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Tue
02
Jul

Stark’s attempts world record: World’s largest Spotted Cow display


Randy Stark (right) and Stark’s Sport Shop salesman in the early 1980s, Bruce Hundt, stand in front of their World’s Largest Black Velvet display, which garnered the store a world record at the time.

A few happy customers take home some liquor from the display.

Stark’s Sport Shop in downtown Prairie du Chien put together a Guinness Book of World Records attempt at the world’s largest Spotted Cow display, which included 1,031 cases of the Wisconsin brew. It’s their understanding that the previous record was less than 1,000 cases. Staff sent photographic proof of the display to Guinness for consideration, which may take a couple months. Building the stacks of Spotted Cow inside the store took seven people an hour and a half Friday morning, June 28. The impetus for this throw-back display came from the family business’ world record for the largest Black Velvet display created in the early 1980s. This is Stark’s 75th anniversary year. Starting today (Monday), Stark’s is offering 30 giveaways for anyone who visits the enormous display and signs up. Pictured are Randy, Ron and Alex Stark. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Tue
02
Jul

PdC high schooler makes deep-rooted commitment to conaervation


Elizabeth Carlson (fourth from right) at the Kids for the Boundary Waters meeting with Sen. Tammy Baldwin. This organization was created to build a community of young wilderness advocates who are involved in the fight to defend the pristine waters, forest and wildlife of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Upcoming Senior Elizabeth Carlson stands on a frozen Big Donahue Lake, while at Conserve School in Land O’ Lakes in northern Wisconsin.

By Peyton Meisner

 

For Prairie du Chien High School senior Elizabeth Carlson, conservation plays a major role in her life.

In 2018, Carlson was accepted into Conserve School after a couple of rounds of interviews. The Conserve School is a semester school for environmentally and outdoor-minded high school students located in Land O’ Lakes, along the northern Wisconsin border with Michigan. She spent the first semester of the 2018-2019 academic year there.

While there, Carlson felt she picked up a new comprehension of conservation, “My entire class schedule was tailored to the environment. For example, in my English class, we read works from famous conservationists like Aldo Leopold and in my history class we learned about the history of conservation,” she explained.

Tue
02
Jul

La Riviere Park: Prairie du Chien’s hidden gem


This kiosk stands at the entrance of La Riviere Park and helps show visitors the extensive hiking areas.

By Peyton Meisner

 

La Riviere Park consists of 300-acres of land that features over six miles of excellent hiking trails and 50 plus miles of adjoining horse trails. The park is a mix of hardwood forest, grasslands and native prairies.

La Riviere Park was donated to the city of Prairie du Chien in 1977, by Dan La Riviere, as a public park and recreational area. 

La Riviere was born March 9, 1898, in a large two-story house in Bridgeport Township. The house was constructed by Hercules Dousman. When La Riviere was 6-years-old, his family moved to where the current park is located. In 1914, his father Solomon purchased an additional 140 acres, putting the total acreage of the farm at around 300.

La Riviere attended St. Gabriel’s School and then the public high school. 

Mon
01
Jul

Kozelka is new highway commissioner

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

At a special Crawford County Board meeting on Monday morning, Kyle Kozelka of Prairie du Chien was elected by the board as the new Crawford County Highway Commissioner.

Kozelka will replace retiring Commissioner Dennis Pelock, who has been with the Highway Department for 30 years, 22 as commissioner.

Mon
01
Jul

Excavating work underway for River Ridge athletic fields


Vincent Excavating, of Lancaster, is busy doing the excavation and earth moving work for the River Ridge athletic fields project.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Excavation and earth moving has began for the $2.2 million River Ridge athletic fields project.

Wed
26
Jun

Langmeier Dairy honored for energy efficiency


Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes presents Joe Langmeier with the Energy Efficiency Excellence Award Monday morning. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Langmeier Dairy is the exclusive producer of the 16-ounce Brussels sprouts retail pack for Organic Valley.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Langmeier Dairy near Patch Grove was honored with an Energy Efficiency Excellence Award Monday morning by Focus on Energy.

