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May

Teen injured in a rollover crash Friday

An area teenager was injured and his vehicle severely damaged in a one-vehicle rollover Friday morning, April 29, in the village of Steuben, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

On Friday, at 7:39 a.m., the sheriff’s department was notified of a crash with injuries on Stockyard Road, about four-tenths of a mile south of Drake Road in Steuben.

Garrett Groom, 16, of Steuben, was traveling south on Stockyard Road when he lost control of his 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup while negotiating a curve. The truck went off the west side shoulder, causing Groom to lose control of his vehicle. He attempted to regain control, overcorrected, crossed both lanes of the road, and went over the east side embankment, causing the vehicle to overturn.

Mon
02
May

UTV goes off embankment on private road

One man was injured when a utility terrain vehicle went off an embankment in Wauzeka Township Sunday, May 1, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

On Sunday, at 1:09 p.m., the sheriff’s department was notified of a UTV accident on a private road at 53962 Hwy. 60 in rural Wauzeka.

Michael Gillitzer Sr., 67, was operating the UTV when the vehicle left the roadway, went over an embankment about 40 to 50 feet, and came to a rest on the driver’s side. Gillitzer was transported to the Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien for treatment.

Gillitzer’s passengers, his two young grandchildren, were reportedly uninjured.

The Wauzeka First Responders and Tri- State EMS both assisted at the scene.

Mon
02
May

Prairie du Chien welcome center opens for 37th tourism season


The Travel Wisconsin Welcome Center in Prairie du Chien is open seven days a week May 2 through Nov. 4. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Inmates from the Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution repainted the interior of the welcome center. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

The Travel Wisconsin Welcome Center in Prairie du Chien, also home to the PdC Area Chamber of Commerce office, was recently spruced up in anticipation of the tourism season. Beginning today, May 2, the facility will be open seven days a week through Nov. 4. Over 15 volunteers and three part-time paid staff will work inside the center, which provides information about over 200 tourism destinations in the tri-state area—from here to Spring Green, Delavan, Hayward, Marshfield, Port Washington and everywhere in between.

The interior walls of the welcome center were repainted, the city of Prairie du Chien signs and Wisconsin Travel Center sign were redone and the lights on the storage building near the center were replaced.

“I think people should be very proud of the welcome center here in Prairie du Chien. It puts us on the map,” Chamber President and CEO Bob Moses stated. “It’s nice for our communities on the Iowa side too.”

Thu
28
Apr

St. Peter co-pastor inspired to lead people through journey with Jesus


Associate Pastor Kyle Svennungsen started with St. Peter Lutheran Church in March 2015. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

After just one year as associate pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Prairie du Chien, Kyle Svennungsen is very much a leader in the parish and the community. But, he and his young family are also dedicated members of both entities, and they’re thankful for the opportunity.

“I was called here because the congregation was starting to get some younger families and my skills are geared toward educating young people,” said Pastor Kyle, who along with Pastor Joe Irvin, shares leadership duties over worship services, funerals, weddings, baptisms and other fellowship activities.

Kyle grew up in Kalispell, Mont., near Glacier National Park. He’s one of seven siblings. Church has been a central part of his family his entire life. In high school, he also participated heavily in sports, played the cello and guitar and loved to sing. He attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., on a music scholarship.

Thu
28
Apr

Reap the best varieties at Memorial Gardens Plant Sale


Don’t be a pansy! Make plans to attend the sixth annual Memorial Gardens Plant Sale on Saturday, May 7, from 8 a.m. to noon. And if you have perennial plants and flowers at home you wish to donate, dig them up, box or bag them, label them with variety and color, and drop them off at the gardens any time the Friday before. (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

You may buy or donate your perennials Mother’s Day weekend, at the sixth annual Memorial Gardens Plant Sale and help enhance the beauty of St. Feriole Island too.

From 8 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, May 7, rain or shine, area residents can purchase perennial plants and flowers of many varieties, some bagged and some potted, that are all hearty to this region.
Organizers Cathie Nelson and Barb Toberman noted that, for certain, there will be coneflowers; assorted lilies; plants and flowers that attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds; and hostas.

“We have lots of hostas. You wouldn’t believe it; they’re such a hot seller,” Barb said.

