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Outdoor activities abundant in Prairie du Chien this spring/summer


Baseball coordinator and Coach Jeff Graewin helped Bradley Anderson, 5, of Prairie du Chien, line up his hit during parks and rec T-ball last summer. (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

There is no shortage of engaging outdoor activities this spring and summer in Prairie du Chien.  A multitude of opportunities for children and adults is available through the parks and recreation department, a number of them for free and others for a nominal fee. Community residents and non-residents are welcome to participate.

Registration is necessary for most of the programs and can be done online at http://pdc.recdesk.com/recdeskportal. Or, forms are available inside the activity guide booklets that were sent home locally with students, supplemented in local Courier Press subscriptions or are available at city hall, the library or Hoffman Hall. Registration is needed by May 27.

“The biggest thing that can cancel any of our programs is people not signing up in a timely manner,” Parks and Rec Director Mike Ulrich said. “Registration is important to ensure the programs will happen.”

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May

Crime Stoppers seeks tips in theft of rototiller

On Friday, May 5, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was initially notified of the theft of a rototiller from a property located on Norma Avenue in Homesteaders. The theft occurred sometime in April or early May. The tiller was described as a gold colored older model Montgomery Ward front tined tiller.

The Crawford County Crime Stoppers urges anyone having information about this or any other crimes to call 326-8933 or (866) 779-PAYS. Anyone calling with a tip will remain anonymous and a reward of up to $1,000 could be paid for a tip that solves a crime.

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May

Community support needed at annual Relay For Life Friday


The Great River Relay For Life has been held outdoors at the Prairie du Chien High School track and inside at Bluff View School in the past. This year, for the first time, it will take place indoors at Hoffman Hall. Regardless of its location, every year, participants walk laps to symbolize strength in numbers, in support of those battling cancer past and present. (Courier Press file photos)

Notes are written on many of the luminaria at the Great River Relay For Life and express heartfelt messages to or about people’s loved ones who’ve been touched by cancer. The annual relay will take place Friday, May 19, beginning at 5 p.m., at Hoffman Hall.

Calling all local superheroes

By Correne Martin

A cancer survivor is someone who never gives up. He’s courageous and hopeful. She’s positive and admirable. They fight with every ounce of their being.

Whether they’re a four-year survivor or have battled cancer for 40 years, they need the support of those around them in order to have the strength to face the most trying moments.

Once again, the Great River Relay For Life has arrived and area community members have the significant occasion to come together in support and honor of those touched by cancer, past or present.

This year, the annual event has been refashioned slightly. The superhero-themed relay has moved ahead to spring and the location and day/time have changed.

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10
May

Little Britches Rodeo this weekend, May 13-14

The 19th annual Little Britches Rodeo, sponsored by the Ridge and Valley Rodeo Club, will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 13 and 14, at the Crawford County Fairgrounds, Highway 131, Gays Mills. The contestants, ranging in age from 6 to 18, will compete in events such as barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, breakaway roping, calf roping, bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc, team roping and steer wrestling.

There will also be mutton bustin’ both days for those under the age of 6. To register in advance, call Becky at (608) 735-4459.

Saturday evening promises to be exciting with barrel racing open to anyone.

Admission is charged each day. There will be food available for sale on the grounds.

For more information, call Terri at (608) 606-3466.

 

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May

Asleep at the wheel, driver rolls car

On May 8, at 6:20 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle rollover crash on Georgetown Road, approximately one-half mile off of Highway 60 in the township of Marietta.   

Hunter J. Reynolds, 19, Boscobel, was operating a 2002 Buick Century westbound on Georgetown Road. The Reynolds’ vehicle went into the right shoulder of the roadway, partially up the embankment and then overturned, coming to rest on its top in the roadway.

Reynolds said he fell asleep while driving. Reynolds was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured in the crash. He was issued a citation for inattentive driving.

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10
May

Downtown businesses sponsor PdC Uncorked wine sampling event

 PdC Uncorked, a self-guided wine tasting event in downtown Prairie du Chien, will be held for the third year, Friday, May 19, from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

PdC Uncorked is an exclusive, one-of-a-kind experience allowing guests 21 years and older to sample newly-released wines and hors d’oeuvres while strolling between some of the finest businesses in the Prairie du Chien’s downtown district. Participating retailers are within a short walk from each other. Guests will begin the wine tasting at Prairie du Chien City Hall, 214 E. Blackhawk Ave.

