Courier Press

Wed
05
Feb

The sport of skeleton

 

Let’s get to know Olympic skeleton

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Whooshing down an ice-covered track at more than 80 mph with your chin an inch above the ice while facing numerous treacherous twists and turns. This is just an inkling of what the winter sport of skeleton is all about. 

Mon
03
Feb

Tree of Life

dinosaur bone
This is a polished cross-section of femur bone from Diplodocus, a 90-foot long, 30-foot high, 28-ton herbivorous dinosaur from the Jurassic-age rocks of Utah’s desert. The museum-specimen bone has been replaced with gem-quality, blood-red agate and shows the spongy internal structure.

 

Where do you 

rank on the family tree of life?

By Phil Burgess

 

Mon
03
Feb

Wrestlers beat Dodgeville

 

PdC-WS matmen victorious

On Saturday night, the PdC-WS wrestling team took on visiting Dodgeville in front of a packed crowd in the Prairie du Chien gymnasium. The Blackhawks came away victorious 57-18 in the final dual of the season. The Blackhawks finished tied for third in the conference behind Lancaster and River Valley. The seniors were honored before the start of the dual. The team has seven senior wrestlers and one senior manager. 

The following was a thought that was read to the seniors as they competed in their final competition in front of their home crowd:

Mon
03
Feb

Dodgeville over PdC girls

Dodgeville at PdC
Prairie’s Hayley Hemmer looks to score under the basket. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Dodgeville 

bests Prairie girls

Dodgeville bested host Prairie du Chien 47-41 Friday night in an SWC girls basketball clash. 

Dodgeville took the first period 17-14 and the second 8-6 to lead at halftime 25-20. 

Dodgeville increased the lead to 34-27 after three quarters. 

Mon
03
Feb

Open enrollment

 

Open enrollment very important for all school districts

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Now that the open enrollment period has begun for the 2014-2015 school year (Feb. 3-April 30), let’s explore the history of open enrollment in Wisconsin and how open enrollment has affected area school districts over the last several years. 

Mon
03
Feb

Build your new or existing business with 10-week course in Gays Mills

“Building Your Business” classes that are perfect for new start-up businesses or small businesses already in operation who want to review current business practices will start on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at the Kickapoo Community Center in Gays Mills and run from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

At the end of the course, all participants will have a useful resource manual covering such topics as business plan, advertising, taxes, resources for a small business, insurance, financial recording keeping, social media, technology, and much more.

There is a cost per person to participate in the 10-week course. Class size will be limited to 20 people, enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested in participating may reserve a seat for “Building Your Business” by calling the Gays Mills Village Office at (608) 735-4341.

Mon
03
Feb

Area old-timers’ stories about personal memories wanted

Hometown Memories Publishing Company, a North Carolina Company, has contacted the Courier Press to spread the word about its intentions to save a big slice of local history before it’s lost forever.

Karen Garvey, senior editor at Hometown Memories Publishing, is asking local old-timers to share their memories for a living history book. She invites anyone over age 60 with yarns about the “good old days” in southwest and south central Wisconsin to write them down and mail them to her for possible publication in the book. The hardcover coffee table book will contain tales of bygone years from people who actually lived them.

To encourage participation, Garvey is offering a $250 award for the most appealing story. There will also be three $100 runner-up awards and a cash award for best picture.

Mon
03
Feb

Buy a button in support of Antoine

As Prairie du Chien’s own Matt Antoine represents the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics, you can show your support by purchasing a commemorative Matt Antoine button for just $2 at Prairie du Chien City Hall or other locations throughout the city. Proceeds from the sales will be used to help offset the cost of Matt’s training and expenses. Button sales began last week.

A limited number of buttons will be made. The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the buttons, and the proceeds will be donated to Matt to help offset the costs of his journey to Sochi, Russia.
Prairie du Chien locations where you can purchase your Matt Antoine Olympic button include: City Hall, Opportunity Center, Zinkle’s Piggly Wiggly, Anchor Bank, Peoples State Bank, First Merit Bank, Sawmill Saloon, Kozelka’s, Sports World, Chamber of Commerce Office, Bob’s Bar and Jim’s Bar.

Mon
03
Feb

Prairie du Chien the focus of ‘Around the Corner’ episode

around the corner
Emmy-winning host John McGivern and his Milwaukee Public Television show “Around the Corner” will feature the Prairie du Chien area in an upcoming episode. A local screening will be held on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. at the City Hall Community Room. The public is invited to this free showing.

By Correne Martin

The public television show, “Around the Corner,” came to the Prairie du Chien area last summer to explore how people live, work and play in the state’s second oldest community. Emmy-winning host John McGivern and his crew, including Producer/Director Lois Maurer, enjoyed meeting local citizens over the five days they spent compiling material for the episode.

A local screening of the Prairie du Chien episode will be Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. in the City Hall Community Room. The public is invited to participate in the free viewing. Popcorn and pop will be provided.
McGivern and some of the crew will be in attendance at the screening to speak. Prairie du Chien Mayor Dave Hemmer will also talk briefly.

Mon
03
Feb

Propane prices soar

Compiled by Pam Reinig, Clayton County Register, and Correne Martin, Courier Press

Midwesterners are feeling the double pinch of record-breaking low temperatures and skyrocketing propane prices.

According to Reuters, an international news agency that serves the U.S., propane headed for the Midwest Jan. 24 changed hands at $4.30 a gallon—more than double its price the previous Friday. Locally, fuel prices have risen from $1.89 per gallon on Dec. 1 to $4.99 per gallon last week (and distributors are limiting gallons until the crisis is over).

Distributors have been quick to point out that they’ve received no reports of homeowners running out of fuel. But as a nearly unprecedented freeze has coincided with pipeline outages and low inventories, the crisis is expected to linger. If you or someone you know needs help, please call toll-free at 1-866-HEATWIS (432-8947).

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