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Self-proclaimed 'cat lady' raising over 100 caterpillars to butterflies


Pictured above is Cindy Gordon, self-proclaimed cat lady, with two of her critter’s habitats. (Photo by Rachel Mergen)

Pictured is Cindy's daughter Savannah, who helps with the hobby, releasing one of the butterflies. (Submitted photo)

Pictured are the caterpillars in a variety of life stages. (Photos by Rachel Mergen)

By Rachel Mergen

 

Three years ago, Cindy Gordon started a new hobby, with the inspiration from local master gardener Donna Teynor and her classes at the gardens, that would change her life for the better, allowing for a learning and bonding experience for her and her daughter Savannah. 

Cindy defines herself as a cat lady, but if entering the house, visitors quickly realize there is not a feline in sight. Inside, there is a bunny, along with more containers than most people would even take the time to count. Caterpillars make their homes within the containers, varying in size based on their stages of development. These containers, along with the care of Cindy and Savannah, raise the caterpillars' natural life expectancy on milkweed outside of 10 percent to over 90 percent. 

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Dorothy Ann Birrenbach

Dorothy Ann Birrenbach, 80, of Prairie du Chien, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. 

Dorothy was born on Jan. 11, 1938, in Le Sueur, Minn., the daughter of Floyd and Anna (Schaefer) Schwarz.  Dorothy was united in marriage with John Kenneth “Ken” Birrenbach on Feb. 28, 1956. She was an avid bridge player, golfer and bowler. Dorothy was a member of the Memorial Hospital board. She was also an active member of the United Methodist Church and of the 20th century Study Club. (Book Club) She participated in volunteers in Missions for over fifteen years. 

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Elsie C. Cecka

Elsie C. Cecka, 93, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Friday, Aug. 10, at the Prairie Maison Nursing Home where she resided since May 2004. 

She was born Aug. 20, 1924, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Frank and Elsie (Geisler) Welsh. She was living on the family farm on Irish Ridge when her mother passed away at the young age of 39. Then the family moved into Prairie du Chien. 

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Georgina M. Mullikin

Georgina M. Mullikin, 88, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor, Iowa.

She was born Sept. 11, 1929, in Wauzeka, the daughter of John and Grace (Mills) Emery. She married Clifford Mullikin on Sept. 16, 1950. He preceded her in death on July 2, 1998. Georgina enjoyed sewing and loved making doll dresses. 

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Motion to dismiss Amundson case denied

By Ted Pennekamp

 

On Aug. 7, Crawford County Circuit Court Judge Lynn Rider denied a motion by defense attorney Corey Chirafisi to dismiss the bindover ruling made at the preliminary hearing for Aaron Amundson. 

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Malachi memorial event more than the average Bible camp


Nate Parker and Mason Bell (along with Janelle Theel in the background) created personalized superhero capes during craft time at Bible camp.

Mason Bell, Kane Wetter, Aubree Kovars and Katie Aiken practice teamwork while moving balls without their hands during a pairs race activity on the Wetter farm.

After learning about Saint Paul’s travels spreading the word of Jesus, the youngsters at Bible camp created sailboats out of large cucumbers and craft materials. Pictured, Justice Wachter shares hers proudly.

These sweethearts made sailboats too.

Sisters Nora and Gospel Udelhoven enjoyed chasing bubbles together during game time.

Pastor Lance Wetter keeps the kids excited and interested about the Bible by relating certain scenarios in the Bible to superhero characteristics. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Iron Man made an appearance at Bible camp this year, along with his cohorts Captain America, Wonder Woman and Super Girl.

A superhero-themed directional sign post welcomes Bible campers, before they get a glimpse at the slip ‘n’ slide and general camping area of the three-day event.

By Correne Martin 

Several years ago, Lance and Emily Wetter experienced the heartache of having a stillborn son. They had already been planning a Bible camp for the Mt. Hope United Methodist Church, of which Lance is pastor. After losing their baby, the event fittingly was named Malachi Memorial Camp in his honor. 

