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Thu
16
Feb

Claire L. Straka

Claire L. Straka, 92, of Wauzeka, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Boscobel Care & Rehab in Boscobel. 

 

Wed
15
Feb

Inc-RED-ible bunch of valentines


Anchored by gallon bottles of water, Valentine’s Day balloon bouquets filled a school bus to the ceiling, as a special delivery to elementary and middle school students at Prairie du Chien public schools. PTO volunteer and bus driver Angela Griffin can be seen in the aisle arranging the bouquets evenly throughout the bus. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Students in Mrs. Copsey’s 4K excitedly display the ‘love’ly balloons their parents and other loved ones so graciously purchased through the parent-teacher organization fundraiser for Valentine’s Day. (Submitted photo)

Bluff View's hallways were filled with balloons too.

Teddy bears and chocolate candy was also offered for parents to buy their young children through the PTO.

A total of 625 love-themed balloons were stuffed into one school bus and transported to B.A. Kennedy Elementary School and Bluff View Intermediate School for Valentine’s Day. Parents were given the option to purchase balloons, stuffed animals, chocolates or an assorted bundle as special valentines to be gifted to their beloved children during the school day Tuesday, Feb. 14. So, on Monday evening, the volunteer parent-teacher organization picked up the balloons at the Dollar Tree in Prairie du Chien, delivered them to the schools on board a Southwest Bus Service school bus and then sorted and tagged each gift for the students. Pictured, B.A. Kennedy teacher Lisa Ashbacher stuffs a large bouquet into the bus. The small group of volunteers who organized this program, which is a PTO fundraiser, said it’s a highly enjoyable activity made worthwhile once they see the looks on the kids’ faces for Valentine’s Day. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Wed
15
Feb

Businesses can help keep future workforce talent pool in the region

All companies need a robust pipeline

By Correne Martin

Employers across the region face a skills gap as they struggle to find qualified workers, while high school students—tomorrow’s workforce—have little interaction with the businesses that may best fit their career interests and capabilities. But, a new software program, Inspire, and its facilitator, Inspire Madison Region, are geared to do something about that.

Crawford County companies had the opportunity, last week, to learn more about how the Inspire initiative is designed to better connect them with local schools by enabling students to explore career options with local employers through experiential learning activities, such as mentor/student communication, job shadowing, internships, apprenticeships, plant tours, career fairs and school guest speakers.

Wed
15
Feb

Man allegedly uses vehicle to crash into sewer plant gates in Bagley

A Dubuque man was arrested on multiple charges, including drugs and alcohol offenses, after he allegedly used his vehicle to crash into locked gates at the Bagley wastewater treatment facility, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

On Saturday, Feb. 11, at about 11 p.m., the sheriff’s office received a phone call from an employee of the village of Bagley who reported a possible burglary and a suspicious vehicle at the sewer plant. Deputies arrived on scene and found a white vehicle parked in the back of the property. The vehicle attempted to flee but stopped near the front gate.

Wed
15
Feb

Free program a reminder to ‘Live Smart for Your Heart’

By Correne Martin

You only get one life, so be smart about how you live it. Getting exercise regularly and following good nutrition are proven factors that support proper health management. Evidence says these two lifestyle aspects are the best medicine in preventing and controlling disease.

The cardiac rehab team at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien is planning a free community education program, as a reminder of those heart healthy practices most individuals know but need to focus on achieving more often. In recognition of February being American Heart Month, Live Smart for Your Heart will take place Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A free, light meal will be served by the hospital’s nutrition services department, followed by two 30-minute presentations. There will be time for questions at the end.

Wed
15
Feb

Don’t forget: Vote at Hoffman Hall

By Correne Martin

Tuesday, Feb. 21, will be the first election in which Prairie du Chien’s entire electorate will cast votes at one location, Hoffman Hall. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the spring primary election. The state superintendent of public instruction is the only race on the ballot.

Voting will take place in the Hoffman Hall gymnasium. When voters walk into the room, there will be one registration desk for all, but then the wards will be broken out into separate stations, according to City Clerk Tina Fuller.

“The wards will be grouped the same as they were at the other polling places,” she stated. “Those (ward residents) who voted at the Armory will still vote together and the same goes for those who formerly voted at city hall and the nursing home.”

In each ward, the process will be the same as it always has been, she assured.

Wed
15
Feb

Wauzeka-Steuben Girls


Tatem Baures of Wauzeka-Steuben shoots from the middle of the lane versus visiting Shullsburg Monday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Allison Oswald of the Lady Hornets works against the Shullsburg defense in nonconference action Monday night in Wauzeka.

Jordan Mormann of Wauzeka-Steuben goes up for a shot in the first half against Shullsburg Monday night.

Molly Heisz gets an open shot in front of the basket in first-half action.

 

Miners 

over Lady Hornets

Shullsburg defeated host Wauzeka-Steuben 64-38 in a nonconference girls basketball game Monday night. 

The Miners built a 30-13 halftime advantage en route to the win. 

Tatem Baures led the Lady Hornets with 8 points. Molly Heisz added 7 points. Sienna Krachey chipped with 4 points and hauled down 7 rebounds.

Wed
15
Feb

Bald Eagle Appreciation Days


A lone eagle looks over the Wisconsin River. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Pairs of bald eagles have been seen at various locations in and around Prairie du Chien in recent weeks. The larger of the two is the female. (Courier Press file photo)

 

Prairie du Chien Bald Eagle Appreciation Days 

offers viewing in controlled and natural settings

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Tue
14
Feb

Kirk U’Ren

 

We lost one of our best. Kirk U’Ren, 37, of Cottage Grove, formerly of Mineral Point, died on Sunday, Feb. 12, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident, enroute to the UW Badger game with his cherished wife, Jenni.

 

Tue
14
Feb

Shirley A. Powers

 

Shirley A. Powers, 84, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Monday, Feb. 13, at the Crossing Rivers Health Care in Prairie du Chien. 

 

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