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10
Jun

Fundraiser for area veterans deemed a success


Steven Pape holds a steel American Flag made at River Town Ironworks. The sale of the flags have been added to the ongoing fundraising for veterans.

By Ted Pennekamp

A benefit for veterans held in Prairie du Chien raised $1,000 in its first year, said Vietnam veterans advocate Steven Pape.

The benefit was held at Leisure Time Sports Bowl and Banquet on May 18 (National Armed Services Day) and raised funds for the Wisconsin Veterans Foundation and was sponsored by River Town Ironworks of Prairie du Chien, Leisure Time and the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA).

The benefit helps veterans of all eras and their extended families with various issues. 

Mon
10
Jun

Plane makes emergency landing on Mississippi


After being towed in, the plane was placed on the former National Decorative Metals property. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

A man and his dog escaped injury after an emergency aircraft landing on the river in Prairie du Chien last week. 

On Thursday, June 6, around 2:40 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department was notified of an amphibious aircraft that made an emergency landing on the Mississippi River due to engine troubles. The police department responded to the area of the Villa Louis Boat Landing and found a plane on the water approximately 400 yards from the shore. 

The Prairie du Chien Fire Department deployed its search and rescue boat and firemen were able to assist with pulling the plane to the shore line. No injuries were caused as a result of the incident. 

The plane was operated by Richard Schuch, of Gays Mills, and he was accompanied by his dog.

Mon
10
Jun

Industries in PdC fight prolonged flood


Charlie Jones, 10, of Prairie du Chien (foreground), and a few of his buddies enjoyed a nice, sunny day Thursday afternoon, fishing for largemouth bass on St. Feriole Island. Charlie said the group waded to various locations on the island to fish. Here, they are standing on the road and casting lures for bass into the native prairie. “There are bass all over in there,” said Charlie, who noted he had caught about a 3-pounder earlier. Charlie was tossing a frog at this spot. Many of the roadways on the island remained under water yet week, especially stifling trucks wanting to deliver to Gavilon Grain. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Editor’s note: This is the third story in a series about Prairie du Chien’s St. Feriole Island experiencing sustained flooding for two and a half months, and how that has affected the community.

By Correne Martin

Gavilon Grain has not loaded a single barge yet this shipping season. 

Nelson Hardwoods could not get into the woods to haul out trees for harvesting. 

Valley Fish and Cheese has spent three hours per commercial fishing catch, rather than the typical hour, because of the added riverway obstacles and debris snagging the nets.

Wed
05
Jun

Driver leads low-speed chase

On June 2, at about 7:50 p.m., a Grant County deputy initiated a traffic stop on Texas Road in rural Bloomington for a vehicle with a driver operating while revoked. 

Gerald Mumm, 64, of Glen Haven was operating his 2004 Chevrolet Tracker. Mumm’s driving status is revoked. 

According to a news release from the sheriff’s department, Mumm refused to pull over for the deputy, leading him on a low-speed chase for approximately five miles. Mumm drove to his home on Cottonwood Road and parked in his front yard. He refused to exit the vehicle. After back up arrived Mumm was again ordered to exit the vehicle and he refused, according to the report. Mumm was removed from the vehicle and arrested. 

Wed
05
Jun

Curt Check takes bucking bulls to Saudi Arabia for Camel Fest


Curt Check is pictured in the arena with some of the bucking bulls he flew over to Saudi Arabia for the Camel Festival.

These spacious crates were packed with three bulls each and loaded onto a cargo jet in Chicago bound for Saudi Arabia.

The first bull riding performance the American and Brazilian cowboys put on was for the president of the Saudi Arabia Camel Club.

King had never seen a rodeo before

By Correne Martin

Saudi Arabian King Abdul Aziz wanted to see a rodeo as part of his prestigious third Camel Festival in February and March. He had never witnessed one before. 

So his people reached out to some cowboys in the Midwest to make it happen.

Wed
05
Jun

Rendezvous canceled, flea market follows suit

Editor’s note: This is the first story in a series about Prairie du Chien’s St. Feriole Island experiencing sustained flooding for more than two months, and how that has affected the community.

By Correne Martin

The annual flea market held in conjunction with the Rendezvous every Father’s Day weekend was formally canceled Tuesday, in the wake of Monday’s historic announcement to forego the Rendezvous for the first time in its 44 years due to sustained Mississippi River flooding. 

“We usually have over 100 vendors,” said Jaaren Riebe, a representative for the Prairie du Chien Fire Association, which took over the flea market organization last year. “We’ll be writing refund checks or we can save fees for next year, whatever they want.”

Wed
05
Jun

Increased artesian water flow on Louis Street redirected


The stream of water behind the former Alaska Fur Trading building now flows down through a grate and into a sewer pipe rather than onto Louis Street.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

For the past two winters, Louis Street in Prairie du Chien has had a problem with ice forming on the road. The Prairie du Chien Street Department recently alleviated the problem by installing a concrete catch basin box and a grate behind the former Alaska Fur Trading building.

Mon
03
Jun

Famechon Hill project on County N underway, road is closed to traffic


Work has begun on the County N project near its intersection with Highway 35. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Landscaping is being done along County N near the Spring Lake Restaurant and Motel.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Bids for the Famechon Hill road construction project were let in February and construction has now begun on the project estimated at $3,868,000. The prime contractor is Peter James of H. James and Sons of Fennimore.

Mon
03
Jun

Crawford County gives city 6 months to create Blackhawk Junction plan


The east side of Blackhawk Junction Mall has been vacant for several years. Crawford County will determine what the extent of the structural damage is.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

City of Prairie du Chien representatives gave a presentation to Crawford County officials about Blackhawk Junction Mall at a joint County Finance/Delinquent Tax Committee meeting May 29.

Mon
03
Jun

Music Fights Back considers back-up location, other island scheduling impacted

June 21 and 22 is Music Fights Back, the summer’s first music festival on St. Feriole Island. 

As of Friday, President Jeremy Cuff said organizers have been working on finding a back-up location for the rock fest fundraiser for cancer. 

“There is still a possibility of having it on the island, but Mother Nature would have to really be on our side,” he stated. “Either way, we will have a location and Music Fights Back will happen.”

Cuff said he hopes the river drops below 16 feet by June 10, which would give the island 10 days before Music Fights Back to dry out.

“Like our name, we won’t stop until we get this figured out,” he stated.

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