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Wed
07
Oct

City opts for new health insurance under regional municipality consortium

By Correne Martin

Prairie du Chien city employees will transition to a new health insurance program beginning Jan. 1, 2016, as the common council approved a new two-year contract Tuesday night with the Western Wisconsin Municipal Consortium (WWMC). Until coverage under the consortium begins, the city has renewed with Network Health for November and December at a 1.4 percent reduction in the current premium.

WWMC is an association of about 40 municipalities in the region that have come together to achieve improved health insurance options for their employees. Jerry Den Boer, owner and president of Benefit Advisors Insurance Agency, of the Coulee Region, has worked with many municipalities for the past two years to create the consortium.

Wed
07
Oct

Pilgrimage to see Pope Francis unforgettable for local group


The group traveling to the East Coast to see Pope Francis included 15 students and three adults from Holy Family Parish, as well as two residents from Eastman, two from Bloomington and 20 from Boscobel. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

When Pope Francis made his historic visit to the United States two weeks ago, a group from Holy Family Parish in Prairie du Chien made the trip to the East Coast to experience the once-in-a-lifetime spectacle surrounding the visit and to catch a glimpse of the pope himself.

Fifteen students and three adults from Holy Family Parish, as well as two residents from Eastman, two from Bloomington and 20 from Boscobel, boarded Minnesota Coaches Thursday, Sept. 24, at 9 p.m., for a four-day excursion.

Wed
07
Oct

Lend a ‘hand’ and some ‘hope’ via Catholic Charities program


The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting at the new Catholic Charities office at 104. E. Blackhawk Ave. Present for the ceremony were (from left) Paul Ginkel, Tom Nelson, Father James Weighner, Phyllis Leith, Geri Russell, Catholic Charities Executive Director Roberto Partarrieu, Sandy Marx, Jamie Stram, Lou Davis and Bob Moses. Missing is Randi Harris of Catholic Charities. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin

Now that Catholic Charities has relocated to a more accessible location in downtown Prairie du Chien, the number of potential clients stepping inside the office has grown significantly. After 16 years in the community, many residents are just now realizing the organization exists locally.

Catholic Charities officially moved Aug. 25 to Blackhawk Avenue. The office was previously located inside the Catholic church rectory on Perry Street.

“We’re more visible now. That is the most exciting part about moving to downtown,” said Sandy Marx, financial wellness advocate for Catholic Charities in Prairie du Chien. “If people are curious, we invite them to stop in and see what we’re all about. We still have all the same services.”

Wed
07
Oct

Prairie du Chien Vietnam veteran receives Quilt of Valor


Prairie du Chien veteran Terry Seeley proudly displays the Quilt of Valor he recently received from the Quilts of Valor program in Garnavillo, Iowa. The quilt was made by Wendy Kuhse and presented to him by Wendy and her husband, Lanny, in a special presentation. Some of his family attending the honorable presentation were (from left) his sister, Patti Johnson, of Garnavillo; his wife, Vicki Seeley; and another sister, Chris Foley, of Prairie du Chien. (Submitted photo)

Terry Seeley, of Prairie du Chien, was awarded a Quilt of Valor at the Corner Shoppe in Garnavillo, Iowa, recently. The quilt, made by Wendy Kuhse, was presented to Seeley by Wendy and her husband, Lanny, in a ceremony attended by a few close friends and family members on Aug. 2.

Seeley, who enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1966, was a member of the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Division, and earned the rank of Corporal (E4). He spent four months in the Republic of Vietnam, where he was wounded twice in Khe-Sanh and, as a result, earned two Purple Hearts. He recovered at a Japanese hospital and was subsequently moved to Great Lakes Naval Hospital in Illinois.

Ninety-five percent of the battalion (named The Walking Dead) in which Seeley served were either killed or went missing in action. He was one of the 5 percent who lived to tell about his war experience.

Seeley received an honorable discharge on April 24, 1972.

Tue
06
Oct

Lawrence D. “Larry” Colsch

 

Lawrence D. “Larry” Colsch, 52, of Wauzeka passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Oct. 5, at the Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. 

He was born July 21, 1963 in Waterloo, Iowa the son of Lawrence and Ruth (Paris) Colsch. He married Leanne Groom on June 9, 1984 at the United Methodist Church in Wauzeka. Larry worked as a truck driver and enjoyed farming. He and Leanne own and operate the Main Street Bar and Grill in Eastman. 

Tue
06
Oct

Lorraine Lorretta Shulka

 

Lorraine Lorretta Shulka, 81, of Prairie du Chien passed away Sunday, Oct. 4, surrounded by her family at Agrace Hospice in Madsion. 

