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17
Nov

Local woman charged with burglary

A 37-year-old Prairie du Chien woman has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of burglary to a building or dwelling and one count of forgery.

Jill Marie Schroeder faces up to 18.5 years in prison and $35,000 in fines if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, Schroeder was questioned by police and admitted going into a Prairie du Chien man’s apartment on two separate occasions and stealing a laptop computer, a Nook reader, a Garmin GPS, coins, several power cords and a check which she cashed in the victim’s name. Many of the stolen items were sold at area pawn shops and the money from the check was used to buy drugs and personal items the complaint said.

Schroeder is also charged with stealing a check from another Prairie du Chien resident, forging the check in the victim’s name and cashing it for $300, the complaint said.

Mon
17
Nov

Catholic Charities takes on former Faith In Action services

By Correne Martin

Eight months after the closure of Faith In Action, another non-profit has stepped forward to revitalize many of its assistance programs to fill a need in the area. Though the services will be virtually the same, the program has a new name, Hands of Hope, and Catholic Charities is the organization coordinating the mainly volunteer effort.

“When Faith In Action closed, our phone started ringing,” said Geri Russell, representative payee in the Prairie du Chien Catholic Charities office. “I know there was a real void in our communities.”

Mon
17
Nov

Cleanup of the Blackhawk Junction fire ruins underway

Cleanup efforts of the fire ruins at the Blackhawk Junction site in Prairie du Chien seem to have finally begun. Most of the work up to this point has taken place inside the facility; however, reports last week said demolition is set to begin today (Monday, Nov. 17).

According to a Nov. 12 update from Justin Kompa, chief investment officer for Newmark Grubb Gialamas, a real estate company out of Madison, workers have been on site since Oct. 27 when Krantz Electric began restoring the parking lot lighting. Abatement work began as scheduled on Nov. 3.

Tom Gialamas’ property manager was at the site Nov. 5 along with the maintenance manager and local technician. That day, they spoke to the workers who were doing the cleanup inside the building, including Field Supervisor Jacobo Jop, from Robinson Brothers contractors, and a project supervisor from Engineered Construction. They were assured everything was moving along on schedule.

Mon
17
Nov

Wear orange Friday to help kick hunger

By Correne Martin

Crawford County Fairest of the Fair Sarah Achenbach is ready to give hunger a good, swift kick in the [you know what]. Through her platform, she has the opportunity to make a difference and, after brainstorming how she could help her Crawford County neighbors, she and her family and friends are inspired to do something that can benefit families who utilize local food pantries.

Going off the notion that Crawford County is one of the poorest counties in Wisconsin, Achenbach, with assistance from her fellow Fairest and Dairy royalty, has formed the Crawford County Kicks Hunger campaign.

Fri
14
Nov

William "Bill" Peter Valentine

 

 William “Bill” Peter Valentine, 86, former resident of Raton and Springer, N.M., Soldiers Grove, and Lubbock, Texas, passed away on Nov. 9, in Lubbock.

Bill was born in Raton, N.M. on Oct. 22, 1928 to Jack Valentine and Amelia Tomasi. Bill was a life-long dairy farmer, avid cowboy and a veteran of the Korean War. He also worked at the New Mexico Boys School in Springer; the Wyalusing Academy in Prairie du Chien; and with Pinkerton Security in Richland Center. He was a member of the Soldiers Grove American Legion Post 220. He will be missed for his kind heart, love of family, warm smile, and great sense of humor.

Wed
12
Nov

Marquette Road ribbon cutting Monday

The public is invited to participate in a short ribbon-cutting program ceremoniously opening Marquette Road on Monday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. The event, which will take place in the pocket park on the southeast corner of the Marquette Road/Blackhawk Avenue intersection, is co-sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce and city of Prairie du Chien.

According to Chamber CEO Bob Moses, Governor Scott Walker and Wisconsin DOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb have been formally invited to the ceremony. Also, Senator Jennifer Shilling and Representative Lee Nerison have also been invited. Citizens and area business owners are encouraged to attend.

Wed
12
Nov

Wachter survived Korean War grenade explosion


Louie Wachter, 84, of Millville, was one of seven Wachter brothers from the Mount Hope area who served in the military. He is the second youngest of the seven and served in the Korean War for 21 months, beginning Sept. 5, 1951. He is shown with the book, “Korea Reborn: A Grateful Nation Honors War Veterans for 60 Years of Growth,” which was distributed free to Korean War veterans last year by the Departments of Military Affairs and Veterans Affairs. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Pictured is Louie Wachter more than 60 years ago in his Army uniform.

By Correne Martin

Louie Wachter vividly remembers the night he was wounded on Heartbreak Ridge Hill in the Korean War.

He was 22 years old and it was the first week of November 1952. He and a couple Army comrades were sitting in the trenches in the North Korean hills, with their steel helmets off, eating rations. A few feet in front of them, sandbags sat three or four rows deep, and there was a cliff behind them. The first sign of the enemy arrived when a mortar round hit their trenches. All of the men put on their helmets.

Wed
12
Nov

Railroad crossing work may hold up finalization of Marquette Road project

DOT portion done, road will still open Nov. 17

The Prairie du Chien Common Council learned Tuesday night that the railroad crossings at Blackhawk Avenue and Washington Street, as well as the spur that runs across Marquette, have not been completely repaired by Burlington Northern Santa Fe, in correlation with the Marquette Road project. Even though the Department of Transportation’s portion of the project appears as though it will be finished around Nov. 16, city administration has heard the crossings may not be done until December. Due to the delay, the DOT and city staff are exploring options that would open them up prior to the permanent repairs being completed.

If a solution is determined, more information will be reported in next week’s issues of the Courier Press and on the Courier Press’ Facebook page.

Wed
12
Nov

Local woman in Ironman Wisconsin


With the Wisconsin State Capitol in the background, Gretchen Kilbey is about to cross the finish line of the Ironman Wisconsin Triathlon.

Gretchen Kilbey cruises along in the bicycle portion of the Ironman Wisconsin Triathlon.

 

A top life experience

Prairie du Chien woman completes Ironman Wisconsin Triathlon 

Prairie du Chien’s Gretchen Kilbey has competed in numerous endurance events over the years and, hopefully, her dedication, discipline and determination will be a source of inspiration for others to doggedly pursue their dreams, whatever they may be. 

Mon
10
Nov

Mervin E. Nimbar

 

Mervin E. Nimbar, 89, formerly of Prairie du Chien passed away Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in LaCrosse. 

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