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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.

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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.

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05
Oct

Ruffed Grouse

 

Southwest Wisconsin landowners 

can help increase ruffed grouse population

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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05
Oct

Jerry (JR) Hoilien

 

Jerry (JR) Hoilien passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 30, in Key Largo, Fla.

Jerry was born in Fort Madison, Iowa on April 27, 1960 to Joyce and Jerry Hoilien. Jerry was an avid hunter and gatherer throughout the rivers and hills of Iowa and Wisconsin. He had a huge heart, great laugh and an incredible smile!

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01
Oct

Michael T. “Mike” Lynn

 

Michael T. “Mike” Lynn, 36, of Sheboygan went to a better life on Sept. 25. 

He was born Nov. 3, 1978 in Milwaukee, the son of Thomas and Paula Lynn of Grand Junction Colo. Mike married Emily Ingle in 2006. 

Our wonderful son, loved his hunting and fishing life in Prairie du Chien and was given endless love and support from family and friends. Please remember him in your thoughts and prayers. 

Thu
01
Oct

Julie Ann Antonson

 

Julie Ann Antonson, 57, of Prairie du Chien, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Wednesday, Sept. 30. 

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01
Oct

Lyle D. Enabnit

 

Lyle D. Enabnit, 78, of Prairie du Chien passed away Wednesday, Sept. 30, at his home surrounded by his family. 

He was born Sept. 11, 1937 in Marble Rock, Iowa the son of Edward and Doris (Vorhes) Enabnit. He married Patricia Heft on Dec. 29, 1957 and they later divorced. He married Mary Hamilton Rubie in April of 1990 and she preceded him in death on July 25, 2014. Lyle farmed in Rockford and Marble Rock, while also working at J.P. Deckers in Mason City, Iowa. He later worked at Minnesota Rubber in Mason City for 20 years until his retirement. 

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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.”

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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.”

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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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