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Wed
03
Jun

Wauzeka-Steuben grads get diplomas


Class of 2015 Valedictorian Kelsey Kapinus adjusts her mortarboard during graduation festivities in Wauzeka. (Submitted photos)

Prior to the pomp and circumstance of the Wauzeka-Steuben graduation ceremony Saturday, May 30, Jaci Bedtka and Brittany Sautter, like their classmates, were filled with a mix of emotions.

Graduating Wauzeka-Steuben seniors Kyler Mohr, Kelsey Kapinus, Turner Krachey, Brady Krachey and Kelsey Stickley take a moment away from all of the graduation commotion Saturday to pose together for the camera.

Amber Boylen and Drew Mezera

Brady Krachey and Turner Krachey
Wed
03
Jun

Crawford County Dairy Breakfast is June 13


The Crawford County Dairy Breakfast will be held on the Jelinek Farm Saturday, June 13. Brothers Chad and Grant are pictured on the farm. (Photo submitted)

The Jelinek family welcomes you to the 2015 Crawford County Dairy Breakfast “On the Farm,” Saturday, June 13, at 55374 County Rd. E, Eastman, just south of Seneca, at the intersection of State Highway 27 and County Road E. This marks the 34th year of the Crawford County Dairy Breakfast.

The Jelinek farm was founded by Dennis and Cindy Jelinek (Chad and Grant’s parents) in 1980 and consisted of 231 acres and a 50-cow milking herd in a stanchion barn.

Jelinek Farms LLC is currently owned and operated by Chad, Amy and Grant Jelinek, who purchased the farm in 2011. Chad and Amy have three children, Laine, 9, Zoey, 8 and Ali, 5. Grant Jelinek and Sarah Benoy have a daughter Kinsley, 3.

Wed
03
Jun

City RDA to buy Parker’s Repair for more library parking

By Correne Martin

The redevelopment authority (RDA) for the city of Prairie du Chien met prior to the council meeting Tuesday night and approved, after closed session, an offer to purchase property at 128 S. Beaumont Rd., commonly known as Parker’s Repair, for the purpose of creating a municipal parking lot serving the needs of the Prairie du Chien Public Library.

The $95,700 offer, of which one-half of the payment will occur in 2015 and the other half in 2016, is contingent on all environmental issues involving the property being satisfied to the requirements of the RDA. City staff have also been directed to begin a blight determination for the property.

According to Dave Parker, who has run his repair shop there since 1983, one of the gas pumps that was located in front of the facility years ago leaked. He said any problems associated with that have been remediated, but that has to be confirmed by state officials prior to finalizing the sale.

Wed
03
Jun

Mary Jo Cody crowned 2015 Crawford County Dairy Princess


Posing together at the Crawford County Dairy Kick-Off Banquet May 31 are (front row, from left) 2015 Little Miss Squirt Lindsey Nolan, 2014 Little Miss Squirt Grace Zinkle; (back row) 2014 Dairy Princess Autumn Moret, 2015 Dairy Princess Mary Cody, 2015 Dairy Princess Attendant Amari McCarthy, and 2014 Dairy Princess Attendant Brooke Moret. (Submitted photo)

By Addison Mumm

Mary Jo Cody, 16, the daughter of Bryan and Martha Cody, rural Seneca, was named Crawford County Dairy Princess, Sunday, May 31, at Eastman UMC Fellowship Hall.

About 100 people came out for the Crawford County Dairy Kick-Off Banquet, where Cody was crowned. She will serve as Crawford County’s 59th Dairy Princess.

The Cody family owns and operates a 450-acre dairy farm with a 35-cow herd. Mary will be a junior at North Crawford High School this fall and plans to pursue a veterinary degree at UW-River Falls. She is excited about her princess title and the responsibilities it entails.

Unlike many of her fellow princess candidates, Cody lives and works on her family’s dairy farm daily. With no hired help, Cody and her brother, Matt, tend the calves, milk the cattle and complete tractor work.

