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21
Oct

Debra Gucciardo

 

Debra Jean Gucciardo, 59 of Wauzeka ended a long battle with Lupus and related complications on Thursday, Oct. 17, at Gundersen Medical Center.

She was born Feb. 22, 1954 to Ernest and Shirley Swanson in Oak Park Ill., and was a graduate of Belvidere High School. Debra was the beloved wife of Vincent Gucciardo for thirty-seven years. She was fun-loving and proud mother to her three children, Christopher Norem (Nancy McKeown), Sarah (Michael) Chomiak and Emily (David) Bouzek. She was the cherished grandmother of Genevieve, Cecilia and Lillian Bouzek; Megan, Kaitlyn and Colin Norem; and Elizabeth and Amelia Chomiak.

Mon
21
Oct

Keith Nichols

 

Keith Floyd Nichols, 93, died on Tuesday morning Oct. 15, at his residence in Mt. Hope. 

He was born on Dec. 16, 1919 in Mt. Hope Township, the son of Wilbur and Carrie Belle (Cairns) Nichols. Keith graduated from Mt. Hope High School in 1937. He furthered his education at the Platteville Mining School until returning home to help his father on the farm. 

Keith married Edna Rewey on Jan. 1, 1940 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They started farming side by side in Mt. Hope until her death on Oct. 21, 1990.

Mon
21
Oct

Violet Bischoff

 

Violet Alice Bischoff, 96, a resident at Walter Schmidt Assisted Living in Prairie du Chien, died Thursday, Oct. 17, at Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. 

She was born on Aug. 18, 1917 in Bagley, to Verdie and Amelia “Millie” (Cathman) Clark. Violet was united in marriage with Ervin Bischoff on Aug. 17, 1940 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Dubuque, Iowa. 

Fri
18
Oct

Alice Kroepel

 

Alice M. Kroepel, 75, of Prairie du Chien passed away Tuesday, Oct. 15. According to Alice’s wishes, there will be no formal funeral service at this time. A private family inurnment will be at a later date.  The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family. 

 
Wed
16
Oct

Baby girl born to Rooneys

Claire Alice Rooney was born on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at 3:15 p.m. in St. Cloud, Minn. She weighed 7 pounds and two ounces and was 19 inches long. Her parents are Brooke and Adam Rooney. Waiting patiently was her big brother Bo. Grandparents are Pat and Patti Harvat, Wauzeka, and Mick and Becky Rooney, Prairie du Chien. Great-grandparents are Dale and Bette Curtis, Wauzeka; the late Orville and Dorothy Harvat; Lyle and Roberta Marfilius, Prairie du Chien; and the late Francis and Alice Rooney.

Wed
16
Oct

Eyeing the pigskin

A group of sixth grade boys from Bluff View Intermediate School took some time out from their Wyalusing State Park outdoor education last Friday, Oct. 11, to play the football game, 500. It was a beautiful fall day to engage in a little competitive fun. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Wed
16
Oct

River Ridge district poses operational and facilities referendums

By Correne Martin

Just as the River Ridge School District may face an operational referendum in February of 2014, taxpayers could also be asked to consider a facilities referendum in August of 2014.

The educational facilities in the River Ridge School District are over 50 years old and aging fast. The infrastructure and finishes are worn out, the HVAC systems and air quality are poor, there are asbestos and mold issues in some areas, many windows are not energy efficient ... and the list goes on.

The Building and Grounds Committee realized its many problems in the fall of 2012 when the boilers in the Bloomington school building needed repair, “to the tune of $50,000,” according to Bob Mathre, school board member.
“So we took a tour of both facilities and quickly discovered discrepancies in both (the Bloomington and Patch Grove) buildings,” Mathre stated. “As a committee, our goals are to update the buildings, save money where we can and provide the best learning environment possible.”

To reach those goals, Architectural Design Group (ADG) of Eau Claire was hired in early 2013 and tasked with inspecting the buildings and providing recommendations. Also, as an extension of the school board, a dozen taxpayers formed a Community Communication Group (CCG) in March to increase communication with the public.

On Oct. 9 in Bloomington and on Oct. 14 in Patch Grove, a pair of three-hour public workshop meetings were held to explain the history and background of how the district got to this point, and to present the operational referendum and facilities scenarios to the community. The school board and CCG also wanted to gather input and direction for the future. Over 50 people attended each meeting.

Wed
16
Oct

City to request delay of RR crossing closure

At Tuesday night’s regular meeting of the Prairie du Chien Common Council, the group approved a letter of opposition to last week’s proposed decision from the Office of the Commissioner of Railroads, which is to close the Haydn Street railroad crossing in the city no later than Jan. 15, 2014. The letter, drafted by city staff, will specifically request a delay of the closing until after the Marquette Road project is completed.

Before a final ruling is issued, written comments filed with the railroad commissioner in support of or in opposition to the decision are allowed until Oct. 23. (Contrary to previous information provided to the Courier Press), the public as well as the parties involved in the case may all submit written comments to: Jeff Plale, commissioner, 610 N. Whitney Way, P.O. Box 7854, Madison, WI 53707-7854.  

Tue
15
Oct

Marian Foley

 

Marian E. Foley, 74, of Prairie du Chien passed away Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. 

She was born in Honeycreek Township, on Sept. 9, 1939. She married William Foley on Oct. 22, 1955. He preceded her in death on Dec. 4, 2004. Marian was a devoted mother and grandmother, enjoying her time spent with family. She was an avid sports fan, especially the Brewers and Packers. She also liked watching golf and going fishing. 

Tue
15
Oct

Jaycees sponsor costume contest

The Prairie du Chien Jaycees are hosting a Halloween Costume Contest Saturday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. outside the Halls of Terror cedar building across from the St. Feriole Island ball park. Registration starts at 12:30 p.m.

Children ages 0-12 are invited to participate. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. All participants will receive a special gift. For more information, call the Jaycees at 326-2280 or email pdcjaycees@yahoo.com.

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