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Wed
26
Feb

Cheerleaders third at State

Cheerleaders third at State
The cheerleaders show off their trophy. They are, row 1: Jamie Turner, Nicole Mims, and Becky Welsch. Row 2: Mariah Slaght, Lindsey Ohlert, Coach Kelli Saxe, Allison Lynn, and Stephanie Elmquist.

 

Prairie du Chien 

cheerleaders get third at State

The Prairie du Chien Basketball Cheerleaders competed on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the WACPC (Wisconsin Association of Cheer and Pom Coaches) State Cheer Championships at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.  

This is the first time the cheerleaders have competed at the state level. The team competed in the non-stunt division. There were six teams in that division, the top three took home trophies. Prairie du Chien earned third place!

Wed
26
Feb

Riverway Board

 

Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board 

requesting change in law regarding sand mines

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board will soon be sending a report to Governor Scott Walker and to state legislators asking for changes to the Riverway’s nonmetallic mining law, according to Riverway Board Executive Director Mark Cupp. 

Tue
25
Feb

Rose "Edna" Turner

 

Rose “Edna” Turner rejoined her heavenly Father Feb. 22. 

Tue
25
Feb

Marguerite Voth Ryan

 

Marguerite Voth Ryan, 96, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Lancaster Care Center in Lancaster.

She was born June 21, 1917, to Clem and Josephine (Stephan) Voth. The majority of her life she resided in Prairie du Chien. Marguerite taught at both St. John’s Catholic School and Prairie du Chien Elementary School. She loved her 3rd and 4th grade students. Upon retirement, she taught adult basic education in the Opportunity and Personal Development Center and was active on the Prairie du Chien Library Board. She later moved to Lancaster, to be close to her daughter, Peg. Marguerite remained an avid reader. She enjoyed dining out, shopping, potato chips, chocolate and her brandy and 7-Up. 

Mon
24
Feb

Elliott to State

Elliott Statebound
Taylor Elliott of Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben controls Christian Lamon of Sparta in his second-round match at 113 pounds. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Elliott earns 

fourth trip to State Meet

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Prairie du Chien’s Taylor Elliott took first place at 113 pounds at the Division 2 Sectional Wrestling Meet at Adams Friendship on Saturday to earn a trip to the State Wrestling Tournament in Madison, which runs from Feb. 27 through March 1.

Mon
24
Feb

Bald Eagle Day in Ferryville March 1


Gail Buhl, of the University of Minnesota Raptor Center, is shown with one of the American bald eagles that is coming to the Ferryville Bald Eagle Day on Saturday, March 1.

The fifth annual Bald Eagle Day in Ferryville is Saturday, March 1 at the Village Community Center on Highway 35.

This program is sponsored by the Ferryville Tourism Council and free to the public. It is co-sponsored this year by the Green Bay Packers and the Friends of Pool 9, an organization that preserves and protects the environment and the Mississippi Region of Pool 9. The tourism council submitted an application to the Green Bay Packers about six months ago and was honored to learn that the event was selected for sponsorship.

Activities are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with not only exciting opportunities to see and learn about bald eagles but also enjoy refreshments and free children’s craft activities.

Located right on the Mississippi River, Ferryville is an ideal place to host Bald Eagle Day. There are many eagle nests in the area and the Pool 9 section has more nests than in any other part of the Mississippi River.

Mon
24
Feb

PdC Bald Eagle Appreciation Days well attended


Luke Hart, assistant director of the Macbride Raptor Project at the University of Iowa, introduces an eastern screech owl to a couple hundred people at the Bald Eagle Appreciation Days Saturday morning program at Hoffman Hall. He also exhibited a live hawk during the raptor presentation. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Luke Hart of the Macbride Raptor Project at the University of Iowa, presented a live hawk and owl program. Live bald eagles were also part of the fun on Saturday, in addition to discussion about where the audience could sight eagles in the area, exhibits of bald eagle photography and area history, vendors with animal pelts and taxidermy mounts, and a puppet show done by the Boy Scout Troop 320. Additional photos from Bald Eagles Days can be found on the Courier’s Facebook page.

