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11
Jun

Soldiers Grove foster family reminds all that it takes a village to raise a child


Pictured, Colleen and Wade Dull, at their Soldiers Grove home, have raised biological, foster and adopted children for more than two decades. (Photo by Rachel Mergen)

By Rachel Mergen

As the biological parents of four children—three sons and a daughter—Colleen and Wade Dull had experienced both the joys and the hardships of parenting. They knew it wasn’t easy to be everything that a child needed, but they gave their children safe, happy lives. 

The couple wanted to be certain more children had the same happiness their own children had, which led to opening their seven-bedroom home and farm for foster children for the past 20 years. 

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11
Jun

Driftless Development creating ‘Pathway to Progress’

By Ted Pennekamp

Mon
11
Jun

Rotary Club taking over Jaycees' Op Santa

Though the Prairie du Chien Jaycees recently disbanded, the remaining club members realized how important the successful continuation of the Operation Santa project is to the community. With that in mind, the Rotary Club of Prairie du Chien has agreed to take the lead on organizing the event moving forward.

Operation Santa has assisted hundreds of families in the area around Christmas time with a food box, gifts for children, personal hygiene products, hats, mittens, gently-used coats, etc. This community project and the need for it is why many of the Jaycee members were members in the first place. 

Mon
11
Jun

Michigan Street construction underway

The city of Prairie du Chien is beginning the Michigan Street reconstruction project. The project includes street and utility replacement on North Michigan Street, from Blackhawk Avenue to Perry Street; Haydn Street, from Michigan Street to Illinois Street; and Park Street from Michigan Street to Illinois Street. The street construction will include removing the existing street and installing new sanitary sewer, water main, storm sewer, base course, curb and gutter, asphalt pavement, concrete sidewalk and driveway aprons.

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11
Jun

Rendezvous to bring fascinating history alive


All camp participants of the Prairie Villa Rendezvous are dressed in primitive, period attire, from adults to children. The 43rd annual event in Prairie du Chien will once again bring an educational glimpse into the region’s history. (Courier Press file photo)

The Big River Long Rifles will host the 43rd annual Prairie Villa Rendezvous June 14-17 on St. Feriole Island. Admittance is always free.

Lots of great foods like fry bread, kettle korn, homemade rootbeer, Indian tacos and much more are available for purchase. Trader’s row is filled with many period items to see and buy. 

The entire family can enjoy events such as the black powder gun shoot, children’s games, women’s games, primitive bow shoot, flint and steel competition and the knife and hawk throw for men, women and children.

The Rendezvous truly is a family-oriented, learning experience, portraying an educational part of the region’s history. 

Wed
06
Jun

Man injured, arrested for 4th OWI after rollover

On June 2, at 9:41 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a one-vehicle roll over crash on Highway 131 about .3 miles south of County Road S in the township of Haney.

Christopher A. Frey, 36, Gays Mills, was operating a 1997 Chevy K1500 pickup truck northbound on Highway 131. Frey stated he was traveling around 45 to 50 mph when he lost control of the vehicle.  

The vehicle entered the east side ditch and hit a mailbox. Frey’s vehicle then slid up the embankment, damaged a fence, hit a power pole and rolled over multiple times before coming to rest on its tires. Frey’s vehicle was a complete loss and was removed from the scene by Terry’s Tire and Towing.

Wed
06
Jun

River Ridge fair educates both the students and attendees


Pictured is the fifth grade class of 2000 during their state fair while attendees visited their booths. (Submitted photos)

By Rachel Mergen

 

Each year, fifth grade students at River Ridge find themselves faced with the biggest project of their grade level: the state fair. The project began in retired teacher Judy Drone’s social studies classroom around 1992 and has opened students’ eyes to states across the country ever since. 

“The crowds that we get have really increased over the years. We get parents, grandparents and neighbors, which is wonderful. It’s definitely been a good community focus,” noted current fifth grade teacher Kris Petrowitz. Throughout the school year, her students learn about the 50 states. “It’s a good culmination at the end of the year.”

Wed
06
Jun

Dillman Bros., LLC to lease city marina

By Ted Pennekamp

Wed
06
Jun

Prairie du Chien graduate works toward degree to benefit both him and the environment


Adam Rider

By Rachel Mergen

 

Recently, Prairie du Chien High School graduate Adam Rider accepted the Les Woerpel Scholarship from the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation. Rider, 20, is currently studying at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with the intent to earn in the spring of 2019 a Bachelor of Science degree in forest management, a certificate in Geographic Information System (GIS) and spatial analysis and a certificate in environmental ethics.

Wed
06
Jun

PdC leaders called upon to work toward a healthier community

By Rachel Mergen

 

On May 23, Healthy Roots of Crawford County brought community businesses, professionals and officials together to discuss how they could work to push Prairie du Chien and the county as a whole to become a healthier place to live. 

The organization, whose mission statement is “promoting healthy living across the lifespan for all residents,” is attempting to reach its vision of creating a culture rich with wellness and opportunities to be as healthy as possible. Their priorities are “connecting individuals and families to active places and spaces,” “expanding access to healthy foods” and “increasing access to community resources.”

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