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11
Mar

Come on out and be ‘Irish for the day’: Wisconsin’s ‘tourism queen’ will be parade grand marshal


Courier Press file photo

The grand marshal for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is Stephanie Klett—the former Wisconsin Secretary of Tourism (2011-2018), longtime Discover Wisconsin host and 1992 Miss Wisconsin—who announced last week she’ll start in April as the CEO of Visit Lake Geneva. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Celebrate the green in Prairie du Chien on Saturday, March 16, at the 26th annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Sponsored by the chamber of commerce, the parade will kick off the fun along the packed streets of the downtown at 10 a.m. A continuous stream of entrants will share the shenanigan spirit, tossing out candy, beads, trinkets and other goodies—even potatoes have been doled out in recent years. 

All parade participants are asked to assemble on St. Feriole Island, beginning at 9 a.m. The parade will start from the island and go east on Blackhawk Avenue, then north on Michigan Street and back to the island. 

St. Patrick himself will lead the parade, followed by this year’s royalty. 

Mon
11
Mar

City receives $250,000 state grant to support development of hotel


Joining Waterfront Hotel entrepreneurs Brian and Brittany Nichols (far right) for the announcement of the $250,000 WEDC Community Development Investment Grant were (from left) WEDC Regional Economic Development Director Mark Tallman, 96th Assembly Rep. Loren Oldenburg, WEDC Chief Operating Officer Tricia Braun, Driftless Development President Duane Rogers and Mayor Dave Hemmer. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The city of Prairie du Chien is receiving a $250,000 state grant to fund the construction of the Waterfront Hotel downtown—a $3.8 million project expected to be completed in August. The developers are Brian and Brittany (Sheckler) Nichols, of Sheckler Development LLC.

A Community Development Investment (CDI) Grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will support the three-story, 57-room hotel project, located on Main Street. This new 30,000-square-foot undertaking will help fill a gap in downtown lodging, which was determined by an October 2018 market analysis of Prairie du Chien. 

Wed
06
Mar

Spring Gala to support Allied Horsemanship therapy


With a mission to empower people with disabilities as well as veterans, Allied Horsemanship utilizes on-horse and on-the-ground interaction with horses toward the goal of improving participants’ quality of life. Pictured is Eaamon riding Marissa. (Submitted photos)

Shannon (Adkins) Gher, the founder of Allied Horsemanship, is pictured during a nursing home visit with her horse, Arrow.

By Correne Martin

Established just two short years ago in rural Prairie du Chien, Allied Horsemanship provides equine-assisted activities to anyone with disabilities, age 5 and older, and veterans. Riding and non-riding lessons have served individuals with challenges such as autism, cerebral palsy, depression, down syndrome, stroke, brain injury, visual impairment, PTSD, wheelchair restraints and more at Allied Horsemanship’s outdoor arena, off Vineyard Road. A second arena, that’s indoors, opened between Mt. Zion and Boscobel in July 2018.

This weekend, Founder Shannon (Adkins) Gher’s ambition of having a prominent community event to celebrate the organization’s mission of empowering lives is happening. The Spring Gala is Saturday, March 9, at Huckleberry’s Restaurant. All are welcome.

Wed
06
Mar

Former state governor to deliver Alzheimer’s caregiving presentation


Elaine Schreiber, Patrick Lucey and Martin Schreiber got to meet Bobby Kennedy at a fundraiser in 1966. (Photo from “My Two Elaines”)

Elaine and Marty shared this moment of joy in October 2015 at her memory café assisted living facility. (Photo from “My Two Elaines”)

By Correne Martin

Former Wisconsin Governor Martin Schreiber (1977-79) will be in Prairie du Chien Thursday, April 11, to speak candidly about his book, “My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver.” 

This uplifting, free presentation will be given to the public from 10 to 11 a.m. at Hoffman Hall. No registration is required to attend this event; however, respite care is being provided for those who require it in order to attend. Call the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 326-0235 to take advantage of this volunteer service for your loved ones. 

Wed
06
Mar

Lawler School Lofts nearly complete


The “Chapel” apartment is still under renovation. It features a high ceiling, stained glass and other large, uniquely shaped windows and gold inlay trim on parts of the ceiling. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

This is part of the ceiling in the Chapel apartment.

The community center can be used for socializing, watching television and for special gatherings.

This is the kitchen in one of the apartments that have not yet been rented.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The much anticipated Lawler School Lofts apartment complex at 601 S. Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien, is finally nearing completion.

Mon
04
Mar

Bales lost from trailer cause crash

One motorist and his passenger escaped injury from a crash in which they hit a round bale on Highway 18 in Wyalusing Township, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department. The party responsible for the loose hay bale was also cited after the accident. 

Mon
04
Mar

Men cited, though no injuries following 2-vehicle collision

On Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7:17 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a two-vehicle accident on State Highway 131 at the intersection of County Road S in Haney Township, with road blockage.

Orlan J. Wallin Jr., 70, Blue River, was pulling out from the stop sign at the intersection of County S and State Highway 131 headed westbound in a 1996 Mazda truck. The Wallin vehicle was struck by a northbound vehicle operated by Josh P. Wilson, 34, Wauzeka, who was operating a 2007 Chevy Silverado truck.  The Wilson vehicle continued off the left side of the roadway, struck a county highway sign and came to rest. The Wallin vehicle spun around in the roadway from the impact and came to rest facing eastbound on the roadway.  

Wallin and Wilson both claimed no injuries from the accident.

Mon
04
Mar

Driver falls asleep, causes accident involving 3 vehicles

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 5:34 p.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a multi-vehicle crash on Main Street in Ferryville.

Ethan Swiggum, 19, rural Eastman, was driving a 2006 Pontiac van north on Main Street when he fell asleep. His vehicle veered right, hitting a legally parked 2017 Chevy Cruze owned by Stacie Sanborn. The impact pushed the Sanborn vehicle into the rear of a legally parked 2018 Chevy Impala owned by Julia Harris.

Swiggum was not injured and was wearing his seatbelt.

Swiggum’s vehicle sustained front end damage and was towed.

He was cited for inattentive driving.

Mon
04
Mar

Combative man may face charges

On Feb. 26, at 8:30 p.m., the Prairie du Chien Police Department was called to the area of the intersection of South Marquette Road and East Wisconsin Street for a report of a man walking in the middle of the street. Officers arrived on scene and found two men in the back seat of a parked vehicle who were involved in an ongoing altercation. The vehicle was parked in a business parking lot.

Officers attempted to make contact with the occupants of the vehicle and found a man bleeding from the face. According to witnesses and friends of this man, he was walking in the roadway and they attempted to get him out of the road when he became combative with them. A physical altercation took place and they were able to get him inside a vehicle in an attempt to take him home. 

Mon
04
Mar

Traffic stop leads to meth arrest

On Feb. 27, a Crawford County deputy initiated a traffic stop on a 2003 Ford Windstar van for equipment violations on Highway 35 in the village of Ferryville. 

The deputy identified the driver as Nathaniel Olson, 35, La Crosse, and his passenger as Jennifer Carillo, 36, La Crosse. While speaking to the driver, the deputy observed in plain view several used hypodermic needles and also smelled the odor of burnt marijuana emitting from within the vehicle. 

A search of the vehicle was conducted and numerous used hypodermic needles containing suspected methamphetamine residue, over a dozen clear plastic bags containing suspected methamphetamine residue and a digital scale were located within the vehicle. Marijuana paraphernalia was also located within the vehicle. 

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