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Marquette Road ribbon cutting Monday

The public is invited to participate in a short ribbon-cutting program ceremoniously opening Marquette Road on Monday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. The event, which will take place in the pocket park on the southeast corner of the Marquette Road/Blackhawk Avenue intersection, is co-sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce and city of Prairie du Chien.

According to Chamber CEO Bob Moses, Governor Scott Walker and Wisconsin DOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb have been formally invited to the ceremony. Also, Senator Jennifer Shilling and Representative Lee Nerison have also been invited. Citizens and area business owners are encouraged to attend.

Wed
12
Nov

Wachter survived Korean War grenade explosion


Louie Wachter, 84, of Millville, was one of seven Wachter brothers from the Mount Hope area who served in the military. He is the second youngest of the seven and served in the Korean War for 21 months, beginning Sept. 5, 1951. He is shown with the book, “Korea Reborn: A Grateful Nation Honors War Veterans for 60 Years of Growth,” which was distributed free to Korean War veterans last year by the Departments of Military Affairs and Veterans Affairs. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Pictured is Louie Wachter more than 60 years ago in his Army uniform.

By Correne Martin

Louie Wachter vividly remembers the night he was wounded on Heartbreak Ridge Hill in the Korean War.

He was 22 years old and it was the first week of November 1952. He and a couple Army comrades were sitting in the trenches in the North Korean hills, with their steel helmets off, eating rations. A few feet in front of them, sandbags sat three or four rows deep, and there was a cliff behind them. The first sign of the enemy arrived when a mortar round hit their trenches. All of the men put on their helmets.

Wed
12
Nov

Railroad crossing work may hold up finalization of Marquette Road project

DOT portion done, road will still open Nov. 17

The Prairie du Chien Common Council learned Tuesday night that the railroad crossings at Blackhawk Avenue and Washington Street, as well as the spur that runs across Marquette, have not been completely repaired by Burlington Northern Santa Fe, in correlation with the Marquette Road project. Even though the Department of Transportation’s portion of the project appears as though it will be finished around Nov. 16, city administration has heard the crossings may not be done until December. Due to the delay, the DOT and city staff are exploring options that would open them up prior to the permanent repairs being completed.

If a solution is determined, more information will be reported in next week’s issues of the Courier Press and on the Courier Press’ Facebook page.

Wed
12
Nov

Local woman in Ironman Wisconsin


With the Wisconsin State Capitol in the background, Gretchen Kilbey is about to cross the finish line of the Ironman Wisconsin Triathlon.

Gretchen Kilbey cruises along in the bicycle portion of the Ironman Wisconsin Triathlon.

 

A top life experience

Prairie du Chien woman completes Ironman Wisconsin Triathlon 

Prairie du Chien’s Gretchen Kilbey has competed in numerous endurance events over the years and, hopefully, her dedication, discipline and determination will be a source of inspiration for others to doggedly pursue their dreams, whatever they may be. 

Mon
10
Nov

Mervin E. Nimbar

 

Mervin E. Nimbar, 89, formerly of Prairie du Chien passed away Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in LaCrosse. 

Mon
10
Nov

Sandra M. Greene

 

Sandra M. Greene, 72, of Seneca died Tuesday, Nov. 4, at her home after a long courageous battle with leukemia. 

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10
Nov

Terry R. Cejka

 

Terry R. Cejka, 66, of Baraboo passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at St. Clare Hospice House. 

Terry, son of Robert and Betty Howell Cejka, was born Sept. 13, 1948, in Prairie du Chien. He attended three years at Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien and graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1966. Terry then went on to earn his Associates Degree from MATC-Madison in Electronics.

Mon
10
Nov

Prairie du Chien man guilty of child sexual assaults

A 32-year-old Prairie du Chien man was found guilty in Grant County Circuit Court Wednesday, Nov. 5 of four counts of repeated sexual assault of a child, three counts of sexual exploitation of a child, two counts of child pornography and one count of first degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 13. The abuse alleged in the criminal complaint goes back as far as 2008.

Aaron L. Bouzek was found guilty per a plea agreement approved by Grant County Circuit Court Judge Craig R. Day. The agreement included dropping 23 other felony counts against Bouzek, who also won’t face federal charges. Bouzek faces a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison and a maximum of 147 years.

Day ordered a pre-sentence investigation and a sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 18 in Grant County Circuit Court.

Bouzek remains in custody in the Grant County Jail.

Mon
10
Nov

Man falls off bluff during pursuit

 CASSVILLE—A 22-year-old Cuba City man apparently trying to break into a house ended up falling 20 feet off a rock ledge Sunday night, Nov. 2.

Daniel Udelhoven, was taken by Cassville EMS to Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster and then by MedFlight helicopter to UW-Hospital in Madison.

Grant County authorities received a call about two people trying to break into a house shortly after 10 p.m. Troy Mitchell, 51, Cassville, was detained by authorities after a foot chase, and Udelhoven was tracked by Grant County K9 Diego to the top of a hill north of Bluff Street.

Lancaster police found Udelhoven on a rock ledge, where he landed after falling about 20 feet, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

Udelhoven had a probation and parole warrant for his arrest according to the sheriff’s office. Additional charge of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest are being referred to the Grant County District Attorney’s office.

Mon
10
Nov

Catholic Charities now coordinating former Faith in Action services

Catholic Charities is excited to let the public know that its organization will be assuming the coordinating role of the former Faith in Action program, now known as Hands of Hope. They are looking forward to coordinating and providing services by offering a helping hand, a compassionate ear, and a helpful connection to community residents.  They are happy to be able to offer an avenue for these services to continue.

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