Courier Press

Mon
30
Mar

Austin produces maple syrup in homage to his father’s sweet dreams


The most recent product of Austin’s Rush Creek Farm is its homemade maple syrup—which Brian Austin proudly shows here—in addition to their popular dilly beans, pickled beets, jams and jellies. (Photos by Correne Martin)

After the bags are about half full of sap from numerous maple trees, Brian collects the results and then transports the sap back to his cooker, where the syrup making begins.

Brian skims froth from the top of a pan of boiling sap.

By Correne Martin

Three years ago, Brian Austin set out to fulfill the sweet dreams of his late father, who always had a deep yearning for Brian to produce maple syrup. The first jar of his creation, aptly labeled Dad’s Dream, was capped in 2013, seven years after Brian’s dad passed away. He made only one gallon that first year of production.

“I just started talking to people at farmers markets and reading up on how to do it,” Brian said, noting that his dad’s desires stemmed from growing up on his father’s sugarbush farm in northern Vermont, where the family patriarch made maple syrup too. Now, Brian is quite proud that the Austin family tradition has come full circle. And he’s pleased with the results of his growing operation as well.

Wed
25
Mar

State Wrestling Qualifiers


Qualifying for the State Meet in Madison on March 27 and 28 are, front row: Irelynd Cejka, Audrey Watson, Bradyn Saint, Sheyanne Ronnfeldt, Brogan Brewer and Rhett Koenig. Back row: Traeton Saint, Reid Koenig, Colten Wall, Luke Wright, Jerrod Osterkamp and Tyler Smock.

 

Youth wrestlers earn trip to the State Wrestling Meet

On Saturday, March 21, 23 wrestlers from the Prairie Youth Wrestling Club wrestled at the USA State Qualifier in Westby and Mineral Point.  These sites are two of the eight sites from all over Wisconsin.  To qualify for the State Meet in Madison, a wrestler has to place in the top two of his/her weight class. In addition to the State Qualifiers, six other wrestlers also medaled at the Qualifier, placing third or fourth.

Wed
25
Mar

Wauzeka-Steuben Athletic Awards


Several Wauzeka-Steuben varsity basketball players were honored at the end of the season. Senior exchange student Marti Joaquin-Lluis (left) earned the Hornet Award. Jeramiah Huber (second), Jonah Huber (fourth), and Turner Krachey (far right) each earned Ridge and Valley All-Conference Honorable Mention. Hunter Slaght (center) earned the Captain Award.

After a highly successful girls’ basketball season that culminated in a Ridge and Valley Conference title, Wauzeka-Steuben Coach Ben McCullick was honored as the Ridge and Valley Conference Coach of the Year. Seniors Lexi Bird and Kelsey Kapinus were named team captains. Senior Celina Giddings and junior Molly Heisz earned First Team All-Conference, while Kylie Zimmerman was named Honorable Mention All-Conference.
Wed
25
Mar

Legendary Locals


Mary Antoine holds a copy of her new book “Legendary Locals of Prairie du Chien.” (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Local historian writes about those who impacted Prairie du Chien

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The stories of numerous Prairie du Chien people, past and present, famous and not famous, are explored in a new book “Legendary Locals of Prairie du Chien” by local author Mary Elise Antoine. 

Wed
25
Mar

This week’s heavy snow blamed for numerous accidents

During the winter storm of Sunday through Monday morning, there were numerous slideoffs and temporary road closures due to semis blocking the road. The following are reportable accidents that occurred during the winter weather event.

On Sunday, March 22, at 1:51 p.m., the Crawford County sheriff’s department was notified of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 27 near the intersection of Nolan Road in the township of Prairie du Chien.

Norman Hare, 48, of Viroqua, was traveling northbound on Highway 27 in a 2004 Toyota Corolla when he lost control of his vehicle due to the snow and slush on the roadway. Hare crossed the center line into the southbound lane and struck a trailer being pulled by a 2006 Ford F150 operated by Stephen Stormer, 70, of Madison. Stormer had two passengers in his vehicle, Jacob Stormer, 37, of Stoughton, and Robert Noethe, 52, of Blue Mounds.

