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Bald Eagle Day in Ferryville March 1


Gail Buhl, of the University of Minnesota Raptor Center, is shown with one of the American bald eagles that is coming to the Ferryville Bald Eagle Day on Saturday, March 1.

The fifth annual Bald Eagle Day in Ferryville is Saturday, March 1 at the Village Community Center on Highway 35.

This program is sponsored by the Ferryville Tourism Council and free to the public. It is co-sponsored this year by the Green Bay Packers and the Friends of Pool 9, an organization that preserves and protects the environment and the Mississippi Region of Pool 9. The tourism council submitted an application to the Green Bay Packers about six months ago and was honored to learn that the event was selected for sponsorship.

Activities are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with not only exciting opportunities to see and learn about bald eagles but also enjoy refreshments and free children’s craft activities.

Located right on the Mississippi River, Ferryville is an ideal place to host Bald Eagle Day. There are many eagle nests in the area and the Pool 9 section has more nests than in any other part of the Mississippi River.

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PdC Bald Eagle Appreciation Days well attended


Luke Hart, assistant director of the Macbride Raptor Project at the University of Iowa, introduces an eastern screech owl to a couple hundred people at the Bald Eagle Appreciation Days Saturday morning program at Hoffman Hall. He also exhibited a live hawk during the raptor presentation. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Luke Hart of the Macbride Raptor Project at the University of Iowa, presented a live hawk and owl program. Live bald eagles were also part of the fun on Saturday, in addition to discussion about where the audience could sight eagles in the area, exhibits of bald eagle photography and area history, vendors with animal pelts and taxidermy mounts, and a puppet show done by the Boy Scout Troop 320. Additional photos from Bald Eagles Days can be found on the Courier’s Facebook page.

After Luke Hart explained that kids and other spectators were welcome to sit up close for his live hawk and owl presentation, this little sweetie got up and literally took his advice, sitting as close as possible. Her quick ability to follow exact directions drew laughter from the crowd.

Families enjoyed plenty of activities, including this wildlife habitat display where kids could stick on their favorite animals, during Bald Eagle Appreciation Days Feb. 21-22 in Prairie du Chien. Free programs and activities were available at Hoffman Hall, AmericInn Lodge & Suites and Country Inn & Suites all weekend. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Vendors showcased their outdoors and environmental books, pictures, stuffed animals, and other sale items at Hoffman Hall.

The Fort Crawford Museum and the Villa Louis presented historical information about the War of 1812's Battle of Prairie du Chien (1814), as it is the bicentennial celebration of that local battle.

The Villa Louis had a variety of items for sale that piqued the interest of young and old alike.

Effigy Mounds Volunteer and retired DNR Warden Dennis Kirschbaum talked to the crowd about where they could find bald eagles in the Prairie du Chien area for viewing, despite the frozen river waters.

Todd Crotty, of WQPC-Radio, was the MC of Saturday's programs at Hoffman Hall.

Professional photographs by Harold Schaefer, of Fennimore, were quite popular with event-goers at Bald Eagle Appreciation Days. Feb. 21-22.
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Prairie Catholic looks at future

gym addition
Pictured is a very preliminary drawing of what the addition to St. Gabriel’s school will look like following the construction of a new building on the southwest end of the current facility at 515 N. Beaumont Rd., Prairie du Chien. The space will mostly be filled with a new gymnasium as well as some office space for school and parish administration. It will replace the current gym/day care that is located at the same location where the proposed addition will be built.
community hall
Pictured is another preliminary sketch of the future Holy Family Parish community hall, which is anticipated to be located alongside the current St. John’s church, 710 S. Wacouta Ave., and be utilized for parish, school and community gatherings.

By Correne Martin

Prairie Catholic Schools has immense intentions on the horizon that are aimed at strengthening its faith-based, academic offerings for future generations. A $1.5 million capital campaign is drawing to a close, as over $1.4 million has been raised toward plans for a new gym and community hall as well as improvements to the existing St. Gabriel’s facility. The goal is for all students, in grades pre-kindergarten through eighth, to be housed under one roof at the current elementary school.