After Luke Hart explained that kids and other spectators were welcome to sit up close for his live hawk and owl presentation, this little sweetie got up and literally took his advice, sitting as close as possible. Her quick ability to follow exact directions drew laughter from the crowd.

Families enjoyed plenty of activities, including this wildlife habitat display where kids could stick on their favorite animals, during Bald Eagle Appreciation Days Feb. 21-22 in Prairie du Chien. Free programs and activities were available at Hoffman Hall, AmericInn Lodge & Suites and Country Inn & Suites all weekend. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Vendors showcased their outdoors and environmental books, pictures, stuffed animals, and other sale items at Hoffman Hall.

The Fort Crawford Museum and the Villa Louis presented historical information about the War of 1812's Battle of Prairie du Chien (1814), as it is the bicentennial celebration of that local battle.

The Villa Louis had a variety of items for sale that piqued the interest of young and old alike.

Effigy Mounds Volunteer and retired DNR Warden Dennis Kirschbaum talked to the crowd about where they could find bald eagles in the Prairie du Chien area for viewing, despite the frozen river waters.

Todd Crotty, of WQPC-Radio, was the MC of Saturday's programs at Hoffman Hall.

Professional photographs by Harold Schaefer, of Fennimore, were quite popular with event-goers at Bald Eagle Appreciation Days. Feb. 21-22.
Mon
24
Feb

Prairie Catholic looks at future

gym addition
Pictured is a very preliminary drawing of what the addition to St. Gabriel’s school will look like following the construction of a new building on the southwest end of the current facility at 515 N. Beaumont Rd., Prairie du Chien. The space will mostly be filled with a new gymnasium as well as some office space for school and parish administration. It will replace the current gym/day care that is located at the same location where the proposed addition will be built.
community hall
Pictured is another preliminary sketch of the future Holy Family Parish community hall, which is anticipated to be located alongside the current St. John’s church, 710 S. Wacouta Ave., and be utilized for parish, school and community gatherings.

By Correne Martin

Prairie Catholic Schools has immense intentions on the horizon that are aimed at strengthening its faith-based, academic offerings for future generations. A $1.5 million capital campaign is drawing to a close, as over $1.4 million has been raised toward plans for a new gym and community hall as well as improvements to the existing St. Gabriel’s facility. The goal is for all students, in grades pre-kindergarten through eighth, to be housed under one roof at the current elementary school.

Construction will likely begin this spring, and a full project time line will be determined in the coming weeks.

“We have a very positive academic history and our families are very proud about what they’ve experienced. We’re doing great things,” Principal Wade Marlow said. “This gets us a lot closer to the schools that have all the bells and whistles. It gets parents to take a look at us when considering a quality education for their kids.”

Mon
24
Feb

Lawrence Stluka

 

Lawrence E. Stluka, 85, of rural Prairie du Chien passed away Friday, Feb. 21, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse. 

He was born July 24, 1928 in Eastman, the son of Edward and Mertie (Pintz) Stluka. He married Joanne Lessard on Oct. 3, 1951 at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. She preceded him in death on Sept. 23, 2005. He farmed his entire life and loved gardening. Lawrence was a seed corn dealer for DeKalb Seed. 

Mon
24
Feb

Lyle Dworak

 

Lyle J. Dworak, 86, of La Crosse, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Bethany Riverside, La Crosse. 

He was born in Wauzeka, on July 15, 1927, to George and Maggie (Holmes) Dworak. He married Rose Marie Gentes on Aug. 7, 1948, in St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, Prairie du Chien, and celebrates 65 years of marriage.

Lyle worked for the Railroad, Farm Corp Prairie. He then worked for 35 years for the Northern States Power until he retired.

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