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Two generations of riders travel 350 miles to LaRiviere Horse Park every summer for 20 years

By Correne Martin

 

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PdC Dog Park provides off-leash running space in the city


Mayor Dave Hemmer and his daughter, Kylie, followed their Corgi pup around as it wandered among numerous friendly pups at the new Prairie du Chien Dog Park Saturday.

Dog park committee members Randy Paske, Tricia Kunz and Bob Witt stand in front of the new dog park and its sponsorship sign alongside parks and rec director Mike Ulrich and PdC Mayor Dave Hemmer. Ulrich pointed out how much the real park looks like the original artists's rendition of the park painted by Lynda Coon.

Clarissa and Sean Russell’s little boy, Cooper, tried out the canine water fountain before spying the camera. (Photos by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

 

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One pig’s tale told in new children’s book


Leonard Zabel, 82, of Prairie du Chien, recently published a children’s book, “Lost Pig Adventure,” to add to his short list of hog farming titles. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

 

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Woman arrested for meth


K9 Breck sits behind 3/4 pound of meth and a large amount of cash that was seized in a search of a vehicle. (Photo submitted)

Sheriff Dale McCullick reports that during the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 9, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit conducted a traffic stop on a 2017 Honda Civic on Highway 35 in the village of Ferryville. The sole occupant and operator of the vehicle was identified as Colleen Crawford, 62, Minneapolis. 

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Rendezvous back after 2 years off


There’s always lots to experience at the Rendezvous, like the blacksmith’s shop, which will intrigue event-goers of all ages. (Courier Press file photo)

The Big River Long Rifles will host the 44th annual Prairie Villa Rendezvous June 17-20 on St. Feriole Island. It is free to the public.

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Family reflects after tragic loss


Melissa Wright was found dead in her Denver apartment May 29. Her on-again, off-again boyfriend was later arrested for her murder.

Melissa Wright (right) is pictured during her travels along with her mom, Judy, and daughter, Morgan.

By Correne Martin

 

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Old Mount Sterling building makes way for Olson Playground


The old building as it looked before being torn down Friday. (Photo courtesy of Betty and Jack Olson)

The building came down rather quickly. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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Jun

Local log house opens to public with French-Canadian, 4th Ward exhibits


The St. Germain dit Gauthier house, built in 1820, and restored 200 years later, is a new historical point of interest in Prairie du Chien, which depicts French-Canadian hewn log construction of two centuries ago. The site, opening this weekend, will display exhibits that share the history of the home, of other similar homes in the community, the Main Village 4th Ward and floods there. (Photos by Correne Martin)

The St. Germain dit Gauthier house on St. Feriole Island consists of an original 1820 log house structure (walls and beams) with some windows and second story floor that are native to the house. It’s decorated with many French-Canadian period pieces, and the Prairie du Chien Historical Society has more on its wish list.

The St. Germain dit Gauthier-Coorough House will open to the public June 12-13 with French-Canadian music, dance, and workshops. The two-day event will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, with a formal ribbon-cutting by the Prairie du Chien Chamber of Commerce. Visitors will then be invited to tour the newly-restored house and participate in entertainment and food.

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09
Jun

Fire and rescue boat added to PdC’s fleet


The new 22-foot, 150-horse power fire and rescue boat was custom made by Kann Manufacturing in Guttenberg, Iowa. It features a metal sign displaying all the financial sponsors. (Photos by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

 

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09
Jun

Presentation recognizes Gold Star mother


June Petsche held a photograph of her late son, Gary, upon the Gold Star presentation on Memorial Day at the Prairie du Chien Veterans Memorial.

Gary Walz
By Correne Martin


On Memorial Day, a local Gold Star mother was presented with flowers in memory of her son who died in the Vietnam War.

Lance Corporal Gary Walz was only 21 years old when he was shot on the ground in the province of Quang Nam on May 12, 1969. According to his sister, Melody Igou, Gary was placed on a medical ship, where he later died from his injuries. 

That was 52 years ago. 

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