Wed
26
Jun

Shots fired into house in Grant County

The act of shooting at rural road signs came close to tragedy on Father’s Day weekend, according to a Grant County homeowner. 

An unknown person or persons fired four bullets through a road sign on Markley Hollow Road, Saturday, June 15, at about 8:15 p.m. Three of these bullets struck a house on Markley Hollow, two of which came through the walls of the dwelling, startling the homeowner who was sitting within a few feet of them. Grant County sheriff’s deputies recovered a 9-millimeter slug from an interior wall of the house.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Department is investigating this incident. An official report has yet to be released. Anyone with information about this should contact the sheriff’s department at (608) 723-2157.

Wed
26
Jun

JWalkers take 7th mission trip, this time to Florida Panhandle


Nicole Rickleff and Jon Nicholson worked together to cut lumber for one of several sets of stairs the youth group constructed for Florida Panhandle homeowners.

The JWalkers Youth Group mission trip roster included (not in order pictured): Amber Brockman, Hailey Bedward, Gracie Colson, Chase Fisher, Alexius Geisler, Brandon Hanger, Kendall Hill, Riley Hubanks, Renae Irvin, Karly Jaynes, Kori Jaynes, McKenna Keeney, Lauren Kennedy, Kennedy Kirschbaum, Peggy Koresh, Sadie Koresh, Seth MacEachern, Nick Mara, Zach Mara, Mandy Mathews, Jon Nicholson, Lindsey Nicholson, Alexis Nolan, Caitlin Nolan, Jennifer O’Connell, Jerrod Osterkamp, Mackenzie Pettit, Dominique Reilly, Nicole Rickleff, Brytta Sagedahl, Macy Sander, Paige Schneider, Clare Teynor, Colton Thompson, Gabby Toberman, Kaitlyn Waller, Kylee Weber, Keya Welch and Katy Welsch.

Father Jim Weighner used a chainsaw to start demolition of a chicken coop at one woman’s home in Chattahoochee, Fla.

By Correne Martin

The JWalkers Youth Group and the Holy Family Parish are making a difference in other parts of the United States. Since 2013, one year after the organization started, the teenagers, and their chaperones, have served week-long, yearly missions in storm ravaged communities across the country. A recent trip to the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahasee, Fla., saw their largest ever participation.

Forty high schoolers and 10 adults left Prairie du Chien June 7, and rode a Warco bus to the Florida Panhandle, to assist nine homeowners and one worship center still cleaning up and in need of repairs from Hurricanes Michael (2018) and Irma (2017).

Wed
26
Jun

Public hearing before city considers opening all streets to ATVs, UTVs


The blue lines on this map refer to the proposed routes within the city of Prairie du Chien that the Crawford County Ridge Runners would like the council to approve and designate for ATV and UTV usage.

By Correne Martin

Community stakeholders are encouraged to attend a public hearing Tuesday, July 2, where the Prairie du Chien Common Council will consider opening all city streets to ATVs and UTVs. The hearing starts at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at city hall.

The city public works committee has met on this issue multiple times in the past year and is recommending the council consent to the use of these all-terrain machines on all roads, according to City Administrator Chad Abram. The committee is advising certain regulations, of course.

Mon
24
Jun

Pete’s plans sizzling fun for 110th anniversary

2019 marks Pete’s Hamburgers’ 110th anniversary. To celebrate, on Saturday, July 6, there will be a full day of activities.

Starting at 8 a.m. there will be a 5K race at St. Feriole Island. The registration fee gives you entrance into the 5K, one limited edition Pete’s Hamburgers shirt and one free Pete’s Hamburger. 

The public is encouraged to register by June 27, however, race day registration will be permitted. 

Prizes will be given to the top three males and females, as well as, random prize giveaways. 

All the proceeds from the 5K go to the Prairie du Chien Park’s and Recreation Department.

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