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Boxes packed with food, spirit of the season

Students from Prairie du Chien High School and Middle School assisted volunteers from the Prairie du Chien Jaycees in packing boxes full of food and organizing toys for Operation Santa Monday and Tuesday evenings, this week. A total of 213 boxes of food were packed for pick up this Friday by Crawford County families in need. (Photos by Correne Martin)

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11
Dec

Clinic spreads word about its story in reproductive health

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The staff at Options Clinic in Prairie du Chien who happily serve local clients every Tuesday includes (from left) Ashlie Thielman, client liaison; Kayleigh Day, reproductive health advocate; and Sarah Frey, nurse practitioner. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

One little known clinic that has been in Prairie du Chien for over 20 years is reaching out into the community to let people know it’s here. Options Clinic, a reproductive health services establishment, serves 6,700 unduplicated clients and reaches about 7,000 students with educational resources each year. Yet there’s still a lack of knowledge about the clinic’s story and the services it provides.

Options Clinic started about 40 years ago in Vernon and La Crosse Counties. Community members came together with a belief that there had to be a less expensive way of family health care in the Coulee region. Specifically, they wanted to provide women with access to family planning and keep her and her children out of poverty. The first clinic started in Viroqua in 1972.

Mon
09
Dec

John L. Koresh

 

John L. Koresh, 88 of Floyd, Iowa, formerly of Prairie du Chien, passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Nora Springs Care Center in Nora Springs, Iowa, surrounded by his family. 

John was born on Dec. 14, 1924, in Prairie du Chien to John and Sophie (Pintz) Koresh, and was the last living of eleven children.

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09
Dec

Anita Kenneally

 

Anita Kenneally Cowie, 96, died on Saturday, Dec. 7. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elkader, with burial following in the church cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home, Elkader in charge of arrangements.

 
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09
Dec

Arthur Moan

 

Arthur E. Moan, 88, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, at Prairie Maison Nursing Home, Prairie du Chien.

Mon
09
Dec

Local woman’s spirited personality has outshined her cancer diagnosis

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The jovial Beverly Kelley, of Prairie du Chien, was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in November of 2012. Now, more than one year later, with the support of her family and friends, and a good medical team, she is feeling pretty good and living free and easy with no treatments. She still has the cancer but she hasn’t let it get her down. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A cancer diagnosis isn’t something anyone receives without emotion. Being afraid, hopeless or even sad is common for those braving the battle of their lives. But for 87-year-old Beverly Kelley,  of Prairie du Chien, living with stage 4 lung cancer is just part of who she is. Though, it’s only a small part of her being, because Beverly’s spirited, witty personality and active lifestyle definitely outshine the effects of her disease.

Mon
09
Dec

Trail of Trees is Wednesday

The Fort Crawford Museum and Prairie du Chien Historical Society will celebrate the holiday season with its annual Trail of Trees Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m.

As has happened for the past seven years, museum volunteers have placed 25 lighted evergreen trees on the veranda of the historic Fort Crawford Hospital. Each tree is then “sponsored” by an organization, business or family. The sponsor then decorates their tree.

This year, all of the trees were quickly sponsored, many by people who have participated in the Trail of Trees since its inception. The trees are now all decorated, awaiting the lighting gathering Wednesday.
All of the decorations are unique and change from year to year. Some of the trees are very personal, decorated in memory of a departed family member and friend. Others display traditional Christmas and holiday themes, while some reflect individual creativity.    

Mon
09
Dec

Singing Santa’s favorite song


After the crowd of cheerful children woke Santa Claus from his slumber at Saturday’s Wake Up Santa fundraiser at Prairie du Chien City Hall, the jolly old man invited everyone to sing along to his favorite song, “Jingle Bells.” Pictured with Santa, from left, are youngsters Brooklyn Ritchie, Tristan Pozega, Macy McGeough and Emi Grady. To raise funds for the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter, the annual event offered breakfast and pictures with Santa, Santa’s Secret Workshop, reindeer games, crafts, story reading and more. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Julia Grau fights her nerves while sitting upon Santa’s lap at the Wake Up Santa event, as she and Mr. Claus discuss the reasons she made the “nice” list this year.

Clanging pots and pans has become the tradition in waking up Santa for the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter’s annual fundraiser. Santa was caught sleeping in the Prairie du Chien City Hall Community Room Saturday morning after a long night of preparing the elves for the Christmas season. Around 50 youth and their families attended the event this year.

Keegan Nelson buys presents for his whole family inside Santa’s Secret Workshop Saturday morning, while Kaleb Hafke checks out the selection behind him.
Mon
09
Dec

PdC girls stop Decorah

 

Prairie du Chien 

girls defeat Decorah

Prairie du Chien defeated host Decorah 32-21 in nonconference girls’ basketball action Saturday. 

Decorah led 12-6 after the first period, but Prairie came back to take a 17-15 lead at the half. 

Prairie outscored Decorah 6-5 in the third period and 9-1 in the fourth en route to the victory. 

Mon
09
Dec

Dodgeville tops PdC boys

 

Dodgeville 

tops Prairie boys

Dodgeville defeated visiting Prairie du Chien 64-37 in SWC boys basketball action Thursday night. 

Dodgeville built a 22-4 first-quarter lead and a 39-16 halftime advantage. 

The Dodgers outscored the Blackhawks 17-8 in the third period to increase their lead to 56-24. 

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