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Sheila the Draft Horse spreads joy in the community and on social media


Ready has been raising Sheila at their home in rural Eastman since 2014.

Residents at Great River Care Center enjoyed Sheila’s visit in May.

By Peyton Meisner

 

Sheila is a 16-year-old, 17-plus hand, Belgian draft mare, owned by Shannon Ready since 2014. Ready, who grew up with a love for horses, said she always wanted a draft horse. When she saw an ad on Facebook about a draft horse for sale, she decided to buy the horse. That horse was Sheila, and four years later Ready is very glad they bought her. “You couldn’t ask for a better horse. Sheila has been a blessing to our family. It’s nice for my kids to have the experience of being around a draft horse,” she said.

Sheila is one of the few draft horses in the area, which makes her a unique figure in the community. Sheila currently has her own Facebook page with over 2.8 thousand followers. Ready started the page in 2016 just for fun, but the page has since taken off and drawn a lot of loyal followers. 

Wed
24
Jul

Corps of Engineers seeks public input regarding master plan


There were several U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel on hand to answer people’s questions regarding the Upper Mississippi River Master Plan the corps will be revising in the near future. The corps held a meeting at the Crawford County Administration Building on Monday to give a brief presentation and to get public input.

 

Upper Mississippi River plan was fully updated last in 1988

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held a meeting Monday afternoon in the Crawford County Administration Building regarding the Upper Mississippi River Master Plan, which will be revised in the near future.

Wed
24
Jul

Hoppers advance to state tournament


Prairie du Chien got the bases loaded with no outs in the bottom of the fourth to put pressure on Fennimore in the first game Monday, before falling 3-2 in the double elimination regional at St. Feriole Island. Everything turned out well, however, as PdC won the nightcap 8-3 to advance to the Class A State American Legion Tournament in Westby July 26-30. They will take on Waupaca at 4:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Field. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Dylan Coleman dives safely back to the bag to beat a pick-off attempt at first base versus Fennimore in the opening game Monday.

A short time later, Coleman popped up safe at second for a stolen base Monday afternoon against Fennimore in regional action.

Gavin Gillitzer fanned nine Fennimore batsmen in the opening game Monday.

Third baseman Ryan McGrath fields a grounder and eyes first base versus Fennimore.

 

The host Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers American Legion baseball team defeated Fennimore in the championship game 8-3 Monday night in a Class A Regional to advance to the state tournament to be held in Westby on July 26-30.

Prairie du Chien was 3-0 prior to Monday’s games in the double elimination tournament held at St. Feriole Island Ballpark. Fennimore was 2-1, having lost to Prairie on Saturday. The Hoppers had to win one game to win the regional title and advance to state. Fennimore had to beat Prairie du Chien twice.

Mon
22
Jul

Area counties propose Homeowner Water Testing Program

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Crawford, Richland and Vernon counties have proposed to conduct a Homeowner Water Testing Program to be done in 2020.

Mon
22
Jul

Kickapoo Caverns tour reveals area names spotted inside


Henry Bukoski, of Fennimore, signed his name in the registration room at the end of the Kickapoo Caverns in 1927. His name actually appeared twice. It appears many others left their signature there as well. (Photos by Emily Schendel)

The Kickapoo Caverns, now owned by the Mississippi Valley Conservancy, opened up for tours July 13, for a limited amount of participants.

Some of the few who were granted a tour of the caverns recently explored their wonder.

By Emily Schendel

The Kickapoo Caverns, now owned by the Mississippi Valley Conservancy (MVC), opened up for tours July 13, for a limited amount of participants. 

The caverns were discovered sometime in the late 1800s by a lead prospector and, after some work and years, it opened up as a show cave in 1947, operating all the way until 2011. MVC purchased the property last year and will continue to honor the former owner’s wishes of keeping the property in its natural pristine state. 

Mon
22
Jul

Fire department’s brush truck outfitted by real community effort


Pictured (from left) are MotoRace Tire Owner Mark Thornburg, Prairie du Chien Fire Chief Jeff Boughton and MRT Manager Roger Standorf. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Fire Department has a brand new brush truck, a 2019 Ford F350, from winning bidder Blackhawk Motors (which is now Fillback).

According to Fire Chief Jeff Boughton, acquiring a truck like this one brings together a real community effort. 

The $32,000 truck was purchased at a discounted state price with reassigned capital funds the department had planned for another project the city elected not to do this year.

Mon
22
Jul

PRAIRIE DOG BLUES FEST: It’s all about ‘The Voice,’ the bands and the party


Straight off The Voice stage, Sarah Grace and her band The Soul will perform at the Prairie Dog Blues Fest this weekend.

If you’ve never seen the absurd talents of the Prairie Dog Blues Fest musicians, this weekend will be your shot to see them up close. This festival gives concert-goers the rare opportunity to be front and center, within just a few feet of world-class musical acts—and you don’t even have to be a VIP. (Courier Press file photo)

The chance to see the sassy Indie/Roots singer and musical powerhouse Sarah Grace, a 2018 finalist from The Voice, is now. She will be in Prairie du Chien Saturday, July 27, performing on the Prairie Dog Blues Festival stage at 4:30 p.m.

From Houston, Texas, Sarah Grace’s performance of “Amazing Grace” on The Voice, can be described as her signature moment, establishing her as a legitimate artist. The recording immediately shot to #3 on the overall iTunes charts, gained 1 million YouTube views, and has lived on the Gospel/Christian charts of iTunes ever since. The young trumpet major at the prestigious High School for the Performing Arts now tours nationally with her band, Sarah Grace and The Soul, comprised of equally-talented young musicians. They have won multiple awards, including being named as the “Best Newcomer” for 2019 by the Houston Press.

Mon
22
Jul

PdC guardsman to soon deploy to Afghanistan

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the Telegraph Herald, of Dubuque, Iowa, on July 12, and is being reprinted with permission. 

By Bennet Goldstein

With an improvised pole that consisted of a tree limb, parachute cord and metal pop-top, Spc. Carter Titlbach caught a bluegill outside of Fort McCoy.

The night of outdoor revelry, which included some fishing, marked the end of a recent round of training.

Titlbach, 23, is readying for his first deployment to Afghanistan.

Mon
22
Jul

Hoppers eliminate Viroqua

 

Both teams were strong on the pitcher’s mound Sunday, but Prairie du Chien eliminated Viroqua 3-1. 

In the first inning, Prairie got their offense started when Dylan Coleman hit a solo homer.

Prairie du Chien pulled away for good with one run in the third inning. In the third, Drake Coleman singled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run.

Mon
22
Jul

Prairie du Chien defeats Fennimore

 

The Prairie du Chien Hoppers defeated Fennimore 5-2 on Saturday after taking the lead late in the game.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Hoppers tied things up at two.

The game was tied at two with Prairie du Chien batting in the bottom of the fifth when Grant Martin singled on the first pitch of the his at-bat to drive in a run to make the score 3-2 in favor of the Hoppers.

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