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Thu
15
Aug

Fun at the Crawford County Fair

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Cashton Mezera, 2 1/2, of Eastman enjoys feeding a goat at the Crawford County Fair Friday afternoon.

Harper Joy, 2, of Seneca, and Sophia Johnson, 2, of West Salem get up close and personal with a calf with the help of grandmother Laurie Ellefson of Mount Sterling.

Gary Wachuta of Prairie du Chien admires a very nice canoe built by James Czajkowski of Wauzeka. Czajkowski took first place in open woodworking. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Grace Roth, Madison Burbach and Elizabeth Roth, all of Mt. of Mount Zion, are all smiles as they ride The Scrambler.

Cheryl, John, and Curt Kramer received award recognition for the many years of auction service to the Crawford County Fair.
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At the Fifth Annual Taste of Crawford County that kicked off the Crawford County Fair, the Tom and Sharon Martin family, from Mountain Lane Farm, Wauzeka, shared succulent sirloin tip roast for the capacity crowd. Coulee View Family Farm, Wauzeka, was named the People’s Choice winner. “The Crawford County Fair is a celebration of everything that is great about our county,” Tom Martin said. “We’re privileged to share our bounty with our county brethren as well as share our story of how we bring our products to the county fair from pasture to plate.”

(Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Thu
15
Aug

Seneca varsity football program canceled for 2013

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In the 2011 Division 7 State Tournament, the Seneca Indians proved that they could be formidable opponents when they made it to the championship game. (Courier Press file photo)

By Caitlin Bittner

While other area teams know the layout of their upcoming football seasons, Seneca High School’s plans are still up in the air. On Tuesday, Aug. 6, administration decided to cancel the 2013 varsity football season, and have only a junior varsity team this season.

“Since we made the decision, we’ve been trying to reschedule games as quickly as we can,” said David Boland, administrator and principal of Seneca High School.

The decision, while not an easy one to make, was settled upon, in hopes of rebuilding the team for the future. “There were only 18 kids who came to the sign-up meeting and none of them were seniors,” Boland said.

Boland added that since their numbers are small, it wasn’t a complete surprise. “We’ve seen it coming for three to four years now. With enrollment at Seneca High School standing around 70 students, 18 is a pretty typical number percentage wise,” Boland admitted.

Mon
12
Aug

Edna Bauer

 

Edna Bauer

Sept. 24, 1920 - Aug. 10, 2013

Edna M. Bauer, age 92, of Prairie du Chien passed away Saturday, August 10, 2013, at her home.

Thu
08
Aug

Splishin' and a splashin' at the Prairie pool

Swimming lessons have wrapped up for the summer at the Prairie du Chien Aquatic Park. It was another busy year enjoyed by many. Pictured, Carter Simmons (forefront) and his fellow swimmers learn from Caitlyn McCoy, one of the lifeguards who taught lessons this season. Also, Carson Kramer and his mom Sarah are shown having fun together on the slide during the parent/tot swim class. (Submitted photos)

Thu
08
Aug

Remember your loved ones at community event on Aug. 14

The community is once again invited to participate in a Service of Remembrance to celebrate the lives of their loved ones on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 6:30 p.m., at the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens in Prairie du Chien.
Diane Koth, patient family services director at Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital, said, “This special interdenominational service is held annually to commemorate loved ones who are no longer with us physically, but remain close in hearts and minds. We gather to remember and honor family members and friends who have helped shape our lives, and we give thanks for the gifts they leave behind.”

Thu
08
Aug

In the wake of accident, city considers pedestrian safety improvement options

By Correne Martin

Within 24 hours of the July 18 crash that injured a 14-year-old bicyclist on Marquette Road, the Prairie du Chien city staff was discussing what could be done to improve pedestrian safety on the busy highway. Also within days, staff freshened the crosswalk paint at the Wells Street intersection where the incident occurred and installed two extra pedestrian alert signs at that location.

But the question the public has been asking since the accident is whether the city would do more to improve the safety of those crossing Marquette Road, and many have wondered if a pedestrian overpass could be installed.
According to City Administrator Aaron Kramer, who spoke about the issue during Tuesday night’s council meeting, estimated costs for such an overpass would be $1.2 million.

“Staff is saying that is not an option. It is simply not feasible,” Kramer stated. “The cost is astronomically prohibitive.”

Thu
08
Aug

Student ready to experience year of schooling, culture in Denmark


Samantha Leicht-Ruskey and District Governor for Rotary District 6250, Dean Ryerson stand at Samantha’s July 27 going away party. (Photo submitted)

For Samantha’s official Rotary blazer, each pin on the jacket is from a Rotary exchange student she has met during her trainings. Some students are local to U.S. and some are international inbound students to the U.S. (Photo submitted)

By Caitlin Bittner

With the help of the Rotary International Club, Samantha Leicht-Ruskey will soon be eating Danish donuts in the land where they were invented.

As part of a yearlong Rotary Exchange Program, Samantha will be shipping out on Aug. 9 for Denmark. While there, Samantha is expected to learn as much as she can about the Danish way of life. “I’m going to be submerged in the culture and learn how to handle things in another country,” said Samantha.

During the program, Samantha will have three different host families. “I’ll stay with the first one until mid-November, the second until March, and then the third until it’s time for me to come home,” Samantha explained.

Samantha has known her first host family for a couple of months now, and so far she has learned quite a bit about them. “They have three kids—two that are close to my age,” commented Samantha.

Thu
08
Aug

Teen hopes accident can prompt better safety for pedestrians

By Correne Martin

Just as most 14 year old girls would be getting ready to strut their stuff at school this fall, Prairie du Chien’s Hailey Seitz is learning to walk again.

After being struck by a vehicle while riding her bicycle across Marquette Road July 18, Seitz suffered a fractured skull, two small brain bleeds, a moderate concussion, a broken clavicle, a broken C5 vertebra in her neck, a bone bruise on her left hip, compound fractures in her left tibia and fibula, and bruises and rashes on her face, hips, back and knees. She also has staples in her left knee where doctors inserted a metal rod to assist in her leg’s recovery, she wears a left arm sling and a neck brace until the fusion of her C5 and C6 vertebrae heals, and she will soon begin physical therapy to restore her equilibrium.

Thu
08
Aug

Gunsmithing, sales and archery range to be in former roller rink building


Chad and Nick Smethurst of Prairie du Chien are planning on opening NCS Gunsmithing and Sales in the former River City Roller Skating building in September. The brothers have been busy remodeling the building since taking ownership on March 28.

NCS Gunsmithing and Sales will feature a retail area, gunsmithing, firearm finishing and an archery range with targets at up to 30 yards.

By Ted Pennekamp

Tue
06
Aug

Walter Hermsen

 

Walter “Walt” F. Hermsen, 82, of Prairie du Chien passed away Monday, Aug. 5, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. 

He was born Jan. 13, 1931 in Bloomington, the son of John and Clementine (Bohnenkamp) Hermsen. He married Eileen Crowley on November 5, 1952 at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. He was a very active member of the Prairie du Chien business community as the owner and operator of the W.F. Hermsen Plumbing and Heating, Inc. as a master plumber. Walt was a lifelong member of St. Gabriel’s Church of the Holy Family Parish, a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus and served on the Southwest Tech Wisconsin Plumbing Apprentice Board from 1972 to 2004. 

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