She was born Nov. 7, 1933 in Boscobel, the daughter of Eldon and Nellie (Ward) Wayne. She married Clarence Shulka on July 31, 1965 in Caledonia, Minn. He preceded her in death on Jan. 29, 1994. Loretta worked in nursing for the old Beaumont Hospital and later for Prairie Maison in Prairie du Chien spanning 40 years. She belonged to the Apostolic Lighthouse Church in Prairie du Chien where she taught Sunday school. 

Mon
05
Oct

Chamber presents annual awards


The C.F. La Pointe Award, the Chamber’s most prestigious and longstanding award, was presented to Charlie Connell on behalf of Crossing Rivers Health. He is pictured (left) with Chamber President Bob Moses.

The Crawford County Dairy Breakfast committee was recognized for promoting agri-tourism in our community. Pictured (from left) are Curt Zinkle, Royce Havlik, Bob Standorf, Jane Achenbach, Ken Johnson and Bob Moses.

The Opportunity Center was awarded for providing 50 years of service. Pictured (from left) are Crystal Alexander, Angie Engrav, Bob Moses, Pam Ritchie, Dolores, Wiedemann, Betty Broadbent, Jesse Aspenson, Deb Reed, Andrea Panka, Karen Cooper and Curt Zinkle. (Photos by Gary Howe)

Pat Balk (center) accepted Homeward Bound’s plaque for 30 years of service to the community from Board President Curt Zinkle and Chamber President Bob Moses.

Bob McDonald (center), Prairie du Chien Economic Development Corporation director, was selected for this year’s Chamber Board President Award. He is pictured with Board President Curt Zinkle (left) and Chamber President Bob Moses.

Sue Tiller and her dad, Frank, accepted a plaque for 65 years of retail service to the community from Chamber Board President Curt Zinkle (right).

Taking home the Chamber’s Community Investment Award was Nelson True Value and the Kanis family. Pictured (from left) are Chamber representatives Curt Zinkle and Bob Moses with Dan Kanis, Jake Kanis, Mark Brueggen, Donna Teynor and Oscar Eastman.

The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting and awards banquet aboard the Celebration Belle on Wednesday, Sept. 30. About 220 attended.

“An important reason our area is able to continue to grow and prosper is due to the solid foundation that has been built by so many faithful, dedicated individuals who have been in business in the community for so many years,” Chamber President and CEO Bob Moses said. “We are also very appreciative of investors for the support, encouragement and commitment they have shown this past year.”

Award winners included:

Mon
05
Oct

Nelson True Value supports library expansion

Nelson True Value recently donated $10,000 to the Prairie du Chien library expansion project. “The people of Prairie du Chien have been so good to Nelson True Value over the years and we wanted to give back to the community,” Store Owner Dan Kanis said. “The library project seems to be a very important and worthwhile project for the community and we were inspired to hear about it.” The Prairie du Chien Common Council has approved the $3 million upgrade to the library, with a challenge to the community to raise half of that amount. Pictured, Dan (right) and Jake (left) Kanis present the $10,000 gift to City Administrator Aaron Kramer. “Prairie du Chien is truly one blessed community when it comes to its corporate partners. Time and again, we see them giving back to the community, and one of the leading supporters is Nelson True Value,” Kramer said.

Mon
05
Oct

True Value store shaping up

The attractive new Nelson True Value hardware store in Prairie du Chien is coming along rapidly. Last week, framing work was done for offices and a meeting room. Crews are also grinding the floor, painting the interior and focusing on exterior finishes at this time. Additional work to finish the HVAC system has yet to be done as well, according to Marv Bengtson, job superintendent for general contractor Friede & Associates. Owner Dan Kanis said the building is expected to be turned over to True Value for fixturing around Oct. 19. “We’re shooting for a ribbon cutting the second week in December,” he stated, “and a grand opening celebration with sales and giveaways April 1 and 2.” Kanis noted that the farm, ag and paint departments are among the many to be expanded with the new store. Nelson True Value is also seeking historic photographs of Prairie du Chien to be used in a collage displayed on the front wall inside the new facility.

Mon
05
Oct

One injured in crash that shut down highway

A rural Prairie du Chien woman was injured in a crash that shut down Highway 18 south of the city for an hour and a half Wednesday evening, Sept. 30, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of the two-vehicle accident near the intersection of Highway 18 and Old Highway 18,  at 4:56 p.m. in Bridgeport township.

A 2011 Lincoln automobile, owned and operated by Jean Moret, 55, was westbound on Highway 18. Moret signaled a left turn onto Old Highway 18 and had slowed to wait for oncoming traffic when she was rear-ended by a 2013 Freightliner truck owned by Ursa Major Corp., of Waukesha, and operated by Joshua Cook, 25, of Boscobel.

The Moret vehicle ended up in the ditch on the south side of the highway. Moret was extricated from her vehicle and transported to Crossing River Health for her injuries. Cook refused medical attention.

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