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Feb

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

around the corner
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).

Mon
03
Feb

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.

Wed
29
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.

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!

 

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