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PRAIRIE DOG BLUES FEST: It’s all about ‘The Voice,’ the bands and the party


Straight off The Voice stage, Sarah Grace and her band The Soul will perform at the Prairie Dog Blues Fest this weekend.

If you’ve never seen the absurd talents of the Prairie Dog Blues Fest musicians, this weekend will be your shot to see them up close. This festival gives concert-goers the rare opportunity to be front and center, within just a few feet of world-class musical acts—and you don’t even have to be a VIP. (Courier Press file photo)

The chance to see the sassy Indie/Roots singer and musical powerhouse Sarah Grace, a 2018 finalist from The Voice, is now. She will be in Prairie du Chien Saturday, July 27, performing on the Prairie Dog Blues Festival stage at 4:30 p.m.

From Houston, Texas, Sarah Grace’s performance of “Amazing Grace” on The Voice, can be described as her signature moment, establishing her as a legitimate artist. The recording immediately shot to #3 on the overall iTunes charts, gained 1 million YouTube views, and has lived on the Gospel/Christian charts of iTunes ever since. The young trumpet major at the prestigious High School for the Performing Arts now tours nationally with her band, Sarah Grace and The Soul, comprised of equally-talented young musicians. They have won multiple awards, including being named as the “Best Newcomer” for 2019 by the Houston Press.

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PdC guardsman to soon deploy to Afghanistan

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the Telegraph Herald, of Dubuque, Iowa, on July 12, and is being reprinted with permission. 

By Bennet Goldstein

With an improvised pole that consisted of a tree limb, parachute cord and metal pop-top, Spc. Carter Titlbach caught a bluegill outside of Fort McCoy.

The night of outdoor revelry, which included some fishing, marked the end of a recent round of training.

Titlbach, 23, is readying for his first deployment to Afghanistan.

Wed
17
Jul

Prairie du Chien High School to get new scoreboards, bleachers

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Prairie du Chien High School will soon be getting new scoreboards and bleachers for its new fieldhouse that was built as part of the $19.7 million facilities upgrade project completed in November of 2018.

Wed
17
Jul

City partners with DNR to assess site’s environmental conditions


Efforts to redevelop keep moving along nicely from all parties involved, including the owner, Crawford County, as well as the city and even the DNR, which is getting involved as the administrator of a grant to assess the environmental condition of the property and, in turn, remediate any contamination. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Ultimate goal for county and city is to redevelop the property

By Correne Martin

The city of Prairie du Chien is continuing its share of efforts to make the Blackhawk Junction Mall property more developable and therefore more attractive to investors. 

During its Tuesday night meeting, the Prairie du Chien Common Council approved committing $5,000 as a match toward the opportunity to fully assess the site’s environmental conditions and, in turn, remediate any contamination.

Wed
17
Jul

VA extends Agent Orange presumption to ‘Blue Water Navy’ vets

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is preparing to process Agent Orange exposure claims for “Blue Water Navy” Veterans who served offshore of the Republic of Vietnam between Jan. 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975.

These veterans may be eligible for presumption of herbicide exposure through Public Law 116-23, Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, which was signed into law June 25, 2019, and goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020. They may also qualify for a presumption of service connection if they have a disease that is recognized as being associated with herbicide exposure. 

The bipartisan Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act gives VA until Jan. 1, 2020, to begin deciding Blue Water Navy related claims. By waiting until that date, VA is complying with the law that Congress wrote and passed.

Wed
17
Jul

Prairie Chamber seeks help funding fireworks

By Correne Martin

In the year 2020, it will be 35 years that the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce has taken the lead on the community’s yearly fireworks the second Saturday of July. Yet, the chamber has reached a point where it is looking to the greater community for suggestions on how it may help fund the celebration going forward.

“We enjoy the people coming to Prairie du Chien and seeing the children on the island, and we really appreciate the support we had this year and in the past,” Chamber CEO Bob Moses said Tuesday, after meeting with his board of directors. “But with the tariffs from China increasing the costs on what we pay for the fireworks, it’s going to be another $3,000 to $4,000 next year for the same kind of show we had this year.”

Wed
17
Jul

Three accused of drug possession, related offenses

Three area residents are accused of drug possession and related charges following a bust last Wednesday night in Crawford County, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department. 

On July 10, at about 7:50 p.m., a county sheriff’s deputy and the county K-9 unit made contact with a suspicious vehicle parked near the intersection of Boma Ridge Road and Highway 27 in the town of Utica. The driver was identified as Edward Lemay, 33, of De Soto. Deputies observed numerous indicators of narcotics impairment while interacting with Lemay. It was discovered that he had a revoked driver’s license in Wisconsin. 

There were two passengers inside of the vehicle who were identified as Lora Lemay, 53, of De Soto, and Kimberly Sheehan, 49, of Vernon County. 

Wed
17
Jul

OWI-4th offense for PdC man

James Lee Olson, of Prairie du Chien, has been charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI)-4th offense.  If convicted, he faces a maximum of $10,000 fine or six years in prison, or both and a minimum of a $600 fine, 60 days in prison, or both. 

Olson has been convicted three times previously for OWI in 1989, 1997 and 2013

This stems from a June 25 incident, in which Crawford County Sheriffs Department Deputy Cody Mullikin was on routine traffic patrol when he stopped a vehicle in the town of Bridgeport. Upon approaching the vehicle, Mulikin noted the driver’s side window was about halfway down, and the driver, identified as Olson, was holding his driver’s license out of the window. When Mulkin got to the window, he observed an open bottle of beer in the driver’s cup holder.

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17
Jul

De Soto woman charged with THC possession

Alisa Frawley, 23, of De Soto, was charged with possession of THC-2nd offense, a class I felony.

This charge stems from a June 14 incident where Crawford County Sheriffs Department Deputy Tony Berg was on routine traffic patrol when he stopped a vehicle on State Highway 35 in Freeman.

Berg identified the driver as an Alan Haag, and the passenger as Alisa Frawley. Berg took their information to his squad vehicle and ran both through the Crawford County Dispatch. In the meantime, Crawford County Sheriffs Department Deputy and K9 Handler, Joe Breeser, arrived on scene. 

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17
Jul

Iowa woman charged with possession of meth

Dawn M. DePaul, 31, of Lawler, Iowa, has been charged with possession of methamphetamine, a class 1 felony. Upon conviction, she could face up to a maximum of $10,00 fine, three years in prison, or both. The court can also suspend her license for a minimum of six months up to  a maximum of five years. 

These charges stem from a June 29 incident, where Crawford County Sheriffs Department Deputy Joe Breeser, was on routine traffic patrol when he stopped a vehicle on State Highway 82, in the town of Freeman.

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