Courier Press

Wed
29
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.

Wed
29
Jan

Achenbach named county’s Fairest


2014 Crawford County Fairest of the Fair Sarah Achenbach (right), of Eastman, was crowned by outgoing Fairest, and the new State Fairest of the Fair Kaitlyn Riley, at the Fairest of the Fair Gala Jan. 24. The royalty posed for plenty of pictures throughout the evening, which welcomed about 60 people to the Eastman United Methodist Church Friendship Hall. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Runner-up and Crawford County Fairest of the Fair Attendant Mikaela Baker (right), of Eastman, was also crowned by State Fairest Kaitlyn Riley.

2013 Crawford County Fairest of the Fair and 2014 Wisconsin State Fairest of the Fair Kaitlyn Riley, of Mt. Zion

Future Fairest of the Fair Marie Achenbach

Future Fairest of the Fairs Marie Achenbach is pictured with WIsconsin State Fairest of the Fairs Kaitlyn Riley.

Crawford County Fair Coordinator Amanda Nagel presented State Fairest of the Fair Kaitlyn Riley with a special plaque in recognition of the duties she carried out last year as Crawford County’s Fairest.

Wisconsin Fairs Coordinator Bob Williams spoke about how to improve attendance and involvement at county fairs.

Fairest winner Sarah Achenbach presents the crowd the dessert she had up for auction during the Gala.

The dessert auction featured a variety of cakes, pies and other goodies, even some made by the Fairest royalty themselves.

Steuben River Runners 4-H Club members served the spaghetti dinner to guests at the Fairest of the Fair Gala Jan. 24. Some of the youth are pictured packing away a roaster of green beans. They are (from left) Jessica Bedtka, Lily Mitchell, Grace Zinkle and Michael Zinkle.

By Correne Martin

Sarah Achenbach, of rural Eastman, was named the 2014 Crawford County Fairest of the Fair in a room full of about 60 fair board members, fair association members, superintendents, sponsors, family and friends at the Eastman United Methodist Church Friendship Hall Friday night, Jan. 24. The crowning of the UW-La Crosse sophomore and daughter of Lonnie and Jane Achenbach was the highlight of the Fairest of the Fair Gala.

“I want to help promote the fair to bring in greater crowds to show how great the community of Crawford County really is,” Achenbach stated in her acceptance speech. “Additionally, I would like to show youth how much the fair community can have a positive impact on their lives using Marie, Mikaela, Kaitlyn, and myself as prime examples. I’m so glad I got the chance to run against a fair-goer (Baker) as enthusiastic as I am.”

Wed
29
Jan

Flesch running for 96th Assembly District

Flesch running against Nerison
Crawford County Board Chairman Pete Flesch speaks during the open house for the remodeled courthouse this past May.

 

County Board Chairman to run for 96th Assembly District seat

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Crawford County Board Chairman Pete Flesch has decided to run for the 96th Assembly District against incumbent Lee Nerison (R Westby) in the November election. 

Wed
29
Jan

Hawkettes are Statebound

Hawkettes going to State
Team members are, front: Coach Kelli Saxe. Row 1: Alora Babb, MacKenzy Slaght, Katie Zahara, Lindsey Ohlert, and Lindsey Frazier. Row 2: Cali Collins, Kelly Mezera, Katlyn Grondin, Becky Welsch, Mariah Slaght, Stephanie Elmquist, and Brianna Herried.

 

Hawkettes are Statebound!

 

Mon
27
Jan

AARP tax volunteers to help Crawford County residents

The AARP Tax-Aide program will help prepare 2013 federal, state and Wisconsin Homestead Tax Credit income tax returns for Crawford County residents at four different locations within the county. This free help is offered to low and middle-income people, with special attention given to those 60 years and older.

AARP counselors will not be able to assist persons who must file a business income tax schedule C if income is over $5,000 (along with a few other stipulations), or persons who are using filing status “Married Filing Separately,” or a married person qualifying as “Head of Household” or for a person whose divorce became final during 2013.

Mon
27
Jan

Local dentists to offer free dental care for “Have a Heart”

For 20 years in a row the doctors and staff at Dental Associates of Prairie du Chien, P.C. and 24 years for staff at Waukon Dental, Dental Associates of Decorah, P.C., Family Dentistry Associates of Monona have been proud to announce that they would be holding “Have a Heart” day.

