Courier Press

Thu
27
Aug

Patrica A. Smith

 

Patrica A. Smith, 72, of Prairie du Chien, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, at her residence in Prairie du Chien. 

Pat was born Feb. 23, 1943, in Lancaster, the daughter of Harley and Esther (Brandemuehl) Foster. On April 2, 1977, she married Dr. Clifford Smith. Together they spent many years raising Appaloosa horses in rural Prairie du Chien. Clifford preceded her in death on May 11, 2010. In later years, she enjoyed planting flowers, watching the birds and other wildlife that visited her home. Pat also enjoyed scrapbooking, card stamping, relaxing in the pool, and camping parties with her family at her home. 

Wed
26
Aug

Get ‘Circus, Circus’ entries ready for McGregor-Marquette Labor Day parade

On Saturday, Sept. 5, the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its annual Labor Day parade. This year’s theme is once again “Circus, Circus” in celebration of the upcoming 150th birthday of John Ringling, co-founder of the Ringling Bros., and later co-owner of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. The parade steps off at 11 a.m., beginning near St. Mary’s in McGregor and continuing north on Main Street.

“Come line up on Main Street for the fun, stay for the Hole in the Sock Gang’s theatrical performance in front of Uncle Sam’s at 1 p.m., enjoy lunch at one of many eateries, enjoy a historical boat tour and get in some shopping while in town. There is plenty of fun and activities for everyone,” Chamber of Commerce Director Carolyn Gallagher said.

Wed
26
Aug

RR versus W-S volleyball scrimmage


Grace Mergen of River Ridge hits the ball back to the Wauzeka-Steuben side.

The action was good at the scrimmage Tuesday with both teams starting to round into form as they prepare for the regular season.

River Ridge hosted Wauzeka-Steuben in a volleyball scrimmage Tuesday evening. There was action on two courts, a varsity court and a court for those players with less experience. The varsity court at times had a mixture of varsity and junior varsity players. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Wauzeka-Steuben smashes the ball to the River Ridge side at the scrimmage on Tuesday evening on the varsity court.

Hunter Kisting (3) of River Ridge battles at the net against two Wauzeka-Steuben players.
Wed
26
Aug

River Ridge presents new staff

New staff in the River Ridge School District for 2015-2016 gathered recently for a group picture. From left: Clay Koenig, high school principal; Samantha Jung, grade 3; Bret Iverson, high school ag; Deb Martell, administrative secretary; Linda Moser, middle/high school math; Tina Dilley, middle/high school business and career education; Katrina Ellis, high school math; Trudy DeSimons, special education director; Dr. Jeff Athey, superintendent/elementary principal.

Wed
26
Aug

Trailer and $19,000 of tools stolen in PdC

A United Expressline trailer was stolen from the area of the 400 block of South Main Street and the Highway 18 Bypass in Prairie du Chien sometime between 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 23 and 6:15 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 24. The trailer is black and gray with hail damage and no license plate. It is large enough to hold a full-size car. At the time of the crime, the trailer was full of construction tools, valued at around $19,000, that have the contractor’s initials, “RS,” engraved on them. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (866) 779-7297.

The trailer was reportedly seen on the bypass heading south out of Prairie du Chien around the times above. The Prairie du Chien Police Department is asking anyone who had a video camera recording traffic, or saw this trailer, to contact them via Crimestoppers.

Wed
26
Aug

Man allegedly reveals routine morphine usage

A 27-year-old Prairie du Chien woman and a 36-year-old Prairie du Chien man have each been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of narcotic drugs and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia as a party to a crime.

Tiffany J. McKittrick and Shawn R. Otterson, who were both staying in the same motel room on South Marquette Road, each face up to a $10,500 fine and three years and seven months imprisonment if convicted of both counts.

According to the criminal complaint, Prairie du Chien police officers responded to a report of a disturbance at the motel. When questioned as part of the investigation, Otterson admitted that he and McKittrick use morphine routinely, the complaint said.

Items of drug paraphernalia, including a syringe were seized following a search. A piece of cotton tested positive for opiates/morphine, according to the complaint.

Wed
26
Aug

Local woman charged with meth possession

A 26-year-old Prairie du Chien woman has been charged in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of possession of methamphetamine.

Christine Marie Barnhart faces up to 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a baggie containing a white powdery substance accidentally dropped from Barnhart’s hand and landed on the self-checkout stand as she was paying for merchandise at Wal-Mart in the town of Bridgeport. Barnhart left the baggie behind and it was turned over to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

When later questioned by a deputy, Barnhart admitted that the baggie contained meth, the complaint said.

Wed
26
Aug

Locally-raised animals up for bid at county fair


Exhibitor Lily Mitchell is pictured with buyer Ben McCullick, of Christianson Feed Mill, Wauzeka. Mitchell had the grand champion steer last year. (Submitted photos)

Exhibitor Chad Achenbach is pictured with buyer/processor Kevin Schaaf, of Eastman Locker, and last year’s grand champion market hog.

By Correne Martin

A great way to put locally-raised meat in your freezer and help support Crawford County youth at the same time would be to attend the Meat Animal Auction at the Crawford County Fair Saturday, Aug. 29, at 1 p.m. The showing and bidding takes place in the sheep and swine building on the fairgrounds and lasts a couple hours. Water and lemonade will be provided in case of hot weather.

This year, 52 young fair exhibitors, ages 9 to 19, will take their beef and dairy steers, sheep, swine, and possibly rabbits, to auction. Each of those can exhibit up to two animals, and many of the kids do, so there’s typically an average of 50 to 70 animals up for sale, auction emcee Lonnie Achenbach explained. Participation in the Meat Animal Auction provides the kids a fun experience with the sales and market process and it affords them the opportunity to make money for their future college education or agricultural business.

Wed
26
Aug

Fourth Ward people remembered in PdC woman’s new book


Bette Beneker diligently worked for seven years on putting together “Come Hell or High Water: Prairie du Chien’s 4th Ward.” The book, self-published through CreateSpace, is a tribute to the hard-working people and businesses that once inhabited St. Feriole Island. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

After seven years of diligence and personal loyalty to retelling the stories of the Fourth Ward, Bette Valley Beneker has released a book dedicated to the one place most near and dear to her heart. “Come Hell or High Water: Prairie du Chien’s 4th Ward,” self-published through CreateSpace, keeps alive the memories made decades ago when a neighborhood of homes and businesses occupied St. Feriole Island.

“It’s about the people who lived there,” Bette described. “These people need to be remembered, for the simple reason that they had hearts of gold, they were hard workers and it was really a community.”

Tue
25
Aug

David L. Swiggum

 

David L. Swiggum, 72, passed away Aug. 22, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. 

He was born Nov. 6, 1942 in Viroqua, to Rudolph and Mamie Swiggum. He graduated from Gays Mills High School in 1961 and joined the Navy where he served as a Portuguese interpreter. His tours of duty took him to South America and Africa. Health issues forced him out of the Navy and he lived in the La Crosse area most of the next 35 years. For the last 11 years, he was cared for by the Murfreesboro VA and Jake’s Assisted Living in Murfreesboro.

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