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Carriage Classic: Stunning Splendor


This stunning pair of Morgans, one stallion and one gelding, was led around the reverse psychology arena at the Villa Louis Carriage Classic Friday morning by Theresa Gorecki, of Kohler. Decked out in pale yellow and black splendor, Gorecki matched her carriage. She and her aptly-dressed passenger and horses perfectly depicted the beauty and elegance of the annual Prairie du Chien event. See more photos, page 12. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Sally Armstrong, of Johnson City, Texas, drove a Mediterranean miniature donkey, Max, in his first-ever pleasure show, at Prairie du Chien's Carriage Classic.

Toni Kerkove, of New Hampton, Iowa, participated in the reverse psychology obstacles at the Carriage Classic with her adorable pony and carriage.

Erik Jenson, of Franktown, Colo., commands his four-horse team around the timed obstacles event at the Carriage Classic

Linda Schutte, of Arena (Wis.), was a competitor in the cross country pace obstacles.

This entrant's vibrantly coral attire was eye-catching and added to the allure of her horse and the competition in which they were participating along the majestic Mississippi River in Prairie du Chien.

One of the 135 entrants in the annual event is shown maneuvering the cross country pace obstacles Friday. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Katie Whaley, of Paris, Ky., drives Tommy and Teddy around the arena, with her passenger watching their next course of action.

Dave Henson, of Harriesburg, N.E., brought this black beauty to the Carriage Classic.
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10
Sep

City of Prairie du Chien assessed property value rises 21.75 percent

By Correne Martin

Accurate Appraisal recently released the results of a property tax assessment performed across the city of Prairie du Chien. The overall community change, for both the residential and commercial sectors, since the last valuation shows an increase of 21.75 percent to assessed value.

City residential property assessment totals jumped from $170,594,500 to $211,528,400—up 23.99 percent. Commercial assessment totals went from $103,360,200 to $122,000,000—an increase of 18.03 percent. In total, assessed value grew from $273,954,700 to $333,528,400, which equals the 21.75 increase. 

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10
Sep

PdC public schools to receive $92,733 toward safety upgrades

The Prairie du Chien Area School District is receiving $92,733 to use toward school safety modifications. According to an Aug. 16 announcement from the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) School Safety Grant program, Prairie is one of 60 recipients sharing $2,559,666 from the final allocation awarded during the DOJ’s first round funding through the program. 

“A very large portion of the grant is going to be for interior locking door locks for classrooms,” stated Bob Smudde Prairie du Chien Public Schools district administrator. “Other things include buzz-in security systems at each building, upgraded video recording systems at all three buildings, increased cameras at each site, and installation of panic buttons in each of the school offices.”

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10
Sep

PdC Fire donates equipment overseas


Prairie du Chien Fire Chief Jeff Boughton stands with volunteers Bradford and Joanne Martin, from the Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners of the Americas, and beside some of the turnout gear the fire department donated to the organization.

Nineteen air packs, along with 11 air pack masks and 38 air bottles were donated to the fire departments in Nicaragua from the Prairie du Chien Fire Department. Even though Americans have to replace such gear every 10-15 years, overseas rescue crews aren’t held to the same standards as the U.S. This is a good alternative to simply throwing these supplies away. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The Prairie du Chien Fire Department recently donated outdated and expired firefighting equipment to fire departments in Nicaragua, through the Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners of the Americas. 

Fire Chief Jeff Boughton explained that fire departments in the United States are required to follow national standards in regard to personal protective equipment. These standards require that all structural turnout gear be replaced every 10 years, and SCBA (air pack) bottles that are composite (carbon) be replaced every 15 years. 

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10
Sep

Hundreds attend open house at PdC’s Lawler School Lofts


This is just one small group out of the hundreds who toured three apartments during an open house at Lawler School Lofts Saturday afternoon in Prairie du Chien.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Hundreds of people toured three nearly completed apartments during an open house Saturday afternoon at Lawler School Lofts, 601 S. Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien. 

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06
Sep

Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers to near flood stage; Turkey River flooding in Iowa

 

Both the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers near Prairie du Chien are predicted to be near flood stage by Sept. 11 or Sept. 12. 

Due to recent heavy rains in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota, the Mississippi River has been rising. According to the National Weather Service, the river was at 11.84 feet at 11 a.m. on Sept. 5 at the McGregor gauge. It is predicted to crest at 14.2 feet on Sept. 12. Flood stage is 16 feet at McGregor.

The Wisconsin River was at 5.23 feet at 11 a.m. on Sept. 5 at Muscoda. It is expected to reach 8.7 feet by Sept. 11. Flood stage is 9 feet.

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05
Sep

Shilling seeks input on ‘Dark Store’ tax loophole

***CANCELED***

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER. IT WILL BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE.

 

As communities grapple with a rise in costly corporate tax loopholes, Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) announced she will be hosting an informational town hall meeting at the Crawford County Administration Building in Prairie du Chien, Thursday, Sept. 6, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

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05
Sep

Neighbors help neighbors in Crawford, Vernon counties with flood relief concert

A group of community members of the Driftless area are coming together to put on a Flood Relief Benefit Concert at the Historic Temple Theatre in Viroqua on Friday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. This benefit is an effort to raise money to support the immediate needs of those affected by the recent record-breaking floods that devastated many communities in Vernon and Crawford counties. While the flood waters may recede, many families are dealing with great loss and remain displaced for an unforeseeable time in the future. 100 percent of the money raised at the event will go to the communities affected by the floods.

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05
Sep

Horses, history come together at Carriage Classic competition


The 38th annual Villa Louis Carriage Classic will be this weekend in Prairie du Chien. This is Michael Rider’s 20th year at the helm of organizing the largest pleasure driving show in the country. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A little known fact about the Villa Louis Carriage Classic in Prairie du Chien is that it’s actually run by a 501c3 foundation on the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Villa Louis grounds. Competitors come from all over the U.S.—and even Canada, in the past—to partake in the horse-drawn carriage competition, which is the perfect outdoors activity for anyone with a love of history or horses to attend. 

This will be Michael Rider 20th year organizing the classic, which is sanctioned by the American Driving Society. It is scheduled Sept. 7-9, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. 

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05
Sep

Emergency landing made in Eastman ball field when townsman flips on lights


A private helicopter was having difficulty flying in foggy conditions Monday night, Sept. 3. Thanks to the quick thinking of community member, Butch Colson, who thought to turn on the Eastman ball field lights, the pilot landed the aircraft safely. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A private helicopter carrying a pilot and two passengers made an emergency, yet safe, landing on the ball field in Eastman, late Monday around 8:30 p.m.

Community members were alarmed to hear the low-flying helicopter seemingly searching for a place to land, as heavy fog made flying conditions difficult in the area. According to fire chief Tim Sprosty and village employee Jon Payne, it was the quick thinking of one community member, Butch Colson, who thought to flip on the ballpark lights, that resulted in a happy ending for all on board and for local first responders, who were glad this was not a rescue situation but only an unforgettable memory.

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