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Jun

Robert Edward Kottke

 

Robert Edward Kottke, 89, Prairie du Chien, passed away on Tuesday, June 6.

 

Bob was born April 24, 1928, in Bloomington, to Ed and Clara (Biener) Kottke. He graduated from Bloomington High School in 1946, and within a few months enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in the European Theatre of Occupation in Germany until 1948.

Tue
13
Jun

Ahrens receives Retiree Achievement Award from Southwest Tech


Southwest Tech retiree Lowell Ahrens stands with Holly Clendenen and Jason Wood. (Submitted photo)

The Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Foundation recognized seven individuals and one organization that have made significant impacts in the college’s 50-year history at the Foundation’s donor appreciation and alumni and retiree awards program May 19 at the Fennimore campus.

The Foundation has recognized 30 individuals and businesses as outstanding philanthropists to the organization since 1995, but this was the inaugural year for distinguished alumni and retiree achievement awards. Those recognized with the Philanthropy Award included Huntington National Bank and Shyrle Sedgwick. Recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award were Kevin Raisbeck, Terri Slapak-Fugate, and Gerald Ward. Honorees of the Retiree Achievement Award were Lowell Ahrens, Mary Davis and Carol Needham.

Mon
12
Jun

Program for Bluff View students emphasizes ‘Smart Girls Rock’


Bluff View girls like Michaela Langdon in sixth, seventh and eighth grades had an interesting time trying to make glowing goo during Smart Girls Rock, a STEM symposium at Bluff View School May 23. This was a fun activity to show what chemistry can do even in the most basic form. It also taught them the importance of following directions. A few groups’ goo did not work like it was supposed to and turned more runny than expected, as pictured.

Like all the girls attending Smart Girls Rock, this crew had a good time posing with some props representing their potential careers. Pictured (from left) are Sadie Torgerson, Jadyn Jenks, Grace Pedretti, Allyson Schroeder and Meg Katzung. (Photos by Jim Rohde)

By Correne Martin

Smart Girls Rock was a fun and unorthodox morning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) enlightenment for Bluff View School’s sixth, seventh and eighth grade girls, May 23.

Sponsored by 3M Company’s Women’s Leadership Forum, 110 middle school girls rotated among more than 20 stations—a few girls per group for four minutes per table—as they listened to female professionals discuss their careers and participated in hands-on activities advocating empowerment for girls. The event was held in the Bluff View gym.

Mon
12
Jun

Bloomington native fills intern role at Courier Press


Rachel Mergen, of Bloomington, will be the news reporter intern at the Courier Press through August. She has experience as a published author and enjoys talking to people. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Courier Press office has welcomed an intern again this summer. Rachel Mergen, a Bloomington native who just completed her freshman year at UW-La Crosse, has joined the staff. She will be reporting on community news through August.

Rachel is a 2016 River Ridge High School graduate and the daughter of Al and Dawn Mergen. She is the granddaughter of Thomas and Ruth Mergen and Carson and Arlene Clifton. She has one older brother, Trevor.

Rachel, 19, possesses a multitude of skills necessary to interview and report about the people, places and things in the Prairie du Chien coverage area. She comes to the Courier having written and self-published four young adult books as a teenager, her first when she was only 16 and the other three in high school. She said she’s working on two more now.

“I wrote a lot of short stories in middle school. It was a nice escape from stress for me,” she said.

Mon
12
Jun

Regal Marina granted extension through July 7, may get more time


Dennis Regal Sr., president of Regal Marine Group, sat in Crawford County Court June 8, listening to how soon his 34-year-old, family-run marina business may need to move out from the premises. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

The Regal Marina in Prairie du Chien was recently under flood waters for nine days. That’s nothing new to the family that’s run the operation for 34 years though. The difference, this season, is that the family was given 30 days to move its docks and other belongings off the city-owned property, by an arbitration panel’s May 22 order granting an eviction judgement in favor of the city of Prairie du Chien.

However, both parties were in court Thursday afternoon, June 8, as Judge Craig Day considered a possible modification of the arbitration award’s terms. Regal Marine Group requested an order allowing them until July 31 to remove personal property, due to the flooding, and until Oct. 1, to remove buildings, consistent with what the corporation believes are its rights under the lease.

Mon
12
Jun

Rendezvous will return to Prairie du Chien for 42nd year


No running water or electricity is allowed for the participants in the 1840s camp portion of the annual Rendezvous in Prairie du Chien. So there’s plenty of time for relaxing, like this gentleman did while also showcasing his wares. (Courier Press file photo)

By Rachel Mergen

 

Big River Long Riffles is once again bringing the Prairie Villa Rendezvous to Prairie du Chien. The event will be held on St. Feriole Island, Thursday, June 15, through Sunday, June 18, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. The Rendezvous is one of the most popular, as well as free, events in the area and welcomes the entire family, including pets. 

The Rendezvous started 42 years ago on much smaller grounds than it’s on today. Originally starting only on the grounds of the Villa Louis, the event now covers six blocks of Prairie du Chien. Since its rise, many more games have been added and the number of traders has escalated greatly, turning it into one of the largest trade rendezvous in the Midwest. 

Mon
12
Jun

Blooming business at The Flower Barn


Suzy Oppriecht waters her plants and flowers at The Flower Barn. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Planted shutters were a new creation this past season.

 

New ideas planted each spring at The Flower Barn

By Ted Pennekamp

 

A Crawford County dairy farmer also enjoys a vibrant and blooming business called The Flower Barn which she runs each spring at 53364 Lone Pine Lane, Ferryville. 

Mon
12
Jun

Sandra K. Bunts

 

Sandra K. Bunts, 76, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Saturday, June 10, at the Crossing Rivers Health Care.  

 

She was born Aug. 18, 1940, in Galena, Ill., the daughter of Richard and Alma Bender.  She married William Bunts on May 31, 1957, in Elkader, Iowa.  Sandra worked at the Hi Way Grill in Prairie du Chien for many years. 

Mon
12
Jun

Wayne M. Timion

 

Wayne M. Timion, 93, of Bagley, passed away Thursday, Jan. 5, after a brief illness at Baptist Medical Center, Jacksonville Beach, Fla.

 

Fri
09
Jun

Boy’s Choir to perform at St. Peter Evangelical Church June 12

By Rachel Mergen

 

Award-winning North Star Boy’s Choir will make a stop in Prairie du Chien, Monday, June 12. The concert, one of many on their national riverboat tour, will be held at the St. Peter Evangelical Church sanctuary starting at 7 p.m. 

The 28 boys will travel down the Mississippi River in the upcoming weeks by boat and bus. The boys will start their tour in Winona, Minn., and will stop at many major cities including St. Louis, Memphis and New Orleans. In addition, they will find themselves at Tom Sawyer’s birthplace, Hannibal, Mo., and the Civil War town of Vicksburg, Miss. 

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