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Sep

Wauzeka Labor Day Parade


William Schlueter has found an efficient way to pick up parade candy quicker than his young competition: a snow shovel. The parade is always a highlight at the annual Labor Day celebration in Wauzeka. Many fire departments, small businesses and tractor riders participated in the parade Monday, providing plenty of candy for the youngsters to snatch from the roadside. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Kelsey Lomas delivered goodies to kids from the cab of an Integrity Ag truck, as her son, Coy, took in the excitement too.

Carol DuCharme, of Carol’s Bar and Grill, Wauzeka, tossed candy bars and waved at those watching the parade Monday, while also advertising for Jim’s Mini Motors, Wauzeka.

Gayle Aspenson (left) and Mara Hird, of Peoples State Bank, were accompanied by an enthusiastic Bristol Hird on wheels, while handing out candy to parade-goers Monday.
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09
Sep

PdC School District seeks Advisory Task Force

The Prairie du Chien School District has begun a planning effort to assess facility and space needs required to deliver current and future required curriculum at all grade levels. At the same time, a condition assessment is being completed to evaluate code, maintenance and ADA issues that may need to be addressed over the next 10 years so that capital budgets can be planned in advance.

According to school board president Christine Panka, “The board has determined that the residents of the community are the true owners of the school district and they want to hear from the community what its vision is for the future of the district.”

To gather input, the board has initiated a public-driven evaluation process with a goal of determining the most appropriate long-term solutions for infrastructure needs. The architectural and engineering firm, FEH Design, will facilitate a public engagement process for this analysis.

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09
Sep

Celebrate fun local foods at Harvest Dinner

Celebrate Driftless Wisconsin Grown’s fourth annual harvest dinner on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Gatherings on the Ridge, a newly-renovated rustic barn just north of Eastman on Highway 27.

Talented chef, Mark Oppermann, of Sharing Spaces Kitchen, will cater this local foods event. Appetizers include cheese and vegetable kabobs, endive lettuce cups with mushrooms and wild rice, fall harvest salsa, and Prairie Earth Organic baked tortilla chips. An apple harvest salad features spinach, quinoa, apples, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, and pecans. A garam masala pumpkin soup with crispy chorizo and glazed apples will be served as well. The delicious entree includes a pork loin roast with cranberry and walnut stuffing and a roasted butternut squash ravioli with hazelnut cream sauce. A dessert of cheesecake stuffed baked apples will top off the delicious meal.

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09
Sep

Homecoming celebrated at River Ridge next week

River Ridge High School will celebrate homecoming Sept. 14-18. The theme this year is “Around the World” and the football game is against Potosi Friday at 7 p.m.

Wednesday will begin the week of activities with a night of family fun and entertainment at the high school. A color run held on the Fitness Trail will be from 6 to 7 p.m. During the run, there will be food provided by the Safe and Stable Family Grant. Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy a sandwich and soup. Also on Wednesday evening are the skits, lip syncing, and coronation in the high school gym at 7:30. The coronation will immediately follow the introductory music and school song by the band, under the direction of Mr. Lasko.

Wed
09
Sep

Asphalt scam hits area

The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of a possible asphalt scam in the area.

Sheriff Mike Tschirgi is urging residents to beware of door-to-door solicitors who offer to pave or repair your driveway or sidewalk at a substantially lower price than most contractors. Many times, the solicitors will arrive unannounced and offer a special discount for leftover asphalt, promising to apply a 3- to 4-inch asphalt base, when in fact they only put down a 1 or 2-inch base.

These actions are in violation of Iowa law and the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office will investigate as such. If you have experienced a similar situation, write down the license plate number and contact the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Tschirgi provided some additional advice for those seeking driveway or sidewalk repairs:

•Obtain written estimates from multiple contractors and get in writing the terms of the contract.

Wed
09
Sep

Bloomington man dies in fall from ladder

A Bloomington man died Monday from injuries he sustained when he fell from a ladder three days earlier.

