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COTR and county fair fall on same weekend in 2014

By Correne Martin

Two of Crawford County’s biggest events are going to fall on the same weekend in 2014. But organizers don’t feel this is a conflict. Instead, they are moving forward with the belief that a little cross-promotion and creative planning might benefit them both.

Country on the River will take place Aug. 7-9 next year, while the Crawford County Fair will be Aug. 6-10. This is happening because of the way the calendar is in 2014. COTR is always held on the first Thursday, Friday and Saturday in August, and the county fair is always the second weekend in August (though it occurs Wednesday through Sunday). Also, COTR’s Friday night headliner, Jason Aldean, and the fair’s midway company were only available that weekend. In 2015, the calendar will be similar and, once again, the events will happen simultaneously. Then, the calendar will change and there will be a break for five years.

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Those less fortunate get food for Christmas


Citizens in need from all over southwest Wisconsin wait in line at the Second Harvest Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry in Gays Mills on Dec. 18. Over 151 families and over 350 people were served with this month’s distribution at the growing pantry. (Photos by Correne Martin)

This is the sign that appears in front of the Mobile Food Pantry.

Volunteers of all ages help out each month at the Mobile Food Pantry.

Prior to distribution to those in need, volunteers arrange pallets of food around the old Community Building in Gays Mills for the monthly Mobile Food Pantry on Dec. 18.

By Correne Martin
 
At Christmas time, many people hope for expensive gifts like digital tablets, jewelry, game and concert tickets, or a big trip to someplace tropical. Others concern themselves with how extravagant their home will be decorated for the holidays or stress about finding that perfect card to show off their family.

But how would it feel if you had to worry about putting food on your family’s table because you didn’t have enough money to buy groceries? What if the shelter over your head was a small, cold, rundown cabin you couldn’t afford to fix? What if you had no running water because your pipes froze and you couldn’t spare the cost of fixing them?

What if you had to make the decision between buying food or toys for your children this Christmas?

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Seneca girls win

 

Seneca girls 

edge North Crawford

Seneca edged host North Crawford 34-31 in a Ridge and Valley girls basketball game Dec. 17. 

North Crawford led 8-5 after the first period, but Seneca came back to take a 15-13 lead at the half. 

Seneca took the third quarter 11-10 to increase the margin to 26-23. 

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New clinic

New clinic
Above is a rendering of the front of the Prairie du Chien Memorial Health Clinic by River Valley Architects of Chippewa Falls.

 

New medical clinic to be built 

on grounds of new Prairie du Chien hospital

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Health care for residents of the greater Prairie du Chien area will continue to get better. In addition to the new hospital being built to the north of Nathan Plaza along Highway 18, there will soon be a new clinic as well. 

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Plan now to attend PdC’s Droppin’ of the Carp

Make sure to mark your calendars and plan on spending New Year’s Eve in Prairie du Chien for the annual Droppin’ of the Carp—the grand finale celebration of the year at Lucky Park. Lucky, the carp, will drop at Midnight, and the public is encouraged to come out in their warmest clothing, and most seasonal attire, to make merry and have fun with other community members, family and friends. Don’t miss out on your chance to kiss Lucky the Carp for a year’s worth of good fortune in 2014. The carp drop will feature music and a pyrotechnics show, as well as a huge bonfire.

For more information about the Droppin’ of the Carp and other Carp Fest activities, see next week’s Courier Press.

Also, please note that the annual Carp Bowl football game has been canceled.

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Merry Christmas Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter


Steve and Lynda Welter, of Prairie du Chien, have gifted two acres of land for a future animal shelter to the non-profit Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter (RABAS). The shelter will be located at the southwest corner of Campion Boulevard and the new 22nd Street. Pictured finalizing the deal on Friday are RABAS Treasurer Jill Cipra, Steve Welter, RABAS President Randy Paske and RABAS Vice-President Bev Pozega. (Submitted photo)

Thanks to a very generous donation from Steve and Lynda Welter of Prairie du Chien, Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter (RABAS) volunteers will have a very Merry Christmas.

What started as a small group of citizens concerned about the need for an animal shelter and organized by Dr. Jami Quick in July of 2007, this volunteer group has grown into a force to be reckoned with. Monthly meetings, perpetual fundraising, therapy dog teams, community events and finding forever homes for pets in need even without a physical shelter have become second nature for this small but hard-working and committed group.

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Roger Goodman

 

Roger M. Goodman, 72, of Prairie du Chien passed away Friday, Dec. 20, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

He was born April 3, 1941, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Merrill and Bernadette (Layde) Goodman. He married Kathleen Gaulke on Oct. 14, 1961, at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. Roger worked for Leard Bros. Distributing and later for Mergen Wholesale and Trautsche Distributing. He was a member of the Prairie du Chien Fire Department for 24 years. He enjoyed golfing, playing cards at the Sawmill and poker machines at Bob’s Bar. His all time favorite past time was playing Bingo on Sunday and Monday nights with his sidekick Dorothy.

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Lela Jane McShane

 

Lela Jane McShane, 83, of Luana, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. 

Jane was born May 1, 1930, to Leslie and Katie Borret (Oherle) Nichols in rural Monona, Iowa. They lived in the rural Big Foot area for a few years and then moved to the Sixteen Area. Jane attended grade school in Sixteen, at Linton #4. She attended Waterville High School. 

Jane was united in marriage to Donald McShane on Oct. 21, 1947, at the Luana Methodist Church in Luana, Iowa. To this union two children were born, Tonya Jane and Kevin Blake. 

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Ronnie Bird

 

Ronald E. “Ronnie” Bird, 78, of Seneca passed away Wednesday, Dec. 18, at his home surrounded by his family. 

He was born March 2, 1935, on the family farm near Wauzeka. He married Dianne Zinkle on Oct. 19, 1953, in Boscobel. Together they farmed most of their lives in the Seneca area. Ronnie was an active member of St. Patrick’s Church in Seneca and served on the Seneca school board for 21 years. He belonged to the Seneca Fire Department and the Lion’s Club. He enjoyed playing on the Seneca Farmers softball team. He was the founding member of the Bird Olympic Deer Hunting Team. 

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Elaynah Bartels

 

Elaynah Katherine Joy Bartels, infant daughter of Jeff and Kari (Oswald) Bartels passed away Monday, Dec. 16, at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Madison. 

She was born Nov. 1, and is survived by her parents; her brother Alexander Bartels; maternal grandparents Steve (Kathy) Oswald of Wauzeka; paternal grandparents David (Mary) Bartels of Wauzeka; and maternal great grandparents Delores Oswald and Anna Martin.

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