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Wed
02
Mar

Seneca Boys Advance


Seneca’s Nick Payne gets fouled from behind as he drives to the hoop against visiting Riverdale Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Jared Payne of Seneca battles for a loose ball in second-half action against Riverdale.

Thomas Johnson scores on a running one-hander against Riverdale.

Kilian Boland runs into some resistance in the lane during second-half action.

 

Seneca takes 

care of Riverdale

Top seeded Seneca took care of business Tuesday night to dispatch of 16th seeded Riverdale 76-51 in a Division 5 Regional boys basketball game.

Seneca improved to 20-2 on the season. The Indians were Ridge and Valley Conference champions with a 14-0 record. 

Riverdale finished its season with a 1-22 overall record.

Wed
02
Mar

One man convicted in connection with beating of restaurant owner

By Ted Pennekamp

 

One of the three men charged in connection to the brutal beating of a Prairie du Chien area restaurant owner in October of 2015 has been found guilty of amended charges in Crawford County Circuit Court.

Jacob H. Erwin, 25, has pleaded no contest to criminal damage to property, criminal trespass to a dwelling, and entry into/onto a building, construction site or room. The three amended charges are misdemeanors.

Mon
29
Feb

Prairie du Chien woman celebrates 15th leap year birthday


During a party for her first leap year birthday, when she turned 4 years old, she is pictured with friends and neighbors. From left: June Hayes, Brenda Hayes, Linda Hayes, Keith Schara, Vicki Becwar, Lynn and Bonnie Hayes.

Editor’s note: This story is a result of a request from the Courier’s Facebook page for local people with Leap Year birthdays. If you’re not yet a friend of the “Courier Press Newspaper” on Facebook, like us to keep up with what’s happening locally.

By Correne Martin

Unlike most people, Lynn (Atchison) Tesar, of Prairie du Chien, gets to celebrate two ages for her birthday.

Today—Monday, Feb. 29—is Lynn’s 60th birthday. But it also happens to be her “15th birthday,” aka, only the 15th day in her lifetime that her true birth date will show up on the calendar.

This is because Lynn is a “leapling;” she was born on a Leap Year: Feb. 29, 1956. She considers herself lucky that her birthday isn’t typical and that she has the opportunity to teach others about what a Leap Year is.

Mon
29
Feb

Bald Eagle Appreciation Day


Everyone oohed and aahed when Lindsay Focht-Obermier of the Schlitz Audubon Society walked through the crowd at Hoffman Hall with Valkyrie, a female bald eagle who is still in the process of turning into an adult. Valkyrie will eventually sport a completely white head and a bright yellow beak. Bald eagles become adults after about five years, and the females become bigger than the males. The Schlitz Audubon Society conducted several presentations on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. involving Valkyrie and several other raptors. There were numerous other displays at Hoffman Hall along with various presentations Friday night and Saturday at venues including the AmericInn, Country Inn and Suites, and the Prairie du Chien Regional Tourism Center. The Tourism Center had spotting scopes and numerous bald eagles could be seen throughout the day. Visitors were also able to see eagles sitting in trees and flying at other Prairie du Chien area viewing spots on a beautiful February day. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Lindsay Focht-Obermier is all smiles as she shows off Valkyrie Saturday at Hoffman Hall.

Valkyrie drew rapt attention as numerous people took photos with cameras and cell phones.

Meg Kinney of the Schlitz Audubon Society walks past attendees with Tallulah, a turkey vulture, during a presentation at Hoffman Hall Saturday morning. The 11th Annual Bald Eagle Appreciation Day drew enthusiastic crowds at all venues including Hoffman Hall, the Prairie du Chien Regional Tourism Center, the AmericInn and Country Inn and Suites.

People view the numerous eagle displays at Hoffman Hall.

Loki the crow takes a dollar donation from an appreciative attendee and puts it down the slot.
Mon
29
Feb

Clinic outgrows one-man’s vision from 66 years ago


Gundersen-Prairie du Chien Eye Clinic, as it’s known today, employs 10 staff members (from left) Michelle Gregerson, optician, seven years; Kathy Kramer, ophthalmic tech, 22 years; Joyce Kregel, ophthalmic tech, 20 years; Dr. Brad Collins, optometrist, one year; Patricia Arnold, ophthalmic assistant, 30 years; Trudy Joy, patient liaison, 14 years; Nancy Posten, patient liaison, 27 years; Dr. Phil Holzer, optometrist, nine years; Todd McWilliams, optician, 40 years. Missing is Nicole Baumler, optician, one year. (Photo by Correne Martin)

This picture, from the Prairie du Chien Historical Society, depicts how the McWilliams/Gundersen eye clinic building originally appeared when owned by the Bohonek family. It once housed Bohonek’s Quality Market and Faultless Bakery and another eye clinic in the upstairs before Dr. Robert “R.J.” McWilliams saw patients in one room downstairs.

