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01
Oct

Meet historic people at Visiting Our Ancestors cemetery tour


At St. Gabriel’s Cemetery, which began in 1840, some of the community’s finest memorials stand, including this one for John Lawler. (Submitted photo)

The nights are cool and the leaves are turning color, so it is time for the popular event, Visiting Our Ancestors, sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Historical Society. This event is a Tour of Prairie du Chien’s six historic cemeteries.

On Saturday, Oct. 6, the tour begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Fort Crawford Museum, located at 717 S. Beaumont Rd. All will gather at the museum, then board vans to travel to the cemeteries, beginning with the Old French Cemetery and ending at the Brisbois Cemetery high above on the bluffs. At each cemetery, the costumed host of the tour will give a short history of the burying grounds and then introduce the resident. 

Mon
01
Oct

Two arrested on drug charges after allegedly fleeing area officers

Two Grant County men were arrested in Prairie du Chien Sept. 22, on drug possession and other charges following a traffic stop from which they fled officers, according to a news release from the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

At around 11:30 p.m., that Saturday, the Wisconsin State Patrol attempted to stop a vehicle on Highway 18 for a traffic violation. The vehicle refused to stop and traveled west toward Prairie du Chien. It then turned south on Industrial Boulevard and crashed in a field. Two subjects fled the vehicle, leaving a female subject in the back seat. The State Patrol requested assistance from the Grant County K-9 Unit. Deputy Hottenstein arrived on scene with K-9 Riggs and, with backup from the Prairie du Chien Police Department, a track was started.

Mon
01
Oct

Citywide cleanup in Prairie Oct. 15-17

Citywide fall cleanup will be held in Prairie du Chien Oct. 15-17. The schedule is: Monday, Blackhawk Avenue north; Tuesday, Blackhawk Avenue south (east of Marquette Road); Wednesday, Blackhawk Avenue south (west of Marquette Road). There will be no return trip. Please have your items out on the proper days.

Appliances and brush must be curbside or in the alley to the rear of the residence. Appliances must have doors and locks removed. Brush must be piled parallel to the curb or alley so it can be scooped up easily. Construction and remodeling materials will not be picked up. This must be put in a dumpster. Appliances, metal recyclables, brush, glass and trash must be kept separate. 

No electronics will be picked up. These should be disposed at the clean sweep/e-waste collection later this month.

Mon
01
Oct

PdC Fire conducting annual inspections, maintenance


Ryan from Emergency Apparatus Maintenance is shown here doing pump testing on the Prairie du Chien Fire Department’s 2017 Pierce engine that was purchased last year. (Submitted photo)

The Prairie du Chien Fire Department is undergoing its annual pump testing, Department of Transportation inspections and preventative maintenance this week. This annual testing and maintenance is required to help reduce any down time or problems at any emergency. 

Fire Chief Jeff Boughton is using Emergency Apparatus Maintenance, a reputable fire apparatus maintenance company, to provide this service. This company has been used in the past in helping to keep the fire department fleet ready for response. Fire pumps on the trucks are tested for pressure, volume and function, per the original specs. This testing also helps ensure the pump should not fail while firefighters are inside a structure fighting fire. 

Mon
01
Oct

PdC community invited to Pink Night fundraiser for local woman battling breast cancer

By Correne Martin

Pink Night is coming up for the Prairie du Chien High School volleyball team, on Tuesday, Oct. 9, in a home match against Lancaster. The junior varsity game begins at 5:45 p.m. in the high school gym, with the varsity to follow at 7:15 p.m.

Aside from a surely entertaining competition, there will be an opportunity for community members to step up and “block out cancer” by supporting a local woman who is battling breast cancer. Highlights include raffle baskets and a cookie sale that evening.

Mon
01
Oct

Dementia support programs to start

By Correne Martin

Riding the emotional roller coaster of having someone in the family with a memory impairment is stressful, to put it mildly. With the numbers of people facing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia  increasing, and the stigma still existing, more support groups and social gatherings like memory cafés are materializing in communities everywhere.

Prairie du Chien is offering three supportive programs, starting this fall, for all area residents dealing with cognitive disorders, and their loved ones. These free offerings are through the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin and coordinated by new Dementia Outreach Specialist Heather Moore. 

Mon
01
Oct

Stephen E. Welter

A well-known Prairie du Chien businessman, Stephen E. Welter, 77, passed away Thursday, Sept. 27, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. 

He was born Dec. 9, 1940, in Eau Claire, the son of Edward and Kathryn (Miller) Welter. Steve graduated from Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien and later from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He married Lynda Oestreich on Aug. 31, 1963. Steve owned and operated Quality Wood Treating in Prairie du Chien for over 30 years. He later established Welter Real Estate in Prairie du Chien and was involved in several other various business ventures. He was a member of the Peoples State Bank Board and the Prairie du Chien Country Club Board. Steve was a pilot and enjoyed golfing, hunting and fishing. He was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. 

Mon
01
Oct

Dr. Irving M. Bush

Dr. Irving M. Bush, 84, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Friday, Sept. 28, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. He was born Jan. 19, 1934, in New York, N.Y., the son of Max and Mirra (Guttman) Bush. Dr. Bush was a graduate of New York University and later received his M.D. from the Chicago Medical School. He married Ronnie Beth Schwartz, of Miami Beach, and later Jan Lanners.

Irving Bush was a good father. He taught his children the importance of hard work, the value of study, the importance of both the sciences and the humanities, equal rights and respect for women, and resilience.

Fri
28
Sep

Near miss for Lady Hawk golfers


Prairie's Sophie Miller gets ready to putt at the WIAA Regional at Prairie du Chien Country Club Wednesday. (Photos by Gary Howe)

Allison Kennedy hits her approach Wednesday.

Allison Kennedy rolls in a short putt.

Gabby Ritchie hits a putt Wednesday. Ritchie qualified for the sectional with a 98.

 

Ritchie advances to sectional

The Lady Hawk golf team played their hearts out at the regional golf match on Wednesday at Prairie du Chien Country Club but missed going on to sectionals as a team by three strokes, carding a team score of 462. 

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26
Sep

Gays Mills flood victims pick up the pieces, await answers


Arleena Roe and Augie Stanley, of Gays Mills, stand in front of their home on Park Street in Gays Mills, where the foundation shifted, buckled and blew out from raging flood waters. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Along with their teenage daughters and two dogs, Arleena Roe and Augie Stanley were displaced. They currently live in a camper behind their home and have arranged a living room inside the garage, where they’re also storing what belongings they salvaged from the disaster.

The couple's garage when they walked in to clean up from the late August Kickapoo River flood.

New kitchen decor at the Gays Mills home of Arleena Roe and Augie Stanley includes some shiny, destructive mud and filthy water stains.

Samantha Olson lives here, on Gay Street, in Gays Mills. Her home was raised 8 feet after the previously-historic 2008 Kickapoo River flood. She thought she’d never be evacuated due to a flood again, but she and her young family were rescued by boat last month when the river crested at 22.31 feet in the village. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

When you walk back into your house after muddy flood waters have turned your once comfortable surroundings into the most vile rubble you could ever imagine, you don’t even know where to begin. 

You feel overwhelmed. Dazed. Tearful. 

You clean, sort and throw belongings as simple as plastic bowls and utensils. But, then, the significant family memories go too, as you hastily drop drenched photographs into the trash. 

You pump out rooms containing water and pressure wash for days.

What’s worth cleaning? Is there even an unsoiled area for you to sit down and clean what’s salvageable?

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