Cathie added, “We’ll also have rhubarb for sale for top price.”

Wed
27
Apr

Wauzeka-Steuben Baseball


The Hornets’ Jeremy Lessard pitches with an Ithaca runner in scoring position.

Wauzeka-Steuben’s Isaac Byrne gets ready for a throw over to first base Monday.

 

Bulldogs blank 

Wauzeka-Steuben Hornets

Ithaca blanked host Wauzeka-Steuben 17-0 in a Ridge and Valley baseball game Monday afternoon. 

The Bulldogs scored 5 runs in the top of the second inning, 1 in the third, 6 in the fourth, and 5 in the fifth.

The Bulldogs had 15 hits in the contest and committed no errors. 

Wed
27
Apr

Wauzeka-Steuben Softball


Wauzeka-Steuben’s Siena Krachey unleashes a pitch to the Ithaca batter Monday afternoon. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Lady Hornets’ Molly Heisz belts a double against the visiting Bulldogs.

Molly Heisz scores on a play at the plate against Ithaca in Ridge and Valley action.

 

Ithaca stops 

Wauzeka-Steuben

Ithaca defeated host Wauzeka-Steuben 8-1 in a Ridge and Valley softball game Monday afternoon. 

Molly Heisz was 1x3 with a double and a run scored to lead the Lady Hornets. 

Siena Krachey and Parker Mindham pitched for Wauzeka-Steuben. Krachey fanned 3 in 3 innings. Mindham whiffed 4 and walked 3 in 4 innings. 

Wed
27
Apr

Former Wasabi Restaurant owner killed in accident

By Ted Pennekamp and Correne Martin

The former owner of the Wasabi Japanese Restaurant in the town of Bridgeport was killed when he was struck by a vehicle early Monday morning, April 25, in Clarksville, Tenn.

Young Su Kim, 43, of Clarksville, formerly of the Prairie du Chien area, was identified as the pedestrian in the accident, said Officer Natalie Hall of the Clarksville Police Department. He stepped out into traffic and was struck near the intersection of Fort Campbell Boulevard and Eva Drive at 4:49 a.m.

Kim died at the scene, Hall said Tuesday afternoon.

As the Courier Press has reported, Kim was the victim of a severe beating at the restaurant he owned in October 2015. He sustained critical head and brain trauma, along with other injuries, as a result of the incident.

According to sources close to Kim, he had family in Tennessee. His most recent physical and mental state was unknown.

Wed
27
Apr

Wauzeka-Steuben High School announces valedictorian, salutatorian

Kylie Zimmerman has been named the valedictorian and Joel Martin has been named the salutatorian of the Wauzeka-Steuben High School 2016 graduating class.

Kylie is the daughter of Dean and Kim Zimmerman. Kylie has been very active throughout her high school career while excelling academically. Kylie has earned academic honors all four years, earning herself four academic letters/pins for her excellence in the classroom. During her junior year, she attended Badger Girls State.

Wed
27
Apr

Nagel continues family farming tradition her own way


“I don’t live on a farm but I have a great opportunity working at Achenbach’s Hy-View Dairy Farm,” Brooklynn Nagel said. “Some of my daily tasks are feeding calves, treating sick calves by giving antibiotics and giving them fresh bedding.”

Brooklynn Nagel, 16, is from Eastman and works at Achenbach’s Hy-View Dairy Farm. Since she was 3 years old, her life has revolved around agriculture.

Brooklyn Nagel joined the ring, showing both pigs and lambs at fairs and specialty livestock shows at a very young age.

By Abrielle Backhaus, Agri-View newspaper, www.agriview.com

Brooklynn Nagel, 16, from Eastman, is continuing generations of family farming in her own way.

“I don’t live on a farm, but I have a great opportunity working at Achenbach’s Hy-View Dairy Farm,” Nagel said. “Some of my daily tasks are feeding calves, treating sick calves by giving antibiotics and giving them fresh bedding. Also every year for the county fair I purchase a few pigs and lambs that I keep at my grandpa’s farm. I am responsible for caring for them and working with them to become a show animal.”

With a family rooted in the agriculture industry, Brooklyn, at the young age of 3, joined the ring, showing both pigs and lambs at fairs and specialty livestock shows. Her agricultural interest only progressed from there.

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