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05
Jul

Roberta L. “Bertie” Dillman

 

Roberta L. “Bertie” Dillman, 77, of McGregor, Iowa and formerly of Prairie du Chien passed away Friday, July 1, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor, after an extended illness. 

She was born Aug. 7, 1938 in Marquette, Iowa the daughter of Delmar and Alberta (Rigdon) Burroughs. Bertie was very proud of attaining her Master of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She worked as a guidance counselor for the Prairie du Chien School District for 20 years. Bertie was very active in the United Methodist Church in Prairie du Chien, Lutheran Social Services and the United Way. She enjoyed playing tennis and golf.

Thu
30
Jun

Michael Richard Obmascher

 

Michael Richard Obmascher passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 28, after a brief fight with cancer. 

Wed
29
Jun

To reduce the meth problem: Attack it from all angles

Editor’s note: This article is the third in a short series regarding methamphetamine and the serious problem of meth abuse in Crawford County.

By Correne Martin

As the Courier Press focuses on bringing attention to the severity of the prevalence of methamphetamine use in Crawford County, the newspaper continues to publish frequent reports of arrests and charges of abusers. Coincidentally, the June 27 issue included the second story in this series, right alongside an article about five Prairie du Chien residents busted with meth, as well as heroin and psilocybin mushrooms.

This latest instance of a search warrant leading to arrests is an example of Crawford County law enforcement’s continued battle against the problem. The county judicial system will now decide how to handle this case as it considers other meth cases, which have become all too familiar.

Wed
29
Jun

$12k reeled in for breast cancer programs

Hooking for Hope is an annual breast cancer awareness fundraiser associated with the Sawmill Saloon in Prairie du Chien. A raffle, live auction and music follow a fun and competitive fishing tournament. All money raised is given locally to support those battling breast cancer. This year, on June 4—the 13th year of the event—178 women participated in the tournament and $12,000 was raised. Of that amount, $7,500 will be donated to Gundersen Health’s Steppin’ Out in Pink, $2,500 to Gundersen Health’s Paula’s Purse program and $2,000 to the Crossing Rivers Health mammography department. Through the generosity of the Tavern League of Wisconsin, Hooking for Hope has also applied to receive matching funds for this event.

Wed
29
Jun

Moving Wall to travel from Prairie du Chien to National

A moving tribute to Vietnam veterans is moving from Prairie du Chien to National, Iowa.

Beginning June 30, “The Moving Wall,” a one-half size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., will be displayed at the Clayton County Fairgrounds. The memorial can be visited 24 hours a day, beginning June 30 at 1 p.m. through July 5 at 8 a.m. However, exhibits will be open only from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Almost 253 feet long, the Wall displays the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who were killed in Vietnam, as well as those still unaccounted for.

There will also be a presentation by the American Rogues, the official band of the National Navy Seal Museum, living replicas of the Three Soldiers and Vietnam Women’s Memorial and a complimentary booklet that informs people about the war and about the nine Clayton County men that were killed there.

Wed
29
Jun

3M program matches volunteerism

The 3M Volunteer Match Program recently donated $1,500 to the Prairie du Chien Fire Department on behalf of six 3M employees and retirees who contributed volunteer service as local firemen in 2015. The 3M Foundation matches 3M employees’ minimum 20 hours and retirees’ minimum 25 hours of service with a $250 grant to eligible nonprofits or schools. Employees Jim McCluskey, Brad Braun, Tim Deluhery, Phil Becwar and Jose Miranda, as well as retired employee Wayne Koecke, achieved those levels of volunteering. “We have a very good relationship between 3M and the fire department,” Deputy Fire Chief Deluhery said. “This program helps the department fill the gaps and obtain items it might not otherwise get.” This year’s grant will be used for training on skills such as extrication, confined space, and more. Pictured (from left) are Fire Chief Harry Remz, 3M Plant Manager Steven Kleist, Tim Deluhery and Human Resources Manager Shelly Gruber. (Submitted photo)

Wed
29
Jun

Five run for Blake’s Prairie Fair royalty

Five area high schoolers are competing to become royalty for the 2016 Blake’s Prairie Jr. Fair, which will be held at the  Bloomington Fairgrounds July 14-17.

Queen candidate Lexi Harper, daughter of Tara and Greg Harper, Glen Haven, is sponsored by the River Ridge FFA. Lexi has been an active member of the FFA for three years, was last year’s chapter treasurer and currently serves as the chapter secretary. Lexi was part of the national soils team, was a member of the state qualifying meats team and has done livestock judging. She owns four Angus heifers she shows at local fairs and larger Angus breed shows.

Wed
29
Jun

Family-friendly summer olympic games to be held at Fort Fun, July 16

By Caitlin Bittner

A day filled with family-friendly fun will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, at the Prairie du Chien Aquatic Park and Fort Fun.

This event will feature a variety of Olympic-themed games and activities for families, starting with an olympic athlete pledge. Then, at 9:30 a.m., the 46th annual 5K Run/Walk will commence. To insure a t-shirt and lunch for the event, pre-registration must be completed by noon on Friday, July 8. But, if you don’t want a t-shirt, registration will be open up until the morning of the event.

At 10 a.m., a teen/adult, two player sand volleyball tournament, sponsored by Bible Baptist Church, will take place. For more information about this tournament, please call (608) 412-3848. 

Wed
29
Jun

Long-time resident to make mission trip to Slovakia

By Caitlin Bittner

On Aug. 13, long-time Prairie du Chien resident, Luanne Newmann, will embark on a yearlong European journey. Her destination, Bratislava, is near the border of Slovakia.

Newmann applied to teach abroad through the Global Teach organization in January. “I’ll be teaching religion and conversational English,” said Newmann.

Although she’s never been to Slovakia, Newmann said that she feels up to the challenge. “I’m pretty prepared. I’ve been to Europe a few times.”

Additionally, Newmann noted that her pastor, Pastor Kyle Svennungsen, of Prairie du Chien’s St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, had his own experiences in Slovakia. “He had an internship there and his wife was a teacher there. They’ve both told me a lot about it.”

Wed
29
Jun

Emerald Ash Borer


Above is an example of an adult emerald ash borer. Its true size can be seen in relation to the penny in the lower right.

Emerald ash borer larvae produce damage as shown in this sample at the Crawford County Administrative Building. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Emerald ash borer has become a green 

menace in Wisconsin and Crawford County

By Ted Pennekamp

 

This third installment of a series of articles about invasive species in Crawford County focuses on a pest known as emerald ash borer (EAB). 

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