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Teen accepted into special effects institute


Kaci Mansfield, 18, a 2015 Prairie du Chien High School graduate, is pictured in some gory glycerin- and gelatin-based makeup she created on herself for her Instagram page.

Kaci can apply special effects makeup to herself in a way that looks pretty real. (Submitted photos)

Kaci also enjoys applying beauty makeup and has a modern eye for fashion and hair styling.

Her own “zombie” hand

By Correne Martin

Since she was a little girl, Kaci Mansfield has had an eye for color and creativity. She’s always loved art and painting and her talents seem to come naturally.

The 2015 Prairie du Chien High School graduate has also been watching horror movies since she was 8 years old.

“I used to watch them with my dad, and we liked to watch the special features afterward where they showed how they make everything happen,” she recalled. “I definitely think the gore looks awesome.”

Fast forward about eight years—Kaci started watching YouTube tutorials and practicing special effects makeup on herself in high school. She fell in love with using cosmetics and appliances to create the appearance of bruises, cuts, blood and other deformities on her face and her arms and hands. She began experimenting by making herself into a zombie by using gelatin, glycerin and food coloring. She also started using latex for some of her ghastly looks.

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Veterans and families can receive free counseling services in Prairie du Chien

By Correne Martin

Wisconsin Vet Centers serve veterans and their families by providing quality individual, marital, family and group counseling sessions at no cost.

The organization’s fully-licensed counselors are combat veterans with master’s degrees. Neil O’Connor, a readjustment counselor from the Madison Vet Center, comes to Prairie du Chien to meet with area veterans every second and last Thursday of each month. Appointments take place at the Crawford County Veterans Service Office, 225 N. Beaumont Rd., Suite 137, Prairie du Chien.

“We work hand-in-hand with the veterans hospital, but we find that, if veterans have to go there for care, they simply don’t,” said Dave Hosking, Vet Center outreach specialist. “So, we have someone travel here to meet with the veterans close to home.”

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PdC third grader directs her compassion toward buddy benches


Mickenzie Dahl, 9, of Prairie du Chien, sold nearly 400 suckers at a quarter apiece over the course of the four-hour Valentine’s Day dance at Bluff View Feb. 12. She brought in $92 and is now averaging about $20 a week in sucker sales toward her fundraiser for buddy benches to be installed at Bluff View and B.A. Kennedy schools. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

A 9-year-old Prairie du Chien student is passionate about anti-bullying. Her belief: always take the nice path.

Mickenzie Dahl, a third grader at Bluff View Intermediate School, is actively trying to raise money, and has collected about $1,500, toward purchasing two buddy benches for the Bluff View and B.A. Kennedy Elementary School playgrounds.

A buddy bench creates a safe spot for shy classmates to signify that they want to partake in playground activities, that they’ve been bullied or that they’re upset and would like a friend. The concept is simple; a buddy bench provides a more inclusive environment within the school community.

Mickenzie’s venture started several weeks ago when her mom, Serena Lindner, noticed she had written some personal thoughts about bullying on their home computer. They said, in part:

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Theresa M. Morel

 

Theresa M. Morel, 82, of Muscoda passed away on Thursday, Feb. 18, at St. Mary’s Hospital. 

She was born in Prairie du Chien to Edward and Ludmilla (Balk) Fritsche. Theresa married Charles Morel in Prairie du Chien. They shared 63 wonderful years together. Theresa was a talented seamstress and worked for the Progressive for many years. Her cookies and baked goods were loved by many.

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Evelyn Marie (Welsh) Knoble

 

Evelyn Marie (Welsh) Knoble, 96, of Boscobel, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at the Boscobel Care and Rehab in Boscobel.

She was born on May 11, 1919, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Frank and Elsie (Geisler) Welsh. She married Myron Knoble on July 20, 1938 at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. He preceded her in death on March 27, 2007. 

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Gertrude (Nee Killinger) Myott

 

Gertrude (Nee Killinger) Myott, entered the fullness of eternal life on Feb. 13, surrounded by her loving family. 

Gertrude was born, one of fourteen children, to Anton and Amelia (nee Eder) Killinger, and raised in Glidden, Wis. After graduating from college, she started her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse. She taught elementary school for over 30 years; most recently in the West Grant school system.

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Crawford County Board

 

Presentation about PdC 

School District referendum 

given at County Board meeting

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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Eagle Appreciation Days


An adult bald eagle surveys the water near the Washington Street Bridge. Eagles have been very prominent of late in the Prairie du Chien area. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Bald Eagle Appreciation Days to offer variety 

of educational programs, exhibits and live raptors

The 11th Annual Bald Eagle Appreciation Days will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27 in Prairie du Chien. The event will feature new programs and presentations by state and local birding experts. Bald Eagle Appreciation Days will consist of educational and fun activities for outdoor enthusiasts and the whole family.

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Fort Crawford was founded 200 years ago


Fort Crawford stood guard over Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, from 1816 until 1856. Now, the Fort Crawford Museum displays the history of the fort, its city, and the many lives that crossed here. (Courier Press file photo)

This year is the 200th anniversary of the establishment of Fort Crawford in Prairie du Chien. In commemoration, the Prairie du Chien Historical Society worked with Wisconsin State Sen. Jennifer Shilling to introduce a resolution into the State Legislature (Senate Joint Resolution 91) honoring the 200th anniversary. The resolution was ordered immediately and passed both houses last week. Shilling and State Rep. Lee Nerison will present a copy of the resolution to the Prairie du Chien Historical Society and the Villa Louis at the Fort Crawford Museum this spring.

In conjunction with the 200th anniversary, a new exhibit will be installed at the Fort Crawford Museum and a book will be published.

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Renovated rec room offers new rental space at Hoffman Hall


Dan Titlbach (pictured) and fellow city employee Nick Gilberts, laid carpet tiles last week in the new rec room in the downstairs of Hoffman Hall. They had some assistance from Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution inmates.

Currently, foosball (pictured), ping pong and nok hockey tables as well as a 50-inch TV have been donated to Hoffman Hall and will be used in the new rec room by the end of March. More gently-used donations of games and accessories would be appreciated. (Photos by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

What was once a former locker room at Campion Jesuit High School is now being reinvigorated for the purpose of a recreation room at Hoffman Hall in Prairie du Chien. By the end of March, the renovated space will offer members as well as the public a new space for a variety of uses, such as parties, games and other casual entertainment.

Last week, city employees Dan Titlbach and Nick Gilberts, with assistance from Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution inmates, laid about a thousand carpet tiles—in warm earth tones—in the large, open space of Hoffman Hall’s downstairs.

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