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Jul

French-Canadian house makes National Register of Historic Places


The St. Germain dit Gauthier-Coorough house at 5th and Bolvin Streets was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Donations are being accepted for restoration of the building.

Once upon a time, French-Canadian houses, like the St. Germain dit Gauthier house, stretched along the Mississippi River and French Town Road in Prairie du Chien. Now, all but a handful have been demolished. One of the survivors is the small log house at the corner of 5th and Bolvin Streets, on St. Feriole Island.

The St. Germain dit Gauthier house is located in the former main village of Prairie du Chien. It is constructed of hewn logs set horizontally and joined at the corners by dovetails. Within its structural details are several elements consistent with a method of French-Canadian construction called “piece sur piece a que d’aronde”—the length of the house is a multiple of 13 feet, the hewn logs are on average 5 inches wide, and Roman numerals are present on most timbers in the house.

Wed
25
Jul

Junior Hoppers achieve fifth place in state tournament

By Zach Mara

After an impressive second half and a regional championship, the Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers traveled to Viroqua this weekend, looking to take home the Jr. Legion State Championship trophy for the first time in program history. 

Despite a shaky start to the season, the Hoppers entered the state tournament with a 15-7 record, good for the number four seed. 

Prairie du Chien took the field confidently, looking to continue where they left off in regionals, dominating on the mound and producing large amounts of hits and runs at the plate.

Wed
25
Jul

Heartbreak in regional finals for the Hoppers

The Prairie du Chien American Legion varsity baseball team was heartbroken just shy of the Class A State Tournament, in a 12-6 loss to Fennimore, Monday night, in Coon Valley.

Prairie du Chien trailed all game, but climbed to a 4-3 deficit by the end of the fourth inning. Fennimore bounced back with a five-run fifth and three-run seventh to set up the win and knock the Hoppers out of the running for state this coming weekend in Osseo.

This was a hard loss for a gutsy group of young men who made a great name for themselves this season. 

Wed
25
Jul

Howard A. Hauboldt

Howard A. Hauboldt, 80, of Prairie du Chien, and formerly of Milwaukee, passed away unexpectedly Monday, July 23, at his home. 

He was born Jan. 11, 1938, in Milwaukee, the son of Herman and Helen (Guzda) Hauboldt. He served in the U.S. Navy following the Korean Conflict. Howard became a law enforcement officer for the City of Brookfield, in 1961 where he served until his retirement in 1997. He was an outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He also enjoyed corvettes, raising horses and was an avid boater and motorcyclist. He was a member of the Wisconsin Professional Policeman’s Association and the National Rifle Association. 

Tue
24
Jul

Charlene “Charlie” Leoda Fullmer

Charlene “Charlie” Leoda Fullmer, 78, Prairie du Chien, passed away on July 17, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Charlene Leoda Manwill was born on Feb. 15, 1940, the daughter of Grant Rex and Ardys (Brown) Manwill in Concord, Calif.

She married a young Airman, Earl “Butch” Lossar Fullmer on June 19, 1956, in Reno, Nev. Together Charlie and Butch owned and operated The Family Kitchen, Butch’s Kitchen/Butch’s Steak House and Lounge in Charles City, Iowa; The Lynxville Fishing Float, in Lynxville; and The Red Cedar Inn, in McGregor, Iowa. After Red Cedar, Charlie retired from Cabelas in Prairie du Chien.

Tue
24
Jul

Joyce Mikkelson

Joyce Mikkelson, 91, passed peacefully from this life Friday, July 20. 

The eldest of nine children, Joyce was born April 1, 1927, in Prairie du Chien, to Lawrence and Genevieve LaPointe. She left school early to help support the family during the Great Depression. On Aug. 19, 1945, she married Melenor Mikkelson, and together they raised four children. She died one month shy of their seventy-third anniversary.

Mon
23
Jul

Work on Parrish Street intersection starts Aug. 6

Gerke Excavating plans on starting work on Parrish Street on Monday, Aug. 6. Once this stage begins, Parrish Street, from the intersection of Marquette Road to the railroad, will be closed for up to 19 days. There will be no pedestrian access to cross Parrish Street on the highway during this stage. Pedestrians will need to use the streets on the east side of Marquette Road to access businesses and residences. The contractors will do their best to notify foot traffic of closures via barricades and signs.

Mon
23
Jul

Unconscious man found, OWI arrest made

A Woodman man was arrested for a number of alcohol-related charges Thursday after a Wauzeka landowner found the man lying on his back unconscious in the landowner’s driveway, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

On July 19, at about 3 p.m., a 911 call came into dispatch from the owner of a Winegar Lane property in Wauzeka Township. The landowner reported finding the man unconscious and making gurgling noises. Tri-State EMS responded to find the man confused and uncooperative. The man got back into his vehicle and began driving away, down a driveway, before an investigator with the sheriff’s department arrived and blocked the vehicle from leaving the scene.  The sheriff’s department’s K-9 unit arrived and identified the driver as Derek Kammrad, 37. 

Mon
23
Jul

21st annual Prairie Dog Blues Fest ready to rock


Dana Fuchs is among the acts coming to Prairie du Chien this weekend, July 27-28, for the 21st annual Prairie Dog Blues Festival. She is touted as a Jagger blues jammer, Otis soul sister, juke-joint Janis and Sexy Sadie all rolled into one world class performer. See her Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on St. Feriole Island.

The Kris Lager Band held a huge crowd in the blues fest beer tent last year. So many fans are excited they are returning to the 2018 lineup. If you’ve never seen this Omaha-based band, don’t miss this chance to see them locally and dance, clap and sing along with their funky energetic style of music, at the Prairie Dog Blues Fest.

By Correne Martin

What happens on the island, stays on the island! And no matter what happens, it’s all about rocking and singing killer blues tunes, celebrating positive vibes, sweating and dancing to soulful live music—all at one of the most beautiful venues around. 

The 21st annual Prairie Dog Blues Festival will once again bring 12 regional and internationally-renowned acts to St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien for two days, July 27-28. 

Mon
23
Jul

Richard Allen Ellefson

Richard Allen Ellefson, 68, of Lansing, Iowa, died suddenly Wednesday, July 18, at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon, Iowa. 

Rich was born on Jan. 25, 1950, to Junice (Ellefson) Bolsinger in Waukon, Iowa. He attended school in Lansing and graduated from Kee High in 1968. On Dec. 12, 1980, he was united in marriage to Yvonne Smith. To this union two sons were born. The couple later divorced.

Rich enjoyed going out for breakfast at Nutmeg’s, going out to eat at Milty’s, having a few beers at the OP, and playing cards. Rich also liked hunting deer and hunting turkeys. Rich was very kind hearted and loved helping people and was a “fixture” of Lansing. Rich was employed at Northern Engraving for numerous years until the plant closed.

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