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Mon
04
Aug

Blackhawk Challenge

A challenging course
Competitor number 791 still looks energetic as she begins the 3.1-mile run. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)
A good ride
Corn fields made up much of the scenery along the 14.5-mile route. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)
A refreshing swim
A trio of hearty competitors emerges from the Mississippi River after an invigorating quarter-mile swim. (Photo by Gary Howe)

 

A great day for 

the fifth annual 

Blackhawk Challenge

There were hundreds of participants yet again at the fifth annual Blackhawk Challenge on Saturday, Aug. 2. 

The triathlon is a fund-raiser for the Prairie du Chien wrestling teams and was hosted at the Sports World Campground. 

Mon
04
Aug

McGregor Lake Project

Public input
Prairie du Chien resident Bill Howe discusses the McGregor Lake Project with Wisconsin DNR Fisheries Biologist Patrick Short at an informational meeting in City Hall Thursday night.

 

Public gives input regarding proposed McGregor Lake project

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Personnel from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wisconsin and Iowa DNRs were on hand to get public input and to discuss possible solutions to improve the habitat of McGregor Lake and the surrounding area at an informational meeting Thursday night at the Prairie du Chien City Hall. 

Thu
31
Jul

Local missioners clean up Colorado neighborhood


Holy Family Parish mission trip participants in mid-June included (from left) Wesley Schwager, Jack Stoeffler, Mary Stoeffler, Claire Stoeffler, Mariah Schwager, Emma Brown, Father James Weighner, Brandon Lenzendorf, Cole Brown and Suzy Gawenda. MIssing is Jaci Bedtka.

Wesley Schwager (left) and Jack Stoeffler clean up a river bed in the Colorado community they visited for a recent mission trip.

Mariah Schwager (left) and Jack Stoeffler

By Correne Martin
 
A group from the Holy Family Parish in Prairie du Chien recently completed an eight-day, mystery mission trip to Colorado, during which they worked to restore a neighborhood that had been destroyed by heavy rains in September of 2013.

Nine young adults—six from Prairie du Chien, two from Eastman and one from Seneca—joined 68 additional high schoolers and 12 adult chaperones (including Father James Weighner and a sister) from the Catholic diocese of La Crosse. The teens—mostly from the parish’s Jaywalkers youth group—included Claire and Jack Stoeffler, Mariah and Wesley Schwager, Emma and Cole Brown, Brandon Lenzendorf, Jaci Bedtka and Suzy Gawenda. They left from La Crosse on Friday, June 13.

“The kids didn’t know where we were going. It was a mystery,” said Mary Stoeffler, a Holy Family Parish adult leader who accompanied the youths. “All they had was a supply list. They had to guess our destination along the way.”

Thu
31
Jul

Relay For Life a tribute to those who’ve battled

By Correne Martin

“I volunteered for American Cancer Society for 26 years without cancer and, the truth is, I got so much more out of raising money for the organization than I put into it.”

Those are the words of Prairie du Chien resident Mary Ann Heisz, this year’s honorary co-chair of the Great River Relay For Life, which will take place at the Prairie du Chien High School track, Saturday, Aug. 2, beginning with the survivor lap at 10 a.m. Heisz will make the lap in a wheelchair, pushed by her family.

As the former coordinator of the local Relay For Life for many years, Heisz stepped down from her post about six years ago, figuring it was time for new blood to run the annual tribute to cancer research. Then, almost three years ago, she was diagnosed with cancer herself. Doctors found three B-cell lymphomas—two in her stomach and one in her upper thigh—and, just three months later, stage one breast cancer.

Thu
31
Jul

Property Maintenance and Public Nuisance Ordinance

 

By Aaron Kramer

 

Thu
31
Jul

Wauzeka couple married for 50 years

Siegenthaler anniversary

 

Kenny and Marian (Krugger) Siegenthaler, of Wauzeka, are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on Aug. 8, 1964. They have one son, Kent, and one daughter, Cynthia (Doug). They also have one grandson, Spencer, and one granddaughter, Sheridon. Cards may be sent to the Siegenthalers at 806 E. Main St., Wauzeka, WI 53826.

Thu
31
Jul

County’s fairest shares love of the fair

Fairest of the Fair Court
Crawford County Fairest of the Fair Sarah Achenbach (back row, middle) is pictured with her court, following their crowning this year. Her court includes Fairest of the Fair Attendant Mikaela Baker (back, right) and Future Fairest of the Fair Marie Achenbach (front). Also pictured is Wisconsin State Fairest of the Fair Kaitlyn Riley, also from Crawford County. (Courier Press file photo)

 

By Caitlin Bittner

 

Wed
30
Jul

Road construction

Road projects move forward
Earth moving was being done for a mile-long stretch of County B recently. (Photo courtesy of Highway Department)

 

Various Crawford County road projects delayed but moving forward

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Heavy rains and flooding issues have delayed the various road construction projects in Crawford County this spring and early summer, but now construction crews are trying to make up for lost time. 

Wed
30
Jul

Thomas (Tom) L. Bowler

 

Thomas (Tom) L. Bowler, 67, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 26, at Crossing Rivers Health Hospice in Prairie du Chien, following a courageous battle with cancer. 

Born June 10, 1947 in Marengo, Iowa, the son of George H. and Earleen (Knock) Bowler, Tom grew up in the Hiawatha/Cedar Rapids, Iowa area where he graduated from Washington High School. In his early years, he worked with his father in Bowler Construction and, later, in real estate and insurance. 

Wed
30
Jul

Marilynn Jean Suetmeyer

 

Marilynn Jean Suetmeyer, 75, of Prairie du Chien, died Sunday, July 27, at Crossing Rivers Health Center in Prairie du Chien. 

She was born Feb. 1, 1939 the daughter of John and Flora (Holtzinger) Hartley. Marilynn graduated from Prairie du Chien High School. She was united in marriage to Dean Suetmeyer April 11, 1955. Marilynn worked at the former Piggly Wiggly Store for thirty-eight years and she helped with the family farm at Journey’s End Lane in Prairie du Chien. She enjoyed flower gardening, quilting, reading and keeping the farm a lovely home for all to visit. Most of all, Marilynn cared deeply about her family and enjoyed spending time with them. 

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