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PdCHS Drama Hawks entertaining audiences with ‘Little Shop of Horrors’


Owen Feye, acting as Seymour, the botanical genius of a shop assistant, gains instant fame after discovering an unusual plant he names Audrey II. Still a small plant, he learns that it lives and grows after eating blood and flesh. He’s pictured feeding it a few drops of blood and asking it to grow and draw attention from his love interest, Audrey. (Photo by Correne Martin)

The three main characters, Audrey and Seymour, and Mr. Mushnik, their employer, are in awe of the money coming into the Skid Row flower shop since the overnight sensation plant draws attention to the shop.

The main female lead in the musical, Audrey, the flower shop’s arrangement maker, is played by Anna McDuffey. She’s in an abusive relationship but has a crush on her co-worker, Seymour. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Carter Witzig is Mr. Mushnik who owns the little flower shop on Skid Row. Here, he sings about calling his overnight sensation assistant “his son” in order to increase the business’ fortune.

David Yager was full of energy and hilarity in his role as the dentist/boyfriend of Audrey in “Little Shop of Horrors.” He is shown here wearing a laughing gas mask and singing about the enjoyment he feels in inflicting pain on others. Meanwhile, Seymour ponders whether to shoot him before the gas mask becomes stuck and asphyxiates him.

Mr. Mushnik sings with the Goddesses of Swag.......

By Correne Martin

If you missed the “Little Shop of Horrors” presented by the Prairie du Chien High School Drama Hawks, you have a few more chances to see the horror comedy rock musical in the high school’s little theater: Friday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The cast and crew of about 25 have put on four spectacular shows already and audiences are loving it.

“A lot are quite familiar with the story,” Director Phil Stiemke said. “We did a short concert-type presentation a few years ago and some of this year’s kids were there for that. Some of them have a lot to do in this one.”

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07
Nov

Piggly Wiggly receives Governor’s Award for Exemplary Employment


Those congratulating Curt and Shelly Zinkle on the Governor’s Award for Exemplary Employment were (front row, from left) Fabian Hurley, Chelsey Natwick, Marvin Bannister; (back row) Samina Grimes-DVR counselor, Amy Grotzke-Workforce Development director, Delora Newton–DVR administrator, Shelly Zinkle, Curt Zinkle, Kim Thompson–Opportunity Center employment specialist and Amy Studden–DVR business services consultant.

By Correne Martin

Zinkle’s Piggly Wiggly in Prairie du Chien was recognized on Oct. 26, with the Governor’s Award for Exemplary Employment for the store owners’ commitment to recruit and hire job seekers with disabilities. Curt and Shelly Zinkle accepted the award from the Department of Workforce Development Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR).

The Zinkles have worked with the Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien to find employment opportunities for people with disabilities served by the center.

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07
Nov

Seventh graders emerged in mock election campaign


These seventh graders just found out what their political map looks like for the day. The Republicans (seated in the forefront) realized their campaign has not been gaining them as high of a percentage of votes as their Democratic counterparts. Pictured (from left) are Mani Watson, Duke Scherf, Faith Meyer, Dom Tanner, Joseph Ruskey and Syler Wall.

The Democratic Party, including campaign manager Lily Kregel and presidential nominee Eva Keene, focus on seeking support from interest groups while their social studies teacher Josh Rabbit prepares to video a dinner party speech.

Speech writer Faith Meyer and vice-presidential nominee Joseph Ruskey go over a speech just before Ruskey shares it with his classmates. An updated political map and some of the students’ propaganda hang in the background. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Political posters, many of which reflect issues of the true national election, hang all over Mr. Rabbit's room.

By Correne Martin

The seventh grade students in Josh Rabbit’s social studies classes at Bluff View Intermediate School are as perplexed about the 2016 presidential election as the adult electorate. They’re in the home stretch of attending rallies, spending money on and appealing to voters’ emotions through advertising, focusing on winning key states, and reciting their views on the most controversial points of this election. It’s the end of a full campaign and, just like the rest of the United States citizens, they will realize the impact of the election’s conclusion Nov. 8.