Wed
25
Mar

Well Woman Program is being restructured

By Correne Martin

The Wisconsin Well Woman Program (WWWP), which provides preventive health screening services to women with little or no health insurance coverage, is undergoing a restructuring period.

Crawford County has provided WWWP services for more than 20 years. County administration first learned of the changes in late 2014.

Until now, every county has had a well woman coordinator who helps women apply and receive services through the program. In addition, there have been about 1,000 providers throughout the state of Wisconsin that administer well woman breast and cervical cancer screenings as well as multiple sclerosis testing for women with high-risk signs of multiple sclerosis, to uninsured and underinsured women ages 45 to 64. Last year, the state  decided it was going to eliminate some of the medical providers offering the screenings and also move toward a more regional approach with its coordinators.

Wed
25
Mar

Crossing Rivers desires direct access road from highway to main entrance


Pictured is the area where the desired direct access road from Highways 18/35 to the main entrance of the new hospital would begin. As it is now, those visiting the hospital would enter from the stoplights at Southtown Lane and drive past Nathan Plaza to access the facility. The hospital and city are hopeful that the Federal Aviation Administration will approve their request for the main access point to be directly off the highway. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Crossing Rivers Health’s new medical center on the south end of Prairie du Chien becomes closer to reality every day. CEO Bill Sexton said, last week, that the hospital is anticipated to open in the first part of June, though that depends on construction progress, state approval and a number of additional factors.

While the current main entrance to the property is via the stoplights at Southtown Lane (near Walmart) and past Nathan Plaza, Crossing Rivers and the city of Prairie du Chien wish for an access road to be built directly from Highways 18/35 to the main entrance of the new hospital. The desired entry point is located in the area where the former Stark’s Mobile Homes had its entrance. However, because of the close proximity to the Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport, it is unknown whether the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will grant the request to construct such a road.

Wed
25
Mar

Opportunity Center named Outstanding Service Provider by ContinuUs


The Opportunity Center, of Prairie du Chien, recently received the Outstanding Service Provider award from ContinuUs, a program that offers long-term care support through service provider network to adults with disabilities enrolled in Wisconsin’s Family Care program. The Opportunity Center is the first employment provider ever to win this award from ContinuUs’ 21-county region. Accepting the award from Angie Young (center), of ContinuUs, are (from left) Angie Engrav, Nicole Read, Karen Cooper and Pam Ritchie. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The Opportunity Center has been recognized with a quarterly Outstanding Service Provider award by ContinuUs, formerly Southwest Family Care Alliance, for the excellent quality of service it provides for adults with disabilities.

Since 1965, the Opportunity Center has been creating opportunities for people with disabilities to develop their full potential in society.

According to Ashley Trautsch, a Prairie du Chien area ContinuUs supervisor, the Opportunity Center was nominated and chosen for the award for many reasons.

Wed
25
Mar

Michael Dale Gilkes

 

Michael Dale Gilkes, 56, of Oshkosh, died Thursday, March 19, at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minn. 

Michael was born Dec. 6, 1958 in Prairie du Chien, the son of Franklin and Margaret (Valley) Gilkes. He graduated from West Grant High School in 1977 and received his HVAC degree from Western Technical College in La Crosse. 

Tue
24
Mar

Helen J. Koecke

 

Helen J. Koecke, 83, of Prairie du Chien passed away Monday, March 23, at the Grandview Care Center in Oelwein, Iowa. 

She was born Sept. 15, 1931 in Iowa City, Iowa the daughter of William and Geneva (Adney) Reinhardt. She married Harry Koecke on Jan. 8, 1948. He preceded her in death on Sept. 24, 1996. Helen worked at the Metro Theater and Hamann’s Variety Store and later managed Grandma’s Deli in downtown Prairie du Chien. 

Pages

Subscribe to Courier Press