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Tue
16
May

Prairie du Chien school board votes to end 3K programming

At special meeting on Thursday, May 11 the Prairie du Chien school board voted four to three to discontinue the 3K program. The public had been informed of the meeting via posting on Tuesday morning.
According to Prairie du Chien School Superintendant Andy Banasik there are two main reasons that the program will not continue: funding and staffing. “The program is not funded by the state of Wisconsin so we get no reimbursement from the state,” Banasik stated in a telephone interview.  
For the 2022-23 school there was no 3K program due to lack of staffing. “At the start of the year, we had one or two faculty members who had to leave,” notes Banasik. Even though there was staffing for the coming school year, there was a worry that the district would not be able to retain staff for the program.

Tue
16
May

Important information for flood damage victims

By Melissa R. Collum

Tue
16
May

Wauzeka-Steuben School District 2023 Valedictorian and Salutatorian


Wauzeka-Steuben High School 2023 Valedictorian Lily Mitchell

Wauzeka-Steuben High School 2023 Salutatorian Desirae Mormann

Lily Mitchell has been named the Valedictorian and Desirae Mormann has been named the Salutatorian of the Wauzeka-Steuben High School 2023 graduating class.
   

Lily is the daughter of Bart and Amy Mitchell. She has been very active throughout her high school career while excelling academically. Lily has earned high honors all four years, earning herself an academic letter and four pins for her excellence in the classroom. She was most recently named to the Ridge and Valley All-Academic Team. Furthermore, Lily has challenged herself by taking a rigorous course load that contained a variety of AP courses and dual credit courses.
 

Tue
09
May

Community Heath Service Foundation Family FUNdraiser

On May 13, from 1-5 pm the Community Health Services Foundation will host the first annual family FUNdraiser at Prairie Funland. 

Fri
05
May

FLOOD CLEAN UP- Update from Crawford Co. Emergency Management


Debris left by the flooding by Washington Street Park. (Melissa R. Collum/Courier Press).
FLOOD CLEAN UP- Update from Crawford Co. Emergency Management and the City of Prairie du Chien
Wed
03
May

The 350th Expedition Anniversary

In the weeks leading up to the 350th Expedition Anniversary of the expedition of Marquette and Jolliet in Prairie du Chien on June 16-18, 2023 the Courier Press will be highlighting the history of Marquette and Jolliet and the events that will be taking place over the three day celebration.
Historic overview of the travels of Marquette and Jolliet
With hopes and dreams of mapping a water route to the heartland of North America, two canoes embarked from the Straits of Mackinac on May 17, 1673, and headed south and west. The expedition party numbered seven with leadership by Fur Trader Louis Jolliet and Jesuit Missionary Jacque Marquette. From their combined years of interaction with the indigenous nations of the Great Lakes they had garnered information about the existence of the Mississippi River and ways to get there. Information that was of great importance to the government of New France and their ambitions for advancing their culture and influence.

Wed
03
May

Quilt the Day Away at Hoffman Hall


Sue Phillips, from Barneveld has been attending the event for seven years. Phillips sews on a Vintage Singer Cast Iron Sewing Machine from the 1940’s ( Melissa R. Collum/ Courier Press)

Mardell Winter is seated across from her niece and sister-in-law as she works on a star pattern block. (Melissa R. Collum/ Courier Press)

By Melissa R. Collum

Tue
02
May

Arbor Day celebrated by B.A. Kennedy and Prairie Catholic First Graders


First graders, their teachers, Arbor Day presenters, and members of the City Tree Board pose with the Prairie du Chien Tree City USA flag at the Crawford County Court House Lawn for the 2023 Arbor Day Celebration. (Melissa R. Collum/ Courier Press)

B.A. Kennedy student Joy is aided by Randy Ludvig as she tries to spray the portable water hose. (Melissa R. Collum/ Courier Press)

Braxton, from B.A. Kennedy, closes his eyes to fully experience White Pine needles. (Melissa R. Collum/ Courier Press)

On Friday April 28, 1st graders from Prairie Catholic and B.A. Kennedy schools took part in the Prairie du Chien Arbor Day Celebration. The students were welcomed by Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Director Mike Ulrich. The program had three stations for the students to learn about forest management, tree identification, and fire prevention. Randy Ludvig, Lead Street Department Operator and Tree Maintenance Expert, spoke to the students about LaRiviera Park and what is done for forest upkeep and management. Travis Bunting, Crawford County Conservation Specialist, shared with the students about the dangers of forest fires and how fires are managed.

Tue
02
May

**211 has been Activated**

**211 has been Activated**

On May 1st, CCEM contacted Great Rivers 211 to assist with public damage assessments. They have confirmed they are active for taking damage-related calls and collecting unmet need information from Crawford County residents. Residents can call 211, press 1 for local disaster, and an agent will assist in taking their report. Additionally, people can self-report online using the 211-disaster reporting form here: https://211wisconsin.communityos.org/damage-report

If any residents have damage to report from the flooding crisis or any unmet needs, please use the 211 number and we can start organizing help. The following is a list of questions the 211-intake worker will ask:

Thu
27
Apr

Louis Jolliet: A Solid Path Through Water

Louis Jolliet: A Solid Path Through Water, is a one-act, one-person play written and performed by Jim Healy, in honor of the 350th anniversary of the voyage of Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet down the Mississippi River.
Their four-month voyage began on May 17th, 1673. Although Jolliet returned to Quebec, Father Marquette died on his return journey. The play set in Anticosti Island, in the Gulf of St. Lawrence at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, Quebec in the summer of 1700, the year Jolliet disappeared.
Performance Thursday May 4 at 7 pm at the Performing Arts Center, Prairie du Chien. Tickets at the door or at the Main Street Office. 700 E. Blackhawk Ave Prairie du Chien (608) 326-0234

 

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