Courier Press

Wed
13
Aug

Businesses still waiting for cleanup of Slumberland ruins


The remains of the Slumberland Furniture fire from April 13 have yet to be completely torn down and cleaned up four months later. The blaze not only destroyed the store, it also left half of the Blackhawk Junction mall closed down, waiting for cleanup efforts to take place so the rest can be rebuilt. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

It’s been exactly four months since Slumberland Furniture in Prairie du Chien was destroyed by a fire, deemed “undetermined” in its cause. Since then, the charred ruins of the building and its contents have remained nearly the same as they appeared in the weeks following the April 13 blaze. Now, community members are beginning to wonder about the cleanup efforts and the future of the businesses that previously called the west end of Blackhawk Junction their home.

“We have to wait for Slumberland to clean up before we can re-open,” stated Jenny Coleman, owner of Sears Hometown Store, which sustained a total loss due to extensive smoke damage. Sears currently sits gutted from the ceiling tiles and walls to the flooring. Coleman’s second business in the mall, Curves fitness center, also remains closed due to the fire. “There’s no point in opening if they’re just going to stir everything up.”

Tue
12
Aug

Patricia J. Lucey

 

Patricia J. Lucey, 72, formerly of Lancaster, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse.

Tue
12
Aug

James B. Coorough

 

James B. Coorough, 86, of Prairie du Chien passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Aug. 10, at his home. 

He was born June 24, 1928 in Prairie du Chien, the son of James and Carol (Budworth) Coorough. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Patricia Crowley on April 7, 1951. Jim retired from Wolf Machine Shop after working 25 years as a machinist. He was an active member of St. John’s Holy Family Parish, Hoffman Hall and the Eagles Club. 

Tue
12
Aug

Neil J. Kane, Jr.

 

Neil J. Kane, Jr., of La Crosse passed away peacefully on Aug. 7, at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse.

Neil was born on Dec. 5, 1924 in Prairie du Chien to Neil and Pearl (Canty) Kane. He was the oldest of five children and grew up in Seneca. He graduated in 1942 from Seneca High School, where he was a member of the boxing team.

Neil enlisted in the Navy in July 1944 during World War II. He watched from the deck of his ship, the USS Patroclus (ARL-19), as the Peace Treaty was signed on the USS Missouri. 

Tue
12
Aug

Gaylord Eugene Matti

 

 Gaylord Eugene Matti, 89, passed away Thursday, Aug. 7. 

Tue
12
Aug

Jerry (Jerald) O. Johnson

 

Jerry (Jerald) O. Johnson of Seneca, died Friday, Aug. 8 at University Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn. with his family at his side. 

He was born to Robert Q. and Avis (Wheeler) Johnson on Feb. 21, 1944 in Prairie du Chien.

Tue
12
Aug

Dan McGinley

 

Dan McGinley, 71, originally from Prairie du Chien, died Aug. 9, at St. Elizabeth Hospital Hospice in Edgewood, Ky.

Dan spent most of his adult life in Alexandria, Ky., where he became actively involved in community service. He served on Alexandria City Council for seven years before being sworn in as mayor in 1999. During his 12 years as mayor, the City increased its cash reserves from $175,000 to more than $1 million; generated $4 million in grant money; and purchased its city building and its Calvin A. Perry Community Center. 

Mon
11
Aug

Scenes from the Crawford County


In the corn box sponsored by Burkum Milling at the Crawford County Fair Wednesday night, Aug. 6, Michaela Cauffman had fun playing with the shelled corn. She found it to be particularly amusing when she dumped the corn over her head, time and time again. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Two hard-working, giving individuals were recognized by the Crawford County Fair Board and the Friends of the Crawford County Fair Wednesday night, Aug. 6. Nola Nagel and Kim Moret have given many years of support to the fair, especially for the Porky Pig and Farmerbud Dairy shows. Pictured (from left) are Fair Coordinator Amanda Nagel, Fairest of the Fair Attendant Mikaela Baker, Nola Nagel, Kim Moret, Fair Board Chair Pete Flesch, Fairest of the Fair Sarah Achenbach and Wade Dull. (Submitted photo)

The winner of this year’s county fair wine tasting competition was Gene Carlson. He is pictured (center) with his plaque and award-winning, semi-sweet blackberry wine, along with his fellow competitors, Allen Isen and Gillian Pomplun. Pomplun won second with her dry aronia apple syrah, while Isen was third with his dry grape. (Photo by Correne Martin)

A young thrill seeker enjoys the speed and whirling of the Scrambler at the Crawford County Fair Friday afternoon near Gays Mills. More fair photos on pages 4-5 and Facebook. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

This trio of youngsters do their version of “the wave” while enjoying the “alligator” ride at the Crawford County Fair Friday afternoon. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Aisja Achenbach and Alexis Collins of Eastman share a moment while resting with their cows Daisy and Mystery. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

The Crawford County Fair feels just like home, according to this 4-H club’s exhibit. All of the county’s 4-H clubs presented decorative exhibits in honor of the 100 year anniversary of 4-H in Wisconsin this year. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Vased bouquets and single cut flowers—from the wildflower variety to perennials and annuals—were popular in the junior and open exhibits at the county fair this year. (Photo by Correne Martin)

This vegetable, with its interesting “carrot-eristics,” was entered among the vegetable exhibits in the plant and soil science department of the fair. (Photo by Correne Martin)

A motorcycle daredevil flips over a jump while practicing Thursday for the Blessed FMX Stunt Show. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)
Mon
11
Aug

Circus comes to town

Circus thrills audiences
The lovely and talented Halley Epperson performs up high Saturday afternoon at the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus on St. Feriole Island. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Culpepper and Merriweather Circus thrills audiences

The Big Top was full for two 90-minute performances of the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus on St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien Saturday afternoon. 

Young and old alike enjoyed several fabulous acts including Trey Key and his Jungle Cats, Miss Simone and her breath-taking single trapeze, Miss Paulina’s Prancing Ponies, Leo the Clown, The Arlise Troupe, the extreme flexibility of Miss Gorgia, and many others. 

Mon
11
Aug

Delinquent taxes

 

Crawford County 

striving to keep abreast of delinquent 

property taxes

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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