Courier Press

Thu
28
Aug

Cabela’s Campfire Committee gives back in a unique way

By Ted Pennekamp

Various businesses in Prairie du Chien make an effort to give back to the community, and Cabela’s is no different in this regard. Cabela’s is perhaps unique, however, in that its employees democratically choose which charitable project to work on from year to year.

This year, for example, approximately 100 Cabela’s employees voted by secret ballot to raise money for new dugouts at Bluff View. Cabela’s Powersports Administrative Assistant Kay DeLanzo said the dugout project was chosen from a group of seven proposals submitted.

“We’re always trying to give back to the community,” said DeLanzo, who is a member of the Cabela’s Campfire Committee, a group of 10 employees who volunteer their time to fund-raise for various causes. “This year, we reached out and will raise funds to build new dugouts for the Prairie du Chien High School girls softball team, which will be built next year.”

Wed
27
Aug

Construction Cash winner

Susan Johnson, of Prairie du Chien, was the winner of $50 in Construction Cash this week. She registered to win at Tender Care Animal Hospital in Prairie du Chien. Pictured, Johnson and her canine Rascal receive their “cash” as well as a gift basket full of dog treats, Heartguard, Frontline and other pet care products from Ken Quick, co-owner of Tender Care. Construction Cash is a Courier Press promotion running in conjunction with the Marquette Road construction project. The cash can be spent at any one of the 27 participating businesses in the community. Be sure to sign up for your chance to be the next winner.

Wed
27
Aug

Fullers celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

Dennis and Bonnie Fuller are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on Aug. 29, 1964, at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, Prairie du Chien. They have three children, Kelly (Dan) Fuller Steiger, Michelle (Jeff) Fuller and Barron (Becky) Fuller. They have four grandchildren, Nick and Sammy Steiger and Tyler and Jamie Wilkinson, and their springer spaniel Erin Rodgers Fuller. A celebration hosted by their children will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, from 2 until 6 p.m., at the Sawmill Beer Garden, in beautiful downtown Prairie du Chien. It will include snacks and live music by 88 MPH. Absolutely no gifts please; your presence is presents enough.

Wed
27
Aug

Local man charged with substantial battery

A 24-year-old Prairie du Chien man was charged on Aug. 20 in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of substantial battery.

Joshua A. Moeck faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a witness saw Moeck on Aug. 9, at approximately 2 a.m., hit a man on the back patio of Bob’s Bar for no apparent reason. The man fell to the ground apparently unconscious. The witness later told investigating officers that he saw Moeck strike the man several more times in the head while the man was on the ground. The witness said Moeck then ran from the area, according to the complaint.

The victim later told officers he was outside the bar when he was blind-sided by someone and does not remember much after being hit, the complaint said.

The victim sustained lacerations to the head and a broken nose. He was taken to Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital.

Wed
27
Aug

Stubbe’s purpose has been ‘Jest For Kids’ for 25 years


Rhonda Stubbe and her day care students from last school year are pictured on Zebra Day. “Z is for zebra. Run, run, run. Having lots of fun in the sun, sun, sun.” Pictured with Rhonda are (from left) Brianna, Bella, Deven, Kadyn, Parker, Madie and Zach.

Rhonda Stubbe started the Jest For Kids licensed day care center 25 years ago in her Prairie du Chien home.

By Correne Martin

Someday, the children Rhonda Stubbe has cared for at Jest For Kids Family Child Care Center may come back as adults and express their gratitude for giving them a good start in life.

“For a minimal part of the day, I get to be the parent they can’t have while mom and dad are working,” Stubbe said. “That’s my purpose. I’ve always loved children and I’ve enjoyed my job providing care for hundreds of children over the years.”

Rhonda, with support from her husband, Matt, started Jest For Kids 25 years ago. She remembers the day remarkably well.

“Jim and Cheryl Trentin were my first day care parents. I remember her handing me a $10 and a $5 and, I said, ‘What is this for? You mean I get paid to do this?’” she recalled.

She had been working as a computer operator for Peoples State Bank and was frustrated going to work knowing her two young daughters weren’t happy at their day care.

Wed
27
Aug

Vanguards over Blackhawks

Wisconsin Heights at Prairie
A Prairie du Chien defender moves in on the Wisconsin Heights’ player on a great day for soccer at Bluff View Tuesday.
Wisconsin Heights at Prairie
The Prairie du Chien defense kicks the ball away from Wisconsin Heights and heads toward the goal in Tuesday afternoon action.

 

Vanguards vanquish Blackhawks

On Tuesday afternoon, the Prairie du Chien boys soccer team hosted the undefeated Wisconsin Heights Vanguards.  Heights scored first in sixth minute off a penalty kick from an incidental handball, then again in the 27th minute off a mishandled ball.  

Excellent ball control provided two more goals in the 28th and 29th minutes resulting in a 4-0 lead with only 30 minutes gone.  

Wed
27
Aug

Boat landing improved

Parking lots are better
The parking lots on both sides of the tube at the Ambro Slough Landing have been improved through a shared project between the Wisconsin DNR and the Gremore Lake District. Another photo of the project is on page B2.

 

DNR, Gremore Lake Disrict team 

up to improve Ambro Slough Landing

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
25
Aug

Bull Bash held this weekend


The Children’s Ranch Bull Bash is Saturday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. All ages are welcome to check out this high-energy, edge-of-your-seat style event. It’s the only area event offering bull riding, mutton bustin’ and barrel racing all in one night. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

For the third year, thrill seekers will have the opportunity to watch bull riding, mutton bustin’ and barrel racing all in one night at the Children’s Ranch Bull Bash, Saturday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m.

Each year, about 300 spectators experience the bash from the bleachers as about 30 cowboys (adults and juniors), 15 barrel racers and 15 mutton busters demonstrated their riveting skills. All ages are invited to come out and enjoy the event again this year. The Children’s Ranch is located at 61011 Sebastian Lane (off of Vineyard Road), Prairie du Chien.

“Concessions will be available, so make sure you come hungry,” said Gracie White, president of the Children’s Ranch. “All the proceeds go to Children's Ranch's kids programs and other community events.” No carry-ins are allowed.

Tickets for children and adults are sold in advance at BP south or at the gate for an increased admission.

Mon
25
Aug

Stay tuned as radio station embarks on new era


This is what remained of the studio at the former radio station building on St. Feriole Island before it was torn down the week of June 27.

The new Q94/WPRE building at 132 N. Prairie St. is equipped with four studios, two on-air and two production/multi purpose rooms.

Current Q94 staff includes (from left) Kelly Renner, Greg Bender, Dan Moris, Dave Storkson, Laurie Wild, Gabe Buch and Todd Crotty.

By Correne Martin

WQPC and WPRE radio have officially broadcast in their new studios for three months. The staff moved its offices on May 8 and its studios on May 27, without missing a beat on the air. Now it’s time for a grand opening/open house at their new location, at 132 N. Prairie St., Prairie du Chien, and the relaunch of WPRE on 104.3 FM.

The public is welcome to celebrate with the radio station and local dignitaries at the grand opening on Thursday, Aug. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m.

“We’re just happy to be downtown,” said Dan Moris, station manager/news director. “On the island, we were out there enough where we felt disconnected sometimes. We already feel so much more integrated with the town.”

Mon
25
Aug

Energy saving projects

 

PdC School District 

hires CESA 10 to look into energy saving projects

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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