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Ginkel named Trustee of the Year

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Paul Ginkel (left) is pictured with Steve Brenton, president of the Wisconsin Hospital Association. In accepting his Trustee of the Year Award Sept. 23, Ginkel said, “It was a wonderful surprise and great honor to receive the WHA Trustee Award. It is a rewarding experience working with board members, a CEO and staff that are dedicated to quality health care and patient experience at our community hospital.”

Paul Ginkel, a longtime member and current president of the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, received the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) 2013 Trustee of the Year Award at a ceremony held in Prairie du Chien on Sept. 23. The award recognizes the efforts of an individual who promotes the ideals of health care as well as the countless hours a person dedicates to the mission of ensuring that high quality health care is accessible in the local community.

In presenting the award, WHA President Steve Brenton acknowledged Ginkel’s service to the Board and his leadership, but he also recognized Ginkel’s understanding of broad-based community health needs and his participation in local, state and national health care policy. Brenton shared that Ginkel is a strong grassroots advocate for rural health care.

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Oct. 5 Community Care Clinic can meet some of your needs for free

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Could you use some winter clothing? Mike Jacobson, pastor at the Faith Evangelical Free Church in Prairie du Chien, stands among the many tables of winter clothes that will be offered for free to families and individuals attending the Community Care Clinic Oct. 5 at the church. (Photo by Correne Martin)
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Three oil change bays will be set up at the Community Care Clinic to meet your needs. If you’re interested in a free oil change on Oct. 5, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., call the Faith Evangelical Free Church, 326-6959, to set up an appointment. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Receiving help and giving help are both blessings in their own way, especially when they involve physical and spiritual needs, and everyone can use a little help from time to time.

The third annual Community Care Clinic is planned for Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Faith Evangelical Free Church, 1110 E. Cass St., Prairie du Chien, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All area residents, regardless of religious beliefs, are invited to attend and receive free oil changes, family photos, professional haircuts, manicures, child care, winter clothes, Bibles, prayer, face painting and even a complimentary lunch (noon to 1 p.m.).

“We’re trying to meet the needs of those in our surrounding communities,” Pastor Mike Jacobson said. “All the services are offered free by individuals who belong to our congregation. We have about 80 volunteers from the church lending a hand.”

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Decorating for fall in Seneca

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Student Katie Baker (left) gets some instruction on painting a black crow from Art Teacher Cody Sime.

The Seneca Community Club and the students at Seneca Schools recently collaborated to decorate the community for fall. Local artist Hans Gill designed and assembled 25 scarecrows as well as 96 wooden stakes topped off with pumpkins, sunflowers and black crows (32 of each). Then, students in grades first through 12th were assigned the duty of painting the pieces in art class, with teacher Cody Sime directing them. The community club provided all the materials and paint for the project, and Paul and Margaret Benzing donated the pumpkins and gourds that were added to the artsy arrangements now displayed on various street corners and in front of the school. The decorations will be stored over the winter and reused next year too. “This project was intended to get the kids involved in the community and help beautify the streets before people drive through town for Gays Mills Apple Fest,” said Barb Boland, of the Seneca Community Club.

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Set sights high at 29th Hawk Watch


Raptor researcher Mike Havlik holds a banded red-tailed hawk before giving a demonstration at last year’s Hawk Watch at Effigy Mounds National Monument. (Photos courtesy of Effigy Mounds National Monument)

The 29th annual Hawk Watch at Effigy Mounds takes place on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hawk Watch is a free, family-oriented event in celebration of the annual fall hawk migration.

The Hawk Watch has grown to become quite an interesting, entertaining and informative event over the past 28 years. More than 1,800 people of all ages and backgrounds attended the two-day event last year to view exhibits, interact with presenters, participate in educational games, and, of course, view the many different species of hawks that migrate overhead by the hundreds, if not thousands.

“It’s a fun event for everybody,” said Hawk Watch Coordinator Dennis Kirschbaum. “Come on out and enjoy yourself watching the hawks fly by.”

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Alice M. Stemper

 

Alice M. Stemper, 100, was born Sept. 21, 1913 and died Friday, Sept. 27, at the Onalaska Care Center.

She is survived by her children Joe Stemper, Hokah, Minn., Mary Ann Stemper, Prairie du Chien, Al (Judy) Stemper, Onalaska, Frank (Renae) Stemper, Becker, Minn. and Carol Gautsch, Holmen. She is also survived by nine grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; three great, great grandchildren; one sister, Mary Newburg, La Crescent, Minn. and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Thomas W. Gloede

 

Thomas “Tom” W. Gloede, age 82, died September 24, 2013, at Mercy Living Plus in Oelwein, IA. He was born June 18, 1931, in Sumner, Iowa to George and Elizabeth “Bessie” (Kirby) Gloede.

He married Dorothy Roth on April 14, 1952, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein. Tom graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1949, served in the U.S. Navy, and made his living as a salesman.

Services are Monday, September 30, 2013,11:00 AM. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein, Iowa with Father Paul McManus, Father Pat Geary and Deacon Jim Patera officiating.

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Future of Prairie du Chien’s main street organization uncertain

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By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien Downtown Revitalization Inc. (PDRI) has hit a tipping point. Funding and the number of volunteers are dwindling, leaving the future uncertain unless the community comes forward in support of the organization.

A public meeting is slated for Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m. in room 236 of the Crawford County Administration Building in Prairie du Chien. This meeting will allow discussion about what the public wants to see happen with PDRI and whether enough consistent funding can be found to support the organization moving forward. The real question is whether PDRI can stay open or if it will need to close.

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Elinor Pine

 

Elinor T. Pine, 92, of Prairie du Chien passed away Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

She was born Oct. 19, 1920 in Turkey River, Iowa, to Mathias and Catherine (Harasche) Adams. She was one of ten children. Her early years were spent on the family farm. She excelled academically; but sadly, due to the Great Depression, she was only allowed to complete the eighth grade. 

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Sandra Cashman

 

Sandra J. Cashman, 70, of Boscobel, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, and Gays Mills, passed away Thursday Sept. 19, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital La Crosse.

She was born on Sept. 1, 1943 in Dubuque to Elmer and Eileen (Hillery) Eppler. She was a married on Feb. 11, 1961 in Dubuque, to Milton Cashman, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 26, 2009.

She was employed for many years as a cook at The Red Apple Inn at Gays Mills.

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Patsy Lee Neely McCormick

 

Patsy graduated from Soldiers Grove High School in 1957 and attended Vernon County Teachers College. On Aug. 19, 1961, crossing rival lines, she married Seneca native, Francis McCormick. Moving often in the early years they lived in La Crosse, Merrill, Stanley, Sheboygan, Amherst and Stevens Point before finally settling on the Mighty River in Ferryville. Patsy taught school, sold insurance and worked in retail while raising four daughters. Her love of adventure took her to the south of Texas on a regular basis, Europe, Ireland and China. Her eternal positive attitude, gentle grace, and belief that all things happen for a reason kept her and those around her at peace. 

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