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Summer lessons can teach kids about horses as well as themselves


As the smile on her face can tell, Taylor Kozelka enjoyed basic horse lessons at the Childrens Ranch last season.

By Correne Martin

For parents looking to find the perfect summer activity for their kids, you might consider horse riding lessons at the Childrens Ranch in Prairie du Chien. Held throughout June and July in three-week sessions three days a week, or one-week sessions five days a week (two hours per day), these lessons teach kids not only to ride and interact with horses but also to have self-confidence and be willing to challenge themselves.

“We never lead them. From day one, they ride by themselves on their own,” Childrens Ranch Manager Gracie White said. “The horses I use are kid-safe and kid-broke. Even in the winter, I work with them. They’re perfect horses for these lessons.

“Sometimes the kids are nervous at first, but once they realize they can do it all on their own, they get a huge smile on their faces.”

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11
Mar

Local policemen recognized for lifesaving efforts in 2014


Detective Stacy Polodna (left) and Officer Jeff Henry (far right) received lifesaving award pins recently from Chief Chad Abram for their actions conducted while on duty in 2014.

Officers Ashley Erickson and Josh Hemmer were honored with lifesaving award pins for their actions last year.

Four Prairie du Chien police officers and a detective were recently recognized by the city’s police and fire commission for their lifesaving actions in 2014.

On Feb. 26, during a joint meeting of the police department and the police and fire commission, Officers Ashley Erickson, Steve Herbers, Josh Hemmer and Jeff Henry, as well as Detective Stacy Polodna, were presented lifesaving award pins for their efforts on three separate calls last year.

According to Police Chief Chad Abram, the complete details of each incident could not be revealed due to confidentiality matters. However, the events occurred as follows:

Wed
11
Mar

Prairie du Chien updating municipal major disaster plan

By Correne Martin

Ironically, just two days before a 103-car train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire south of Galena, Ill., the Prairie du Chien Common Council discussed plans March 3 to review and update the municipal major emergency and disaster response plan. Certain city departments regularly update their emergency plans, as they are required to do so. However, the city’s overall plan is about six years old, and local officials believe specific attention should be paid to the portions of the plan dealing with train derailment, evacuation and cleanup procedures.

Mon
09
Mar

Everyone is Irish for St. Patty’s in PdC


The McGinleys and McCoys are just a few of the many families with Irish roots who will proudly march through the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Saturday at 10 a.m. in downtown Prairie du Chien. (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

Everyone is Irish and the whole community seems painted green when Prairie du Chien celebrates its annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities. This year, the jubilant day of green pride will take place on Saturday, March 14, featuring a lively and lengthy parade downtown and Irish music and specials all over the city.

Even a Shamrock Shuffle 5k is offered for those looking to start the party bright and early. Register from 7 to 7:40 a.m. at Hoffman Hall, where the second annual run/walk will begin at 7:45 and end after participants complete the 3.1 miles. People of all ages are invited to come out in their best green attire. There is a fee per person to run or walk and any non-perishable food items donated at the event will benefit the Couleecap Food Pantry in Prairie du Chien. Proceeds benefit the Hoffman Hall Improvement Fund.

Mon
09
Mar

Seneca defeats Wauzeka-Steuben


Seneca’s Kilian Boland drives the left baseline against visiting Wauzeka-Steuben Friday night. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

The Seneca students have fun cheering during a break in the action.

Seneca’s Nick Payne goes up for a shot against Wauzeka-Steuben’s Jeramiah Huber Friday night in regional basketball.

The Indians’ Eric Konichek scores on a lay-up against the visiting Hornets.

Seneca’s Kilian Boland pulls down a rebound in traffic Friday night in regional action.

Nick Payne of Seneca moves under the basket against the defense of Wauzeka-Steuben.

 

Seneca tops Wauzeka-Steuben

Seneca topped visiting Wauzeka-Steuben 59-40 in a Division 5 Regional boys basketball game Friday night. 

Seneca led 15-11 after the first frame and 28-20 at halftime. 

The Indians out-scored the Hornets 15-11 in the third period and 16-9 in the fourth to pull away for the victory. 

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09
Mar

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

 

Local Coast Guard 

Auxiliary Flotilla seeks new 

members, continues to get better

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Mon
09
Mar

Allen R. Benoy

 

Allen R. Benoy, 67, of Cottage Grove, passed away Saturday, March 7, at his home surrounded by family and friends. 

He was born on Feb. 24, 1948, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Clarence J. and Ella Rose Benoy. Allen was united in marriage to Karen for 42 years. 

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09
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Laraine Ann Boardman (Day)

 

Laraine Ann Boardman, 71, of Cedar Rapids, died Friday, March 6, at her home with her family following a long illness. 

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09
Mar

Elizabeth Marion Jane “Betty” Reynolds

 

Elizabeth Marion Jane “Betty” Reynolds, 93, of Marquette, Iowa died Thursday, March 5, at Great River Care Center, McGregor, Iowa. 

Elizabeth, the daughter of Morris and Lillian (Gorsch) Thomas, was born June 22, 1921 in Williamsburg, Iowa. She was united in marriage with Dale Reynolds on June 11, 1940. Betty, along with her husband, owned and operated the McGregor Roofing Company from 1949-1974. They also built the New Frontier Motel in Marquette; together they operated it from 1964 until their retirement in 1974. They also owned and operated the Little Swiss Drive Inn at McGregor and the Barr House Antique shop in Marquette, Iowa

Wed
04
Mar

Prairie boys beat Richland Center


Prairie’s Connor George looks to score down low against visiting Richland Center Tuesday night in Division 3 Regional action. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie du Chien's Ryan Garrity drives to the hoop Tuesday night.

The Blackhawks’ Casey Hogenson (34) drives past the Richland Center defender.

 

Prairie du Chien boys 

wallop Richland Center

Prairie du Chien throttled visiting Richland Center 60-10 in a Division 3 Regional boys basketball game Tuesday night. 

Prairie took the first period 12-2 and led at the half 24-4. 

The Blackhawks out-scored the Hornets 24-3 in the third quarter and 12-3 in the fourth en route to the victory. 

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