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Wed
28
Feb

Creative quilt and candy shop ‘sewing’ strong after 20 years


The Pickett Fence Owner Lou Davis, along with her family, employees and customers, is celebrating 20 years in business, the past 12 of which have been in downtown Prairie du Chien. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Lou Davis hand picks a customer’s delight from the chocolate candy case. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

After 20 years in the sewing, quilting and crafting business, The Pickett Fence is still “sewing” strong in the heart of downtown Prairie du Chien.

The Pickett Fence has changed its product line completely from the days of offering mostly crafts, giftwares and florals in Commerce Court Mall in 1998, to becoming a Creative Sewing Center, selling Janome sewing machines, running a candy shop and teaching an average of 120 new quilters each year in its historic building on the corner of Blackhawk and Beaumont. 

“It’s really been a blessing to be in this location. We really love it here and I hope we can keep going,” smiled Lou Davis, owner. “We’ve always looked for ways to provide for new customers and expand our business.”

Wed
28
Feb

June start planned for North Michigan Street construction

By Correne Martin

There’s going to be plenty of road construction happening in Prairie du Chien this summer. While the Marquette Road reconstruction will be the most visible to motorists, North Michigan Street is set to undergo a major overhaul as well, beginning in June. 

The Prairie du Chien Common Council accepted the low bid, at its Tuesday night meeting, from H. James & Sons, of Fennimore, awarding the company the Michigan Street reconstruction contract, at the price of $1,340,401.25. 

Wed
28
Feb

Wauzeka-Steuben School opens discussion on potential referendum


Interim District Administrator Gary Albrecht addressed about 50 members of the Wauzeka-Steuben School District community Monday night regarding building repair needs, facility and education plans, and a possible referendum come November. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Kevin Hickman, of J.P. Cullen, said he’s worked with 44 K-12 school districts in southern Wisconsin, seven of which are in the midst of referendums right now.

By Correne Martin

The Wauzeka-Steuben School District is considering a referendum, possibly as soon as November, to achieve facility repairs and some prospective renovation in spite of a declining general fund and stagnant enrollment.

At the first of potentially many community meetings Monday night, residents and stakeholders learned about issues affecting the 1950s building (Hornets’ Nest gym was built in 1991). 

Wed
28
Feb

Crawford County Tourism


Visitors to Crawford County can have a blast at the myriad of numerous attractions, events and outdoor activities throughout the county each year. Above is the War of 1812 battle fought in Prairie du Chien each July. (Courier Press file photo)

 

Tourism has huge economic impact on Crawford County

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
26
Feb

School Facilities Upgrade


The floor of the new high school gymnasium is expected to be completed soon. There are 20 basketball hoops in the new facility. The district is looking at options for adding bleachers. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

This is the view from the stage of the new high school auditorium, which will be 45 feet high because of all of the catwalks and rigging needed for performances. There will also be an orchestra pit in front of the stage.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Near the beginning of January, all of the roofs had been constructed on the buildings being built as part of Prairie du Chien’s school facilities upgrade project. This has allowed work to continue efficiently on the inside of the buildings, some of which are starting to round into form.

Mon
26
Feb

Japanese culture brought to PdC Schools, community


Ondekoza, a Japanese drumming band, spent last week in Prairie du Chien schools, as part of a Arts Midwest World Fest partnership the school district has. This brings artists and entertainers to the district for a weeklong residency followed by a public performance. Pictured, a fearless Alexis Scherer tries her hand at the beat during a presentation at Bluff View Friday. Ondekoza played for a large community crowd on Saturday evening in the high school’s Little Theatre. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Pictured at Bluff View Friday, the middle school students stared in amazement at the athletic musicians.

Members of the five-person band Ondekoza utilized different styles and sizes of drum sticks to beat the taiko drums in their performances.

Seizan Matsuda played several Japanese bamboo woodwind instruments for the crowds who had the pleasure of viewing him and his bandmates in Ondekoza last week.