This year, July 30-Aug. 1, was the fourth annual memorial camp, which is completely free, open to all ages and welcoming to any religious background. It’s made possible by all volunteers and one big fundraiser at the Mt. Hope church, a taco supper every May.

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Help plan the foolish fun by attending Follies kickoff meeting


These local friends and neighbors enjoy being as ridiculous as they can be, together, in their annual performances at the Follies variety show fundraiser, all in the good name of charity. The Follies organizers are welcoming former performers and anyone new with a piqued interest to attend a kickoff planning meeting Aug. 23, at 5:30 p.m., at Leisure Time. Follies proceeds benefit the Mississippi River Sculpture Park. (Photo by Randy Paske)

The hilarious and locally-acclaimed Follies variety show is returning from a one-year hiatus to tickle the ribs of Prairie du Chien area residents once again in January. To plan the foolish fun, a Follies kickoff meeting will be held Thursday, Aug. 23, at 5:30 p.m., at Leisure Time in Prairie du Chien. 

Any interested participants—veteran performers as well as new stars—are urged to attend the kickoff meeting to begin brainstorming acts, find out more information about how the show and rehearsals work and get an early start on laughable ideas that will make the Jan. 4 and 5, performances yet another success. The 2019 are expected to take the stage of the new Prairie du Chien High School theater, making the Follies opportunity all the more exciting.

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5 school districts land $210,000 in safety grants


Pictured above is an example of a half wooden/half glass door that will be replaced with a full door panel with the exception of a small vision window panel, similar to what’s seen below. (Photos by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Five local school districts have landed state grants for safety improvements, according to the Wisconsin Attorney General’s Office. 

Beginning in June, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) awarded $55,939 to Wauzeka-Steuben for upgrading its intercom system and classroom doors; River Ridge $55,000 toward upgrading its front entry doors, security camera system and interior door locks; St. Mary’s in Bloomington $19,945 for improving its front doors and adding an electronic entry system; Seneca $57,829 toward door locks and security cameras; and Prairie Catholic School $21,340 toward security improvements.

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Location established for future city dog park


From Lockwood Street looking southeast, a new gravel parking lot has been constructed between the wastewater treatment plant and Highway 18 Bypass. Between there and the railroad tracks (to the left of this photo) is the future site of a dog park. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Drivers taking the Highway 18 Bypass in Prairie du Chien have likely noticed considerable earth-moving activity, particularly at the Lockwood Street intersection near the city wastewater treatment plant and Campion Boat Landing. 

According to City Planner Garth Frable—and as the Courier Press reported months ago—the city recently acquired this piece of land, which the Wisconsin Department of Transportation had in excess from the bypass project years ago.

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Mississippi River Adventure Day a fun learning experience


Noah Troester, 8, of Prairie du Chien, goes through the process of water fowl identification Monday morning. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Logan Check, 5, of Prairie du Chien, and volunteer Kathy Ripp net aquatic insects near Lawler Park for Mississippi River Adventure Day Aug. 6.

Lainey Hanson, 5, of Monona, Iowa, does her unique running cast in order to gain power and distance.

Sam Hanson of Clayton County Conservation teaches everyone about mussels Monday morning.

Jerry Cummings of the Prairie Rod and Gun Club shows Hannah Naumann, 7, of Prairie du Chien, how to tie an improved clinch knot.

 

Mississippi River Adventure Day was a free educational program for students ages 5 to 15 from schools throughout Southwest Wisconsin and Northeast Iowa. The day of exploration provided children who live on both sides of Pool 10 with a fun, hands-on education about the ecosystem of the Mighty Mississippi River.

The event was held at and near Lawler Park in Prairie du Chien. 

Many students and their adult chaperones had a great time exploring the rich environment, resources and history of the river.

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