Construction will likely begin this spring, and a full project time line will be determined in the coming weeks.

“We have a very positive academic history and our families are very proud about what they’ve experienced. We’re doing great things,” Principal Wade Marlow said. “This gets us a lot closer to the schools that have all the bells and whistles. It gets parents to take a look at us when considering a quality education for their kids.”

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Lawrence Stluka

 

Lawrence E. Stluka, 85, of rural Prairie du Chien passed away Friday, Feb. 21, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse. 

He was born July 24, 1928 in Eastman, the son of Edward and Mertie (Pintz) Stluka. He married Joanne Lessard on Oct. 3, 1951 at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. She preceded him in death on Sept. 23, 2005. He farmed his entire life and loved gardening. Lawrence was a seed corn dealer for DeKalb Seed. 

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Lyle Dworak

 

Lyle J. Dworak, 86, of La Crosse, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Bethany Riverside, La Crosse. 

He was born in Wauzeka, on July 15, 1927, to George and Maggie (Holmes) Dworak. He married Rose Marie Gentes on Aug. 7, 1948, in St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, Prairie du Chien, and celebrates 65 years of marriage.

Lyle worked for the Railroad, Farm Corp Prairie. He then worked for 35 years for the Northern States Power until he retired.

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Frank Allen (Butch) Ellis

 

Frank Allen (Butch) Ellis, 66, of Portage, formerly from Prairie du Chien, died unexpectedly on Thursday, Feb. 13.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 1, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Prairie du Chien, with a 12 p.m. funeral service. 

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Jeffery Lynn Frieden

 

Jeffery Lynn Frieden, 53, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Elkader, died suddenly at his home on Saturday, Feb. 15. 

He was born on Aug. 16, 1960, at the Postville Hospital, to Milo and Marilyn (DeWitte) Frieden of Elgin, Iowa. Jeff graduated from Valley of Elgin High School, in 1978. Jeff attended Lincoln Tech in Des Moines, Iowa, and graduated from the Auto Mechanics program. He worked in the parts department at John Deere for several years. He also worked as an auto mechanic and most recently as a service manager for a truck repair business in Dubuque. He enjoyed going to car races, fishing trips to Canada, boating, working on his house and spending time with family and friends.

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Catherine Mezera

 

Catherine E. Mezera, 88, of Prairie du Chien passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. 

She was born Aug. 12, 1925 in Murdock, Minn. the daughter of Leo and Ruby (Rosemeier) Gerlach. Catherine earned a B.S. degree in elementary education with a minor in history from Platteville State Teacher’s College and later became a middle grade school teacher in the Sheboygan Falls and Sparta Public Schools. She married Clement C. Mezera on Oct. 9, 1952 at St. Wenceslaus Church in Eastman. Together they farmed in rural Prairie du Chien where Catherine enjoyed the dairy cows and doing the farm records and bookwork. Clem preceded her in death on Aug. 25, 2008. 

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Robert "Bobby" William Connell

 

Robert “Bobby” William Connell, 79, of Marquette, Iowa, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at the Great River Care Center, McGregor, Iowa. 

Robert was born on Jan. 8, 1935, in Iowa City, Iowa, to Frank and Elizabeth (Gallagher) Connell. Robert’s father passed away before his birth.

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Walter Skaife

 

Walter D. Skaife, 96, of Prairie du Chien passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. 

He was born Aug. 23, 1917 in Waterloo Township, the son of Jesse and Carrie (Wilhelm) Skaife. He married Arleen Nagle on April 7, 1945 at St. Mary’s Church in La Crosse. Together they farmed for many years in the Patch Grove area and Walt later retired from 3M Company in Prairie du Chien. He was a talented woodworker and craftsman. 

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