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Annual Wake Up Santa is fun for area children


Santa Claus goes over Lacey Skime’s good girl list with her, regarding all the good things she’s done this past year and what she wants for Christmas. For a minimal fee, children attending Wake Up Santa every December have the opportunity for such a one-on-one experience with Santa. (Photos by Brian Cipra Photograhy)

Katie Rogers wasn’t afraid at all to pose with Santa Claus (aka Randy Paske) at the annual Wake Up Santa fundraiser, Dec. 6, for Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter.

Santa Claus has been so busy this year that he fell asleep on the job. But on Dec. 6, local youths, with their parents and grandparents, participated in the annual Wake Up Santa event at City Hall. Shaking noisemakers as loud as they could, they shouted “Wake Up, Santa!” and the jolly, old elf himself woke with a cheery greeting in front of everyone in attendance.

Saturday, Dec. 6 was a special day for many local children. News of a slumbering Santa in the community room of Prairie du Chien City Hall spread quickly in the early hours of the morning. Children, afraid that Santa would sleep through Christmas, arrived at city hall with their parents and grandparents. Armed with an assortment of noisemakers, they silently tiptoed into the Community Room precisely at 8:30 a.m. At the count of three, they excitedly shouted “Wake Up, Santa!” accompanied by the noisemakers. A sleepy and surprised Santa awoke from his nap and invited the children to spend the morning with him.

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Foodbank distributes to families experiencing any financial stress

The Second Harvest Foodbank’s mobile food pantry will visit Gays Mills earlier than normal in December. Food will be distributed from 212 Main St., on Friday, Dec. 19, from 2-3 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to arrive for registration no later than 2:30 p.m. People wishing to take advantage of Second Harvest’s services but unable to come to the mobile pantry themselves may have someone pick up their allotment for them.

Second Harvest’s mobile food pantries distribute food to households experiencing financial stress. Patrons must initial a sheet indicating that they need food assistance. They also need to provide the check-in volunteer with the number of people (including children and senior citizens) in the household and the name of the post office that delivers mail to the household. First-time patrons will be asked how they learned about the mobile food pantry.

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Clay Target Team

 

Prairie students 

may be part of new clay target league

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Beginning in April, students at Bluff View and Prairie du Chien High School may be able to compete on a clay target shooting team. 

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Dec

William “Chris” L. Christianson

 

 William “Chris” L. Christianson, 87, passed away peacefully surrounded by his children and followed His Savior home on Sunday, Dec. 7. 

He was born on the Christianson family farm in Wauzeka, on April 16, 1927, the son of Henry and Margaret (Seely) Christianson.

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Nancy Kay (George) Iverson

 

Nancy Kay (George) Iverson, 78 of Monroe, passed away at her daughter’s home on Saturday, Dec. 6. 

Nancy was born on Oct. 21, 1936 in Gays Mills, to Gordon and Ardell (Adair) George. She graduated from Gays Mills High School in 1954, U.W. LaCrosse in 1958, and received her Masters Degree in Education from U.W. Platteville in 1969. Nancy married Donald Iverson in January, 1959 in Soldiers Grove. She was a teacher for over 35 years in Oregon, Wis., Platteville, and Fernandina, Fla.

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Frederick Leon Nottnagel

 

Frederick Leon Nottnagel, 70, of McGregor, Iowa passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home in Strawberry Point, Iowa. 

Fred was born on March 5, 1944, in McGregor, Iowa, the son of Fritz and Gladine Thelma (Meyer) Nottnagel. He attended school in Marquette, Iowa. He lived in Marquette until 1963 when he became a resident of the Clayton County Care Center in Elkader. 

Fred is survived by his sister, Darlene Cummings-Willadsen of West Union, Iowa and several nieces and nephews. 

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Bernice I. (May) Coorough

 

Bernice I. (May) Coorough, 94, of Janesville, formerly of Prairie du Chien, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 4, at her home in Janesville. 

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Kenneth D. Johnson

 

Kenneth D. Johnson, 71, of Dodgeville walked on Thursday, Nov. 27. 

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Dec

PdC Holiday Parade


Santa and Mrs. Claus (aka Matt and Rhonda Stubbe) made it to downtown Prairie du Chien Friday night just in time for the annual Holiday Parade, sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce. Thanks to Sut Hill, they rode in style too. See more parade photos on the Courier’s Facebook page. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Standing out among the crowd, members of the Prairie du Chien High School band wore ugly Christmas sweaters, peculiar masks and even shorts and sandals through the Holiday Parade. They also adorned their instruments with garland, Christmas lights and other festive decorations in the spirit of the season.

Instead of the typical candy, Mike Valley, of Valley Fish and Cheese, strung dollar bills on his fishing pole and offered them up to youngsters along the parade route Friday.

Ruth Skelly, Partners of Crossing Rivers Health co-president, hands out goodies for the hospital.
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A Light For All Seasons enters its 15th year

By Correne Martin

At Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, a radiant light shines from the rooftop all year long in memory of the loved ones of our community. Sponsored by the Partners of Crossing Rivers Health, the year-round fundraiser, “A Light For All Seasons” publicly recognizes four individuals every month as its honorees. Each is honored and remembered by way of the large star that is lit from dusk till dawn on the roof above the hospital’s emergency room, a photo of him or her displayed in the hospital lobby, a keepsake card mailed to a person of choice informing them of the recognition, and notification in the Courier Press and WQPC Radio.

“We will begin our 15th year in 2015,” stated Lorna Davis, Partners’ chairwoman of A Light For All Seasons and one of the founders of the program. “It has grown since we had 12 per year in 2001. In 2004, we went to recognizing two a month and, in 2010, we went to four a month.”

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