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Fri
07
Oct

Linda L. Munz-Kline

 

Linda L. Munz-Kline, 53, of Prairie du Chien, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Oct. 5, at her home. 

She was born Oct. 15, 1962, in Prairie du Chien the daughter of Francis and Colleen (Douglas) Munz. Linda attended West Grant High School and later graduated from Southwest Technical School with a degree in accounting. She was most recently working as an over the road truck driver for Swift Transportation. She enjoyed shooting pool and riding motorcycles. 

Wed
05
Oct

Prairie du Chien Soccer


Prairie’s Nathaniel Oehler attempts to get past a Dodgeville player. (Photos by Rose Ziel)

Prairie du Chien’s Mark Welter heads the ball upfield against visiting Dodgeville Monday afternoon at Bluff View.

Chas Sagedahl of Prairie du Chien gets his kicks against Dodgeville Monday.

The Blackhawks’ goalie Wesley Schwager makes a save Monday afternoon.

Andrew Waller blasts the ball far to gain good field position.

Blake Garcia of Prairie du Chien battles for control Monday at Bluff View.

 

PdC soccer team beats Dodgeville

The Prairie du Chien boys soccer team hosted Dodgeville Monday night on the Bluff View pitch.  

The teams had split their first two meetings making the match a must win for the Blackhawks to stay in the SWC lead.  

Prairie took a quick lead at 9:37 when Jon Dyer found Jack Stoeffler open on the left side and a quick tap gave PdC a the first score.  

Wed
05
Oct

Crops Damaged, but Apples Doing Well


Linda Shihata holds a Jonagold in her left hand and a 1.13-pound honey crisp in her right hand. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Some area corn germinated while still on the stalk. (Photo by Linda Shihata)

 

Recent rains have put a 

damper on harvest expectations

Apples, 

however, 

have done quite well

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
05
Oct

Bringing domestic violence awareness out into the open

Because October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Catholic Charities has placed purple ribbons on the corn stalk bundles lining Blackhawk Avenue in Prairie du Chien. This is to remind citizens that domestic violence is a real problem and can include physical, verbal, emotional, sexual and economic abuse of a loved one. Catholic Charities offers advocacy, support, workshops and a 24-hour crisis line at 888-200-8426. Pictured, Lisa Johanningmeier, domestic abuse program coordinator, displays the colored ribbons signifying the awareness. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Wed
05
Oct

9-year-old wins Oktoberfest contest

As part of the Oktoberfest celebration in Prairie du Chien, a button design contest is held. This year’s winner, selected from 50 artists participating, is 9-year-old Fiona Etemi, of Prairie du Chien. She is pictured (front row, right) with her dad, Sam, and cousin Lejla Kamberi (both in front), as well as Oktoberfest Committee members (back, from left) Lorie Kuehl, Joan Paulson, Cathie Nelson, Tom Nelson, Suzette Cunningham and Mike Ulrich. For her efforts, Fiona received a gift basket with Oktoberfest-related goodies, a T-shirt, hat and several buttons, and she has been asked to partake in the festivities on Oct. 15, including the parade downtown and fun events on St. Feriole Island. More details about Oktoberfest will be published in next week’s Courier Press. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Wed
05
Oct

River Ridge is putting stand-up desks to the test


Sitting partially on the stool, with one foot on the stool and the other on the ground, is just one way students utilizing the stand-up desks can situate themselves for learning comfortably. Pictured (above), Danica, a third grader in Shawn Chatfield’s class, works independently on a Chromebook during class time. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Chatfield assists a student during work time. Helping out his pupils at their stand-up desks keeps the teacher from crouching to the level of a traditional chair and desk.

A student rests her foot on the swinging footbar and rocks that back and forth, while staying on task at her desk.

Former Sen. Herb Kohl fully funds $3K of project materials

By Correne Martin

Research purports that school children who utilize stand-up desks are actually more alert, perform better academically, burn more calories, minimize orthopedic problems, feel happier and just plain move more than those seated at traditional desks or tables.

At River Ridge Elementary School, teachers have put that theory to the test, and they have done so with assistance from the educational crowdfunding website DonorsChoose.org.

Sixteen students in Shawn Chatfield’s third-grade classroom have the opportunity this school year to share 12 such desks, complete with stools and swinging footbars, all while keeping their hands and minds on task. There are four others who study while sitting at a table, and assigned seats rotate throughout the year, so all of the children have the chance to experience the stand-up desks.

Wed
05
Oct

EAB infested trees removed from downtown, population of ash trees declining in the city


A row of emerald ash borer infested trees on the east boulevard of Michigan Street in Prairie du Chien were removed last month. Planting of a new variety of trees is anticipated. (Photo by Gary Howe)

By Correne Martin

A row of emerald ash borer (EAB) infested trees on the east boulevard of Michigan Street in Prairie du Chien were cut down last month. This reduces the number of ash trees in the city, though the loss is not something new for the North American tree population.

EABs are exotic beetles that were discovered in southeastern Michigan near Detroit in the summer of 2002, according to the Emerald Ash Borer Information Network (emeraldashborer.info). The adult beetles nibble on ash foliage but cause little damage. The larvae (the immature stage) feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients.

Wed
05
Oct

City, county to communicate with state regarding local impact of Cabela’s sale

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council briefly touched on Monday’s announcement that Cabela’s is being sold to Bass Pro Shops, at its regular meeting Tuesday night, Oct. 4.

Alderman Ron Leys asked about the status of the Cabela’s store located in the Prairie du Chien. City Administrator Aaron Kramer said the city and county are working with the state to communicate with the new owners. Though store closures have not been addressed by the public relations teams of either Cabela’s or Bass Pro Shops, the local communities are certainly interested in how this sale may or may not affect the Prairie du Chien store, distribution center and employees.

Other news Tuesday night involved mainly ordinance and resolution approvals.

•An ordinance creating a no parking zone on the east side of Water Street, from Blackhawk Avenue north to Bolvin Street, adjacent to the railroad tracks, was approved.

Wed
05
Oct

John Louis Fisher

 

John Louis Fisher, 72, of Eastman, passed away Monday, Oct. 3, at the Mayo Franciscan Health Center in La Crosse, following a brief illness.

Tue
04
Oct

Clifford G. Jahnke

 

Clifford G. Jahnke, age 84, died on Monday morning Oct. 3, at his residence in Fennimore. 

Clifford was born on July 26, 1932, in Lancaster, the son of Milan and Velma (Wenzel) Jahnke. He married Ruby Braudt on August 12, 1956, at the Mt. Hope United Methodist Church. 

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