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Wed
28
Dec

No need to control your laughter at the Fun Raising Follies


Don’t Worry. Be Happy. Come to the Fun Raising Follies, hosted by the Mississippi River Sculpture Park at Prairie du Chien High School Jan. 6-7, for some joy, happiness and laughter. Who doesn’t need a pick-me-up after Christmas? Besides, Cousin Cletus will be performing, along with many more of your friends, family and neighbors. (File photo)

By Correne Martin

Caution: Exposure to the Fun Raising Follies in Prairie du Chien may cause sudden outbursts of joy, happiness and uncontrollable laughter.

The Mississippi River Sculpture Park is a non-profit organization whose goal is to preserve area heritage and history of Prairie du Chien, Marquette and McGregor. Every year, in January, the sculpture park committee hosts the Fun Raising Follies, a community variety show featuring all local talent.

Wed
28
Dec

Catholic education offered in Prairie du Chien for 150 years


Sisters Angeleen, Therese, Mary Neva and Mary Faith, who are all in their late 80s and early 90s, live at the mother house of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Elm Grove. Recently, Pat Coorough, a Catholic parishioner from Prairie du Chien, visited the sisters and took this picture. All of these sisters once taught at St. John’s School in Prairie du Chien.

The 2016-2017 Prairie Catholic School teachers and staff include (front row, from left) Principal Wade Marlow, Jean Pelleymounter, Michelle Kapfhamer, Mary Huser, Clarissa Russell, Jenni Nack, Mike Wallace; (back row) Connie Lessard, Joahn Post, Julie Schwager, Jennifer Wachuta, Lori Hemmer, Kathy Igou, Rachel Felten, Luana Stiemke, William Huser, Janet Steiner and Judy Gillitzer.

By Correne Martin

A Catholic education was first offered in Prairie du Chien in 1866, through a parochial school at St. Gabriel’s Church. Still, 150 years later, that faith-based light of knowledge has fostered a whole child concept, top-notch academic standards and family values for masses of local students who’ve gone on to become model members of society.

Little information is available about the first years of that Catholic education. But, according to a chronological history of St. Gabriel’s and St. John’s churches in Prairie du Chien, the School Sisters of Notre Dame began 120 years of teaching primary school in the city in 1872. St. Mary’s Academy, a girls school under the direction of Catholic nuns, existed in Prairie du Chien from 1870 to 1968. Campion Jesuit High School was founded in 1880, and operated as a boarding school for boys until 1975.

Fri
23
Dec

Eugene Louis Trudo

 

Eugene Louis Trudo, 87, of McGregor, died Sunday, Dec. 18, at Crossing Rivers Health, Prairie du Chien. 

 

Eugene Louis was born on Feb. 12, 1929, to Elmer and Elsie (McNally) Trudo in Clermont. He attended high school in Clermont, Iowa, and earned his GED through the Navy. 

Wed
21
Dec

River Ridge is joeystrong


Joseph Hamann with his parents Amy Jo and Kirk. (Photo courtesy of River Ridge High School)

A part of the River Ridge student section shows their support for basketball player Joseph Hamann who is fighting cancer. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Timberwolves’ Cole Crubel drives the lane for a lay-up.

Brett Moravits lays the ball over the outstretched hand of Jake Wedig of Belmont.

Ryan Redman (20) of River Ridge applies full court defense against Belmont.

River Ridge’s Gavin Steiber goes strong to the hoop Tuesday night.

 

River Ridge 

is ‘joeystrong’

River Ridge blasted visiting Belmont 73-29 Tuesday night in a Six Rivers West boys basketball game.

The Timberwolves used a full court press to great effect to get numerous turnovers and easy baskets to break away and turn the game into a rout.

Wed
21
Dec

Christmas Cards to U.S. Armed Forces


Eighth-grader Abby Feye and seventh-grader Audrey Wayson stand in front of numerous Christmas cards that will be sent to United States Armed Forces personnel. (Photo by Tracy Moravits-Feye)

 

Bluff View students 

send Christmas cards to 

service men and women

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
21
Dec

Crawford County Board


Awards totalling $6,000 were made from the Crawford County Community Fund to four organizations during Tuesday morning’s Crawford County Board meeting. Seated are Rachel Jovi (village of Gays Mills/Stump Dodger Trail); Nancy Ashmore (Ready, Set, Grow/Prairie du Chien Memorial Library); and Rick Lange and Carol Abrahamzon (Kickapoo Indian Caverns/Mississippi Valley Conservancy). Standing are Kile Martz (village of Gays Mills/Stump Dodger Trail); Larry and Sherry Quamme, Jeanne Rutter and Marsha Stross (village of Ferryville/Sugar Creek Playground). (Photo by Barb Daus)

 

County Board authorizes 

$2.04 million in notes to pay for 

several projects and refinance debt

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
21
Dec

Prairie du Chien takes on $2.1 million loan for library project

By Correne Martin

The city of Prairie du Chien is obtaining $2.1 million in loan financing to move forward with its public library renovation and expansion project, which is slated to begin in 2017.

A resolution authorizing $2.1 million in general obligation bonds was approved Tuesday night by the common council for the construction work and new library equipment and materials.

Wed
21
Dec

Carpfest a busy week in Prairie du Chien, capped off with carp drop

Prairie du Chien has made quite a celebration out of dropping a carp on New Year’s Eve for the past 16 years. Carpfest, as it’s affectionately tagged, is weeks long, leading up to the official turn of the calendar.

A carp coloring contest is complete and winners were recognized Monday, including Leola Ledesma, Kaydence Comer, Zackkary Suthers. A total of 54 entries were submitted in three age groups.

The bulk of the Carpfest activities begin Monday, Dec. 26, and take place the week before the new year. the schedule includes:

•Monday, Dec. 26—Euchre tournament, city hall, 1-4 p.m.; family open gym, swim, rec room, Hoffman Hall, 1-4 p.m.

•Tuesday, Dec. 27—Bowling party, Leisure Time, 12-3 p.m.; family open gym, swim, rec room, Hoffman Hall, 1-4 p.m.

•Wednesday-Friday, Dec.28-30—Family open gym, swim, rec room, Hoffman Hall, 1-4 p.m.

Wed
21
Dec

Community Christmas dinner at high school

Prairie du Chien’s free Community Christmas Dinner will be held on Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, at noon, at the Prairie du Chien High School, 800 E. Crawford St. On the holiday menu will be turkey and ham, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, squash, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and homemade pies. There will be plenty of Christmas decorations and good company for families of all sizes, regardless of need.

Dine in or carry out. Reservations are appreciated either way. Carry-outs will be available for pick-up between 11:30 a.m.and 1 p.m. Deliveries are also available and must be ordered in advance by calling 326-8321.

For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, call 326-8321, (608) 306-6120 or (563) 880-8469.

Tue
20
Dec

Mary C. McKillip

 

Mary C. McKillip, 67, of Mt. Horeb passed away suddenly Sunday, Dec. 18, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, lovingly surrounded by her family. 

 

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