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Pony rides, hay rides and more at Childrens Ranch Saturday


It doesn’t get much cuter than a little girl or boy taking their first pony ride. The opportunity for families to experience such a moment, as well as other fun fall activities, will be available at Childrens Ranch’s Fall Festival, in rural Prairie du Chien, Saturday, Oct. 11. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The ultimate family event where children can engage with horses is set for this weekend at the Childrens Ranch in rural Prairie du Chien. The eighth annual Fall Festival (formerly the Halloween Party) will take place on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and include pony rides, hay rides, crafts and treats.

“It is a family event but mostly geared toward kids who are too young for lessons,” Childrens Ranch President Gracie White said, noting that children 7 and younger are the perfect age to enjoy the activities planned. “It is great for little kids to get their first pony ride. We will also have horses just for petting if they aren’t comfortable riding a horse just yet.”

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Beverly Grace Copsey

 

Beverly Grace Copsey, 83, died on Saturday Oct. 4, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. 

Beverly was born on Feb. 10, 1931 in Ferryville, the daughter of James and Berneta (Bross) Johnston. Beverly was united in marriage to Roy Copsey on Aug. 6, 1949 at the Freeman Lutheran Church in Ferryville. 

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James (Jim) LeRoy Cowell

 

 James (Jim) LeRoy Cowell, 84, of McGregor, Iowa, died Friday, Oct. 3, at his home. 

His parents were Harley and Thelma (Powell) Cowell of the Big Foot area in Allamakee County, near the town of Volney. Jim was born there April 2, 1930. After graduating from Luana High School in 1949, Jim served in the U.S. Army. Jim was married to Joi Rainbolt on Feb. 16, 2008, at First Lutheran (Swede Ridge) Church in McGregor. Over the years, he worked at Agri Industries in McGregor, GenCor Bituma in Marquette, and at the Pattison Sand Mine Company in Clayton. Jim retired in 1992 but kept busy in his small blacksmith and welding shop at home making repairs for countless friends and neighbors. 

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Francis Harry Peters

 

Francis Harry Peters, 82, of Monona, Iowa died Wednesday, Oct. 1, at his home. 

He was born Jan. 11, 1932 to Harry and Freida (Hertrampf) Peters on the home farm in Linton Township, rural Monona. Francis graduated eighth grade from country school and went right into farming.

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Clement R. Wachuta, Sr.

 

 Clement R. Wachuta, Sr., 89, of Prairie du Chien, passed from this life on Friday, Oct. 3, after a brief bout with pneumonia, with loving family members by his side. 

Born in Prairie du Chien on Dec. 15, 1924, Clem is the son of Edward V. and Helen C. (Lechnir) Wachuta. He was preceded in death by his beloved sister Dorothy (Walter “Bob”) Folbrecht and brother Robert (Donna St. Jacques) Wachuta of Fort Atkinson.

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Dianne G. (Zinkle) Bird

 

Dianne G. (Zinkle) Bird, 80, of Seneca passed away Friday, Oct. 3, at Bluffview Memory Care in Holmen. 

She was born Aug. 8, 1934 the daughter of Aloysius and Gertrude (Schmidt) Zinkle. She married the love of her life, Ronnie Bird, on Oct. 19, 1953, in Boscobel. They farmed in the Seneca area since 1960. Her goal in life was to serve others. Family and friends knew this better than most. She looked forward to family milestones, deer hunting and Christmas; because family would surround her. She taught love and patience and was an excellent example of how a wife and mother should live.

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Lawrence "Jack" N. Colsch

 

 Lawrence “Jack” N. Colsch, 89, of Richland Center died Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Tomah Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

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PdC volleyball


Prairie’s Jamie Kozelka pounds the ball back to River Valley Tuesday night. (Photos by Todd Knapp)

Maria Skemp pops the ball over the outstetched arms of the River Valley player.

Courtney Pattison tries to get the ball past the River Valley defense Tuesday night.

 

River Valley 

stops Prairie girls

River Valley bested visiting Prairie du Chien three games to none in an SWC volleyball match Tuesday night. 

River Valley won by scores of 25-16, 25-17 and 25-13. 

Maria Skemp had 9 kills for Prairie du Chien. Courtney Pattison had 1 block and Paige Rickleff had 1 block. Pattison had 3 aces. Pattison also had 15 assists. 

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Voter ID

 

Municipal clerks, websites have 

information about new voter ID law

By Ted Pennekamp

 

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SMRT Bus receives $25,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation

The Otto Bremer Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to the La Crosse County Aging Unit to support the SMRT Bus Regional Transit Service in providing accessible, efficient, and affordable public transportation for elderly/disabled residents, workers and the general public. The SMRT Bus is great to use to get to work, medical appointments, classes, shopping, or just sightseeing. The SMRT Bus has daily scheduled stops at hospitals and clinics, shopping centers, large employers, and technical colleges and universities.

“This is another example of the partnerships that make this regional transit system successful and encourage its continued growth,” said Peter Fletcher of the Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission. Fletcher and Noreen Holmes, director of the La Crosse County Aging Unit, collaborated on writing and securing this grant.

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