Area residents are encouraged to participate in the annual “Have a Heart” day scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 8. This event is scheduled during the Valentine’s season as a community service project to provide services to those in need. The local healthcare providers appreciate the strong support they receive, so in turn the doctors look forward to this event each year.

Since the event started in 1991, it has grown to include several towns and businesses. Children ages 4 through 18 seeking appointments could receive a complete dental examination, consultation, necessary x-rays, sealants, emergency dental care or a needed filling at no charge.

Mon
27
Jan

D.A. gives to law enforcement

Crawford County District Attorney Tim Baxter recently presented a check for about $21,000 to Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick and Prairie du Chien Chief of Police Chad Abram. “These funds will be used toward new equipment and specialized training for our officers,” Sheriff McCullick stated. “With the tight budgets all law enforcement agencies have to adhere to, these funds will provide a means to obtain training and materials we might not otherwise be able to acquire,” Chief Abram said. Both officers confirmed the resurgence of heroin and other illegal drugs statewide and indicated these funds could provide significant assistance with the investigation and prosecution of these controlled substance crimes here in Crawford County. (Submitted photo)

Mon
27
Jan

Night of compassion and entertainment


This year’s Eagles’ Heart and Cancer Telethon hosts were a cheery, humorous bunch who kept the banter going from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. The stars of the show included (from left) Tom Stram, Laurie Wild (new this year), Tom Nelson and Natalie Stram. For many more photos that help tell the story of the night, visit http://pdceaglesheartandcancertelethon.blogspot.com/ or find the telethon on Facebook. (Photos by Randy Paske)

Ken and Mary Stoeffler, of Prairie du Chien, were recognized for their volunteer and community service with the presentation of the telethon’s prestigious Danny Ruehlow Award, given by the Ruehlow family Saturday night. Pictured (from left) are Anna, Jack, Claire, Mary and Ken. Sam Stoeffler was not present for the photo.

A longtime favorite of the Eagles’ Heart and Cancer Telethon, the uniquely dressed Ding-a-lings brightened the show Saturday night with their musical talents and a little help on the dance floor from the Eagles Club eagle and Lady Luck pink elephant mascots.

Prairie du Chien’s Gretchen Faulkner (above) proudly displays her caricature done by artist John Mundt at the 39th Annual Eagles’ Heart and Cancer Telethon Saturday night. Both have been regulars at the telethon for years—Gretchen singing and dancing, and John drawing keepsakes for guests. The telethon was broadcast live on local Channel 6 from Bluff View Intermediate School in Prairie du Chien. It showcased eight hours of local talent with many donations given in memory of loved ones to benefit heart and cancer regional research. For more photos, see page 3.

Mary Antoine (left) and Nancy Wilson (center) of the Prairie du Chien Women’s Civic Club interact with callers pledging donations as well as hosts Laurie Wild and Tom Stram.
Mon
27
Jan

River Ridge asking voters to renew operational referendum

By Correne Martin

The River Ridge School District will ask voters on Feb. 18 to approve extension of an operational referendum, authorizing the district to exceed its state-imposed revenue limit and pay for expenses such as instructional programs and technology, as well as security enhancements.

The public can learn more at two informational meetings scheduled on Jan. 29 at the high school in Patch Grove and Feb. 5 at the upper elementary school in Bloomington, both at 6:30 p.m.

The Feb. 18 referendum is needed to continue a tax levy that provides $500,000 of operating funds for five budget years and then reduces the extra funds to $350,000 thereafter. This referendum would extend a 2012 voter-approved referendum that expires this year. The 2012 referendum also extended a four-year referendum approved in 2008 by district taxpayers.

Mon
27
Jan

PdC boys basketball

PdC boys versus Dodgeville
Luke Rickleff looks to score over the Dodgeville defense Friday night in Prairie du Chien. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Dodgers 

defeat Blackhawks

Dodgeville bested host Prairie du Chien 57-42 in an SWC boys basketball game Friday night. 

The Dodgers took a 10-7 first-period lead and a 26-14 halftime advantage. 

Dodgeville built a lead of 43-27 after three quarters. 

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