Law enforcement officials suspect cattle might have contributed to that fall.

Robert Mathre, 57, died Monday at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, according to a press release from the Grant County Sheriff's Department.

The release states that Mathre fell from a 24-foot ladder Friday while working at the Lonnie Holthaus farm on Pine Road in Mt. Ida Township. Mathre was fixing some fans he previously installed inside a free-stall barn, and “it is believed one of the cattle may have hit the ladder causing Mr. Mathre to fall,” the release states.

He was taken by ambulance to Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster and then airlifted to the hospital in Madison.

Wed
09
Sep

Teen dies after four wheeler strikes fence

An Iowa teenager died when he was thrown from an ATV near Guttenberg over the holiday weekend.

On Sunday, Sept. 6, at 3:04 a.m., the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of an ATV accident near 25094 Great River Road, about five miles north of Guttenberg on private property. Three subjects riding a four wheeler struck a fence, causing all three of the riders to be thrown from the ATV. A passenger, Kurtis Reidy, 16, of Winthrop, Iowa, was transported to the Guttenberg hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The driver, Tyler Schladetzky, 23, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was treated for minor injuries. A juvenile passenger was uninjured.

The Guttenberg Ambulance Service and Guttenberg Fire Department assisted at the scene. The accident remains under investigation by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa DNR.

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09
Sep

Carriage Classic brings dramatic equine driving to Prairie du Chien


Sharon Makurat of Whitewater, won the antique turnout class with a beautiful wicker phaeton vehicle pulled by a Welsh pony, Cynthia of Oxford, Mich.

On Sept. 11-13, many people from throughout the region are sure to attend the Midwest’s most elegant and lavishly appointed equine sport driving event, the Villa Louis Carriage Classic.

This year will mark the 35th anniversary of the Carriage Classic, which is held on the Villa Louis Historic Site on St. Feriole Island, 521 N. Villa Louis Road.

Some of the region’s finest horses and more than 100 new and restored carriages compete in a variety of arena and cross country events.

The Carriage Classic recalls the Villa Louis estate’s heyday as a farm for the breeding of horses for harness racing.

The Villa Louis—with much of the interior restored to its 1890s splendor—never looks better than during the late-summer equine classic.

Wed
09
Sep

Adjustments to Wauzeka-Steuben staff

A new year means new staff members and changes to positions for most school districts. New faces at Wauzeka-Steuben include (from left) Robert Sailer, interim district administrator; Tiffany Dums, interim district principal; Wanda Nettesheim, business teacher; Carrie Wilson-Smith, director of special education; and Chris Kapinus, director of buildings, grounds and transportation. Not pictured are Kim Jones and Tina Dryer, food service; and Kathy Oswald, bus driver. (Photo by Correne Martin)

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09
Sep

New Prairie du Chien teachers

The new teachers in the Prairie du Chien School District include, front row, from left: Josh Rabbitt (social studies), Diane Scolburn (high school agriculture/FFA), Taylor Stanley (4-K teacher), Brenda Anderson (third grade teaching assistant), Jenni Severson (4-K teaching assistant), Becki Radloff (4-K teaching assistant), Jamie Thiry (Reading Interventionist) and Jason Thiry (Dean of Students). Back row: Hillary Day (B.A. Kennedy School Counselor), Courtney Ariss (BAK Special Education), Nina Grodt (high school social studies), Khloe Mlynarczyk (Bluff View math), Kari Oppriecht (kindergarten), Ken Quick (Trade Specialist), Nicole Schaefer (3-K teacher’s assistant), Brittany LaHaie (K-8 Spanish) and Karen Sjoberg (Dean of Students/District Communications). Not pictured are Christine Seeley (second grade), Amanda Love (Bluff View Teaching Assistant), Kellie Kramer (Mighty River secretary, high school), Tracie Kruempel (B.A.

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