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07
Nov

Donna M. Hamm

 

Donna M. Hamm, 74, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 at the Atrium Care Center in Lancaster. 

She was born May 21, 1942, in Milwaukee, the daughter of Leonard and Harriet (Mendyk) Winkleski. Donna worked for the U.S. Post Office and later for the Veteran’s Administration in Milwaukee. She loved animals and music. 

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02
Nov

David W. Nagel

 

David W. Nagel, 72, of Eastman, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 1, at his home following a courageous battle with cancer. 

 

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02
Nov

Seneca Ready For State


Seneca’s Liv Swanson goes high to pound the ball in a match earlier this season. Haley Wall (5) gets ready. Seneca has been using Swanson's spikes in recent practices to prepare for the digging they will need to do at the state tournament. (Courier Press file photo)

Members of the Seneca High School volleyball team pose with the Sectional Trophy in Richland Center on Saturday. The team includes, front row: Emily Garfoot, Haley Wall, Alivia Salinas, Makenna Greene and Hannah Whiteaker. Middle row: Corrina Lenzendorf, Becky Trautsch, Kelsy Ostrander and Helen Clark. Back row: Assistant Coach Susie Garfoot, Assistant Coach Logan Lessard, Erin Sime, Liv Swanson, Michelle Clark, Olivia Payne, Savanna Wallin, Assistant Coach Angie Mabb and Head Coach Dawn Ray. (Photo by Sandy Connors)

 

Seneca girls excited and ready for state tournament

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Seneca’s enthusiastic fans will be sure to follow their favorite team at the 44th Annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Girls Volleyball State Tournament this upcoming weekend.

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02
Nov

Utility pole taken out, OWI arrest made in crash

A Mount Hope man crashed early Sunday morning in the town of Bridgeport, striking a utility pole and narrowly missing a fire hydrant. The incident resulted in an arrest for OWI and failure to maintain control.

According to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, just before 12:55 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, a one-vehicle crash on East Lapointe Street at U.S. Highway 18 was reported.

Paul Bakkum, 31, of Mount Hope, was operating a 2008 Pontiac G6 east on East Lapointe Street and attempting to make a right turn onto Highway 18, when he failed to negotiate the curve and drove over the curb in the grass on the south shoulder of the roadway. Bakkum’s vehicle then struck a utility pole and spun 90 degrees, barely missing a fire hydrant.

While investigating the crash, it was found that alcohol was a factor. Bakkum was subsequently arrested for OWI first offense and cited for failure to maintain control.

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02
Nov

Local man arrested in drug bust

On Oct. 31, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit was patrolling on Highway 18 in Bridgeport Township when he observed Anthony Hagensick, 35, of Monona, Iowa, operating a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox northbound into the city of Prairie du Chien.  

The deputy ran a license check and found Hagensick’s driving status was revoked. Hagensick pulled into Hardee’s parking and exited the vehicle in an attempt to avoid the deputy. The deputy made contact with Hagensick and detected an odor of marijuana emitting from Hagensick. Hagensick also exhibited several signs of drug impairment. Several controlled substances and drug related items were located on Hagensick’s person.

Wed
02
Nov

City notifies Regal Marina of lease default, termination

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council voted Tuesday night to serve notice on Regal Marine Group of a default of its lease and termination of the lease to operate Regal Marina in the city. The city attorney was directed by the council to serve the papers and begin necessary action to secure an eviction of the municipally-owned marina. The Regal family has leased the property for its business since 1963.

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31
Oct

ONLINE FIRST: Wauzeka-Steuben School District asks residents to ‘be part of the solution’ regarding district budget

On Monday, Oct. 24, the Wauzeka-Steuben School District conducted its Annual Meeting. At this meeting, District Administrator Robert Sailer presented information on the basics of school funding for public schools in the state of Wisconsin. He also reviewed the financial history of the district and the projected expenditures and revenues for the 2016-2017 school year.  

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