The Japanese drumming band, Ondekoza, which roughly translates to “drumming demons” offered 13 tremendously educational and entertaining workshops during their weeklong artist residency, hosted by Prairie du Chien Area School District, which contracted the residency and arranged the program schedule. Ondekoza performed for over 1,927 community members. The school districts of Prairie du Chien and Seneca along with Unity Adult Day Care and 3M had the opportunity to participate in workshops, listen, learn and experience the sounds of Japan and the spirit of “Wa(harmony)” through the use of traditional Japanese taiko drums. 

Mon
26
Feb

Live birds educate, excite Eagle Days crowd


During the annual Bald Eagle Appreciation Days at Hoffman Hall Saturday, youngsters were often called to the front to help with demonstrations. Here, these four helped make an eagle’s nest.

Handler Ken, from the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Bayside, showed off Valkyrie, an American bald eagle, to a thrilled crowd Saturday. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The adorable Dory, the 7-year-old owl, was greeted by a sea of “awwws” during the Bald Eagle Appreciation Days live bird presentation at Hoffman Hall in Prairie du Chien Saturday.

Trace Martin (center) and Will Redman (right) peek into a container holding a small turtle, as some of their other little friends look at turtle shells as well as a live frog, salamander and snake brought to Eagle Days by the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, of Marquette, Iowa.

Skywalker, the red-tailed hawk, spreads his wings, while secured to handler Cindy's arm. This was quite the sight for those sitting underneath the beautiful bird of prey at the Eagle Days presentation.

Peregrine falcons, like Cutright, pictured here, are the fastest animal on the planet today and likely the fastest ever to live on earth. They can fly at speeds as high as 200 mph.
Mon
26
Feb

Bluff View Intermediate classes blend Olympics with education


Bluff View fifth grade science lab students show off some of the flags they created to represent the different countries that participate in the Olympic Games. They will display the flags as they split up for competitions like the paper straw javelin and cotton ball shot put, through which they’re learning about metric measurement. Some of the fifth graders are pictured: (front row, from left) Austin Konichek, Alexander DeHart, Tessa Czajkowski Higgins, Garrett Lear; (back row) Lillian Shedivy, Kaylee Matousek, Carli Koenig, Piper Key and Aiden Thomas (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Olympics may have wrapped up on Sunday, but several classes at Prairie du Chien Public Schools continue flexing the Winter Games, and the worldly culture it necessitates into their curriculum. 

The fifth graders in Diane Morovits’ science lab are doing a metric Olympics activity, as a way of incorporating current events into education about metric units of measurement. To start, the students were split into groups and then researched and colored flags from the different countries they will represent in their competition. 

“The Olympics started as a way of bringing the countries together for peace and unity,” one fifth grader explained.

Mon
26
Feb

Red Kettle Campaign raises $23K for Crawford County

By Correne Martin

 

The Crawford County Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign from the Christmas 2017 season was the highest ever received in the county, according to Coordinator Jen Kapinus.

The one-month total, collected Black Friday through Christmas Eve, was $5,000 more than last year, equaling $23,634.47 in donations. 

“We had set a goal of $20,000, so not only did we meet our goal, we exceeded it,” Kapinus said. “So many other counties didn’t make their goals, and to see that kind of generosity out of people, especially when we’re one of the poorest counties in Wisconsin, is wonderful.”

Wed
21
Feb

More information needed in Bagley burglary

The Grant County Sheriff’s Department is seeking information about a burglary to a Bagley residence, sometime between Feb. 3 and Feb. 17.

Authorities said an unknown individual or individuals entered a residence, located at 115 W. Chicago St., Bagley, without permission. Several items were damaged in the residence, but no property was taken. The residence has been vacant for two years. This incident remains under investigation.

If anyone has information regarding this incident, they are asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (608) 723-2157 or Grant County Crimestoppers at (800) 789-6600.

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