Prairie du Chien School District this school year and is being conducted by seventh grade teacher Bob Plomedahl and eighth grade teacher Dale Hanson at Bluff View Intermediate School.

Fri
20
Dec

Malicious rumor of threat spread about PdCHS student

UPDATE: The Prairie du Chien Police Department was notified by the school district of the rumor concerns on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 19.  According to Chief Kyle Teynor, "We immediately began our threat assessment process with staff at the police department specifically trained to conduct such assessments."

 

While working with the school district, officers learned that specific details about the supposed threat were not true and, in fact, comfirmed that these specific details were categorically false and fabricated, Teynor said.

 

Wed
18
Dec

City RDA buys Blackhawk Junction Mall

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien Redevelopment Authority has purchased Blackhawk Junction Mall from Crawford County.

Wed
18
Dec

County OKs one-year moratorium on CAFO expansion

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Crawford County Board voted 10-7 during its regular meeting Tuesday to approve of an ordinance to impose a one-year moratorium on the expansion and creation of new livestock facility siting operations within the unincorporated areas of Crawford County.

Mon
16
Dec

Pick-a-Pack introduced at PdC schools

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Prairie du Chien High School FFA adviser Diane Colburn and the FFA have introduced what they call the Pick-a-Pack program that all students can participate in which will help families with school-aged children during the holiday season and beyond.

Mon
16
Dec

Repairs have begun on Lock 9 near Lynxville


Repair work began on Lock 9 near Lynxville on Dec. 10. The repairs will involve removing old, damaged concrete and replacing it. It will also involve repairs to the tow haul rail system. Last winter, repairs were done to the lock extensions. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

On Dec. 10, repairs began on locks 6, 8 and 9 to ensure they continue working as designed for the next navigation season. Lock and Dam 6 is near Trempealeau, Lock and Dam 8 is near Genoa, and Lock and Dam 9 is near Lynxville. The maintenance work is expected to continue through March 13.

Mon
16
Dec

PdC Historical Society eyes large projects, as Gift Giving Campaign runs


The St. Germain dit Gauthier House, aka Gremore-Coorough House (top), and the Antoine LaChapelle Cabin, aka Erdenberger Cabin (bottom), are both located on St. Feriole Island. They are part of the Prairie du Chien Historical Society’s strategic plan to renovate historic structures within the city of Prairie du Chien.

By Correne Martin

 

The Prairie du Chien Historical Society (PDCHS) has embarked on four monumental projects as part of a 20-year strategic plan to foster perpetual appreciation of historic structures within the city, according to a letter PDCHS submitted to city parks officials Dec. 9. The entity is also looking to draw new advocates of all ages to the museum, as an educational center for local history of the Prairie du Chien area. 

Wed
11
Dec

Carp Fest a cheerful countdown toward New Year’s


A family enjoys fresh carp samples, while Lucky Carp Jr. stands happy and ready to greet everyone at the Family Droppin’ of the Carp Party last New Year’s Eve. (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

It’s the time of year when even Lucky the Carp, Prairie du Chien’s famous fish, feels frozen. 

But with Carp Fest, community members are invited to warm up with some free or low-cost programs, Dec. 23 and Dec. 26-30 across the city, in celebration of the impending New Year.

“Everybody’s invited, families young and old. Calls are already coming in about Carp Fest,” said Mike Ulrich, Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Director.

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