Courier Press

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Dec

A Light For All Seasons enters its 15th year

By Correne Martin

At Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, a radiant light shines from the rooftop all year long in memory of the loved ones of our community. Sponsored by the Partners of Crossing Rivers Health, the year-round fundraiser, “A Light For All Seasons” publicly recognizes four individuals every month as its honorees. Each is honored and remembered by way of the large star that is lit from dusk till dawn on the roof above the hospital’s emergency room, a photo of him or her displayed in the hospital lobby, a keepsake card mailed to a person of choice informing them of the recognition, and notification in the Courier Press and WQPC Radio.

“We will begin our 15th year in 2015,” stated Lorna Davis, Partners’ chairwoman of A Light For All Seasons and one of the founders of the program. “It has grown since we had 12 per year in 2001. In 2004, we went to recognizing two a month and, in 2010, we went to four a month.”

Mon
08
Dec

Prairie defeats MarMac


Prairie du Chien’s Casey Hogenson drives the right baseline in first quarter action Saturday afternoon as Mason Hertrampf of MFL MarMac defends.

Prairie du Chien’s Connor George goes up for a shot along the left baseline against the defense of MFL MarMac’s Mason Hertrampf in the first quarter Saturday afternoon at Prairie du Chien High School. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Chas Sagedahl of Prairie du Chien looks for a shot against MFL MarMac Saturday.

The Blackhawks' Casey Hogenson scores on a layup in first-quarter action.

Adam Greener of MFL MarMac drives to the hoop in second-quarter action.

MarMac’s Mason Hertrampf attempts a reverse layup.

 

Blackhawks 

edge Bulldogs

Prairie du Chien edged visiting MFL MarMac 57-51 in a nonconference boys basketball game Saturday afternoon. 

MarMac took the early lead 14-8 after one quarter. 

Prairie came back to get to within 26-24 at the half. 

Mon
08
Dec

Local photographer


This cover image for Viroqua trout fishing writer Jay Ford Thurston’s newest book, “Spring Creek Reward” was made by Prairie du Chien photographer Jerry Cummings of Cummings Photography. Thurston is shown fishing the West Fork of the Kickapoo River in Vernon County.

 

Local photographer published in trout fishing book

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Longtime local photographer Jerry Cummings has recently lent his talents to something new. Cummings has combined his love of trout fishing and photography by having several of his photos published in the new book “Spring Creek Reward” by author and trout angler Jay Ford Thurston of Viroqua. In fact, one of Jerry’s photos adorns the complete cover of the book, front and back. 

Thu
04
Dec

John N. Schantz, Sr.

 

John N. Schantz, Sr. of Waukesha, formerly of Prairie du Chien passed away on Dec. 3. 

John was born on July 28, 1931 in Bismarck, N.D. John served his country in the US Air Force.  

He was preceded in death by his wife Lillian; granddaughter Jennifer Schmitz and son Robert John Schantz.

Thu
04
Dec

PdC council narrowly denies WSOR rezoning

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council voted 6-5 Tuesday night to deny a rezoning request from Wisconsin and Southern Railroad (WSOR). The request would have rezoned the railroad’s loadout location along the Highway 18 Bypass (700 to 900 block of South Main Street) from R-2 medium density residential to I-2 industrial/manufacturing. The narrow margin of the vote seemed to be indicative of just how controversial a topic this has been for the council and area community members. It comes after several years of intense debates over the operations conducted there, which have mainly involved Pattison Sand Company.

Thu
04
Dec

Brother donating kidney to sister


Tim Nagel will donate a kidney to his sister, Racheal (Nagel) Breuer, on Dec. 10 at UW-Hospital in Madison. Racheal was diagnosed with lupus at the age of 17. The disease eventually became systemic (internal) and, now, with stage 5 chronic kidney disease, Racheal’s kidneys have weakened and are only functioning at around 8 to 10 percent. The siblings’ blood types are identical matches and the kidney transplant is expected to go well.

By Correne Martin

Racheal Breuer has been on the waiting list for a kidney at the UW Hospital in Madison for the past three years. But she doesn’t have to wait for a perfect match anymore because, on Dec. 10, she will receive a kidney donation from her brother, Tim Nagel.

Racheal, 53, is a Crawford County native who now farms in rural Glen Haven with her husband, Stan Breuer. She is one of many Nagels originally from the Eastman area. She has been a familiar face among the staff at Spring Lake Inn in Prairie du Chien for the past 21 years (bartending, waitressing, etc.).

Racheal was diagnosed with lupus, a chronic, autoimmune disease, at the age of 17.

“I had a skin rash and then, one day, I couldn’t straighten my elbow. My muscles were tight and it was very painful,” she recalled. “So I went to the chiropractor and he actually found [the lupus].”

Thu
04
Dec

Ardys S. McCullick

 

Ardys S. McCullick, 73, of Steuben, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at her home in Steuben surrounded by her family. 

She was born on Feb. 26, 1941 in Stoughton. The daughter of Clarence and Anna (Offerdahl) Leikness. She married Dale L. McCullick on April 28, 1962 in Stoughton. He preceded her in death on Dec. 23, 2013. 

Wed
03
Dec

Seneca girls win


Morgan Wall eyes a shot close to the basket against De Soto.

Seneca’s Morgan Payne drives the right baseline Tuesday night against visiting De Soto.

Seneca’s Michaela Chambers goes up with a shot in the lane against visiting De Soto Tuesday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Morgan Wall drives for 2 points against the De Soto defense Tuesday night.

 

Seneca girls 

throttle De Soto

Seneca overwhelmed visiting De Soto 54-34 in a Ridge and Valley girls basketball game Tuesday night. 

Seneca took a commanding 16-4 first-quarter lead and never looked back. 

Seneca increased the margin to 29-13 at the half. 

Wed
03
Dec

Prairie restoration


This is the beginning of the public hiking trail through a 23-acre property along County C in the town of Millville that is being restored to native prairie, oak woodland and oak savannah. A small sign on a tree in the background helps to mark the beginning of the trail.

 

Two prairie restoration 

projects in town of Millville

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board recently approved permits for two prairie restoration projects in the town of Millville in Grant County. 

Wed
03
Dec

Florence A. Finney

 

Florence A. Finney, 74, of Prairie du Chien passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Dec. 2, at her home. 

She was born Aug. 13, 1940 in Prairie du Chien the daughter of Martin and Helen (Cejka) Mezera. She married Ivan Finney on May 3, 1957 at St. John’s Church in Prairie du Chien. Florence worked hard her entire life starting with her job at the Checkerboard, then McGregor Loudspeaker and later National Decorated Metals. She retired from 3M Company in Prairie du Chien after nearly 32 years of service. She was an active member of St. John’s and the Holy Family Parish. 

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