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Tue
09
Aug

Achenbach truly a ‘good neighbor’ for 48 years as insurance agent


Dean Achenbach (left) retired on Aug. 1, after nearly five decades in the insurance business. Succeeding him is his grandson, Ben. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

 

Tue
09
Aug

Hard work results in blessings for all on mission trip


This year’s JWalkers mission trip group included (front row, from left) organizer Mary Stoeffler, Reagan Hannah, Morgan Chase, Avery Thompson, chaperone Molly Farrell Kirschbaum; (second row) Allison Kennedy, Mattie Otts, Scout Hall, Ava Forde, Chris Cortez, Julian DeGidio, Ryan Waller, Cooper Broillet, Alexius Geisler, Anna Szymanski, Makenna Forde, Josie Spingler; (third row) Lindsey Nolan, Emma Abram, Jack MacEachern, Shawn Egstad, Juan Pablo, J.T. Egstad, Thomas Haney, Zach Mezera, Dawson Eastman, Taylor Haney, Peggy Koresh, Sadie Koresh, Grant Lamberty, Grace Fritsche; (fourth row) chaperone Christine Magnusen, chaperone Todd Koresh, chaperone Sara Rybarczyk, Riley Hammel, Sara Check, chaperone Amanda Otte, Jerrod Osterkamp, Zach Mara, chaperone Alex Osterkamp. (Submitted photos)

Allison Kennedy, Avery Thompson, Lindsey Nolan and Makenna Forde (with chaperone Molly Farrell Kirschbaum behind her) worked as a small group to tear down a shed from top to bottom.

Zach Mara, Zach Mezera, Riley Hammel and Thomas Haney worked together to replace a ceiling.

By Correne Martin

 

Tue
09
Aug

‘River Town’ stories told in PdC documentary


This photo of clammers in Prairie du Chien is one of many historical photos featured in the film. The men and year are unknown.

Mike Valley dips the battered blue gill in oil for a fish fry thrown for Prairie du Chien’s Class of 1972 reunion.

Nancy Thurn goes through old Prairie du Chien photos during filming of the documentary.

Bob Collins, in his ‘50s Chevy, cruises St. Feriole Island, while discussing his memories of the Fourth Ward.

Dan Moris was the creative force behind the new documentary, “Life in a River Town: Prairie du Chien,” which will have three free showings for the public, Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Prairie Cinema. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

 

Thu
04
Aug

Crawford County experiencing high COVID-19 community levels

The Crawford County Health Department has announced that the county is now experiencing a high COVID-19 community level. This means residents should take increased precautions against COVID-19, including wearing a well-fitting mask or respirator in public indoor settings. During a high Covid community level, there is the potential for local health care systems to become overwhelmed due to increased levels of severe disease.

Thu
04
Aug

Man sentenced to 8 years for possessing meth, intent to distribute

U.S. Attorney Timothy O’Shea announced last week that Carl Rabe, 44, of Baraboo, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 96 months in prison for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Rabe pleaded guilty to this charge on April 26.

Thu
04
Aug

4 men fined on illegal hunting charges

Four Illinois men were fined on illegal hunting charges for shooting deer after legal hunting hours in the Town of Woodman last December.

Wed
03
Aug

Sex offender bulletin issued


Charles R. Black

The Prairie du Chien Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to Wisconsin State Statute 301.46(2m), which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender’s release when, in the discretion of the agency, the release of information will enhance public safety, awareness and protection.

Wed
03
Aug

Indoor flea market goes into former Wauzeka supermarket


Andrea Dearborn and James Peotter stand in the entryway to their new store, Driftless Gems. In addition to their indoor flea market, they’ve proudly adorned the entrance with memorabilia from the building’s former enterprise, Stuckey’s Supermarket, and from the village of Wauzeka. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Near the corner of Guard Street and Business Street in Wauzeka sits Driftless Gems. After sitting vacant for five years after Stuckey’s Supermarket closed there, a local couple has reopened the space as an indoor flea market.

Aisles once filled with grocery items now feature booths of unique finds for everyone who stops by to shop. Each booth is rented by a vendor, who chooses the size and extent of the products they wish to sell inside the market.

After 5 years of the building sitting vacant, local couple takes a chance

 

Wed
03
Aug

Edwards flies fighter jets in ‘Maverick’ film


Navy LCDR Nate Edwards, a Prairie du Chien native, stands beneath a jet landing on the aircraft carrier, which served as the set for the “Top Gun: Maverick” movie. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

 

Tue
26
Jul

The community lost a good one: Prairie du Chien was Howe’s purpose


Bill Howe was still shooting photos at local events up until a few years ago, including this St. Patrick’s Day parade. (Courier file photo)

Bill is pictured (right) at the Courier Press, with brother “Jack” and their mother, Eliese Howe.

Little Billie Howe, age 5

Inducted into the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Hall of Fame in 2018, Bill is pictured with the family members who attended the banquet with him. Pictured (from left) are son Gary and Joan Howe, Donna Kinley, Bill and daughter Rita Cooper.

By Correne Martin

 

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