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Wed
17
Jul

Ferryville ablaze with activity for River Bluff Daze


Charley Fisher calls the Ferryville Tractor Pull winners during a past River Bluff Daze, which is July 27 this year.

A tractor pull, farmers market, fireworks and more fun and food will highlight the annual River Bluff Daze in Ferryville Saturday, July 27.

At 8:30 a.m., join an expert guide for a nature hike at Sugar Creek Bluff. Meet at the Ferryville Boat Landing to carpool up to the bluff. Hikers will see birds, wildlife, wildflowers and experience the panoramic view of the Mississippi River Valley, sponsored by the Ferryville Tourism Council. 

At 9 a.m., a farmers market will begin in Sugar Creek Park, featuring Amish goods, produce, crafts, quilts, bird houses, yard ornaments and other products plus free coffee to sip while it lasts. A brat fry by the Ferryville Farmers Market Committee will also be on site, featuring Wisconsin-made brats. 

Wed
17
Jul

Direct road to hospital entrance finally approved


Looking from the Crossing Rivers Health main entrance toward Highway 18/35, a new road is being constructed by Owen’s Excavating. Work started early last week and is expected to be complete in six to eight weeks. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Crossing Rivers Health received final approval a few months ago from the Federal Aviation Administration to finally construct a direct entry road from Highway 18/35 to the main entrance of the hospital. The ingress will start where the old Stark property once stood, according to CEO Bill Sexton. 

The roadway will be named Breitbach Boulevard after the late Dave Breitbach who was the hospital’s CFO for 22 years before his untimely death in June 2017. Sexton said it will be lit with typical street lamps and signage will be moved and placed on the highway accordingly. 

Wed
17
Jul

Metal detecting ignites passion for community history


Ryan Koresh, of Prairie du Chien, has uncovered some fascinating historic relics from in and around Prairie du Chien through metal detecting. His collection includes a turkey tail point, a shoulder belt buckle, rifleman’s cuff button, an eagle dragoon button and civilian buttons, among other items. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The turkey tail point on the right was made with Great Lakes copper and is estimated to be 3,500-4,000 years old. Also showing significant patina, on the left, is a piece of copper kettle ring that’s about 400 years old and would have been used to make a bracelet.

This belt buckle was under layers of earth since the War of 1812 Siege of Prairie du Chien, until Ryan Koresh uncovered it while metal detecting locally.

By Correne Martin

Finding relics of centuries-old Prairie du Chien area history by the means of metal detecting has ignited a love of the community’s past in Ryan Koresh like he never imagined. 

“Any free time I get,” he said he spends searching for treasures underground. “I probably devote 30 to 40 hours a month.”

Since getting into the hobby in 2016, Ryan has uncovered a captivating collection of artifacts that tell different historical accounts of local events from centuries ago. Two of his favorites are a 3,500-4,000-year-old copper turkey tail point spear and a brass, shoulder belt buckle from the War of 1812 Siege of Prairie du Chien. 

Thu
11
Jul

Alice M. Simmons

Alice M. Simmons, 74, of Prairie du Chien, passed away unexpectedly Friday, June 28, 2019, at the Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. 

She was born Nov. 6, 1944, in Mt. Horeb, the daughter of Robert and Loretta (Powers) Helmenstein. 

She married William Simmons on July 11, 1964, in Cadillac, Mich. Bill preceded her in death on Dec .1, 2010. Alice worked as a beautician, owning and operating Alice’s Hair Care in Prairie du Chien. She was a devoted mother and grandmother who enjoyed painting portraits and landscapes.

Thu
11
Jul

Robert H. Trautsch

Robert H. Trautsch, 79, of Eastman, passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, from injuries sustained in an accident on July 4. 

He was born March 10, 1940, the son of Harry and Edna (Seymour) Trautsch. 

He served in the U.S. Army and later in the Army National Guard. He married Elizabeth Andrew on July 31, 1965, at the La Farge Methodist Church. Bob farmed in the Eastman area and owned and operated Bob’s Place in Eastman. He was a past Tavern League president. He later owned T.F. Agri-Service in Seneca. Bob also worked as a seed dealer for Munson Hybrids, which would become Cornelius Hybrids. He was an active member of the Eastman community and will be sadly missed by all. 

Wed
10
Jul

Golf cart stolen from Design Homes

On July 6, at approximately 6 p.m., a 1999 Yamaha golf cart was stolen from Design Homes, Inc. in the city of Prairie du Chien. 

The suspect’s vehicle (shown below) was last seen traveling south on North Marquette Road in the city of Prairie du Chien.

If you recognize the vehicle, trailer or have any information in regard to this theft, please contact Crawford County Crime Stoppers at 326-8933 or (866) 779-7297(PAYS).

Wed
10
Jul

89-year-old Prairie du Chien resident walks three miles a day

By Peyton Meisner

 

At the age of 89, walking has become a daily routine for Pat Coorough. “I don’t even think about it. It’s just something I do,” she says. 

Every day, the Prairie du Chien resident walks three miles. 

“Lately with the heat the way it is, I make sure to get up around 6 a.m. while it is still somewhat cool out.”

During the spring, fall and winter seasons, Coorough utilizes Hoffman Hall in town, but during the summer she walks around her neighborhood.

“Now that Hoffman Hall is closed (for the summer), I kind of just make my own paths  around town. It just kind of varies depending on the day,” she explained. Oftentimes, her friend Jan Rutter will accompany her on the walks.

Wed
10
Jul

Gravel bicyclist completes Dirty Kanza


Kovacs (far right), alongside her two sons (middle) and her husband (left) at the 2019 Dirty Kanza 100-mile bike race.

By Peyton Meisner

 

For Bloomington native Crystal Kovacs, the summer of 2019 has been all about biking. 

In June, she traveled to the Flint Hills of Kansas to partake in the Dirty Kanza, a 100-mile gravel bicycle race.

To add to the challenge of the demanding race, temperatures exceeded 100°F. Despite battling the heat, she finished the race with a time of 14:28.18. “It was a great experience. The heat forced me to stop a few times, but it was a great feeling when I crossed the finish line,” she said.

Kovacs also had the honor of speaking at the Women Ride the World Women’s Forum the day before the race, where she spoke about “Making a community.”

For her future summer biking plans, Kovacs will be going to two other 100-mile races in Marquette, Mich. and Two Harbors, Minn. She also will attend a gravel camp in Kansas.

Wed
10
Jul

Iowa man crashes truck into mobile home, flees scene with a stolen cell phone

Editor’s note: This is a more detailed follow-up article to the photo and caption that appeared in the July 1 issue of the Courier Press. This was the second vehicle versus mobile home accident in less than two weeks.

On June 30, at approximately 1:48 a.m. the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call of a one vehicle traffic crash on County Road K near The Crooked Oar in Prairie du Chien Township.

Wed
10
Jul

Man arrested for operating an ATV while intoxicated, causing injury

On July 6, at approximately 12 a.m., both the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources were dispatched to Graham Hollow Road in Scott Township for a report of a UTV rollover with injuries. Wardens and deputies arrived and determined that a male, identified as Michael Stalsberg, 25, of Ferryville, had a laceration to his forehead. It was further discovered that there were a total of four people in the UTV at the time of the rollover. All other occupants of the UTV were wearing seat belts, and were uninjured. 

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