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16
Mar

Special CWD testing hunt ends

 

85 deer sent in for CWD testing,

samples taken from near Harpers Ferry

Final samples are being submitted for testing for Chronic Wasting Disease after the close of a special collection period for whitetail deer in Allamakee County March 15. Landowners and regular season deer hunters took part in the collection over the past three weeks near Harper’s Ferry. That came after three deer from the area tested positive for CWD in the 2014 hunting season. One 2013 sample, from the same area, also showed positive.

Mon
16
Mar

Juanita Tully

 

Juanita Tully, 93, of Bridgeport, passed away on Tuesday, March 10, at Crossing Rivers health care in Prairie du Chien.

She was born on May 17, 1921 in the Township of Clayton, Crawford County to Chris and Eva (Gorman) Flynn. She lived for many years in the Prairie du Chien area. She worked at numerous restaurants in Prairie du Chien. She liked to be outdoors and, until last year, she had a large vegetable garden. She also like to crochet and knit. She loved cats and rehabilitated many strays.

Fri
13
Mar

Margy M. Mohr

 

Margy M. Mohr, 86, of rural Wauzeka passed away Thursday, March 12, at Crossing Rivers Healthcare in Prairie du Chien. 

She was born Feb. 15, 1929 in Blue River, the daughter of Amos and Carrie (Milham) Bartels. She was united in marriage to Reuben Mohr on July 1, 1947 in Blue River. Together they farmed in the Wauzeka area. Margy enjoyed bowling, her grandchildren, great grandchildren and all the children she babysat. One of her favorite pastimes was playing softball at Bush Ball Park. 

Fri
13
Mar

William Francis Olinger, Esq.

 

 William Francis Olinger, Esq., 76, of Sanibel, Fla. died Feb. 25, at Health Park Memorial Center, Fort Myers, Fla. after a short battle with lung cancer. 

He was born on Sept. 16, 1938 in Waterloo, Iowa, a son of Ermin and Augusta (Schares) Olinger. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School, University of Iowa, class of 1960, University of Iowa School of Law, class of 1964 with a Juris Doctorate. He served in the Marines Corps. He was a founding partner of Olinger, Sosalla & McManus and later his own firm William F. Olinger P.C. He was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocacy.

Wed
11
Mar

Railroad double crossovers


Employees of Meyer Construction of Maple Grove, Minn. work at the site of a double crossover near Spring Lake Restaurant Tuesday morning. The double crossover will allow for trains to pass each other farther apart and with increased efficiency and safety.

 

High speed crossover being constructed on 

railway near County N to be one of several in the area

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Wed
11
Mar

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.”

Wed
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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