Businesses taking part in this grand event include Peoples State Bank, Prairie du Chien Economic Development Corporation, Bob’s Bar, Howe Printing, Czajkowski Higgins & Tisdale Law Office, JC Party Store, Kramer Real Estate & Auction, Jim’s Bar and Ideal Furniture. This intimate gathering will provide an opportunity for attendees to taste artfully-crafted California wines and learn about the local businesses in the area.

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May

Man defies odds of rare cancer, plans second ‘Run for the Health of It’


Lew Borgman, and his wife Mannick, are looking forward to his second annual Fun Run for the Health of It one-hour challenge, in honor of his fight with cancer, Saturday, May 20, at their rural Eastman property. (Submitted photo)

Lew proudly shared photos, including one of himself on a motorcycle trip out west. Lew logged 90,000 miles on his Harley Davidson, most of it with a dog alongside. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

In the face of his cancer diagnosis, Lewis “Lew” Borgman has pulled himself up by his own bootstraps. He’s passed more than two years’ time with regular blood transfusions, natural supplements, a matter-of-fact sense of humor and the gift of gab.

He will celebrate all that—along with family, friends and medical staff at Mayo Clinic and Crossing Rivers Health—at his second annual Fun Run for the Health of It one-hour challenge, Saturday, May 20. The run/walk starts at 10 a.m. and lunch is at 11:30, on his property at 59178 Oak Grove Ridge Rd., in rural Eastman.

“The second annual poster says, ‘Ha ha. I’m still alive.’ Whether it’s just dumb luck, my particular system or something we’re doing right, I’m not giving up,” Lew pronounced.

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10
May

70 miles of garage sales? Yes, please


Will it all fit in? Please bring a truck.

Rummage Along the River is a 70-mile garage sale extravaganza that winds along Highway 35, Wisconsin’s Great River Road, through the communities of Stoddard, Genoa, the Bad Axe, De Soto, Ferryville and Lynxville along the river and Seneca and Mt. Sterling after you swing up County E to Highway 27. Sales are Friday and Saturday, May 19 and 20, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What better way to spend a Friday or Saturday than to drive the Great River Road National Scenic Byway, shop for bargains and enjoy the fabulous scenery, wildlife, local places and people.

This year, there’s a website for information on sales (www.rummagealongtheriver.com) in addition to the Rummage Along the River Facebook page. The sales map can be printed from those sites. Also, stop at the local convenience stores, village halls and retailers to pick up a listing of the sales.

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10
May

Being safe while having fun is as easy as riding a bike


Children ages 4 to 14 are invited to attend the free bike safety program on Wednesday, May 17, at 5:30 p.m., at the Gundersen Prairie du Chien Clinic.

Bike safety program May 17 in PdC

By Correne Martin

Bicycle riding is fun, healthy, and a great form of independence. But it is important to remember that a bicycle is not a toy; it’s a vehicle.

A free bike safety program Wednesday evening, May 17, at the Gundersen Prairie du Chien Clinic, is scheduled to share safety tips, challenge riders on a course and offer bike and helmet checks. This event, which has been offered for more than 16 years, is geared toward children ages 4 to 14 years old.

The program will begin at 5:30 p.m., in the parking lot of the health clinic, where bike and helmet checks will be done and kids will be invited to navigate a “bike rodeo course,” complete with stop signs and opportunities to practice making turns. At 6:15 p.m., the crowd will head into the clinic lobby for a presentation about bike safety, given by Officer Ashley Erickson, of the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

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May

River Ridge Clay Target Team


Jon Tolle, Bryan Maring, Justin Morrow and Joey Hamann competed at state last year.

Joey Hamann of the River Ridge trap shooting team shoots at the State Tournament in Rome, Wis. last year. (Photos courtesy of Bret Iverson)

 

River Ridge High School trap shooting team growing strong

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The River Ridge High School trap shooting team started last year and is doing well and growing strong.

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