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09
Aug

Clinton Herbert Strong

 

Clinton Herbert Strong, 88, died in Bloomington, Ind., on July 4. 

 

He was born in Waukesha, on Aug. 2, 1928, to Clint and Helen Turpak Strong. Clinton graduated from Wisconsin State College at La Crosse with a B.S. in physical education and the University of Iowa with a M.A. in 1955, and his Ph.D in 1961.

Mon
07
Aug

Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center to open


Karen Gallema is a member of a fourth generation family of clammers. Her family is featured within the education and visitor center. In this picture she is featured beside a cut out of her mother Grace Verdon. On the left is Jim Janett, conservation director of the Allamakee County Conservation Board. (Photo by Rachel Mergen)

Pictured is the view from one of the center's balconies. (Photo by Rachel Mergen)

The Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center in Lansing is preparing for its grand opening Aug. 12. (Submitted photo)

By Rachel Mergen

 

“There is no other place like this in the United States,” Jim Janett, conservation director of the Allamakee County Conservation Board, stated about the unique area that is the driftless region.

The driftless region, which is the area left untouched by glaciers, includes four states—Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois. To teach about the geography, history and wildlife of this region, the Allamakee County Conservation Board has worked to build and prepare the Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center in Lansing. The stunning, 10,000 square-foot-building will have its grand opening Saturday, Aug. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mon
07
Aug

Boy’s family wishes to grieve privately after pool incident


The water and grounds at the Charles Wacouta Aquatic Park were still and quiet Thursday after lifeguards discovered and pulled an unconscious 4-year-old boy from the pool. Staff hoped the pool would re-open Monday, Aug. 7. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

 

A 4-year-old boy pulled from the Prairie du Chien public swimming pool unconscious Wednesday night, Aug. 2, died Friday at a La Crosse hospital, according to local officials.

Authorities have not released the boy’s name. A family friend who contacted the Courier Press recognized that most of the community knew the boy’s name and that plenty of circumstantial speculation has since spread on social media. However, she requested the public heed the family’s wishes to grieve privately. 

“They’re going through hell right now,” she said.

Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram said the police department continues seeking facts about the scenario. 

Mon
07
Aug

Scenic airplane rides canceled, city and company can’t compromise

By Correne Martin

 

Scenic and public airplane rides provided by Walter Aviation, of Independence, Iowa, at the Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport, were canceled within days of the scheduled offerings last weekend because the company did not agree to a special flying service operator agreement. The contract, which included fees of $1,000, was presented by the city’s airport commission and Aviation Concessions Inc. (ACI), the facility’s operator. 

In a Courier Press letter to the editor written by Walter Aviation President Jonathan Walter, he said, “Unfortunately, Walter Aviation will not be there this weekend, nor this coming fall.” 

Mon
07
Aug

Bloomington’s Ballantine Mansion rescued and restored by Udelhofen


Pictured below is the formal dining room and parlor of the mansion. Time appropriate furniture was purchased by Udelhofen to go along with items that were found in the house. Above is James Ballantine’s office, which was the focus area of his own private bank. Today, it houses many novels that were found in the home, along with Ballantine’s original safe.

The Ballantine Mansion is pictured prior to Rick Udelhofen’s work to restore it. (Submitted photo)

By Rachel Mergen

 

When Rick Udelhofen was 16, he met one of the loves of his life, the Ballantine Mansion. Udelhofen, originally from Lancaster, and his friend snuck into the house, like many mischievous kids in the village of Bloomington did at some point while it was vacant. Instead of simply leaving without any souvenirs though, Udelhofen took home an appreciation and adoration for the old, supposedly haunted house. 

He noted about his original experience running around the house, “The house was like crack cocaine. I had to have it.”

Mon
07
Aug

Gerald D. “Jerry” Morovits

 

Gerald D. “Jerry” Morovits, 59, of Eastman, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien. 

 

Mon
07
Aug

Michael B. Johnson

 

Michael B. Johnson, 68, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Friday, Aug. 4, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

 

He was born June 28, 1949, in Farnhamville, Iowa, to Dorothy Johnson. He married Laurie Zimmerman on Dec. 5, 1987. Mike worked for Earl Brad Ford in Gowrie, Iowa, as a mechanic for over 20 years. 

Fri
04
Aug

Christine M. Cook

 

Christine M. Cook, 58, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 2, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster.

 

Fri
04
Aug

Bessie Ann Rule

 

Bessie Ann Rule, 87, of Prairie du Chien, died Saturday, July 29, at her home in Prairie du Chien. 

 

Fri
04
Aug

Laverne “Lefty” Francis Steiner

 

Laverne “Lefty” Francis Steiner, 90, of Prairie du Chien, passed away peacefully at Mayo Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse, on Thursday, Aug. 3, with family by his side. 

 

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