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Thu
11
Oct

Billy Gene Butikofer

Billy Gene Butikofer, 77, of Elkader, Iowa, passed away Sunday, Sept. 30, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader. 

He was born Dec. 31, 1940, in Elkader, to Walter and Lydia (Dennler) Butikofer. Bill was confirmed at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Elgin. He graduated from Elkader High School with the Class of 1958. He served in the United States Army in Germany. He was united in marriage to Marcia C. Metzger on Oct. 10, 1964. Three children were born to this union.

Bill was a devoted farmer, milking dairy cows until the fall of 2001. During his early years, he enjoyed being a member of 4-H and FFA. For a time, he worked at Walch Ford, then Bill and brother Norbert operated the Sinclair gas station, both in Elkader. Bill was a loyal member of Bethany Church, American Legion and the Farm Bureau.

Wed
10
Oct

Prairie girls beat Lancaster


Prairie’s Alexis Nolan (5) and Caitlin Pattison (6) defend at the net. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Blackhawks’ Kylee Weber (3) hits the ball past the Lancaster defenders.

Prairie’s Lindsey Nicholson bumps the ball forward to a teammate Tuesday night.

A pair of Lady Blackhawks bump the ball to the front row Tuesday night.

Emily Groom of Prairie du Chien goes up for the block attempt against visiting Lancaster.

Maggie Dobbs of Prairie du Chien hits the ball over the outstretched hands of two Lancaster players Tuesday night on Pink and Senior Night.

Alexis Nolan smashes one for a winner versus Lancaster Tuesday night.

 

Tuesday night, Prairie du Chien volleyball honored Breast Cancer Awareness Month as well as Robbie Mason in her fight against cancer. It was also Senior Night.  

With an awesome crowd, the Blackhawks took on the Lancaster Arrows. The Blackhawks started off their very emotional night winning set 1 (25-20) and set 2 (25-13), but the Arrows didn’t give up, winning set 3 (25-23). The Blackhawks didn’t let it go to a 5th set, winning set 4 (25-20).  

Wed
10
Oct

Crawford County 4th for getting the most value for property taxes

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Budget hearings are coming up for the four school districts in Crawford County as well as the municipalities in the county and with the county board.

Wed
10
Oct

More space improves athletic practice scheduling

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

It was stated at the Prairie du Chien School Board meeting Monday night that due to the increased practice space as part of the school facilities upgrade project, most winter sports practices will be completed by 6 p.m. Also, the gymnastics team will be able to practice in their own school for the first time. Most practices will be for two hours.

Wed
10
Oct

$272,000 in grants received toward Villa Louis Boat Landing project

City listing properties along First Street, including river slough

By Correne Martin

The city of Prairie du Chien recently received a $207,973 Recreational Boating Facilities Grant, and a $65,720 Ready for Reuse Grant to assist in the Villa Louis Boat Landing project on the north end of St. Feriole Island. Community members may begin to see construction happening yet this fall in the area near there, where the National Decorated Metal factory once stood. The work will be to create overflow parking for the boat landing, according to Interim City Administrator Chad Abram.

Wed
10
Oct

PdC man charged with physical abuse

A 43-year-old Prairie du Chien man was charged on Oct. 5 in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of physical abuse of a child - intentionally causing bodily harm, and one count of strangulation and suffocation. In the strangulation and suffocation charge, Butters is accused of squeezing a woman’s throat for several seconds. 

Jeremy Butters faces up to $20,000 in fines and 12 years in prison if convicted of both counts.

Wed
10
Oct

Man charged with burglary

An 18-year-old Prairie du Chien man has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of burglary of a building or dwelling. 

Franklin E. Swan Jr. faces up to a $25,000 fine and 12.5 years of imprisonment if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Swan Jr. admitted to investigators that he broke into the DH/BP North in Prairie du Chien with three other individuals. Swan Jr. detailed the items which were stolen, the complaint said.

Video surveillance footage from inside the store showed three people removing items from the shelves and putting them in their pockets. 

Wed
10
Oct

Driver allegedly drives through accident scene, later arrested for fifth offense OWI

An alleged drunken driver was arrested in Mount Hope, for his fifth offense OWI, after he drove through an accident scene Monday night, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department said.

On Oct. 8, just before 7:30 p.m., the sheriff’s department received a call from the Mount Hope Fire Department of a possible intoxicated driver. Traffic was restricted along Pleasant Valley Road, east of South Ridge Road in Little Grant Township, because a semi-truck was being recovered from a slideoff. 

Wed
10
Oct

Oktoberfest a big fall party for all


Trying their hands at the traditional German hammerschlagen, Gail Zirngibl, Joanie Sheriff and Darrell Cooley made some memories at Oktoberfest 2017 on St. Feriole Island.

Gretchen Rickleff, aka the Pretzel lady, served the customary knotted German bread, salted or not, to a couple thousand hungry Oktoberfest-goers last year. (Courier Press file photos)

This year's button

By Correne Martin

You may not think families, senior citizens and those who make a hobby out of consuming alcohol would fit well into one fall party. But they do. It’s Oktoberfest in Prairie du Chien.

The ninth annual revelry will take place next Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Memorial Gardens on St. Feriole Island. For the price of just a dollar button—and a little bit of spending money—people can be entertained with German music, food, beer, contests, crafts and much more. This is the largest event in Prairie du Chien where all the proceeds benefit the Memorial Gardens, according to parks and rec director Mike Ulrich. 

“We had about 3,000 people last year,” he shared, in depicting the size of this growing affair.

Wed
10
Oct

Have a laughing good time screaming at the Halls of Terror


Nate and Nick Gilberts have been involved with the Halls of Terror for over a dozen years. Along with help their family, friends and the Prairie du Chien fire and police departments, they will offer the haunted house once again, beginning this weekend. (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

Have you ever wondered how haunted house designers keep their events fresh and scream-worthy? 

Well, aside from naturally having a twisted mind, they take the time to visit professional haunted houses far and wide to slice and dice into the creative horror that tortures their thrill seekers.

Nate and Nick Gilberts have spent weeks changing up the maze, as people call their Halls of Terror in Prairie du Chien, including a couple of research trips to other freakish events. 

“We have incorporated quite a few of them into this year’s Halls of Terror, with our own twist,” Nate said.

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