Courier Press

Wed
01
Oct

Save three lives, in just one hour


Prairie du Chien resident and longtime blood donor Nick Nugent chats with the nurse as his blood donation process wraps up on Sept. 15. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Charlie Johll, of rural Prairie du Chien, has donated blood for 40 years. He will reach 23 gallons given in April.

By Correne Martin

If you’ve never donated blood, you’re missing out on the opportunity to save a life. In fact, by giving one hour or less of your time at a blood drive, you could save up to three lives.

“How else can you save three lives within one hour?” pointed out Dennis Kirschbaum, a Prairie du Chien resident who has been donating since 1972 and is working on 18 gallons contributed. “If there was a problem with it, you wouldn’t keep going back. I’ve always had a positive experience. And if you can save lives by donating, why wouldn’t you want to give?

“There’s such a tremendous need for it and there’s really nothing to it,” noted 90-year-old Jack Mulrooney, a lifelong Prairie du Chien resident and donor.

Take it from those who donate: It’s simple, it’s painless and it’s a rewarding experience you’ll always value and want to continue.

Mon
29
Sep

Blackhawk cross country


Prairie du Chien’s Karson Prodzinski leads Hillsboro’s Skyler Fisher as the pair close in on the two-mile marker during the Fennimore Relays on Saturday. Prodzinski finished the race with a time of 21:02.8. (Photos by Nate Beier)

Nick Johnson trails Lodi’s Nathan Taylor after the opening 500 meters on the Fennimore cross country course. Johnson finished with at time of 19:54.

 

Prairie du Chien 

runners at Fennimore

The Prairie du Chien cross country team competed in the Vince Lease Eagle Relays in Fennimore on Saturday. 

The Prairie du Chien girls competed in the junior varsity event. 

The Prairie du Chien boys had a combined time of 101:04 to take sixth out of seven teams. 

Mon
29
Sep

Earthmoving on S. Main


Work has been done recently on this site in the 100 block of South Main Street.

 

Site on South Main Street to 

be filled in, built up, leveled off

Zoning allows for several types of businesses

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
29
Sep

Man dies in ATV accident

 

 

De Soto man 

dies in ATV accident

On Sept. 25, at approximately 8:14 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff`s Department received a report of a missing person from the residence on Lawrence Ridge Road in De Soto. The missing person was identified as Clyde E Starks Jr., age 77.

Mon
29
Sep

Celebrate fall traditions at Orchard Fest


Shihata’s Orchard offers 20,000 apple trees growing 20 varieties of apples across 40 acres of land. All of your favorite flavors of apples, as well as other goodies, will be available for purchase at Orchard Fest this weekend, Oct. 4 and 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can pick your own by the pound or find some in the Apple House you’d like to take home.

Shihata’s featuers the area’s largest pumpkin patch, where you can pick your own or take some already picked.

The Country Fun Park includes a 100-bushel corn box, large tunnel slide, rope maze, giant spider web, John Deere teeter totters and tractor tire jungle gym. Kids can also make friends with the rabbits at Bunnyville and the donkeys, sheep, goat and llama in the animal display.

By Correne Martin

Visiting Wisconsin’s apple orchards is a fall tradition for many. Family-owned and well-loved, Shihata’s Orchard in rural Prairie du Chien has offered families a treasured experience with its annual Orchard Fest for 30 years.

“It started in the packing shed with a hand crank apple press, horse-drawn rides and one Weber grill. And it was manned by about five or six family members,” Co-Owner Linda Shihata recalled, pointing to the original apple press that now adds its rustic look to the décor in the Apple House retail store.

Orchard Fest began the first weekend in October three decades ago with Mo and Mary Shihata, their son David, and Linda, who was dating him at the time. Three of their college friends helped out that year. Today, about 45 friends and family assist with the festival and the Shihata kids bring their college friends home for the enjoyment.

Mon
29
Sep

PdCHS moves route of Homecoming Parade

By Correne Martin

In an effort to avoid road construction and detour routes in Prairie du Chien’s downtown district, Prairie du Chien High School has moved the location of its yearly Homecoming Parade for 2014.

“We had to make the decision back in August and we really didn’t know, at that time, what roads were going to be open or closed,” High School Principal Andy Banasik said.

This year’s parade will take place on several side streets closer to the high school on Wednesday, Oct. 1, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The parade route will begin at Wolf Machine, travel past the Evergreen Cemetery on 15th Street, turn left onto Wells Street for one block, turn right onto Fremont Street, turn left onto Taylor Street and head toward the high school parking lot.

“I would say 15th and Fremont will be good streets to watch the parade from,” Banasik added.

Mon
29
Sep

Improvements on Brunson Street making way for housing development


Four acres of property located to the north of the Brunson Street and 16th Street intersection in Prairie du Chien, called Brunson Court, is being prepared for a housing development. Badger Environmental & Earthworks has extended storm water, water service and sanitary sewer onto the site. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

By Correne Martin
 
Improvements at the Brunson Court development, formerly the Prairie Maison Nursing Home site, in Prairie du Chien are being accomplished. Badger Environmental & Earthworks, of Westby, was selected through the city’s bidding process to perform the project for about $385,000. The original budget was $458,000.

As the Courier Press first reported last September, the ultimate goal of improving Brunson Court is to make way for “starter” homes and duplexes for single families and elderly citizens who still wish to be independent, a pocket park, a retention pond and a new road winding through the development.

Mon
29
Sep

Rose "Rosie" Marie Dworak

 

Rose “Rosie” Marie Dworak, 87, of La Crosse, died Thursday, Sept. 25, in her home. 

She was born in Prairie du Chien, on Feb. 2, 1927, to David R. and Rose (White) Gentes. She married Lyle J. Dworak on Aug. 7, 1948, in St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, Prairie du Chien, and celebrates 65 years of marriage.

Fri
26
Sep

Kathryn (Kay) Frances Kozelka

 

Kathryn (Kay) Frances Kozelka, 64, was called to heaven on Sept. 23, after a long battle with cancer. She fought with grace and courage, always staying positive and living each day to the fullest. 

She was born on Jan. 2, 1950, to Kenneth and Mary (Sabins) DuCharme. She grew up in rural Seneca, where she was proud to be raised on a farm, making memories with her brothers. Family remained the most important thing to Kay throughout her life. 

Fri
26
Sep

John William Wilkinson

 

John William Wilkinson, 78, of Mt. Hope, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse. 

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