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Wed
03
Aug

Edwards flies fighter jets in ‘Maverick’ film


Navy LCDR Nate Edwards, a Prairie du Chien native, stands beneath a jet landing on the aircraft carrier, which served as the set for the “Top Gun: Maverick” movie. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

 

Tue
26
Jul

The community lost a good one: Prairie du Chien was Howe’s purpose


Bill Howe was still shooting photos at local events up until a few years ago, including this St. Patrick’s Day parade. (Courier file photo)

Bill is pictured (right) at the Courier Press, with brother “Jack” and their mother, Eliese Howe.

Little Billie Howe, age 5

Inducted into the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Hall of Fame in 2018, Bill is pictured with the family members who attended the banquet with him. Pictured (from left) are son Gary and Joan Howe, Donna Kinley, Bill and daughter Rita Cooper.

By Correne Martin

 

Tue
26
Jul

Nearly $5M for PdC public safety center a legislative consideration

By Correne Martin

 

Fri
22
Jul

State fastpitch tourney plays in PdC, Eastman


Lifetime Seamless Gutters defeated the Hustle Hogs from DeKalb, Ill., 8-4, Saturday in Eastman. Pictured, centerfielder Tyler Ritchie catches a fly and then fires it to first base to catch the runner before he could get back to the base. Also, Peyton Hall moves on to second, halfway through the contest.

Winners of the AA tournament were the AHI Reapers, from Kimberly. The Optimum Crush, from Kenosha, took home the trophy in the A/A-Major tournament, which featured numerous local teams.

The 2022 Henry St. Clair Memorial Championship Tournament of the Wisconsin North American Fastpitch Association was held July 15-17 at the St. Feriole Island Prairie du Chien and Eastman ballparks. It was an opportunity of a lifetime for both ballparks to host this tournament, which featured both the men’s AA and A/A-Major tournaments. 

Wed
20
Jul

Blues Fest features free Thursday party, and an American Idol winner


Caleb Johnson won season 13 of American Idol. He has since toured with KISS and Black Stone Cherry. He will be the Saturday night headliner at the Prairie Dog Blues Fest in Prairie du Chien, July 30, at 10:30 p.m. It should be a magnetic show.

By Correne Martin

 

Wed
20
Jul

Badger Boxes feed local families in need


Pork, eggs and milk were bagged individually to be loaded into the vehicles of those taking home the Badger Boxes July 13. (Photos by Correne Martin)

A line of cars stretched all the way down Wacouta Avenue for several blocks from the food pantry.

Pictured is just half of what each family of four took home thanks to the Badger Boxes distribution from the Hunger Task Force of La Crosse.

Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution project crew members, and volunteers from the Couleecap Food Pantry helped unload the semi of food.

By Correne Martin

 

Wed
20
Jul

Museum of PdC needs new HVAC, challenge fundraiser underway


In this 2019 Courier Press file photo, the late Ken Birrenbach held a picture of his beloved wife, Dorothy, who had previously passed, while presenting their $25,000 donation to Prairie du Chien Historical Society President Mary Antoine. Now, $7,500 of those funds are being used to challenge the community to donate toward a new HVAC system for the Museum of Prairie du Chien. (File photo)

The Museum of Prairie du Chien, the lower building on the Fort Crawford Museum grounds, has been experiencing heating and air conditioning problems for the past several years. 

Wed
20
Jul

Well-known ‘Jeanine’ receives dedication for lifelong allegiance to Prairie sports


WIth her signature raised fist in the air, Jeanine Mara reacts to all the excitement at the St. Feriole Island Ballpark June 25. She was a big part of that enjoyable evening and was honored for being “Prairie du Chien’s Best Sports Fan.”

Jeanine Mara walks up to the sign dedicated in her honor at the ball field, to high-fives and applause from some of her biggest fans: the current Legion and alumni members. (Submitted photos)

With her signature raised fist and high-pitched cheer, Jeanine Mara strolled into centerfield at St. Feriole Island Ball Park on a beautiful summer evening, June 25. 

Thu
14
Jul

30th annual War of 1812 reenactment is this weekend


The War of 1812 Battle for Prairie du Chien happened here in 1814, when the U.S. and British troops clashed on what is today the west lawn of the Villa Louis. The reenactment is an entertaining historical opportunity for all ages. Don’t miss it this weekend. (File photo)

Villa Louis is gearing up for its 30th annual War of 1812 Battle for Prairie du Chien Reenactment taking place this weekend, July 16 and 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days.

Thu
14
Jul

Suspicious package determined to be homemade lithium ion battery

On July 10, at 4:43 p.m., Grant County sheriff’s deputies responded to a suspicious package located on County Road J near its intersection with County Road A in rural Bloomington. Once the suspicious device was observed, it appeared to be of concern, and the roadway was blocked off to safeguard motorists, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. 

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