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Thu
25
Jun

Sign up open for 45th annual run/walk

 

Get your tennis shoes and athletic gear out and start thinking about the 45th annual Run/Walk on July 18 at 8 a.m. 

 

Registration is available at the Prairie du Chien City Hall and online. The deadline to register  and receive a t-shirt is July 9, otherwise, participants may register at 7:30 a.m. the day of the event.

 

Thu
25
Jun

River Ridge graduate named state FFA officer

Beth Zimmer State FFA Officer
River Ridge FFA adviser Kory Stalsberg (left), newly elected Section 4 State FFA Officer Beth Zimmer and 2014-2015 Section 4 State FFA Officer Danielle Jentz, from Platteville, pose after Zimmer was named state FFA officer. (Submitted photo).

By Addison Mumm

Agriculture to some may mean cows, dirt and crops, but to Beth Zimmer, four-year FFA member and recent River Ridge graduate, it means so much more. Her parents are Gerard and Theresa Zimmer. Beth Zimmer joined FFA when she entered high school; her older sister and father were both involved in FFA as well. Zimmer felt it was expected of her to join the club considering her family history, she lives on a farm and has an active love for horticulture.
“I really like horticulture; I have three flower gardens at home,” said Zimmer.

Thu
25
Jun

Breuer, Mergen named Six Rivers West all-conference


Seniors Sarah Breuer (left) and Emma Mergen from River Ridge-Cassville softball team were recently accorded all-conference honors. Breuer was named All-Conference At Large and Mergen was named All-Conference Outfield. (Submitted photo)
Thu
25
Jun

Three River Ridge seniors honored as all-conference


Pictured, from left, are Brock Kazda, Kirk Martin and Zach Ertz, who all earned Six Rivers West all-conference honors in baseball. Martin was named All-Conference Outfield, and Kazda and Ertz were accorded All-Conference Honorable Mention. (Submitted photo)
Thu
25
Jun

WE BIKE to come to area this weekend

 

Solo tandem bicyclists, Peter and Tracy Flucke of WE BIKE, etc., LLC, plan to continue their bicycle adventures in 2015. After successfully bicycling 4,362.5 miles across the country in 2014 (WE BIKE Across America Blog) the couple is excited to announce their next adventures.

 

Wed
24
Jun

Great River Relay for Life raises $5,000 at Dancing with the Stars


The Dancing with the Stars champions at the end of the night were Mark Forsythe, President of Peoples State Bank, and his Hawkette dance partner Caitlin Nolan. Pictured, from left, are (front) Jimmy Jones, Rick Morovits, Mark Forsythe, Caitlin Nolan, Tony Wedgeworth, (second) Autumn Kohler, Lindsey Ohlert, Morgan Kiesau, Ella Hein, Stephanie Elmquist, Emma Abram, (third) Aaron Amundson, Katie Licht, Katie Zahara, Mariah Slaght, Bree Holler, Bill Sexton, Mike McCoy aka Cousin Cletus, Chad Abram, (back) Jeff Nack, DJ Stewart Slaman and Dr. Steven Bush. (Photos by Caitlin Bittner)

Competitors Ella Hein (left) and her partner Tony Wedgeworth, President of KDI, which manages Lori Knapp Companies, prepare to have “A Little Party.” Their dance helped them garner the only perfect score during the competition. If you’re interested in seeing their complete dance as well as other couples’ dances, check out the Courier Press facebook page.

Pictured, from left, are the Dancing with the Stars judges Cindy Hertrampf, Ken Stoeffler and Lynn Rider as they geared up for the competition with the rest of the audience on Thursday, June 18.

The Prairie du Chien Hawkettes show the crowd that they can shake it right along to “The Cupid Shuffle.”

Even the audience could feel the beat.

 

By Caitlin Bittner

 

Last Thursday night’s Great River Relay for Life event at the Barn Restaurant was a huge success. As a fundraising event, Dancing with the Stars was able to raise $5,000 for this year’s Relay.

 

Wed
24
Jun

Tornadoes likely spawned from storm


Clean-up continued Tuesday after a line of powerful thunderstorms with strong winds and hail moved through Wisconsin Monday morning. As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, there were 3,600 customers without power statewide, down from 54,000 at the height of the storm, according to Wisconsin Emergency Management. In Crawford County, one mobile home was destroyed in rural Wauzeka. Another home lost part of the roof and is not inhabitable at this time. Flood water damaged Bob & Lou’s Bar and Grill in Steuben as well. Pictured above, two-inch hail was reported in Steuben, and nearly a mile of trees were wiped out on a hillside on Plum Creek Road, in rural Wauzeka. Below, power poles were snapped at their base along Highway 27 between Eastman and Prairie du Chien. In neighboring Grant County, an estimated 20 homes along with 30 agricultural buildings were destroyed or severely damaged primarily around Cassville, Lancaster, Platteville, and Hazel Green. An additional 300 homes had moderate to minor damage. At this time, emergency declarations have been issued for Cassville, Lancaster, Platteville and Grant County. (Photos by Kim Wagner, Frankie Mezera and Randy Martin)

The National Weather Service of La Crosse reported Tuesday that Monday mornings storms may have also brought along several tornadoes. It said the bulk of the damage in southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa came from strong straight line winds from what’s called a bow echo, named because the shape of the storm on radar resembles a bowling line.

NWS La Crosse Meteorologist Andrew Just said, “Occasionally these bow echoes can produce very brief tornadoes along them.” He noted that there may have been one in Crawford County, based on radar data. “We have not been able to completely verify [this]; we are working with emergency management,” he added.

The NWS planned to survey the damage and conclude its report on Wednesday.

Wed
24
Jun

Community feels impact of teen gone too soon


Bridget Achenbach passed away from injuries she sustained in a car crash on May 24. The 19 year old left quite a joyful legacy and impacted many community members in her time.

By Correne Martin

“The little town with a big heart” lost a small piece of it May 24 when one of its own, Bridget Achenbach, died in a car crash just a few miles from her rural Eastman home. Those who knew her will remember her as someone who accomplished more in her short 19 years than some do in a much longer lifetime.

Wed
24
Jun

Area man hunts, films for new Wild TV show


Jordan Mulrooney, a Mount Hope native and current Bagley resident, is one of the pro staff featured on the “Wicked Tine Outdoors” show online and new to Wild TV beginning July 3.

By Correne Martin

Starting July 3, some 19 million people will be able to watch a new hunting show, “Wicked Tine Outdoors,” featuring Mount Hope native and Bagley resident Jordan Mulrooney, on Wild TV-Canada’s Hunting and Fishing TV Network. The formerly Internet-based show captures the full story about what hunting is truly about for blue-collar Americans like Mulrooney who juggle family, friends and work along with their passion to get out into the woods.

“Every one of us has a job, juggles kids around and rushes out of work to get to their tree stand,” said Mulrooney, who’s married with one young son. “We make hunting fun to watch. We enjoy being out there and we joke around but we also have some really awesome videography and first-hand footage.”

Wed
24
Jun

Charles E. Shinko

 

Charles E. Shinko, 74, of Platteville and formerly of Eastman passed away Monday, June 14, at Manor Care in Platteville. 

He was born Jan. 20, 1941 in Prairie du Chien, the son of Thomas and Lola Mae (Bright). He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked as a welder for American Motors in Janesville. 

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