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Build your new or existing business with 10-week course in Gays Mills

“Building Your Business” classes that are perfect for new start-up businesses or small businesses already in operation who want to review current business practices will start on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at the Kickapoo Community Center in Gays Mills and run from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

At the end of the course, all participants will have a useful resource manual covering such topics as business plan, advertising, taxes, resources for a small business, insurance, financial recording keeping, social media, technology, and much more.

There is a cost per person to participate in the 10-week course. Class size will be limited to 20 people, enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested in participating may reserve a seat for “Building Your Business” by calling the Gays Mills Village Office at (608) 735-4341.

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Area old-timers’ stories about personal memories wanted

Hometown Memories Publishing Company, a North Carolina Company, has contacted the Courier Press to spread the word about its intentions to save a big slice of local history before it’s lost forever.

Karen Garvey, senior editor at Hometown Memories Publishing, is asking local old-timers to share their memories for a living history book. She invites anyone over age 60 with yarns about the “good old days” in southwest and south central Wisconsin to write them down and mail them to her for possible publication in the book. The hardcover coffee table book will contain tales of bygone years from people who actually lived them.

To encourage participation, Garvey is offering a $250 award for the most appealing story. There will also be three $100 runner-up awards and a cash award for best picture.

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Feb

Buy a button in support of Antoine

As Prairie du Chien’s own Matt Antoine represents the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics, you can show your support by purchasing a commemorative Matt Antoine button for just $2 at Prairie du Chien City Hall or other locations throughout the city. Proceeds from the sales will be used to help offset the cost of Matt’s training and expenses. Button sales began last week.

A limited number of buttons will be made. The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the buttons, and the proceeds will be donated to Matt to help offset the costs of his journey to Sochi, Russia.
Prairie du Chien locations where you can purchase your Matt Antoine Olympic button include: City Hall, Opportunity Center, Zinkle’s Piggly Wiggly, Anchor Bank, Peoples State Bank, First Merit Bank, Sawmill Saloon, Kozelka’s, Sports World, Chamber of Commerce Office, Bob’s Bar and Jim’s Bar.

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Feb

Prairie du Chien the focus of ‘Around the Corner’ episode

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Emmy-winning host John McGivern and his Milwaukee Public Television show “Around the Corner” will feature the Prairie du Chien area in an upcoming episode. A local screening will be held on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. at the City Hall Community Room. The public is invited to this free showing.

By Correne Martin

The public television show, “Around the Corner,” came to the Prairie du Chien area last summer to explore how people live, work and play in the state’s second oldest community. Emmy-winning host John McGivern and his crew, including Producer/Director Lois Maurer, enjoyed meeting local citizens over the five days they spent compiling material for the episode.

A local screening of the Prairie du Chien episode will be Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. in the City Hall Community Room. The public is invited to participate in the free viewing. Popcorn and pop will be provided.
McGivern and some of the crew will be in attendance at the screening to speak. Prairie du Chien Mayor Dave Hemmer will also talk briefly.

Mon
03
Feb

Propane prices soar

Compiled by Pam Reinig, Clayton County Register, and Correne Martin, Courier Press

Midwesterners are feeling the double pinch of record-breaking low temperatures and skyrocketing propane prices.

According to Reuters, an international news agency that serves the U.S., propane headed for the Midwest Jan. 24 changed hands at $4.30 a gallon—more than double its price the previous Friday. Locally, fuel prices have risen from $1.89 per gallon on Dec. 1 to $4.99 per gallon last week (and distributors are limiting gallons until the crisis is over).

Distributors have been quick to point out that they’ve received no reports of homeowners running out of fuel. But as a nearly unprecedented freeze has coincided with pipeline outages and low inventories, the crisis is expected to linger. If you or someone you know needs help, please call toll-free at 1-866-HEATWIS (432-8947).

