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Tue
15
Dec

Edward “Ed” Walech

 

 Edward “Ed” Walech, 94, of Prairie du Chien, formerly of Dubuque, passed away Dec. 12.

He was born Dec. 3, 1921, to Nick Walech and Genevieve (Rupp) Walech in Dubuque. Ed was a Veteran of World War II. He worked for H&W Motor Express in Dubuque for over 34 years, retiring at the end of 1981. He served for 43 years on General Drivers Credit Union and 30 years on teamster union board. 

Tue
15
Dec

Man charged with taking remains from Effigy Mounds

 

Local man charged with 

removing Native American 

remains from Effigy Mounds

A long-retired National Park Service official at Effigy Mounds National Monument is expected to make a plea at his arraignment on Dec. 16 involving a charge of removing ancient Native American remains from the museum he managed at Effigy Mounds. 

Mon
14
Dec

PdC-WS versus MFL MarMac


At 106 pounds, Reid Koenig (top) of Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben gains control over Zach Trudo of MFL MarMac Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Clayton Beers of PdC-WS, top, tries to turn Dylan Corlett of MFL MarMac.

In the 182-pound match, Brendan Fleshner, PdC-WS, right, attempts to take down Corbin Gardner of MFL MarMac.

Nick Rogge, right, of PdC-WS, tangles with Michael Egan of MFL in the 132-pound match.

 

Prairie du Chien grapplers fall to MFL Mar/Mac 39-36

On Thursday, Dec. 10, the Prairie du Chien Blackhawk wrestling team traveled to McGregor for a nonconference meet with rival MFL Mar/Mac. MFL Mar/Mac is one of the favorites to win the Upper Iowa Conference this year. As expected, it was a very close meet.

The match started at 120 pounds and MFL recorded a fall. PdC responded by winning the next two matches. Clayton Beers, 126, used a series of tilts before pinning his opponent in the second period. Nick Rogge, 132, followed with a decisive win, 8-2. 

Mon
14
Dec

Man charged with taking remains from Effigy Mounds

A long-retired National Park Service official at Effigy Mounds National Monument is expected to make a plea at his arraignment on Dec. 16 to removing ancient Native American remains from the museum he managed at Effigy Mounds. 

Former Effigy Mounds Superintendent Thomas Munson, 76, of Prairie du Chien, allegedly kept the remains for 22 years.

Munson was charged on Dec. 8 with embezzlement of government property following a long investigation. Munson is expected to plead guilty in the federal courthouse in Cedar Rapids, Iowa as part of a plea agreement.

Mon
14
Dec

Wyalusing Academy


Steps are being taken to have the former Wyalusing Academy building developed into a 40-unit apartment complex. (Courier Press file photo)

 

Wyalusing Academy may become apartment building

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Steps are underway to have the main building on the former Wyalusing Academy property developed into a 40-unit apartment building.

Mon
14
Dec

Driver hits parked police car, receives numerous citations

An alleged drunken driver was arrested and charged after he hit a parked police car in Lansing, Iowa, but was pulled over in Crawford County.

According to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 11:52 p.m., Tyler R. Collier, 22, of Rubicon, was operating a 2005 GMC Sierra in the city of Lansing, when he struck a parked Lansing Police Department squad car. Collier continued driving until the Lansing officer was able to make traffic stop on the vehicle on Highway 82, a few hundred feet into Crawford County. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was asked to take over the traffic stop due to the fact that they were now in Crawford County.

Collier was arrested and transported to the Crawford County Jail for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant. Collier was also charged with operating after suspension.

Mon
14
Dec

‘Tis the season to drop a world-famous carp, Carp Fest festivities begin Dec. 26


A new Lucky the Carp will soon take his or her position amid the quirky chaos that is Carp Fest’s Droppin’ of the Carp. Prairie du Chien’s annual festival starts Dec. 26 and culminates with the carp drop at midnight on New Year’s Eve. (File photo)

By Correne Martin

Lucky the Carp has become quite the superstar fish in the Prairie du Chien community, so much so that he’s the bright-eyed, smiling face of the annual Carp Fest. He’s a world-famous, friendly symbol of the river, of fun times with family and friends, and of good fortune for the coming year.

2015 is the 15th year of this annual winter festival in Prairie du Chien.

“Time flies when we’re having fun,” said Tom Nelson, co-coordinator who, along with his wife Cathie, had the original idea that started Carp Fest. “Here we are in the Midwest, with an outdoor activity, at midnight, and we’re celebrating an iconic carp. That’s the uniqueness of it, and that kissing Lucky signifies bringing luck in the new year.”

“It’s hard to figure out a way in the middle of winter to get people outside,” Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Director Mike Ulrich added. “The partiers come out for this but also the families. It’s a lot of fun.”

Thu
10
Dec

Joyce Marie Fernette

 

 

Joyce Marie Fernette, 80, of Prairie du Chien passed away Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, following a brief illness. 

She was born March 27, 1935 in Prairie du Chien the daughter of Lawrence and Agnes (Gokey) Fernette. She worked as a data processor assistant boss for Farwell Ozman and Kirk Wholesalers in St. Paul, Minn. She later worked for West Publishing in St. Paul until her retirement. She was a member of the Eagles Club Aerie 1502. 

Wed
09
Dec

Cuba City over Prairie


Lindsey Welter applies tough defensive pressure in Cuba City’s back court. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Brooke Trautsch makes a nifty inside bounce pass against Cuba City Tuesday night.

Lindsey Welter fires up a three-pointer against visiting Cuba City in second half action.

Prairie du Chien’s Anna Zeeh hoists a shot along the right baseline against the defense of Elizabeth Misky of Cuba City Tuesday night in the second half.

Kelsey Achenbach wrestles for a loose ball against Jessi Marti of Cuba City Tuesday night.

 

Second half 

surge lifts Cuba 

City over Prairie

The Prairie du Chien Lady Blackhawks lost to the two-time defending Division 4 state champion Cuba City Cubans 48-35 in SWC girls basketball Tuesday night in Prairie du Chien. 

It was a case of two halves for Prairie as the halftime tie of 29-29 was countered by an offensive flurry by Cuba City’s Jessi Marti.  

Wed
09
Dec

Adult Education


Adult Education Instructor Chris Foley stands near two of the computers in Suite 125 of the Crawford County Administration Building in Prairie du Chien.

 

Adult Education classes are free, GED priceless

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The classes that are offered through the Adult Education Program in Crawford County are free, but the knowledge gained is very valuable indeed. 

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