Courier Press

Wed
09
Mar

Veterans services could be reduced across Wisconsin

By Correne Martin

County veterans service office assistance for veterans and their dependents could be cut back if recently introduced Wisconsin legislation (AB 821 and SB 668) passes. The legislation would remove some of the locally-offered benefits, such as driver’s license and park pass eligibility determinations, from the county office and offer them through a consortium office shared with a nearby county or at an office in Madison, thus requiring veterans to travel farther to receive those services or utilize email or fax to send documents to the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.

“They’re not taking into consideration that our local veterans don’t want to or can’t drive to Madison for these services. They might not know how to use email or send faxes,” Crawford County Veterans Service Officer Laura Moore stated. “If they just come into our office, I can look at their ID and verify their information much quicker and make it easier for them.”

Wed
09
Mar

Kickapoo Watershed Project

 

Money still available for 

landowners interested in 

Kickapoo Watershed Project

Sign-up 

deadline June 10

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
09
Mar

CWD in Allamakee

 

No special hunt this 

year to collect more 

samples for CWD testing

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Tue
08
Mar

St. Patrick’s parade puts a spring in everyone’s step


The St. Patrick’s Day Parade always draws a good crowd along Blackhawk Avenue in downtown Prairie du Chien.

By Ted Pennekamp and Correne Martin

As usual, a large turnout is expected for the annual Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 12.

Parade participants are asked to assemble at 9 a.m. on St. Feriole Island and the parade will begin at approximately 10 a.m.

“Just as robins are a welcome harbinger of spring, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a sure indication that the seasons are ready to change and we can start to say farewell to winter,” said City Administrator Aaron Kramer. “It is a real positive for the city and especially the downtown, and the chamber does a real nice job putting it all together and drawing visitors from all around the area.”

The parade will start from St. Feriole Island and proceed east on Blackhawk Avenue, north on Michigan Street, west on Washington Street and then back to St. Feriole Island.

Mon
07
Mar

Opportunity Center services at stake again, citizens asked to voice opinions

By Correne Martin

Services like those offered at the Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien are again at stake, as the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is drafting a new Family Care 2.0 Concept Plan, due to the Joint Finance Committee by April 1. Through a provision in the plan, states could make determinations that may or may not discontinue facility-based prevocational services like the Opportunity Center’s.

If the JFC approves the concept plan, DHS will draft and submit a waiver request to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services by the end of September. This will likely leave few opportunities for individuals with disabilities and their family members to voice their choice, according to A Team Wisconsin.

“The government is pushing for MCOs (managed care organizations) to kick employees out of the center,” said Kari Kossman, Opportunity Center community services coordinator.

Mon
07
Mar

Seneca Boys Victorious


The Seneca boys basketball team hoists their Regional Championship trophy as the fans applaud. (Photo by Sandy Connors)

The Regional Champion Seneca boys basketball team is, seated: managers Lucas Kilburg, Brennan Wallin, Evan Payne and Kolton Chambers. Second row: Tanner Hill, Noah Allan, Devin Wallin, Tyler Zach and Cody Ostrander. Back row: Coach David Boland, Kilian Boland, Thomas Johnson, Nick Payne, Jared Payne, Brandy Fernette, Gavin Greene and Coach Al Bark. (Photo by Sandy Connors)

 

Seneca 

boys 

on to 

Sectional

Top seeded Seneca defeated visiting and fourth seeded Shullsburg 64-54 in a Division 5 Regional final in boys basketball action Saturday night to advance to the Sectional semifinal in Reedsburg on Thursday, March 10 where they will face second seeded Barneveld.

Mon
07
Mar

Prairie Boys Advance


Prairie du Chien’s Wesley Schwager looks to score down low against visiting River Valley in a Division 3 Regional semifinal Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Jacob Lenzendorf pulls up along the right baseline in first half action.

Connor George scoops up a shot versus River Valley Friday night.

 

Prairie boys 

beat River Valley

Prairie du Chien met River Valley for the third time this season in Division 3 Regional boys basketball action Friday night and expected a very physical game after defeating River Valley twice during the regular season.  

The Hawks opened up the game with a 7-0 run with Chas Sagedahl contributing 4 points and Nathan Banasik nailing a 3-pointer before River Valley had to burn a time-out. 

Mon
07
Mar

Prairie Girls End Season


The ball momentarily eludes everyone’s grasp in Baraboo Thursday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Kelly Check (22) goes up for a shot against Platteville Thursday night.

 

Prairie girls trounce Platteville

The Prairie du Chien Lady Blackhawks clinched an opportunity for the sectional championship by dismantling the Platteville Hillmen 70-52 in a Division 3 sectional semifinal at Baraboo High School Thursday night. 

A close first half was succeeded in the second half by an avalanche of Blackhawk field goals that thwarted any chance of a Hillmen comeback.  

Mon
07
Mar

Repainting Courthouse


Dion Markin, the owner of Elite Painting of Prairie du Chien, strips paint from the ceiling of the main courtroom in the Crawford County Courthouse. Dion’s son, Devin Markin, applies tape to the edge of the main doorway.

 

Courthouse ceiling being repainted

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Elite Painting of Prairie du Chien has been hired by Crawford County to repaint the courthouse ceiling which has been peeling and dropping paint since the $2.081 million courthouse renovation project was completed in November of 2013.

Mon
07
Mar

Lillian M. Konichek

 

Lillian M. Konichek, 89, of Prairie du Chien passed away Friday, March 4, at her home surrounded by her family. 

She was born May 3, 1926 in Prairie du Chien the daughter of Vincent and Louise (Konichek) Novak. She married Lloyd Konichek on June 7, 1947 at St. John’s Church in Prairie du Chien. He preceded her in death on Dec. 8, 1993. She was a lifetime member at St. John’s and worked for many years in the bakery for the Piggly Wiggly Store. Lillian and Lloyd were past members of the Eagles Club Aerie 1502. 

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