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Baby boy with local ties battles fatal disorder: Krabbe Disease


Nine-month-old Bryce, pictured with parents Kyle and Jenna (Kuenster) Heckendorf, is battling Krabbe Disease, a fatal genetic disorder. The Sky is Blue kid-friendly benefit March 1 in Lancaster is being held to help care for Bryce during his terminal illness, to fund the fight for the inclusion of Krabbe in newborn screenings nationally, and to fund research and raise awareness about the disorder. (Photo by KJB Photography)

One in 100,000—those are the odds of having Krabbe Disease, the fatal genetic disorder that 9-month-old Bryce Thomas Heckendorf was diagnosed with on Nov. 19, 2013, at just six and a half months old. Like 95 percent of the individuals with this rare neurological condition, Bryce has the early infantile form, for which the average life expectancy is just 13 months. There is no treatment once symptoms begin and there is no cure.

Wed
29
Jan

Jaycees grant $1,000 to Hoffman Hall

The Prairie du Chien Jaycees, represented by Treasurer Jamie Stram, recently presented a $1,000 donation to the Hoffman Hall improvement project. Accepting the donation is PdC Parks and Rec Director Mike Ulrich. The Jaycees’ main fundraiser, the Rendezvous flea market (and the associated beer tent and famous buffalo burger stand), has allowed the organization to benefit the community through its service and monetary donations such as this one to Hoffman Hall. In addition, the Jaycees have also contributed to the city’s youth sports programs and summer Concerts in the Park series. “This donation to Hoffman Hall continues to show their organization’s support of another important community-based function and it is very much appreciated,” Ulrich stated. On behalf of her organization, Stram added, “The PdC Jaycees are very proud to offer this contribution to Hoffman Hall.

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Jan

Check your free credit report on 2/2

Much like efforts that encourage people to get a medical check-up or a flu shot, a campaign by University of Wisconsin-Extension educators urges people to check their credit report to improve their financial health.

The “Check Your Free Credit Report: 2/2, 6/6 10/10” campaign aims to make it easier for people to monitor their financial well-being. UW-Extension educators around the state are reminding people to view their three free reports each year on Feb. 2, June 6 and Oct. 10.

Consumers are responsible for checking the accuracy of credit reports prepared by the private firms Equifax, Experian and TransUnion and sold to other businesses.

Wed
29
Jan

Kiwanis Club recognizes outstanding students in PdC schools


Taking home a personalized Golden Ruler from the recent Kiwanis Club recognition luncheon were Prairie du Chien High School seniors (front row, from left) Caitlin Harris, McKenzie Banasik, Cheyanne Sadler, Kristen Hanson; (back row) Brad Smock of the Kiwanis Club, Jack Feye, Austin Roach, Taylor Elliot, Ellen Antoniewicz and Kiwanis President Chad Abram.

Earning themselves the Terrific Kids designation and a thumb drive from the Kiwanis Club were Bluff View Intermediate School students (front row, from left) Josie Eastman, Kate Muilenburg, Erin Amdahl, Abigail Feye, Claire Fritsche; (back row) Brad Smock of the Kiwanis Club, Divontae Davis, Jacob Mallat, Creighton Groom and Kiwanis President Chad Abram.

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Kiwanis Club met earlier this month for a special luncheon during which 16 Prairie du Chien students were recognized for their strong character traits, involvement in school, good grade point averages and outstanding nature. Eight seniors received Golden Ruler honors, and eight students in grades 2 through 8 received the Terrific Kids designation—both academic awards selected by their teachers and sponsored by the Kiwanis Club.

Award winners included seniors Jack Feye, Austin Roach, Taylor Elliot, Ellen Antoniewicz, Caitlin Harris, Cheyanne Sadler, McKenzie Banasik and Kristin Hanson, as well as Bluff View Intermediate School students Josie Eastman, Abigail Feye, Kate Mullenburg, Jacob Mallat, Claire Fritsche, Erin Amdahl, Creighton Groom and Divontae Davis.

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Jan

Vote for your favorite River Ridge ‘celebrity’ dancer at Feb. 6 fundraiser

By Correne Martin

A group of local celebrities will strap on their dance shoesfor a night of uproarious entertainment Thursday, Feb. 6, as Dancing with the River Ridge Stars takes center stage at halftime of the Timberwolf girls’ varsity basketball game against Benton/Shullsburg.

The public is invited to come out and support their favorite VIP from the River Ridge area and also help out the district’s Wellness Committee and high school dance team at the same time, as the second annual Dancing with the River Ridge Stars is a fundraiser for both organizations.

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