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Wed
12
Oct

Friends of the Library Annual Meeting


Mary Novey, President of the Friends of the Library, and Dan Moris, documentarian, pose in front of a scene from “Life on A River Town: Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.”

By Melissa R. Collum

 

Wed
12
Oct

Colorful Prairie du Chien


Downtown Prairie du Chien was bursting at the seams on Saturday, and a large part of that was due to ‘leaf lookers’ who also wanted to enjoy what the downtown has to offer. It is heading toward prime time for leaf looking in Prairie du Chien and the surrounding area. Above, the entrance to St. Feriole Island was very inviting to walkers, bicyclists, and motorists on a bright, sunshiny day when it appeared as if someone had taken out a paint brush and emptied their palette of the most vivid colors. According to the Travel Wisconsin Fall Color Report, last updated on Oct. 3, Prairie du Chien was at 50 percent, and the peak is predicted for the fourth week of October. Fall views can be enjoyed from the scenic overlooks in the area as well as many of the trails along the bluffs of the Mississippi River. Some area parks include La Riviere Park, Wyalusing State Park, Pikes Peak State Park, and Effigy Mounds National Monument. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)
Wed
12
Oct

Highway 179 Bridge construction continues


The Highway 179 Bridge over the Kickapoo River between Eastman and Steuben is being replaced. Construction of the new bridge is continuing. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
12
Oct

Sailboat Golden Rule docks in Prairie du Chien, sails for peace


While in Prairie du Chien, the Golden Rule docked at Lawler Park. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
05
Oct

Watermain being replaced


Work is continuing on the replacement of the watermain along Villa Louis Road.

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
05
Oct

Several vehicles at EV show at Prairie Cinema Saturday


Ron Leys of Prairie du Chien stands next to his Ford Mustang Mach-E at the EV Show Saturday at Prairie Cinema. Leys said his Mustang gets the equivalent of 100 miles per gallon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Andy Marshall (left) of Ferryville discusses the Ford F-150 Lightning with Sonny and Linda Sondreal of Prairie du Chien at the EV automobile show in the Prairie Cinema parking lot Saturday. The EV pick-up truck sells for about $39,974.

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
05
Oct

Collum new editor at the Courier Press


Melissa Collum

Melissa R. Collum joined the Courier Press as an editor starting Oct. 3. Collum, a Prairie du Chien resident, comes to the newspaper from academia and as the former editor of the Postville Herald, Postville, Iowa. As a CORE curriculum professor at Viterbo University she teaches courses in education, ethics, global studies, and history. By far Collum’s favorite courses to teach are those related to Servant Leadership which foster students’ growth and understanding of service to their community. She will continue teaching courses at Viterbo while at the newspaper.

Wed
05
Oct

A bigger, better Oktoberfest on tap for 2022


Ms. Oktoberfest, Lori Kuehl, an original member of the Oktoberfest Committee, enthusiastically engages with the crowd along the parade route during last year’s Oktoberfest. The 2022 event is expected to be even more fun. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Thu
29
Sep

Businesses recognized at chamber of commerce banquet


Accepting the award for Crossing Rivers Health Hospital of Prairie du Chien are Jim Smith, Foundation Board President; Kerry Campbell, Chief Clinical Officer; Chris Brophy, Chief Executive Officer; Jenny Pritchett, Chief Operating Officer; Sasha Dull, Chief Development Officer; Carlos Cantero, Jr.; Hospital Board of Directors; and Geoff Mandala, Chief Financial Officer. (Photos by Linda Ginkel)

Prairie du Chien is celebrating 150 years as a community. Accepting the award are City Administrator Chad Abram, City Council Representatives Nate Bremmer, Jaaren Riebe, Nick Crary, Nate Gilberts and Mayor Dave Hemmer.

Homesteader Homes was recognized for 25 Years of Service during the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet and Dinner on Sept. 22 at the Backwater Bar and Restaurant in Prairie du Chien. Above, Tom and Ginny Herreid are shown with their award.

Huckleberry's received an award for 30 Years of Service. Chip and Roxanne Skemp and Bob Moses accept the award.

Dean and Heidi Rockweiler, Lowden Rockweiler, and Colin Ahlstom accept their award for 50 Years of Service for Rockweiler’s Appliance and TV.

Sutton Insurance received an award for 65 Years of Service. Accepting the award are Carlee Monroe, Tarah Sutton Marx, Sally Whitish and Kevin Mulrooney.

This group photo has several award winners. At left is Bill Bousek of Universal Forest Products accepting an award for celebrating 20 Years of Service in the Prairie du Chien Community. Next, Nick Coffield, General Manager and Rod Hall, Owner of Prairie Motor Sports receives the 2022 Community Investment of the Year Award. Next is JoAnn Evans of The Cannery which received the award for providing 25 Years of Service in the retail industry in Prairie du Chien. On the right are Brian and Crystal Priebe of The Sweet Tooth. They are receiving the New Business of the Year Award for 2022.

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce Legacy Award is awarded to an individual, group, organization, or business who go over and above to reach their goals and impact on their community. The Legacy Award represents a long-standing sustainable achievement whereby success is measured by hard work and determination. Accepting the award are Robert and Jennifer Yaeger of White Springs Restaurant of McGregor.

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Chamber Banquet and Awards Program on Thursday, Sept. 22. The event was hosted at the Backwater Bar and Restaurant in downtown Prairie du Chien. 

 

Wed
28
Sep

Mr. Anonymous pays for everyone’s groceries for two hours at local Aldi’s

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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