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Tue
22
Oct

Not for the faint of heart: Halls of Terror are worth every scare


Brothers Nick (left) and Nate Gilberts will lead Scream Xtreme through one more weekend and Halloween as Halls of Terror welcomes the public to the Cedar Building on St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien. If you dare seek a fright, you won’t be disappointed. (Photo by Correne Martin)

This skeleton may not seem so scary with the lights on, but take the Halls of Terror challenge and see for yourself if he spooks you in the dark. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Shaking skeletons, a pop-up werewolf, a bloody butcher, a freaky clown, a rattling electric chair, fake explosions, a scary Santa, and a creepy cemetery are among the many reasons to take the dare and enter Scream Xtreme’s Halls of Terror on St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien. The final three days of the haunted house are this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26, and also on Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31. Hours are from 7 to 10 p.m. each night. This year’s Lights on Kid Friendly Haunt is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26, from 2 to 6 p.m.

Last year, over 1,000 people were frightened at the Halls of Terror, which was held at the Cedar Building on St. Feriole Island for the first time in 2012. This is the second year it will take place at the building, and Scream Xtreme just signed a three-year agreement with the city to keep it there.

Tue
22
Oct

Prairie du Chien salon participates in Cut-A-Thon, TODAY, Oct. 22

 On Tuesday, October 22, more than 380 salons across the U.S. will participate in a haircut marathon organized by hair care manufacturer Sexy Hair in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. During the Cut-A-Thon, salons will offer haircuts with a percentage of all proceeds benefiting the nonprofit organization Look Good Feel Better, a selfhelp beauty charity dedicated to improving the self-image of those undergoing cancer treatment.

HS Salon, located inside Hair Play (near Southwest Vet) in Prairie du Chien is participating in today's Cut-A-Thon. Caring customers looking to participate in the Cut-A-Thon should call the sdalon at (608) 412-2157 or visit the salon today.

Mon
21
Oct

Mary Thomas

 

Mary Lana Malcom Wendel Thomas, 73, of Prairie du Chien, (formerly of Decatur, Ill.) passed away on Oct. 17. 

Lana was the oldest daughter of Wayne R. Malcom and Margie M. (Penn) Malcom. She was a graduate of the “Class of ‘57,” Lakeview High School. Throughout the years she worked at Soy Capitol Bank, Muellers, Clyde Dial Construction Company and retired from Caterpillar. She enjoyed fishing, NASCAR races, favorites Kenny Schrader, Bill Elliott, Dale Earnhart and watching her grandchildren grow up. Lana was married to E. Neil Wendel and had two daughters, Trisha Wendel-Hooth and Tracy Wendel-Coffman.

Mon
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.

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