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Regal Marina granted extension through July 7, may get more time


Dennis Regal Sr., president of Regal Marine Group, sat in Crawford County Court June 8, listening to how soon his 34-year-old, family-run marina business may need to move out from the premises. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Regal Marina in Prairie du Chien was recently under flood waters for nine days. That’s nothing new to the family that’s run the operation for 34 years though. The difference, this season, is that the family was given 30 days to move its docks and other belongings off the city-owned property, by an arbitration panel’s May 22 order granting an eviction judgement in favor of the city of Prairie du Chien.

However, both parties were in court Thursday afternoon, June 8, as Judge Craig Day considered a possible modification of the arbitration award’s terms. Regal Marine Group requested an order allowing them until July 31 to remove personal property, due to the flooding, and until Oct. 1, to remove buildings, consistent with what the corporation believes are its rights under the lease.

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12
Jun

Rendezvous will return to Prairie du Chien for 42nd year


No running water or electricity is allowed for the participants in the 1840s camp portion of the annual Rendezvous in Prairie du Chien. So there’s plenty of time for relaxing, like this gentleman did while also showcasing his wares. (Courier Press file photo)

By Rachel Mergen

 

Big River Long Riffles is once again bringing the Prairie Villa Rendezvous to Prairie du Chien. The event will be held on St. Feriole Island, Thursday, June 15, through Sunday, June 18, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. The Rendezvous is one of the most popular, as well as free, events in the area and welcomes the entire family, including pets. 

The Rendezvous started 42 years ago on much smaller grounds than it’s on today. Originally starting only on the grounds of the Villa Louis, the event now covers six blocks of Prairie du Chien. Since its rise, many more games have been added and the number of traders has escalated greatly, turning it into one of the largest trade rendezvous in the Midwest. 

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12
Jun

Blooming business at The Flower Barn


Suzy Oppriecht waters her plants and flowers at The Flower Barn. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Planted shutters were a new creation this past season.

 

New ideas planted each spring at The Flower Barn

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A Crawford County dairy farmer also enjoys a vibrant and blooming business called The Flower Barn which she runs each spring at 53364 Lone Pine Lane, Ferryville. 

Wed
07
Jun

City’s new administrator likely to start this week

A contract with the city of Prairie du Chien’s chosen new administrator was approved following closed session Tuesday night.

According to Interim City Administrator Tina Fuller, a contract was extended to Art Osten Wednesday, June 7.

“He will be starting today if he signs it,” Fuller said Wednesday morning.

Osten was chosen from a pool of applicants last month to fill the vacancy left when Aaron Kramer resigned from his post in March. Osten has 16 years of previous experience in municipal administration in Illinois.

Wed
07
Jun

Prairie du Chien marks 130 classes of graduates

By Correne Martin

The first graduating class of Prairie du Chien High School, in 1887, included five young women, all named Mary—the five Mary maids. The school’s 2017 class of senior graduates totaled 77.

This year marked 130 years of graduating classes for Prairie du Chien Schools. The average class size has been 110 to 120.

A proclamation was signed by the board of education in April 1886, after a referendum passed approving a free high school to be provided with nine different courses of study. Twenty-seven pupils were prepared to enter. The paperwork was examined and sent to the state in June 1886.

In the beginning, the city school system had four ward schools, one of which still stands: the Old Rock School, located at the intersection of Marquette Road and East Parrish Street.

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07
Jun

Prairie du Chien marks 130 classes of graduates

By Correne Martin

The first graduating class of Prairie du Chien High School, in 1887, included five young women, all named Mary—the five Mary maids. The school’s 2017 class of senior graduates totaled 77.

This year marked 130 years of graduating classes for Prairie du Chien Schools. The average class size has been 110 to 120.

A proclamation was signed by the board of education in April 1886, after a referendum passed approving a free high school to be provided with nine different courses of study. Twenty-seven pupils were prepared to enter. The paperwork was examined and sent to the state in June 1886.

In the beginning, the city school system had four ward schools, one of which still stands: the Old Rock School, located at the intersection of Marquette Road and East Parrish Street.

Wed
07
Jun

Extension request expected in Regal Marina saga

By Correne Martin

Only one longtime boater from the Regal Marina spoke at the Prairie du Chien Common Council meeting Tuesday night, June 6. Craig Smith, the son of the Smith family, which previously owned the marina decades ago, spoke in concern about his boating opportunities in the city and what’s to become of them.

At this time, the city has not determined or officially announced its future plans for the marina. The Regal family was given 30 days to remove its belongings—including docks, outbuildings and equipment—following a May 22 arbitration panel order granting the business’ eviction from the city-owned land. The property must be vacated by Wednesday, June 21, according to the order.

According to Ed Erdos, the family’s spokesperson and close friend, Regal Marine Group “is going to file a motion in circuit court within days requesting modification to the arbitration order to ultimately request an extension” to that 30-day order.

Wed
07
Jun

Local libraries kick off StoryWalk project

By Rachel Mergen

Healthy Roots of Crawford County is excited to bring to local libraries the StoryWalk project. Libraries included in the project are Prairie du Chien Memorial Library and Wauzeka-Steuben School Library, along with the public libraries of Boscobel, DeSoto and Soldier’s Grove. The libraries will declare their own start dates. Wauzeka-Steuben will begin at the start of the next school year.

The basis of this project is that laminated sections of various stories are stationed along a path for children and their families to follow as they read and enjoy a bit of exercise. These paths may be indoors or outdoors, depending on the venue’s decisions and availability. The goal of this project is to have children read and walk as they enjoy time with their loved ones.

Wed
07
Jun

Concerts on the River starts June 15 at Lawler Park

Concerts on the River are returning to Prairie du Chien on Thursday, June 15, in Lawler Park. Eight free concerts will be held, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Thursday night.

The first band to start out the summer will be 16 Strings and a Stick on June 15. They are a local group featuring a fiddle that will pull you right into moving with the music. Their performance will include country, Celtic, bluegrass, and Cajun music.

As part of the Jaycees Flea Market, the band Twist will be playing a variety of rock covers from the ‘80s and ‘90s on Saturday, June 17.

On June 22, The Electric Fire Hydrant Blues Band will be taking the stage. Members Dan and Shirley Harwood, Cheryl McCune, Don Hand and Mike McCoy will be performing oldies and bluegrass, along with a few surprises.

A new local band, Hard Times, is set to play some great classic and contemporary music June 29.

Twist will play once again on the evening of July 6.

Wed
07
Jun

Kids in the Garden a new summer program in Prairie du Chien


Youth ages 5-14 are invited to get their hands dirty this summer as part of the free Kids in the Garden program at the Memorial Gardens. Donna Teynor is the program gardener and she will have her great-granddaughter Kaylee Welch with her most weeks. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Kids can get their hands dirty and learn about gardening, while also taking a few fresh goodies home, through the free Kids in the Garden program at Prairie du Chien’s Memorial Gardens.

Hour-long classes will be held rain or shine, starting Wednesday, June 14, and continuing on Wednesdays, June 21, July 5, July 19, Aug. 2 and Aug. 16. Kids ages 5-14 (and their parents/guardians required for children under 10) can come to the gardens from 10 to 11 a.m., or 4 to 5 p.m., those days. Or, if they’d like, they may attend both sessions.

Kids are asked to wear play clothes and shoes and dress for the weather. Parents should supply sunscreen and bug spray. The kids’ garden will be located behind the play area in the Memorial Gardens.

In the beginning, kids will learn all about planting seeds and plants. Each participant will have their own little space to care for over the course of the program.

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