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Jan

Community support needed to improve senior living


Pictured are Alesha Erdenberger, assistant administrator at Bluff Haven and LaBatisse, and Dr. Mark Grunwald, retired geriatric medicine doctor and current member of the board of directors for Community Health Services Corporation. (Photo by Rachel Mergen)

By Rachel Mergen

Finding a place to live is normally not the problem for senior citizens, according to Dr. Mark Grunwald, who is a local retired geriatric medicine doctor and current member of the board of directors for Community Health Services Corporation. Buildings are created regularly that include small, easily-accessible apartments for low rent that enable the elderly to live comfortably. The real problems facing senior citizens vary and can have ramifications on their futures.

A large number of senior citizens, approximately a third, in the United States, has been declared vulnerable. To be defined as so by the government, the person is unable to complete daily tasks, like bathing themselves and balancing their checkbook. These inabilities lead to a higher rate of accidents, leaving these men and women in need of government and citizen protection and support for years to come.

Mon
22
Jan

Driftless Development

 

Developing communities where the Wisconsin, Kickapoo 

and Mississippi rivers meet is the goal of Driftless Development

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
22
Jan

RRC Wrestling


River Ridge-Cassville Middle School wrestler Owen Bedward (right) gets ready Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge-Cassville’s Gavin Esser goes for the single leg take down versus Cezar Garcia of De Soto High School in their 182-pound match.

Myles Wehrle (right) looks to gain an advantage over Alex Scoville of De Soto in their 138-pound match Thursday night.

RRC’s Brendan Jentz gets his game face on versus his De Soto counterpart Thursday night.

 

RRC matmen 

defeat De Soto

The River Ridge-Cassville wrestling team defeated visiting De Soto 36-12 in a Ridge and Valley meet Thursday night. 

There were numerous forfeits in the match and only two high school matches because De Soto has only two varsity wrestlers.

In addition to the varsity matches, the crowd enjoyed six middle school matches.

Mon
22
Jan

Roger C. Granzow

 

Roger C. Granzow, 88, of Eastman, passed away Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. 

 

Thu
18
Jan

LaVern Hampton, Jr.

 

LaVern Hampton, Jr., 81, of Glen Haven, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Grant Regional Health Center, Lancaster. 

 

Wed
17
Jan

Disabled Vietnam vet may be ‘falling through the cracks’


This photo of Steve Narcisse is one of his service time that he proudly displays outside his home at a local nursing home.

VA system laws not the perfect fit for all cases

By Correne Martin

Mainstream opinion is that United States veterans are deserving of the utmost attention when it comes to care and services. However, these vehement matters involve as much “red tape” as most other state and federal programs, making the processes, the benchmarks and the programs in general more complicated to navigate.

Steve Narcisse, a 79-year-old disabled Vietnam veteran from Wauzeka who’s a patient at a Prairie du Chien nursing home, is just one example of a veteran struggling to get everything desired within the veterans affairs (VA) system. The hearing-impaired, minimally-verbal, wartime veteran is of Creole descent and, according to those closest to him, he’s as nice as can be and lived a modest life in the cities of Milwaukee and New Orleans before moving to Crawford County in the mid-2000s.

Wed
17
Jan

Lessons in Learning - Mayne

By Rachel Mergen

 

“I want to make a difference in the world,” Terry Mayne, River Ridge kindergarten teacher, said sincerely about why she decided to become a teacher. For almost 40 years, she has taught in the district.

Mayne, originally from Lancaster, received her degree at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She also completed credits at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Wed
17
Jan

Lessons in Learning - Ellefson

By Rachel Mergen

Jean Ellefson’s mother was a teacher since the age of 18. Ellefson grew up in her foot steps, having watched her mother when she would bring her and her siblings to school on the weekends to help decorate the classroom and do small work activities.

Today, Ellefson finds herself as part of the current generation of educators, covering the role of Seneca Area School District’s librarian and Title I teacher since August of 1980.

“We didn’t have a whole lot of toys as kids,” Ellefson said about how she ended up with her love of reading. Her childhood was spent being read to by her parents and family and learning to read for herself. “I don’t remember a time not loving reading.”

Wed
17
Jan

Wauzeka-Steuben girls win


A mad scramble ensues for a rebound in first-half action Tuesday night as Wauzeka-Steuben takes on visiting Weston. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Erin Krachey goes up for a shot in the lane.

It was a tough battle during the beginning stages of the game but the Lady Hornets eventually began to pull away.

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Ravyn Krachey scores from down low versus Weston.

The Lady Hornets’ Jordan Mormann fights for a rebound versus Weston Tuesday night.

Erin Krachey scores from right of the lane Tuesday night against Weston.

 

W-S girls 

trounce Weston

The Wauzeka-Steuben girls basketball team trounced visiting Weston 72-35 in a Ridge and Valley Tuesday night tilt. 

The Lady Hornets improved to 8-7 on the season and 6-2 in league play.

The Silver Eagles fell to 2-10 overall and 1-7 in the Ridge and Valley.

Wed
17
Jan

GSA forms in Prairie du Chien

 

Prairie du Chien GSA strives to 

empower, educate

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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