By Correne Martin

When Dr. Robert “R.J.” McWilliams established his optometric practice in downtown Prairie du Chien in 1950, he could have never envisioned where his one-man enterprise would stand 66 years later.

Just as the eye care industry has evolved in that time, so has the practice. In fact, the Gundersen-Prairie du Chien Eye Clinic—as it’s known today—is moving mid-March to a recently-constructed, state-of-the-art facility at 118 S. Marquette Rd. Gundersen Health System-Dental Specialties (orthodontics and oral surgery) will join the eye clinic in the new building, which is expected to open to patients Monday, March 21.

“Our last day [at the 213 E. Blackhawk Ave. location] will be Wednesday, March 16. We will be closed March 17-18 before we open at the new location,” stated Jodi Webb, clinical manager.

Mon
29
Feb

Meeting to preview Highway 18 project

A public information meeting to preview the upcoming U.S. Highway 18 reconstruction will be held Thursday, March 3, at 6 p.m. at the Bridgeport Fire Station, 63176 Vineyard Rd., Prairie du Chien.

Work is scheduled to begin mid-March to reconstruct Highway 18 into a four-lane highway between South Town Lane and Highway 60. Construction on the $16.7 million project is scheduled to continue to November and resume in the spring of 2017. Completion is expected in May 2017.

Access to residences and businesses will be maintained during construction. Highways 18 and 60 will remain open to traffic. Some side roads will be closed for reconstruction and access will be provided via alternate routes. Public notification prior to those closures will occur.

The public is invited to attend the meeting. DOT project staff and contractors will be available for questions after a short presentation.

Mon
29
Feb

Beers Third at State


Clayton Beers locks up a near side cradle which he would use to pin his opponent Saturday morning. (Photos by Susan Herreid Curtis)

Peyton Hall, right, blocks a shot attempt in his preliminary match Thursday night.

Senior Clayton Beers displays his third place medal on the podium Saturday night.

 

Beers, Hall at State Wrestling Tournament

Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben’s Clayton Beers (120#) ended his high school career in style Saturday afternoon at the WIAA State Tournament. The senior was able to win the last match of his career, and while doing it climb the podium to the third place spot. 

Mon
29
Feb

Wauzeka-Steuben Boys Basketball


Wauzeka-Steuben’s Connor Stenner looks to pass under the basket Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Isaac Byrne scores from the lane Thursday night.

Drew Zimmerman drives to the hoop in first-half action against visiting Weston.

 

Silver 

Eagles 

defeat Hornets

Weston defeated host Wauzeka-Steuben 77-49 in a Ridge and Valley boys basketball game Thursday night. 

Weston’s Trenton Boland led all scorers with 19 points. Ramsey Arneson netted 18 and Marcus Schmitt added 17.

Mon
29
Feb

Evelyn B. Seeley

 

Evelyn B. Seeley died Feb. 26, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor, after an extended illness. 

She was born Oct. 15, 1933, to Alfred and Anne (Maly) Sawall in Ottumwa, Iowa, and adopted by Louis and Bertha (Cabalka) Blaha of Cedar Rapids. She graduated from Wilson High School and Coe College. She and James W. Seeley were married June 2, 1957. Evelyn was a teacher and choir director and very active in her churches. She had a passion for music, gardening, birds, and her many dogs. 

Mon
29
Feb

Janet I. Smethurst

 

Janet I. Smethurst, 85, of Prairie du Chien passed away Thursday, Feb. 25. 

She and “Will” are crossing the Rainbow Bridge together. She was born July 11, 1930 in Brodtville, the daughter of Milo and Velma (Sitts) Bean. She married Will Smethurst on June 27, 1951 and he later preceded her in death on Oct. 7, 2006. Jan worked as a driver and cook for the Crawford County Head Start Program, and later as a switchboard operator for the Crawford County Administration Building. After her retirement she worked at Betty’s Hallmark in the Commerce Court Mall. 

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