Wed
03
Jun

St. Feriole Island Improvement Fund could utilize tariffs for revenue

By Correne Martin

A St. Feriole Island Improvement Fund is being created by the city of Prairie du Chien, with plans for revenue to come from an increase in the island tariffs. A new tariff agreement is also being drafted. The Prairie du Chien Common Council approved moving forward with these actions during its regular meeting Tuesday night. A second and final reading of the proposals will be up for council approval on June 16.

Under the proposal, the tariff would be increased 100 percent over the next five years, in annual increments of 20 percent, with the majority of the new revenue going to the island improvement fund. After 2020, half of the new revenue would go into the fund and the other half would be placed in the city’s general fund.

Wed
03
Jun

St. Mary's Academy Murals


Standing in front of an exhibit about St. Mary’s Academy at the Fort Crawford Museum in Prairie du Chien are Terry Meyer of the city of Prairie du Chien, donors to the conservation of the murals Mark and Kati Wanek Forsythe, Prairie du Chien Historical Society President Mary Elise Antoine, donor Sally Kaber White, donor Mary Beth Specht of Clinicare, Inc., and conservator David Spangler. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

Historic murals to be restored

By Ted Pennekamp

 

In 2015, through the generosity of several people, funds were donated for the conservation of several murals which had been displayed in the former Wyalusing Academy, 601 S. Beaumont Road, Prairie du Chien. The murals will now be restored by painting conservator David Spangler of De Soto.  

Tue
02
Jun

Mary Lee (Halverson) Wachter

 

Former Wisconsin resident Mary Lee (Halverson) Wachter, born July 19, 1929, died peacefully in Tucson, Arizona, on May 14, 2015. Mary was born in Waterman, Ill., but quickly became a true Wisconsin native—raised in Bridgeport and Prairie du Chien. In 1949 she married Edgar “Buddo” Fernette in Prairie du Chien but was soon widowed in 1951. Five years later, she married Charles “Chan” Wachter who became her lifelong partner and loving father to their family. The Wachters moved to Janesville to raise the family where Chan worked for General Motors for 25 years.

Tue
02
Jun

Joseph F. Ingle

 

Joseph F. Ingle, 83, of Waverly, Iowa, formerly of Wauzeka, died Saturday, May 30, at Shell Rock Healthcare Center in Shell Rock, Iowa.

Joseph was born on May 8, 1932, in Wauzeka, the son of Juanita Evelyn (Weniger) and Mark Matthew Ingle. In 1952, Joe entered the United States Army, were he served during the Korean War, until his honorable discharge in 1954. 

Mon
01
Jun

Seneca grads turn tassels, set sight on bright futures


As the ceremony ended on Friday night, Seneca’s Class of 2015 threw their hats into the air. (Photos submitted)

On Friday, May 29, the Seneca High School seniors took their final steps as high school students. Paige Forde (left) moves Morgan Payne's tassel to the other side as the Seneca Graduation ceremony concludes.

Graduate, Sarah Shepard shares a moment with her mom during graduation.

With big smiles and eyes facing the future, Seneca graduates, Dani Boland and Tristain Sparks, march down the aisle.

This year's graduating class includes (front row, from left) Sarah Shepard, Morgan Payne, Michaela Chambers, Morgan Wall, Taylor Redman, Paige Forde, Dani Boland, Katie Baker; (back row) Eric Konichek, Jordnan Gardener, Nathan Withey, Tyler George, Tristain Sparks, Jake Whiteaker, Adam Aspenson, Jeffery Driskill, Caleb Anderson.

Graduate, Taylor Redman, gives the valedictorian speech.
Mon
01
Jun

Balloons of Remembrance


The Prairie du Chien soccer team and fans take part in a balloon release in honor of former teammate Bridget Achenbach who recently passed away. (Photo submitted)

 

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On Thursday, May 28, the Prairie du Chien girls soccer team celebrated Senior Night. The game was against Platteville/Lancaster with a final score of 5-0. 

It was a beautiful evening for a game. In the first half, goalkeeper Mallory Fulcher had 12 saves to end the half at 3-0. 

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